The Goshen Gazette

November 2019

From the Principal - Mr. Graves

Greetings Goshen Families,


Fall is now finally here and the weather changes nearly every day with cooler and colder weather soon to be around for a long while. As a reminder, students will be outside every day for recess unless it is raining or bitterly cold. Please make sure that you send hat and gloves in your child’s book bag every day. We will use 23 degrees (including wind chill) as our threshold for going outside. Temperatures below 23 degrees will result in an indoor recess for our students.


Speaking of cold. HELP! Our Lost & Found is overflowing. Are you missing a coat, sweatshirt, shirt, glove, lunchbox, sock? You name it, we have it in the Lost & Found located by the cafeteria. Please stop by the school sometime this week to claim your items by November 8th . Unclaimed items will be donated to GRIN (Gahanna Residents In Need)


As the school year progresses, students in all grades are working on increasing the volume that they read and write each day. Studies show that time spent reading and writing daily increase student academic achievement. In grades K-2, it is important that students listen to reading as well as have time spent in books independently. Students in grades 3-5 should read and then discuss what they are reading with someone in the family. Writing is so easily done at home. Student can write grocery lists, use a journal to tell about their day or a special event, or can write thank you notes for gifts they receive. Just involving your child in authentic or real writing is a great way to increase the amount of writing that children do each day. You can help your child with reading and writing by taking time to visit the library. The local library is a great place to find interesting and exciting books for everyone to read.


Speaking of libraries, Goshen Lane Elementary School now has its own Little Free Library in front of the school. If you have books that you are willing to give to others, or if you are looking for books to read, please stop by our Little Free Library and leave a book, and or take a book. The Library is right next to the Goshen Lane bench. It is a nice place for you and your child to sit down and read a book or two together. (see pictures below).


Reading TIP - When you read with your child, ask each other questions. Answering your questions and thinking of ones to ask strengthens reading comprehension skills. Example: Which character would you like to get to know better, and why?


Reading TIP - Cuando lea con su hijo, háganse preguntas. Responder sus preguntas y pensar en otras para hacerle a usted fortalece las competencias de comprensión lectora. Por ejemplo: ¿Qué personaje te gustaría conocer mejor y por qué?

Reminders

We have recently experienced concern with student safety during dismissal. We have noticed that quite a few drivers are coming in early to pick up their student(s) in or near the bus pickup area. It is unsafe for cars to come in with the buses and walkers in the area. When picking up students at the end of the day, please wait in the student pick-up line that forms in the back of the school. This helps to ensure that no student is stuck by a motor vehicle.


Beginning in the month of December, the office will be closed for student pick up beginning at 2:00 p.m. If you have an early afternoon appointment that requires you to pick up your student(s) before the end of the day, please contact the office and make arrangements to pick up the student(s) prior to 2:00 p.m. Our end of day procedures begin at 2:10 with the office staff managing end of day announcements, bus rider information and other administrative task. We want to be sure all students leave school safely and on time. Closing the office to visitors at that time will help ensure that goal.


At the last PTA meeting I was given the opportunity to share with parents information about Goshen Lane and what it means to be a Title 1 School. In short, Title I, Part A (Title I) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESEA) provides financial assistance to schools with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards. Having your child enrolled in a Title 1 schools gives you the Right to Know:


* Whether the teacher has met the Ohio teacher licensing criteria for the grade level and subject areas in which the teacher provides your child instruction.

* Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or temporary status that waives state licensing requirements.

* The undergraduate degree major of the teacher and any other graduate degree or certification (such as National Board Certification) held by the teacher and the field of discipline of certification or degree.

*Whether your child is provided services by instructional paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.


There is also a School Parent Compact the identifies Staff Commitments, Parent/Guardian Commitments, and Student Commitments. There is also a Parent Involvement Plan that speaks to participation of parents in regular, two-way, and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities. With this News letter is a survey for you to complete. To access the survey click on the Google Forms: Sign In . Your feedback is very much appreciated. If you would like more information on Title 1, please contact the school office.

Right to Know

Upcoming in November

November 7: 5th grade Musical 8:45 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. at Goshen, 7:00 p.m. at Middle School West

November 8: Professional Development Day (no school for students)

November 11: Veteran's Day Assembly 1:00 p.m.

November 12: PTA Meeting 7:00 p.m.

November 18: Trimester 1 Report Cards Posted in Infinite Campus

November 27-29: Thanksgiving Break (no school)

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