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December 5th-December 16th Food Drive sponsored by Student Council
December 6th-8th Fifth and Sixth Grade Field Trip Days-Space Center (details from teachers)
December 8th PTA Meeting, 2:00, Office Conference Room
December 14th Choir Night Performance, 6:30pm
December 20th Fifth Grade State Fair, 12:00-1:15pm
December 21st Winter Sing Parent Performances-choose 9:30 or 1:00
December 23rd– January 2nd Winter Break-No School
January 3rd Mid-year testing K-6: Reading, Writing, Math begins
January 4th SCC Meeting, 4pm, office conference room
January 4th SCC Meeting, 4pm, office conference room
January 13th PTA Family Night-Math 5:00-7:00 pm
January 16th No School-Human Rights Day
February 8th-9th Parent Teacher Conferences
Notes and News:
Character Trait: Service
Service: Helpful actions; helping others without being asked or expecting reward
This week’s challenge, is a challenge for the parents! Serve your children with your time—down time. Allocate time this week to unplug and set aside electronic devices and busy schedules to just enjoy being together. Some of our favorite ideas:
-junk mail snowball fight: use your junk mail paper and crunch it into a paper ball, then have an inside “snowball” fight with your kids.
-read aloud: choose a favorite book and spend time reading to your children snuggled up on the couch
-baking: make dinner together or a special treat
-board/card game: play a board or card game with your child
Our annual food drive begins Monday! Each grade has a barrel decorated in the front entry so parents and students can drop donations in the barrels. Unopened cans and boxes of food are acceptable donations, no glass containers please. Thank you!
Lost and Found Items
Items in the lost and found will be placed on long tables in the front entry area Monday–Wednesday this week. Please take a few minutes to claim your child’s belongings. We will donate all unclaimed items to charitable groups on Wednesday. Thank you!
School Improvement Goal: Reading Fluency
Every grade is focused on helping each student improve their reading fluency this year. Reading fluency begins in kindergarten with fluency in naming the letters and saying letter sounds. Fluency is much more than just a word per minute reading speed; it includes expression, phrasing, and intonation. Our school reading challenge this year will focus on helping students improve reading fluency. Modeling and practice at home is very helpful. Check out these 5 tips for helping improve your child’s reading fluency:
Sixth Grade Lunchroom Helpers
We are excited to begin our student lunchroom helper program this week. Each day two sixth grade students will be volunteering to help clear tables and keep our floors clean. Students that volunteer complete and application and training process.
Students should not have cell phones at school. For the safety of all students, staff members will take cell phones if they are seen during school hours. There has been some concern over phones being taken and used by other students.
Social Media and Students Online
We had a fantastic NetSmartz assembly last month about online safety and responsibility with social media. In the past couple of weeks, several parents and students have visited with me about inappropriate language and topics being used on social media and online chat rooms. Please monitor and discuss your child’s online presence and information being shared. Thank you for helping teach your child online responsibility.
Articles and sites with parent information:
Parking Lot Reminder:
It is very important that you drive slowly through our parking lot and watch for children. Please be extra cautious.
Please ALWAYS USE THE CROSSWALKS. We need parents and students to only use these designated areas to cross to the sidewalk.
If you are exiting your car, you need to park in a parking space. Do not exit your car in the drive through lanes.
Please do not pick students up in the north parking lot or along the west side of Heritage Drive.
Thank you for helping keep all students safe!
PTA-Parent Guide to Student Success
The National PTA produces a document focused on helping parents understand what is taught and what is essential in each grade K-12. Enjoy reading about essentials for your child’s learning.
Join us for a night of festive fun on December 14th! Our Eagle Valley Choir will fill the night with holiday songs and our PTA will provide a refreshment.
You are invited to join us for our annual Winter Sing on Wednesday, December 21st. We will have two performances of the same program. One performance will start at 9:30am and the other performance will start at 1:00pm. Please choose the time that fits your schedule best. Grade levels will rotate through performing a holiday song on the stage steps in the gym. Please plan on staying for the entire performance. Parents are asked to enter and exit through the gym doors. Thank you!
District and Community News:
Smart Pediatric Dentistry
Free dental cleanings for children on Saturday, December 10th. Please see the attachment.
Sub For Santa-United Way
Christmas help is available for your children.
School Calendar: http://eaglevalley.alpineschools.org/calendar/