Prairie School

October Parent Newsletter 2016

Promoting Positive School Climate

Adrian Public Schools is committed to creating a safe and positive school-wide climate for students, parents and staff. Why? We know when students, parents and staff coordinate, lead, and manage a school-wide positive behavioral interventions and supports in their schools, positive, pro-social behaviors increase, academic achievement increases, and behavioral challenges decrease.

Prairie school-wide group expectations are displayed around the school. You may have notice the sign which reads: Be Responsible, Be Respectful and Be Safe. Staff has spent the past three weeks front loading these principles daily. Teachers have been discussing what these behaviors look like and sound like in their classroom, hallway, restrooms, cafeteria and on the bus. What does being responsible look like in the classroom? It means following directions the first time, talking to a learning partner when prompted by the teacher, and putting away materials as directed. What does being responsible at home look like? It looks the same as it does at school. It means coming inside the house when asked, feeding the cat/dog when asked, walking the dog daily with or without being asked and/or caring for a younger sibling that fell.

You may have noticed teachers, support staff and parent volunteers greeting you and your child as they enter school in the morning and as they leave school in the afternoon. We know that it's the 'little' things that matter. A smile, a simple "Hello" and a high-five go along way in creating a school where students, parents and staff feel a sense of belonging. Our goal is to acknowledge students daily that display positive behaviors. Research supports that when meaningful adults acknowledge positive behaviors displayed daily by students it reinforces the positive behavior displayed, and, we notice students that are off-task self correct their off-task behaviors. Try this strategy at home. When you call your children to the dinner table praise the child that is sitting quietly and/or talking to their sibling and see how your other children react to the positive praise.

One way Prairie teachers reinforce positive behaviors at school is by recognizing students who demonstrate positive behaviors by saying, "Thank you for filling my bucket!" and handing the student a slip of paper which they can bring to the office and put inside our Praise bucket. During morning announcements we draw names from the Praise bucket, read their names over the announcement praising them publically for displaying one or more of our three principles: Be Responsible, Be Respectful and Be Safe.

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PTO Family Night Fall Decorations

The next PTO meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 11, 2016 from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m., and you and your family are invited to make fall decorations for your home and for our school. Come with your child and create ghosts, scary cats, witches and pumpkins and help us decorate Prairie school for fall. Cider and donuts will be served for your enjoyment.

TLC Youth Financial Literacy

Monday, Oct. 3rd, 1:30pm

Prairie Elementary School, Adrian, MI, United States

Adrian, MI

Count Day

Wednesday, Oct. 5th, 8:30am-3:45pm

Prairie Elementary School, Adrian, MI, United States

Adrian, MI

This is the District count day for all public schools in the State of Michigan. Please have your child attend school on this date. If your child is absent please send a written note excusing your child's absence from school.

Adrian High School Homecoming Parade

Friday, Oct. 7th, 1pm

785 Riverside Avenue

Adrian, MI

A permission slip is coming home in the Thursday folder for you to sign so we can take your child to view the Adrian High School Homecoming parade. Please sign the permission slip and return it with the Thursday folder on Friday, September 30, 2016. Students are encouraged to wear their Maple gear to school on Friday, October 7, 2016.

YMCA Healthy Youth Program

Friday, Oct. 14th, 4-6pm

Prairie Elementary School, Adrian, MI, United States

Adrian, MI

The YMCA will host a five week after school event for your child to play games after school. A flyer will be coming home in the month of October for you to sign your child up for this healthy living experience.

Prairie Fall Festival

Friday, Oct. 28th, 5:30-7:30pm

Prairie Elementary School, Adrian, MI, United States

Adrian, MI

This is a family friendly event. You and your family are invited to come and join in the fall festivities such as donut eating, pumpkin bowling, hayride, and more.

Costume Party & Trick or Treat

Monday, Oct. 31st, 2:30-3:30pm

Prairie Elementary School, Adrian, MI, United States

Adrian, MI

Students are encourage to wear a costume to school in celebration of fall. All costumes must be school appropriate. No weapons permitted!