News from New Haven

Posts from the Principal / February 2022

Fun for February

February is turning out to be a month with a lot of good things to celebrate and recognize!


We have several school events that we will be doing throughout the month so please take a minute to read those below. (Me and My Guy Dance, Bengals spirit week, Jump rope for Heart, Valentines day, TWOs day, and Kindergarten registration!) This time of year can often be more difficult for kids because of the lack of sun and ability to go outside and play, so we want to create some fun & sunshine when we can. Our focus is creating an environment in which our kids can thrive, but thriving is more than just academics and we recognize that.


Although a short month. we are most certainly packing in a lot.

Teaching our students to CODE

Our 5th grade students are working with Mrs. Dammeyer and Mrs. Rider on the "What and How of Coding:. They are exploring different kinds of coding, as well as, careers in coding.

They've been competing in small groups this week to finish different obstacles using a Sphero Bot and writing the code to complete the challenge.


See a quick little video of a group of 5th graders completing their 2nd challenge.

Love our kids-

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Kindergarten Registration

We are preparing for March and with that means organizing our kindergarten registration night. Our doors will be open to register our new tigers for the 22-23 school year on Tuesday, March 22nd from 4:30 to 7:30. We do ask that you bring your child with you when you come. Our kindergarten team will be here and they would like to meet your child and do a short screening with them.


We will have all the documents that you need copied for you, but when you come you need to bring with you:

1) Your child's birth certificate

2) Proof of residence (Must be a current utility bill with your name and address on it.)

3) We will need a current immunization record- but this can also be given to us through the rest of the school year.

4) Any legal documents that are pertinent to your child (name change, custody agreements, etc.)


We are offering ALL DAY Kindergarten again next year! (YEA!!!) Students who have completed registration/ enrollment packets will be added to classroom rosters. Those that are missing pieces will be held until completed. We do not consider teacher requests.

Parent Corner... Resources and Research on common topics.

Below are some resources that may be helpful for parents as our children move in and out of phases of growth. Our kids, although being raised in the same house as their siblings, all experience things differently. They also respond differently to different life experiences. There is definitely not a "one size fits all" rule when raising our kids.


Preparing for Kindergarten
Homework without tears: 12 Homework tips for parents
How and (when) to limit kids' tech use

Speechify- Listen to text app / Chromebook accessible

NH FRC

We are looking for additional parents to sit on our FRC advisory council board. It's voluntary and we meet about 6 times a year to discuss the work that our FRC is doing and what we need to try to support our students in within the community / school. If you are interested please contact Kelsee Aker. Our next meeting is next week, Feb. 9th at 12:30 at New Haven.


January Newsletter & updates is linked below for your to review.


FRC Website for information and assistance: Click here


If you have any questions you can reach her at kelsee.aker@boone.kyschools.us

Health Corner...

We are seeing a serious decline in positive Covid cases at school which is a wonderful thing. I am still holding out hope that we will see a change to "endemic" status before the end of the year and be in a healthy enough place that we can ditch the masks. We will always do what is necessary to keep our kids in person, but we sure would love to see their entire faces again! I will most certainly keep you up to date on any news in that regard.


As of right now, we are still following the district mandates. Our after school events that are optional attendance, have the option of masking or not. It is parent choice for sports and events.

WHO DEY Spirt Week

I know that not everyone at New Haven are Bengals fans, but there are quite a few! I've had lots of questions about Bengal's support, and so we are going to have a Spirit Week to show our support! Everyone has the ability to participate or not.

Each day we will show our spirit in a fun way. See below for the plan!

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Jump Rope for Heart! February 14th Challenge

Jump Rope for Heart Challenge

Thank you for joining our school’s Kids Heart Challenge (KHC) team!

I’m so excited about kicking off the program, and this year is going to be better than ever! We’ve got so many ways to help students get excited about moving more and being kind – we can’t wait to share these great activities with you.

During the challenging times we’ve faced over the past school year and beyond, many young people found it harder than ever to stay active and eat better. Likewise, social-emotional health was impacted, as well.

KHC’s service learning approach is so relevant right now, and a great way to continue helping all of us recommit to living the healthiest lives possible!

And, while we’re helping our own students feel good by doing good, we’re supporting the American Heart Association’s important mission. Families who participate can feel great knowing that they have helped people with special hearts – including children born with congenital heart defects – by supporting the Association’s work to fund critically needed scientific advances, community health initiatives, and educational programs.

