February Family Newsletter
SCHOOL BEGINS AT 7:45 AM; Breakfast: 7:20-7:50
Late Arrival = Missed Instruction
February 7- No School (Conference Exchange Day)
February 8- Jets Parent Committee 2:30-3:30 (in-person/virtual)
February 9- LSDMC Meeting- 4:00
February 14- No School (Go Bengals!!)
February 11- ILT Meeting- 7:15
February 18- Midterms go Home
February 21- No School (Presidents' Day)
February 25- (Optional) Black History Contest Essay Due
Mrs. Graff, Our Gold Star FINALIST
Black History Essay Contest
By Dr Rotuno-Johnson
Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.
– Kofi Annan, former Secretary to the United Nations
The above quote captures my heart. I believe that all students are worthy of the best
we teachers can give them in order for them to grow up to be happy and productive
family and community members. In my 25 years as a special education teacher, I have
seen so many young people blossom into successful young adults by their dedication
to hard work and their belief in themselves.
This is especially true for students who have learning differences. It’s important for students to NEVER GIVE UP, even if they have obstacles! One organization I look to for understanding the impact of learning differences on a child is the International Dyslexia Organization. The link provided below provides a wealth of information. https://dyslexiaida.org/fact-sheets I encourage everyone to investigate more about the educational potential of all students.
At CPS we aim for the following:
Every child regardless of circumstances, receives a high quality, grade-level, standards-aligned instruction, curriculum, and technologies.
As partners ---schools, families, and the community can provide students with the fulfillment of the promise of a happy and fulfilling life through education.
Surviving and Thriving in Fourth Grade
By Katey Parks-Goad
Beginning the first week of January’s remote learning, our fourth graders read a nonfiction text about mountain ranges of the world and several excerpts from the SAS Survival Handbook. Many students thought these were strange topics to discuss in language arts class, but nonetheless, they went along with the game plan. Little did they know we were about to embark on a literary adventure.
Last week, our small groups began reading Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. This may sound familiar to you as it’s a classic that has been studied for decades. In this story, the main character, Brian Robeson, is involved in a bush plane crash and finds himself alone in the Canadian wilderness with only a single hatchet given to him by his mother. All the while, Brian is torn up inside with a secret he has been keeping about his parents’ divorce. His personal and physical journey throughout the novel will take determination, perseverance, and bravery for survival.
It clicked with the fourth graders that building background knowledge before reading a larger text can be very helpful in comprehending the story and themes found throughout. By learning facts about mountains and reading ways to survive in the wilderness, the students now will be able to embark on this journey with Brian. They will be able to make connections and empathize with Brian’s character vs. nature and character vs. self conflicts.
As we round the corner towards the last half of the school year, our fourth graders are learning the importance of perseverance and a growth mindset in their own personal journey. I’m proud of how far they’ve come and excited to see all that’s ahead of them! Thank you for your support at home as our fourth graders continue to push forward and grow on this trek throughout the remainder of the school year.
- School Gear Fundraiser
- Photo Permission Form (allows school/district to post pictures/videos & allow us to stream school events for families- only positive images)
- 6th grade End of the Year Activities Pamphlet (will be based on grades and attendance)
- Extracurricular Activities Applications for the Spring
CPS Job Fair
CPS' Talent Department is hosting a "Do What You Love" Job Fair from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, February 5, 2022, at CPS' Education Center, 2651 Burnet Avenue, 45219.
Positively impact the lives of Cincinnati students and work for a Forbes Best-in-State Employer!
We are Hiring
- Food Service Helpers
- Security Assistant II
- Student Services Assistants
- Substitute Teachers
The Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library will be offering free tax prep help in partnership with the United Way and AARP. This free service will be available Feb. 4 – April 15. No library card is required to get help. The United Way asks that anyone coming in for tax help wears a mask. A mask can be provided to you for free at the Library.
These programs are free and available to low to moderate income families. For a full list of what documents to bring and what type of returns United Way’s Free Tax Prep initiative sites can prepare, visit https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p3676a.pdf . Residents need to make an appointment for this service by calling the Library at 513-369-6900, going to https://UWGC-FreeTaxPrep.as.me/AARP or calling the United Way at 211.
Participating library branches:
- Avondale (type of service TBD)
- Bond Hill (type of service TBD)
- Deer Park (type of service TBD)
- Groesbeck (same day, drop off help)
- Harrison (drop off help)
- Madisonville (in-person assistance)
- Downtown Main Library (same day, drop off help)
- North Central (same day, drop off help)
- Price Hill (in-person assistance)
- Reading (same day, drop off help)
- Westwood (in-person assistance)
Facebook- Evanston Academy- CPS
YouTube- Evanston Academy-CPS
- A new "Story with Staff" is added every Friday at 3:00
- Facebook- When looking for our FB page, please use the link provided and tag Evanston Academy- CPS. There is an old page circulating that is not run by the school. The official page has our logo and picture of the school.
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