Summit Park News

November 2014

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Message from the Principal

November is the month when all activities focus on and celebrate education and student progress – report cards, parent conferences, and American Education Week all occur during this month. Please plan to visit our classrooms from Monday, November 17 until Friday, November 21. Please use the schedule in this newsletter for visitation information. If you are not able to attend on your assigned day, you are welcome to visit on a different day.


Elementary Conference Day is on Friday, November 14, which means no school for students to allow teachers and parents an opportunity to discuss progress. You will receive your child’s report card (grades 2 - 5) on November 13, prior to Conference Day. If you are not able to meet your child’s teacher, we encourage you to arrange a phone conference. Additional tips for a successful parent-teacher conference are included in this newsletter.


Visitation Days for American Education Week:

Monday, November 17 : Kindergarten, Grade 2, and Intermediate FALS (Mrs. Schneider)

Tuesday, November 18: Grades 1 & 4

Wednesday, November 19: Grade 5 & ECLS 3’s and 4’s (Mrs. Kaplan)

Thursday, November 20: Grade 3 and Primary FALS (Mrs. Keith)

Report Card Information

You will notice changes to the report cards this year! Grade-level report cards have been updated to align with Maryland College and Career Ready Standards and are designed to communicate what students know and can do each quarter and in each grade. In order to ensure the report cards align with grade-level expectations, achievement in art, vocal music, physical education, and library media have also been added to the report cards for Grades 1 and 2. Exploratory and Instrumental grades were added in Grades 4 and 5. As a reminder, grade 1 students do not receive a report card for the first marking period. Kindergarten students receive a Progress Report.


Please check out the link below for more information about our revised elementary report cards:

http://www.bcps.org/parents/ReportCard/default.html

Parent Conference Day

Elementary Conference Day is Friday, November 14th. In order to promote effective communication, it is best to prepare for the conference. Here are some helpful tips to gain the most information out of a parent-teacher conference.

Ø Talk to your child. Ask him/her about questions that he/she may want you to discuss with the teacher. Also ask his/her feelings about school and learning.

Ø Gather student work. Keep a folder of items which could include: samples of tests, homework, and class work. It could also include progress reports.

Ø Think about what you can share with the teacher. Consider sharing your child’s learning style and interests.

Ø Prepare questions to ask during the conference. The topics may include: your child’s strengths and needs, procedures for grading, classroom performance, support that you can provide at home, goals for improvement, and services available in the school or community that would benefit your child.

Remember, the goal of the conference is for you to gain information that will help you and your child to create a plan that will increase achievement. Also, do not forget to follow up with the teacher and check on your child’s progress.

Summit Park Elementary recognizes the importance of a strong, positive home-school connection.

Vocal Music Concert

The fifth grade classes will be performing in the fall music concert on Tuesday, November 18 at 6:30 P.M. in the school cafeteria. The performers have been working hard and are excited to appear before an audience. To encourage continuity, please have your child wear a white top and dark slacks/skirt, socks, and shoes. No jeans, sweats, or running pants, please. All students should arrive at school at 6:15 P.M. dressed and ready to perform and report to their homerooms. Please feel free to contact me at the school if you have any questions or concerns at (410) 887-1210 or jskidmore@bcps.org We are looking forward to seeing you on November 18th.

Last Call for Magnet School Applications

If you are applying to a magnet program for next year, don’t forget ALL magnet school applications MUST be received in the Office of Magnet Programs or post-marked by NOVEMBER 25, 2014, in order to be considered. Don’t be late. Certified Mail is recommended. Applications that are postmarked after the deadline will not be considered. If you need more information about the magnet application process, please see Mrs. Marks.

Scholastic Book Fair

Surrounding children with books in libraries, classrooms, and at home positively affects reading interest and achievement. Summit Park’s Book Fair opens on Monday, November 17 and runs through November 21. Every child will have a chance to go to the book fair to purchase books. Family Night is Tuesday, November 18, 5:30 – 8:00 P.M. The class visiting schedule is forthcoming.

2014-2015 Yearbooks

Yearbooks will be on sale soon! Be on the lookout for a communication email with details, as this year online ordering will be an option. The price will go up as the school year goes on so take advantage of early purchasing! Don't miss out on your chance to get a 2014-2015 yearbook!

Library Gift Fund

In honor of their birthdays during the month of October the following students donated books to our library. We appreciate their donations and the books are available for all students to enjoy. We send happy birthday wishes and special thanks to: Inga A., Amit B-Z., Rippen B., Jeffrey C., Nicholas F., Abigel G., Aleeza G., Jacob H., Benjamin L., Vinay M., Josh S., Nala S., and Sasha V.

PTA News

Summit Park PTA will be holding a fundraiser at the shops and restaurants at Quarry Lake all day on Tuesday, November 11, 2014. Dine and shop at the stores and restaurants listed below, mention Summit Park PTA, and a percentage of sales will be donated to the PTA.

