Tuesday, February 1
Inspire Club 2:50-3:50
|Monday, February 7||PTO Meeting 6:15 pm|
|Tuesday, February 8||Parent-Teacher Conferences 3:00-6:15|
|Wednesday, February 9||Early Release 12:30|
|Thursday, February 10||Parent-Teacher Conferences 3:00-6:15|
|Thursday, February 17||No School|
|Friday, February 18||No School|
|Monday, February 21||No School - Teacher Inservice|
FACE COVERINGS: Effective immediately, the OASD is extending our face covering
requirement for all students, staff, and visitors through February 25. The latest modeling and
guidance from local health officials point to an expected peak of COVID cases in our area
occurring in late January and early February, with a return to COVID levels similar to our
December data by late February and early March. Once the surge ends, we expect to be able to
implement our optional face coverings protocol.
Yearbooks are $11 and must be ordered via the above link no later than Friday, March 18th.
A report card is one way teachers communicate with parents and students. A conversation around your child’s report card is an important part of helping your child succeed by knowing his or her strengths and weaknesses. It also helps your child see you as an active participant in his or her education who is there to provide support. Check out the following tips to have a productive conversation with your child:
SIT DOWN TOGETHER
Plan time as a family to have the report card chat with no distractions. Don’t talk about the report card in the basement while your child is playing their video game. This is an important conversation that should be had with proper thought and planning.
START WITH SOMETHING POSITIVE
Get off on the right foot by highlighting something positive about the report card, no matter how small. This helps your child relax and sets the tone for a positive conversation.
REVIEW LEARNING STRENGTHS
Reviewing a report card shouldn’t just be about the negatives; this is also a chance to identify where your child is excelling. Highlight your child’s strengths by saying something like, “You are doing great in math, which is awesome!” This encourages your child to recognize his or her strengths and builds motivation to keep improving other areas.
RECOGNIZE THE STRUGGLE
Let your child share his or her thoughts, comments, and worries in the discussion. Giving your child an opportunity to talk about his or her academic performance or why he or she may be struggling can give you valuable insight on the best way to help.
SET GOALS WITH YOUR CHILD
After you’ve talked with your child about which areas to focus on, come up with a plan for improvement. This should include what your child wants to achieve, the steps toward achieving that goal, and how you will provide support.
DISCUSS YOUR NEXT STEPS
1) How will you help your child meet his/her goals?
2) If your child is interested in learning more about certain topics, what can you do to help?
3) How will you track your child’s progress and celebrate successes?
If you don’t understand something or have any questions about your child’s report card, please contact the teacher. It is important to us that parents are informed so we can work together as a team to help each child reach his/her potential. Thank you for all you do to support your child’s education!
Tuesday, March 1st is our Spring Music Concert for grades 3-5 at Alberta Kimball Auditorium beginning at 6:00 p.m. More information will be sent home later this month!
After some initial delays, the Harmony 3rd Edition has officially arrived! Mrs. Brown and Mrs. Crabb will be working together with classroom teachers to introduce all the elements of Harmony’s new curriculum.
One of the exciting new additions to Harmony’s curriculum are the Clubhouse Friends. In brand new stories, the Clubhouse Friends will explore cooperation, listening to others, and so much more, with backgrounds that make their stories relatable to students and enrich the learning experience.
We’re hoping your students will be as excited as we are to work with this new curriculum. You may hear about some of the stories shared in the classroom. You can continue the conversation at home by following up with some simple questions:
What happened to a Clubhouse Friend in the story? Has it ever happened to you?
How do you think they felt? Have you ever felt the same way?
What do you think was the most important part of the story?
The most important helper you can be for your child is to listen and help them wonder out loud. Sometimes these simple questions help kids make home and life connections to what they are learning at school. Any help you can be will see your child set up for success!
Make sure to check out all about the Harmony 3rd edition at www.harmonysel.org.
During the month of February we are continuing to develop free will. The power of free will says “The only person you can ‘make’ change is yourself.” In our school family, we teach students that they can make positive choices. Visual reminders help students to build self-esteem and their willpower. It promotes positive choices amongst students and empowers them to make choices for themselves. In the month of February, we will specifically focus on visual reminders and two positive choices.