Shawnee Trail Elementary

February 1, 2016

PTA Fundraising Meeting

On Tuesday, February 2nd at 1:30 the PTA board members will host a meeting at Shawnee Trail in room 102 to discuss ideas for the 2015-2016 school year fundraisers. We hope you can join us.

Huge Thanks to the Shawnee Trail PTA!

The decorations in the cafe, on and around the stage were perfect! Rowdy's visit and your support made for a wonderful ending to a fun week! Thank you to everyone who contributed in making a great memory for our students and their families!
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Reminder: School Safety (Bicycles and Scooters)

FISD Student Handbook:

"Since riding a bicycle to school requires students to obey the same traffic rules that apply to automobiles, students must also accept the same responsibility for safety. Students are to ride in single file WITH the traffic, stop for lights and stop signs, signal for turns, give pedestrians the right of way and watch out for their own safety and the safety of others. Students must also remember to walk their bikes when on school property or crossing at crosswalks. Students must secure their bikes with locks because the school cannot be responsible for lost or stolen bikes."

Thank you for all you do keep our school as safe as possible for our students and their families!


The American Heart Association will come to Shawnee Trail on Friday, February 5th to give our students the 5 for Life presentation -5 ways kids can make healthy choices.

Any student who registers at and raises at least $150 on line by 6:00 pm Thursday, Feb. 4th will be honored at Good Morning Shawnee Trail and receive Toby the Top Dog.

  • Students with at least 1 online donation will also receive Super Pup and Ninja Star.
  • Students raising at least $85 online will receive Maria N. Mutley.

*Remember, to eligible for prizes, donations must be made by 6:00 PM, Thursday, Feb. 4th.

Thank you for participating in our fund raiser for the American Heart Association and for supporting our efforts in teaching our students the importance of being heart healthy for life!

Watch D.O.G.S. Kick-Off Thursday, Feb. 4 @ 6:45

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Optimism is being hopeful about future outcomes combined with the agency to shape that future.

Being optimistic doesn't mean you don't get upset when bad things happen—it's normal to get upset! But the optimist recognizes that most bad things are temporary and looks for opportunities to change circumstances for the better through new efforts or strategies.

This isn’t your traditional “glass half full” optimism (which some might call blind positivity) because optimistic people seek to directly connect their own power and actions to the future they want. For example, after getting a bad grade on an exam, an optimistic student believes that studying harder or differently will earn her a better grade on the next one. Another critical part of optimism is not “catastrophizing” a situation. For example, when a friend doesn't want to play that day, the optimistic kid imagines that his friend is having a bad day, not that no one wants to be his friend.

"I'm Not a Math Person"

In a recent blog post, Noah Heller, lecturer and master teacher in residence for the Harvard Teacher Fellows program, says that student beliefs about math "I am a math person." or "I'm not a math person" stems from the belief that math intelligence is a fixed trait. People who believe they are not a "math person" do not understand that math ability is something that grows and develops with effort and an opportunity to learn.

Mathematical abilities can be nurtured and enhanced. Parents and educators can take steps to help students develop a growth mindset. Heller recommends the following:

  1. Create opportunities for cooperative learning.
  2. Give students the chance to productively struggle.
  3. Encourage participation even if the student doesn't have the right answer yet.
  4. Re-envision math as a language.

For more information, here is the link to the full article:


Online Tools for Homework and Study Skills

  • – Students can create flashcards and study guides to review material online or on a mobile device. Created by high-school students in 2007, the site has more than 40 million study sets generated by users.
  • – This site helps students create a story or poem or present material using a variety of illustrations.
  • – Brief tutorials on a wide array of topics and grade levels.
  • -Handwriting Without Tears (FISD adopted) aims to make legible and fluent handwriting a skill that students can master easily. The program is simple for parents to use at home. Downloads and PDFs of the curriculum overview, letter formation charts and teaching guidelines by grade level are included under the Parent Extras tab.


Feb. 1 - Feb. 5
  • Counselor's' Week! -Show your appreciation for Ms. Lamb!

Feb. 2

  • PTA Fundraising Meeting @ 1:30, Rm. 102
  • Choir Practice 2:50-3:30

Feb. 3

  • Clark & Wester MS Counselors Visit 5th Grade @ 2:00

Feb. 3

  • Oh,This is Learning! 2nd & 4th in Cafe
  • Watch D.O.G.S. Spring Kick-Off @ 6:45

Feb. 5

  • Jump Rope for Heart Presentation at GMST
  • 1st Grade Field Trip