Sterling Jaguar News!
Sterling Jaguar Families,
Jennifer Short, Principal
Fourth graders are in the process of painting a monochromatic landscape. They have practiced mixing tints and shades and are applying those to their paintings to help create the illusion of depth. Second grade is taking their favorite drawing from our day of observing and drawing classmates' poses and adding them to a collage displaying their knowledge of primary colors, secondary colors, and patterns.
October was a busy month in the library. Kindergarten checked out books for the first time! First and 2nd graders have been reviewing the parts of a book and the role of an author and illustrator in a book's creation. Our 3rd , 4th, and 5th graders have been exploring our online resources, including how to find and read e-books, where our online graphic novel collection is located, and our online research resources. We also introduced the Birthday Book Cart! This year, every Sterling Elementary student will receive a free book on their birthday. It's been a huge success and a lot of fun watching students pick their favorites. Hooray for new books!
Mrs. Burel & Mrs. Jeffries
We continue to have fun developing music skills in our primary grades with movement and instruments. First graders are demonstrating tempo with a parachute activity, showing fast, slow, and medium beats. Kindergarteners are accompanying a sound story with a variety of classroom percussion instruments. We love seeing our youngest musicians bloom!
Mrs. Scarboro & Ms. Walsh
Mr. Horvath & Mr. Hosti
Students have been collaborating together to use their critical thinking skills in a variety of ways! Students have been challenged with a variety of logic games. Activities ranged from applying map skills and deductive reasoning to solving problems related to a fictional map, using logic and problem solving skills to create a maze to transport marbles through towers, and using spatial reasoning skills to lay a trail that will lead storybook characters to their destination. These activities encouraged students to communicate and share ideas to help them be successful. It was wonderful to see their engagement with watching them encourage each other throughout each challenge.
SEL & FAMILY CONFERENCES DIGITAL RESOURCE GUIDE
This guide can be used to celebrate SEL growth with families and develop a partnership to strengthen SEL skills at school and home.
LEAF & MSAAC
LCPS LEAF Committee Meeting Recap - 10/17/2022 -
Summary by David Clements, LEAF Representative
This month’s meeting was focused on creating a handbook for delegates to have the best information to help communication between parents and the school board.
We also discussed how to review school board policies online. The website is lcps.org/policyreview . There is also a new document called the “Virginia Department of Education 2022 Model Policies.” Our next meeting is November 21, so if you have any questions or comments you would like to communicate to the committee, please email me at email@example.com .
LCPS MSAAC Committee Meeting Recap - 10/17/2022
Similar to the LEAF meeting, we discussed policy review. This time we discussed the entire process and how it works. There are many policies to review this year, around 107! The website is above and there are plenty of opportunities to make comments on the review by parents this year. We also discussed the new positions created by the school board to provide an impartial person to help guide parents to whatever resource they need with LCPS. Their email is firstname.lastname@example.org . There is an event called Job for a day on 11/9. Search “Job for a day” on lcps.org. Another program offered is designed to help all students is the REACH program. Search “REACH Program” on lcps.org for more information.
LCPS would like to invite LCPS staff, families, and community members to review and comment on the finalists for the K-5 reading and writing materials. Additional information is available on the LCPS website: https://www.lcps.org/textbooks (click on Items Currently Under Review). The review will be open through Friday, November 4th.