Eagle Sightings October

Caspar van Haalen, Principal

Dear Families,

As we are experiencing and enjoying the wonders of Fall, people in the southern hemisphere are in the midst of Spring. The seasons reflect the many wonders of Nature and the continuous cycle of life. (Check out our garden by the playground!) And as such, your students are in the Spring of their lives. They personify beginnings, hope, new opportunities and experiences, growth. This newness comes with a variety of needs that must be met in order to pave paths towards a bright and happy future. We are here to offer guidance and facilitate academic and social-emotional growth.

The outcomes of the MAP assessment for learning (Measurement of Academic Progress) in Reading and Math your students just took inform your students, you, and us about the academic growth your child has made and what individual and group goals we must set to facilitate ongoing - and sometimes accelerated – growth.

Every student can learn, and all students must be equitably accommodated to be(come) successful learners. For example, in English Language Arts, we emphasize shared reading that models close reading strategies for complex fiction and non-fiction texts, so that every student acquires essential academic and non-academic vocabulary, and so that they develop analytical comprehension skills that they are able to apply in all academic areas.

We will have monthly student recognition assemblies, with the first one to take place on Monday, September 30th. Staff have taught and modeled what Integrity looks like, and 60 students will be recognized for practicing Integrity. All families and community members are encouraged to attend this celebratory event. We will celebrate different students for different monthly character traits.

Please be reminded that Parent-Teacher Conferences are on October 16th, 17th, and 18th.

Thank you for raising such wonderful children, for attending our events, for volunteering, chaperoning, and for joining our PTO. We are grateful for all you do to support the education at FHES.

Caspar van Haalen


Attendance Counts!

All families hope that their children to do well in school. Do you fully understand the connection between chronic absence and a student’s academic achievement? Take a look at these flyers from attendanceworks.org for tips on building the habit of good attendance.

Build the Habit of Good Attendance Early

Creando el hábito de buena asistencia a temprana edad

Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) Meeting

Tuesday, Oct. 1st, 6-7pm

FH Elementary School Library

Please attend, meet the board, and learn what they have in store for the year!

There are many ways in which you can help:

  • movie nights
  • field trips
  • playground supervision
  • cafeteria support
Let us know if you plan to attend by filling out the blanks and clicking RSVP below.

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October 2019

9/30 9:30a All School Assembly

10/1 6:00p PTO meeting; FHES Library

10/2 5th gr Marina Sampling

10/4 PTO Popcorn; afternoon recess 25¢ per bag

10/7-10/11 Fire Safety Week

10/9 Photo Retakes

10/11 11:10a Early Release

10/16 11:10a Early Release

10/17 10:17a Earthquake Drill

11:10 Early Release

10/18 11:10a Early Release

10/25 11:30a-12:30p Lunch with the Principal

6:30p PTO Movie Night

10/30 9:30a All School Assembly

10/31 9:30a Halloween Parade

11:10 Early Release

Employment Opportunity!

Share your knowledge and get involved. Bus drivers, custodians, lunch servers, paraeducaters, secretaries, teachers; we need backup from the community in all areas!

You can set your days of availability, pick the teachers you like to sub for, and review assignments before accepting. Take a look at the district website for more information on becoming a substitute for the San Juan Island School District.

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