Knights Parent & Family Newsletter
Welcome to the first day of learning at Nance elementary in 2022! I hope this newsletter finds you and your family healthy and excited for the possibilities the new year brings. As we enter January, I wanted to take the opportunity to provide families with a few important updates:
- January is a great time to create a new year's resolution, and this January Nance students will be focused on reading and literacy all month! Watch Class Dojo and our website for important announcements about exciting activities students will be doing to promote a love of reading. Reading is about more than a test score, and this month students will have the opportunity to check out library books, add to their own personal library by receiving free books of their own, and sharing what they enjoy reading with others! Look for more details throughout this month.
- As you are well aware, COVID cases are on the rise in our community. Please take note of the section below "When Should My Student Stay Home?" for more information about keeping our school community safe. In the event of a quarantine, teachers are able to provide access to continuous learning for your child. If your child is exposed to someone who tests positive for COVID-19 or tests positive for COVID-19 themselves, please notify Nance staff right away so that we can assist you.
- If you have not signed a contract for your child to bring his/her iPad home, please call the main office and arrange to sign a contract with Mr. Cooper. It is important that students have access to technology in the event of a quarantine or a virtual learning day due to inclement weather. If you have any questions, please call the main office.
January will be complete before we know it and February includes some of our most important events-- the 100th day of school and Black History Month! We will also celebrate 20 years of Nance elementary later this semester and are looking forward to the opportunity to bring the community together later in this spring.
Happy New Year!
Tyler Archer, Ed.D.
The District is dedicated to creating a safe learning environment for both in-person and virtual learners. For families who have chosen in-person learning, please take note of these important points:
- Masks: Masks are mandatory for all grade levels.
- COVID-positive: Students who test positive for COVID-19 must stay home for at least 10 days following their positive test result. Additionally, students cannot return unless they receive doctor’s clearance that they are symptom-free, or receive a subsequent negative test result. The doctor’s note must be dated at least 10 days after the positive test result. Documentation must be provided before returning to school.
- Close contact with someone COVID-positive: If a student had a close contact with someone who then tested positive for COVID, the student must quarantine.
- COVID symptoms: Students cannot attend school if they have any COVID-related symptoms: fever (100.4 and above), sore throat, congestion/runny nose, headache, nausea/vomiting/diarrhea, fatigue/muscle or body aches, cough, difficulty breathing, loss of taste/smell. Please refer to the Student Symptom Decision Tree for additional information about when students may return following these symptoms, and whether documentation must be provided prior to return. Please note, this information is subject to change if the CDC/DOH guidance changes at any time:
If your student is showing symptoms, please reference the Student Symptom Decision Tree when attempting to decide if your student should attend school.
Does Your Child Need an iPad?
Watch Ms. Amsler's Class Sing the Nance Song!
Recognizing Positive Referral Students
Celebrating the End of the Semester!
STEAM Challenge for January
This semester we will have a series of STEM Challenges for students each month. These challenges are meant for the students to complete at home with families. All students will receive a copy of the flyer below and more information will also be posted on Class Dojo! In weekly STEAM classes we are going to be using the Engineering Design Process to solve problems and these challenges will be centered around this process.
This month's STEM Challenge is a bridge building competition. All information concerning this challenge can also be found at the link below! Here you can find the flyer, read aloud that goes along with the challenge, and other resources to help students and families.
Students participating should bring their bridge to school by January 28th. Students in each grade level will face off to see who has the strongest bridge!
Ms. Green's Family and Community Engagement News
Why Does Attendance Matter for Parents?
As we are starting a New Year, we will like to encourage everyone to “FINISH STRONG”! When children are consistently present in the classroom, they are part of a greater learning community that ensures their success.
By prioritizing school attendance, parents can ensure their children are academically successful, socially engaged and community minded. We are here to assist you, please call the office if your child will be out for any reason. We look forward to celebrating great attendance for the remainder of the school year.
Family and Community Specialist
Ms. Ireland's Academic Corner
Happy New Year! I hope everyone had the opportunity to relax and enjoy family over the holiday break. I certainly did! Now, it’s back to business at Earl Nance, Sr. Elementary.
As students return to school, teachers will be holding brief data conferences to set goals on student performance. Students will be able to document their own personal goals as a learner and create action steps in order to these short-term goals.
Parents, you should be receiving student report cards during the first week of January along with a “Star Family Report” which will include your child’s benchmark level and domain score. This report will also give reading recommendations at a level that your child should be able to do independently.
