March News from the Elementary Office

  • For the February Attendance Incentive Program, we saw an increase in the number of students eligible for the ICEE drawing!  We had 146 students who missed one day or less in the month of February.  That is 76% of our student population!  We had 94 students (64% of the 146) who had perfect attendance!  The 2nd grade had the best attendance in February with 25 students (93%) eligible for the drawing!  3rd Grade was close behind with 30 students (85%) of their students eligible.  Way to go! Congratulations to Kerri Borghardt, Izabelle Sprouls, Ethan Howard, Michael Grey, Zander Bearden, and Kade Trout for being the winners of the ICEEs in January!
  • In order to help pay for the Attendance Incentive Program, we are selling small items for $0.25 in the cafeteria on Fridays during each grade level's lunch.  Students can only purchase one of these items each week.  If your child is interested in buying these items, please make sure they have a quarter on Fridays.  It is not a requirement that they purchase anything.
  • Please continue to check your child's lunch balances on Power School.  If you receive a notice from Wendy on Fridays, please try to send payment in on the following school day to prevent the balance from getting too large.  We do have some balances over the $20 cutoff mark.  If that happens, students will not be served a tray, but instead will be served a peanut butter sandwich and water.  PowerSchool access will also be cut off.  It is very important to check that balance and send in some type of payment if you are getting behind.
  • Also, please make sure to check at your house for missing library books.  Starting in March, notes will be going home with students who are missing or have overdue library books.  If your child loses a library book, it is your responsibility to pay for it.  Prices will also be listed on the note from the library.  PowerSchool access will also be turned off for missing/overdue library books.
  • The month of March is Severe Weather Month.  We will be participating in the Statewide Tornado Drill on Thursday, March 6th, at 1:30 p.m.  This will only take place if there is no threat of severe weather in the area.  It is important that you have drills, not only for fires, but also for tornadoes, at your home.  Talk with your children to make sure that they know what to do in the event of an emergency and where your meeting place is.
  • On Friday, March 14th, from 3:00-7:00 p.m., the teachers will be here for parent-teacher conferences.  There will not be any After School Program on this night.  Grade cards for 3rd Quarter will be available in your child's classroom.  You must come in to conferences to receive them.  Each teacher will be available on a first come, first serve basis, to talk to your about your child's progress.  Conferences will not be scheduled for every student like they are in October.  Parents who attend conferences show their child that their school progress is important.  We look forward to seeing you on March 14th!
  • The Kindergarten Screening Notice has been sent home with all elementary students.  If you have a child who will be 5 on or before August 1st, 2014, they are eligible for Kindergarten Screening.  The dates for screening are Thursday, March 27th, from Noon-5:00 and Friday, March 28th, from 8:00-3:00.  Please call the elementary office to set up a screening time for your child.  The process takes approximately 45 minutes to an hour to complete.  If you do not have a child that age, but know someone in our district who does, please share this information with them and have them call the elementary school office.  All students must be screened in order to come to Kindergarten in the fall.
  • On Friday, February 28th, our students participated in "Read the Most Coast to Coast."  They joined Renaissance Learning's challenge to break the record set last year for the number of AR quizzes taken in one day.  The new one-day record set this year is an amazing 4,987,949 quizzes!  All students in grades K-5 took part in this shared effort, taking 913 AR quizzes on that day!