Ms. Schmidt's Classroom News

May 2, 2016

Busy Month

May is a super-busy month! We have a lot going on! This week's newsletter is long, please read the whole thing, as there is a lot of information! Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns!

Celebrating El Dia de los Ninos

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Substitute - May 5 & May 6

I will be away from school Thursday, May 5 - Friday, May 6. Please send a note or call the office for all transportation changes. I will not be able to check my email until I return Sunday. If you have an issue that comes up that needs to immediately be addressed, please contact the office.

Please encourage your child to be on their best behavior!


We will begin our end of year reading assessments this Wednesday. Please encourage your child to work hard and do their best work.

I will send a report home when I complete all student assessments.

No Homework

We will have no homework this week or next week. I'm giving students a break because we've entered the testing season and this can sometimes be overwhelming for students. They are all working so hard in class, please allow them the opportunity to play and relax outside of school.

Bike and Walk to School

Wednesday is National Walk & Bike to School Day! This is a day to promote fun, healthier habits, safety & builds on our already wonderful Cougar Community! Staff and Concord Police will meet at the Boys & Girls Club at 7:20AM and walk to School. The path of our route starts at the Boys & Girls Club and follows straight down Spring Street (which is about .6 of a mile). Parents have permission to park at the Boys & Girls Club to join in. If you are normally a car rider or live close by, we hope you will! It should be fun!

Spring Pictures

Spring Pictures are in and will be sent home tomorrow! The students all look ADORABLE!

Choose which sheet you wish to purchase (if any) & submit payment in the envelope enclosed. Please return payment or portraits to School by Monday, May 16. If you do not buy the photos, you must return them to school.

Volunteer Breakfast

If you've volunteered at our school this year, we'd like to invite you to the CWES Volunteer Breakfast. It will be held tomorrow morning (Tuesday, May 3) from 7:30-8:30 in the cafeteria. Thanks for all that you do to support our classroom and school!

Exciting News for Our School

Coltrane-Webb STEM Elementary School has been deemed a North Carolina STEM School of Distinction at the Model Level! This is the State’s highest rating for STEM Schools!

To receive this honor, the programs completed an arduous application process outlining its STEM teaching and learning practices. Eighteen schools applied for the designation; only eight were selected for site visits. During the site visits, judges toured classrooms, reviewed student work and participated in panel discussions of Students, Parents and Business Partners. Judges walked away impressed with the rigor and talent within our program.

Our program will be recognized on June 2nd in Raleigh. We're all very excited to have received such a distinction and quite proud of our students and teachers!


Many of our class headphones have broken or disappeared. Please consider purchasing a pair for your child to use through the end of the school year. Thank you!

What are we learning?


  • Review - Fractions, telling time, fact families
  • We will be spending the next few weeks reviewing skills that we have not yet mastered.


  • Answering questions about text we're reading
  • Preparing for end of year reading assessment


  • Writing Realistic Fiction - we have created two characters and will be writing a series of short stories about these characters.

Science & Social Studies

  • Soil properties

Important Dates

May 4 - National Bike and Walk to School Day

May 5 - Progress Reports

May 6 - Chorus sings at Kannapolis Intimidators game

May 10 - PTCO Meeting

May 11 - Papa Johns Night

May 13 - Parents' Night Out

May 19 - Student of the Month Celebration

May 26 - Skate Night

May 27 - Uniform Free Day

May 30 - No School/Memorial Day

June 2 - Field Day - More information coming soon!

June 3 - 1st Grade Class Party - More information coming soon!

June 7 - 5th Grade Graduation - More information coming soon!

June 8 - LAST Day of 1st Grade! Early Dismissal!

Illness and Absences

Illness - if your child has a fever, they must be fever-free for 24 hours before they return to school. Please keep your child home if they have a fever or are throwing up. If you're unsure and have any questions, please contact our school nurse, Wendy Rice.

Absences - If your child is absent, we must have a written note or email stating the reason. We cannot mark an absence excused based on a phone call. Please always write a note.

Click on the links below to access resources to support your child's education at home.