## September 29, 2022

Dear Parents,

Fall is finally here! I hope you're enjoying the lovely cool temperatures each morning.

Coffee with the Principals was a wonderful event last week! It was an insightful meeting, and it was great to get to know parents better. We look forward to our next one in October.

Teachers have been developing their goals for this year, and I am reminded on how blessed I am to be working with these amazing professionals. I am inspired and humbled. Their goals include things like vocabulary development for students, differentiation, effective instructional strategies, and many more.

Learning Objectives

This week was packed with learning and growing. Starting today, I will be giving you a look into academic focus for the week. Of course, I can't cover everything, but I hope this will give you an idea of what your students have been working on.

Math - Kinder is working on counting up to and down from 20. Middle grades are learning to order whole numbers and decimals. Upper grades are working on solving products of decimals and quotients of whole numbers.

Reading/LA - Identifying problem & resolution in a text, synonym/antonyms, text structure, and making predictions.
Grammar/Writing - Ranging from alphabet/letters to different types of nouns.

Science - Lower grades are learning about the functions of a magnet. Upper grades are comparing & contrasting mixtures and solutions, learning the properties of matter, and conductor vs. insulators.

Peanut Butter Drive

Tomorrow is the last day of collection.

Warm regards,

Karen Lee

## Important Dates

Oct. 4-6 = special education hero expo

Oct. 6 = fall picture day

Oct. 10-11 = no school

Oct. 12 = kindness card contest & fire prevention poster entries due

Oct. 20 = parenting workshop: Rude, Conflict, Bullying: What's the Difference?

Oct. 26 = pumpkin decorating contest entries due

Oct. 28 = Trunk or Treat 5:30-6:30

Oct. 31 = book character dress up day

Skaggs Library presents the 5th Annual Book Character Pumpkin Decorating Contest! Entries:

• are due to the library by October 26th,
• MUST be a FAKE pumpkin (or anything that is pumpkin shaped. Just not a real pumpkin!)
• and must be a BOOK character.
The contest is completely optional.

A big thanks to our amazing PTA for providing prizes!

Any questions can be sent to Mrs. Walker at courtney.walker@pisd.edu. I can't wait to see what characters you choose!

Hello, fall, and welcome October! Skaggs PTA will be hosting its second annual Trunk or Treat (ToT) event on Friday, October 28th. Families will decorate the back of their cars in the spirit of Halloween, load up on candy, and come sit in a parking lot for kids to "trick or treat" from car to car. Kids are encouraged to come dressed up in costumes!

ToT is free to attend and to participate. You can come as a "trunker" which is a family who decorates their car's trunk and hands out candy or trinkets to the kiddos, or you can come as a "treater" in costume and walk from car-to car, asking for treats. OR you can participate as BOTH!

If you would like to be a trunker sign up here: https://tinyurl.com/SkaggsTrunk2022. Join us by decorating your trunk with a creative theme, or even simple pumpkins and fall leaves. Feel free to come in costume, too! Find some great Trunk or Treat inspiration here.

We would love to have some extra candy on hand! Please consider donating a bag of individually wrapped candies. There will be a box at the front of the school for donations.

## Socks for the Sole

Socks are amongst some of the most requested items in homeless shelters. For the month of October, please donate a pair of socks to the "Socks for the Sole" drive. Help our Plano ISD Peer Assistance and Leadership students (PALs) show compassion (= empathy + action) to our community members experiencing homelessness through this service learning opportunity. We will have a donation box in the main entrance of the school to collect socks starting on October 1st.