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February Updates

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Freezing Temps- Parents, we have had many students coming to school with only a sweatshirt or no jackets at all recently. I know that some students don't want to wear jackets, but we will be going outside to play. There are no staff available to stay inside with students who don't have weather appropriate wear, so all students will be going outside. It is the teacher's desecration to go outside, and most do not go outside if it is below freezing, but sometimes students just need to get outside for fresh air.

Designing our school flag! - Our student council has organized a contest for all of our students in which we are looking for a New Haven school flag. Information went home a few weeks ago and entries are due very soon! Entries will be judged by the staff and the winning design will be adopted as the permanent school flag!

International Festival: Saturday, March 24th at Mann elementary from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. This day will be a multicultural world showcase, highlighting all different heritages and world cultures represented in all of our Boone county Schools. Please see the attached flyer.

Kindergarten Registration- Yes! It is that time of year already. All incoming kindergartners must be 5 years old by August 1st, 2018 to enroll. We will have a registration evening on Monday, March 26th beginning at 4:30 to 7:00. PLEASE bring current immunization certificate, birth certificate (original), social security card, Proof of residency (utility bill or lease with name and address). We also request that you have your child accompany you so that we may meet them and have them participate in a brief screening.

18 - 19 Placements

We have amazing teachers at New Haven, who all have a variety of strengths. I feel very strongly about the high expectations of teaching and learning, and the expertise of our teachers. I also know, as a teacher, that we all have different strengths and qualities that contribute to the success of the team. All grade levels are expected to work as a team allowing for all students to have the same experiences. Each teacher brings to the table an unique teaching style guided with the same standards. We take all of this into consideration as we begin to plan for the following year. Creating class lists really is a complex process because we look at, and consider many different criteria. We look at male / female ratios, achievement, needs (academic, social, emotional, etc), in addition to several other things. It is not a random process, but we also understand that sometimes there are other factors that need to be considered. We do not accept requests for specific teachers. Do not feel like you have to submit a request, I just am sharing what our procedure is for those that have had questions. I would also like to share that as we grow so does the need to add teachers to our staff, and some staff ask to change grade levels. The teachers that are on a grade level in one year may be different the following based on our growing needs.

So what does this mean?
We need you to be an integral part of your child's success throughout the year. You are their first teacher, and see something's that we do not. We will be accepting placement requests from parents this year; however; the requests will follow specific guidelines that will allow us to make the best match for student success. Requests are not guarantees, nor will all requests be honored. Ultimately it will be about creating the best learning environment for everyone, while trying to match the qualities that best meet your child's needs.
Request letters must:

  • Explain what specific academic or social needs your child has.
  • What qualities / characteristics in a teacher would best meet the needs of your child?
  • Address other concerns if applicable to placement. (ex: health, personality conflicts, etc.)

Please DO NOT ask for a specific teacher or to be placed with a group of friends- these requests will not be considered.

Celebrating Great Things!

Authors of the month- this year we started highlighting all of the work our students are doing in writing. Every month teachers from every homeroom nominate a student who has shown excellence in 1 of the 6 traits of writing (sentence fluency, ideas, organization, voice, word choice, and conventions). Mrs. Melvin, our instructional coach, takes care of updating the pictures and certificate each month. The kids have turned this idea into so much more, and we love looking at the progression of learning from kindergarten to 5th grade! The bulletin board is right outside of the cafeteria, so the next time you are at New Haven stop by and see the amazing work our students are doing!

Here's your sign... - And it's here! Our updated digital sign is up and running! It looks fantastic! Thank you SO much to our families who supported our PTA's initiative to get this completed!

Tile Art! - students have been working on designs in art class that can be turned into tiles for our Art to Remember wall! More information will be coming home from our PTA.

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Upcoming events @ New Haven

5th- No school

9th- Father / Daughter Dance @ NH
12th- Newport Aquarium Animal Encounter (for students)
13th- PTA Executive Board Meeting
Newport Aquarium Animal Encounter (K-1st)
14th- Happy Valentine's Day!
16th- Popcorn Friday
20th- SBDM meeting @ 4:30

2nd- Popcorn friday
3rd- Regional Governor's cup @ New Haven
9th- No school
13th- PTA executive meeting 4:00 pm
16th- Popcorn Friday

Mother / Son Event 6-9

20th- SBDM meeting @ 4:30
21st-23rd - COSI
24th- International Festival 11-3 @ Mann Elementary
26th- Kindergarten registration

** Events subject to change with potential weather events** Any club/sports events on a snow day will also be cancelled.

Want to know even more that is going on? Click our Team Calendar link-

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