Wilder Elementary School

Parent Newsletter - February 2019

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Greeting Wilder Families,

We are well into 2019 already and working hard at Wilder Elementary! The snow days and late starts cause us to pause for a short time, but we are eager to be back at school and stay active in teaching and learning at Wilder. Let's hope the weather does not create any more interruptions.


Students are excited to be starting their Artist in the Classroom sessions which are now underway and will take us through the end of the year. The Artwise Art Show is coming up in March and we are happy to have Ms Thompson directing the Wilder Choir in a performance there on Wednesday, March 20 at 5:30.


We are planning to reschedule our Parents' Night by combining it with our April Parents' Night. The date is April 11. With conferences just two week away and a PTO Family Fun Night also scheduled for March 2, we thought it might be best to not add another event for parents now. Please keep that date in mind for an awesome parent/child learning event. Conference notes will be going home with students at the end of next week. Please reply promptly so we can get all students scheduled with their teachers.


Thanks, parents, for all you do to support your child’s learning at Wilder Elementary. We appreciate the time and attention you give your students to help them be successful.


Mrs. Wiegandt

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Kindergarten Roundup/Registration Scheduled!!

Kindergarten Roundup/Registration will take place at Wilder on Thursday, April 4, at 1:30 pm. This Roundup is for all children who live in the Wilder attendance area and have their 5th birthday before August 1.


Bring your child to meet the teachers and experience some time in the Kindergarten classroom! Parents will meet in the gym to receive important information at the same time.


Please let your friends and neighbors know. To confirm your child's attendance, or to get more information, please call the Wilder office at 746-2320.

Upcoming Dates

Please take note of these important upcoming dates!





February


Thursday, February 14 - RED Event at 2:30 pm


Wednesday, February 20 - Early Dismissal - SCHOOL OUT at 1:30 pm


Thursday-Friday, February 21-22 - NO SCHOOL


Tuesday, February 26 - Parent/Teacher Conferences, 4:00-7:00 pm


Thursday, February 28 - Parent/Teacher Conferences, 4:00-7:00 pm



March

Friday, March 1 - Early Release at 11:20 am

Friday, March 1 - Parent/Teacher Conferences 11:20-4:00 pm

Friday, March 1 - End of Trimester 2

Tuesday, March 5 - PTO Meeting in the Wilder Library - 6:00-7:00 pm

Friday, March 8 - Trimester 2 Report Cards E-mailed

Wednesday, March 13 - Early Dismissal - SCHOOL OUT at 1:30 pm

Thursday, March 14 - RED Event at 2:30 pm

ADDITIONAL IMPORTANT INFORMATION

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Helpful Information from Wilder's Social Worker

Attached at the end of this newsletter is a new Social Work brochure for the Grand Forks Public Schools. This brochure details contact information for each of the school social workers, as well as information about services provided for students and their families. Please take a moment to review this brochure!

From Parents Lead for February

Kids are less likely to use alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs if their parents have established a pattern of setting clear rules and consequences for breaking those rules. This applies to no-use rules about tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs — as well as bedtimes and homework. Have clear expectations for behavior, monitor your child, and implement appropriate consequences. In setting these rules, be sure you discuss your rules and expectations in advance and follow through with the consequences you’ve set.

Don’t forget to acknowledge times when your child follows the rules! Parents who have a warm relationship with their children while maintaining rules for behavior are teaching their children self-discipline. Parents who have rules that are too harsh or no rules at all are more likely to have children who are at greater risk for drug-taking behavior.

If you use tobacco or alcohol, be mindful of the message you are sending to your children. We may unknowingly be relaying a message that we don't want. Avoid giving your child sips of alcohol, asking them to grab you a beer from the fridge, taking your child with you into a bar or liquor store, or asking them to pass your cigarettes. By avoiding these behaviors, you reinforce your message that alcohol and tobacco are not for children and they are dangerous for growing bodies.

Visit http://www.parentslead.org/

Parent Guide to ESSA State and Local Report Cards - Written Notification of Interactive Dashboard (School District Report Card)

Dear Parent/Guardian,


North Dakota has launched a new website designed to help communities across the state access important information about K-12 districts and schools. Insights (https://insights.nd.gov/) features easy-to-read reports on multiple measures of school success, including:

· Test scores

· Graduation rates

· English Learner progress

· Student attendance.

Insights (https://insights.nd.gov), or more commonly referred to as the “Dashboard,” is part of North Dakota’s new accountability system. It is the next step in a series of major shifts in public education that have raised the bar for student learning, transformed testing, and placed the focus on equity for all students. To learn more about the state’s accountability and continuous improvement, visit North Dakota’s ESSA website (https://www.nd.gov/dpi/SchoolStaff/SSI/ESSA/).

To find out more information about our school, visit Insights (https://insights.nd.gov), select “Find My School,” and search alphabetically for Wilder Elementary School.

