USC Elementary REBEL Review

You Matter! Every Child - Every Day

Welcome Fall!! October 2018

We have had a great first month to the school year!! The procedures and daily activities of your child’s classroom should be familiar and comfortable to them by this time in the school year. If your child is still experiencing anxiety or any type of concerns, please contact your child’s teacher. You are welcome to also include me on those types of communications. We will be happy to visit with you on the phone or to schedule a meeting to talk together regarding ideas to help your child or the situation. Please don’t ever hesitate to contact us – we want to help.
Wednesday, October 3rd - Two Hour Late Start - See information below

October 4th - Walk to School Day - See information below

October 16th - 5:30 pm -School Board Meeting

October 25th - 3:00-6:00 pm - Cherrydale Fundraiser Pick Up - USC Commons

FALL PARTIES - We will be having Fall Classroom Celebrations in all classrooms on Tuesday, October 31st. More information will be coming home from your child’s teacher. Teachers will be putting individual classroom times and events in their newsletters.

Wednesday, October 3rd - Two-Hour Late Start

Once again, USC teaching staff will be working in Professional Learning Communities. This time is used to analyze data, research best practices, and engage in group planning to improve student achievement. The first PLC is scheduled for WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3rd.. School will begin two hours late. It will start at 10:20 A.M. and breakfast for students will not be served at school.

We realize this can be difficult for some parents to find supervision for their children on these late start days. In order to help with this, elementary students in grades K-6 will be allowed to come to school from 8:20 – 10:20 A.M. and be supervised by staff. During this time they will be viewing a Rated G or PG movie in the elementary music room. Students should report directly to the music room. Students must be here by 8:20 A.M. in order to be supervised, and they will not be allowed to leave the building once they get here. Students coming to school to be supervised from 8:20 – 10:20 A.M. will need to be transported because buses will only be running on the two hour late schedule.

USC Walking School Bus

Every Wednesday, in the morning only, USC will be having a Walking School Bus, supervised by an adult. Please see the information below. This will be through the month of October.


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USC Walk to School Day - October 10

* Buses will drop students off 9th St and 2nd Ave. SW, and they will walk on the Safe Routes to School to USC. There will be supervision along the route.

Growth Mindsets - Character building

Negative thoughts are draining. Just as words are powerful, so are thoughts. If you find yourself thinking, “School is hard, and learning is even harder,” try to reframe your thoughts in a positive statement, such as, “Learning is hard, but it is rewarding,” or, “School is hard, but it makes me stronger.” If you change your thoughts, you can form new pathways to the brain which may, in turn, change your experience in life and in this world. Actively thinking in a positive way doesn’t mean you are always happy. It just means you approach the situation in a more positive and productive way. Don’t let your negative thoughts hold you back. You are capable of so much more in life.

October is Bullying Prevention Month

October is National Bully Prevention Month. Each year we review with students the differences between bullying behaviors and conflict/bad choices. For the month of October, we are asking staff and students to wear orange every Wednesday to raise awareness about Bully Prevention. Every student will be asked to pledge to be kind and not bully others.

Please take some time to talk with your child about the differences between these behaviors.

*Rude vs. Mean vs. Bullying: Defining the Differences (Adapted from Signe Whitson, Author; Child and adolescent therapist)

Kids need to know how to get along with one another. We know that social skills are one of the leading indicators of future success. Kids need good role models, rules to follow, and kudos for kindness. But they are going to make mistakes. They are going to have mean moments. No parents want to admit that... but c’mon, admit it; you’ve said mean things too. Please understand, this is not a justification for being mean. There is no excuse for meanness, but there is a difference between a mean comment and ongoing harassment of an individual student. Both need to be dealt with, but perhaps differently.

The main distinction between "rude" and "mean" behavior has to do with intention; while rudeness is often unintentional. Mean behavior very much aims to hurt or depreciate someone. Kids are mean to each other when they criticize clothing, appearance, intelligence, coolness or just about anything else they can find to belittle others. Meanness also sounds like words spoken in anger -- impulsive cruelty that is often regretted in short order. Very often, mean behavior in kids is motivated by angry feelings and/or the misguided goal of propping themselves up in comparison to the person they are putting down.

Rude = inadvertently saying or doing something that hurts someone else.

Mean = purposefully saying or doing something to hurt someone once (or maybe twice).

Make no mistake; mean behaviors can wound deeply. Adults can make a huge difference in the lives of young people when they hold kids accountable for being mean. Yet, meanness is different from bullying in important ways that should be understood and differentiated when it comes to intervention.

