Savannah Shout Out!

The official newsletter of Savannah Elementary | May Edition

Straight from the Principal's Pen

Summer Farewell

Dear Savannah Families,

What a fantastic year it has been! We have grown so much together as a learning community and have thoroughly enjoyed teaching your children each day. Our teachers are some of the hardest working individuals and your students are lucky to learn from them every day. Our parents are some of the most dedicated parents around and we greatly appreciate your time and commitment you provide to our school on a daily basis. It is an honor to be your principal and work alongside you in creating a safe and innovative environment for our students. As we close out this year, I reflect on the many memories we made as a community and look forward to making more memories next year. We hope you enjoy your summer break with your families and make many memories along the way.

We look forward to seeing you back in August!


Mr. Mac and Mrs. Springer

Mrs. Springer's Spotlight

Tips for Preventing the Summer Slide

1. Visit your local library! Help your child find “right fit books. Right fit books are books that are of high interest to your child and are not beyond their reading level. You can use the five finger test to determine if the book is too difficult for your child. Open the book to a page with many words. Have your child begin reading the text. Hold up a finger for each word he/she does not know. If you have 4 or 5 fingers up, the text may be too difficult for your child to read independently. Feel free to still check out the book! It just may be a book you want to read with your child.

2. Be sure your child reads at least 20 minutes a day. According to research, a child who reads only 1 minute a day outside of school will learn 8,000 words by the end of sixth grade where a student who reads 20 minutes outside of school will learn 1,800,000 words! That’s huge! If reading isn’t one of your child’s top priorities, you may need to set up an incentive program.

3. Set a good example. When your child sees you reading and enjoying a book or a newspaper article, you are sending a message that reading is important and valuable.

4. Read to your child. When you read to your child, he/she hears the rhythm of language. Be sure to read with expression! Changing your voice for the different characters in the story and increasing volume for exciting parts are only a few ways to make reading interesting.

5. Read with your child –explore different types of reading like poetry. For our little ones, poetry is great way to improve phonemic awareness. Skills as poetry often incorporates rhyme. For our older children, poetry is a means of improving fluency.

6. Read for different purposes. Reading directions for a recipe or directions for assembling a toy are fun ways to incorporating reading.

7. Games with Words. There are tons of ways to have fun learning letters and sight words.

8. If you have an iPad, try downloading a few interactive books. There are also lots of reading games that keep children engaged.

9. Keep a reading log and create an incentive program with your child.

Summer Lunch & Reading Program

Who: Savannah Students

What: Each week, students come to Cross Oaks to eat lunch, have the opportunity to read books (provided by Cross Way) and do arts and crafts. Students get to take home 1-2 books to read during the week. The following Wednesday, they return the books and we log it on a master sheet for the school. Once the summer is complete, we return all the reading logs back to the school and the school recognizes the children with a PICNIC with the PRINCIPAL!

When: every Wednesday from 11:30-12:30

Where: Cross Oaks Elementary

FREE Lunch provided for students! :)

Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Triathlon

Kids Earn a Free Book!

Here is How:

Step 1. Fill out the Summer Reading Triathlon Reading Journal (PDF).
Step 2. Bring the completed Reading Journal to your local B&N store. Find a Store.
Step 3. Choose a FREE BOOK from our selection on the Reading Journal list at the store... Enjoy reading!

All forms can be found on the Barnes and Noble website:

Denton Parks and Rec

Denton Parks and Recreation offers exciting youth programs for individual youth or for the entire family to enjoy. The high quality programs and activities vary in structure providing parents the option of leagues, classes, and/or instructional settings.

Classes offered include:

Archery, Art, Babysitting Certification, Bricks 4 Kidz, Ceramics, Dance, Dog Obedience, Golf, Jr. Lifeguard Certification, Martial Arts, Outdoor Recreation and Education, Swimming Lessons, Tennis Lessons, Tumbling.

Counselor's Corner

May's Big Idea: Contentment

The big idea this month is Contentment. Contentment is deciding to be happy with you’ve got. It is easy in our culture of comparison to look at others and feel like we need more. Many people think they will be happy when they have a better, house, job, or car…or when they lose weight are achieve some other goal. The gift of contentment does not keep us from working toward goals; rather it encourages us be happy with and love who we are now and what we have now while we make forward strides.

As parents, we want our children to be happy with what they’ve got and who they are! We want them to be content. The best way to raise a content and happy child is to model your own contentment. To focus on appreciating what you have and who you are today!

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Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certification

Savannah Elementary has applied to become a Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified School. According to Common Sense Media, “By earning recognition as a Digital Citizenship Certified School, administrators and educators are taking the necessary steps to equip students with the skills they need to be responsible online.” We have started the process this year with our fourth and fifth grade students. Students have been participating in lessons led by our Library Media Specialist, Lara Isbell, that cover topics such as the responsible use of cell phones, making good choices while online, protecting personal information, cyberbullying, smart searching, and avoiding plagiarism. Family Tip sheets have been emailed to parents after each lesson so that students can continue the conversation at home about what they have learned at school. Follow the link below to the Digital Citizenship page on the Savannah Library website for links to the tip sheets. There is also a link on the Digital Citizenship page to the Common Sense Media website. This website is a great resource for parents. It contains a wealth of information including reviews of books, movies, TV shows, games, and apps to help parents make informed decisions. You will also find blogs and articles on the site about current media and technology related issues. If you have any questions about the curriculum used to teach digital citizenship at our school, please contact Lara Isbell at or 972-347-7456. Thank you for partnering with us to teach our students to use technology correctly, responsibly, respectfully, and safely both in and out of the classroom!

Savannah Tid Bits & Need to Knows...

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Class lists posted at noon

Meet the Teacher Night

PTA Ice Cream Social