Elm Street Elementary
Progress Report Newsletter, September 2017
Learning rules the school! ~Dr. Hildebrand
Upper grades students have begun conferencing with Mrs. Wimbley and me about their reading levels; we are charting progress together and setting short and long-term goals for growth to the highest levels of performance. Those conferences will continue with younger students later as well. Goal setting and a clear understanding of what is being learned (learning intentions), as well as the success criteria that will let us know we have learned, are key elements of our overall success in all grade levels this year. Last week, as fourth graders were switching classes, they shared with me that they just finished learning to round any digits, including really large numbers and that they were successful because they could do it efficiently and accurately.
Love that our students know that their learning matters. We talk about it in the classrooms, in the hallways, in the lunchroom, in the carpool line, and hopefully at home as well!
Ask your children to talk with you about their learning. Hopefully, they can share what the learning targets (or learning intentions) were for their classes during the day as well as the success criteria that will let them know they mastered it.
Hope you'll follow us on Twitter to see snapshots of learning moments: @ElmStreetELM
Every Learner Matters!
Southeastern Fundraising Materials Due Monday, September 18.
Advocacy Program remains strong. New twists this year!
Welcome to our House!
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RSVP for September Stories Day on Friday, Sept. 22
Elm Street Elementary parents and other special guests are invited to join us at school on Friday, September 22 for our 2017 September Stories Day Parade! If you plan to join us, please RSVP using this form by Thursday, September 21 to expedite check-in. Parade begins at 9:00 a.m. Please arrive between 8:45-8:50 to allow time for check-in and then find a spot on the parade route. RSVP sign-in will take place outside near the cafeteria. Anyone without an RSVP will need to patiently wait in line to sign in at the front office. Be sure you bring your ID. Guests are invited to join us in the classroom following the parade for classroom literacy activities.
We are starting strong!
We earned the Highest Student Attendance Award for the first attendance period of the year. Let's do it again!
Elm Wins CCSS Student Attendance Award!
Coweta Effectiveness Team: Elm Street Evaluation Visit September 25-27
First House Challenge!
Elm Street joins NHS Homecoming Parade once more
A few cool learning moments to see and hear!
https://twitter.com/shelene_longELM/status/903708645996810241 - 4th graders excited about creating a vortex
Patriot Day Program was student-led success!
Student Council and Elm Street Chorus did an excellent job leading our school in a Patriot Day Program. Originally scheduled for Monday, September 11, our program was delayed until our return to school on Wednesday, September 13. Our student leaders helped us all reflect on important elements of our unity as a country. Proud to be an American and an Elm Street Eagle!
Check out the video clips and photos below as well as this clip of one of our 5th graders reading her "I Am" poem. Congrats to all Elm Street student leaders and student audience members. It was a moving experience.
Elm Street Spirit Nights
Monday, August 28 - Sprayberry's
Thursday, September 14 - Partner's Pizza
Friday, October 20 - Skyzone
Thursday, November 9 - Rednexican
Thursday, January 18 - Skyzone
Tuesday, March 6 - Partner's Pizza
Monday, April 9 - Skyzone
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a suggestion for future spirit nights or are a local business owner who would like to host an event for our school.
Top TEN (Traits Eagles Need)
August Trait, part of our Top TEN (Traits Eagles Need)
Responsibility - Being accountable for your actions; people can count on you to do what you are supposed to do; you do what you say you are going to do.
Respect - Showing people they are important by what you say or do.
Hurry and donate if you want to send to Sanchez!
Community Conversations for School Facilities and Growth
Important items from the month of August
Elm Street Title I Compacts
Hopefully, we have already received your signed Title I Compact. If not, please take a moment to sign the detachable part of the brochure and send it back to school. Thank you!
Elm Street Clubs and Groups
All of the following events are already underway or beginning during the month of September:
Chorus (Tuesday afternoons)
Running Clubs (3-5 on Monday afternoons, K-2 on Tuesday afternoons)
Start on Track (mornings)
Yoga Club (Tuesday and Friday mornings at 7:15)
K-Kids (Monday afternoons once monthly)
Green Team and Garden Club (Thursday afternoons)
American Girls Club (Tuesday afternoons)
Chess and Strategy Games Club (various afternoons)
Exploration Expo or E Squared (mornings)
Academic Team (team photo above)
Cougar Connections with NHS (Friday mornings, 5th grade).
There are fee-based groups as well provided by outside providers for the Elm Street community: Art Club (Tuesday, Wednesday afternoons) and Connect Sports (Wednesday, Thursday afternoons).
Students are also involved in various service opportunities as peer tutors, safety patrols, and more. Other clubs and groups such as Science Olympiad will kick off later in the school year. There is certainly no shortage of action at school! Additional information appears in the Elm Street Student Handbook. Or you may contact the front office if you'd like more information about any club or group.
Progress Reports - Celebrate and Set Goals
Progress Reports issued Friday, September 15. Be sure you check your child's progress report. We encourage you to celebrate your child's growth and achievement. This is also a natural time to set goals for continued growth and improvement. Please know there are materials in our Parent Resource Center to help you support your child's development of key reading or math skills. The center is located in the foyer by Mrs. Pope's office and materials are free for any parents or students to take home to borrow. We are your partners in learning. Please call us to conference anytime you have any questions or concerns about your child's progress. Every learner matters!
Not on twitter yet? You're missing out!
Elm Street has a few great twitter feeds to follow:
@ElmStreetELM - school twitter feed
@ElmStMedia - media center twitter feed
@ElmSt5th - fifth grade twitter feed
The QR code to the right will take you to @ElmStreetELM so you can keep up with our school tweets!