Why a new system and new tool?

North Dakota is committed to informing communities about how well our schools are doing. North Dakota’s future success depends on tapping into the potential of all students, so they graduate choice ready with the knowledge, skills and disposition to be successful. For schools to reach this goal, teachers, parents, and the community need clear and useful measures of progress. As an accountability tool, the Dashboard will help the state identify schools receiving additional support and assistance.

What is different?

In the past, the accountability system for districts and schools relied heavily on test scores. But one test taken on one particular day does not provide a complete picture of all the ways schools are helping students succeed. The Dashboard continues to provide information on different aspects of student performance, but also includes information on school growth and other factors reflecting a more comprehensive view. The Dashboard replaces the former School District Report Card and Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) reports.

Please note, the data made available to the public masks or hides data for groups with 10 or fewer students to protect confidential information about individual students.

What’s next for our district?

We have strong plans for working to improve the educational programs at Wilder. We would like you and your child(ren) to continue to be active participants in our educational system. Please help support our high expectations for student achievement by participating in the school educational initiatives, offering input and support in our endeavors to raise student achievement, or volunteering at the school. Meeting our school’s goals will take a united effort, and I look forward to working with our families to ensure success for each student.

School Support under ESSA

All schools engage in continuous improvement for general support; therefore our school will complete an AdvancED Continuous Improvement Plan annually.

Wilder is a participating Title I school, with a student membership count of 177. If you have any questions regarding this information, please contact the school at 1009 N. 3rd St, Grand Forks, ND, 58203; by telephone at (701) 746-2320, or by e-mail at lwiegandt250@mygfschools.org.

Thank you,

Leslie Wiegandt

Principal

Grand Forks School District Parent Involvement Policy 2018-2019

PART I. DISTRICT EXPECTATIONS


Grand Forks School District Parent Involvement Policy 2018-2019


The Grand Forks School District agrees to implement the following statutory requirements:

· The school district will put into operation programs, activities, and procedures for the involvement of parents in all of its schools with Title I programs. These programs, activities, and procedures will be planned and operated with meaningful consultation with parents of participating children.

· The school district will work with its schools to ensure that the required school-level parental involvement policies meet the Title I requirements, and include, as a component, a school-parent compact.

· The school district will incorporate this district-wide parental involvement policy into its district plan.

· In carrying out the Title I parental involvement requirements, to the extent practicable, the school district and its schools will provide full opportunities for the participation of parents of children with limited English proficiency, parents of children with disabilities, and parents of migratory children, including providing information and school reports in an understandable and uniform format and, including alternative formats upon request, and, to the extent practicable, in a language parents understand.

· If the district plan for Title I is not satisfactory to the parents of participating children, the school district will submit any parent comments with the plan when the school district submits the plan to the Department of Public Instruction.

· The school district will involve the parents of children served in Title I schools in decisions about how the one percent of Title I funds reserved for parental involvement is spent, and will ensure that not less than 95 percent of the one percent reserved goes directly to the schools.

· The school district will be governed by the following statutory definition of parental involvement, and expects that its Title I schools will carry out programs, activities, and procedures in accordance with this definition:

Parental involvement means the participation of parents in regular, two-way, and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities, ensuring:

that parents play an integral role in assisting their child’s learning;

that parents are encouraged to be actively involved in their child’s education at school;

that parents are full partners in their child’s education and are included, as appropriate, in decision- making and on advisory committees to assist in the education of their child;

the carrying out of other activities, such as those described in section 1118 of the ESEA.

· The school district will inform parents of the Parent Information Center (PIC). PART II. DISTRICT PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT POLICY REQUIRED COMPONENTS

1. The Grand Forks School District will hold a parent meeting to involve parents in the joint development of its district parental involvement plan. A parent representative from each Title I school will be invited to attend. This will be coordinated with the district’s efforts in developing the plans for the Title I portion of the Consolidated Grant Application.

2. The Grand Forks School District will provide Title I schools additional resources to coordinate with the Parent Information Center in planning and implementing effective parental involvement activities to improve student academic achievement and school performance. The coordinator of the Parent Information Center will assist Title I buildings in organizing and conducting specific parent involvement activities related to their program needs. We have researched ways to incorporate the six types of parental involvement into our daily practice through individual meetings with the director and through information distributed through the monthly Parent Information Center newsletter.


3. The Grand Forks School District will build the schools’ and parents’ capacity for strong parental involvement, in order to ensure effective involvement of parents and to support a partnership among the schools involved, the parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement, through the following activities specifically described below:

A. The school district will, with the assistance of its Title I schools, provide assistance to parents of children served by the school district or school, as appropriate, in understanding topics such as those listed below:

· the state’s academic content standards through the dissemination of our local standards document which aligns with the state standards;

· the state’s student academic achievement standards through the dissemination of our local standards document which aligns with the state achievement standards;

· the state and local academic assessments including alternate assessments through the dissemination of the local and state Adequate Yearly Progress reports;

· the requirements of Title I through the dissemination of parent mailings to Title I parents;

· how to monitor their child’s progress through parent/teacher conferences held each fall and spring; and,

· how to work with educators through resources provided by our Parent Information Center.

