Bunn Elementary School October 2014 Calendar of Events:
October 2 5-7:00 PTA Fall Festival – Math Focus
6 School Improvement Plan – Work Session 3-5 PM
16 12:45 Early Release Day
17 Teacher Professional Development Day – No School for Students
20 3:00 Faculty/School Improvement & other Committee Meetings
23 Make Up Picture Day
28 Last Day of the Nine Weeks Grading Period
29 Read to Achieve Test for ¾ Transition Students
Fall Festival October 2, 2014 5-7PM
Parent Conferences/Report Card Pick-Up and PTA. Mark your calendars for November 6, 2014. This is our first Student Led Parent Conference – Report Card Pick-Up day of the 2014-2015 school year. All students will be preparing ahead of time and will be ready to share with their parents their accomplishments and goals for learning. Please note that since these are student led conferences our students are supposed to attend the conference with the parents. Please make arrangements for this to happen. With the addition of the Read to Achieve Legislation that affects grades K-3, it has never been more important that we see all our parents. We look forward to this exciting time and hope that all of you can participate. Be watching for notices from your teachers on scheduling. PTA will be held at 7PM that night also in the gym!!!
PTA Fall Festival. I hope everyone is getting ready to eat, play and have fun at our Fall Festival on October 2, 2014, out on the ball field. This will be a PTA program event for our school. We will not have a regular agenda for this meeting - FUN for ALL is the Agenda.
Interruption of Instruction. Just a reminder to parents that when you need to speak with your child’s teacher an appointment will need to be made in order to protect classroom instructional time. You are always invited to come for lunch or to visit but unless a conference has been set by the teacher for that particular time you will need to schedule for another time. We know that you all want your children to get as much instruction everyday as possible. Thank you for thinking about this when you visit.
Transportation Changes. All transportation changes must be received in writing by email or fax to the main office by 12:00 noon. This is a necessity to ensure accuracy for procedures. Please refer to the 2014-2015 Student/Parent Handbook on page 10.
Tardiness and Early Dismissals. In order for us to have the opportunity to present all the necessary skills to your child we need to have all children at school on time each day and in attendance the entire day. We have begun having a lot of students arriving tardy. These cases will be turned over to our school social worker so that he can assist you in making plans to get your children at school on time. Please feel free to contact Mr. Hailey yourself if you would like some assistance.
Report Cards. All parents should have received a letter from the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Dr. Rhonda Schuhler, highlighting the grading practices that are going to be used to report on each student’s report card. In this letter Dr. Schuhler says, “The ultimate goal is for all students to be successful. Whether your child is at the top of the class or is struggling academically, the goal is to support and challenge them. Once a cluster is reported on the report card, instruction continues throughout the year within that area. Therefore, your child should demonstrate proficiency by the end of the school year.” If you have any questions please contact your child’s teacher.
BES is a Title 1 School. This designation comes from the percentage of Free/Reduced meal applications approved for our school. Title I funds are used to purchase and support technology, special materials for Math and Reading, as well as paying 3 salaries for support personnel at our school. These funds have specifically made it possible for our total integration of 21st century technology in each classroom. We have open meetings of our School Improvement Team each month where distribution of funds and the planning of school wants and needs are discussed. All are invited to attend these meetings.
Parents Make the Difference! October 2014
Learning to work with others leads to academic success
There’s a lot to be said for encouraging children to show leadership. But, let’s face it – some kids are just plain bossy. They won’t take turns. They won’t share. They won’t listen to what anyone says.
In life, your child will be expected to work with others. Whether it’s a group project in social studies or a role in the school play, he’ll be more successful if he knows how to be a team player.
To help your child learn how to be less of a dictator and more of a contributor:
· Let family members take turns making some decisions – from which movie to watch to what to have for dinner.
· Use the “Mom Rule.” If one child cuts the cake, the other gets to choose the first piece. If one child chooses the game, the other gets the first turn.
· Teach fair ways to decide who goes first. Have your kids play “rock, paper, scissors” to see who gets on the computer first. Flip a coin to decide who takes the first bath.