At Nance, we take literacy very seriously. Be on the lookout for different activities throughout the month of January that ignite a passion for reading and sharing with others.
Academic Instructional Coach
STAR Renaissance Family Report
Your child has recently taken a Renaissance Star assessment. Your child’s teacher uses the results to measure general achievement in reading and/or math, and to determine your child’s learning needs.
It is important to understand that these test scores provide only one picture of how your child is doing in school. If you have any questions, please reach out to your child’s teacher.
In addition to the Star Family Report your child received, the information below will provide more context about your child’s scores and performance.
Nurse Kaelble's Health Update
Happy 2022! I hope that the time spent with family and friends was energizing, exciting and exhilarating. I have 2 links 2 share with you as we start 2022:
The first link from the American Heart Association states that for the first time in 15 years, the dietary guidelines have changed to be more people friendly. The changes state that the guidelines are more balanced and meet people where they’re at in many different lifestyles.
The second link is a list of 22 New Year’s Resolutions to start off 2022. It’s a fun list to read and possibly pick a few for your New Year’s Resolutions. They are simple and easier to accomplish. Number 3 talks about anti-resolutions: what is something you want to stop doing, number 10 is upgrade your sneakers, number 15 is schedule your doctor’s appointments and number 16 is get a haircut.
This semester we will continue to wear masks, practice social distancing, practice good hygiene. Please keep your student at home if they are sick, fever over 100.4, vomiting, or displaying cold-like symptoms.
Please come talk to me or call if you have any concerns about your student. Remember, if your student receives the COVID vaccine, please bring up the card so we can make a copy of it and record. It.
Nurse Kaelble, RN
Ms. Worley's Art Studio
The days are shorter and colder; which creates perfect opportunities to create art inside! I love being warm in the home while drawing objects I see close by, coloring, and painting!
In class, we are creating Pop art printmaking and will also continue on working on the SLPS art competition for the St. Louis Zoo - this year’s theme is Dinosaurs! As a reminder, students can bring in an old and oversized t-shirt they can keep at school and wear over their uniforms during art. This is because we want to stay safe and not share paint shirts with the whole school all day long. Students do not have to bring one – but it will keep their uniforms looking great as we have fun learning!
Keep up the creative work Knights!
Ms. Reynolds' Music Spotlight
The music room is the perfect environment to learn lasting skills that are effective for students in all kinds of settings. The act of practicing something, with the intent of improvement, is a cornerstone of the idea of growth mindset.
Growth Mindset: The belief that with practice, perseverance, and effort, people have
limitless potential to learn and grow.
In the music room we are always working towards a goal. And with each victory of reaching this goal, we can find another to work towards. This act of perseverance applies inside and outside of the music classroom. The way that students approach how to improve something in music, can easily be applied to their other course subjects. Read through the following examples of how the principles of a growth mindset can shift a students attitude towards improving something.
Example: "I'm not good at music." versus "I can be better at music if I practice!"
"This new music is weird. I don't want to hear it." versus "This is new to me, but different can be good. I'll give it a chance!"
Encouraging our students to always continue to try their best will help to create a learning environment where creativity and growth is celebrated, and students will grow to succeed both in and outside of the classroom.
Ms. Foster's Reading Resources
Happy New Year and welcome back to the 2022 school year! We have five months until summer break and it is important that we accomplish all the goals that the district has set for our students this school year.
Please encourage your child to work hard for the remainder of the school year school so that he or she can learn the information needed to be successful for their grade level and the next level.
Please encourage your child to read for 20 minutes each day. Ask your child questions about the book they are reading. Help them to think outside the box about that book. How would they make the ending of the book different? It is important that children are able to understand what they have read. Ask your child to keep a log of all the books they have read starting this month. Challenge them to read 50 books or more by the end of the school year!
Reading Intervention Teacher
Ms. Jackson's School Counselor News
Creating Everlasting Memories
The holidays are a monumental time for children. It is the family activities/gatherings that create previous memories for the entire family, especially the young child(ren). Parents are the author and first teacher in painting these memorable events of the holidays. Scrapbooking and journaling help to preserve these cherished memories, that will last for a lifetime. Please visit this website Journal Apps, Online Diaries, and Digital Scrapbooks (commonsensemedia.org) for additional information about scrapbooking and journaling.
