Weekly Notes October 10, 2017

Happy Monday-Tuesday! In spite of the concerns over Nate, I hope you had a nice fall break. It's good to just be able to catch your breath.

Check out our up-to-date faculty page on the website. It has a different look and lets everyone know who is really who! And you have to love the teddy bears.

In our efforts to be equal and consistent, there is a bit of news about Reading and ELA. As you know the 1-8 grade teachers met in early September to make sure we are all together in this process. I was looking at OptionC this weekend and realized that the marks in grades 3-5 prior to the meeting may not be a true reflection of a student’s ability. Therefore, if a student has a D or lower for the testing dates of 8/18 or 8/29, these grades will be removed. Any student who has a C or higher will keep their grade. The remaining grades will be averaged according to how many the student has. I know this is not a perfect solution but I do not think it wise to go back and retest at this late date.

The same will hold true for the AR program. While everyone would love to participate in the reward day, the goal is for students to read for at least 20 minutes a day and check their comprehension when they complete a book. Students will be graded according to what they have accomplished; some will have more “grades” than others. We are too far into the school year to try to change anything about this program but we will be taking a good look at it to see how we can help our students succeed. In the meantime, I have asked teachers to walk students through a test and be sure they understand. The students can review what they missed... but can't go back and re-answer what's been scored/submitted already. 

Students go to the library 2 days a week. Please note that your child’s homeroom teacher may not be the one who takes them to the library. This was done for scheduling purposes. For example, Miss Kim takes the 3rd and 4th grade on Monday’s and Wednesday’s. Those classes physically go to the library on Monday and on Wednesday stay in her classroom to read and test using the school’s iPads. Each teacher has their own way of trying to help students reach their AR goal. Remember though, that the book fair took time away from the library for two weeks and that the teachers were at diocesan in-services.

Tomorrow is the dress down day for Dreams Come True. This a wonderful organization that does so much good. Students may dress down by contributing $2.00.

There has been a bit more work done in the cafeteria. The two mini-split air conditioners have been replaced and the wiring for the cafeteria located above the ceiling has been secured. You will see work done in this area bit by bit. We will concentrate on one building/area before moving on to another. We will keep you apprised of the progress.

I hope you have a blessed week.

 

World's Finest Chocolate will be going home tomorrow, 10/11 with families who have been assigned this as their fundraiser.  Each family, who is assigned to sell chocolate, will receive the Variety bars and Continental almonds to sell.  

Upcoming Events: 

Home & School Meeting- Tuesday, October 10 at 6:30. 

Dreams Come True Dress Down- Wednesday, October 11. Students may wear any shirt with jeans for a $2.00 donation. (see SES handbook for complete dress down day guidelines)  All proceeds will go to the Dreams Come True. 

1st Nine Weeks ends- Thursday, October 12

Last Day to test for AR- Thursday, October 12. 

Snack sale- October 13.  All items are $1.00.

3rd Grade Parent Breakfast- Tuesday, October 17 at 7:00 am

1st Nine Weeks Report Cards- issued October 18

Spirit Dress Down-  Wednesday, October 18.  Students may wear a spirit shirt and jeans.  Please see the SES Handbook for complete dress down day guidelines. 

4-H Dues- $5.00 are due October 20.  All members can send dues to the office in a labeled envelope.

Cub Fest- October 27