Message from the Principal
Dear Montevideo Families,
November is here and has brought us some rain. Hopefully, this is only the beginning of the much-needed moisture. Please remember to leave earlier than normal on rainy days. It is important that students are in class on time and ready to work everyday.
Most of our classes will be transitioning to Eureka/Engage Math for our core math program in the next two months depending on when the current or next unit ends. Some of our teachers will continue on with Bridges in order to get a side-by-side comparison of the two programs. Your child’s teacher will let you know what the math plan is for the rest of the year. I am also happy to let you know that we are bringing back our school-wide Problem of the Month! Look out for our holiday- themed problem solving!
If you are looking for ways to support your student with Eureka Math, check out the following : http://greatminds.net/parents
Whole School Read Aloud
Every class will be participating in our monthly read aloud. Everybody Bakes Bread, our November pick, is a wonderful classic that teaches us to celebrate our cultural differences. Teachers and students will engage in grade level appropriate activities to support their understanding of the themes in the story. Please ask your child about the story and have a conversation with them about what they have learned.
If you would like to hear a reading of the story visit this Youtube clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgfKXhMt4Kk
Soul Shoppe and Peacemakers
Please continue to practice the “I Message,” “Clean Up” and “Stop and Breathe” at home with your students. If you need a refresher on these strategies please visit http://soulshoppe.com/.
We also now have Peacemakers on our Montevideo campus! You may have noticed the Peace Path painted on our playground. When students have a conflict, Peacemakers help them to literally and physically walk the path to peace. Peace paths are “life-size” (54” x 108”) and students slide step by step along this courageous journey in order to peacefully resolve their conflicts. Having the path permanently part of the playground allows students to use the path and the communication tools on their own.
2nd Annual Mustang Stampede
We will kick off our Mustang Stampede this Wednesday! Not only is this a great way to end Run Club and promote healthy living, it is one of our most important fundraisers of the year. We depend on the whole community to get involved! If you are able, please make the suggested donation of $40 or more in order to support our school. This money goes to fund the Librarian, Technology teacher, Reading and Math Intervention, and Classroom Para support.
Traffic/Drivers behaving badly in our parking lot!
I have been disappointed lately in parents driving in our parking lot. Please follow the rules. We have them for a reason: SAFETY FOR OUR STUDENTS. Help us to ensure safety at school by driving slowly, following parking lot rules and using good judgment.
Report Cards will be coming home November 20th. Hopefully you have viewed the report card video that was sent out in the Friday Flash by now. A couple of points to keep in mind when reviewing the new report card:
- We do not expect that every child is at or above standard at this point in the year. That is why they come to school.
- The “N” should not be an indicator of poor performance. Rather, it is validation that a student is working on a grade level skill and needs more time for mastery.
- Report Cards are a helpful communication and monitoring tool. Please do not let this tool be the focus of school. Your focus should be your child’s learning development, which you should see everyday. Regular communication with your child and your child’s teacher about learning is the most productive strategy to ensure that your child is successful in school.
PTA Carnival Success
A huge “thank you” to Katie Herberger and the PTA for putting on this wonderful event. Not only was it an absolute blast, the carnival raised enough money to pay for all of our Soul Shoppe Workshops this year! Thank you to everyone who participated in this outstanding Montevideo community event.
Auction Chair Wanted
Our Education Foundation is still looking for a chairperson. Our chair for the past few years, Tony Divito, has done a great job of documenting and keeping track of things in order to create seamless transition to a new leader. Please know that this person would have a substantial amount of support for this event. The date is already set and there is already a suggested timeline and some willing volunteers. If you or someone you know may be interested in stepping in for this event, please let me know!
I appreciate you reading this newsletter. I hope you will join me on Wednesday morning at 8:30 a.m. in the MPR for coffee. It will be an open forum Principal’s Coffee for discussion and questions.
Tasha Anestos Snow