November 10th, 2023
Reardan Weekly 11.10.23
Middle School Update
Just a reminder to all Middle School parents that grade reports were printed and mailed on Thursday. Look for first quarter grades in your mailbox soon. As you review your child’s grades, take time to look over the first quarter reflection sheet and have an at home conference with your child. This reflection sheet has assessment information and academic goals that your child has set. If you feel that a teacher conference with your child is needed, we are currently scheduling conferences with the middle school core teachers and parents for Monday 11/20 from 8:30 to 3:00 pm. Monday eventing and Tuesday conferences slots are for dropping in on one or more teachers rather than the large group round table conferences. If you have questions or would like to schedule a large group conference, please contact Principal Newsum at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will also be reaching out to some families to schedule conferences as well. Please ask your child for the conference letter that went home with students on Thursday!
On Monday students will work with our SEL curriculum and coaching platform, Clayful. Seventh graders may bring home bright pink parent permission forms to access the coaching component of Clayful. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Principal Newsum. More information about Clayful can be found here: https://www.clayfulhealth.com/
All community members are invited to our first ever Maroon Madness event on November 21st at 6 pm in the HS gym. Get your maroon and grey on and bring a donation to the Reardan Food Bank in lieu of admission. For families who would like to support the Reardan Food Bank but are unable to attend, the middle school will have a donation area in the hallway. We are so thankful for our community.
Conferences are right around the corner. Parents, if you have not scheduled a conference with your child’s teacher, please use the conference scheduler through Skyward or call the elementary office. There will be no school the week of November 20-24th for conferences and observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.
The book fair is back. Students will be able to preview books this week and books are available for purchase November 20th and 21st.
The elementary is focusing on establishing number sense for students in preschool-6th grade. Kindergarten students are learning through games and 5th graders have been introduced to the coding program TinkerCAD.
Parents, please plan on stopping by our lost and found during conferences. We will donate any left over items at the end of the month.
P.I.E. Movie Night on Saturday, November 11th from 6:00-8:00 in the Commons.
NEEDED: School Safety Patrol Volunteers - Mike McCain
The safety of our students is at the forefront of our mission. One of the ways we keep students safe is through our AAA School Safety Patrol program. For nearly a century, AAA clubs have proudly sponsored, promoted and aided AAA School Safety Patrol programs as a community service in the interest of safety for all schoolchildren. More than 700 schools and 20,000 patrollers are currently supported by AAA Washington. AAA School Safety Patrolers have grown up to be U.S. presidents, governors, members of Congress, Supreme Court Justices, astronauts, Olympic medalists, educators, executives and community leaders.
We need your help through increased participation in our progam. The more students that participate the safer our community will be. Students learn about pedestrian and traffic safety and will take that knowledge with them the rest of their lives.
If you are interested in helping out and are in 5th-8th grade, or an adult in the community that would like to volunteer. Reach out to a Principal or the Transportation Department at (509) 796-4361 or by email to email@example.com for more information.
Pictured left are last years Patrollers during their visit to the Spokane police Academy.
Superintendent's Outdoor Adventure Club - Eric Sobotta
"Recently I was awarded a 32K grant to facilitate getting middle school students out into nature. This month I will be taking a half day to take a small group of students fishing. My hope is that I can take a small group of students every month on a different adventure; next month will be snowshoeing. I don't know about these students but when I spend time in nature my overall well-being improves and I am more productive." - Eric Sobotta
FREE and REDUCED APPLICATIONS
Free and Reduced meal applications from the 2022-23 school year expired 10/13/2023. If you have not already done so, please fill out the new application for the 2023-24 school year. This can be found on the website under Food Service, or on Skyward Family Access. If you have any questions, please contact BriAnna Broadrick firstname.lastname@example.org or ext. 5402.
Security Update - Brad Eylar
Last month we sent out Safer School Together, Raising Digitally Responsible Youth. For the next couple of months, we are going to take a deep dive into specific ways we can help support, supervise, and guide youth as it relates to their cell phones, social media, and video games. It is crucial we focus on teaching and maintaining an open conversation about their online usage. We as parents need to remember there are so many unknown dangers out there on the web.
We want our kids to learn responsible online presence and how they portray themselves via social media can have an effect on them later in life. But for the next month I want to focus on how we can proactively safeguard them, how to recognize online dangers and predators, and what to do if they need to come to a trusted adult for help.
Today I want to start off with some facts that may help motivate you into taking some future steps.
· 89% of adolescents have at least one device in their bedroom, most of which are around at bedtime, doubling their chance of getting insufficient sleep. Sleep disturbance in childhood is known to have adverse effects on health and linked to mental health concerns.
· Research shows that over 41 million messages are sent out every minute.
· Up to 95% of youth ages 13-17 report using a social media platform, with more than a third saying they use social media “almost constantly” (Social Media and Youth Mental Health, U.S. Surgeon General)
· Nearly 40% of children ages 8-12 are using social media (Social Media and Youth Mental Health, U.S. Surgeon General)
· Adolescents who spent more than 3 hours per day on social media faced double the risk of experiencing poor mental health outcomes, including depression and anxiety (Social Media and Youth Mental Health, U.S. Surgeon General)
Please remember we are just as responsible for ensuring their online safety as we are for their offline safety.