A December to Remember
A look back at all the great things from December!
Message from the Principal
Wishing all of you a wonderful holiday season full of love, family, and friends.
I strongly recommend to all of you to make sure your child reads over break. Reading stimulates their imagination and expands their understanding of the world. It helps them develop language and listening skills and prepares them to understand the written word. Here's a quick link that shares 10 benefits to reading. We cannot stress enough the importance of reading for the developmental growth of our kids!
Want a little quiet time in the morning to sip some coffee and relax? Here's a secret from the Schultz household...we have the kids (ages 5 & 7) grab a book, curl up in bed (or a fort they have built!) and read. Meanwhile, mom and dad have a cup of coffee, talk, laugh and enjoy each other's company. Want a little quiet time in the evening? Send the kids to bed a little early. Make it fun! Let them read under the covers with a flashlight! Perhaps you want some quality time with the kids. Snuggle up on the couch and listen to them read, or take turns reading to one another.
Our teachers are doing an amazing job of building our kids stamina to engage in sustained reading. Our 1st graders have been building up their reading strength to 10 minutes! 4th graders are already at a solid 20 minutes of sustained focused reading!
Just like exercising our muscles, we need to exercise our brain. If we skip 10 days of working out, then working out for the first time in 11 days will very challenging! Kids need to exercise their brains over break. Reading is a great workout!!
We will begin STAR testing on January 8th. This will be an opportunity to see the growth in our students from fall to spring. Watch for information about your child's STAR results toward the end of January.
Stay warm & Happy Holidays
Ms. Cassandra Schultz
DATES TO REMEMBER
Jan 2 School Back in session
Jan 8 & 9 STAR testing for 3 & 4th grade
Jan 9 & 10 STAR testing for 2nd grade
Jan 11, 15, 16 STAR testing 1st grade
Jan 24 End of Second Quarter
Jan 26 NO SCHOOL
1/3 BOWTIE Day-Wear a tie or bowtie
1/10 Wear a HAT day
1/17 Wear BLACK day
1/24 MISMATCH day
1/31 WW Class Color day 1st RED 2nd BLACK, 3rd BLUE, 4th GREEN
More Dates to remember
JAN 30, FEB 1,6,8 Swimming for 4th Graders
FEB12 NO SCHOOL
FEB 27 GRANDPARENTS LUNCH 1&3 GRADE
FEB 28 GRANDPARENTS LUNCH 2&4 GRADE
MARCH 5-9 NO SCHOOL--Spring Break
MARCH 30 NO SCHOOL
APRIL 9 End of Third Quarter
APRIL 16 NO SCHOOL
MAY 11 Early Release 11:30
MAY 28 NO SCHOOL
JUNE 8 NO SCHOOL
WHAT'S HAPPENING AT GARFIELD
Congratulations to Garfield's first nationally board certified teacher!
**COMING SOON, FREE BREAKFAST IN THE CLASSROOM**
This Universal FREE Breakfast will be offered to ALL students at no charge regardless of meal payment status.
Starting on January 22, 2018, a cold breakfast will be offered to EVERY student. The students will grab a breakfast on their way into the building at 7:55 and eat it in the classroom while the teachers take attendance. It is optional whether a student takes a breakfast. Students will no longer come in at 7:40 for breakfast. We will no longer have a milk and snack mid morning.
Why Breakfast? It helps children perform better, achieve more, improve nutrition, better scores, and improve health. Click HERE to see more.
Inclement Weather Letter
Frozen Freddy! He will be placed outside on days that that we will have the doors open for all students--not just our breakfast group--at 7:40 a.m. He will make appearances when the air temperature is less than 10 degrees with or without the windchill.
Here's where you'll find Frozen Freddy. On those really cold days, please do not send/bring your child(ren) to school before 7:40 as we do not have scheduled supervision until then. We want our students to be safe--and warm!!
Compassion is showing concern for the well being of others. Students will learn that it is possible to show compassion in big and small ways. Compassion is the foundation of respect, remembering to treat others the way we want to be treated.
Please encourage and demonstrate some ways that families can show compassion:
Give to help others in need. For example: collect canned goods for a local food pantry, donate gently used clothing and toys, send a card of encouragement to someone who needs a little extra boost.
Show respect to people, property, animals, and the environment.
Be kind to those you know and don’t know.
Listen to others.
Be helpful in situations , at home, school and in the community.
What’s important in life is how we treat each other. At our school let’s make compassion an everyday thing!
Character Trait winners.....Compassion
PTO Meeting Minutes
THE PTO CHRISTMAS PARTY/ORNAMENT MAKING
A big part of our writing this time of year is focused on using sensory details to make our readers really understand what we are writing about. Christmas is all about your senses with the sights, smells, sounds, tastes and feelings that surround this holiday. Here are some wonderful Christmas free writes that are sure to embrace you in the Christmas Spirit from the minds of 4th Graders! Enjoy!
"Christmas Is" poems
Enjoy a few shots from our Christmas concert.
December Spirit Stick Winners, Mrs.. Anders' class!!
Student Council Food Drive
Garfield's Student Council held a Holiday Food Drive to help brighten the holidays of those in need! Together, Garfield students and staff collected 280 food items that were donated to the Salvation Army. Thank you to everyone who opened their hearts and contributed to the food drive! Once again, we have proven that kids can make a HUGE difference and impact in their community! Way to go, Eagles!
The Reading Connection
Water Safety and Swimming Lessons
Click 'HERE' to see the letter along with the dates for 3rd and 4th graders.
Mrs. Leinonen's 3rd grade class working on their personal narratives
FUN IN THE SNOW
Jingle Bell Walk/Run
WE ARE NEED OF YOUR HELP PLEASE
Are you cleaning out your children's closet before Christmas? Do you usually take things to Goodwill?
We are asking for your help. At times, some students are in need of a pair of pants, a shirt, a sweatshirt, a coat or snowpants. We have been fortunate in the past to be able to provide these items to our students.
At this time we are running low on sweatpants, leggings, & snowpants for girls. These work great as they can accommodate more sizes.
If you have any of these items, we would appreciate any donations you could help us with. Children's sizes ranging from a 5-14.
Thank you for your help.
If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Cunningham in the office.