Magee School News
April 16th, 2021
If you have concerns or feedback from conferences, please feel free to reach out to me and share. I am excited as we enter the last quarter of the school year and turn the corner to summer!
Speaking of summer, watch for information on Summer School coming out real soon. Dates for summer school are June 21st to July 2nd and July 12th to July 23rd.
Forward testing info for families
Annually, students in grades 3 and 4 at the elementary level participate in the statewide assessment called the Forward Exam. Requirements for the 2020-21 administration of statewide assessments remain unchanged under state and federal law.
During the 2015-16 school year, Wisconsin rolled out a new assessment called the Wisconsin Forward Exam. The Exam is designed to gauge how well students are doing in relation to the Wisconsin Academic Standards. These standards outline what students should know and be able to do in order to be college and career ready. The Forward Exam is administered online in the spring of each school year at:
- grades 3-8 in English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics,
- grades 4 and 8 in Science and,
- grades 4, 8, and 10 in Social Studies.
Accommodations and supports for students with disabilities and/or English language learners are built into the system so that the progress of students can be accurately measured.
The Forward Exam is a high quality, research-based, and affordable online assessment that meets Wisconsin’s expectations. It is a customized assessment with innovative item types that includes test items reviewed and approved by Wisconsin educators.
Each family received a copy of the parent brochure which is linked below.
Testing at Magee for 4th graders:
Tuesday, April 20th and Wednesday, April 21st-English Language Arts
Tuesday, April 27th and Wednesday, April 28th- Math
The fun, hands-on activities at this year’s @CampInvention program, Recharge, are just what children need this summer. At Magee Elementary, we’ll be hosting this wonderful program during the week of June 14th-18th for students entering grades 1-6 from both Koenig and Magee Elementary schools. Discover all the fun you’ll have at camp: https://youtu.be/aX4r8bQSsJA.
Registration information can be found at: https://www.invent.org/ click on the register for Camp Invention button.
4th grade farewell dates
Here are the details we know so far.
Thursday, June 3rd our 4th grade students and staff will record the farewell ceremony in the gym. Our ceremony will run as it has in the past, but will be recorded and released during the last week of school. Only school staff and our 4th grade students will be present for the ceremony. We will share a release date and time with families to view the ceremony at home.
Friday, June 4th from 2:00-3:00 the entire Magee staff will be present for a drive thru send off of our 4th graders. 4th grade families will drive thru the parent pick up lane to receive their farewell gifts and get a chance to wave, smile and enjoy the company of the teachers who have been a part of their elementary years.
We will keep families informed as the dates get closer.
Calling your child in sick to school
From Your Student Services Team
Thursday, April 22nd will be Earth Day. It is a day meant to increase our awareness of environmental problems and to bring families and communities together to clean up litter, plant trees, or reflect on the beauty of our planet. Caring for nature, plants and land is essential for our own health and the individual responsibility that lies within us of taking care of our planet.
It will be the 51st anniversary of Earth Day this year. It was first celebrated April 22nd, 1970 to deal with issues of toxic drinking water, air pollution and effects of pesticides. On this date a demonstration was held and 20 million Americans came out and protested together.
This led to creating the Environmental Protection Agency and then eventually the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act.
Here are some things your family can do together to celebrate and understand Earth Day.
Go to a local park and pick up trash together. This could be done in your own yard or neighborhood as well. This is a way to model the importance of keeping our environment clean.
Recycle-help your children in sorting products to recycle regularly discussing the importance of not filling our landfills with products that can be harmful.
Show how we can reuse items, such as donating furniture, books and clothes. It shows the importance of not just throwing away items when done with them, but giving to others who may need them.
Reuse items to create less garbage. For example, use refillable cups, clean and reuse plastic bags, and choose paper or reusable bags when shopping.
Plant a tree. The whole family can be involved by working together to pick the type of tree, find a spot in your yard and the planting of it.
Go on a walk or bike ride to enjoy nature, get fresh air, and be physically active.
Unplug, challenge your household to keep your electricity usage low for Earth Day.
"We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children." -- Native American Proverb
Tumble Book Library is an online collection of ebooks for children. Click the button for login information.
What Does The Zones of Regulation Teach Children?
This program teaches a variety of social-emotional skills to children, starting with early emotional skills and advancing on to self-regulation and navigating social situations..
Here are some skills taught during The Zones of Regulation:
Identifying your emotions by categorizing feelings into four zones (more on this below)
Self-regulation: Achieving the preferred state of alertness (zone) for a situation. This is all about regulating your body and emotional regulation.
Identifying triggers: Learning what makes you “tick” and why
Coping strategies: Various techniques and strategies that help achieve emotional regulation and manage strong emotions
Size of the problem: Introduces the idea that the size of your reaction should match the size of your problem, how to identify the size of your problem, and strategies for problem-solving.
