Stayton Elementary School
November Cheetah News
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Well we are off to a strong start of the school year. Teachers are assessing students preparing to write grades on Friday. I know they are looking forward to meeting with all of you during conferences, the week of November 7th. You should have received communication from your child’s classroom teacher last week letting you know the best way to reserve a conference time. If you have not scheduled a conference time yet, please reach out to your child’s classroom teacher to schedule one. I know teachers look forward to sharing your child’s progress with you.
We are also entering into the colder month where we will be forced to stay inside when it is too wet to go outside. This is the time of the year when sickness tends to begin to rise. We want your child to be at school as many days as possible as each day of learning is incredibly important. It is also important to keep your child home if they are not feeling well enough to attend school. I know this is not always easy as many parents work but it is extremely important to keep from spreading the virus and any other illnesses. Thank you for being a part of our team and making our school safe for student learning.
Kindergarten: The kindergarten team has started using interactive notebooks this month. Each student has their own notebook. They use these notebooks to show what they are learning by organizing and processing the information. An amazing aspect of the interactive notebook is how students can look back at previous pages to remember what they have learned about a topic. It is also fun for teachers and students to look back at the previous pages and see how students have grown in their abilities.
1st Grade: This month, 1st grade classes have continued to practice organization with Nightly Reading Binders, as well as their materials in class. Classes have been introduced to Costa's Level of Questioning by a stoplight model posted in each class. As the year progresses, students will be able to identify on the stoplight what level questions and thinking they are working on.
2nd Grade: We are working hard to set personal goals in reading and writing to grow our knowledge of non-fiction texts and to read and write more and more each day. Students are also engaging in inquiry-based learning during math lessons by asking and answering deeper-level questions and reflecting regularly on their learning.
3rd Grade: This month in third grade will be focusing on recognizing all the elements of WICOR in our lessons with a specific focus on collaboration. We are working on having effectives discussions and being supportive partners.
RULER (Recognize, Understand, Label, Express, Regulate)
RULER is an evidence-based approach to social and emotional learning (SEL) that we have started to implement here at Stayton Elementary. It is designed to help students recognize the emotions they are feeling. To understand that we all feel lots of emotions. To teach students to identify where their emotions fall on our mood meter and how to shift from an undesired emotion to a desired one.
Below is the mood meter we use for our K-1 students with emojis that represent different emotions and where they fall on our mood meter. The red and yellow zones represent emotions with a lot of energy. The blue and green zones represent emotions with low energy. The red and blue zones represent emotions that are less pleasant to feel and the yellow and green zones are emotions that are pleasant to feel. I am also going to include a copy of the mood meter we use for 2nd and 3rd grades. The zones mean the same as the K-1 mood meter it just has more words in each zone and not pictures.
This is not only a great tool to use here at school but works anywhere. I would encourage you to have conversations with your child around the mood meter.
Reminder About Absences
As per our District Parent Handbook -
Excused Absences: Absences that are considered excused include the following:
1. Sickness (physical or mental), injury, or hospitalization of a student
2. Medical or dental appointments (verification of appointments may be required).
3. Serious illness or hospitalization of an immediate family member.
4. Field trips and school sponsored activities;
5. Military-parent call to duty, leave from, or deployment to a combat zone or support post.
6. Planned religious instruction or observance of “legally” established religious holidays.
7. Other activities or absences that have prior approval or acknowledgement of the administrative office including: fully executed planned absences, required lice treatment, etc.
Unexcused Absences: All other absences are considered unexcused. Parent notification to the school should not be confused with a parent excusing an absence. Only the reasons listed above can be accepted by school staff as cause to excuse an absence, according to the Oregon Dept of Education.
Grandparents Luncheon is Nov. 3rd
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
IMPORTANT DATES FOR NOVEMBER
4th - NO SCHOOL - Grading Day
7th - Butterbraid and Pepperoni Fundraiser Begins
7th - Conferences - 2:30pm - 7:30pm
8th - Picture Retake Day
8th - Conferences - 2:30pm - 7:30pm
9th - Early Release - 11:30am
9th - Conferences - 12:00pm - 3:30pm
10th - NO SCHOOL
11th - NO SCHOOL
17th - NSSD School Board Meeting - 6:00pm
23rd-27th - NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break
28th - Fundraiser Ends
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