There is so much power in allowing scholars to recreate their precious memories this past holiday season – 2021. Scrapbooking and journaling provide the scholar with an opportunity to explore and practice the skills for holistic learning. Now let us get ready to create everlasting memories for 2022.
Choose Kindness in the New Year
The start of the new calendar year is an opportunity for our students to choose kindness towards one another and themselves. The Making Caring Common project has identified five ways parents and families can help to instill kindness in their children. The following excerpt from an article linked below provides a starting point.
1. Make caring for others a priority
Why? Parents tend to prioritize their children’s happiness and achievements over their children’s concern for others. But children need to learn to balance their needs with the needs of others, whether it’s passing the ball to a teammate or deciding to stand up for friend who is being bullied.
• Instead of saying to your kids: “The most important thing is that you’re happy,” say “The most important thing is that you’re kind.”
• Make sure that your older children always address others respectfully, even when they’re tired, distracted, or angry.
• Emphasize caring when you interact with other key adults in your children’s lives. For example, ask teachers whether your children are good community members at school.
2. Provide opportunities for children to practice caring and gratitude
Why? It’s never too late to become a good person, but it won’t happen on its own. Children need to practice caring for others and expressing gratitude for those who care for them and contribute to others’ lives. Studies show that people who are in the habit of expressing gratitude are more likely to be helpful, generous, compassionate, and forgiving—and they’re also more likely to be happy and healthy.
• Don’t reward your child for every act of helpfulness, such as clearing the dinner table. We should expect our kids to help around the house, with siblings, and with neighbors and only reward uncommon acts of kindness.
• Talk to your child about caring and uncaring acts they see on television and about acts of justice and injustice they might witness or hear about in the news.
• Make gratitude a daily ritual at dinnertime, bedtime, in the car, or on the subway. Express thanks for those who contribute to us and others in large and small ways.
3. Expand your child’s circle of concern.
Why? Almost all children care about a small circle of their families and friends. Our challenge is help our children learn to care about someone outside that circle, such as the new kid in class, someone who doesn’t speak their language, the school custodian, or someone who lives in a distant country.
• Make sure your children are friendly and grateful with all the people in their daily lives, such as a bus driver or a waitress.
• Encourage children to care for those who are vulnerable. Give children some simple ideas for stepping into the “caring and courage zone,” like comforting a classmate who was teased.
• Use a newspaper or TV story to encourage your child to think about hardships faced by children in another country.
4. Be a strong moral role model and mentor.
Why? Children learn ethical values by watching the actions of adults they respect. They also learn values by thinking through ethical dilemmas with adults, e.g. “Should I invite a new neighbor to my birthday party when my best friend doesn’t like her?”
• Model caring for others by doing community service at least once a month. Even better, do this service with your child.
• Give your child an ethical dilemma at dinner or ask your child about dilemmas they’ve faced.
5. Guide children in managing destructive feelings
Why? Often the ability to care for others is overwhelmed by anger, shame, envy, or other negative feelings.
Here’s a simple way to teach your kids to calm down: ask your child to stop, take a deep breath through the nose and exhale through the mouth, and count to five. Practice when your child is calm. Then, when you see her getting upset, remind her about the steps and do them with her. After a while she’ll start to do it on her own so that she can express her feelings in a helpful and appropriate way.
Urban League Mentors Update- Mrs. Muhammad & Ms. Taylor
Here are your January updates from Urban League!
- Mrs. Muhammad will be delivering food every Tuesday and Thursday for families in need. Please call to let me know if you would like a box at (314) 608-8492.
- Jubilee Church is also offering a trucking academy class. Please call 314-553-9499 for more information on how to sign up.
- Ms. Taylor and Mrs. Muhammad are working hard to help students envision a future that they want by mentoring some 6th graders through Project Ready. As the New Year comes, we hope that it brings more college tours and opportunities for these students to experience something new. 😊
- Attention all Nance students, Mrs. Muhammad, and Ms. Taylor, are launch the CSP Store where you can buy all kinds of goodies ranging from candy to toys, and from activities even a pizza party!! 😱 So get your in-class math assignments in to earn Funny Money bucks!
Ms. Taylor: Ktaylorpb@urbanleague-stl.org (314)338-0157
Mrs. Muhammad: firstname.lastname@example.org (314) 556-4069
Wednesday, January 12th- Gateway to Oral Health Dental Van @ Nance
Monday, January 17th- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (No School)