Fowler USD #225
December 2018 Newsletter
USD 225 to Present to the KS State Board of Education
You can view the presentation via live stream at https://www.ksde.org/Board/Kansas-State-Board-of-Education/Streaming-Media.
Music Concert Information
As I’m sure you all know, the upcoming Christmas festival is scheduled for Saturday, December 15th . If your child is in Kindergarten-5th grade, they will be singing Christmas carols starting at 6:00 p.m. I know a lot of you will already be there in advance for the other activities, but for this group I’m asking that they please be in the elementary music room no later than 5:45 p.m. I don’t have a dress code for the younger ones, but if they want to wear some sort of Christmas sweater/shirt/pants/Santa hat etc. that’s perfectly fine. To my understanding they are singing outside, so coats, hats, and gloves would also be a good idea.
If your child is in band or is singing (6th-12th grade) I ask that they please be in the elementary music room no later than 6:15-6:20 so that we can warm up. They will be performing in the grade school auditorium after the elementary caroling is completed. I do understand that this is on a Saturday evening, and I know things come up on weekends, but this performance is part of their grade. If I don’t receive notice from a parent/guardian or principal that they aren’t going to be here, I will unfortunately have to give them a zero for the concert. The dress code is all black (please no leggings unless they are under a black dress or skirt) and a Christmas accessory of some sort (Santa hat, elf hat, Christmas tie, etc.).
Thank you so much,
Black & Gold Tournament
Focus Frenzy Checkpoint Challenge
December 2018 Breakfast Menu - This institution is an equal opportunity provider
Wildly Important Goal
How Reading 20 Minutes a Day Impacts Your child
Starting in kindergarten, if a student reads 20 minutes a day at home, they will hear 1.8 million words per year. They will have read for 851 hours by 6th grade and on standardized tests, they will likely score better than 90% of their peers. This is compelling data on the benefits of encouraging your child to read.
Helps in language development
From the time your child is born, reading out loud is a positive influence. As your child grows, daily reading will help the brain make connections between the written and spoken word, widening vocabulary in the process. Adding to that benefit, vocabulary knowledge equates to masterful spelling. In fact, reading, spelling and vocabulary are critically important to a child's lifelong achievement.
Promotes brain development
Educators have long said reading makes people smarter, and there’s research backing them up. A recent study conducted by the American Academy of Pediatrics found reading to children of any age wakens a number of regions in the left part of the brain. The areas in the brain that become active involve understanding the meaning of words and concepts tied to memory.
Aids in understanding of a world outside our own
Reading is more than just translating written words into verbal form; it is about understanding those words were once ideas in the minds of great thinkers. It is about realizing those ideas can be connected to personal experiences. Through daily reading, children are exposed to a world outside their own reality. It expands their know-how, opens their minds and creates the potential for a continuation of ideas and an endless number of possibilities.
Strengthens family relationships
There is nothing quite like reading together as a family. Whether you're flipping through picture books with your little ones or sitting in the same room with older kids while, each immersed in a piece of literature, these are times you remember. For a moment, you are all able to escape worries and experience art in written form. It is something that can be recreated in different forms with every new book and family read-a-thon.
Provides endless possibilities
Whether it’s a picture book, a novel or even help resources, there are many options.
With technology such as the Kindle for Kids Bundle, your children can access books anytime, anywhere. The Kindle for Kids Bundle can hold thousands of books and also allows your children to search for new titles and, based on their interests, easily find recommended books. Additionally, children can take advantage of a Kindle to improve reading skills through the development of word fluency and comprehension. Word Wise, for example, places short and simple definitions and synonyms directly above difficult words in text, so kids can better understand the material and keep reading with few interruptions. Vocabulary Builder automatically takes words users look up and creates flashcards with definitions and word usage examples.
So, in honor of National Reading Month, this is a great time to encourage your child to dive into a great new book and get the whole family reading each day too.
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Aspire 4 Higher
ATHLETICS & ACTIVITIES
FHS Scholar's Bowl
Game Day Cheer Competition
MONTH IN REVIEW - OUR EXPERIENCES
This year's Thanksgiving meal was hosted in the grade school gymnasium on November 16th. It started at 11:00 a.m. Everyone was invited. The amount that attended the Thanksgiving meal was 126 people from the school and 60 RSVP's.
Thank you high school StuCo for serving us the meal. Special thanks to the cooks for cooking it, and thanks to the maintenance group for setting up the tables. Thank you janitors for cleaning up the gym.
Kids or students made decorations to put in the gym. The food we had was turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing, roll, green bean casserole, banana pie, pumpkin pie, chocolate peanut butter pie, chocolate pie, and to drink they served us tea and water.
The 4th grade class said, "It was very great and we loved the food!"
The first grade teacher, Mrs. Dizmang, said, "The students enjoyed making them (the decorations) and had fun and were excited for everyone to see them."
Another fun activity coming up is the Christmas Festival on December 15th hosted at Fowler Schools. There will be Christmas carols and a band concert.
Photo by Eddy Mendoza, student photographer
Jayden Renfro & Abby Cunningham demonstrated leadership by leading morning announcements during November.
Veteran's Day Lunch
Students enjoyed cupcakes in honor of Veteran's Day. Photo by Micah McDowell, student photographer
Our Web Store empowers you to save time, reduces trips to the district office, and eliminates the need to send cash and checks with your statement. Make a quick payment in the evening or during your lunch hour with just a few clicks!
The app is now live in both stores:
The direct links are below:
Using your mobile device, you can also use your browser (Google, Safari) to visit our district website, www.usd225.org, and a banner will appear at the top of the page with a VIEW button that will take you to the store to download the app.
You can also search the store for Fowler Schools USD 225.
Once you have the app downloaded, make sure you allow for notifications. You must open the app at least once to receive notifications.
In addition to notifications, the app will give you easy access to meal menus, the district calendar, and our Facebook feed.
Request for Proposal
Remodel bathrooms in grade school cafeteria. Please include all costs associated with remodel of existing bathrooms, sinks, toilets, all plumbing and fixtures, including any and all fees.
Also include recreating the space into three individual bathrooms with all listed above.
Work to begin in late May 2019 and conclude by August 1st.
To see the bathrooms and to ask any questions please contact Dave Weber at 620.646.5234.