Elm Road Express November 2022
"Putting Dreams into Flight"
From the Office of Mrs. Beers
Hello Elm Families,
Please see the district letter regarding Elearning Reminders from Dr. Short. This same letter was sent home in paper form this week with your child. Attached here are instructions for accessing Google Classroom, which is utilized on Elearning days. If you indicated that you needed a Chromebook for Elearning, our building tech at Elm Road, Mrs. Mahoney, will reach out to you soon regarding a date and time to pick it up.
This coming week our Elm Road students will participate in a canned food drive for the Food Bank of Northern Indiana. We will be collecting non-perishable food items to donate throughout the week of November 14-18.
The week of Thanksgiving, we do not have school on Wednesday- Friday. After Thanksgiving break, Cogat testing will occur in kindergarten, second and fifth grade. Cogat is one measure used in our high ability identification process.
Have a great weekend!
Health Room News
1) Please do not send medication in with your student. A parent must bring it in, no matter what it is, including cough drops.
Medication needs to be in original packing and an authorization form has to be completed as well.
2) We do not have a lot of extra clothes, should students need them, so please send your student with extra clothes.
3) If your student is 11 years old, please get their vaccines updated for 6th grade and send the vaccine records into the school.
Music at Elm Road
In the month of October we had a good time learning about our Composer of the Month, Felix Mendelssohn. We practiced slower and longer notes in rhythms such as half notes and whole notes. Younger students have practiced high sounds vs. low sounds, instrument and mallet techniques, and movement games. Older students have been learning about songs that can be sung as rounds and practicing how those sound when sung together.
What's Happening in Gym
The gym has been a busy place! We have learned about the skeletal system and played some lead up soccer games and tag games integrating the skeleton, healthy eating and fall theme. A large focus has been placed on teamwork and sportsmanship through some relays and games such as: “Cross the River”, “Skeleton Relays”, “Hula Hut Relays” and “Hula Hut Throwdown”.
The month of November will consist of Veteran’s Day games focusing on throwing, striking with our feet and shooting through the games “Minefield” and “Battleship”. We will also have a visit from a Martial Artist this month. We will be learning about the food groups and how what foods we eat help provide our body with certain vitamins and minerals. We will also be learning a little about properly setting a table and the history of thanksgiving holiday through our Mayflower and table setting relay.
Each PE day all students continue to develop our gross locomotor skills, fine locomotive skills, balance, eye tracking, catching, tossing and agility training through our “Minds in Motion” maze.
Congratulations to our NEW Jumpin’ Eagles Team Members: Gabby H., Lucas U., Aubrielle Z., Lauren M., Levi S., Sam M., Finnegan F., Jordyn H., Zakaiyah M., Anavaya H., Hunter L., Richard D., Reese F. and Lucy B. We are also excited to announce we have two girls that have offered to help by being managers for our team, Emily S. and Peyton G!!! Welcome to our team!!
Our 4th and 5th graders participating in the Mileage Club at recess on Wednesday and Thursday are rocking it! We have Finnegan F. and Lauren M. leading the pack with over 20 miles completed so far. Lydia M has over 15 miles. We have numerous 4th and 5th graders with at least 10 miles complete! Way to utilize your recess to become stronger runners!
Marcie Ritchie, Title 1 Reading Specialist
Dear SOARing Readers,
Happy Fall Elm Road Families! We are well into the school routine and it’s possible the “honeymoon” period of back to school may have worn off for your student. You may be experiencing some struggles and frustrations when it comes to doing homework or reading with your student. I came across the following article about after school restraint collapse and thought it might be helpful in understanding these struggles. The term after-school restraint collapse was coined by counselor and parenting educator Andrea Loewen Nair. It describes a type of behavior in children who behave well at school but come home upset and often angry and crying. The article focuses on students with reading or learning difficulties, but in reality it is applicable to all our students. Hopefully some of the following tips will help in keeping the reading time happy in your home!! Happy Reading!!
What is After School Restraint Collapse?
Emily Gibbons, www.theliteracynest.com
When you have kids with dyslexia or any challenging learning differences, you may witness something called after school restraint collapse. They've held in their emotions and held it together ALL day in school. When they get home, they seemingly unleash. This can look like meltdowns, low patience, low energy or trigger arguments with caregivers and siblings. Even a simple request to sit down and complete homework can feel like a heavy lift to kids.
Kids who experience after school restraint collapse may need some downtime. Getting a drink and a snack, fresh air, connection with you, and simply just quiet space before jumping into homework are things we can be mindful of when it comes to this situation. In the world of busy schedules, it can be challenging for families, but when we look at it through the lens of a child, offering that time to unwind will pay off.
SOARing Readers of the Month
Mrs. Barnes: Finley and Akins
Mrs. Gagyi: Levi and Corrigan
Mrs.Geyer: Nora and Andrew
Mrs. Bush: Kylah and Carter
Mrs. Hinton: Joseph and Bailey
Mrs. Portolese: Zekiah and Loganne
Mrs. Taylor: Gwyneth and Evan
Mrs. Clark: Bentley and Abelina
Miss M. Miller: Justice and Jonah
Mrs. Richard: Iris and Blake
Mrs. Tornquist: Gus and Audri
Ms. Anderson: Sydney and Alex
Mrs. C. Miller: Raegan and Tyler
Miss Railton: Xavier and Elena
Mrs. Cook: Addy and Levi
Mrs. Freeman: Aydin and Lily
Mrs. Newcomer: Mauricia and Martin
Miss Funkhouser: Harlie and Jaxon
Mrs. Mellor: Graham and Mason
Mrs. Napolitan: Kathryn and Gael
Mrs. Shreiner: Lucas and Emily
During ENL groups we practice our speaking skills every week. One way we practice speaking is by recording the answer to a question on Seesaw. We will often plan what the students should say before recording so that the students are prepared. Using grant money from the PHM Education Foundation, I was able to purchase headphones with microphones to help with those recordings.The students have been doing a great job of listening to their recordings, and then fixing their mistakes when they rerecord. I am proud of the progress they are all making.
ENL Travel Teacher
Youth Service Bureau
Well, it is getting close to that festive time of year….Thanksgiving!
Saying “Thank You”
An important theme of Thanksgiving is saying “thank you.” What better way to do this than to write thank you cards to the people we are grateful for such as family members, friends, our troops around the November Veteran’s Day holiday? This is only one way to say thank you. Talk with your child(ren) about how they can show their thankfulness towards others.
As the cold winter approaches, winter coats, hats and mittens will be necessary. If you need a referral for Christ Child, please contact Andrea Shell at 259-3743. All requests are confidential.
If interested in any assistance, please contact Mrs. Shell to get more information.