• November 2019

    From The Principal's Desk

    Our first nine weeks of school have gone in the books, and we continue forging ahead with the fantastic learning at the school. So many wonderful opportunities are taking place at school and it is because of the support and encouragement of every Cardinal that it has been a success.

    We greatly appreciate everyone's efforts in helping each child every day, helping ensure the safety of our students by following procedures, and being a positive voice as we work together to improve our school. None of this could happen without your support! Thank you all for coming out to Parent-Teacher Conferences. This is always a great opportunity to work together to help our children always do their best!

    Thank you for all you do for our students!

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    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!

    Food Drive

    All donations go to the Branch Area Food Pantry. Our goal is to help benefit families that are in need during the holiday season. Each classroom will participate in the food drive during the weeks of November 11-15 and November 18-22. Please donate non-perishable foods!

    Reading Focus

    A bank of words that your child can easily read and write is vital to becoming a stronger reader and writer. Here are four steps to help your child review sight words using word cards. Your child's teacher may send these home or you can make them using index cards or scraps of paper.

    1. Say each word and lay it on the table.
    2. Say a word and ask your child to pick up the word card as you say them.
    3. Place the cards back on the table and have your child pick and say a word.
    4. Have your child read the words as quickly as possible as you show them.

    But most of all HAVE FUN!!!

    ENJOY READING BOOKS TOGETHER!!!!

    Parents please utilize Raz-Kids and Dreambox to help your student at home. Any questions, please contact your child's teacher.

    Math Focus

    We've been working on measuring. To practice this skill at home get out a ruler or tape measure. Have your child measure different items or people in the home. Turn the measurements into story problems.

    ELL News

    Stay connected with the school. By staying informed, you can keep up to date on your child's linguistic, academic, and social progress in school. Understanding what is going on in school will give you a better idea of how you can support your child at home and in school.

    End-Of-Day Reminder

    In an effort to keep all of our students safe, we ask that you call with transportation changes prior to 3:15 PM on Monday-Thursday and prior to 2 PM on Friday. Safety is our utmost concern, and we appreciate your call. Please contact the Transportation Office as well about changes at 517-279-5950. Thank you for your part in helping to keep our kids safe.

    Social Worker's Corner

    Reasons to see the School Social Worker

    Social Workers support and build strong relationships with and between students and their peers and teachers. This makes school a more inviting place to learn and teaches important social skills kids will need to be successful throughout their lives.

    Separation and school anxiety are sometimes problems that negatively affect attendance. Your school social worker can be a resource to parents and students to help them overcome this issue.

    Other reasons to see the social worker:

    • Problem solving
    • Family changes
    • Loss of a loved one
    • Anger management
    • Making new friends

    Throughout the year, your child may be invited to have lunch with the school social worker. They may be invited by a friend or as part of a lunch bunch. If you do not want your child invited to lunch, please let us know. Otherwise we will assume you are OK with it. Kids love to eat with the social worker in a relaxed atmosphere and be able to socialize with friends in this setting.

    Feel free to call Linda Myers at 517-279-5970.

    Adopt-A-Cop

    Our lesson for November will be Hug-A-Tree.

    Boosters Corner

    Please plan on joining us for our next Boosters meeting Thursday, December 12 at 5:30 PM in the Jefferson library.

    Start saving your change!! Penny Wars are coming the week of December 2-6!!!

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

    Box Tops for Education

    Please send in your Box Tops to support Jefferson! Each month, the box tops will be collected and counted. Thank you for your support!

    Girls on the Run 

    Program is open to any girl in 3rd-5th Grade. Online registration only from November 1 to December 15. Register by November 30 to receive a 20% discount. The cost is $96 from Nov.1-30, and $120 from Dec. 1-15. No money needed at registration. Financial assistance and payment plans are available. You can pay with check, e-check, or credit/debit card. The program will meet two days a week starting March 2 through May 23. Register or learn more at https://www.girlsontherunofbranchcounty.org. If no internet access, contact Julie Clary at 517-797-9633 or julie.clary@girlsontherun.org.

    Cardinal Clubs

    Nov. 4-14: Yoga, Tennis, Painting, Coding

    Nov. 18-26: Choir, Basketball, Painting, LEGO

    Dec 2-12: Choir, Basketball, LEGO, Painting

    Jan 6-16: Orff Ensemble, Bowling, LEGO, Weaving

    Starting Smarter

    You are the expert on your child. Over the course of the school year, you receive lots of information on how your child is performing in school that combine to give you a more complete picture of your child's academic progress. In addition to report card grades and class tests, you can use test score reports to better understand your child's strengths and areas in need of improvement to start a meaningful conversation with your child's teacher about how to better support learning at home. Please take some time and check out this website:

    https://mi.startingsmarter.org/

    ...to give you ideas to understand the score report and areas, check out test questions, and additional free resources available to support your child's learning. This site will be helpful to parents.

    Mileage Club Returns!

    The Mileage Club is returning after several years of absence. The Mileage Club provides your child with a fitness opportunity during their recess. Students have been supplied with 20-punch mileage cards and simply walk/jog around our track to earn punches. Completed cards are turned in for opportunities to win weekly prizes, and the class with the most completed miles will be rewarded with a party at the end of the year. Students who are able to complete 100 miles by the end of the year will have their name permanently displayed on the Mileage Club plaque located in the gym.

    Calendar

    • Nov. 13: Hungry Howie's Pizza Night
    • Nov. 15: Popcorn Friday
    • Nov. 19-20: Terrific Kids
    • Nov. 20: Adopt-A-Cop
    • Nov. 27: HALF-DAY - School dismisses at 12:05 PM
    • Nov. 28-29: NO SCHOOL – Thanksgiving Break
    • Dec. 11: Hungry Howie's Pizza Night
    • Dec. 13: Popcorn Friday
    • Dec. 18: Adopt-A-Cop
    • Dec. 20: NO SCHOOL - Records Day
    • Dec. 23-Jan. 3: NO SCHOOL - Christmas Break