Sunday, September 11, 2016

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Reminder:  No School tomorrow!  Teachers have Professional Development meetings all day!

The days are flying by and we're starting to settle into our routines.  Soon we will start our reading curriculum and we're ready to start topic 2 in Math on Tuesday.  The assessment for topic 1 will come home on Tuesday.  Attached to the test will be a form showing an item analysis that describes the different types of questions.  You will be able to see what the exact areas of concern are, if there are any.  Let me know if you have questions or comments about this form.  Would you please sign and return it so that I know you're aware of how your child did on the test?  If it's easier, you could just shoot me an email saying you've seen the test instead of signing and sending it back.  

We've been "testing" your child in reading, writing, and math and the results will soon be shared with students and parents.  We do this to find out where they are at the beginning of the year; and to determine what their academic needs are.  I like this graphic because I think we all need to be reminded to not focus solely on academics, but also give our attention to showing kids how to be good people who are willing to help others.  Being kind is just as important as being smart, maybe more important!

Dot Day is this Thursday!
A note went home last week about Dot Day.  It is a global celebration of creativity, courage and collaboration. It began when teacher Terry Shay introduced his classroom to Peter H. Reynolds’ book The Dot on September 15, 2009.The Dot is the story of a caring teacher who dares a doubting student to trust in her own abilities by being brave enough to “make her mark”. What begins with a small dot on a piece of paper becomes a breakthrough in confidence and courage, igniting a journey of self-discovery and sharing, which has gone on to inspire countless children and adults around the globe.  Below is a link to the read aloud of the story.  We will watch this at school and do a few activities to give kids ideas of how they can "make their mark"!

Homecoming Dress Up Days
Monday, Sept. 19 - "Hair"Day...crazy hair
Tuesday, Sept. 20 - Safari Day...animal print, dress like an animal, camouflage or explorer
Wednesday, Sept. 21 - Dress your Best
Thursday, Sept. 22 - Class Distinction each class/grade will decide 
Friday, Sept. 23 - Bobcat Spirit Day - wear blue and gold

Dates on Deck
Thursday, September 15  Dot Day (kids can wear dots if they want to)
Friday, September 23  Alzheimer's Walk with Keystone Care Center Residents 10:45-11:20
                                 Homecoming (Parade & Pep Rally in Van Horne @ 1:00)
Saturday, September 24  Bobcat DASH in Van Horne 10:00 am

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