Parent and Family News

February 6th

Important Dates to Remember

February 7th - UB Basketball Game 7:00 pm

February 8th - Home Basketball Games 5:00 pm

February 9th - Grades 3-8 Interim Assessments

February 13 - Farm to Market Food Truck 1:00 pm

February 13-17 - Spirit Week, schedule of days below

Feburary 20-24 - No School Feburary Break

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Home Basketball Games

We are excited to be hosting home basketball games again.

We want to ensure safe and fun events. Below is information about the events.

  1. No student can come to be a spectator without an adult.
  2. No student can remain after school to wait for the game.
  3. Two security guards will be at the school. One will be at the door to ensure no trouble with students coming in without an adult; the other will be with the spectators.
  4. The Drama Club will run a concession stand with all items, either 1 or 2 dollars.

Academic Corner - i-Ready Winter Diagnostic - Results

The students showed great growth on the Winter i-Ready Diagnostic.

You will be receiving your students' reports. Below is a link that explains the report.

If you have questions about the report, don't hesitate to contact the classroom teacher.

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Interim Testing This Week

Students in grades 3-8 will take a very important ELA assessment on Thursday. This test is designed to mimic the NYS assessment they will be facing in April. This assessment will allow us to measure where they are in terms of mastering their grade-level standards. Please assist at home by sending them to school prepared on Thursday.

Top Suggestions:

1. Get a Good Night's Sleep

2. Eat a healthy, protein-packed breakfast

3. Get everything ready the night before so their is no stress in the morning

4. Arrive on time, the test starts at 8:30 so they don't want to arrive after 8:15

5. Talk to your student, and encourage them to do their best and try their hardest

6. Ask them how they did when they get home.

Counselors Corner

Did you know that kids should spend no more than two hours in front of a screen daily?

Screen time can be habit-forming: Research shows that the more time children engage with screens, the more challenging time they have, turning them off as they become older children. Plus, screen time has been linked to eating more, having trouble sleeping, and poorer performance in school.

Unfortunately, we know that children spend an average of 5 -7 hours of screen time daily. Here are some ways to limit screen time at home.

Strategies for Home:

  • Make bedrooms “no screen zones.” Kids who have TVs in their rooms tend to watch about 1.5 hours more TV per day than those who don’t. Move televisions, computers, tablets, etc., into shared family spaces.

  • Avoid using electronic devices as a babysitter and spend more one-one time with your kids.

  • Designate one or more days per week as “screen-free” days, where physical activity, reading, and spending quality time together are prioritized.

  • Set firm limits for using screens—for example, no video games on school nights or no electronic devices an hour before bedtime.

  • Turn off electronic devices during dinner. Make use of the time together to talk about the day.

  • Get active when you do spend time in front of the TV screen. Stretch, practice yoga, walk on a treadmill or lift weights.

  • If you have TiVo or a DVR, record your child’s favorite shows and allow them to view them at specific times during the week.

  • Be a good role model and limit your time in front of a screen to no more than two hours per day. If your kids see you following your rules and being active, they’ll be more likely to follow your example.

  • Avoid leaving the TV on for background noise to reduce the temptation to be in front of the TV (if it is hard not having the TV on, try programming your TV to turn off automatically after a certain period or play music or white noise as an alternative).

  • Avoid using electronic devices as a reward or punishment. This makes screens seem even more critical.

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