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New Prospect Elementary School Newsletter


Blessed with Classroom Libraries

It is absolutely amazing to see the libraries that have been growing in all of our classrooms! In the pictures below you see lots of books and students reading independently!!! This wouldn’t have been possible without the help of Mary Robson’s Literacy Legacy Fund as well as our Seed Fund/Charter Money from our SGC. Our teachers and students are so lucky!

It is very important that students are reading lots of books on their own level and applying the skills that they learn in the lessons taught. This method of instruction is called the Workshop model. Specifically, the Workshop model follows “I do, We do, You do”. This is where the teacher models for the students, they practice together and eventually the students are able to “do” on their own no matter the content. For Readers’ Workshop to be effective it is essential that the students have books at their fingertips.

According to research, classroom libraries increased time spent reading by 60%. This doubled literacy related activities which made students better readers and writers across all content areas.

We are so thankful that the SGC and PTA has helped us make this happen for our students. The PTA has also partnered with us this year to finish our libraries!

We are so blessed!

Amy Lemons


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Upcoming Events:

September 11th-14th- College Week

September 11th-School Governance Council Meeting-7:15 @ NPE

September 13th-Katie Reeves Community Meeting-9:30 @ Cogburn Woods ES

September 14th-Mama's Pizza Fundraiser

September 18th-29th- IOWA Testing (3rd & 5th Grade)

September 21st-Peace Day

September 27th- Picture Retake Day

September 28th-Bruster's Spirit Night

October 5th-6th-No School-Teacher Workdays

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International Space Station Event!

New Prospect Elementary Students have been selected to participate in a live video-conference with astronauts aboard the International Space Station! This historic event will occur on October 23rd and will be broadcast live internationally via NASA-TV. Typically, only 3 or 4 schools are selected nationally each year for this opportunity, and NPES is one of those fortunate schools.

During the 20-minute video conference, selected students will have the chance to ask questions of three astronauts who are living and working on the ISS. Now is the time for students to start thinking of questions they would like to ask. To prepare for this event, there is a website that we will be continually updating with information regarding the Space Station and the crew with whom our students will be talking, as well as other related events that will be occurring around the time of our video conference.

While we wish all parents could come to the school to join us for this event, we ask that parents, extended family and friends participate in the program at home or at the office by watching NASA-TV ( or through the NASA app. We will also have a display at International Night (International Space Station, after all). It will be 3 days after our event. We will show a replay of the event as well as have displays about space food, spin-off technology because of space exploration, and lunar and meteorite samples that will be here during that time.

We will have a variety of activities for students and families surrounding this event, so stay tuned for more details.

Thank you Ms. Kati Searcy for giving NPES this opportunity!

More information can be found in the link below.

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Does your child love Science?

Then they need to apply for the Science Olympiad Team here at NPES!

More information about Science Olympiad and the application process is coming soon.

Science Olympiad is a national non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of K-12 science education, increasing male, female, and minority interest in science, creating a technologically-literate workforce and providing recognition for outstanding achievement for both students and teachers. Some goals of the Science Olympiad is to bring science to life, to show how science works, to emphasize problem solving aspects of science and the understanding of science concepts and to develop teamwork and cooperative learning strategies among students.

From Ms. McLeod's Counseling Desk

College Week is next week! Ask your child what facts they are learning about College and other post secondary options. Next Friday, students are encouraged to wear college spirit wear and turn in their optional scavenger hunt to Mrs. McLeod.

We are still looking for parent volunteers to help with career day on Tuesday October 17th 8:30-10am. Would include sharing information at a “booth” with students about your career, or you can volunteer to share information about a career chosen by Mrs. McLeod J

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School Bus Safety Poster Contest

Click this link if you want to enter in our School Bus Safety Poster Contest.

Digital Citizenship

Each fall New Prospect re-certifies as a Common Sense Media Digital School. Student are being taught the proper care of their devices, digital citizenship anti-cyberbullying lessons, and teachers complete professional development relating to digital citizenship. It is also a great parent resources for movies, apps and games. Here is some great information:


What’s the Issue?

We may think of our kids’ online, mobile, and technological activities as “digital life,” but to them it’s just life. In their world, being able to connect and communicate 24/7 from just about any location is normal – and expected! Between kindergarten and fifth grade, kids go through rapid growth in learning. From playing games on their mom or dad’s cell phone, to learning how to point and click a mouse, to navigating online by themselves, kids this age are participating in a connected culture.

Why Does It Matter?

The stakes are high because our kids’ technological abilities can be greater than their maturity and judgment. Having unrestricted access to information and people can result in gaining a wealth of information and experiences but also access to inappropriate content. Just as kids learn to eat properly, swim safely, or drive a car carefully, they need to know how to live in the digital world responsibly and respectfully. Their success depends on their abilities to use digital media to create, collaborate, and communicate well with others. Those who master these skills in using digital tools will benefit from the digital world’s awesome power.

Use bookmarks and safe search. Teach your child to bookmark his or her favorite sites. This way, your child is less likely to go somewhere online you don’t want. Use safe search options on web browsers, such as Epic or DuckDuckGo, to make sure your child can search safely.

Consider using filtering and blocking software. Some parents find these tools to be useful to help protect younger children from accessing inappropriate content.

Have older siblings help. Have your older children help teach your younger children how to be responsible and safe online. Let the older ones know that you want them to help you protect their little brothers or sisters online.

Share wisdom. Kids often don’t understand how their actions affect others. We do. We teach kids to choose their words carefully, play nicely with others, and respect their teachers. Now we have to extend those lessons to a vast, invisible world. As a parent, you can translate your values into the digital world and help kids understand the implications of their actions.

Seek balance. If our kids are going to thrive with digital media, we must balance the negative with the positive, privacy with protection. As our children grow, they need more independence and privacy. But parents have to be sure their kids know how to be safe and responsible before letting them loose.

Keep an open mind. We don’t see the world the way our kids do. We don’t help our kids when we judge their lives through the lens of a non-digital world. It’s important for us to understand that our kids will spend much of their lives in a connected world, where everyone creates and communicates. We need to help them to enjoy it and learn from it.

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We would like to send a big thank you to our volunteers for helping out with such a smooth vision and hearing screening!

Jean Amber

Paula Stolarik

Laura Armistead

Caryn Leshynski

Whitney Cresci

Nicole Moskowitz

Morgan Bright

Sandee Treece

Jessica Beresford

Cappie Ortman

Join NPE PTA Today!

We are able to do all these great things without our amazing PTA! Click this link to join!