The Meadows Elementary

Parent Newsletter - Jan 2020

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Testing in Progress

Testing will start promptly at 8:30 am each day starting January 15th - 21st.

Please note: Children need a good night’s rest and need to be on time to school 7:30 am for breakfast. We are taking attendance from 8:00 am-8:10 am.

Lunch: We will serve sack lunches on testing days vs. tray lunches. Additionally, students are allowed to bring bottled water for testing days; however, we are not having snacks or a snack time due to the sack lunches being served at 11:00 a.m. on the testing days for 3rd-5th grades.

Restroom: Restroom breaks will be allowed during testing and students will go individually for restroom breaks.

Things to bring: Have students to bring a book to read and sweaters/jackets with them in case they get cold.

  • Encourage your child to do her best. Encouraging words and a positive attitude about your child’s test performance will go a long way toward calming test jitters.
  • Keep to your regular routine. Experts say that dramatic shifts from a child’s routine can have a negative impact on performance. That’s especially true for younger students who take comfort in regular bedtime rituals and meal routines.
  • Make sure your child is in attendance and on time on test days. Attendance is important every school day, but especially on test days when students get the opportunity to “show what they know.”
  • After the test, let your child know that you appreciate that he did his best. Your encouragement will help your child gain confidence and encourage his or her best work.

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Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support

PBIS is a process that teaches children how to behave appropriately by focusing on teaching, practicing, recognizing and rewarding the expected behavior. Research shows that when behavioral expectations are clearly established and taught in the home, children’s problem behavior is prevented or reduced. In order for PBIS to be successful at The Meadows, we need your help. Below is a list of suggestions of how you can help support PBIS:

  • Remind your child of the Meadows Expectations on a daily basis (before leaving for school is a great time to review these) Ask what does it mean to be ready? What does it mean to be respectful? What does it mean to be responsible?
  • Use the same language that is being used at school with your child. Develop a behavior matrix at home using the Meadows Expectations. List all the routines in your home and then write the behaviors you want to see in that setting. Remember to keep it positive.
  • Ask your student if they received any Darden Bucks each week and how they earned them!
  • Once expectations have been established, establish a reward system. That way your child can be recognized for using the preferred behavior.

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