The Lion's Share

September 2022

Message from the Principal:

It's hard to believe that we are moving into the second part of the first quarter of school.


We have a lot of fun events on the horizon, including our annual Grandparents' Day Breakfast, 6th grade Science Camp, the Book Fair, and Fall Break.


Additionally, rather than sending home progress reports at the halfway point of the first quarter, we are trying something new here at Settler's. At the beginning of the year, all of our kindergarten through sixth grade students take a number of math and reading screeners. These screeners provide a snapshot of where your child stands academically at the start of the year. As a school, we use these results to plan instruction that best meets the needs of each student. We have printed a "Fastbridge Family Report" for each of our students to provide insight into how your student did on these assessments. On each report, there is a brief description of each assessment that was taken, how your child scored, and how that score ranks (in terms of percentile) versus their grade level peers in the district and nationally. These reports will be placed in the mail today.


When reviewing these reports, please know that this is just a "snapshot" of their reading/math proficiency. We know that some students get anxious about tests and there is a lot of other evidence that we gather to determine academic proficiency as a school, so this is not absolute. However, as a school, we felt it was important that you see the data that we are seeing. Parent teacher conferences, which are at the end of the month, would be a great time to ask your child's teacher about these results and how home/school can partner for academic success.


I am looking forward to a great month of September here at Settler's Point, and as always, if there is anything I can do to help support your student, please feel free to reach out to me.


Yours in Education,


Robert Bircher, Jr.

Principal

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What's Happening in September?

9/5 - No School-Labor Day

9/6 - Science Camp Chaperone @ 5pm in room 203

9/7 - Early Release @ 1:55pm

9/8 - PTO Meeting @ 3:30pm

9/9 - Grandparents' Breakfast @ 7:15am, Fall Picture Day

9/10 - Garden Clean Up @ 7am-10am

9/12 - Red, White and Blue Spirit Day

9/12-9/14 - 6th Grade to Science Camp at Chapel Rock

9/14 - Early Release @1:55pm

9/19 - 9/23 - Book Fair

9/21 - Early Release @ 1:55pm

9/22 - Half Day Release @ 11:55am-Parent/Teacher Conferences

9/23 - Half Day Release @ 11:55am-Parent/Teacher Conferences

9/27 - Raising Canes Night @ 4pm-9pm (Val Vista/Williams Field)

9/28 - Early Release @ 1:55pm

9/29 - 5th Grade field trip to ASU School of Earth & Science, PTO Meeting @ 3:30pm

9/30 - Half Day Release @ 11:55am

10/3-10/14 - Fall Break

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