Stayton Elementary School

May Cheetah Newsletter


A collaborative school that strives for excellence by providing a positive and nurturing environment that allows our diverse student population to develop self worth and reach their highest potential

Principal's Message

I can't believe it is already May. We have so much going on this month.

PTC: Parent Teacher Club - We are trying to get ours up and running again. This is an opportunity for parents to get involved with the school. We have many activities coming up that we could use some parent volunteers: movie night, school BBQ & field day. Please think about joining us at our next meeting on the 4th at 3:30 here at the school.

Kindergarten Roundup: May 4th is our kindergarten round-up. This is for anyone who has an kindergartener starting next year. Your child may start kindergarten if they are 5 years old no later than September 1, 2023. We will have a session both in English and Spanish. Here is what to expect.

English Schedule: 5:00-5:30 Office open for registration paperwork - 5:15-5:30 Drop your kindergarten child off for fun activities with our local librarians and some of our kindergarten teachers. 5:30-6:00 - Parent presentation in the library where some of our kindergarten teachers will talk about how to ensure your child is ready for kindergarten and what to expect.

Spanish Schedule: 5:35-6:00 Office open for registration paperwork - 6:15-6:30 Drop your kindergarten child off for fun activities with our local librarians and some of our kindergarten teachers. 6:30-7:00 - Parent presentation in the library where some of our kindergarten teachers will talk about how to ensure your child is ready for kindergarten and what to expect.

Teacher Appreciation Week: Teacher appreciation week is the week of May 8th-12th. This is a great time to tell your child’s teacher how much they are appreciated. We have put together a document with your child’s teachers favorite drink, hobby, color, store and snack. Please click on the following link to see the list: Teacher Favorites 22-23

2nd/3rd Grade Music Program: We are combining our 2nd and 3rd grade music programs this year. We will hold this special performance at the high school in their performing arts auditorium. The program will start at 6 p.m. More information will come from your child’s teacher.

School BBQ: We have decided to do things a bit differently this year and hold our school BBQ and field day on two separate days. This will allow us to give each even the attention it deserves. This year our BBQ will be on May 26th. You are welcome to come and purchase a meal and eat with your child. A flyer will be coming home with all of the details. We hope to see everyone there. This is a great event!

Mrs. Moore

AVID Corner

Kindergarten: Self Efficacy

AVID helps students develop a sense of self efficacy. Students need to know that they can advocate for themselves and have the skills they need to accomplish their goals. There are specific things that kindergarten teachers do to help students advocate for themselves in a variety of situations. Kelso’s wheel is one tool students can use to advocate for themselves in social situations. It teaches students specific action steps they can take to solve problems with their friends. This helps students develop their sense of independence by allowing them to solve problems on their own. Self efficacy is also developed when students look back and see their growth throughout the year. When they see all they have accomplished, students know that they are capable and can accomplish their goals. This sense of confidence will follow them throughout their life.

1st Grade: Self Efficacy

At this point in the year, students’ emotions are very big; some of them making us feel really good, and some of them making us feel really icky. Not only are we learning strategies to add to our Tool Box to help ourselves, but also learning how we can help our classmates when they are struggling with big emotions. We have been incorporating our Mood Meter, social emotional lessons, as well as using Kelso’s Choices to help us on the playground and in the classroom. We also are revisiting our organizational skills by keeping track of our notes for our Animal Reports. We are becoming quite the scientific researchers!

2nd Grade: Independent Writing Projects

Throughout the year, students have explored the different genres of writing. They have studied and written personal narratives, teaching books, fractured folktales and fairytales, poetry, research books, opinion letters, and narrative series books. For the last month of the school year, each student reflects on their writing journey and selects the genre and structure of writing they would like to focus on independently. During their independent writing projects, students are in the driver’s seat! Teachers are there to facilitate their learning and support them in their independent writing needs by helping them set personal goals about their writing.

3rd Grade: Focusing on the W and R in WICOR (writing and reading)

As we prepare the third graders to move on to fourth grade it is important that they understand that reading and writing are a vital part of the learning process. They will be using their literacy skills throughout their school experience to learn new things. In class we will be using reading and writing in research clubs, science investigations, and even math lessons.

Kindergarten Round Up Night!

Thursday, May 4th, 2023

English Session: 5:00pm (SES library)

Spanish Session: 6:00 (SES library)

*Incoming KG students will be in a classroom with SES staff doing a fun activity

What To Expect:

  • Meet the KG teachers and principal.

  • Register your incoming KG student for school (please bring child’s birth certificate, immunization records and proof of residence)

  • Sign up for transportation if applicable

Once registered, you will receive more information in August regarding smooth start days/times and first day of school. Feel free to call the school office if you have more questions, 503-769-2336, Monday - Friday, 7:30am - 4:00pm.

1st Graders Visit the Oregon Zoo

The 1st grade classrooms will be taking a field trip to the Oregon Zoo on May, 23rd.

2nd Graders Visit the Oregon Aquarium

Our 2nd grade classrooms will be taking a field trip to the Oregon Coast Aquarium on May 24.
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Safety Reminder: Drop Off and Pick Up

Please be courteous of all drivers who drop off and/or pick up their students at school. If you pull up to the curb please remain in your vehicle at all times. If you choose to walk up to the sidewalk or step out of your car, park your car in a parking spot first. Our goal is to keep everyone safe and for traffic to move smoothly. Thank you for your cooperation.

Free Movie Night - Friday, May 19th, 6:00pm @ SES

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All School BBQ May 26th

Join us on May 26th for our all school BBQ. Tickets will be available for sale on the day. The price for guests will be $4.75/Adults and $2.45/Children. Lunch will be served between 10:45am-1:05pm depending on grade level. Be looking in your child's Thursday folder for more information.

3rd Graders Participate in Swim Lessons, May 30-June 2

Thanks to our local Stayton Kiwanis, our 3rd graders will receive free swim lessons at the Stayton Memorial Pool.


Important Dates for May:

1st - Prinicipal's Appreciation Day

4th - PTC Meeting 3:30pm

4th - Kindergarten Round Up Night 5:00-6:00pm/English; 6:00-7:00pm/Spanish

5th - Spirit Day-Dress in rainbow colors

5th - School Lunch Lady Appreciation Day!

8th-12th - Teacher Appreciation Week!

10th - School Nurse Appreciation Day!

11th - 2nd & 3rd grade music program

18th - NSSD School Board Meeting 6:00pm

19th - Spirit Day-Wear your favorite college gear

19th - Movie Night 5:30pm "Turning Red"

23rd - 1st graders to the Zoo

24th - 2nd graders to the Oregon Aquarium

26th - All School BBQ

29th - NO SCHOOL Memorial Day

30th-June 2nd - 3rd Graders attending Swim Lessons

Mission Statement

Providing opportunities for personal growth through shared learning experiences and meaningful interactions for our diverse student population