Stayton Elementary School
February Cheetah Newsletter 💕
A collaborative school that strives for excellence by providing a positive and nurturing environment that allows our diverse student population to develop self worth and reach their highest potential
Well, we are off to an amazing start to the new year. We have hit the ground running and gearing up for the kids' heart challenge. Students will be participating in the challenge on February 6th and 7th this month. The following classrooms will do their challenge on the 6th: Mrs. Smith, Mrs. Flemming, Mrs. Clark, Mrs. Carter, Ms. Rorman, Mr. Carl, Mrs. Purnell, Mrs. Robbins/Olson, and Ms. Ables. The following classrooms will do their challenge on the 7th: Ms. Loar, Mrs. Hill, Ms. McKibbon, Mrs. Daniels/Stark, Mrs. Schffer, Mrs. Alderson/Holm, Mrs. Erwin, and Mrs. Laugle. Fundraising for the Heart Challenges ends on February 9th. Feel free to wear red on your day. Our students enjoy participating in this challenge.
Other things to look forward to this month is no school on the 2nd as your child’s teacher will be doing some learning of their own that day. February 14th is Valentine’s Day. Please look to individual classroom communications to find out what is happening in your child’s classroom that day. We encourage your child to represent their favorite college by wearing their gear on February 16th. There is no school on the 19th as we will be celebrating Presidents’ Day.
Stayton Elementary will be hosting our school board meeting this month on the 22nd. We will be doing a short spotlight at the beginning of the meeting. I encourage you to attend and hear about all the fabulous things happening in our school. The meeting will be here in the cafeteria starting at 6 pm. We look forward to seeing you there.
Youth Truth Survey: Every year we ask students, staff, and parents to complete a survey to help us reflect on our current practices and how we might improve. Your feedback is so incredibly important to us. One parent or guardian from each household is invited to take the survey. Please click on this link to complete the survey: http://www.ytsurvey.org/wesdv2family24. It should take about 15 minutes and needs to be completed in one setting. The survey is available in multiple languages including Spanish, English, Russian, Vietnamese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, or French. The survey link will be live through January 29th-February 23rd We would love to hear your feedback.
State Testing: Our 3rd-grade students will begin state testing at the end of April. These tests are created by educators and challenge your child to think critically and apply their knowledge across a variety of contexts. They are a snapshot of your child’s progress and are just one piece of information. Assessment results identify your child’s strengths and areas for improvement in English Language Arts and Math.
Oregon law (ORS 329.479) permits parents/guardians to annually opt out of Oregon’s statewide assessment in English Language Arts and/or Mathematics by submitting a form to the school the student attends no later than one week before the first day of testing which will begin on April 29, 2024. If you would like to opt your child out of this assessment please click on the following link: chrome-extension://efaidnbmnnnibpcajpcglclefindmkaj/https://www.oregon.gov/ode/educator-resources/assessment/Documents/Opt-Out_Form_English.pdf
Kindergarten: The ability to plan and stick to a schedule is crucial for success. Kindergarten teachers start introducing this to students by using a daily schedule and a monthly reading tracker. Each teacher shares the plan for the day with students in the morning so they can be prepared and know what to expect. Students quickly learn how to read the schedule and are able to prepare for the next activity and know what to expect throughout the day. Doing this sets students up for success and introduces them to the concept of planning out one's day. The monthly reading tracker allows students to see the big picture of their hard work. They log how long they read each day and are able to see the accumulation of minutes at the end of the month. This provides students with a sense of pride while helping them build daily habits.
1st Grade: First graders are learning so much throughout the day. To help them focus on what that moment’s lesson is, they have been breaking down essential questions for each lesson. By doing so, they point out keywords that popped out to them. As a class, we talk about what the question is actually asking us. By the end of the lesson, students should be able to answer that question.
2nd Grade: Story problems are tricky! 2nd grade has been using the critical reading process to better understand multi-digit story problems in math. Students have been following the 3-read protocol, paying attention to different aspects of the problem during each read and marking the text to show their thinking. This process helps students understand the question, which helps them set up an equation that matches the problem.
3rd Grade: Third grade is focusing on using academic language and discussion structures. As we work on our nonfiction writing unit, the students will be working on having meaningful discussions with their peers about what they are learning.
RULER (Recognize, Understand, Label, Express, Regulate)
RULER is an evidence-based approach to social and emotional learning (SEL) that we have started to implement here at Stayton Elementary. It is designed to help students recognize the emotions they are feeling. To understand that we all feel lots of emotions. To teach students to identify where their emotions fall on our mood meter and how to shift from an undesired emotion to a desired one. Last month we introduced the meta-moment and how it might be used.
This month I want to talk more about leveraging your best self which is step 3 of the meta-moment. When teaching students about their best self, we ask them to think about what their best self looks like. How do they act when they are embodying the characteristics of their “best self”? How does your “best self” walk into the school, talk to their teacher and other classmates? How might this version of their “best self” handle a conflict with a peer? It is important for students to have a clear image of what their best self looks like so they can draw in this image when taking a meta-moment. I would encourage you to spend some time talking with your child about what their best self looks like here at school.
🍎 NO SCHOOL DAYS....February 2nd and 19th 🍎
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
1st - Fancy Dress Up Day! Wear your nicest clothes to school.
2nd - NO SCHOOL
9th - Heart Challenge Fundraiser ENDS - All $ is DUE to Mr. Larimer
19th - NO SCHOOL - President's Day
21st - Exclusion Day - No immunizations = no school
22nd - NSSD Board Meeting 6:00pm
26th - 3B Store during school
28th - PTC Meeting 3:40pm
March 1st - Rainbow Dress Up Day!
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