Kratz Elementary Husky Herald

October 5, 2017

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College and Career Readiness

What Can Parents Do?

Help your child become a reader by reading to your child every day or having him read to you. When your child is old enough to read independently, expect 20-30 minutes of daily reading. Support your child's reading habit by talking about books, visiting the library and letting your child see you read, too.

Help your child get to school on time every day. Frequent absence or tardiness has a negative impact on learning and achievement.

Monitor your child's progress in school and keep in contact with his teachers. Reinforce learning by reviewing math facts and vocabulary words with your child.

Talk to your child about different careers and the education or training required for various types of jobs. For example, during a visit to the pediatrician, point out different career opportunities: doctor, nurse, medical secretary, lab technician. If possible, take your child to visit your place of employment.

Cultivate your child's natural curiosity by exploring museums, zoos, airports, planetariums and battlefields. The classroom isn't the only place where learning happens.

Expose your child to the arts. Locate opportunities for music, dance, art, and theater experiences and lessons.

Encourage your child to get involved. Support participation in community-based activities, such as scouting, 4-H, sports or church youth groups.

2017 - 2018 Fundraiser Information and PickUp!

Parents, THANK YOU for participating in our most important fundraising project of the year. We are raising money for technology additions, classroom supplies and our entire year of PTO/family events. Our goal is $9,000. With your support, our school was very close to our goal of $9,000. Our preliminary amount earned is $8,633.33! The funds will be used to purchase classroom supplies and support our upcoming family events.

The Fall Fundraiser pickup date is Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017!


Picture retakes will be on Monday, Oct. 23. Pictures will be for students who are new, students who were absent on the original picture day, and students who are unhappy with their pictures.

PTO October Meeting

Our October PTO Meeting is Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 6:30 p.m.

The First Grade Team will present and we will discuss and plan for our upcoming Trunk or Treat event!

Goal Setting Conferences

Thank you for your participation in your child's goal setting conferences. We can't wait for your child to show you how much they will grow academically, socially and emotionally this school year.
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Counselor Chat with Miss Cummings

Over the past year, one of the biggest topics in Ritenour has been students with trauma and the district’s move towards becoming trauma-informed. When we as educators think of trauma, we are considering any stressful event that may have happened in a child’s life that impacts their academic, behavioral and social performance at school. Heather Forbes, a social worker and expert in the trauma field, addresses the importance of being trauma-informed in her article, “Why We Need Trauma-Informed Schools”:

It is an approach that implements an understanding of trauma into the everyday practices and policies of an academic environment. Using a trauma-informed approach means changing how we interact with students and how we implement discipline in a way that is modified to be responsive to the impact of traumatic stress. A program that is "trauma-informed" operates within a framework that incorporates an understanding of the ways in which trauma impacts an individual's socio-emotional health.

(For the full article, visit

In this article, Forbes makes readers aware of psychologist Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Learning. This pyramid shows that in order for learning to occur, all physiological, safety, relationship/love, and esteem/self-love needs have to be met first. Students who have experienced trauma may have deficiencies in any of these areas, which makes it more difficult for them to learn at school. Parents and educators need to work together as a team to ensure every child’s needs are met in order for them to learn and be successful in all environments.

As Kratz’s social-emotional counselor, I help both teachers and families with addressing students’ needs at every level in the hierarchy. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with me with any needs, questions, or concerns you may have regarding your child.


Miss Cummings

How to get in touch with me:

By email:

By phone: (314) 493-6367

By text: text “@kratz2017” to 81010 to access me on Remind

For more information on Ritenour’s refocus rooms and our district’s movement towards becoming Trauma-Informed, check out this article in Ritenour News: Ritenour Staff Begins New Focus of Teaching the Whole Child

For more information on Missouri’s Trauma-Informed Schools Initiative, visit the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education:

For parent resources on working with children who have experienced trauma, Heather Forbes has many articles and materials on her website:

October Events

Monday, Oct, 9 - Soctober begins

Wednesday, Oct. 11 - Fundraiser Pickup, 5 to 7 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 12 - Early Release, 1:25 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 20 - No School (Professional Development)

Monday, Oct. 23 - Start of Red Ribbon Week

Tuesday, Oct. 24 - Red Ribbon Parade, 1:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct . 27 - Halloween Bash, 2 - 3:15 p.m. (All students will be dismissed at 3:25 p.m.)

Friday, Oct. 27 - Trunk or Treat, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 27 Soctober Ends

Trunk or Treat!

PTO is sponsoring our annual Trunk or Treat event on Friday, Oct. 27 at 6 p.m. More information will be coming home soon! Mark your calendars for this fun event!
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Ritenour’s Prop A Designed to Provide Long-Term Financial Stability for the District

The Ritenour Board of Education is seeking voter approval for Proposition A, a ballot issue is designed to provide the needed financial resources to provide quality education programs for all Ritenour students.

Proposition A, which will appear on the Nov. 7 ballot, is an operating tax rate increase of 39 cents for each $100 of assessed value for Ritenour School District residents and businesses. The average tax increase for homeowners would be about $1.14 per week.

Passage requires a simple majority yes vote of more than 50 percent.

Proposition A is designed to provide long-term financial stability for Ritenour by:

· Protecting class sizes and quality curriculum

· Expanding the use of technology for all students

· Maintaining the ability to recruit and retain the best teachers and staff

· Avoiding cuts in staff and programs

· Providing more opportunities for students to earn college credit before they graduate

· Increasing career training programs for non-college bound students

· Balancing the budget

Want to learn more? Please visit and click on the Prop A link on the homepage.

Register to Vote at Ritenour Schools

Ritenour residents who aren’t registered to vote, can do so at Ritenour schools, most city halls, St. Louis County libraries, the Department of Motor Vehicle registration offices and the St. Louis County Election Board, 725 Northwest Plaza Drive in St. Ann. To be eligible to vote, a person must be a U.S. citizen, be at least 17 1/2 years old (18 by Election Day) and a resident of St. Louis County. To vote in the Nov. 7 election, a person must register to vote on or before Wednesday, Oct. 11.

For more information about voter registration, visit: For more information visit

Reminder: No School on Friday, Oct. 20

Teachers have professional development on this day.