The Cat's Connection

November 2015

Principal's Corner

Student success is what we value most, and getting to know you is an integral part of that. We genuinely value partnerships with families and realize how communication and positive relationships help ensure success for our students. Parent-teacher conferences are a great time to get to know each other better and work together to help our kids through challenges and build on their strengths so they can be successful. With that in mind, I would encourage you, no matter what your child’s circumstances, to schedule a conference so we can work together to ensure your child’s optimal learning and best experience at school.

When I was a kid, the thought of getting a call home from my teacher or the principal was horrifying! And, I don’t remember much about conferences, other than I didn’t particularly look forward to them. I conjured up a picture of my parent getting a full report on what things were not going so well. Maybe you remember that feeling, too. Well, our own past experiences in school can have an impact on how we perceive parent-teacher conferences for our kids today. However, I want to assure you, our staff likes to look at conferences a bit differently! Parent-teacher conferences are a good thing!

So, as we look ahead to parent-teacher conferences, here are few ideas:

· Review your child’s work, grades, and progress reports. Talk with your child about his or her progress in school.

· Make a list of questions to ask during the conference or things going on in your child’s life of which school might not be aware. Think about ways you would like to be involved in your child’s learning so that you can discuss them with the teacher.

It’s natural for our kids to become more independent. Although it might not always appear so, students still want their parents involved – even in middle school -- and conferences are a great way to do just that.

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and I hope to see you next week at conferences.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Monday, Nov. 23rd, 8am to Tuesday, Nov. 24th, 8pm

701 Southeast Lacreole Drive

Dallas, OR

Parent-Teacher conferences are this week. We look forward to meeting with parents. If you happened to miss signing up for a conference and still wish to do so, please contact our counseling office directly at 503-623-6663.

Cats of the Month

Congratulations to our October Cats of the Month!

Brieanna Howard – 7th Grade

Hailey Vanwell – 8th Grade

Arizona Bales – 6th Grade

Thank you Dallas Education Foundation!

A big THANK YOU to the Dallas Education Foundation for awarding the following grants to our teachers. Our kids greatly benefit from your support.

Anna Jackson - Music software for school plays

Anna Jackson - Platforms for drama department

Jo Warkentin - Digital scales for science department

Jacob Gradek - Materials for genetic lab

Joyce Garland - Novels for language arts

Kristen Huff - Art supplies

Hour of Code Week (December 7-11)

We live in a world surrounded by technology. And we know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly hinge on understanding how technology works. But, only a tiny fraction of us are learning computer science, and less students are studying it than a decade ago. That’s why our school is joining in on the largest learning event in history -- The Hour of Code -- during Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 7-11). More than 100 million students worldwide have already tried an Hour of Code. Our Hour of Code is a statement that LaCreole is ready to teach these foundational 21st century skills. To continue bringing programming activities to your students, we want to make our Hour of Code event huge!

See for details, and help spread the word.