Buzzing Around: Title I Talk

RCS Parent and Family Engagement Newsletter

March 2021

Welcome to our Buzzing Around: Title I Talk Newsletter. This newsletter will be posted every month for students/scholars and parents being served in the Title I schools at Cheatham Park

Elementary, Crestview Elementary, Krisle Elementary, Springfield Middle, and Westside Elementary. For more information, please contact Renee Hix at (615)382-3609 or email

The Importance of Relationships

Forming a connection with your child is important to developing a strong parent/guardian relationship. Here are some tips to help with strengthening your relationship with your children.

  • Tell your child you love them
  • Play together
  • Be Available
  • Eat meals together
  • Listen and empathize
  • Spend one on one time with children

Read, Read, Read

  • Research shows that reading 20 minutes a day can improve your child's reading success.
  • Getting a library card is free and easy! Check out Stokes Brown Public Library at 405 White Street, Springfield, TN 37172, or call (615)384-5123.

Read Across America Day is a day held annually on March 2nd that encourages children in every community to read and also encourages parents/guardians and teachers to celebrate the joy of reading. It's a holiday that has been celebrated since 1998 and falls on the same day as children's book author Dr. Seuss's birthday.

Title 1 Talks March Newsletter
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While recommended student reading lists vary, there are some books that always seem to pop up. Below is a partial list of some books read by elementary and middle school scholars.

Elementary School

  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  • Who Would Win series by Jerry Pallotta and Rob Bolster
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

Middle School

  • Brian's Song by William Blinn
  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Lets Keep Those Math Minds Sharp!

Each month, we will provide a fun math question that you can work on with your child. This month's task is geared towards students in 3rd - 5th grades. Next month will be geared towards K - 2nd.

This Month's Math Problem:

Four friends split a bill for lunch equally. The bill is $49. Which is the best estimate of how much each person pays for lunch?

  • A. about $10.00
  • B. about $11.00
  • C. about $12.00
  • D. about $13.00
**See the bottom of the newsletter for the solution.

Chocolate Caramel Corn

March 14th is National Potato Chip Day here is a simple recipe to make in honor of this day.

  • 1 package (11 ounces ) ridged potato chips
  • 1 package (14 ounces) caramels
  • 1/3 heavy whipping cream
  • 1 package (11-1/2 ounces) milk chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans

Arrange whole potato chips in a single layer on a large platter. In a large saucepan, combine caramels and cream. Cook and stir over medium-low heat until caramels are melted. Drizzle over chips.

In a microwave, melt chocolate and shortening, until smooth. Drizzle over caramel mixture, sprinkle with pecans. Serve immediately.

Important Dates of Remembrance

March is the month when spring officially begins and Daylight Saving time takes root, typically the second Sunday in the month. It can be a month with shifting weather as Mother Nature tries to shed her winter coat.

Here are some special days and observances you can celebrate in March, from silly to serious.

  • March 2: Dr. Seuss's Birthday, National Read Across America Day
  • March 7: National Cereal Day
In 1863, James Caleb Jackson invented the first manufactured breakfast cereal. A cereal known as Granula was made out of Graham flour made from bran and shaped into nuggets. It was so hard to eat, however, it had to soak overnight in order to soften. The cereal industry uses over 800 million pounds of sugar a year. The average American consumes over 160 bowls of cereal a year. Corn Flakes was the first boxed cereal to offer a prize.
  • March 12: Plant a Flower Day
  • March 13: National K-9 Veterans Day
The United States began officially training and using dogs during World War II. This is when they established the War Dog Program on March 13, 1942. This program, also known as K-9 Corps, was the first time the U.S. Army began using dogs for operations.
  • March 14: National Potato Chip Day, Daylight Saving Time begins
  • March 17: St. Patrick's Day
  • March 21: World Down Syndrome Day
  • March 23: World Meteorology Day, National Puppy Day, National Diabetes Alert Day
American Diabetes Association Alert Day has observed annually it is a one-day "wake-up call" that focuses on the seriousness of diabetes and the importance of understanding your risk.
  • March 29: National Mom and Pop Business Owners' Day
Our economy couldn't run without small mom-and-pop businesses. The holiday was established by Rick and Margie Segel in honor of their parents and the successful hat shop they opened in 1939 and grew into a 10,000 square foot, $2 million dollar clothing shop. It is a special day to appreciate the long hours, hard work, and dedication it takes to run a small business. So on March 29th head to your favorite small business and say thank you!
  • March 30: Take a Walk in the Park Day

What's Buzzing at Your Title I School?

All Schools are closed the week of March 15th - 19th for Spring Break.

March 23, Report Card Day.

For workshop information please contact Danielle Frazier, at the Family Resource Center (FRC)

at (615) 382-3014 or email at

Workforce Essentials is providing an employment workshop for parents on Tuesday, March 30 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Springfield American Job Center located at 299 10th Ave. E., Springfield, TN 37172. At this event, you will receive:

  • Resume writing assistance
  • Apply for full-time or part-time positions
  • Meet a representative of the local LG Electronics that is currently hiring.
  • Springfield Middle:
The Lottery drawing for the Innovation Academy is Friday, March 26th. To follow health guidelines, visitors will not be attending the Lottery in person this year. The Lottery will be streamed live on the district website beginning at 8:30 a.m. Letters notifying qualified applicants of their Lottery number will be mailed to families on Friday before Spring Break.

House t-shirts are available for $5.00 if your scholar has lost their shirt or is in need of a new one. Bracelets are also available for $1.00, so you can show your House spirit every day!

Middle School soccer has entered its first year in Robertson County, and SMS has two full teams of talent. Both the Springfield Black and Springfield Gold teams celebrated a win for the start of the season. It's going to be an exciting season!

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  • Westside Elementary:

Read Across America was celebrated at Westside Elementary School from March 2nd - March 5th. Tuesday was Terrific Hat Tuesday (Wear a fun hat!)

Wacky Wednesday (Wear wacky clothes and hair!)

Thursday was Thing1 and Thing2

Fun Sock Friday (Wear fun or silly socks!)

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Congratulations to Ms. Brandy's class for raising the most money for the Heart for Hero fundraiser at Westside Elementary.
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Let's Keep Those Math Minds Sharp - Solution:

Four friends split a bill for lunch equally. The bill is $49. Which is the best estimate of how much each person pays for lunch?

The answer is C about $12.