Liberty Drive Newsletter

April 2021

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Administrator's Message:

It is so hard to believe that after Spring Break we only have 8 weeks left of school! It is going to be an extremely busy two months as we finish learning this year's standards and review for the EOG's. Please continue to make sure your child is at school daily (or online if TRAIL).

We want to also make you aware of several changes that will begin after the break:

Attendance Change-

  • Beginning April 12th, students not assigned to TRAIL will be counted absent if they are not on-site each day Monday-Thursday
  • Friday's will continue to be a remote day for all students

Arrival Change-

Beginning April 12th, the daily screening form will be changed: families will be asked to complete one the week of April 12th that will cover students moving forward (unless there is a change to the answers to questions). The new screening form is attached at the end of this newsletter.

Ms. Tallant and Mr. Hewitt

Help us celebrate Mr. Hewitt. . . April 6th-9th is National Assistant Principal Week.

We are so lucky to have one of the best!

Teacher Spotlight

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Virtual Math Family Night was a BLAST!

Thank you to all the families who joined us for Math Fun Night and completed the Math Mania Family Challenge!

If you were unable to attend, click here for the presentation.

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Please mark your calendars!

April 1st - Remote learning day for all students

April 2nd - No School

April 5th - 9th - Spring Break

April 12-23 NC Check-ins

April 26th - Progress Reports

April 29th - Virtual ELA Family Fun Night (6:00 pm)

May 8th- Testing Support Family Meeting (10:00 am)

May 17-28 EOG testing window

May 31st- No School Memorial Day

June 3rd- Last day of school (early release)

June 7th- Report Cards will be available

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Student Attendance

We are in the final nine weeks of school and attendance is critical for student success. Please make sure your child is at school daily and keeping up with their assignments!
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Why Math Fluency?

So what’s the big deal with math facts? Why in today’s day and age – with calculators and computers – do our kids really need to rote learn their basic addition, subtraction, multiplication and division? Isn’t this just ‘old school’? There are many important reasons why students still need to learn their basic facts. The following will provide you with information you can use to support the development of these vital skills with your child. Research has shown that long-term success in mathematics is closely tied to strong number sense, including fluency with basic facts. The sooner your child becomes fluent with her or his facts, the better!

How can you help your child become fluent?

  • Support their instruction by ensuring your child practices their facts regularly.
  • Build on what they already know Your child does not need to memorize hundreds of facts! If he/she knows 3 + 4, then he also knows 4 + 3. If he knows 3 x 4, then he also knows 4 x 3. Talk with your child about the relationship between facts.
  • Provide the supplies needed for your child to practice saying and writing facts. Paper and pencils, chalk, wipe-off boards, or even electronic devices can all be used for your child to practice writing their facts. Writing them repeatedly is just a start. It is important that they say each fact they write our loud for it to become automatic.
  • Put facts in a visible place. Post a fact of the week on your refrigerator. Find times during the day to ask your child that fact. Challenge your child by sometimes asking: What fact is on the refrigerator this week?
  • Practice facts as you do everyday things. Help your child to see math facts in the world around them. "There are 4 things in our grocery basket. We need to buy 3 more things. How many things do we need to buy?"
  • Make flash cards. Buy a set of flash cards at a dollar store, or use index cards or sticky notes to review facts and identify the ones that need additional work. Make a separate pile of the facts your child cannot recall and work with them to devise strategies to remember those facts.
  • Play games! There are many games that are age/grade appropriate for your child that involve numbers. Card games and dice games are excellent ways for students to practice number facts.

With your help, your child will learn their facts and be able to soar through acquiring important math skills throughout their school years!

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Final COVID Daily Screening Form

Send this form to school with your child on April 12th. You will not need to complete another one, but please let us know if any of the answers to the questions change.

Click here for the link to the form