B. The school district will, with the assistance of its Title I schools, provide materials and training to help parents work with their children to improve their children’s academic achievement, such as literacy training and using technology, as appropriate, to foster parental involvement, by resources provided by the Parent Information Center, school newsletters, Kid’s Connection newsletter, and the school district’s website.

C. The school district will, with the assistance of its Title I schools and parents, educate its teachers, student services personnel, principals and other staff, in how to reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners, in the value and utility of contributions of parents, and in how to implement and coordinate parent programs and build ties between parents and schools, by giving parents access to links on the school district’s website for educational resources. The parents of certain elementary schools and all middle and high schools are given access to PowerSchool allowing them to review their student’s academic progress daily.

D. The school district will, to the extent feasible and appropriate, coordinate and integrate parental involvement programs and activities with Head Start, ENCORE, public preschool and other programs. The school district will conduct other activities, such as parent resource centers, that encourage and support parents to fully participate in the education of their children, by holding monthly preschool screenings, early entrance testing for children, as well as meet with kindergarten students and their families in the spring to assist them with the transition to kindergarten in the fall.

E. The school district will ensure that Title I information related to the school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities, is sent to the parents of participating children in an understandable and uniform format, including alternative formats upon request, and, to the extent practicable, in a language the parents can understand by providing the district office with a copy of mailings so that they can be reviewed. This will be accomplished through school newsletters and mailings, Title I brochure, and school district website.

4. The Grand Forks School District will coordinate and integrate parental involvement strategies under Title I with parental involvement strategies under the following programs: Head Start, Special Education Pre-Screening, Parent Information Center, and local Parent Teacher Organizations. This will be accomplished by publicizing meetings, workshops, presentations by Parent Information Center, mailings to individual Title I parent’s mailings, school newsletters, the SPOTLIGHT news supplement and Parent Information Center newsletters and flyers. Schools will also schedule parent activities during school and after school to encourage parents to be involved in their child’s education.

5. The Grand Forks School District will take the following actions to conduct, with the involvement of parents, an annual survey of the content and effectiveness of its parental involvement policy in improving the quality of its Title I schools. Each school will send home a survey each spring to parents seeking their input and suggestions on the overall Title I program and parent involvement policies.


6. The Grand Forks School District will take the following actions to involve parents in the process of school review and improvement:

§ Involve parents in the review and evaluation of the annual parent survey for effective parental involvement.

§ Involve parents in the discussion at the district annual parent meeting.

§ Involve parents in the discussion at the school parent meetings.

§ Involve parents in the development of the school-parent compact.

§ Involve parents in the development and review of the district parent involvement policy.

§ Involve parents in the discussion at the parent/teacher conferences.

PART III. DISCRETIONARY DISTRICT PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT POLICY COMPONENTS

The Grand Forks School District will also provide parents an opportunity to support their children’s academic achievement by:

· Involving parents in the development of training for teachers, principals, and other educators to improve the effectiveness of that training. (Not applicable)

· Providing necessary literacy training for parents from Title I, Part A funds, if the school district has exhausted all other reasonably available sources of funding for that training. (Not applicable)

· Paying reasonable and necessary expenses for transportation and child care to enable parents to participate in school-related meetings and training sessions.

· Training parents to enhance the involvement of other parents. (Not applicable)

· Scheduling parent teacher conferences each fall and spring and encouraging parents to make arrangements to meet with the teacher if they are unable to attend these conferences.

· Adopting and implementing model approaches to improve parental involvement through the partnership with the Parent Information Center.

· Establishing a district parent advisory council with a representative from each Title I school to provide advice on all matters related to parental involvement in Title I, Part A programs.

· Developing appropriate roles for community-based organizations and businesses, including faith- based organizations, in parental involvement activities offered through the Parent Information Center.

· Providing other reasonable support for parental involvement activities if parents request. PART IV. ADOPTION

This District Parental Involvement Policy has been developed jointly with, and agreed on with, parents of children participating in Title I programs, as evidenced by the attendance list and meeting minutes of the annual meeting.

The District Parental Involvement Policy was reviewed and agreed on with parents of children participating in Title I programs, as evidenced by the attendance list and meeting minutes at a meeting held on October 30, 2018 at the Grand Forks Educational Center.

(Signature of Title I Authorized Representative) 10/30/2018

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(SEE ATTACHED FILE WHICH INCLUDES AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE SIGNATURE)