Leopard News 5/1/2022
Teacher Appreciation, Testing, News from Classrooms and more
Mark Your Calendars
A Note from Principal Kevin
Dear Laurel Elementary Families,
What a week! As we close out the month of April, I am compelled to pause and reflect on all that we have done this year in our journey back to school operations that feel closer to normal.
- Our staff is amazing and kid-centered. This fuels all the work we do to have kids feel loved, supported and seen as well as engaged and challenged in their daily learning. I am grateful for the the intentionality with which our crew preps and plans to meet the unique needs of every student.
- Volunteers and community organizations are back in the building. We have welcomed Soroptimist International, School Garden Project, Agriculture in Schools and Oaklea Student Helpers back to give away books, inspire our kiddos and serve as positive role models for our students. We are so very glad for these valuable connections.
- Some of our classes are planning field trips out into the community in coming weeks.
- We are welcoming back some cherished spring traditions like the senior walk through, 4th grade clap-out, bounce house party and some new events you'll hear about soon.
Thanks again for your support and partnership as we look toward the end of this school year and it being more in-line with the springs we have known in the past.
Help us celebrate all our educators at Laurel this week.
Monday 5/2- Teacher's make us bloom! Bring your teacher a flower. (real or homemade craft)
Wednesday 5/4- Say it out loud! Compliment your teacher today. Let them know what they do to make you feel special.
Friday 5/6 - Teachers are noteworthy! Write or draw your teacher a note or draw a picture to show your appreciation
Kindergarten Registration Now Open
Kindergarten Registration Now Open - Please Help Spread the Word!
We are now enrolling kindergarten and new students for this fall. If you have a friend, neighbor or family member with a kindergarten age student or older student who will be joining us in September, please encourage them to call the school or check out the link below.
Our kindergarten orientation event for families is May 18th with two sessions to choose from. The link above has all the details.
Thanks for Using the Crosswalks…
Crosswalks are AWESOME. Thanks for Using Them.
- Please slow down and watch for kiddos and crossing guards while dropping off or picking up.
- If parking and walking to pick up your child, please use the crosswalks and do not cross mid-block.
- If you are picking up a child curbside, please strive to have them enter the car on the passenger side at the curb rather than the street side if possible.
Thank you for staying alert, modeling safe street crossing and helping to keep all out kids safe.
Sluggo Comes to Laurel to Celebrate the Reading Challenge
Sluggo from the Eugene Emeralds came to visit each of the morning recesses on Friday as a part of the Emeralds’ Spring Reading Challenge. Students set a reading goal and stuck to it for just over a month. Goals could have been for minutes, pages, chapters or books read. Each student tracked their progress and earned a pair of tickets to an Ems home game this summer.
News from the Classrooms
In kindergarten, kiddos are working on subtraction, earth day art and craft activities, learning about life long ago and now. Students are rocking in their study of three dimensional shapes!
First graders are completing a weather-themed science unit which will include a special visit from KEZI morning meteorologist Ben Ames and KEZI weekend meteorologist Matt Gontarek. The visit takes
place on April 26 @ 9-10am. We are so excited to have guest speakers come and visit classrooms.
Second grade just finished up learning about personal finance. Students had the opportunity participate in the classroom economy by being producers and consumers. We also learned about goods, services and personal banking.
For Earth Day, 3rd grade students created earth dot art inspired by Georges Seurat’s pointillism work from the late 1800s and wrote about what they can do to help the earth. Students had great ideas about what they can do now and in the future to help our planet.
4th graders are learning about how sound works through various experiments such as cup phones and balloons! They've been learning lots about geometry and linking key vocabulary to movements, such as line segment, angles, and more. Students are busy preparing for May and are doing a great job of following expectations for testing and being flexible to new schedules.
Our third and fourth grade students and teachers are preparing for state testing, learning how to navigate the testing platform and taking some practice tests to get the feel for these assessments in language arts and math. Our whole learning community gets behind these classrooms this time of year, writing notes of encouragement and preparing classrooms to be optimal testing environments.
With April wrapping up this week, staff are looking ahead to some of our beloved spring traditions including swim week and our school-wide celebration with inflatable bounce houses and obstacle course as well as special events to honor our 4th graders who will leave Laurel in June headed to Oaklea in the fall.
Spring Testing Schedule for Grades 3 and 4 - Begins Week of May 2
Dear Laurel Parent or Guardian of a 3rd or 4th Grader,
Beginning the week of May 2nd, our 3rd and 4th grade students will take the 2022 Oregon State Assessment System annual assessments. The testing days will be May 2nd - 20th. Your child’s teacher will share a schedule for when students will be testing in their classroomms.
Students will take 4 separate tests: English/Language Arts Computer Adaptive Test, English/Language Arts Performance Task, Math Computer Adaptive Test and Math Performance Task.
Participation in these assessments matters because these tests:
Challenge your child to think critically and apply their knowledge to real-world problems
Go beyond multiple choice and ask your child to explain their answers
Act as a snapshot of your child’s progress and may be considered along with other pieces of information to determine your child’s academic success
Help identify schools and districts that need additional supports to ensure more students are meeting higher standards
While your child is in the testing period, you can help them to by doing the following:
Make sure your student gets a good night’s sleep.
Make sure your student eats a healthy breakfast, or gets to school early enough (8:00-8:15) to eat breakfast in the classroom.
Encourage your student to try their best even when it is difficult
If you have questions about these assessment tests, please feel free to contact me at school.
Free High-Quality Preschool for Lane County Kids
Preschool Promise (PSP) is a free, state-funded, high-quality, full-time preschool option for 3- and 4-year old Oregon children who are living at or below 200% of the federal poverty level. PSP programs are culturally-relevant early child care and education programs that take place in a wide variety of settings across Lane County, including home-based, center-based, and school-based care. All preschools offer hours comparable to full day Kindergarten and provide the necessary supplies and food free of charge. School days, hours of operation and availability of transportation vary between preschools. Families are able to apply for whichever 3 PSP preschools meet their needs best.
Click HERE for more information or download the flyer below