We have had a different week at SGES, with a snow day and a ½ day for teacher professional development. The kids have enjoyed playing in the snow and the weather has cooperated for the most part. Thank you for sending students in to school with their snow pants, hats, gloves/mittens, boots and coats. Those 5 items allow students to play in the snow at recess time. We do ask that you also send in shoes for students to wear instead of their boots for the remainder of the day. They are much more comfortable wearing shoes inside.
We are heading into February break having learned so much this year! Kindergarten students have learned their letters and letter sounds and are beginning to read or to read at higher levels. We are so proud of them. Our first graders also continue to read at higher levels and are increasing their fluency and comprehension of what they are reading. We are proud of the work they do every day, too!
Our preschoolers have been learning every day, too. I see them at their writing centers, signing their names daily, learning new songs, exploring science topics –I have seen them making “telescopes” and creating constellations. They are learning to play together and take turns.
In Kindergarten classes I have seen students learning about Abraham Lincoln and George Washington. They have been making connections to the coins- penny and quarter that have pictures of each president. Students have learned the value of each coin, as well. They are practicing writing using upper and lower case letters and writing about their weekends. Students have also been learning about mathematical language and words.
First graders have worked on their reading skills, some classes have enjoyed reading to Kindergarten students from another classroom. They continue to learn about non-fiction books. First graders are learning about an author’s purpose in writing a book and have been able to determine that for non-fiction books authors want to provide information and with fiction books, authors want to entertain the readers. In math, students are working on 2-D shapes and reviewing place value. Many students have been playing the game, Pico-Fermi-Bagel to use their place value and math logic.
I am asking parents of students who ride the bus to please be outside to receive your child(ren) at the end of the day. The buses cannot leave your child without seeing that you are there and will bring those students back to the school if they cannot determine if a parent/guardian is there. Also, if you have someone different meeting your child to take them off the bus, please send us a note to tell the driver. They are very protective of the students and only want to let them off the bus to a parent or designated adult. Thank you for your help in this matter.
I would also like to ask for parents/guardians to please include Ms. Henault and myself on any notes to the teacher that involve early dismissal, absence or parent pick up. This way we will all be aware of your expectations for your child. Thank you. firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
The High School is doing a fundraiser for the Senior Bon Voyage party. Please see the form under Forms and Documents.
From the High School:
Grafton Public Schools is going to have a showing of SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age. All parents/guardians (and their children grades 6-12) are encouraged to reserve free tickets for the Screenagers viewing to be held at Grafton High School on March 1, 2017 from 6:30 PM to 7:45 PM: https://impactflow.com/event/presented-by-grafton-high-school-1624. At about 7:45 pm district staff will hold breakout sessions to further discuss how parents/guardians can assist their children in learning how to manage their screen time. For more information on the Screenagers movie and other resources including screen time contracts and tech tips, visit their website at http://www.screenagersmovie.com/. Two posters are included at the end of this email.
March 3-4 is the National Day of Unplugging, a grassroots effort to get people to shut off mobile devices, if only for a day or even a few hours.
If you’d like to participate, you can start by signing the pledge, which reads “I pledge to unplug during the National Day of Unplugging on March 3-4, 2017. I understand that the important first step is to unplug for as long as I can, even if it is not the full day." Sign the pledge here:
You can also download a sign that reads “I UNPLUG TO” with a blank space for you to fill in. Lots of people are filling in their reasons for unplugging and photographing themselves with the sign.
Attached is a kit for National Day of Unplugging for Kids(& FAMILIES & FRIENDS & TEACHERS). I would like to make this available for families to use and get ready for the National Day of Unplugging that is March 3 through March 4. I hope you can participate and encourage our students and families to consider being a part of the event. (Located under Forms and Documents.)
Dates to Remember:
March 7 & 8 - Incoming Kindergarten Registration
March 13 - ½ day in-service day; no preschool classes
March 14 – K enrichment; Author Jason Lefebvre
March 17 – Report Cards Issues
March 22 – PreK enrichment; Mr. Kim
April 6 – ½ day in-service day; no preschool classes
April 11 – First grade enrichment; Earth Dome
April 13 – Incoming Kindergarten Parent Orientation Night