October was an exciting month. We had our first field trips in over a year, in-person parent-teacher conferences, a fall festival and fall parties. Today we had our first Blackhawk Bash Assembly where parents were invited to see their child receive the Bold Blackhawk Award. We are excited to continue to have more in-person events and we will keep you updated as those evolve.
We are creating a playground committee, consisting of parents and teachers, to provide input on our plans to enhance the playground. We are wanting 4 parents from each grade level to serve on our committee. If you would be interested in serving on the committee, please fill out this google form by November 10th.
Our car line continues to become more efficient everyday. I want to remind you that you should never pass a stopped car unless you are waved around by a teacher on duty. If you are in the 1/2nd grade line in the am or pm, please pull all the way forward. Please do not stop at the first grade sidewalk. We have sidewalks that allow students to get to either door safely from the front of the line. If you use the kindergarten line, we want to remind you the bell rings at 3:10. We are consistently having students not being picked up until 3:30/3:40.
A Note from our Nurse
October was a FANTASTIC month! We had another successful flu shot clinic! There were minimal tears and almost 100% compliance from our kiddos that signed up! They did great!!
I have continued to see a decrease in Covid cases/exposure in our building. (Hooray!) With that being said, I do expect following the upcoming holidays that more will pop up. Please continue to be vigilant with monitoring your children for signs/symptoms of illness and proceed with testing if concerns arise. Always encourage your children with proper hand washing, especially before/after eating and while in public areas. As a general rule of thumb, your child should be symptom free for 24 hrs before returning to school. If they return too early they risk relapsing on illness and also spreading the illness to other children. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns about your child! I am here to help!
Lastly, if anyone would like to pass on gently used or like-new children's clothing, I am in need of boys' underwear and/or jeans/pants (sizes 5, 6/7, and 8)! Thank you in advance!
I can't believe it is already November! What a great 1st quarter we had! October is National Bullying Prevention Month, so I have been focusing on how to be a good friend to one another in my counseling lessons. We read "Billy Bully" in Kindergarten and 1st grade, and practiced being "bucket fillers" instead of "bucket dippers." We can fill each others' buckets by doing acts of kindness, and in doing so, we fill up our own buckets. In 2nd grade we practiced being bucket fillers by discussing the "5 Ways to be a Leader and Friend." We came up with different scenarios of how to help one another here at school. They were great!
This year, First Baptist Church of Pea Ridge and Bright Futures are organizing the Angel Tree. If you are interested in extra holiday help, please fill out the online form below by November 22nd. If you have any questions, please let me know!
479-451-8183 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Library News with Mrs. Hamilton
Hello Blackhawk Readers!
Thank you so much for all of your support during our October Book Fair! Book Fairs are fundraisers for the school library, so not only are you getting books for your home, but you are helping to build our collection here in the library! We enjoyed getting to visit with so many of you and it was so nice to see students sharing books with their families! They were VERY excited to have you here! Also, a HUGE thank you to everyone who donated to our ALL for BOOKS fundraiser! We were able to help so many students get a book during the fair that they will enjoy! It cannot be said enough that Pea Ridge Primary has the BEST families!
During library, we are learning to make connections to the books we are reading. Finding a connection to what we are reading helps us understand the book better, remember what we are reading, and it helps us engage with the text making reading more enjoyable. As you are reading books together as a family, I encourage you to look for these connections together. Is there something in the story that reminds you of another story you have read? Or maybe you can relate to one of the characters? Even things in the world around us can help us connect to the books we are reading. In fact, this is probably the most common connection we make as we learn about new people, places, and things! But don’t forget the greatest connection of all…connecting with your child over a good book! PRICELESS! Let’s Raise Readers!