The following stores/restaurants are participating:

Amuse

California Tortilla

Jasmine Asian Bistro

J&P Illiano's Restaurant

Pizza Blitz

Quarry Bagel & Cafe

Quarry Wine & Spirits

Zyzyx/Peace Love Shop

"Kids Helping Hopkins" Build-a-Bear Weekend

Summit Park Elementary will join forces with several other Baltimore County elementary schools for “Kids Helping Hopkins” Build a Bear Weekend on Saturday, November 8 and Sunday, November 9 from 11 A.M. – 4 P.M. each day at Towson Town Mall. There is a donation of a bear (costs range from $12 and up) to participate. Teachers, staff, students, and their families, as well as local community members are invited to come to the store any time at their leisure over the two days, in order to build teddy bears for sick children. All bears created will be donated to The Johns Hopkins Children’s Center on behalf of the schools involved. We are expecting a positive turn-out and are hoping to build over 200 teddy bears! Teachers will be on hand all day to help, and all of the bears will be delivered to the Child Life Department of The Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.

American Education Week

We look forward to welcoming many parents during American Education Week which will be celebrated November 17 – 21. Again this year we have designated a specific date for each grade to be visited, however you are welcome anytime. We will not be able to accommodate parents and grandparents eating lunch with their child due to lack of space. Each class will be sending home an invitation that will indicate their class schedule as well as specific times for visitation.

Nurse's News

Happy Fall! This is the time of year for flu vaccines and good hand washing! Please remind your children to make sure that they use good hand washing several times throughout the day. Our first grade students learned about germs and why it is important to frequently wash our hands. Hopefully, they came home and demonstrated their skills. Please remember to send in a change of clothes for your child, especially the younger students. Accidents happen, and it is helpful to have changes of clothes in the lockers. If anyone would like to donate any boys’ underwear and pants, I could use some for my back closet in all sizes. Lastly, I found a new type of medic alert bracelet that comes in bright, fun colors and hides a code that links to an individual’s online profile. This helps first responders give rapid and appropriate care. If interested, the website is endevr.com.


Pediculosis or head lice is a common occurrence in elementary school children. Children do not get this seasonally but at any time during the school year, usually by having head to head contact. BCPS does have a specific protocol in managing head lice. Students who are found to have live lice in their hair are excluded from school until they are treated and free of live lice. Students may remain in school with nits (yellowish, white eggs) as long as there are no live lice and the nits are not increasing in number. Please check your child periodically throughout the year. Look for itching, red marks and lines at the base of the neck and behind the ears. Nits are tiny, white, oval and sticky. They are found on the hair shaft and need to be pulled off with a fingernail or lice comb. Live lice are small, black bugs with wings. They do not jump or fly. Meticulous care is needed to get rid of lice. This includes treatment and continuous combing and removing the nits on a daily basis. It may take up to a month for the student to be free of lice. If you have any questions, I am happy to review the policy and the treatments with you. If your child has lice, please call or email me at jvarhaftik@bcps.org so that I may review the necessary steps needed to eliminate it.

Counselor's Corner

As part of our Character Education program, students have the opportunity to fill one another’s bucket. Bucket filling is an easy to learn concept: Everyone carries around an invisible bucket that holds our good thoughts and feelings. When our buckets are full, we feel happy and when our buckets are empty, we feel sad.

Children quickly understand that they can fill buckets when they demonstrate certain behaviors such as being responsible, respectful, honest, caring, etc. For the month of October, we focused on being responsible and students had the opportunity to earn “Responsibility Tickets” for showing responsible acts like helping a student in need or cleaning up a mess in the cafeteria that was not theirs. When you visit Summit Park during American Education Week, please check out our big bucket in the lobby with the many “Responsibility Tickets” earned by our students.

As we continue to weave Character Education and Bucket filling, our focus in November will be Honesty.

Parent Information from Our Speech and Language Pathologists

Is E-Reading to Your Toddler Story Time, or Simply Screen Time? This article appeared in the New York Times on October 12, 2004 and may be of interest to you. Click on the site to read the article.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/12/us/is-e-reading-to-your-toddler-story-time-or-simply-screen-time.html?_r=0

IMPORTANT DATES

Monday, November 3

Professional Development Day – Summit Park closes at 12:25 P.M.


Tuesday, November 4

Election Day- Schools Closed


Thursday, November 6

Kindergarten Trip to Chapel Hill Farm

9:30 A.M. – 1:30 P.M.


Friday, November 7

Kindergarten Assembly – Buster the Bus


Saturday, November 8th- Sunday, November 9th

“Kids Helping Hopkins” Build a Bear Weekend at Towson Town Mall

11 A.M. – 4 P.M. each day

*More information is available in this newsletter.


Tuesday, November 11

Summit Park Fundraiser at Quarry Lake- All Day

*More information is available in this newsletter


Wednesday, November 12

Pikesville Middle School Open House—6:30 P.M.—8:00 P.M.


Thursday, November 13

Picture Re-Take Day

PreK Conference Day—No A.M. or P.M. (3 or 4 year old) Classes

Report Cards Sent Home


Friday, November 14

Elementary Conference Day—Schools Closed for Students


Monday, November 17—Friday, November 21

American Education Week and Scholastic Book Fair


Monday, November 17

Kindergarten, Grade 2, and Intermediate FALS (Mrs. Schneider) Visitation Day


Tuesday, November 18

Grades 1 & 4 Visitation Day

Fifth Grade Vocal Music Concert— 6:30 P.M.

Scholastic Book Fair Family Night – 5:30 – 8:00 P.M.


Wednesday, November 19

Grade 5 and ECLS 3’s and 4’s (Mrs. Kaplan) Visitation Day


Thursday, November 20

Grade 3 and Primary FALS (Ms. Keith) Visitation Day


Thursday, November 27 & Friday, November 28

Thanksgiving Holiday—Schools Closed