November Husky Herald

Kratz Elementary School

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Ritenour Voters Approve Proposition A

Ritenour School District voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition A in the Nov. 7, 2017 election.

Prop A, an operating tax rate increase of 39 cents for each $100 of assessed value for Ritenour School District residents and businesses, will provide the needed financial resources to provide quality education programs for all Ritenour students. Thanks to voter approval, Prop A will generate approximately $2 million in additional operating funds a year.

Unofficial results from St. Louis County indicate 2,269 voters (64.5 percent) supported Prop A, while 1,250 (35.5 percent) opposed it. A simple majority was needed for passage. Read more...

Positive Behavior Incentives at Kratz Elementary

At Kratz Elementary, all students have the opportunity to earn various rewards when they display positive behavior in school. Perhaps the most common reward is a Husky Hero. Students can earn a Husky Hero for being respectful, responsible, safe or displaying a positive attitude. Husky Heroes are given out by all staff members, including bus drivers. Once students earn Husky Heroes, they put their slip into a bucket for a weekly drawing. The more Husky Heroes a student earns, the better the chances are to win! Students can earn prizes and extra gym time. Weekly winners are announced over the intercom during monthly announcements.

A new incentive this year is the I AM #AWESOME Principal's Award. Students are nominated for this special award from a classroom teacher or staff member for going above and beyond on a consistent basis. Students who earn this award are recognized over the intercom system and they get to sign their name on the #AWESOME board outside the library. They also earn a certificate and a prize!

October Husky Hero Results!

All Grade Levels met their October Monthly Goal! Way to go Kratz students!

Monthly Calendar

Thursday, Nov. 9 - Early Release @ 1:25 p.m. (No after-school clubs.)

Friday, Nov. 17 - Canned Food Drive Ends

Tuesday, Nov. 21- Student Council Hat Day

Wednesday, Nov. 22 - No School

Thursday, Nov. 23 - No School, Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, Nov. 24 - No School

Tuesday, Dec. 5 - PTO Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 8 - Hearing Screenings

Zones of Regulations

Self-regulation is something everyone continually works on, whether we are cognizant of it or not. We all encounter trying circumstances that test our limits from time to time. If we are able to recognize when we are becoming less regulated, we are able to do something about it to feel better and get ourselves to a better place. This comes naturally for some, but for others, it is a skill that needs to be taught and practiced. This is the goal of The Zones of Regulation (or Zones for short).

There are four zones to describe how your brain and body feel.

BLUE Zone – Your body is running slow, such as when you are tired, sick, sad or bored.

GREEN Zone – Like a green light, you are “good to go.” Your body may feel happy, calm and focused.

YELLOW Zone – This zone describes when you start to lose control, such as when you are frustrated, anxious, worried, silly or surprised. Use caution when you are in this zone.

RED Zone – This zone is for extreme emotions such as anger, terror and aggression. When you are in this zone, you are out of control, have trouble making good decisions and must STOP!

If you hear your child talk about what zone they are in, or “being in the blue/green/yellow/red zone” they are talking about how they are learning to self-regulate. Below is a brief explanation of what the Zones of Regulation. If you observe your child taking deep breaths, getting a drink of water, or counting to 10, they just might be using one of the tools to help regulate their brain and body.

Chill Zones at Kratz!

Did you know that all classrooms at Kratz have a Chill Zone? A Chill Zone is a place where students can voluntarily go if they need a break from class. Sometimes students may be asked to take a break at the chill zone if a teacher notices they need a break from school work. Breaks in the Chill Zone range from 5 - 10 minutes and students can read a book, use fidget toys or write about how they feeling. The goal of the Chill Zones is for students to take a break, refocus their thoughts and reenter the classroom ready to learn.

What Do I Do if My Child Is Late to School?

If your child is late to school, please walk your child into the building and sign your child in at the main office. What do I do if my child is absent from school? If your child must be absent from school, please call the Attendance Line at (314) 493-6361 to notify the secretaries that your child will be absent for the day. Upon returning to school, please send a parent note or doctor’s note explaining the reason for your child’s absence.

Transportation Changes

If you need to change your child’s afternoon transportation, please remember to either send a note to school with your child indicating the needed change or contact the school office prior to 2:45 p.m. Thank you!

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