Northeast Newsletter

May 2021

Notes From Mrs. Ryan

Dear Northeast Families,

The sun is out, the flowers are in bloom, and our students are thriving. May is one of my favorite months of the year. This is the month where we as educators get to see the fruits of our labor. We share that with you this year, as you have been a partner in your students’ academic success. Northeast students are in the process of taking the state FAST assessments. These assessments measure our students’ progress in the areas of reading and math. Our teachers will be assessing now through May 14. We will share this data with you towards the end of the month.

There are several important events taking place at Northeast in the month of May.

Leader in Me Leadership Week – Thank you to our Northeast families who joined me on April 26 for a Leader in Me parent informational meeting. I enjoyed speaking with you and sharing the Leader in Me framework.

May 5-9 is our leadership week. This is a time where we honor and show case our student and staff leaders at Northeast. We will hear from keynote speaker, Lexi Frederick who is a leader and community activist. She was crowned Junior Miss Central Iowa 2021. She is an inspiration as she is a pediatric stroke survivor who advocates for disability awareness. In addition, our students will engage in four “sharpen the saw” activities this week. These activities are designed to spark interest in a new passion or hobby. Finally, we will end the week with a student run awesome assembly where we celebrate the leadership in action at Northeast, as well as monitor our Wildly Important Goals.

MRA Survey – Please take a few minutes to take the Parent Leader In Me Survey. This information helps us to make decisions on Leader in Me programming and to determine next steps. We value and need your input.

https://www.leaderinme.com/s/northeast-elem-ia/parent

Fifth Grade Track Meet – Our fifth grade students will join the other north side 5th graders at the Prairie Ridge track for a track and field day on May 11. Students may bring two guests to watch. The two guests (this count includes siblings) will sit in a designated area away from the students.

Fifth Grade Celebration Ceremony – On Friday May 21, our fifth graders will take a celebration walk through the school as they are clapped out by the teachers, staff, and students at Northeast Elementary. They will arrive on the playground area at 8:30 a.m. to begin our celebration ceremony. We will celebrate the years that our fifth graders have been with us at Northeast as we transition them off to middle school. We are limiting each student to two guests only. Please plan accordingly. We will have over 100 students, 200 guests, and several staff members in attendance. In order to safely hold this ceremony, it is critical that each student have no more than two guests in attendance. Thank you for understanding this need.


Respectfully,

Laura Ryan

Notes From Nurse Andrea

We are almost to summer!! Thank you so much for your cooperation in dealing with all of the added health related stress this year. I am truly grateful to have such amazing families to work with at Northeast.

If your child has had medication in my office, I will be sending that home with them on the last day of school. If you prefer to pick it up at a different time, please let me know.

As always, if your child has a new health condition that comes up in the summer, feel free to email me as I will be checking that regularly.

Counselor's Corner with Mrs. Leaper

May Guidance Units

Kindergarten

Unit Title: Personal Safety

Students Will Be Able To:

  • Identify safe touch
  • Identify unwanted/unsafe touch
  • Identify confusing touch
  • Identify whom to talk to about unwanted/unsafe and confusing touches

1st Grade

Unit Title: Personal Safety

Students Will Be Able To:

  • Identify safe touch
  • Identify unwanted/unsafe touch
  • Identify confusing touch
  • Identify whom to talk to about unwanted/unsafe and confusing touches

Unit Title: Careers

Essential Question: How do my preferences and interests help me choose a job?

Students Will Be Able To:

  • Choose a job that connects to their interests and abilities.

2nd Grade

Unit Title: Personal Safety

Students Will Be Able To:

  • Identify safe touch
  • Identify unwanted/unsafe touch
  • Identify confusing touch
  • Identify whom to talk to about unwanted/unsafe and confusing touches

Unit Title: Careers

Essential Question: What are the skills you need to work in a cooperative group and how can I be a good team member?

Students Will Be Able To:

  • List characteristics of a productive team member.
  • Demonstrate active listening, (look, lean, and listen) one person talking at a time, fulfilling group roles, completing tasks, managing time and managing any conflicts.

3rd Grade

Unit Title: Careers

Essential Question: How are occupations sorted into career pathways?

Students Will Be Able To:

  • Match occupations to the correct career pathways.

4th Grade

Unit Title: Careers

Essential Question: What training or education do I need for a future career?

Students Will Be Able To:

  • Demonstrate the ability to use resources to identify future career education/training.

5th Grade

Unit Title: Transitions

Essential Question: How do I recognize feelings in myself and others?

Students Will Be Able To:

  • Identify the feelings they have about the transition to middle school.
  • Identify who they can talk to if they need assistance in problem solving in middle school.

PTO News

Thank you for supporting our recent restaurant nights! We have another fundraiser upcoming- please share and participate. Schedule with wewashdsm.com by May 6, 2021 to help support our school. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for our school supply fundraiser and order forms. We had a great turn out last year- this provides ease for everything you need for next year! We will also be holding our annual Silly String fundraiser the week of May 24- you will be receiving information to order your cans to spray your teachers. You must submit your Silly String fundraiser info by May 10. Yearbooks will be coming mid-May and as soon as we have more info we will post on the NE Facebook page! Just a reminder please choose Northeast PTO on your Amazon smile account- this is an easy way for us to fundraise and earn additional funds! Thanks for all of your support in this unprecedented year!

Important Attendance Reminder

Please continue to contact the school if your child is ill or has an appointment. Northeast's telephone number is 965-9620. Another option is to send an email to julie.henkle@ankenyschools.org and lisa.cowan@ankenyschools.org along with your student's teacher. If the school is not notified of an absence, the office will attempt to contact the Parents/Guardians at their primary number listed on Infinite Campus.

Moving?

If you have plans to move from the Ankeny School District or are moving to a different home address within the Ankeny School District, please let the school office know as soon as possible.

vBackpack

The information distributed in the Virtual Backpack (vBackpack) is provided as a community service to inform members of the community of available activities or services. The majority of information included in the vBackpack is from community organizations. The vBackpack can be found here on the district's website.

Important Dates in May

May 3-7- Teacher Appreciation Week

May 6- PTO Meeting at 6:00 PM

May 11- Northside Track and Field day for 5th Grade

May 19- Graduating Seniors visit Northeast in their caps and gowns ~Outside NE

May 21- 5th Grade Award Ceremony 8:15 arrival on the playground, 8:30 start time

May 28 – Silly String PTO Fundraiser

May 31 – No School

June 2 – Late Start and 2 Hour Early Dismissal (12:55 dismissal time)

Ankeny Community School District does not discriminate based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, physical attributes, physical or mental ability or disability, ancestry, political party preference, military affiliation, socioeconomic status, or familial status. Inquiries and grievances may be directed to Kenneth Morris, Jr., Equity Director, 306 S.W. School Street, P.O. Box 189, Ankeny, Iowa 50021-0189, (515) 965-9600, kenneth.morris@ankenyschools.org; or the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, Grimes State Office Building, Des Moines, IA, 50319-0201, (515) 281-4121; or the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 500 West Madison Street, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661.