Kindergarten and First grade students visited the Pumpkin Patch this past October. It was a warm, breezy day filled with sunshine, laughter, squeals and giggles. Go to 1st Grade Snapshots Gallery to view more photos from the Pumpkin Patch!

  

Kindergarten enjoy the Pumpkin Patch pictured below. Go to Kindergarten Snapshots Gallery to view more Kindergarten Pumpkin Patch fun!

  

  

 

"Deck the Halls" for PTC was a huge success in December raising $1087.76 for the PTC to help support student activities during the school year. Teachers, students, and staff decorated throughout the building, creating a beautiful and festive atmosphere for all. Each grade level choose a holiday theme and decorated hallways with all sorts of merry scenes. Parents, families and the community toured the building each evening when coming to watch student Christmas programs and voted by donating whatever amount they wanted to pick their favorite themed hallway. Grades K-4 participated in the contest and Kindergarten won receiving the most votes (money) and were treated to a Rockin' Reindeer Party in the gym hosted by Mrs. Keaton. Themes included: 1st Grade, The North Pole; 2nd Grade, The Polar Express; 3rd Grade, Gingerbread Land; 4th Grade, Holiday Songs. 

4th Grade Holiday Music, Mrs. Wheeler and Mr.Rice, "You're a Mean One Mr. Grinch".

READ MORE TO VIEW MORE 'DECK THE HALLS' PHOTOS.

On December 15/15 Mrs. Morgan's and Mrs. Raines' fourth grade classes hosted Pay to Play for Reindeer Day for students at the elementary building. The day was a success raising $660.00 to help provide for the needs of  Vaughn Salisbury. Thank you to those who donated and/or worked to help make the day a success! To view more Pay to Play for Reindeer photos go to Elementary Holiday Album.

Kindergarten students making reindeer food at the Pay to Play for Reindeer Day.

Elementary students wrote letters to Santa in support of Macy's 'Believe' Campaign that benefits the Make a Wish Foundation. For each letter Macy's receives, a dollar is donated to Make a Wish. 

 

Home & School Connection Newsletter

Home & School Connection is a newsletter offering tips and advice in helping children and families work together to achieve a successful school year.

 School & Home Connection, September, 2016

One-to-One Program Complete

This school year all elementary students have access to their own technology device for use during the school day. Kindergarten and 1st grade students will use IPads; 2nd-4th grades have Chromebooks. Please read the 'Acceptable Use' and 'One-to-One' Policies and go over the proper use and care of the devices with your child. Students and staff are excited to use their new devices to learn, explore, and discover!

1st & 2nd Grades Now Switching Classes Each Day

This is the first year grades 1 & 2 will have two teachers during the school day. Students will spend morning class periods with their homeroom teacher studying either Language Arts/Social Studies, or Math/Science. In the afternoon they will go to another classroom for that period's subjects. Student homeroom teachers are the primary contact for your child. See grade level pages for each grade's daily schedule.

New Reading Series: ReadyGEN

The elementary is using a new reading series for grades K-4. Grade/class spelling assignments now focus on spelling patterns instead of word lists each week. Students will get spelling practice guides each week and have spelling inventories administered periodically to assess skills. 

Free Breakfast Every Morning

The Elementary offers FREE Breakfast to all students that arrive on time each morning. 2nd-4th grade students considering breakfast, should go directly to the cafeteria before entering the gym. We encourage students to start their day off great, enjoying breakfast with their friends and classmates. 

 

“In classrooms across America the development of sight word recognition continues to be a top priority when instructing emerging and beginning readers.” TeachStix

 

What Are Sight Words?

Sight Words (high-frequency, core words) are the words that are used most often in reading and writing.

Why Are Sight Words Important?

Sight words are very important for your child to master because “sight words account for up to 75% of the words used in beginning printed children’s materials”,  ( Study to Identify High Frequency Word in Printed Materials, by DJ Kear & MA Gladheart).

There are different sight words for every grade level. Each set of words builds upon the other, meaning that once your child learns the Sight Words in Kindergarten, he will be expected to still recognize those words as he learns new words in first grade, and so forth.

Many of the over 200 Sight Words do not follow the basic principles, thus they cannot be “sounded out”. Beginning readers need an effective strategy for decoding unknown words, and knowing sight words is an effective method. (Speech Buddy)

READ MORE FOR BENEFITS, EXAMPLES, AND SIGHT WORD LISTS

 

Mrs. Platzer's Art students took Pablo Picasso's cubism to the next level, painting vibrant and unique cubes of "Picasso Faces" using discarded computer boxes. Working together on the cubes, students drew upon the inspiration of Picasso's cubist period, creating their own 'Picasso Face' to share with all. 

Vincent Van Gogh is known for his contrasting colors and his impasto style filled with hatch strokes and rolling, pulsing motions of his paintbrush. Van Gogh would stroke his paint on the canvas with a knife, or brush - almost like working with clay - the paint strokes forming marks with textures. One of his most famous paintings in his 'Sunflowers'.

 

Students grew a field of sunflowers to place in their vision of Van Gogh's 'Sunflowers'. Third graders use their talents and creativity drawing their sunflowers.

READ MORE TO VIEW MORE ART CLASS PHOTOS

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