October 13, 2017

The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice.

At our back to school nights, I talked about how our children are watching and observing everything we do. They see how we talk and interact with others. They see if we follow or disregard rules. They see if we take care of our environment. They hear the language we use and the habits we have. If we are modeling positive attitudes and behaviors, this is a great thing. If we are modeling negative attitudes and behaviors, this is a bad thing. If you did not attend Back to school Night and see the video at the bottom, please take the time to watch it.

In addition, the way that we talk to our children will have a great effect on how they view themselves. Even when they make bad choices, they need to hear that you LOVE them but you do not like and will not stand for their bad behavior. We need to deal with the behavior that the child is exhibiting without demeaning the child. When you send your child off to school in the morning, do it in a positive way. Say goodbye, I love you and have a good day. When you see them at the end of the day, don't be too busy or too distracted to give them a warm smile and a hug.

Just recently I witnessed a little girl go running to her parent at the end of a long day, saying, "Mommy, Mommy" with her arms outstretched for a hug. Mommy apparently was having a bad day and responded in a very negative way that also included inappropriate language. What must this little girl have thought and how will it affect the way that she develops if this is what is modeled to her? Our children are watching all the time.

JV Girls Volleyball Team are our league champions!

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I apologize for all of the confusion with the midterms. The first time they were sent, we discovered that there was a programming error that had to be corrected. Many of the midterms were missing grades. That was corrected. Then, when I sent them yesterday, I asked several staff members if their child's midterm had gone through to their email. They had not. I sent them again, same result. Eventually, they all went through at once.

Please sign the paper midterm and return it to school on Monday. The emailed copy is for your records. You can either print it or you can download and save it on your computer.

We are nearly through with MAP testing

Students in K through 8th Grade have been taking their first MAP test (Measure of Academic Performance). This is a computerized test that will be administered 3 times per year so that we can track progress over the year and have a really good idea of a where a child is academically. Unlike the SAT 10, we get immediate results which can be utilized by teachers. The first test is a baseline test and as it is the first time the students have taken it and that we have administered it, we are considering it to be a test run. Some students took their time and worked hard through the problems. Others rushed through it. Learning something new is a process. Testing will be finished by next Wednesday.
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Trunk or Treat is Coming Up Soon

Please plan to be part of our 2nd annual TRUNK OR TREAT on Friday, October 27th from 5:00-7:30 PM. We need donations of pre-wrapped candy and small prizes (stickers, pencils, small trinkets, etc.). We also need parents to volunteer to help at the teachers "trunk". This is a family event, children cannot be dropped off without a parent or guardian. Food will be available for purchase, other than that everything is free. There will be inflatables, a cake walk, music and of course the TRUNKS for children to visit and get their treats. Children may dress in costumes if they wish but they may only be POSITIVE. They may not wear anything scary or evil. Suggestions are Superheros, storybook characters, Community Helpers, Animals, etc. Costumes are not required.
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Early Release and No School

There is early release on Thursday, October 26th. It is the end of the 1st quarter. There is NO SCHOOL on Friday, October 27th. It is a teacher's work day. OOS will be available, however, it will be CLOSED AT 3PM so that we can get ready for the TRUNK OR TREAT. If you will need childcare on this day, please make arrangements NOW for your child to be picked up at 3PM.

Communication and Contact information

Please make sure that the office has your up to date contact information.

If you are sending someone to pick up your child, they need to be on your pickup list and they need to have ID. If you are sending someone who is not on the list, please call in advance. We have a problem nearly every day with someone coming to pick up a child who either is not on the list or does not have ID.

Dismissal, Car seats and Seatbelts

It is very important that your child (and the teacher) knows if your child is a car rider or will be going to OOS every day. If a child goes to OOS every day, he or she will be sent there every day and will not go out front for dismissal. If your child typically goes to OOS but for some reason will be a car rider, it is important that the teacher is informed.

I would also like to remind parents of Florida Seatbelt and Safety Seat laws as we have noticed many infractions. Here is the law, for your review.

Child Safety Seat and Seat Belt Laws

Children should always be buckled up or in a proper child restraint, and should encourage everyone to buckle up for safety.

Safety Belts

  • Florida law requires the use of seat belts or child restraint devices by drivers of motor vehicles, all front seat passengers and all children riding in a vehicle under 18.

  • Florida’s safety belt law is a primary enforcement law, meaning that an officer can stop a vehicle and issue a citation simply for observing a safety belt or restraint violation.

  • Children should be in the rear seats until at least age 12, since deployed front seat air bags can be dangerous to children.

Child Restraints – Car Seats and Booster Seats

  • Florida law requires children age 5 and under to be secured properly in a crash-tested, federally approved child restraint device.

  • Children ages 0 to 3 must be in child restraint devices of a separate carrier or a vehicle manufacturer’s integrated child seat.

  • Children age 4 and 5 must be in a separate carrier, integrated child seat or booster seat.

Dismissal Reminders

We are doing much better! Please remember the following.

1st thru 4th grade parents... we are trying something new for your dismissal as this is the busiest time. We will see if it works out. For now, 1st and 2nd grade, please take the lane closest to the school. 3rd and 4th grade, take the lane closer to the cars. K4 and K5, stay where you are, which is the lane closest to the school. 5th through 8th grade, pull in either lane.

It is getting better, thank you for your cooperation. Please encourage your children to be WATCHING OUT FOR YOUR CAR! The biggest delays occur when a class is late coming out or when a child is not paying attention and does also not respond to his/her name being called.

Boxtops for Education

Please begin saving and turn in your Boxtops for Education. For each boxtop turned in, our PTL earns .10 . It doesn't take long for it to add up to a sizable amount of money. Please turn them in, in a ziploc bag or envelope with your child's name on it as the classes will be competing for prizes.
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  • Thursday, October 26: Early Release, end of 1st quarter
  • Friday, October 27: Teacher Work Day, No School. OOS available but will close at 3PM on this day. Must sign up in advance.
  • Friday, October 27: Trunk or Treat 5PM - 8PM
  • Monday, October 30, Cherrydale Farms Fall Sale Kickoff!!!!

There is early release on Thursday, October 26th and No School on Friday, October 27th. OOS will be available to those that register in advance on the 27th but it will CLOSE AT 3PM on this day. Our 2nd Annual TRUNK OR TREAT will be on Friday, October 27th from 5PM to 8PM. More information will follow but it will be a really fun event this year!


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