Albion Elementary Family Newsletter

October 2016

Happy to Be Here!

As the new principal at Albion Elementary, I feel fortunate to be in a position to lead and influence the school that your children attend. This is my 13th year in education. Before I became the principal at Albion Elementary I taught second and fourth grade and was an after school program and summer school administrator at West Noble Elementary. For the last three years, I have been an assistant principal at Central Noble Jr/Sr High School. I have had the pleasure of meeting many of you at our open house night, Science Central Family Fun Fest, or just coming in to pick up your children. My goal is for students to be safe, happy to come to school, and to learn and grow in order to better themselves for a positive future. I welcome and encourage you to contact me when you are in the building or if you ever want to know more information about our school. Our school contact information and my email address can be found at the bottom of this newsletter. I hope to see all of you at our upcoming parent/teacher conferences!


Jeff Harper

A Great New Beginning!

Happy fall, Albion Elementary Families and Friends! Our new and improved registration process has been brought closer to completion, allowing me to have access to most of our family email addresses. The school year is moving right along and we are making a lot of changes to benefit our students. Our lunch and recess schedule has allowed students more time to eat and socialize with their peers, the WOW walking program is encouraging exercise at recess, and our Character Counts program is about to begin with a focus on trustworthiness for the next month.

Family Survey

Please take the family survey by clicking the link below. This survey will allow us to see what we can improve in order to become the best family friendly school that we can be!

Important School Dates

October 5 Character Counts assembly. Students are encouraged to wear blue to school for the first pillar of focus: Trustworthiness

October 7 3rd grade field trip to Amish Acres

October 9-15 Fire Prevention Week

October 12 Fire Safety presentation for grades K, 2, and 4

October 12 End of quarter 1 grading period

October 14 Picture retakes

October 16-22 America’s Safe Schools Week3

October 17-20 Book Fair

October 19-20 Parent/teacher conferences. Oct. 19 from 3:00 to 7:00 and Oct. 20 from 12:00-7:00. Report cards issued at parent/teacher conferences

October 20 Great Indiana Shakeout Earthquake Drill

October 24 5TH grade fall music concert 6:00 pm in the CN Jr/Sr High Auditorium

November 4 Grandparents Day (more information will be sent home by teachers)

November 14-18 3rd grade swimming at YMCA

December 5 Kindergarten music program 6:00 pm in the CN Jr/Sr High Auditorium

March 19-25 Severe Weather Preparedness Week

March 21 Statewide tornado drill

May 8-12 Fourth grade swimming at YMCA


We are currently in the process of preparing our student iPads for distribution. There will be information sent home to families and meetings will be offered to discuss the technology that your students will be using in the classroom and at home. iPads will not be sent home until our teachers have had enough time to conduct many digital citizenship lessons about proper use and care of iPads and technology.

Pumpkin Parade!

Please keep your eyes open for a half sheet of paper explaining our first Pumpkin Parade (which really just means pumpkins on display for the kids to enjoy). Kids can decorate a pumpkin and send it to school for display (no carving, please). More information will be coming home with your student this week. Here are quick details: Pumpkins can be brought in beginning October 10 and will be taken to the cafeteria on October 14 to be displayed the following week. All pumpkins need to be picked up during parent/teacher conferences. Any unclaimed pumpkins after parent/teacher conferences will be disposed of.

LLI Open House

If your child receives LLI program services from Title I staff, there is an open house for this on October 10th from 5 to 6 p.m. in room 201. You should have received information in the mail if your child is part of the Title I services offered in the school.

A Message from Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site

Each year Gene Stratton-Porter puts on our family friendly and educational Halloween event called Owl-Oween. This year it takes place on Oct. 14 & 15 from 5:30-8:30 each night. This is one of the few non-terrifying/scary Halloween events in the area. Families have the chance to travel from station to station on the property learning about the insects, mammals and owls that call Noble County home. Soarin’ Hawk Raptor Rehab brings live owls so families can get an up close look at Great Horned, Screech and Barred owls, all while learning about their role in the natural world. Of course we encourage them to wear costumes and no Halloween event is complete without treats! This event is open to the community and is just $4 per person. The Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site is located at 1205 Pleasant Point, Rome City, Indiana 46784.