Ed Clapp Elementary

EXPLORER BULLETIN - May 2019

The mission of Ed Clapp Elementary School

Achieving excellence by educating and empowering all students to succeed.

Upcoming Events

May 8: 3rd Grade Downtown Walk

May 9: 5th Grade Puberty talks

May 10: Kindergarten to the Zoo

May 13: PTA Meeting

May 17: Chalkapalooza

May 20-21: Dental Services at Ed Clapp

May 21: 4th & 5th Grade Tom Gibson Presentation

May 27: NO SCHOOL - MEMORIAL DAY

May 30: LAST DAY OF SCHOOL

Enrichment Summer School

The Fargo Public Schools Elementary Enrichment program offers a wide variety of classes for children who have completed grades 2-5. The summer enrichment courses are intended to strengthen students’ self-esteem, learn new abilities, and encourage lifelong learning through creative and enriching activities. You can register online for courses by clinking the following link: www.fargo.k12.nd.us/SSElementaryRegistration


JUNE 10 to JUNE 28

8:00 am – 10:00 am

10:00 am – 12:00 pm


All Classes held at: Bennett Elementary School- 2000 58th Ave. South Fargo, ND 58104

Transitions Summer School

Transitions Summer School is a teacher referred program. It is designed to provide additional support for students, in the area of math and/or reading, who are in need of extra instruction for them to be successful for the upcoming school year. Registration forms are due by April 15th. Parents will receive a confirmation letter from the Transitions office by June 10th, informing you of your child's placement.


DATES: July 8th-26th (Monday-Friday)

TIMES: 8:00 AM -12:00 PM

WHERE: Elementary Buildings


Attendance Policy: Students enrolled in the "Transitions" Summer School Program are expected to be in attendance a minimum of 13 days of the 15 class days scheduled. Students who are absent are expected to make up the work they missed during their absence.


Please contact Rebecca Folden, Summer School Director, at 446-4404 with any questions.

Incoming 5th Grade Carl Ben Eielson Middle School Students

Dear CBEMS Incoming Sixth Grade Students & Parents:

Carl Ben Eielson Middle School will be hosting a Welcome Program for all incoming sixth grade students and their parents/guardians. Students and parents/guardians will receive an overview of a typical day in the life of a sixth grader at CBEMS. The meeting will be held in our CBEMS Hangar, followed by a tour of the team centers. At the end of the program you will have an opportunity to ask questions.

Listed below are the dates and times that are assigned for your elementary school to attend the program. Enter the school via the main entrance and walk directly into our Hangar area.

Monday, May 6, 2019 @ 5:30 p.m.

Clara Barton

Ed Clapp

Lincoln

Monday, May 6, 2019 @ 7:30 p.m.

Jefferson

Lewis & Clark

Eagles

Kennedy

If you are unable to attend at your scheduled time, please feel free to attend the other session.

Summer Reading Program

Greetings!

As the snow continues to melt, our thoughts turn to summer! This year, with the support of funding from the SRCL grant, 3 FPS libraries will pilot a summer reading program aimed at engaging parents with literacy activities, providing reading materials for home, and mitigating the “summer slide” our students experience. While we are only able to provide programming at 3 schools, students at all schools benefitting from SRCL Grant funding are invited to attend. We have chosen a north (Madison), central (Jefferson), and south (Eagles) school to host the events in order to maximize the potential for student attendance.

Programming will include read aloud time, a literacy activity, parent engagement materials, library checkout for all family members (pre-school siblings are welcome to attend), and books for the children to take home and keep for summer reading after library services conclude.

We are asking principals and librarians to help us with a few thing to help ensure summer programming is a success.

  1. Help promote the program within your building. We have created a promotional flyer with the relevant details. Please publicize in your school newsletters and any other communication avenues you have found effective with your families. If you wish to send print copies home with students, please let me know how many you need and I will have them sent to your school.
  2. Please inform summer school library staff that students participating in both summer school and summer reading program may have more than the usual number of library books on their account. We are still pondering some work arounds for this, but it may just be that we play fast and loose with the book checkout rules this summer and evaluate what impact this has on individual libraries going forward (My name is Amy, but my friends call me Rebel). I will keep you informed of any updates on this topic.
  3. Please contact me if you have any additional questions or concerns.

