October 2016 Parent Newsletter
Coming Soon! Maker Space for Lewis Elementary!
A "maker space" is any space or area where students think, study, plan, create, and problem solve. They work with materials in unique ways to solve problems, design solutions to challenges, and develop skills that will help them in all areas of life.
Students will use recyclables, construction sets, and computers in a variety of activities that will require them to work together and show creativity in thinking. They get to explore with some new technology and some everyday items. We can't wait to get them started.
Our target "opening day" is Oct. 20...so stay tuned for lots of pictures and videos as students begin to experience the maker space.
Title I Reading Planning for a Busy Month
They are planning for our reading intervention groups which will pick up in October; small groups instructing specific skills that students need in order to progress in reading.
Two family involvement nights are coming up in October. Pre K-2nd grade family literacy night is Oct. 6 and the 3rd-5th grade event is set for Oct. 18. Both are game-themed with lots of fun activities to help students and parents learn great ways to strengthen skills and enjoy reading. Each event will have activities tailored for that specific age group, led by the classroom teachers. We will have a light supper for everyone and it is all completely FREE! Please plan to attend!
Backsnack Helpers Needed
Parents And Lewis Supporters
Sept. 27 was McTeacher Night at McDonald's. Families and teachers enjoyed time together at McDonald's and earned 20% of the sales from 4pm-8pm...a net of nearly $500!
Oct. 14 is Homecoming and PALS parents are securing a truck and trailer for a Lewis PALS float in the parade.
Oct. 24-28 they will sell Boo Grams as a fundraiser
PALS Passes are still available. $10 gets you a coupon card for some local businesses, and the money earned helps support classroom holiday parties and field trip bussing.
This summer I attended a Conscious Discipline training and have been excited to start using what I learned with students. Conscious Discipline is an evidence-based approach of teaching kids about social-emotional learning and self-regulation. This month Lewis students got to practice different breathing techniques: the star, drain, pretzel and balloon. We learned that breathing is a way to help regulate our bodies and calm ourselves. Students also learned about Safekeepers. Safekeepers are every adult in our building and our job is to keep students safe and the student's’ job is to help keep it safe. We also practiced a wish well where students had a moment to send love and positive thoughts to family, friends, pets or others they cared for or worried about. Our hope is that by practicing Conscious Discipline techniques we will help develop our School Family, while helping students self-regulate when they are having a difficult time. To find more information about Conscious Discipline, please visit www.consciousdiscipline.com.
Important Dates to Remember
Oct. 4 5th Grade Music Program 6:30pm
Oct. 6 PreK-2nd Grade Family Literacy Night 5:30-7:00pm
Oct. 7 Cookie Dough Fundraiser Kick-Off
Oct. 10-14 Homecoming Spirit Week
Tuesday-Favorite Sports Team
Wednesday-Grade Level Color (PreK/K red, 1st orange, 2nd yellow, 3rd green, 4th blue, 5th purple)
Friday-Black and Gold Day
Oct. 13 4th Grade trip to KC Symphony
Oct. 14 Homecoming, 1:35 student release, 3:00 parade, 7:00 football
Oct. 18 3rd-5th Family Literacy Night 5:30-7:00pm
Oct. 18 Fundraiser orders due
Oct. 20 5th Grade Field trip to Blue Springs School of Economics
Oct. 25 1st Q Report Cards sent home
Oct. 26 Pizza with the Principals (Students of the Month)
Oct. 26 Character Kid Club (Classroom Character Kids)
Oct. 27 1st Grade Field trip to Faulkner Ranch
Oct. 28 PBS Assembly
Oct. 28 Fall Parties 2:30-3:30pm
Mid Continent Public Library Programs for Kids - October
October 11, 2016, Tuesday at 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Book discussions are a great way to meet other kids just like you! We’ll chat about great books and share ideas for other great reads with each other. Each discussion will be different, but you’re sure to meet some new friends.
(For children) Registration is required.
October 20, 2016, Thursday at 6:00 PM – 6:45 PM
Rumor has it that The Elms Hotel and Spa in Excelsior Springs is haunted. Uncover the truth as the hotel's own paranormal tour guide shares stories of past guests and employees, including his own ghostly encounters.
(Ages 10 and up) Registration is required.
October 22, 2016, Saturday at 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM
Discover how some creatures not only survive freezing temperatures, but love the frigid weather. Join the Kansas City Zoo for an exploration of these chilly creatures, and get the chance to meet one or two of them.
(Ages 3 and up) Registration is required.
October 29, 2016, Saturday at 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
It's a fantastic non-scary Halloween spooktacular, featuring Pumpkin Man, the invisible couple, spooky scary skeletons, martians, and a few ghosts in a cabaret show full of trick marionettes that are a sure treat.
(All ages) Registration is required.
Kindergarten Community Helpers/Emergency Transportation
Kindergarten students learned about the police and fire vehicles up close!
5th Grade Takes Virtual Field Trips
5th grade students traveled to Wyoming and Yellowstone national Park in September...virtually! They scheduled a Skype session with a museum docent and a park ranger who gave them a look inside the museums and told them interesting facts about the ecosystems in that region of the U.S.
October Character Trait
Integrity means to "do the right thing...even when no one is looking!"