Stoney Creek News

Growing Kind Hearts & Minds While Inspiring Personal Success

From the Principal

Dear Families,

We are quickly approaching the 100th day of school, which means your child has been surrounded by leaders and learners for more than half the school year already. We can't believe how fast time goes by when learning is fun. We have watched children learn to read, produce stories and not just the pictures, learn new songs and even create ninja warrior type courses in PE. The sounds of laughter fill our cafeteria and playground each day. The students are still learning to get along with others and foster relationships that help them reach their goals. They might also be still working on finding their winter gear, especially if they don't put it where it is supposed to go after changing from outside.

Our mid-year assessments are almost complete and you will see those results next week on report cards. If you have any questions regarding your child's progress, please reach out to the teacher. Our building wide scores were only 2 points off from the projected growth scores so any time you spend reading to or with your student at home will be helpful. We can't stress it enough that also being in school is the number one indicator of success. So keep sending your HEALTHY kids to school each day!

Here are just a few reminders:

1. Label your child's clothing and outdoor gear. (if it's got a name, it will be returned)

2. If your child has a fever, has diarrhea, or is vomiting there is a 24 HOUR rule in order to return. Please help us keep healthy in our building.

3. We are running low on underwear and pants for students who might have an accident while at school. Please check your laundry for our items or send in donations anytime. We can't thank you enough for helping us fill our boxes.


Be on the lookout for information on our facebook page, the website, and via email that help us keep you informed as families.

As always, thank you for sending us your very best each and every day!


Educationally yours,


Tiffany Jackson, Principal

tjackson@cppschools.com

Friday, January 24 is a 1/2 day of school. Dismissal at 12:05 p.m.

School Closings

If for some reason school closes due to weather conditions please remember that we are Comstock Park Public Schools. There is another district in the Kalamazoo area called Comstock Public Schools. We are Comstock PARK Public Schools. Thanks!

Kindergarten 2020-2021

Kindergarten Screening and Round Up will be held together this year on March 25 and 26, 2020. Please go to this link for all information and how to sign up. Please spread the word and let your friends and family that are planning on sending their students to Stoney Creek for Kindergarten know that it is time to enroll.

Fluency Take Practice

We talked about fluency in the November 1st newsletter. Fluency is the ability to read with appropriate speed to support understanding. It does not mean “reading fast.” It does mean being able to read at a smooth rate. This includes automatic AND accurate word recognition, along with using expression. When we read fluently, our reading voice should sound like a normal talking voice. This takes time and practice for children to learn!


What can you do at home to develop fluency?

  • When you read aloud to your child, use expression during the speaking parts (dialogue). Use your voice to show excitement, fear, anger, etc., when appropriate in a story. Encourage your child to copy your expression.

  • Point out punctuation marks that help with expression - such as question marks, exclamation points, and quotation marks. Show your child how your voice changes for each.

  • Take turns with your child - reading a familiar story or passage - using different voices. Read the story in a mouse voice, a cowboy voice, or a princess voice.

  • If your child hasn’t built up a large bank of sight words (words that are known immediately on sight), keep practicing those words until your child can read them without hesitation (If you need ideas for word lists, check out the November 1st and 15th newsletters or contact your child’s teacher for word lists to practice).

  • Occasionally, when your child reads a tricky sentence, have him/her re-read it a few times until it sounds fluent.

  • Most important: Read lots! Read often!

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Building Healthy Communities Update: Following the Leader

Parents/guardians, teachers, principals, classmates and siblings are all important role models for young children. They DO notice what you eat and drink, and if you’re physically active on a regular basis. At school, we are talking about healthy habits and encouraging students to follow our lead. You can do the same by making healthy choices related to food and physical activity, and talking about them with your child(ren). Eating fruits and vegetables with and in front of your child(ren) is important. Choose ones you like, since kids can tell if you’re just pretending to like them. No one likes every vegetable; it’s OK to have favorites. Limit sugary drinks like pop, juice drinks and sports drinks. If your child shops with you, check the label and talk about what you find. Put fewer of the less healthy choices in your grocery basket. We can’t expect children to make healthy choices if we don’t!

Upcoming Events

January

21 Kindergarten Trip - Peter and the Wolf

21 PTO Meeting @ Pine Island

22 2nd Grade Trip - Peter and the Wolf

22 Chuck E Cheese Family Night

23 1st Grade Trip - Peter and the Wolf

24 1/2 Day of School - Dismissal at 12:05 p.m.

28 Talks with Tiffany


February

14 Valentine's Day Parties

17 & 18 No School

25 PTO Meeting @ Pine Island


March

5 Spring Pictures

13 1/2 Day of School Dismissal at 12:05 p.m.

17 Parent Teacher Conferences

19 Parent Teacher Conferences

23-26 Hearing & Vision Screening

25 Kindergarten Screening & Round Up

26 Kindergarten Screening & Round Up

31 Talks with Tiffany


April

3-10 No School Spring Break

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