Astro Message - February

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February Fun

Dear Astro Families,

It is hard to believe that with the blink of our eyes, we are welcoming in the month February. Our students are working hard, playing and making a difference in our world. We are proud of them.

In the month of February, our second language learners will complete ELPA 21 assessments which will test language proficiency in the areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing. Good luck to all our students.

A quick reminder - report cards will be sent home on Thursday, Feb. 7th.

Looking forward to a fabulous month of learning, growing and love. Have a fantastic, fun February!

With warm regards,

Francesca Sinapi

Principal, Ladd Acres Elementary

DREAM big... REACH for the stars...TOGETHER we ACHIEVE success!

February Dates to Remember

February Character Trait: Respectful

2/1 No School, Grade Prep

2/12 Hearing Screening - 1st and 3rd grades

2/15 Family Fun Night

2/18 No School, Presidents' Day

2/20 Izzy Fundraiser from 4-8 pm

2/21 PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m

2/25-3/1 Read Across America Week!

Wear College & Career gear every Wednesday!

Wear ASTRO gear every Friday!

Learning at Home

Getting Ready for State Testing

Tips for Families

It is never too early to start getting your student ready for upcoming state testing. As a reminder, students in grades 3-6 test using the Smarter Balance Assessment (SBA, formerly known as SBAC) and all English Language Learners test using the English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA 21).

There are a number of resources on the HSD State Assessment website that you can be helpful for use at home. Please note that parent letters will be coming home soon with more information.

A good idea to help prepare your student is to access the Standards and Assessment section of the HSD public website and/or your school public websites. The link to that section is under the "For Families" tab. The Assessment section contains detailed information about state tests and includes a very useful Smarter Balanced FAQ for parents.

In the months to come, teachers will begin practicing with students by using the practice tests (now named Sample Tests.) If you have questions, please contact your student's teacher or the front office.

Newsletters from Staff

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Throughout the school year we are learning about the Zones of Regulation. If you hear your student talk about being in the “blue”, “green”, “yellow”, or “red” zone they are sharing their current emotional state and how that relates to their body movements and brain functioning. The Zones of Regulation helps children understand the concept and skill of self regulation. If you find your child taking deep breaths, getting a drink of water, counting to 10 or asking for a break, they might be using one of the tools they’ve learned to help regulate their brain and body! Below is a brief explanation of each zone.

  1. The Red Zone​ is used to describe extremely heightened states of alertness and intense emotions. A person may be elated or experiencing anger or rage.

  2. The Yellow Zone is also used to describe a heightened state of alertness and elevated emotions; however, one has some control when they are in the Yellow Zone. A person may be experiencing stress, frustration, anxiety, excitement, silliness, the wiggles or nervousness.

  3. The Green Zone​ is used to describe a calm state of alertness. A person may be described as happy, focused, content, or ready to learn when in the Green Zone. This is the zone where optimal learning occurs.

  4. The Blue Zone​ is used to describe low states of alertness and down feelings, such as when one feels sad, sick, tired or bored.

Self-regulation is something everyone continually works on, whether we are aware of it or not. We all encounter difficult circumstances that test our limits from time to time. If we are able to recognize when we are becoming less regulated, we are able to do something about it and respond in a way that reflects our best selves. This comes naturally for some, but for others it is a skill that needs to be taught and practiced. This is the goal of The Zones of Regulation.