Pine Run Elementary School Newsletter APRIL 2016
STUDY ISLAND SERENADES for EFFORT!!!
START KIDS DAY WITH BREAKFAST!!!
Announcing a new breakfast option!!!!
The Morning Snack Pack is a grab-n-go breakfast to be eaten immediately or later in the day.
In each bag is an assortment of whole grain items to meet a variety of taste preferences, fruit, and a bottle of water. Students may also select milk, 100% fruit juice, or additional fresh fruit as part of the meal. The price is just $1.65.
Communication is KEY!
Anthony Robbins once said, "The quality of your communication is the quality of your life".
If this is true, how important is parent-teacher communication?
Teachers are the people parents entrust with their most precious gifts every day. Teachers recognize this important honor and responsibility. Just as parents are working hard at home, so too are teachers in schools. Because parents and teachers are on the same team, with the same goals of safety and success in mind, thus their ability to communicate effectively and respectfully is paramount.
To achieve productive relationships and dialogs, it is wise for educators and parents to acknowledge that children can inspire the strongest emotions (and fears) within most parents. Plus, living in an imperfect world, mishaps do occur in both homes and schools. Misinformation or an isolated amount of information, can easily spark confusion and frustration on both ends. To avoid these pitfalls, and to foster effective collaboration, teachers and parents must rely on quality communication.
Quality communication isn’t just about one party telling the other facts as they know them. It’s about all participants asking questions, and listening. It's about reciprocal perspective-taking and consideration of circumstances. It's about sending kind, clear messages and working together to find common ground, as well as positive next steps. It's about adults coming together to support their combined efforts to help children learn and grow.
Quality communication requires timeliness and respectful dialogs on everyone's part. Going directly to the source to gain insight, understanding, and assistance is always a great first step. Teachers should reach out to parents whenever a situation (both positive or negative) warrants it. Parents should do the same when issues and questions arise at home. While agreement may or may not be achieved, schools and families can optimize the education of their children through effective communication. In doing so, they model the skills we hope to pass on to all our children.
For more communication ideas see How Parents and Teachers Should Talk to Each Other.
HOW SCHOOLS, PARENTS, AND STUDENTS BENEFIT FROM STANDARDIZED TESTING
The Pros and Cons of standardized testing is a topic of much debate.
Yet, regardless of your stance, here are a few advantages that all schools, parents, and students can benefit from.
Gives teachers guidance to help them determine what to teach and when to teach it.
Gives parents an idea of how their children are doing as compared to students locally and across the country.
Allows students’ progress to be tracked over several years.
Provides an accurate comparison across groups for schools. (For example, they make it easy to see how boys are performing as compared to girls in a particular subject area.)
Offers reliable and objective measures of student achievement. Multiple-choice tests, in particular, are graded by machine and therefore are not subject to human subjectivity or bias.
Helps focus instruction on essential content and skills.
Is a natural part of teaching and learning. The US Department of Education stated: "Although testing may be stressful for some students, testing is a normal and expected way of assessing what students have learned."
Prepares students to take similar tests at every level of education, including high school and college.
Prepares students to take similar tests for employment. Most professions, including physicians, lawyers, real-estate brokers, and pilots all take standardized tests to ensure they have the necessary knowledge for their professions.
PINE RUN PSSA TESTING DATES
CBSD KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION: OPEN NOW
PINE RUN ELEMENTARY 2015-2016 DIRECTORY!
PINE RUN PARENT HANDBOOK
- Breakfast Meal-$1.65 - Reduced price $0.30
- Lunch Meal-$2.60 - Reduced price $0.40
- Milk $0.75
For more information regarding Aramark Food Services, including menus, please visit their web page.