Happy Reading!

Amy

Amy Soma

Instructional Resources & Library Coordinator

Fargo Public Schools

701-446-1062

somaa@fargo.k12.nd.us

Orchestra

Is your child interested in learning how to play violin, viola, cello or bass?

Fargo Public Schools offers the opportunity for your son/daughter to begin orchestra in 5th grade! We are very fortunate that members of this community strongly support the string program; involvement in orchestra continues to flourish in this area.

Rental nights begin this spring so that students can get set up with an instrument and supplies for the upcoming fall. Please attend one of the three following rental night dates:

Thursday, May 16th at Carl Ben Eielson; 1601 13th Avenue South

Tuesday, May 21nd at Ben Franklin; 1420 8th Street South

Thursday, May 23th at Discovery; 1717 40th Avenue South

For each of these nights, the event will take place from 5:00-7:00 pm, which includes two parent information sessions and rental instrument fitting. Plan to spend a total of about one hour at the event.

Parent information sessions:

If possible, attend one of the two offered sessions either 5:00-5:30 pm or 6:00-6:30 pm. During this half hour, you and your child will learn more about the orchestra schedule, instrument care, instrument rental options and answer any questions.

Rental Instrument Fitting:

This occurs during the entire two hours of the event. All three music stores from the area (Christian Eggert Violins, Eckroth Music and Schmitt Music) each set up a display where you can take care of instrument rental and purchase supplies. The instruments and supplies are dropped off to each elementary school by the first day of orchestra in the fall.

If you cannot attend any of the rental nights, you may also go directly to the store to take care of the rental and supplies.

Additional information about rental costs, scheduling, concerts, etc. are listed on the back. We understand that you may still have questions so please email or call at any time.

We hope you consider taking advantage of this once in a lifetime opportunity and we look forward to meeting with you!

Sincerely,

Kathryn Cooper Kathleen Thomas Mary Osterlcooperk@farbcv

cooperk@fargo.k12.nd.us thomask2@fargo.k12.nd.us osterlm@fargo.k12.nd.us

Clara Barton, Jefferson, Eagles, Ed Clapp, Madison, Bennett, Centennial, Kennedy,

Lewis & Clark, Longfellow, McKinley, Roosevelt Lincoln

Washington

Rental:

The monthly rental cost for violins, violas and cellos vary from store to store. We recommend that you shop around and find the best rental program that works for you.

School Rentals:

Basses are rented through the school. There are also limited violins, violas and cellos to rent through the school if there is a financial need. School rentals cost $45 per semester ($90 for the entire year). Please communicate with your orchestra teacher if you have any concerns with payment. We want all students to have the opportunity to learn a stringed instrument!

We encourage you to attend one of the rental nights even if you rent through the school. There will be a table set up specifically for school rentals and the informational sessions will be beneficial to you and your child.

Supplies:

You will also be asked to purchase supplies. Again, the cost for these supplies will vary from store to store. There are limited supplies that can be borrowed through the school at no cost.

Orchestra Schedule:

Orchestra will begin the first full week of the 2019-2020 school year. Students will be taken out of music class one day a week. Starting the first week of October, we will also begin early morning orchestra to rehearse as a full group. Early morning rehearsals will be once a week, before school (7:30-8:10 am). A concrete schedule will be given out at the start of the school year.

Concerts:

There will be winter and spring concerts performed with other music groups from that school (Choir, Chimes, etc.). In addition, there will be a combined concert with orchestra students from other schools. Also, some schools perform for Art Night.

Purchasing:

Never buy an instrument off the Internet or from general merchandise stores. These instruments are not made to string makers’ specifications and usually are sub-quality in sound and mechanics. There is nothing more defeating for a beginner student than to play on an instrument that doesn’t “speak” well.