S.O.A.R Weekly

Freedom Park Newsletter August 13th

Congratulations Eagles

We did it! We have completed our first week of school. Our preK and kindergarten students did a great job getting adjusted to new friends and the new adults in their lives. Our 8th graders have complete the first week of their last year in middle school. Yes, they will be in high school next year! Congratulations Eagles for a great year underway.

How Are We Doing?

We want to hear from you. What are some things you love about Freedom Park? What are some opportunities for improvement? Did you see something that you thought would be really great for our kids? Complete the survey to let us know: https://s.surveyplanet.com/BkuUBM9I-x

Follow Us on Social Media

We have several active social media pages. The pages are a great place to have discussions and provide instant information regarding school updates.


Twitter: Freedom Park School


Instagram: Freedom Park School


Facebook: Freedom Park School and Freedom Park School PTA


Remind Updates (for school updates): https://www.remind.com/join/f83ec


Remind Bus Arrival and Departure (for updates of arrival and departure of buses daily). We will text when each bus arrives and departs the school. This service is to ensure parents aren't waiting at bus stops for long periods and know when their student left the school https://www.remind.com/join/2269b

Shout Out

A big shout out to all of the faculty and staff for making the first week run smoothly. A special thank you to Ms. Burgess who helped to decorate our building with all the wall quotes. Also to Ms. Ricketts for the welcome back/spirit cups for our faculty. Ms. Beard you have also been a great help with decorating. Also to our parent, the one and only, Ms. Terrette for painting and helping to decorate the front office!

Benchmark Testing

We are completing the beginning of the year benchmark. This information helps us to understand where the students are academically. It helps us to identify areas that need attention as well as areas to accelerate learning. Please stay tuned for information from your student's teacher(s) regarding how you can help your student.

Important Updates - Student Safety

Dismissal

For the safety of our students, the front door will be locked from 3:50-4:00. At this time, the entire student body is moving around the building to their dismissal location. Adding more people in the foyer area (adults standing waiting on their students with or without other small children) increases the traffic and is a safety hazard for our current and future Eagles. The door will be unlocked at 4:00 pm so that you may pick up your students. Please do not stand in our hallways and grab your students out of line. Just a reminder, when you pick your student up early it is considered a tardy. In addition, they are missing the last few minutes of their class.

What if I hate the long lines for pick up?

It is best to wait until a little after 4 pm. You will be amazed at how easy it is if you arrive at 4:05. There is plenty of parking, you are not technically late, and there are no lines. Try it and let me know what you think.


Intake/Drop Off

Please do not drop your student off before 8:20. There are no staff members on duty before this time to care for your student. This is a serious issue and a safety concern.

Options for Dismissal

Following the rules for dismissal makes for a safe and orderly dismissal. It also gives us an opportunity to model appropriate behavior in social settings for our students. The following are options for dismissal of our precious Eagles.


Car Rider

Students are lined up by grade level at the rear of the school. Students are escorted to their parents car by an adult.

Walk-Up

Walk Ups are held in the large gym. Parents wait outside until the doors are open at 4pm (usually about 2 min before 4pm). Parents walk in and get their student. Please do not park in the bus loading zone. Also, if you wait until a little after 4pm, this is probably your best option if you don't like long lines.

Walkers

Students who are old enough to walk home alone and/or walk home with a sibling (please follow Garrison Command orders concerning walking siblings home) are held in the art room until they are dismissed.

Teen Center

Students who attend the teen center walk to the teen center after dismissal. Our students love this option. Please check it out if you have not already done so.

CYS

Students who receive after school care through CYS are held in the large gym. CYS representatives escort them to the center.

IB Update

Freedom Park School is in the candidacy phase for full implementation of the IB MYP Program.

What is International Baccalaureate (IB)?

International Baccalaureate (IB) is an education that challenges students to excel academically and solve problems from a global perspective. It encourage personal growth and understanding as a member of the worldwide community. It focuses on developing the student using the IB Learner Profiles.

What are the learner profiles?

The IB Learner Profiles are as follows: inquires, thinkers, knowledgeable, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk takers, balanced, and reflective.

What is the MYP Programme?

The program includes: rigorous learning objectives, student centered teaching, international perspectives, whole child development, sustaining learning in more than one language, learning how to learn, and evaluating information critically especially in unfamiliar situations.

Where are we?

Freedom Park educators are continuing to receive professional development in this area. They are also writing cross curriculum units to support the development of the IB profiles in our students.

How can I learn more?

Please visit http://www.ibo.org/

Countdown to Total Eclipse

Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. This is a half day at our school. Students will be dismissed at 12:15. Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe inspiring sights - a total solar eclipse. This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun's tenuous atmosphere - the corona - can be seen, will stretch from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun's disk. NASA created this website to provide a guide to this amazing event. Here you will find activities, events, broadcasts, and resources from NASA and our partners across the nation. https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/

Future Eagles - Eaglets

At Freedom Park we understand 90% of children's critical brain development occurs by age 5. Children who are read to, sung to, and talked to from a young age develop larger vocabularies, become better readers, and are more likely to succeed in school. Start early to ensure your students success. Freedom Park would like to partner with you to prepare your child for early success regardless of where you choose for them to attend school. This program is for preschool aged children 2-5 years of age. Best of all, its free. Check out Smarty Ants, your kids will love it! https://static1.squarespace.com/static/587fbed9414fb56f5c146008/t/594adc69c534a51027f697c8/1498078317065/Smarty+Ants_Flyer.pdf

Golden Apple

The Golden Apple Award honors those who believe in the true spirit of teaching by making classrooms a fun and safe place of learning. Do you know a teacher who has left a lasting impression in your family? Help us acknowledge those who are rarely recognized. If you know an outstanding teacher who deserves recognition for their efforts in the classroom, we want to know. Nominate your teacher hero at: http://wjbf.com/golden-apple-nomination-form/

Teacher of the Year - Ms. Sandra Owens

Please join Freedom Park in congratulating the teacher of the year for 2017-2018, Ms. Sandra Owens. Ms. Owens is a 4th grade teacher at The Park. She is dedicated to ensuring her students are not only prepared for fifth grade, but also develop into life long learners. Congratulations Ms. Owens!