Wow! November has arrived, the first marking period is almost over and so much has taken place since the start of the school year. It is a great time to give thanks for the many wonderful things in our lives. I am certainly thankful for the many blessings in my life, including working with the amazing children, parents, teachers, and staff at Errickson.

This year, we are grateful for the renovation of our Media Center into our new STEAM Center. We have added a great deal of STEAM related activities and materials for our students including a 3D Printer, Bloxels, Osmos, Spheros, BeeBots, Lego kits, Keva Planks, and iPad Minis. Our students have been so excited to use all of these new materials during their Media Center time. In addition, we have refitted our computer lab and it now serves as our Green Room, where students can use green screen technology as an extension of their grade level curriculum. In addition, the students have been supporting our Aeroponic Garden in the front hallway by growing seedlings, monitoring the water supply and harvesting the vegetables. Finally, our fourth grade students have been excited to use the “Colaboratory,” now that we have refurbished the pod area. Students use the space to work collaboratively with their classmates. All of these changes have made for more engaged students!

While the first few months of school have flown by, so much has already been accomplished. Our staff has worked hard to get to know each child in their classroom and they have developed learning plans to meet each child’s needs. We continue to use the MAP test in grades 2-5, which provides teachers with a personalized assessment for each child which helps them to plan instructional programs for each child’s specific needs. If you have a child in grades 2-5, your child’s MAP scores are available with the release of report cards in the Genesis portal for your review. Please look at the second page for help in understanding the report.

Errickson Families were extremely generous during both the Foodstock Drive and the Open Door collection last month. Thank you for your generosity. Our students reported that they had so much food that they didn’t have enough time to stock all of it on the shelves!

Just a few safety reminders...When dropping off students in the morning, please have your children exit on the passenger side of the car. With drivers entering from the opposite direction, it is unsafe for children to exit the car on the driver’s side. Also, for parents of our walkers, school does not open until 8:10. Many students have been arriving as early as 7:50 and there is no supervision for students until 8:10. For safety reasons, do not send your children to school prior to the 8:10 opening.

Thank you, again, for all of your support. Enjoy the upcoming holidays with your friends and families.

Mrs. Areman

Dates To Remember

11/9 & 11/10 School Closed

11/15 MWE Blood Drive

11/16 Picture Re-Takes

11/17 House Meeting

11/22 Report Cards Available

11/23 & 11/24 School Closed

11/28 & 11/29 Holiday Shop

12/12 Barnes & Noble Night

12/22 House Meeting

12/22 Early Dismissal

12/25-1/1 Winter Break

1/11 Early Dismissal

1/11 Parent Teacher Conferences

1/24 Early Dismissal

1/24 Parent Teacher Conferences

1/26 House Meeting