Wow! It's hard to believe but we are already six weeks into the school year. Time seems to be flying by. I love the fall portion of school as teachers are introduced to a new group of children and begin to see and discern the little things that make each and every child unique. It also will soon bring the annual opportunity for parents and teachers to sit down and discuss student progress - Parent-Teacher Conferences are Nov. 8 and 13. Despite our best intentions, no one knows his/her child better than you do, and the information you can share with us is extremely valuable. I would encourage you to take a few minutes and write down some of the questions and observations you have related to the 2012-2013 school year. Some thoughts to consider:
What are some of the key skills and knowledge my child will be expected to learn?
Are there any special long-term projects I should be aware of?
What can I, as a parent, be doing at home to help my child be successful?
What things does my child's teacher do to meet the needs of the different learning styles in the classroom?
As always, feel free to stop in and visit at any time. This is your school!
1. A big thank you to Peter Wyckoff for donating several microscopes to the 4th and 6th grade classes. Fourth grade will use them to study objects as they pertain to the new science curriculum and sixth grade will use them to study tissue during their dissecting lessons. The donation is greatly appreciated!
2. Continue to check the school website for pertinent information. Among other things, September Student Authors from grades 3-6 now have their work published. [First go to the district web site, then click on elementary, then on PRINCIPAL]
3. Reminder: Morris Area Schools will be having an evacuation and relocation drill taking place on Monday, Oct. 15, at approximately 1:30 p.m. This will be a structured opportunity for our students to practice evacuating off campus and to experience what would happen in the event we were not able to return to school immediately. All students will be walking to the RFC and staff will provide supervision. It is anticipated the drill will last 45-60 minutes. The drill is part of our normal safety planning and helps us sift through potential problem areas in the event of a true emergency. If you would take time to discuss safety planning with your children, it would be greatly appreciated. Any questions or concerns should be directed to Ken Gagner at Morris Area Schools (320-589-1250).
4. Morris Area Schools fully supports military service members and their families. To best provide this support we are asking your help in identifying all military families in our district. Please contact our office by phone or email if you are a current member of the military (Active, Reserve, or National Guard).
5. Did you know? Literacy is defined as the ability to talk, read, and write, leading to the ability to communicate and learn. Research overwhelming shows that the earlier we start learning these skills the better. Children knowing between 10,000 - 12,000 words when entering kindergarten tend to be successful learners. You can do your part (at any age) by reading to and with your children AND asking them questions. If you want to be an overachiever - throw in some writing!
P.S. Don't forget Coffee with Ken held from 7 - 7:30 a.m. in the school cafeteria the first Friday of each month. This is a time for fellowship, asking questions, and getting to know your school a little bit better!
Oct. 18-19 - Fall Break
Oct. 31 - Fall Classroom Parties
Nov. 2 - End of First Quarter
Nov. 4 - Daylight Savings Time Ends
Nov. 8 - Parent/Teacher Conferences (No School)
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. - 2 to 5:00 p.m. - 6 to 8 p.m.
Nov. 9 - No School
Nov. 12 - Veterans Day Program, 2 p.m., Elem. Gym
Nov. 13 - Elem. Parent/Teacher Conf., 5 to 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 22-23 - Thanksgiving