MEADOWLARK NEWSLETTER

OCTOBER 2017

PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

September was a great month here at Meadowlark! Our school jobs for second, third, fourth and fifth grade students are in full swing! It was amazing that 80% of our students chose to take part in a school job. It has been wonderful to see our students take ownership and responsibility whether in the classroom, in the office, in the school building, in the library, or on the playground. During the time in which a student is working, they are wearing a lanyard that identifies them as a "student worker".


Thank you to all the families that supported the building of the outstanding Meadowlark float that was in the Greater Andover Days Parade on Saturday morning. It was so much fun to have the Meadowlark students and families all together celebrating our community! Meadowlark never disappoints!!!!


Parent-Teacher conferences are schedule for Thursday, October 19th from 8:00am until 8:00pm. Please be sure to turn in your preferential time sheet to your child's classroom teacher. Your assigned conference time will be coming soon!


Have a great month! Please don't ever hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns at mathenyd@usd385.org or at 316-218-4630.

CALENDAR

October 2-20

  • Pennies For Patients Campaign

October 2

  • National Custodian Appreciation Day
  • 3:45 pm - First STUCO Meeting

October 3

  • 3:45 pm - Art with Mrs. Russo

October 4

  • 5:00-9:00 pm - Freddy's Family Night

October 6

  • 8:45 am - All Star Pep Rally & Character Education Assembly
  • 2:00-2:45 pm - Kindergarten Muffins With Mommy
  • 3:45 pm - Monart Drawing

October 8-14

  • Fire Prevention Week

October 9

  • Columbus Day

October 10

  • 9:00-1:00 pm - Circle of Friends - Apple Jacks Pumpkin Patch
  • 1:15 - 2:15 pm - Author Visit - Dan Santat (grades 1-3)
  • 2:00 - 3:45 pm - Fire Safety House (1st & 4th grade only)
  • 3:45 pm - Art with Mrs. Russo
  • 6:30 pm - PTO Meeting

October 11

  • UNITY DAY - EVERYONE WEAR ORANGE (check the flyer on Peachjar)

October 12

  • 9:00 - 4:15 pm - Book Fair Begins
  • 10:15 - 1:30 pm - Resource Swim at YMCA

October 13

  • 8:45 am - All Star Pep Rally
  • 9:00 - 4:15 pm - Book Fair
  • 10:00 am - 1st Grade Skype Molly the Fire Safety Dog
  • 3:45 pm - Monart Drawing Class

October 16

  • Boss's Day
  • Bus Driver Appreciation Week
  • 9:00 am - 3:30 pm - Book Fair

October 17

  • 9:00 am - 3:30 pm - Book Fair
  • 3:45 pm - Art with Mrs. Russo

October 18

  • End of First Quarter
  • 8:45 - 2:45 pm - 4th Grade Field Trip to the Salt Mines
  • 9:00 am - 3:30 pm - Book Fair

October 19

  • NO SCHOOL
  • 8:00 am - 8:00 pm - All Day Parent Teacher Conferences
  • 9:00 am - 8:00 pm - Book Fair

October 20

  • NO SCHOOL - Teacher Professional Learning Day

October 23 - 27

  • Red Ribbon Week - (check the flyer on Peachjar)

October 24

  • 3:45 pm - Art with Mrs. Russo

October 25

  • Picture Day (2nd Chance)
  • 9:00 - 11:30 am - 5th Grade Music Program Rehearsal @ ACHS

October 26

  • 9:00 - 11:30 am - 5th Grade Music Program Rehearsal @ ACHS
  • 7:00 pm - 5th Grade Music Program Performance @ ACHS

October 27

  • 8:45 am - All Star Pep Rally

October 30

  • 11:30-1:00 pm - October Birthday Lunch with Principal Matheny

October 31

  • Halloween
  • Fall Classroom Parties
  • 3:45 pm - Art with Mrs. Russo

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO OUR STAFF!

