Little Lancers Lowdown
“Where Learners are Grown with Pride!”
Dear Little Elba Lancer Families,
I hope you all enjoyed the holiday season with your family and friends. Even though so many of you may have had to change plans and were snowed in, I hope you were safe and warm during the blizzard! It was definitely a different Christmas for sure!
We had a great December here at Elba Elementary. There were so many opportunities for our students to show kindness to others and explore holiday traditions, both new and old. I especially loved ending the week before Christmas with the annual Christmas Sing-A-Long! What a great way to get ready for the holiday season.
As we continue to learn and grow together, I continue to be excited about all we are accomplishing together for our children. As you will notice in each newsletter, we continue to celebrate our collective success this school year. As always, please reach out with any questions or concerns!
With Lancer Pride,
We would love for you to remind your child(ren) about the cafeteria expectations at home. Be on the lookout for classes and grade levels who are excelling at cafeteria behavior!
December Lancer Leaders
CBT Practice Test
This month, students in grades 3-6 will be participating in a state-wide Computer-Based Testing (CBT) simulation. This is required for any school district that is participating in CBT for the New York State Assessments in the spring. This simulation is only to test our network functionality; there is no record of student names or scores assigned. It is simply to ensure that our students can access the proper software and that our buildings can handle the technology needs required for CBT.
A Peek at our Month
December also brought lots of holiday fun! Check out some of the pictures below!
First graders continue to work hard learning to be readers! Students learned more letter patterns and are building the stamina to read longer! In math, our first graders learned about making equations equal with addition and subtraction!
At the end of December, the first grade celebrated the holidays with a week full of fun! Students designed a gingerbread person, wrote about their gingerbread person, and then were able to work together to build Gingerbread houses. Throughout the week students worked on math problems that matched the theme of the day, did lots of writing, and read several stories, all to match the theme of the day. What a great holiday week!
Second graders continued to read non-fiction texts and write about informational topics. During phonics, students are learning about word patterns that may be tricky, since sometimes letters do not make the sounds we expect.
At the end of the month, the third-grade participated in a sock exchange! Who knew socks were so much fun!
In December, fourth graders learned about the physical features and resources of New York - which I loved teaching when I was a fourth-grade teacher!! They also worked on creating opinion writing pieces about an ugly sweater they decorated.
In writing, fifth graders wrote about Christmas in other countries. Their writing has improved so much since the beginning of the year. In social studies, they learned about European exploration in social studies.
Their presentations were great, as students tried hard not to read off their notes or the poster! They also worked on making eye contact with the audience and speaking at a volume where everyone in the room could hear them. There were groups who "dressed" up to showcase their country and some that even brought in props and food! Great job sixth graders!
Dates to Remember
1.16.23 - No School - MLK Jr. Day
1.30.23 - No School - Superintendent Conference Day
1.30.23 - BEST Meeting
If your child will be absent from school or tardy, please contact the Health Office at 585-757-9967 ext. 1240. You can leave a message any time of day or night. A written excuse must be sent when the child returns from an absence.
Parent Drop Off/Pick Up
- Please do not exit your vehicle as it holds up the line of other drop-offs.
- If you need to help your child out of the car, please park in the parking lots and walk them up.
- Do not drive around other vehicles dropping their students off.
- Please encourage your child to get out of the vehicle themselves and go right onto the sidewalk.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
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