We have made it to November and it can be a bit of a hectic month with all of the school holidays. The end of the first nine weeks is rapidly approaching (Friday) and students are working so hard to meet their AR goals and finish incomplete assignments. We are giving formal writing prompts this week and testing for science (4th and 5th) and Virginia Studies (4th) benchmarks. Tonight, our fourth graders will have their PTA performance celebrating the harvest season. Please come out and join us at 6pm if you are able. Next week, school will be closed on Tuesday and Friday for Election and Veterans Day. Parent Teacher conferences will be scheduled and held the week after our Thanksgiving break, so be on the lookout for that paperwork.
This is a very busy time of year, but make sure you take time to relax and do something fun with your child.
“A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.” Phyllis Diller
Work samples are being collected all year on individual IEP goals. If the sample is from a classroom assignment, I make a copy and send the original home for you to see. If the work sample is something given outside of the general education classroom, I keep the work sample and place it in your child’s portfolio. Having these work samples allows me to see where current strengths are and what areas we need to continue to work on. The portfolios are always available for you to view when you come in for a conference. Thank you for all your support at home in helping your child grow!
October is Disability History and Awareness Month and there are a variety of awareness activities taking place around the school. Students have participated in read-alouds and discussions, announcement trivia questions, a school quilt is being made, as well as an accessibility survey. Students can bring the surveys home to be completed in the community and returned to school by Friday, October 28th.
Monday – Pinky Promise Day
Tuesday- Crazy Hat Day
Wednesday – Pajama Day
Thursday – Superhero (Red Ribbon campaign)
Friday- Football Friday
We are more than halfway through the first nine weeks and working hard on the goals we set. I hope your child is feeling motivated and excited about the work happening here at school.
“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” -William Butler Yeats
NWEA MAP testing is complete and we are quickly approaching interim report time! It’s hard to believe the first month of school has gone by this quickly, but next week is when interim reports and IEP progress notes will go home. Families and students are also encouraged to attend our PTA Open House on Tuesday as Ms. Moore will share last year’s testing data and it is an opportunity to meet teachers. Please come join us and take a look at what your child has been doing so far this year.
“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” Maya Angelou
4th and 5th graders and completing MAP testing, which is a diagnostic tool we use to determine where students are currently performing in both reading and math. The test is computer based and students are given the full day to complete, if needed. Results will be shared during parent-teacher conferences, but can be seen earlier if a conference is requested.
Remember, special education surveys will be coming home in white envelopes this week, along with a chart of the eight learning styles. I will try to send home/share as many resources as possible throughout the year. If you discover a resource that would benefit other families, please let me know and I will post it on the blog.
“Correction does much, but encouragement does more.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year at Northern Shores Elementary. I hope you enjoyed a restful summer vacation and are ready for a productive school year. Mrs. Littlejohn and I are excited to see all of your happy faces on the first day of school!