• February 2019

    From The Principal's Desk

    This is the beginning of an exciting time of year at Jeffer-son. With 100 days down, our students share what they know on a variety of assessments.

    Assessments can sometimes be scary, and we all know the added pressure placed on our students, teachers, and school. However, I view all of the assessments as an opportunity to show all the great learning that has happened this school year. Our encouragement will go a long way in helping students feel more comfortable during these assessments. I know our students will do their very best!

    As always, my door is open and I welcome your feedback. Thank you for all you do for our students.

    Tobi Reardon signature

    Mission Statement

    Coldwater Community Schools provides a supportive and challenging learning environment where every student is prepared to succeed in a global community.

    Vision Statement

    Making a world of difference for our students – Every student...Every way...Every day!

    Inclement Weather Reminders

    In the event of school cancellation or delay, a robocall will come in the early morning from the bus garage. If you don't receive a call, please contact the office to make sure we have the correct phone number on file.

    School closings or delays are also broadcast on local radio and TV stations.

    When there is a 2-hour delay NO BREAKFAST WILL BE SERVED.

    But Why?

    It is important for your child to be able to answer why when it comes to reading. While reading, a character may do or say something that makes us ask, "Why?" We want children to start thinking about where to find the why. The first thing to do is go back into the story and re-read to see if there is a clue. Next, think about it; maybe your child can relate to the character's experience or actions and make an inference. Then read on to see if the action is explained later. Asking questions and making inferences are important skills for all readers.

    REAL MEN READ

    We would like to invite you to participate in REAL MEN READ. Our goal is to have men reading and talking about the benefits of reading to our students. This could be just the thing to encourage more boys to pick up books. Since reading is such an integral part of education and life, your participation could change a life. You could be that positive change and influence in the life of a child. Share the joy of reading. Be a role model. Be a hero. Contact our office at 517-279-5970 if you wish to participate in March.

    Science Olympiad - 3rd Grade

    Saturday, March 16th from 9:15 AM-2:30 PM, Bronson Junior/Senior High School. Practices have started in preparation for this event! Please contact Mr. Bachler if you have any questions at 517-279-5970.

    Great Attendance: An Essential Skill

    In order to learn and grow, students need to be at school. Good attendance in school is not only critical for skill development in students, but it is also establishing good work habits that can be seen throughout life. Michigan State Compulsory Education laws mandate regular and consistent school attendance unless there is a significant medical reason provided to the school. If your child is ill and cannot attend school, please call the Jefferson office at 517-279-5970 by 9 AM. Children also should learn the importance of arriving to school on time. Some of the most important directions of the day occur in the first few minutes. Children who are ready, seated, and waiting for instructions are learning more day by day. Children arriving at school 30 minutes or more after the beginning of the day, 8:35 AM, will be counted as absent for the first half of the day. Likewise, students leaving 30 minutes or more before the end of the day, 3:45 PM, will be counted absent for the last half of the day.

    Students who have 5 or fewer absences for the school year will receive special recognition as part of our Strive For Five Challenge. We want to partner with you, and if we can help please let us know.

    Social Worker's Corner

    During the 2018-19 school year, Coldwater Schools staff are receiving education about trauma informed practices. We recognize that children exposed to violence and trauma may not feel safe or ready to learn. 

    Our focus will continue to be on education and achievement while remaining mindful that mental health and wellness are vital to students' success.

    I will be supporting staff in their recognition of students with histories of trauma and their use of trauma informed practices. I will also be providing social-emotional learning experiences to students to ensure that they cultivate healthy behaviors and relationships.

    Parents are encouraged to call if they need help in this area or with any questions.

    Linda Myers, LMSW

    United We Read

    Kevin Sheppard from United Way is looking for volunteers to read in a classroom on March 13th. He is trying to organize volunteers for the schools across Branch County. Please consider taking the time to read to students. It means a lot to them. Contact Kevin at 517-795-5476!

    Boosters Corner

    We will be hosting our Spring Book Fair the week of March 11-15. 

    Want to help? Become friends with ColdwaterCardinals ElementaryBoosters on Facebook or email us at coldwatercardinalselemenboosters@gmail.com to learn more.

    ELL News

    WIDA testing will begin February 4th and continue through March 22nd. The students will be tested in reading, writing, speaking and listening. We continue to encourage our students to do their best.

    Cardinal Clubs

    • Feb. 19-28: Sculpture Making, Hockey Camp, Makers Space, and Kids Yoga
    • Mar. 4-14: Drawing 101, Hockey Camp, Makers Space, and Orff Ensemble
    • Mar 11-21: Bead Making, Cooperative Group Games, Makers Space, and Kids Yoga
    • Mar 25-Apr. 11: Mural Makers, Kick Ball Camp, Makers Space, and Orff Ensemble

    Smiles on Wheels

    Smiles on Wheels is coming to Jefferson on Feb. 20-21, Feb. 26-27, and March 14. Please return the permission slip by Feb. 19.

    10 Benefits of Reading Aloud to Children

    • builds vocabulary
    • improves reading comprehension
    • promotes empathy
    • reduce stress
    • boost brain development
    • increase chances of later success
    • helps develop communication skills
    • builds self-esteem
    • deepens family connections
    • exposes children to different experiences

    Reminders

    Student Absences: Call the office at 517-279-5970 before 9 AM.

    Before School: Please remember that drop off in the morning is at 8 AM. We do not have staff available before 8 AM to supervise. Thank you!

    Student Dismissal: No child may change his/her usual method of transportation home from school without a written note or a phone call from a parent. Please call before 3:15 PM if you are changing their usual method of transportation.  

    Early Release on Friday: Students are dismissed at 2:30 PM.

    Third Marking Period: January 7-March 15, 2019.

    Calendar

    • Feb. 18: NO SCHOOL
    • Feb. 20, 21, 26, and 27: Smiles on Wheels - permission slips sent home Feb.15
    • March 11: Bible Release, 2:05 PM
    • March 11-15: Spring Book Fair
    • March 14: Smiles on Wheels
    • March 14: Adopt-A-Cop 
    • March 15: Popcorn Friday
    • March 16: Science Olympiad, 9:15 AM-2:30 PM at Bronson Junior/Senior High School
    • March. 29: HALF-DAY for students
    • April. 1-5: NO SCHOOL - Spring Break