Southside News...

March 31, 2014

UP-COMING EVENTS

Message from Beverly Pray, Southside's PTO President

Our next PTO meeting will be next Tuesday night, April 1st beginning at 7 pm. We will be electing officers for next school year! Please consider where you would like to volunteer your time! Two of our Board members will no longer have children at Southside Elementary and two of Board members have termed out based on our PTO by-laws. So please consider stepping up to help! Three of us will still have children at Southside and will help you in anyway we can!



PTO will be voting on the following positions:

Board Positions:
President

Vice President

Secretary

Treasurer

Fundraising

Committee Chair Positions:
Work Room and Volunteer Coordinator

Muffins for Moms

Donuts for Dads

Grandparents Day Coordinator

Box Top Coordinator



Please let me know if you are interested in becoming a Board member or a Committee Chair. If you are currently serving in one of these positions and wish to continue or take on something else, please let me know! If you have questions concerning the duties of any of our PTO positions, please contact me! I will be happy to give you all the information!



It's been my great honor to serve as President for the last two years and as Vice President for the two years prior. It is a very rewarding position. We have A LOT of great volunteers that help and would do anything you ask of them! Southside is very lucky to have so much parental involvement!

Thanks for your consideration!

Beverly Pray

PTO President

TESTING TIPS AND DATES

FIRST AND SECOND GRADES:

ITBS (Iowa Test of Basic Skills) testing will be the mornings of Tuesday, April 1st and Wednesday, April 2nd


THIRD AND FOURTH GRADES:

The Benchmark Exam will be given April 7th-10th.



How Parents Can Help Children Do Their Best on Tests


The best thing you as a parent can do to help your child do his/her best on standardized tests is to provide positive support by expressing confidence in your child’s ability to do their best. On test day, try to provide a calm, stress-free environment each morning as your child gets ready for school. Get up in plenty of time to avoid morning rush and anxiety. Curtail nighttime extra-curricular activities and outings that may interfere with their regular bedtime routine.


Test-Taking Tips:


• Make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep and eats breakfast.

• If your child wears glasses, make sure he/she has them at school.

• Be at school on time each day.

• Encourage your child to relax and do their best.

• Remind your child to listen closely and not rush through the test.

• Have a positive attitude!

Benchmark/ITBS Incentive

We are pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for your student. Southside Elementary has developed a Benchmark/ITBS Rubric to promote a positive testing environment for State Testing in April. We will share the Benchmark expectations on a regular basis with students between now and testing and will give students several opportunities to practice the expectations on classroom assessments.

Each year Southside holds a Benchmark/ITBS Celebration in order to reward students for their hard work during Benchmark/ITBS week. This year students will have the chance to earn points daily for following the Benchmark /ITBS Rubric. Each day students can earn up to 10 points for following the expectations on the rubric. We will post how many points it will take to go to the carnival, how many tickets each game/activity will cost and how many points it takes to purchase snacks (popcorn, drinks, snow cones, etc.) when it gets closer, but the more points earned …the more games can be played.


We feel this incentive will promote a positive testing environment and give every student the chance to do their best on the State Assessment. We feel it is important for parents to know the expectations on the Benchmark/ITBS Rubric so you know how to encourage your child in order for them to earn as many points possible. Thank you for sharing your child/children with us!

ITBS RUBRIC

I was in class by 7:50 today.

I used my time wisely.

I kept my eyes on my own paper.

If I had time, I double checked my answers.

If I had time, I checked my bubbling.

I went to bed early enough and got a great night’s rest.

I ate a good breakfast.

I did not talk during the test, when test instructions were given, or when materials were handed out or taken up.

I tried my best and my attitude showed it!

I used my test taking strategies.

BENCHMARK RUBRIC

I was in class by 7:50 today.

I used my time wisely.

I kept my eyes on my own paper.

If I had time, I double checked my answers.

If I had time, I checked my bubbling.

I went to bed early enough and got a great night rest.

I did not talk during the test, when test instructions were given, or when materials were handed out or taken up.

I tried my best and my attitude showed it!

I used my test taking strategies.

I showed/explained my work on Open Response questions.

IMMUNIZATION CLINICS

Cabot Health Unit is hosting immunization clinics on April 30th and June 20th from 8:00 am-3:00 pm.


The address of the health dept. is 118 South First Street.

Patrons should bring insurance information.


Call 843-7561 for more information.

APRIL

1st and 2nd 1st and 2nd Grade State Testing (ITBS)


1st Kindergarten Cap and Gown Pictures

PTO Meeting 7:00 p.m. at Southside Cafeteria


7th- 10th 3rd and 4th Grade State Testing (Benchmark)


17th and 18th Muffins for Moms


21st Classroom Group Pictures


23rd 1st grade Field Trip to Toltec Mounds


24th- 2nd grade Field Trip to Clinton Library


24th and 25th Donuts for Dads

SAVE THE DATE

FITNESS FRENZY 2014 MAY 5th-9th


Join us for a day filled with physical activity and class events!


May 5th Fourth Grade

May 6th Third Grade

May 7th Second Grade

May 8th First Grade

May 9th Kindergarten


Dads, if you have any old neckties you would like to donate please send them to school with your child, Coach Dunphy needs them for the 3-legged race!