The sun is out….Woot!
PSSA progress report…ELA done! Boom! Math done! Boom! Two days of Science on Monday and Tuesday for 4th graders only. I am oh so impressed with your children. They have shown perseverance and determination throughout the testing process. When I announced that it was the last day for 3rd and 5th grade, they booed! I should also mention that our K-2 students were incredibly quiet and they travelled through the building allowing for a perfect testing environment! #lovemysharks
The Art Show is coming up! Wednesday, May 24th from 6pm-8pm!
Parent volunteers are needed to help set up the show!
Sign Up Here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090845aca62ba5fb6-artshow
or email Miss Willow directly at email@example.com
Students may still submit Artwork from HOME! Students should see Miss Willow ASAP for requirements, more information and submission slips! All at home Artwork is due: May 17th!
There are new guidelines for immunizations for all students in 2017-18. Be sure to review the attached letter carefully as the timeline has been changed and students without proper immunizations will be excluded from school within 5 days. Questions, please call our nurses.
17-18 Immunization Changes Letter.pdf
You have probably received a letter from Dr. Chance regarding a change to our contract for OT, PT and Speech for 2017-18. DASD has contracted with PTS for the last several years, but after a comprehensive vetting process, it was decided to go with Austill’s. I am certain that there will be a continuum of quality services provided to our students in need of these support services, but we will surely miss our present therapists. As you know, SC is a family and we all work together to ensure the success of our students. Please join me in thanking Mrs. Granillo (Friedrich), Mrs. Best and Mrs. Dinan for an awesome year of growth.
Speaking of next year…
We will no longer have Rosetta Stone in grade 1-5. Students will have the opportunity to develop 21st century skills through a hands on exploration period. The district had a student competition to name the Encore and that will be announced soon. We have been building up our supplies of hands-on materials and the district will provide some staples as well. Here at SC, the first and second graders have been doing this for a while. They love it! The pendulum is swinging with education and we are now recognizing the power of play in laying the ground work for STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math)
The 4C’s of 21st Century Learners:
Communication~ Sharing thoughts, questions, ideas and solutions
Collaboration~ Working together to reach a goal-putting talent, expertise and smarts to work
Critical Thinking~ Looking at problems in a new way, linking learning across subjects and disciplines
Creativity~ Trying new approaches to get things done equals innovation and invention
Please note: It seems as though the new fad is “fidgets” to help students focus. To be honest with you, we have some students who do require specific tools to assist them with their learning. Many of the items being sent to school are more distracting than helpful. (I even saw some of these items offered in a Groupon.) Please do not send these items to school. If a SC staff member gives a student a fidget or tool, it is for a specific purpose. If you would like your child to use a fidget at home during homework, give it a try. In the instructional setting, we have not found this to be an asset for most children. Thanks for understanding.
It has been a whirlwind, but I was recently reminded how much parents enjoy my funny stories. So I will get back on track with this… As Principal, I just never know what will come across my desk. A second grader recently proposed an idea to her teacher. Her teacher, knowing how busy I can be, suggested that she put it all in a letter to me. Here is an excerpt…
Dear Mrs. Welsh,
I’ve been thinking for a while and I think we should have a school election. It would be a good responsibility to have a president of the school. Also, even the students who are not running have the responsibility to vote for the president and being responsible is one of the shark rules!...Whoever is president gets to work a half-quarter of the school day in the office and choose the lunch menu. Here is the menu. Monday, spaghetti with butter, Tuesday, tacos my way…. This is my idea and I hope you like it.
I LOVE how our kids think!
Home and School News:
- Last call for donations for Cradle to crayons. Please drop all clothing donations in the lost and found bins.
- Join Home and School in Celebrating our ALL STAR SHAMONA SHARK TEAM of Teacher's May 1-5, 2017. Attached is a Schedule of events to cheer on our All Star Team and a form your kids to fill out for their teacher, "My Teacher is an All Star because…"
Teacher Appreciation Info...Read me!.docx
My teacher is an All Star Form...Open me!.docx
- The Spring Fair is right around the corner. Please keep an eye out for a Sign-Up Genius where you will be able to volunteer to help with running games, selling game/raffle tickets or working the food sales. Each class has been assigned a specific event to make it easy. Once you sign up, you will be sent a detailed explanation of your game. Pre-Sale Food and Game tickets will be sent home via email starting this week. Thank you in advance as the Spring Fair committee cannot pull this off without your help. Teamwork makes our school the success it is and will continue to be.