From The Principal: Winter Update

Erica PictureIt is hard to believe that the students are already a third of the way through the year!  The teachers have worked hard to provide you with feedback about your child and report cards will go home this Thursday, December 19th.

As I walk through the campus, it is so exciting to see Daily 5 implemented in each of our classrooms.  Students are building stamina in their reading, writing exceptional writing pieces and learning the love of reading.  It was exciting to see students so excited about the new books coming into their classroom through the book fair.  Thank you to the PTA and parents that donated books to our classrooms.  You are helping to foster a love of literature for our students!

We are excited that our school board approved the plan for the Common Core money that came from the state to assist in the implementation of Common Core for our students.  Our school will be receiving about 120 iPads this spring with the 1 to 5 ratio that was approved.  In addition, the board approved Discovery Video Streaming in each classroom, PebbleGo a computer based non-fiction reading program, an online reading library for our district, a typing program, National Geographic/Time for Kids and additional Common Core training for our teachers.  After the first of the year, we will have a parent information night to further explain Common Core and how it affects your child.

After much discussion, the staff and I have decided to change the students’ lunch schedule back to the eat first model.  After reviewing the research, we feel it will be more beneficial for our students to change back to the old model.  This will begin in January after Winter Break.

We are working with the PTA to write a grant for a Natural Garden Habitat.  We hope to hear if we have received the grant this spring and will continue to plan planting in January of the 14-15 school year.

Thank you to the staff and parent community for such a smooth transition as I entered my new position this school year.  I look forward to recharging over the break and coming back to work to provide an exceptional learning experience for your children.

Happy Holidays to and your children-

Erica Williams

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