Thursday Exchange

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Life School Red Oak

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Calendar of Events:

December 16: Early Release at 11:55/Birthday Friday/$ 1 Jean Day

December 19 - January 4: Christmas Break

January 5: THURSDAY, First Day of 2nd Semester

From the Principal:

Our break is finally here! Don't forget that TOMORROW IS EARLY RELEASE! We will release at 11:55, and all students must be picked up by 12:25. Our break will be from Monday, December 19, 2016-January 4, 2017. Students will return on Thursday, January 5, 2017, at 7:55.

I hope everyone has a wonderful break--spend time celebrating the holidays with family and friends. Relax, recharge, and get ready for our Spring Semester!

See you in 2017!

Counselor's Corner:

Talk to your children about how you demonstrate Caring as a family. At this holiday season, how does your family reach out to show kindness to family, friends, and others in the community?

Toy Drive Results:

We are so proud of our LSRO students and their families for their participation in the toy drive this year! Last year we were able to donate 370 toys to North Ellis County Outreach, but this year with your awesome support we were able to donate 502 toys!! What a wonderful way to help others this Christmas season. The results by grade level were: 1st grade with 129 toys, 2nd grade with 114 toys, Kindergarten with 106 toys, 3rd grade with 70 toys, 6th grade with 37 toys, 4th grade with 25 toys and 5th grade with 21 toys.

From Our Nurse:

Parents if you or your family are in need of low cost vision and glasses, please contact the nurse at 469-552-9200 for clinics locations. Wendy Santos, RN

From Our Specials Teachers:

Behavioral Rubric

There are 5 criteria for Social and Emotional Development on the Specials Grades on report card. They are as follows:

Social and Emotional Development

I can follow directions.

I can work independently, complete work, and stay on task.

I can take responsibility for my own actions.

I can participate appropriately in group activities.

I can respect adults, peers, and school property.

The grading rubric for the Social and Emotional Development section is as follows:

E – Exceeds Expectations

S - Satisfactory

N – Needs Improvement

The criteria will be graded based on class participation and behavior.

The final grade will be based on the following rubric:

E = 0 Warnings or Tallies

S = 1 - 3 Warnings

N = 1 + Tallies or 4 +Warnings

Our Awesome Aides Give Back:

In observance of volunteer month, which was October for Life Schools, the aides here at our Red Oak campus decided to give back to a local charity. When talking about which one to benefit, our counselor's aide, Mrs. Lori Field, mentioned the Ellis County Special Olympics. She explained how Special Olympics had been a blessing for her family. Her daughter Whitley had always wanted to play organized sports. As she got older, her disability and her developmental delays had made it difficult to be in regular recreation sports. Special Olympics has given her the opportunity to be an athlete at her own level. So far, Whitley, and her son Wyatt have done golf, bowling, basketball, track & field, and swimming.

As a group they brainstormed fundraiser ideas and since "The Aides" are known for their potlucks around campus, they decided to host a fundraiser lunch for the staff. Each aide donated their time, effort, and all the food and supplies necessary to provide forty-six staff members with a delicious Italian lunch at $10 a plate, which our wonderful PTO matched dollar for dollar. In addition, we hosted a game booth at the annual Fall Festival, where all the proceeds also went to the charity. On Tuesday, December 13, the aides had the honor of presenting a check to the Ellis County Special Olympics for $1040. It was a rewarding experience for all involved.

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