Dear Parents and Community,
School is well under way. We have students fully engaged in the learning process. We have finished the first round of formative assessments that help directly with planning lessons to meet the individual needs of your child/ren. This information also helped us design intervention and enrichment groups that meet three times a week for thirty minutes in a smaller group setting. You should get a letter telling you the services and service provider of your child.
The month is Halloween and we want to make this as instructionally focused as possible. Children are always allowed to dress for the occasion as characters that relate to their education. For example, dressed as story book characters or historical people they are studying in thee social studies classes. Please do not send your child to school dresses depicting violent characters. Also, please ensure that your children keep their candy at home and do not bring in their lunchboxes or in their book bags for the days following the holiday. We really appreciate your allowing us to continue to create a strong and supportive school climate.
A reminder- this is no school on Friday, October 9th (Superintendent’s conference day) nor Monday, October 12th (Columbus Day Recess). We will be in session on Tuesday, October 13th.
To ensure that all students and staff understand the behavioral expectations at School 12 and what it takes to be a “Duffy Duck”, we will continue our assemblies on a character trait of the month.
RESPONSIBILITY is the character trait of the month of October.
This means: Do what you are supposed to do • Plan ahead • Persevere: keep on trying! • Always do your best • Use self-control • Be self-disciplined • Think before you act — consider the consequences • Be accountable for your words, actions, and attitudes • Set a good example for others.
Teachers will look for children demonstrating this trait and post their actions on the RESPONSIBILITY chart posted in each classroom and throughout the school. At the next Pep Rally we will SHOUT OUT the names of the children and recognize them for their great actions. It is a fantastic way to continue to support and build our positive school climate and learning environment.
How can you help at home? Please take some time to reinforce this monthly character trait. I have added a link http://www2.ed.gov/parents/academic/help/citizen/part5.html#responsibility to give you some ideas to get you started.
This month the books I have chosen for the children to read are both by award winning author, Patricia Polaco. For primary students I read (available on this video link) Chicken Sunday and for the intermediate children Pink and Say. Both books are powerful and available at the local public libraries. Please take a few minutes to read them to your children and discuss how they demonstrate this character trait
As always, you are welcome into the school at any time! We need our parents as partners. Please feel free to get involved; come into the classrooms, volunteer as a reader or classroom helper. If you cannot get into the school during the day, ask the teachers what you can do at home to help (I used to cut out and prepare centers for my sons’ classrooms when they were little).
We continue to move forward with the K-8 expansion upon our return to School 12 on South Ave. November we will hold an information PTA meeting on the construction progress.
Have a Great Month,