OCTOBER BIRTHDAYS

1 - Lauren Todd (1st Grade Teacher)

5 - John Harpstrite (Night Custodian)

6 - Becky Zarich (1st Grade Teacher)

7 - Becky Hall (Instructional Aide)

14 - Kate Brown (Psychologist)

15 - Tyler Taylor (Night Custodian)

17 - Michelle Flanigan (Instructional Aide for ELP)

20 - Natalie Casey (Nurse Clerk)

22 - Heather Eilert (ELL Teacher)

24 - Yasuko Crabtree (Cook)

fall party celebrations

Per the Family Handbook:

Organized classroom parties are planned by the PTO room parents. The purpose of classroom parties is to allow students the opportunity to celebrate special occasions but should not interfere with the instructional environment of the school. Classroom parties shall not exceed one hour.


For fall costume parties, participating students should bring their costumes to school in a sack. Costumes will be put on prior to each classroom’s party and should be something that is easy to put over the child’s clothing. Please use discretion when choosing your child’s costume. Students are not permitted to bring or wear masks, make-up, or any scary, or ghoulish costumes. Students are also not allowed to bring any type of play weapon. If you do not want your child to participate in a fall costume party, please notify your child’s teacher, so that they can plan an alternate activity for your child.

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parking instructions

THE FRONT PARKING LOT IS OFF LIMITS TO PARENTS AFTER 3:00 PM. If your child's party ends after 3:00 pm, please park your vehicle in the north parking lot (eCademy) or across the street (United Methodist Church).

Thank you

Parent Teacher conferences

Date: Thursday, October 19th

Time: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm


Tips for making Parent-Teacher conferences successful:

  • Always prepare. Have some specific questions ready concerning your child's strengths, needs, study habits, and social skills.
  • Be positive. Showing the teacher you appreciate his/her efforts helps build a strong relationship. Share with the teacher activities your child has enjoyed in the school.
  • Check back. Work with your child on areas that need help. After a few weeks, check back with the teacher on your child's progress.
  • Set goals. Establish goals that can be achieved through co-operation between school and home.
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ART NEWS

All Meadowlark students are learning about self portraits this year! We used a ruler to discover that the eyes are actually in the middle of the head, learned about proportions, and noticed details about our unique faces. We also discussed things that bring them joy, which we wrote on the back of our projects. Every child is so unique, and it is beautiful seeing all their portraits in the hall! Well done All-Star Artists!
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GREATER ANDOVER DAY WINNERS!

As part of the Greater Andover Day celebrations, a carnival coloring contest was hosted by the Andover City. Students at each school were given the opportunity to color a picture representing this family festival. These lucky winners at Meadowlark were presented with a certificate entitling them to a free wristband from Ottaway Amusement Carnival which allowed them to ride the carnival rides free for four hours!
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Marco the Service Dog

On Friday, September 8th the second grade classes welcomed Meadowlark parent Julie Prater, Randy Teske, and his assistance dog Marco to visit about the roles and training of assistance dogs. Throughout the week, the students read several informational texts in Journeys about dogs and assistance dogs. To conclude the week's lesson, the students were able to learn firsthand about the training that Marco received through KSDS to become an assistance dog and how he helps his visually impaired owner with daily life. KSDS is a non-profit specialty dog service that has placed over 500 specialty dog teams since 1987. The kids had the opportunity to see Marco in action, ask questions, and greet Marco when he was off duty!
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All-Star Character Education Program


Friday, October 6 - Character Education Assembly - Respect

Tuesday, December 5 - Character Education Assembly - Responsibility

Wednesday, January 31 - Character Education Assembly - Caring/Kindness

Friday, March 2 - Character Education Assembly - Fairness

Friday, April 13 - Character Education Assembly - Citizenship

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These students were recognized for showing the Character trait

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LIBRARY NEWS

Dear Parents and Families:

Reading for pleasure unlocks the power of information and imagination and helps children discover who they are. Here’s what you can do to help children develop stronger reading skills and a love for reading:

  • Set the example! Let children see you read!

  • Have a collection of books in your home. Update this collection routinely to keep up with changing tastes and reading skills.


Support Meadowlark’s Book Fair. Allow your children to choose their own books to read. Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that brings the books kids want to read right into our school. It’s a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Please make plans to visit our Book Fair and be involved in shaping your child’s reading habits.


