The Tiger Times
January 10, 2020
NEW PHONE SYSTEM
MSD Decatur is embarking on a new telephone system that will enhance our community and improve safety in the district. Thank you for your patience during our upgrade.
A Note from your Principal
Dear West Newton families,
Students and staff have had a busy first week back to school and have jumped right back into their academic routines. West Newton’s Rocks (focus) for the 3rd nine weeks are as follows:
- Rigor – math content vocabulary emphasized in I Can statements
- Engagement – practicing researched-based strategies of classroom engagement
- Interventions – collaboration to utilize specific interventions for students
Academic Vocabulary, Test-Taking Strategies, and Classroom Culture are successfully embedded within West Newton’s culture. Thank you for sharing your student with the West Newton staff!
With Tiger Pride,
High Ability Information
Attention parents of 2nd and 5th graders! The MSD of Decatur Township High Ability Committee is getting ready to begin this year’s identification process to determine which students will qualify for the High Ability Program for the 2020-21 school year. An important letter and FAQ sheet were sent home with your child this week.Beginning next week, all students in grades 2 and 5 throughout the district will be taking the CogAT Complete online. The CogAT is a measure of potential focusing on general thinking skills and problem-solving skills. Students will also again take STAR tests in grade 2 and Airways tests in grade 5, and those scores will be used for achievement scores in reading and math. Using the data from both assessments, the High Ability Committee will determine which students qualify for the program. If you have questions or concerns about the process, you are welcome to contact the school or the district office.
Ms. Krell's Art Segment
ART CLASSAll 4th, 5th and 6th grade students must have a sketchbook for art. Sketchbooks can be purchased in the WN Bookstore for $2.00 or at any local store.
ART TO REMEMBER
Thank you for making the Art to Remember fundraiser a success. All profits will be used to purchase art materials. All Art to Remember orders have been sent home with students. If you have questions, concerns or have not received your order, please contact me at 317-856-5237.
Art Club is accepting applications for January enrollment. Students in 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grade are welcome. Cost is $10 per month. Each month is a new opportunity to join!
A NOTE FROM THE NURSE
The days are getting chillier as fall continues to winter! It is VERY important that your children are dressing appropriately to prevent any health issues related to the cold! Please make sure they are coming to school with a jacket/coat as they will still continue to go outdoors for recess if weather permits. As the temperature continues to drop, please also make sure your child has appropriate head gear on such as stocking caps and/or scarfs (FYI-heat is released thru your head)! Also make sure they are wearing gloves during very low temperatures to help prevent frost bite! Remember, just because it’s not snowing does not mean the cold cannot do damage to your little ones!! As always, THANK YOU for helping to keep all our tiger cubs healthy and ready to learn! J
Paige Ison, RN
GIRLS VOLLEYBALL LEAGUE
Decatur Fire Station
5410 S. High School Road
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
If you have any questions, please contact:
- Dee Taylor, Varsity Volleyball Coach 317-409-2976
- Tandace Joseph, 8th Grade Volleyball Coach 317-856-5274 ext. 05134
POPCORN FRIDAY ~ January 10th and 24th
Popcorn days this month will be Friday, January 10th and January 24th.
West Newton PTO ~ Events at a Glance
Tuesday, 7th @ 6pm - - - PTO Meeting
Friday, 24th / 6:00 - 8:00 - - - Movie Night
Tuesday, 4th @ 6pm - - - PTO Meeting
Friday, 7th / 6:00 - 8:00 - - - Movie Night
Friday, 21st / 6:00 - 8:00 - - - West Newton's Got Talent
Tuesday, 3rd @ 6pm - - - PTO Meeting
Friday, 6th - Friday, 13th - - -Book Fair ~ Lunch with Someone You Love
Friday 6th / 5:30 - 7:30 - - - Grandparent's Night & Book Fair Grand Opening
Practice equals mastery ~ students will gain confidence and show success in the classroom. If you need help with ideas and/or strategies, contact your child's teacher.
To complete the volunteer form now - click here
The application can also be found at www.decaturproud.org
Click on the tab 'Families', then 'Volunteer' to submit an electronic form.
Don't have a computer, not a problem. Volunteer forms are available in the school office.
For more information contact:
Bev O'Toole 317-241-0183 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Decatur Township Library Cards
Decatur Township has entered into a partnership with the Indianapolis Public Library. Through this partnership, every year we provide the library with a list of our students, and they match the list with their database of patrons. If a student does not currently have a library card, they will be issued one. This program has been very successful in our schools and in other districts in Indianapolis.
The special card students receive will give them access to all of the library’s digital materials, such as databases of magazine and journal articles, downloadable ebooks, emagazines and audio books. In addition, it will give them very limited access to physical items, such as regular books. Of course, you can change this to a full access card by visiting your library. This is an outstanding opportunity for your student. If for any reason you do not wish for your child to participate, please contact our school office for paperwork to opt out.
Any questions or concerns about the program can be directed to Lynn Hodgkin, Elementary Media Coordinator, at 317-856-2221.
BOX TOPS for EDUCATION
Clipping Box Tops for Education is an easy way to help earn cash for our school. Each one is worth 10¢ for our school! Just look for the pink Box Tops on hundreds of products. All you have to do is clip them and send them to school. Your child can earn personal rewards and rewards for their class or grade level when they bring in Box Tops! For more information on Box Tops, including a list of participating products, go to BTFE.com. Be sure to sign up as a member (it’s free!) so you can check out our school’s earnings details and get access to coupons and bonus offers. You can also download the Box Tops Bonus App to earn even more money for our school.
Thank you for your support!