We’ve made it easy for you to raise money online with your personal page.

Follow these steps:

  1. JOIN OUR TEAM at www.heart.org/KHC (on your phone or computer), search for our school and click “Sign Up.”
  2. DOWNLOAD THE APP for iPhone or Android by searching for Kids Heart Challenge. You can unlock your Heart Heroes, bring them to life and fundraise from your mobile device.
  3. JUMP START YOUR DONATIONS by being the first to give.
  4. ENCOURAGE YOUR STUDENT TO COMPLETE FINN'S MISSION in Headquarters, where they will learn key lessons about heart health! See how your fundraising and donations are making a difference for families like Alexa's.

Thank you for being part of our school’s Kids Heart Challenge team.

Together, we will help keep more hearts beating stronger!

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TWOS day celebration

February is definitely full of fun! We are going to be celebrating Tuesday, February 22nd! (2-22-22) by wearing Bow-ties & Tutus!

Lost... and waiting to be found

We are beginning to rack up our lost and found again. We do encourage the students on announcements to check out the lost and found that is displayed in the hallway, and our teachers take them through as well. Unfortunately, we still have a pretty full table. If you see anything in the video below that belongs to your child, please reach out to your child's teacher.

Activities

Girls on the Run! We are starting Girls on the Run again! This is a fantastic program that pours into our girls. Mrs. Langhals coordinates this program for our girls. Both teams will practice on Monday & Wednesday from 3:45 to 5:00 pm. Parents should have received information about teams and practices.


Boys basketball will begin mid February. Form have been sent out with all 5th and 4th grade boys. Teams are being made and information will be shared by Mrs. Grant and Mrs. Haley.



Club / Sport Ideas : If you are interested in sponsoring a club or sport for New Haven students please reach out to Mrs. Goble. We understand the need for activities for our students k-5th grade, and are open to opportunities that parents are willing to run. We are open to a variety of ideas.

Mission and Vision of New Haven... Our WHY, WHAT, and HOW.

PTO

PTO sponsored events for our kids:


February: Me & My Guy is still scheduled for 2/4/22. The deadline for submitting the form has past. I will send out information to families if we are forced to change the date. My hope is that even if we have an NTI day due to weather, we will be able to continue with the dance that evening. I have been told that we will be able to clear and salt lots, etc, but we will play it by ear, and communication about the dance will sent out Friday afternoon.


We do want to thank all of our volunteers in advance. We have teachers, Ryle students, and parents volunteering to help us out that night.


March: The "Beast is back" :) Mother / Son (Me & my gal)- Dodgeball tournament! March 4th from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. More information will be shared through PTO. Forms will be sent home and sent out electronically for families to sign up. There will be a deadline to due ordering food, pictures, supplies.

Weather & Outdoor play (REPEAT information)

Whenever we can get our students outside to play we will. This is also true through the winter months. Our students go outside for 15-20 minutes of gross motor play and socializing. We are asking that parents ensure that students are leaving the house with a coat and any necessary accessories to keep students warm. Classes will not go outside if the temperature is below freezing.


Unfortunately, the next few months also means our "Lost and Found" becomes a treasure trove! We remind students to check the lost and found often, and I will also send home pictures to you to help reunite students to their belongings. If your child comes home missing a jacket, sweatshirt, hat, or gloves please encourage them to check the L&F!

Keep'n up with the Calendar! (dates will be added/ revised each month as needed)

February

4th- Tiger prize /// Me & my Guy event 6:00 to 9:00
7th-11th - National School Counselor's week
10th- Board of Ed meeting @ 7:30
14th- 18th- SEL survey for 3rd - 5th grade
15th- Mid-term
17th- SBDM @ 4:30
21st- No school


March
4th- Mother/Son Dodgeball event 6:00 - 9:00
11th- Popcorn Friday
24th- SBDM @ 4:30
28th- 1st - CASE assessment Reading and Math (K-5th)


April
11th- 15th- SPRING BREAK
22nd- Popcorn Friday
25th- 29th - Spring STAR testing (Math & Reading)


May
3rd- 13th- STATE TESTING WINDOW (3rd, 4th, & 5th)

6th- Popcorn Friday
13th- First grade Fairy Tale Ball
16th- 5th grade Promotion
17th- No School
19th- LAST DAY OF SCHOOL /// SBDM @ 4:30


July
18th- 22nd (Camp Invention @ NH) - not affiliated but only hosted at NH


Approved Calendar for the 22-23 school year

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