Park News

October 2017

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Dream Big Award

The students above were the September winners of the Dream Big Award. Teachers nominated students based on the following criteria:

  • Dreams BIG!
  • Reads DAILY
  • Enthusiastically explores new learning
  • Actively engages in learning opportunities
  • Makes goals and works hard to achieve them

Each student received a book of his or her choice about dreaming big, had his or her picture taken, and has the opportunity to read in the comfy areas near the office.

Please encourage your child to dream big and help them to realize them. No dream is out of reach which is why the world keeps changing! Help us congratulate these Future World Changers!
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McTeacher's NIGHT

Tuesday, Oct. 17th, 4-7pm

2291 Roosevelt Road

Marinette, WI

Join the Park School PTO and Teachers as we raise money for our PTO fund.

We will receive 10% of the purchases made between the hours of 4:00 and 7:00 PM.

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Friday, Oct. 13th, 5-7pm

1225 Hockridge Street

Marinette, WI

There is no cost to attend this event where you can:

  • Listen to music by DJ Ron Cocco
  • Dance, Limbo, Hula Hoop for prizes
  • Enjoy nachos/cheese and juice

Important Dates to Remember

Oct. 17 McTeacher Night 4:00-7:00

Oct. 16-20 Socktober

Oct. 24 Literacy/Math Night 4:00-6:00

Oct. 26 Early Release 11:30

Oct. 27 No School

Oct. 31 Halloween

Nov. 7 Parent Teacher Conferences 3:30-6:30

Nov. 9 Parent Teacher Conferences 3:30-6:30

Nov. 9 Picture Retakes

Nov. 22-24 No School, Thanksgiving Break

Dec. 4 No School

Dec. 25-Jan. 1 Winter Break No School

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Reading a Book Out Loud

Read expressively. Your tone sets the stage for a story just as much as the words and images do. Determine to add inflection to your voice when you sit down to read a book out loud. Perform the voices of the different characters, too. Reading with expression means that you’re reflecting the tone of the story, and you should read slowly so that the child has time to think about what is happening.

  • Adding voices can grab the attention of a bored or distracted child.

Pause to let the child study the pictures. Your goal in reading aloud to a child is to help them understand the story and relate to it. Pausing until it looks like the child is done studying the pictures is one way to make sure that they are understanding that the words you read are describing these images.

  • If you’re sitting with a child in your lap or beside you, they may want to turn the page themselves, which can also indicate that they have finished studying it.
  • Pay attention to the child, and if they seem like they are trying to get you to move through the book faster without taking the time to study the images, ask them questions about the pictures or the story so far to help them connect with the story.

Pause to let the child predict. As children grow, they become more and more cognitively aware. If they are old enough, pause in the middle of the book to ask the child if they think they know what happens next. Tell them to guess what happens, and then confirm or correct these predictions as you work your way through the book.

  • Don’t shut down predictions if you know they aren’t the “right” ones; encourage the child to think in terms of “possibilities,” affirming their guesses and referring to what actually happens in the book as “what the author had in mind.”

Adjust your reading based on the child’s body language. Pay attention to the way the child is behaving. If they are twisting in place and commenting on other things going on in the room, you know that they are bored or distracted. Adjust for such behavior by adding more inflection to your tone or asking questions to help the child engage.

  • You may also just need to shorten how long it takes to read a book next time.

Be patient with a child new to reading. Being still long enough to understand what a book says can be difficult for a child who has not been read to very often. Children need time to develop interest in books. To help with this, begin reading stories aloud that are short and have bright colors. Pay attention to what they like and make sure this element is included in each reading time.

  • For example, a child may like characters who are dogs; or they may like it when you read the mother character with a particular-sounding voice.
  • For children who are active, you may find success with giving them something to fiddle with while you read, like a ball of playdough or a crayon and paper.

Ask the child questions about what they read. When you finish the book, ask the child questions to help them remember what they just read. You can also ask them what they think happens after the story ends. Just try not to turn this questions into a quiz or drill, so that it doesn’t feel like reading is a task they “have” to do.

  • Try asking, "What happened at the end of the story?"
  • You could also ask, "What was your favorite part?"
  • Even ask, "Who was your favorite character?"

Literacy/Math Night

Tuesday, Oct. 24th, 4-6pm

1225 Hockridge Street

Marinette, WI

Join us for a fun night of math and literacy activities!

Community Education Events

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October 10 – Preparing Your Home for Sale

October 11 – Nocturnal Animals

October 12 – Discovering Essential Oils

October 16 – Retirement – What Should I Do?

October 18 – How to Make Over Your Medicine Cabinet (Essential Oils 101)

October 23 – How to Cut the Cable Cord

SOCKtober October 16-20

Sock Drive

During the week of October 16-20, Park Elementary school will be collecting socks for Haven of Hope. In the winter there is a great need and there are never enough socks. So if you can, please help by sending in some socks…

We need them all!!!

Gather those new or gently used clean warm socks for Haven of Hope. Make sure everyone has SOCKS! SOCKS! SOCKS!

-Park School Student Council

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