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Family Newsletter - January 29, 2023

Hello everyone-

 

I hope you all enjoyed the snow day on Wednesday! The kids came back with fun stories from their activities for the day. Due to the snow day our 100th day of school celebration will now be on Monday, January 6th.

 

At our assemblies this week we talked about focus and attention. We shared how teachers are starting to do small group instruction across the grade levels to support students with specific skills. We talked about how everyone needs something different and that some kids stay with their teacher, some go to another classroom teacher in the grade level, and some go to another teacher outside of their grade level teachers. The kids job during this time is to focus on the skills they are working on and when they return to their classrooms to pay attention to where that skill shows up in their practice for either reading or math. In some grade levels we got to teach the 3 before me strategy (me is the teacher). When kids are working independently at their desks and teachers have a small group of students at the table, it is important not to interrupt the teacher. The 3 before me teaches the strategies they use to achieve this:

1. Use the classroom environment, what they are working on can probably be found on the board, anchor chart, or handouts/notes. Go back to these spaces to find clues to help you with what you are stuck on.

2. Find a classmate who is working diligently and ask them for assistance.

3. Skip it and come back to it later. Often, as we keep practicing we can get in the groove and what was hard before is now easier. If you finish the rest of your practice, and still can't answer it, when the teacher finishes the small group and before they call the next group to the table you ask for help from the teacher at that time.

 

I have received many emails, calls, and visits regarding benchmarking assessments. I am putting together some deeper explanations of the assessments and ways that you can support your child at home on these skills. Please be on the lookout for an email this week with your child's grade level specific information. The email will include how the grade level did overall on the assessments and what action steps we are taking at school to meet students individual and grade level needs. Thank you for reaching out and wanting to be more involved. We look forward to partnering with you to support your child. If you have additional questions after you receive the email, please reach out- we are here to help!

 

Special thanks to Mrs. Morgan, Mr. Wilds, and all of our teaching staff for a successful two weeks of roller skating! The kids had a blast! We appreciate teachers' flexibility in sending older students down to help the younger ones become masters of the roller skating. They made a lot of progress in a short amount of time! Way to go kiddos!

 

Special thanks to Mrs. Davis and Mrs. Whitt for organizing our One Book One School learning all month and event this past Thursday night. The kids, families, and teachers had so much fun. Saving Winslow was a great book choice and we loved reading and learning together! Thank you to all of our families who were able to attend! Thank you to our teacher, parent, and high school student volunteers- without you the event would not have been possible!

 

Please reach out at any time to share any questions, concerns, or ideas. I am here to help and support you and your family. Thanks for all you do to help keep our students and staff safe.

 

Take Care-

Angeline

 

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