Greenfield Elementary School
The month of February marks the beginning of the 2nd half of the school year. In fact, the 100th day is right around the corner! One hundred school days is a tremendous accomplishment. After being in school for 100 days the boys and girls already know that "hard work" and our January character trait, "commitment", pays off. Commitment was our character trait that we practiced in the month of January. Our Commitment Poster Contest has brought in about 100 ways to show commitment at home and school. Our Commitment wall is decorated and informative. We will pick a winner from each grade and announce their name and show their poster at the February BEST Assembly, February 23rd at 9:30 AM. We will review our February character trait "citizenship".
Just a reminder....Greenfield Elementary has a website with important school information. Bookmark our website on your smartphone, tablet or computer. Our website also has a school calendar. You can link the calendar to your phone to get reminders about events and important dates.
We are so lucky to have a big backyard! We just wish we had some snow....It has not been until recently that we've been able to get outside to play. In the last newsletter you saw the frozen ice rink in the backyard, it has finally started to melt leaving us some areas to play. Let's hope we get some snow so that we can start enjoying the space and have some fun things to do. Some parents wonder what we do when we don't go outside. We have indoor recess. The children enjoy some free choice time in the classroom. This could mean they play board games, build with blocks, socialize, draw/color or play cards. Our teachers have a variety of choice items for the students to use.
Three times a year our K-5 students participate in a universal literacy screening assessment. In grades K-3 we use DIBELS assessments that are housed in a software program called mClass. This tool allows us to assess the foundational literacy skills that help students become successful readers. As the students develop their foundational skills they also begin to develop their comprehension skills. In grades 2-5 students are also screened with an assessment tool called Scholastic Reading Inventory (or SRI). This tool provides us with a level at which the student is comprehending. Both tools along with our teachers' assessment on classroom performance allow us to monitor the progress of our students. This past Thursday, our teachers spent time reviewing our students successes and evaluating areas in which we need to monitor more closely. According to our most recent assessment of foundational literacy skills Greenfield students are doing well. Seventy-nine percent of our students are proficient. This is just above the district average. In grades 2-5, we are on target to meet our end of year goal. Currently, in January (half way through the year), sixty-six percent of our students are meeting end of year proficiency rates. We continue to develop skills through reading and writing. Our literacy coach, Jessie Altman has a great tool for parents to help foster beginning literacy skills. She has provided us with questions and strategies that you can use with almost any story. Having conversations with your child about what they are reading is a great way to develop skills.
Our results on the 2014-2015 NYS Assessments can be found here.
More information about our programming can be found here.
Our Home School Connection for February provides families ideas about how to engage your child in a conversation about school. Consistently making that connection to school sends a powerful message to your child about the importance you place on education.
Are you looking for something to do with your family? Not far from us is the Hyde Museum in Glens Falls, NY. Admission is free for children 12 and younger. There are a lot of fun things for children to do there. Here's an article to read prior to going to give you some great tips on how to make the trip fun and educational.