Fiske Weekly News
11/21 Slipper Day at Fiske
11/21 HALF DAY for Students and Staff
11/22 NO SCHOOL: Thanksgiving Break
11/23 NO SCHOOL: Thanksgiving Break
11/29 Parent Math Night
12/06 Fiske PTO Sponsored BINGO Night
12/6 Theme Day: Fiske Wear
12/20 Family Friends Day
12/24 NO SCHOOL: Winter Break through
Slipper Day on Wednesday
Don't forget...this Wednesday is a HALF DAY for all students AND it is Slipper Day! Students are encouraged to bring a comfortable pair of slippers to school to wear during the day inside while they participate in literacy based activities!
Green Team Volunteers Wanted
The Fiske Green Team (parent volunteer group) is looking for help in working with Fiske Students during lunch to help compost and recycle post lunch waste. Any and all help is appreciated as the group moves to implement composting and recycling four days per week this year. You can sign up at the following link if you are interested in helping:
New Legacy Cultural Center
Check out a large selection of classes being offered through NLCC on Saturdays at Lexington High School! A great opportunity to engage in some new learning and cross cultural experiences!
Big Backyard Overview
See the overview of Big Backyard and learn about the outdoor experiences that your children have with science at school!
Back to School Night Thank You
A huge thank you to all the families that were able to attend our annual Back to School Night! We hope you enjoyed the visit, learned a lot about your child's classroom experience, and most importantly, we hope you left knowing how much our staff enjoys working with each child at Fiske School. Below is the "updated" staff video with our hopes for your children. I've been able to slow the video down a bit so you can read each staff members' hopes.
Fiske Elementary School Podcasts
Fiske Global School Play Day 2018
This coming month, on February 7th, Fiske will be participating again in Global School Play Day. This day has been created and implemented around the globe, in response, to what educators and other professionals believe to be a decline in play by children. The underlying premise and concern around the decline of play, is that children actually learn a number of valuable skills and lessons through play. Below is a short TEDx video with Peter Gray about the decline and importance of play. We're looking forward to our FULL DAY of supervised, undirected play on February 7th here at Fiske! Check out the album to the right!
Fiske Student Twitter Center
See the Fiske November News with information about this initiative from Mr. Martellone and also check out the video below that was shared with students at our most recent All School Meeting! Fiske is sharing out the great things happening with the world!
Positive Behavior Supports (PBIS)
School Wide PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Support)
Many parents may have heard their child talk about getting WHOO Cards, sitting in the “Owl’s Nest”, having lunch with the principal/assistant principal, or taking part in our school wide “dance party” every two weeks for earning 500 WHOO Cards. All of those things are part of our School Wide PBIS system.
PBIS stands for Positive Behavior Intervention and Support. It is a program designed to teach respect, responsibility, and safety at school. At Fiske, part of our job is to encourage students to continuously make good behavior choices through this program.
PBIS provides teachers and other school staff with information to help prevent behavior problems and make school a safe learning environment.
Research shows that the use of PBIS in school has resulted in increased time for instruction. It also increases positive behaviors school wide, and decreases disruptive behaviors.
How Does It Work?
A PBIS school teaches the expectations to all students and provides frequent opportunity to practice. A PBIS school provides a consistent, predictable, and fair use of consequences for all students. At Fiske we teach students what Respect, Responsibility and Best Effort look like in all school settings through our school’s PBIS matrix.
When we see students meeting those expectations, we give them WHOO Cards as a form of positive recognition, which also gives them a chance to participate in school wide incentives mentioned at the beginning of this newsletter article.
What Can Parents Do
- Read and discuss the Behavior Expectations Matrix found in the headlines section of our school website.
- Ask your child if they’ve earned any WHOO Cards and ask them why they earned them.
- Review the Behavior Expectation Matrix with your child if he or she experiences behavior problems in school
- Work on a plan to help them with strategies for appropriate behaviors
- Support teacher and administrative behavior decisions
- Discuss problems privately with staff
Click on this link to view our School Wide PBIS Expectations Poster: Fiske PBIS Poster
Safe and Supportive Schools
The Lexington Public Schools strives to ensure that all students have full and equal access to all programs and services. Accordingly, the School Committee has amended its anti-discrimination policies to reflect the Act Relative to Gender Identity that went into effect in Massachusetts in July 2012. A key component of this law was the amendment of various Massachusetts statutes prohibiting discrimination on the basis of gender identification. For further information regarding safe and supportive schools please go to the following web-address: www.doe.mass.edu/ssce/GenderIdentity.docx.