Testing Is Here!

Grades 3-5


Students in grades 3-5 will begin testing this Friday, April 7th. Testing this year will be online with students taking their tests on the computer. This Friday will be the first day of testing beginning with a field test and will continue after we return from spring break. Our teachers and students have worked hard to prepare for these tests, but they still have work to do. Testing will continue until the end of May with students testing periodically over this time period. Please help your child to be successful on their tests by:

*Making sure your child is at school every single day unless they are really sick. Students who are not at school on their testing day will have to make up their test with someone other than their teacher. Students perform better when they are able to take tests with their own teacher.

*Make sure your child is at school by 8:00. Students who are tardy may not be able to enter a testing session if it has already started. Please make sure you have your child to school on time.

*Make all appointments for after school hours. Students do not need to get out of school early during the reminder of the school year unless absolutely necessary. Many testing sessions will take place throughout the day, and we want all students to be able to take their tests when originally scheduled.

*Make sure your child goes to bed early, eats breakfast, and has calm mornings before coming to school. Have your child lay out their clothes and pack their bookbag the night before. Our hope is that students come to school relaxed and ready to shine on their tests.

If you have any questions about testing, please let me know.

Mrs. Finley

Testing dates: April 7th & April 18th-May 24th. Your child's teacher will send out your child's exact testing dates.

Rise and Shine

Mr. White and I are speaking with all students about a new initiative at Cedar Grove called Rise and Shine. We are spending a lot of time in classrooms looking for those students who are giving 100% working hard every single minute of every single day. We are nearing the end of the year and still have so much to do to continue to prepare for state testing and get ready for the upcoming grade level. When we see students giving 100%, they will be given a golden feather. Students receiving golden feathers will place their feathers in a special jar in the lobby. Only students working hard every day will receive the golden feathers. We will be drawing names out of the jar to receive special prizes over the next weeks and will have a very special event at the end of the year for those students who have lots of golden feathers in the jar. In addition, students are creating feathers for a special art project and writing on their feathers how they plan to rise and shine during April and May. These feathers will be displayed on a special art exhibit on our stage. Please encourage your child to rise and shine every single day. We look forward to giving out lots of golden feathers!

Reading During Spring Break

You know that reading is important but did you know the following?

A child who reads 20 minutes per day reads 1,800,000 words per year. This child typically scores in the 90th percentile on standardized tests.

A child who reads only 5 minutes per day reads 282,000 words per year. This child typically scores in the 50th percentile on standardized tests.

A child who reads only 1 minute per day reads 8,000 words per year. This child typically scores in the 10th percentile on standardized tests.

Please set aside 20 minutes each day to read to your child or to have your child read a good book. We are ensuring that each child comes home Friday with a book in their bookbag. Spring break is a wonderful time to relax and have fun, but do not forget to include reading as part of that time. We want to make sure all students are reading during spring break. Happy reading!

Spring Break is April 10th-14th. Students are out of school April 17th for a snow make up day. Students will report back to school April 18th.