Book Fair dates: October 12-23, 2017


Shopping hours:

Thursday 9/12: 9:00-4:15

Friday 9/13: 9:00-4:15

Monday 9/16 9:00-3:30

Tuesday 9/17: 9:00-3:30

Wednesday 9/18: 9:00-3:30

Thursday 9/19: 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. *Family Day/Night @ P/T Conferences

Monday 9/23: 9:00-11:00


If you are unable to attend the Fair in person, we invite you to visit our online Book Fair that can be found 21 days in advance at scholastic.com/fair. Our Online Fair is available from October 11th to October 24th and can be found at the following link now: http://www.scholastic.com/bf/meadowlarkelemsch1

We look forward to seeing you and your family at our Book Fair! Remember, all purchases benefit our school. If you would like to volunteer to help with the book fair, please contact Mrs. Pfaff, our librarian, pfaffm@usd385.org!

become a library volunteer!

We're using SignUp.com to organize our Meadowlark Library Volunteer SignUps.


Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:


1) Click this link to see our SignUp on SignUp.com:http://signup.com/go/TDMysWf

2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.

3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.


Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.


Thanks!

andover libraray book sale

The Andover Public Library is hosting a booksale Friday, Oct. 13 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 14 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Proceeds support Summer Reading Programs and special events. On Oct. 14 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., teachers can show a valid ID and recieve two free sacks of books.

PATRIOTS' DAY

Patriot's Day was a great opportunity for Miss Todd's first grade class to talk about the colors of the flag, what fire fighters and police officers do for our community, and why it is important to thank those community workers. Each student made a thank you card.


A special thank you to Miss Todd's parent Judy Thomas, Imre's mom, for creating a poster and banner. She also delivered them to the Fire and Police Station.

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Mrs. Loy's 2nd grade class honored Patriot's Day by reading "September 12 - Everything will be alright" written by a 1st grade class in Missouri. We discussed that Patriot's Day is a time to honor community helpers.

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Grandparents Day

Students in Mrs. Wiltse's 2nd grade class had the opportunity to spend time with their loved ones on September 8th in the afternoon to celebrate Grandparent's Day. Relatives and /or close friends came to visit them as the students had a chance to sharpen their interview skills by asking about what life was like in their younger days. Listening and speaking skills were also initiated as the class introduced their special guests to the class and visitors. And, of course, it wouldn't have been a party without yummy treats and cold drinks. It was a fun afternoon had by all!

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Thinking Cap Quiz Bowl

Selected Meadowlark fifth grade students will be competing on Thursday, November 9th, 2017 in the 5th Grade Thinking Cap Quiz Bowl academic competition. The quiz is designed to be a scholastic team competition that is a self-scoring, computer contest of 100 multiple-choice questions, with the point totals being compared across the state. Areas that will be covered include math, geography, government, sports, spelling, science, literature, English, history, general information and just plain fun trivia. The students will gather to answer the computer generated questions. The quiz offers the participants two chances to answer correctly. The points will be awarded based on how fast the answer the questions as a group, as well as how accurately they answer. No adult assistance will be given, however team practices will be run prior to the competition.

Spelling Bee Buzzing This Way!

The time is quickly approaching for our annual spelling bee, which is held on January 18th. This school spelling bee is for grades three, four, and five. Each classroom will be selecting two classroom representatives to participate in the school spelling bee. This selection process will take place in early November in their homeroom classroom. The teacher will conduct a written and then oral spelling bee only with those students that return a spelling bee permission form to be sent home in November. From this classroom bee, two students will be selected to represent their classroom in the school bee. There will be one school spelling bee winner with an alternate chosen as back up. The first place winner will represent our school in the county spelling bee on February 2nd in El Dorado.


As a way to prepare for the bee, any student may begin studying right now!! The web address is: www.myspellit.com. The student may practice any of the words on the left hand side of the web screen under the various languages or words you need to know section in order to practice being a good speller. Parents can also download and print the Spell It! booklet for printed practice of words. This is a fun way to learn new words as well as the origin of different words. Another great website is http://www.spellingbeethegame.com/ to practice as a contestant.


Please contact Mrs. King, Spelling Bee coordinator, with any questions you might have about our bee. Meanwhile………happy spelling!

Mrs. Boline's 4th grade class won the most Box Top collection for the month of September!

CONGRATULATIONS!