Experts agree that bullying entails three key elements: 1) an intent to harm, 2) a power of imbalance, and 3) repeated acts or threats of aggressive behavior. Kids who bully say or do something intentionally hurtful to others and they keep doing it, with no sense of regret or remorse -- even when targets of bullying show or express their hurt or tell the aggressors to stop.

Bullying = intentionally aggressive behavior, repeated over time, that involves an imbalance of power.

Bullying may be physical, verbal, relational (threat of taking friendship away) or carried out via technology:

All three issues need to be addressed. However, when we use a term repeatedly as a catch-all for behaviors, the actual issues are not addressed properly. It is important to distinguish between rude, mean, and bullying so that teachers, school administrators, police, youth workers, parents, and kids all know what to pay attention to, how and when to intervene.

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Cherrydale Fundraiser!!

A very big THANK YOU to everyone who sold items for our school fundraiser!! Once again it was very successful and that is because of all of you! Every item sold helps us provide our students with great field trip opportunities, fun lyceum events, and Rebel Bingo and rewards. We will share the grand total at a later time. :-)

September 25 - Money should have been turned in

October 25 - Pick up from 3:00-6:00 pm in the USC Commons

October Events:

OCTOBER is National Physical Therapy Month!


3~Two- Hour Late Start 10:20am start - No breakfast served

4 - Walk To School Day - Watch for flyer

5~ 6th Grade to Rendezvous in Albert Lea

5~ PreK to Terrace View Fall Festival @ 8:45 am-2:00 pm

15, 16, 17 - 1st Grade to visit Blue Earth Hospital

16~ School Board Meeting - 5:30 pm

18-19~ No School - Education Minnesota Break

22~ No School PK-12 - Staff Development Day

25~ Fundraiser pick up - 3:00-6:00 pm in the Commons

31~ Halloween


6~End of 1st Quarter

9~ Veteran's Day Program 9:00 am

14-21 ~ Fall Scholastic Book Fair

15~Elementary Conferences @ 3:30-7:00 pm

20~ Elementary Conferences @ 3:30-7:00 pm

20~ School Board Meeting @ 5:30 pm

21~ NO SCHOOL - Elementary Conferences @ 7:30 am-3:00 pm

22-23 - NO SCHOOL - Happy Thanksgiving!!

USC Veteran's Day Program - November 9th, 2018

USC would like to invite our families and community members to our Annual Veteran's Day Program on Friday, November 9th at 9:00 am in the High School Gymnasium.
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Save The Dates!

Monday, December 17th - Grades K-2 Winter Music Program 2:00 and 7:00 pm

Tuesday, December 18 - Grades 3-6 Winter Music Program 2:00 and 7:00 pm

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5th and 6th Grade Rebel Time Kickball Tournament

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S.T.E.M. Home Challenge

Each month we will share a Science, Technology, Engineeringl, Math (S.T.E.M.) challenge. Students may choose to participate by creating a a project and bringing it to school to be displayed for the month. We encourage you to work with your child and let them use their creativity and higher order thinking skills.

You can use any additional materials in your creation! The only rule is to BE CREATIVE!!

We will display all of the creations! Bring your creation into school before the end of the month!

Here is this month's challenge:

USC District Testing Information 2018-2019 Testing Schedule


September 5-Oct. 5 FAST Testing K-6

September 5-14 STAR Reading and Math K-12


October 10 PSAT – Grade 11

October 29-November 6 STAR Reading and Math K-12


January 7-16 STAR Testing Reading and Math K-12

January 23-February 14 FAST Testing K-6

January 28 ELL (ACCESS) Testing Window Begins


February 14 ASVAB - Grade 11


March 4 MTAS Reading, Math, and Science Begins

March 6 NAEP – Grade 4 Only – Reading/Math

Mar 18-22 STAR Testing Reading and Math K-12

March 22 ELL (ACCESS) Testing Window Ends


April 2 WorkKeys – Grade 12

ACT Testing – Grade 11

Pre-ACT – Grade 10

Civics Test – Grade 9

April 8-12 MCA Math Grade 11

April 8-12 MCA Reading Grades 3-8, 10

April 15-26 MCA Math Grades 3-8

April 29 -May 3 Science MCA Grades 5, 8, and 10


May 3 MTAS Math, Reading, and Science Ends

May 6-17 STAR Testing Reading and Math – K-12

May 6-17 FAST Testing K-6

TEAMWORK! PE Class and Mrs. Robbins 4th Grade Class


This fall, the USC Education Foundation donated the money for 2 Gaga Ball Pits out by the playground for recess and PE classes! Mr. Sahr and Perrin Fin have constructed the first pit and our students LOVE it!! Thank you!!

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