From The Principal's Desk
Wow! It's finally spring! It's hard to believe that we only have seven weeks of school remaining.
Our 3rd Grade students are making great preparations for the M-STEP test, which will be taken on May 7 & 14. We wish them luck and know they will all do well.
Remember a few tips to help during test time to alleviate some tension and anxiety. Get a good night's rest and eat a healthy breakfast. Relax and know you have worked hard and those preparations have paid off. And above all, have fun showing what you know!
Reminder to parents that it is important that your 3rd Grade student is in attendance on those days.
As always, my door is open and I welcome your feedback. Thank you for all you do for our students!
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Talk about the things you see in your neighborhood, on trips around town, or on television. These conversations help build a child's understanding of her world. When reading, pause to ask questions or comment on the story. Ask "Why do you think he did that?" or "What do you think is going to happen next?"
April 23 at 11 AM: Supianoski, Fondren, O'Neill, & Kotas
April 23 at 2:30 PM: Bachler, Mencke, Britton, & Welker
April 24 at 11 AM: Barnes, Foulk, Johnson, & Decker
April 24 at 2:30 PM: Hoard, Felts, Madden, & Redman
Actions Can Affect Others
It is important for your student to recognize what characters do throughout a story, and how those actions can affect other characters. They need to think, "How do other characters respond?" and "What can we learn from their response?"
How does this character affect that one?
Name the character's actions and the effect on other characters. Try "(Character) acts (describe behavior) toward (character) and that is teaching me..."
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.
Helping Children Learn to Resolve Conflicts
Conflicts are a normal part of life. We can help kids learn to solve them without fighting and hurt feelings.
First, model settling disagreements responsibly without namecalling, insults, blaming, or avoiding conflict altogether.
Second, focus on the problem, not the person. Listen with an open mind and treat the other person with respect at all times. Talk in a calm voice-take time to cool down first if necessary.
Work on a solution both parties can agree on. Teach children about compromise, or getting enough of what they want while being fair to the other person.
Help children settle conflicts with peers and siblings without doing it for them. We want children to be strong and to advocate for themselves, while being considerate of others' wishes.
Celebration of Learning & Art Show
Save the date! On Monday, May 13th from 5-6 PM, we will be having a Celebration of Learning event. In connection with our Kids Read Now summer reading program, students will share with you their learning over the course of the year. Students will receive their first 3 books for the summer reading program. There will also be an art show. You don't want to miss this event!
The spring fundraiser will begin on Friday, April 12 and will go through Monday, April 29. Orders will be available to pick up during the Kids Read Now event on Monday, May 13.
Planning for Next Year
Parents of current 2nd Grade students: If you know that your child will not be attending Jefferson, please let us know so we can accurately plan for the 2019-20 school year.
Talk About What You Read
- Ask your child questions about the story.
- Lead with questions such as, "Why do you think the fish might have done that?" or "What do you think will happen next?"
- Connect what you read with conversations, such as, "If the children in this story did a clean-up day for Earth Day, what do you think we could do for Earth Day?"
Watch this video clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsBO8IhN-gw&feature=youtu.be
Kids Read Now Summer Reading Program and the Branch District Library's Summer Reading Program
We are excited to offer Kids Read Now to our students. This month, your child will have the opportunity to choose 9 books to have sent to them over the summer. The opportunity to select books of interest will be a motivator to read throughout the summer. Teachers will provide you with information about Kids Read Now at our Celebration of Learning on May 13th from 5-6 PM. Please come and hear about this great program and see the learning that has taken place throughout this school year! It will be FUN!!!!
The Kids Read Now program complements Branch District Library's Summer Reading Program. We would like to encourage students' participation in both programs. Books read in the Kids Read Now program will count toward the Library's reading logs to get great prizes like Fair tickets, grand prizes, and other cool stuff. For more information about the Library's program. call 517-278-2341 Ext. 198. They will also have a booth at the Learning Celebration on May 13th for further questions.
Mar 25-Apr. 11: Mural Makers, Kick Ball Camp, Makers Space, and Orff Ensemble
Apr. 15-25: Painting 101, Kick Ball Camp, Makers Space, and Kids Yoga
Apr. 29-May 9: Mural Making, Softball Camp, Makers Space, and Kids Yoga
May 13-23: Mural Making, Softball Camp, Makers Space, and Kids Yoga
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.
Fourth Marking Period: March 18-May 31, 2019.
- April 15-18: Kindergarten Registration at Max Larsen Elementary
- April 19: Good Friday - NO SCHOOL
- April 23: 3rd Grade music programs, 11 AM and 2:30 PM
- April 24: 2nd Grade music programs, 11 AM and 2:30 PM
- May 3: Popcorn Friday
- May 4: First Lego League Junior Expo for 3rd Grade students at CHS, 8:30 AM-12 PM
- May 7: 3rd Grade M-STEP testing
- May 8: 2nd Grade trip to Tibbits
- May 8: Hungry Howie's pizza night
- May 13: Celebration of Learning Night, 5 PM
- May 14: 3rd Grade M-STEP testing
- May 31: Last Day of School - Dismiss at 12:05 PM