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Box Tops

Clipping Box Tops is an easy way to earn cash for our school. Each one is worth 10 cents for our school! Just look for the pink Box Top on tons of products. All you need to do is cut them out, glue or tape them to a collection sheet, and send them to school. Each month we will send home a new collection sheet. Be sure to send your sheet back to school by the end of the month, and, don't worry, it's okay if it isn't full. We have a great trophy that the winning class each month will get to keep in their classroom.


This year, our goal is to earn $1,500 for our school.


For more information on Box Tops, including a list of participating products, go to www.boxtops4education.com. Be sure to sign up as a member (it's free) so you can check out our school's earnings and get access to coupons and bonus offers. They also have an app that you can check out!


If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us. We are here to help and would love to see this year be one of our best in Box Top earning!


  1. Buy products with Box Tops on them.

  2. Clip Box Tops from each package.

  3. Send the Box Tops to school in a baggie or on a collection sheet.

  4. Each Box Top earns Meadowlark 10 cents.


Amber Kear

thekears@cox.net


Jessica Cicora

jlcicora@gmail.com

STUCO

Elementary school is one of the important first steps in lifelong journey of learning. Students are molded into proper behavior and learn vital skills that will prepare them for advanced learning later in their education. An elementary Student Council presents a unique opportunity for young students to learn organization, leadership and teamwork skills and prepares them for later student government positions.

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The 2017-2018 Student Council representatives are:

4th Grade

Ainsley P., Presley K., Hannah S., Grace L., Ashley K., Pierce P., Tori W. & Sydney M.


5th Grade

Mary Rose S., Julia S., Addi D., Grant F., Jerry C., Megan C., Ali J., Andrew B. & Hannah T.

pennies for patients

Pennies for Patients is a 3 week campaign to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The class that raises the most money will win a Pasta Party from Olive Garden! The class in second place will win a Pizza Party! Last year Meadowlark raised just over $2000! STUCO will set the goal for this year and will come up with Theme Days.


Please encourage your child to give, not just for the yummy lunch but to help children with Leukemia. We except cash or checks! Every penny counts!


Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Greater Andover Day Parade

Thank you to all the parents and students that worked tirelessly to create the wonderful Meadowlark float for the GREATER ANDOVER DAYS PARADE! We had a great turnout!!!!

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SITE COUNCIL

The purpose of the Meadowlark Elementary Site Council is to:

  • Provide advice and counsel to the school in evaluating performance goals and objectives;
  • Help determine methods which could be used by the school to meet the goals and objectives;
  • Serve as a liaison between the school, the community, and the local board of education by collecting and disseminating information about school improvement;
  • Provide other assistance that the school may request; and
  • Share information on school activities, success and concerns with other council members.


Site Council meetings are held monthly and are open to the public. The dates for each Site Council meeting will be posted on our school calendar. Persons interested in presenting at a council meeting may request to be put on the agenda by contacting the chairperson or the building principal. Please feel free to contact any of the site council members with questions or concerns regarding our school.


Members: Stacey King, Kourtney Thompson, Raylene Voros, Sanna Alfers, Rachael Hoopes, and Dana Matheny

Site Council Minutes

September 21, 2017, 4:15 p.m.

Meadowlark Library


  • Introductions – Everyone was introduced.

  • OPAA – The ladies from OPAA brought water and blueberry muffins for everyone. They attended the meeting to gather requests or questions.

    1. Meal Fees - The cost of the meals had to be increased due to a federal and state regulation. The district raised a little bit across each grade level. Andover does has some of the highest prices of lunch, but the lowest of Free/Reduced.

    2. A La Carte - Individual a la carte prices are found on the district webpage. If you go to the district Webpage – on the left choose School Menus. Some drop downs will appear in the upper left corner and you should choose elementary and then school. The a la carte prices and items can be found on the right hand side. Dana plans to send some information to parent home about the a la carte items and where the prices can be found.

    3. Breakfast – Food service is really reaching out for breakfast this year across the district. In particular this is being done to get the free and reduced students in for meals, especially for breakfast. They are using yard signs to advertise for breakfasts for free/reduced/full pay status. Dana will send information home to publicize this through the next newsletter.

