Stayton Elementary School

November Cheetah News

Principal's Corner

As we begin a busy week of conferences, hopefully you are able to come in and connect with your child's teacher and discuss their academic progress. If you are unable to attend please contact your child's teacher to see if there is a time that is convenient for both of you to meet.


Mark your calendars for a great opportunity for grandparents to visit our school. Our annual grandparent's lunch will be held this month on Friday the 15th. I know both the grandparents and students love this day of the year. If you are able to attend this year and missed the flyer that went home in last week's Wednesday folders please visit our website for times and additional information. There are so many smiling faces, both with children and their grandparents, on this day. Hope to see you there.


Gearing up for the holidays can become a very busy time of year. Please remember to take time to read with your child. Reading with your child not only helps to promote good reading habits, it also exposes children to rich vocabulary, boost their self-esteem and is one of the best ways to develop bonds with your children. Challenge yourself to make those 20 minutes a day a priority for you and your child.

AVID Corner

As I discussed last month, Stayton Elementary is in its second year implementing AVID Elementary at our school. AVID Elementary promotes a safe place to fail, attempt and persevere which are the defining characteristics of the growth mindset.


One of the aspects of AVID Elementary is to help our students begin to become familiar with college and career readiness. This is very introductory at this age. Once a month staff have been wearing items that help to support our favorite colleges.


2nd grade: Our Second Grade AVID focus this month has been teaching responsibility and organization through our AVID binders. Our students keep track of the monthly events in their monthly calendar. They track their ST math progress on their tracker and update their percentage as they grow. They also set weekly goals in their Letter Home, which also serves as a great way to communicate their learning with their families! Great job, learners!


3rd Grade: Third grade has been focused on organization this month. One way third graders use organization in the classroom is through binders. In their AVID binders, third graders use monthly calendars, weekly planners, and a variety of data tracking pages. Their data tracking pages give information on their current reading levels, math test scores, and ST Math percentages. This is useful for goal setting, as well as keeping parents updated on how their child is doing academically.

Parent-Teacher Conferences are November 4th - 7th

Fall conferences are an opportunity for parents to visit with teachers regarding their students progress. Teachers work very hard to prepare for these conferences and also look forward to meeting each family. Please make sure to attend this meeting. If you are unable to attend or need to reschedule, please call the office or email your child's teacher.

Tardiness

We want to remind you that getting your child to school on time is very important. You are welcome to walk your child to class if you arrive before class starts. If you arrive after class starts, please check your child in at the office, and allow them to walk back to class on their own to minimize the disruption to class.

Thank you for being respectful of our teachers and students.

Attendance Works!

School success goes hand in hand with good attendance! Set a regular bed time and morning routine. Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before. Don't let your child stay home unless he/she is truly sick. Keep in mind complaints of a stomach ache or headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home. Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor or another parent. Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session.

Research shows that missing 10 percent of the school, or about 18 days in most school districts, negatively affects a student's academic performance. that's just two days a month and that's known as chronic absence.

Halloween Happenings With the Staff

Fundraiser

We will be having our annual Butterbraid/Pepperoni fundraiser soon! This is our largest fundraiser we have at school. The money earned will be used for special school-wide activities such a field trips, guest presenters and art projects to name a few. Sales will begin in November and delivery of product will be in December. Prizes will also be awarded! Your child will bring home more information in their Wednesday folder.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Important Dates for November:

1st - NO SCHOOL

4th - Conferences & Book Fair 3:30-5:30

5th - Conferences & Book Fair 3:30-5:30

6th - Conferences & Book Fair 3:30-7:30

7th - Conferences & Book Fair 12:30-3:30

7th - Early Release Day 11:30

7th - PTC Meeting 6:30 (in the library)

8th - NO SCHOOL

11th - NO SCHOOL

14th - Picture Retake Day

14th - Ready for Kinder Class 5:30-7:00

15th - Grandparents Lunch & Book Fair

15th - Butterbraid & Pepperoni Fundraiser Begins!

18th - 20th, 22nd, 25th - 3rd grade Swim (Shryock)

27th-29th - NO SCHOOL (Thanksgiving Break)