Elementary News

October 2020

October is upon us!!

We have almost finished the first quarter of school! What a great feeling it is. It is so good to have our students in person as much as possible! As I walk down the halls I hear our students engaging in meaningful conversations. They are learning and sharing. Our students are excited to be here, eager to learn, and happy we are all together.

Things do look a little different. We work on social distancing when possible, get outside when we can, wash hands and use sanitizer more, drink from our own water bottle instead of water fountains, have clear dividers between students at lunch, and remind students to stay home if they have any symptoms of sickness.

We miss seeing parents and community members in the school, at assemblies, and at parties. And we look forward to the day we can have you all in the building again!

Please return AMI binders on October 14th. Any papers that are not done, LEAVE in the binder.


As in previous years, an elementary student is tardy if they arrive after 8:15, but unlike previous years, our students head to class AT 8:00 a.m. each morning.

The reason for the earlier start this year is due to Covid changes. Our breakfast is separated by grade levels each morning.

Elementary students arrive and go directly to breakfast. They have until 8:00 to eat. The teachers pick them up promptly at 8:00 and take them to the classroom so Middle School students can get their breakfast. High school students get their breakfast to-go and go to their classrooms.

What this means for our elementary students, is that instruction starts a bit earlier, at 8:00 a.m. While your student is not tardy, they may be missing the start of the day in their classroom. If they can be here by 8:00 each morning, it is helpful for the whole class to get started at the same time.

PBIS - Positive Behavior Interventions/Supports

We use PBIS to recognize our students for positive behavior and to teach appropriate behaviors. We start each year by reteaching students the expectations for our school. Everything centers on Be Respectful, Be Responsible, and Be Safe! Next we pass out "tickets" called Horseshoes for positive behaviors. Students collect the horseshoes and spend them on things in the Mustang Store. Big favorites are coupons where students can choose a friend to eat lunch with.

For more information about OBIS: https://www.pbis.org/pbis/getting-started

The elementary has 2 teachers who are the PBIS coaches, Mrs. LaFerney and Mrs. Skinner, who collect the data, create a list of lessons for teachers to use, lead monthly meetings, and schedule field trips, when we can have them. They volunteer extra time to help make PBIS successful in our school. They have been trained to guide the staff as we implement and update PBIS to fit our school. Their teamwork is greatly appreciated!

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WIN time!

What is WIN time? WIN stands for What I Need. This means, what does each student need to learn. For some it means additional time working on sight words, spelling, or math facts. Some need help catching up and some need additional challenges.

What does it look like? At 8:30 in the morning each class has "WIN time." For some students it means working on a computer lesson such as IXL, for others working with another student, or a teacher. Students may work in their own room or be in another teacher's classroom. For kindergarten students, it means going to motor lab to help strengthen their core, which is key to being able to attend to lessons.

No matter what it is, each student is getting extra support to help them learn!

I am pleased to see how each teacher is using data to help them determine what each student needs and then addressing that need with some extra support. Students are benefiting from WIN time!

Class Group Pictures for the Yearbook

Wednesday Oct. 7th will be group pictures and picture retakes.

Retakes are for those who were absent including teachers, senior drape & tux, fall sports JH & Varsity, Organization pictures and class group pictures.

**All class group pictures are for yearbook purposes only and no packets will be sent home for these this year.**

Parent-Teacher Conferences in the Elementary

This year conferences in the elementary will be via phone calls, Zoom, or in person (with some requirements).

Tips on how to use Zoom: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCjksPhTlyE

In order to use Zoom on a laptop or computer, you only need a link (sent to you by the teacher), but in order to use Zoom on your phone or table, you will need to download the free Zoom app.

Either way, once your student's teacher has arranged a conference with you, they will send you an email to invite you to the Zoom meeting. Click on the link a few minutes before the meeting should start and wait for the teacher to start.

For in-person conferences:

  • please wear a mask
  • all conferences must be less than 15 minutes
  • we will sanitize in between all conferences
  • do not bring your other children

Zoom Etiquette (things to consider if we use Zoom for Parent-Teacher conferences)

Tips for Meeting Attendees

  1. Mute your microphone when you are not speaking.
  2. Be mindful of background noise.
  3. Position your camera properly.
  4. Limit distractions.
  5. Avoid multi-tasking.

Halloween Parties on October 30th

Parties will be held in classrooms with students only. A BIG thank you to parents who will be able to send in treats, and drinks for our students. Please remember that they must be store bought and prepackaged.

We are looking into ways to let parents see our parade of costumes. Stay tuned for an update closer to the day.

PIE/PBS Assemblies

Unfortunately we are unable to invite parents or businesses to our assemblies at this time. If your student wins a bicycle, we will hold it at the school until you can pick it up. If they win a tablet, please let us know whether you want them to take it home on the bus or if you will come by and pick it up.

PIE/PBS assemblies are usually on the 2nd Friday of each month. There are 3 winners chosen randomly from the list of students who met their reading and math goal for the month. Our local businesses provide the finances to buy these prizes!

Accepting clothing donations!

We are in need of a few items:

  • new boys underwear, small
  • pants/shorts, with stretchy waist
  • t-shirts, small

We have plenty of coats that have been donated. Let us know if you need one.

Upcoming Events

  • October 2 Early Out/Teacher In-service AND Custodian's Day!
  • October 7 Class Group Pictures and Retakes
  • October 9 PIE/PBS
  • October 16 Early Out/ End of Quarter AND Boss's Day
  • October 22 Parent Teacher Conferences 1:00 - 7:00
  • October 23 No School
  • October 30 Halloween Parties