  • Morning Meetings – Ms. Hoopes shared about the new Meadowlark initiative to touch base with kids first thing in the morning as group through Morning Meetings. It varies class to class on how this looks. There are a variety of different activities being used – including statements on the board, games that involve manners and rules, and much more. It is a great class building time and great things have been happening.

  • School Jobs – Mrs. Matheney and Mrs. Thompson went to a school on the west side of Wichita last year that has the initiative that follows The Leader in Me program. They observed many wonderful things, but one thing that stood out was that the kids were taking ownership of the school through the jobs they served in. We have started this initiative as well. Kids in 2nd-5th grade applied for the school jobs. 80% of the kids in those grades applied for jobs. It has been very well received by the students and parents have had some great things to say about it too.

  • Circle of Friends – Ms. Alfers shared about the Circle of Friends program. Special needs students and a mentor peer are matched up for year-long activities. We are using 5th grade mentors for the year. There are monthly events scheduled and about 24 students will be involved in this program.

  • Journeys Reading Adoption – At the district professional learning days teachers are discussing what works and what is not working. Teachers are learning how to implement this in their classrooms more effectively.

  • School-wide Reading Incentive – The at-home reading program has changed. The kids are being exposed to different genres and the kids are really taking a liking to it.
  • Next Meeting - November 16th at 4:15 in the Meadowlark Library.


Meeting Dates and Times - Days for Site Council have been set as follows:

November 16th

December 14th

March 1st

April 5th

May 3rd


The time for our meetings are: 4:15-5:15 p.m.

EARN CASH FOR OUR SCHOOL

Dillons Community Rewards Program

Dillon's makes fundraising easy---all you have to do is shop at Dillon's and swipe your Plus Shopper's Card! Go to Dillons.com and sign in or create an account to enroll. This enrollment must be updated every year. Once signed in, update your Community Rewards under your Account Settings. Search for Meadowlark to earn extra $$$ for our school!

Shoparoo

Every photo of a grocery receipt earns money for our school! Free to download, free to use. Nothing to buy or sell. Help us raise thousands of dollars a year!


  1. Download the Free Shoparoo App in the App Store & Play Store http://www.shoparoo.com/
  2. Select Meadowlark
  3. Take pictures of Receipts!
  4. Watch Meadowlark earn money!

TECHNOLOGY IN THE CLASSROOMS

1. Flipgrid (PreK-12) is a dynamic tool for video discussion, formative assessment, reflection and student voice. The program is free, and we're already seeing great success in classrooms across the district. What's new?Now teachers can 1) attach links, photos or files to any video discussion, 2) schedule video discussions to appear on a certain date, 3) encourage brevity with 15-second student videos and 4) create custom rubrics for students.

2. Google Classroom (Recommended Grades 4-12) has continued to bring new features for a better teacher and student experience. What's new? Teachers can 1) click on a student's name to view all submitted assignments, 2) provide decimal numbers as grades rather than whole numbers and 3) access Google Classroom from the Google Bar (waffle icon) in the top right corner of Google and Gmail.

3. SeeSaw (Recommended PreK-5 and K-12, Music and Foreign Language) is a digital portfolio tool that allows students to submit, annotate, voice over and reflect on assignments. What's new? Now students can 1) upload files directly from Google Drive, 2) record audio while anotating photos and 3) screencast. And for teachers who are using the family connection feature, you can create announcements directly to parents.

4. Buncee (Recommended PreK-12) is an intuitive and kid-friendly creativity tool that allows students to design and share multimedia presentations, interactive lessons, digital stories and other small graphic design projects. What's new? Now teachers can create a space for student collaboration on a unit of study with Buncee Boards. Similar to a Google Folder, students can view, comment and collaborate on Buncees created by their peers.

Have questions? Contact Dyane Smokorowski at smokorod@usd385.org or Micah Brown at brownm@usd385.org.

2017-2018 DISTRICT CALENDAR

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PEACHJAR

Peachjar is simple and fun to use- you'll start to receive emails from us with flyers in them!


You never have to log in! But you can to manage your account preferences. Login information is sent to you. You will regularly receive emails with the latest flyers. They can also be viewed on the Meadowlark website. Simply look for the Peachjar logo! If you aren't receiving emails, create an account.