Paw Prints 🐾 April 2021
The Newsletter of Auburn Early Education Center
Teacher and Staff Appreciation:
A BIG Thank You to all who contributed, shopped, shared, created, and loved on our teachers and staff this week and always. They work tirelessly to serve, and this week of appreciation was such a treat!
End of Year Testing
New this year, the state of Alabama is incorporating the end of year summative test ACAP (Alabama Comprehensive Assessment Program). This begins in 2nd grade. Our students' main days of testing are next week, April 6-8. Certain groups of students have already begun this week. Please reference letter from Mrs. Lammons that went to 2nd grade families about all that can be done to help prepare your child for successful days of testing. We look forward to showing off all the growth we have made this year!
Weather Day April 16
Since the weather day we missed in March was considered a state of emergency in AL, schools are waived from making this day up. Therefore, April 16 is currently still a day with no school.
Face Covering Update
While Governor Ivey's mask mandate is set to expire April 9, the ACS School Board has decided to maintain our spring return to learning plan. This means we will keep our facial covering for students and staff through the end of this school year. More info to come on what Fall will bring!
We are working on a plan to hold field days once again! This will be the last week of school, and we will run activity stations arounds campus. We will maintain all of our cohorting and cleanliness protocols, but will still find a way to get out, get active, and have some fun that last week to celebrate a successful year!
Spring Benchmark Testing will begin in late March and continue through April. Please make sure that your child has had a healthy breakfast and gets plenty of rest for the assessments. If your child is sick, please keep him/her at home. We want them feeling their best so they can do their best! If your child is a remote student, we ask that you allow your child to take the test independently so that we can get an accurate score for his/her learning needs. Thank you so much!
We will continue with our new assessment according to the Alabama Literacy Act known as STAR CBM (curriculum based measures) and it falls under Renaissance. Renaissance is the same program we use for STAR Early Literature, Reading, and Math assessments. STAR CBM will take the place of DIBELS. While STAR Early Literature and Reading assesses multiple measures at once, STAR CBM (similar to DIBELS) will assess individual, targeted measures such as letter naming, letter sounds, expressive and receptive nonsense words, phoneme segmentation, and oral reading fluency. These targeted measures are not all assessed at each grade level. For example, kindergarten will not be assessed with oral reading fluency but instead will be assessed with letter naming, letter sounds, and receptive nonsense words.
Kindergarten, First Grade, and Second Grade classrooms will not complete both DIBELS and STAR assessments in the same day. The testing schedule has been organized thoughtfully so that students do not lose too much or any instructional learning time in their classrooms. They will be tested in a comfortable and safe environment by one of the testing team members (instructional tutors, instructional coach’s maternity leave sub, title one teacher, and computer lab teacher).
Schedule for Spring Benchmark Testing
Week of March 22nd-26th
Kindergarten STAR CBM in the Morning
Week of March 29th-April 2nd
1st & 2nd Grades
STAR Reading in Computer Class
STAR CBM in Guidance Class
Week of April 5th-9th
1st and 2nd Grades
STAR Math in Computer Class
Kindergarten STAR Early Literature in the Morning
Week of April 12th-16th
STAR CBM and CAT Make Ups
Title 1 News
WOW…What a Forecast!
Books are falling, books are falling! Can you believe that the reading forecast for the whole month of April includes story storms, gusty words, and raining books? The reading meteorologist has predicted that it will rain books, storms of words, sentences, and paragraphs will develop into quite amazing stories and flow through the brain waves of our marvelous students’ minds here at AEEC.
April is National Humor Month and National Poetry Month, which makes it the perfect time of the year to dive into funny stories and all kinds of entertaining books. So, with the 100% chance of books falling from the sky like precipitation, I hope your eyes and minds are all set and ready to receive this wonderful reading rain that shall help our students’ brains grow! Wow, this forecast is and will be pleasant and enjoyable. Therefore, please be sure to enjoy all of the raining stories!
Spring Safety Reminders
With the first official day of spring near it’s important to keep spring health and safety in mind for both home and school!
Sunshine doesn’t just provide valuable Vitamin D—it is essentially for a healthy, happy mind and mood as well. If your child is susceptible to sun burns, please apply sunscreen prior to coming to school. Dress for the weather. Light layers may provide comfort. Please encourage your student to wear tennis shoes as PE and recess will be headed outside.
Consider sending a water bottle with student to ensure adequate hydration throughout the day.
Spring means more children will be playing outside. Parents should be extra careful while driving, and always drive slowly and cautiously in neighborhoods and school areas.
Keep in mind the ACS Wellness Policy and the ACS Spring 2021 Return to School Plan.
Thank you for all of your help to ensure safety throughout this year!
Media Center News
Music and Art News
This month in Music, we are continuing our unit on French Romantic composer Camille Saint-Saën’s Carnival of the Animals. We further explored "The Elephant," “Kangaroos," and "Aquarium”. At the same time, we are focusing on the musical concept of dynamics (loud and soft). We learned that "The Elephant" features a double bass violin, and “Kangaroos" uses two pianos to reflect a kangaroo’s method of transportation: the hop. We also loved reading Katy No Pocket by Emmy Payne on Kangaroo Day, and of course hopping along to the music. Possibly our favorite piece so far is “Aquarium,” - we learned about a brand new (to us) instrument invented in 1761 by Benjamin Franklin called the glass armonica, and how this song has been featured in movies like Harry Potter and Beauty and the Beast. Our next project is making fish by layering scale patterns - look out for some of our fish at the AEEC Student Showcase!
Thanks to everyone who participated in Marco's Spirit Nights in March! Please join us for our April Restaurant Spirit Night at Mikata's! Dine in and take out options available. 20% comes back to AEEC. See you there April 15 from 5:00-8:00!
Upcoming Dates for AEEC
April 2-12: First Grade Art Student Showcase
April 15: Mikata's Spirit Night 5-8
April 16: No School/Weather Make Up Day
April 19: Progress Reports Go Home
April 15-26: Second Grade Art Student Showcase
April 22: Earth Day
April 30: Pep Rally at 8:00am