Thursday, September 27, 2012

Smencil Sales Are Back!!

We will be selling Smencils again this year for $1.00 each. They will be sold from 8-8:30 on the first Friday of every month. Mrs. Whidden will be in charge of sales for our wing. I can accept money from students starting tomorrow and will keep a list of which scents they want. On Thursday afternoon I can purchase them from Mrs. Whidden and hand them out on Friday morning. The other option is to send money in on Friday and students can wait in line for them.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Lots of Updates and Dates to Remember

Hi Everyone,

I'm sorry I've been out of touch, but I've been fighting a nasty cold! This sure is the time of year for getting sick. Several students in my room have missed a day or more of school due to this bug. As a general reminder, please make every possible effort to have your child in school when they are not sick. It is really difficult to fully catch students up when they miss school and it's very important for them to have regular attendance. If your child needs to be absent due to illness please make every effort to let the school know via our email at or call the office. You can also cc: me when emailing to give me a heads up as well. Please be sure to indicate why your student won't be at school with specifics (ex: sick with a temperature and vomiting) so we can accurately update our attendance records.

We have begun our annual safety drills here at school and my class is doing a great job taking them seriously and serving as wonderful role models for our younger students. We will have several safety drills over the course of this year. Let me know if you have questions about how we do them here.

Please make sure your emergency records are updated throughout the year. If you move, change jobs, change phone numbers for any reason, or need to update emergency providers for your child, please let us know so we can update our system.

We have conducted several assessments this fall. All students in third grade have taken 2 short math assessments--one to check automaticity with computation and one to check which math concepts they understand. We have taken a short reading assessment which assesses reading comprehension based on third grade level reading. All second and third grade students have also taken the math and reading NWEA assessment which is computerized. I will share scores of all of these assessments at conferences this fall.

Please turn in any FUNDRAISER paperwork this week. The fundraiser ended last week and we need any orders ASAP.

Picture Day is on Wednesday October 3 at 9:20. Please try and have your child at school that day so they can have their picture taken for our class composite. NEW THIS YEAR: Only families that purchase photos will receive a class composite photo. If you have questions please call Lifetouch at
Third Grade NECAP Assessment will begin on Wednesday October 10 and will continue daily through October 17. More information will be coming soon about this assessment. Please make every effort to be sure your student is in school on those days.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Dear Families,

We will be taking our fall NWEA assessments this Friday and next Thursday (Sept. 13). Please be sure to have your student here and ready for testing on those days. I will allow students to chew gum for assessments this year. If you would prefer that your child not chew gum, then please send me a note. You may send them with some sugar free candy if that is preferable. I have a few packs of Trident for tomorrow, but am always looking for sugar free gum donations!
We will view a power point discussing the NWEA assessment today. Please encourage your student to do their best!