From the Principal's Desk
It is time to bundle up because Winter has arrived! Report cards will come home on Friday. If you have any concerns or questions about your child's progress, please contact the teacher to arrange a conference. Mr. Hudak and I are always available if you need us. Just a reminder that our Safety Patrols will not be outside in the am if it is freezing weather. We do not want those students to get sick. Regardless of the weather, we always try to have an adult out front in the am. If you do not see an adult, please know that they may be needed somewhere else at that time.
As always, feel free to join us during lunchtime. We love seeing our families at school!
C. Diane Jackson
Running Club will be meeting every Thursday from this point, until the "TIGERVILLE TROT," which will be held May 14th.
Remember, it is never too late to sign up for Running Club, as there is no commitment needed. Running Club is open to any 3rd-5th grader who wishes to join, and you are welcome to come to as many or few meetings as you would like. Please see Coach C to sign up.
Our character word for the month of January is perseverance. Grades K-5 will be introduced to Perseverance Pam and her super determination powers. Pam’s powers include not ever giving up, looking for new ways to achieve her goals, and believing in herself.
To continue the conversation about perseverance at home, consider the following activities:
· Give a history lesson. Discuss examples of perseverance in our country’s history (i.e., Martin Luther King Jr., Harriet Tubman, Helen Keller, etc.)
· Regularly encourage children to try new things. You may also want to try something new with your child, like roller-skating or a new arcade or video game. No one is perfect at anything when they start, and this is a great way to show your child that falling down or not winning isn’t the end of the world.
· Be there for them when they do struggle or fail. Provide support, help them evaluate why things weren't successful, and guide them in determining how to re-plan and try again.
· Encourage them. Don’t reward or congratulate them only for achievement. Recognize effort and perseverance as well.
· Read all about it. Go to your library or school counselor and check out some of these titles!
o The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper
o Princesses Are Not Quitters by Kate Lum
o Tortoise and the Hare by Janet Stevens
o Perseverance: The Story of Thomas Alva Edison by Peter Murray
o I Knew You Could by Watty Piper
o Wilma Unlimited by Kathleen Krull
Winter News from the Art Room
The seasonal change into winter can be very inspirational and motivational to our artistic creativity! Third grade classes are learning about a man called Snowflake Bentley, who was the first person to photograph snowflakes. This fascination for both science and art has given us a treasure to be able to see, through microscopic photography, complex geometrical ice crystals that form to make each snowflake! They are also learning to fold and cut paper to make symmetrical snowflakes for their own artwork. Who knew, math, science, and ART could all “learn” together!
Second grade is working on a Winter Cardinal painting as they also learn about how animals take care of themselves during the winter season. The students have learned how to draw tree branches and cardinals. They are on the look out for Cardinals in their own areas so If you see one…be sure to point it out to them! These paintings will be beautiful!
Special Congratulations to two of our very own Tigerville young ladies who, after winning the PTA Reflections 2015 at our local school level, have also won at the Greenville County District level.
Millie Jennings 1st Grade – 3rd Place / Visual Arts
Isabella Sumner 4th Grade - 2nd Place / Film Production
I wanted to share a great resource for all creative students to enjoy at home. This art site has great art lessons and ideas for kids to create beautiful art works! The site is called Deep Space Sparkle and is run by an art teacher Patty who now runs her awesome ART website full time! The web address is: http://www.deepspacesparkle.com/. Have fun browsing and making art with a parent!
Children's Book Awards
John Newbery Medal: Last Stop on Market Street written by Matt de la Pena and illustrated by Christian Robinson
Randolph Caldecott Medal: Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bearillustrated by Sophie Blackall and written by Lindsay Mattick