The Bear Necessities
Danville CSD Elementary Newsletter, October 12, 2020
Check out last week's Bear Necessities vlog post below!! Watch for our weekly vlog update on Friday afternoons on the school Facebook page.
The Bear Den Update
The "Back to School" feeling has started to wear off and we have now settled into our many new routines. The students have adjusted to our mitigation efforts with very few issues and learning is well underway.
We have wrapped up the state-required Fall FAST testing. As part of the Early Literacy Implementation legislation, students are required to be tested three times per year in literacy skills. At Danville, we also conduct FAST testing in math. The students completed their testing last week. Your child's teacher will update you on his/her level during the upcoming Parent-Teacher Conferences in early November.
Read on and check out some of the exciting things going on at Danville Elementary!
Important Info Alert!
*Wednesday, October 21st is the next early out for Professional Development.
*Friday, October 23rd will be the October PBIS Virtual Assembly for students at school.
*Virtual learners and parents: please be reminded that Mondays and Thursdays are pick up/drop off days for virtual learning materials and assignments.
*PIcture retakes with StudioK will be Friday, October 23rd.
*Please be reminded that the elementary doors do not open until 8:00 a.m. each morning.
*Last week was Fire Prevention Week. Please ask your child about our school-wide fire drill. It is also a good time to update your household fire excape routes and reunion plans.
*Danville CSD Homecoming will be held November 2nd - 6th. Watch the school Facebook page for updates concerning events for the week.
*Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held November 10th and 12th.
Did you know?
Good News From Danville Elementary!
The teachers have worked very hard these first few weeks of school to teach the PBIS Bear expectations to our students. The kids have been earning LOTS of Bear Tickets and have been rewarded with several classwide celebrations for great behavior or for accomplishing other classroom goals.
Here are just a few examples of the unique celebrations that I have seen around the building wihting the last week:
*Pajama Days in 1st grade classrooms and a 5th grade classroom.
*Hat Day in 2nd Grade
*Hot Cocoa being served for great reading in 5th grade
*Kids earning "game time" with a friend.
*Kids eating in the classroom with their teachers at multiple grade levels
*Extra recess time
*Bear winners that choose to assist another teacher during a lesson
*Bear winners that chose to assist the principal
*Playing music in the classroom or group karaoke time
*Getting to choose special activities like play-doh, free book time, or legos.
The teachers have been very creative in finding ways to reward students for good behavior and good work. The kids are always excited and proud to discuss their accomplishments and why they're being rewarded. The positivity is contagious! Enjoy some of the photos below.
Changes to Mask Recommendations!
The Iowa Department of Public Health issued new guidance for schools regarding when to quarantine students. The significant change in this new guidance is that students will NOT need to quarantine for 14 days if a potential exposure occurs while both the infectious individual and the close contacts are wearing face masks consistently and correctly (wearing the mask over your nose and mouth and securely under your chin).
The guidance we have received also states that face shields and gaiters do not meet the requirement to prevent quarantine from potential exposure. It is highly recommended that all students wear a regular mask that fits over their ears.
Thank you for your assistance in this matter!