This Week at Heritage
Volume 1. Issue 3: September 16
Welcome to Heritage!
Say Cheese! Picture day is Thursday, September 22
Heritage Reminders: Timely Arrivals and Tardies
Dino Dash Spirit Days: Wear Dino Dash Tee-shirts on Wednesdays
We want to have a great showing at the Dino Dash, particularly in the 2K Fun Run. To help promote this great fundraiser and community event, students may wear a previous year's Dino Dash tee-shirt to school on Wednesdays between now and the Dash.
Each year, on the first Sunday of November, the Tustin Public Schools Foundation hosts a race to support Tustin Schools. Families and students, as well as local runners and biker, can participate in a 10K, 5K, 2K Fun Run, or a 50K Bike Tour. A portion of each entry is allocated to the school. We are hoping to have strong participating from our Heritage community to show our support for Heritage and Tustin Schools. As a school community we will be walking the 2K, though you are encouraged to run the race of your choice. For more information and to sign-up for the Dino Dash go to: http://www.tpsf.net/dinodash/
Spotlight on Instruction: Dot Day
Our students participated in International Dot Day Thursday, based on the children's book The Dot by Peter Reynolds. Dot Day, and the book The Dot, celebrate creativity and artistic expression. Students in all classes created dot art and "made their mark" through artistic expression. For more information about Dot Day, go to http://www.thedotclub.org/dotday/. You can also watch "The Dot" on YouTube at the link below.
This Week in Pictures
Heritage Students Study the "Heritage of Heritage"
Ms. Holcomb's students took time this week to study the surroundings of Heritage, through our first project based learning unit, "The Heritage of Heritage". The students noticed the large hangers visible just beyond our campus. Students questioned what this hanger was and it's purpose, helping to provide purpose to their research.
Running Records to Monitor Reading Growth
Over the course of the next weeks teachers will assess all children's reading levels in grades 1-5 with a running record. In a running record the teacher listens to a child read a text at a particular level and analyzes both the decoding (reading aloud) of the book and the comprehension. If a child has mastered the text level, the teacher will give additional, more challenging assessments to determine the child's reading level. Your teacher will share data from this assessment at your fall conference. Running records are done periodically during the year to monitor growth and target individual learning needs.
A special thank you to all our parents who attended the volunteer training on Wednesday. We were thrilled with the turn-out, and are appreciative of all the support for Heritage. A make-up training has been scheduled for October 6 from 4:30 to 5:00 and will consist of the volunteer overview and procedures. This will be the only make-up training available this year.