S.O.A.R Weekly

Freedom Park Newsletter 9 April 2018

Welcome Back

We hope everyone had a wonderful and restful Spring Break. We welcome you all back for a great end to a wonderful school year. To our new families, welcome aboard. Please visit the school website and the new families page.

PARENT INVOLVEMENT CORNER

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Month of the Military Child

“Purple Up! For Military Kids” is a day for DoDEA Communities to wear purple to show support and thank military children for their strength and sacrifices. Wearing purple is a visible way to show support and thank military youth for their strength and sacrifices. Purple indicates that all branches of the military are supported; Air Force blue, Army green, Navy blue, Marine red, and Coast Guard blue all thought to combine together as a single color, purple.

When is Honors/Awards Day?

We are aware that families need to schedule travel plans and work schedules for our Honor's Day celebrations. We are in the process of scheduling dates and times. We will update you as soon as possible.

No Students Before 8:20 AM!

We need your help. Middle School students who walk to school are getting to school early and hanging out in the cafeteria. There is no one to monitor them at this time. The custodians are in the building but are cleaning and not monitoring them. If you have a middle school child, please do not allow them to leave for school before the duty schedule of teachers. The duty schedule starts at 8:20. No student should arrive at the school before this time.

Bus Loading Zone

Please do not drop students off in the bus loading zone. All areas marked with a yellow curb are considered the bus loading area. Please park in an available parking spot and walk with your student. You may also use the car line at the rear of the school.

TALENT DEVELOPMENT CORNER

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Autism Awareness

The Autism Awareness Puzzle Ribbon is the most recognized symbol of the autism community in the world. Autism prevalence is now one in every 68 children in America. Show your support for people with autism by wearing the Autism Awareness Puzzle Ribbon – as a pin on your shirt, a magnet on your car, a badge on your blog, or even your Facebook profile picture – and educate folks on the potential of people with autism!

Gifted Education - Gifted or Smart? Hmmm

How can I identify if my child is gifted? Take a look at this video. It can be really hard to identify if your child is "bright/smart" or "gift". Fair warning, this is a "real" mom so you may see some kinda gross real mommy stuff (mucus from a child). For those who are interested in the difference, view this interesting video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6K8ddfbXGGU

IB MYP Updates

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IB Profile of the Month - Knowledgeable

Knowledgeable students learn about themselves and their world, they try to learn many different things, and use what they know to solve problems in life.

https://youtu.be/ahETrUNOowE

Freedom Park Passport

Welcome to FPS passport to knowledge. Student's use their cellphone to scan the QR codes to learn about different countries. Its a big small world.

IB Country of the Month - Canada

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzaX_aGfmaQ&list=PLXmzw6wv9_gezuD_OPZqNQ6_WtShCQAUm&index=7

EXTRACURRICULAR

NEW FAMILY CORNER

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Curriculum Corner

GEORGIA MILESTONES - LET'S ROCK IT

Milestones Study Guides

THE DIGITAL CONVERSION @ FREEDOM PARK

TypeTastic

TypeTastic is an interactive, game-based program designed to help K-5 students build typing proficient, one fun-filled game at a time.

News-O-Matic

Look! This is another great app. News-O-Matic is a daily newspaper for elementary and middle school students, delivered electronically. Each story comes with Common Core-aligned questions for students to answer. News-O-Matic is available via iOS, Android and Kindle Fire apps. Talk to your kids! Ask them what they think. They are some very bright and amusing young people. Can you tell I love my job!

Morning Drop Off - Safety First

Parents we really need your help. We still have parents driving through the parking lot and dropping their students off. Students then walk across the parking lot, unattended. This is a very dangerous practice. It also blocks people we are parked and need to back out. Please help us to teach students the importance of being a good community member by following the rules. As always, safety is first.

Special Education Survey