Expected behavior vs unexpected behavior: This also covers perspective taking and how your behavior affects the thoughts and feelings of the people around you
The Zones of Regulation uses four colors to help children self-identify how they’re feeling and categorize it based on color. The curriculum also helps children better understand their emotions, sensory needs, and thinking patterns. They learn different strategies to help them cope and manage their emotions based on which color zone they’re in. Additionally, the Zones of Regulation helps kids recognize their own triggers, learn to read facial expressions, develop problem-solving skills, and become more attuned to how their actions affect other people.
The Green Zone
The green zone is used to describe when you’re in a calm state of alertness.
The Yellow Zone
The yellow zone describes when you have a heightened sense of alertness. This isn’t always a bad thing, and you still have some control of your actions when you’re in the yellow zone.
Being in the yellow means you may feel frustrated, anxious or nervous. But, it could also mean you’re feeling excited, silly, or hyper – which is okay in the right situations.
The Red Zone
The red zone describes an extremely heightened state of intense emotions. When a person reaches the red zone, they’re no longer able to control their emotions or reaction
This is the zone kids are in during meltdowns. Being in the red zone means you’re feeling anger, rage, terror, or complete devastation and feel out of control.
The Blue Zone
The blue zone, on the other hand, is used when a person is feeling low states of alertness or arousal.When you’re in the blue zone you may be feeling down – sad, sick, tired, or bored. You’re still in control, as you are in the yellow zone, but with low energy emotions.
The most important thing to remember when learning about the Zones of Regulation is that there is NO GOOD OR BAD ZONES! ALL ZONES ARE OK! We are all in all of the zones throughout our lives. Model for your children by noticing and saying out loud when you are in the blue or yellow zone. Normalize being in all zones for your children. How do you regulate your emotions? What tools do you use? Model those for your children!
April Title 1 Tip CAFÉ Strategy: Flip the Sound
As your child is working at home, we would like to update you with another CAFÉ strategy to reinforce at home. CAFÉ is an acronym that stands for Comprehension (I understand what I read), Accuracy (I can read the words), Fluency (I can read smoothly and understand what I read), and Expanding vocabulary (I know, find, and use interesting words).
Have you ever taught your child a rule from the English language to then have them point out an example where it doesn’t work? Many words in the English language don’t follow basic phonics rules. For example, children learn that ch makes the /ch/ sound we hear in chip. However, this rule does not apply when decoding the word school. Children need to be given the tools to use when common rules don’t apply. Flip the sound is a strategy good readers use when they come to a word that doesn’t sound right or make sense. Knowing the multiple sounds a letter or letter combination can make and being able to flip the sounds around is an essential skill.
How to help your child with the flip the sound strategy at home:
When your child reads a word incorrectly, wait until he/she gets to the end of the sentence. Then, stop your child and ask, “Did the word you just read sound right?” Put your hand palm-down and flip your hand over while saying, “Try flipping the sound.”
Remind your child that when good readers use the strategy of flip the sound, they listen for a word they recognize. They then check to make sure that word makes sense in the sentence.
When sounding out words, review the different sounds letters make. Ask your child, “What other sound could that letter make?” Encourage your child to use the strategy of flip the sound to try different words until he/she is successful.
Thank you for your continued support! You are doing great!
Community Health Dental Visit
Community Health will be here April 19th through April 28th.
We must have a form filled out in order to see your student. If you have any questions about the dental program, please contact Kim at email@example.com or 920-395-2981 Ext. 327
Link for fillable dental form: https://www.pdffiller.com/en/link_to_fill/535490245.htm(1 form for each child that is participating, Forms are only Valid for the 2020-2021 school year. Forms filled out for previous schools years are expired and no longer valid.)
Social Media Safety-Part Two
Thank you families for joining us for part 2 of our Social Media Presentation. If you were not able to join us or would like to share this presentation, here is the link to the video recording as well as the google slide presentation and the question form. We look forward to answering any questions you may have on Wednesday April 21 at 6pm!
Stop the Spread!
Help keep our students in our buildings and our athletes participating in their sport.
- Wear a mask when out and about.
- Keep a physical distance of at least 6 feet.
- Wash/sanitize your hands.
- Sanitize frequently-touched surfaces.
- Do not attend large gatherings.
- Stay home if you are sick.
Kids At Hope
Three Universal Truths:
1. WE BELIEVE – Children succeed when they are surrounded by adults who believe they can succeed, No Exceptions.
2. WE CONNECT – Children succeed when they have meaningful and sustainable relationships with caring adults.
3. WE TIME TRAVEL – Children succeed when they can articulate their future in four domains rather than one, (which is generally Education & Career): Home & Family, Education & Career, Community & Service, and Hobbies & Recreation.