At Stono Park
Greetings Stono Park Families,
Even though the weather keeps changing on us, the academic process here at the Stono Park is staying constant! The teachers and scholars have established their routines and procedures for class lessons.
Our Book Character parade was such a success as scholars happily showed off their favorite storybook characters! Lots of scholars brought a book to accompany their costume, and eagerly shared about their favorite character. Many thanks to everyone who participated!
Parent/Teacher Data Conference Day is officially scheduled for Tuesday, November 7th. Teachers have also provided additional times via ClassDojo. It is very important that you take part in this conversation with your child’s teacher because the work we do together is a partnership. Kids must see both, teachers and parents as important parts of their learning. Here are a few suggested questions that you can ask during the conversation with your child’s teacher:
How is my child doing socially?
What are my child’s strengths… challenges?
What can I do at home to support what you’re doing in the class?
How will you respond if or when my child struggles in class?
What can I do to support literacy in my home?
What kinds of questions do you suggest that I ask my children on a daily basis about your class?
What am I not asking but should be?
As a reminder, regular attendance and arriving to school on time is crucial to a child’s success, and even a minimal number of absences or tardiness during the school year can have a serious impact on a scholar’s ability to achieve. If you have any questions or need any assistance, please contact our Parent Advocate, Mrs. Alter at 843-763-1507 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
November is an important time for us all to reflect on the many blessings that grace us each day. I am certainly thankful for the many blessings in my life, including working with the amazing scholars, parents/guardians, teachers, and support staff at Stono Park Elementary.
Principal Richards and The Stono Park Team
Upcoming Events at Stono Park Elementary
11/1 - Acceleration Community Meeting- Burke High School- 5:30pm
11/2 - Poet Laureate visits 4th grade
11/7- Family Data Conferences- No School for Students
11/10- 4th grade poetry jam
11/11- Veteran's Day
11/13- 3rd Grade Field Trip to Gaillard
11/15- Math Night in Candyland 5pm-6pm
11/17-Early Release- Dismissal 1:30pm
11/20-11/24- Fall Break
11/27- Students return back to school
11/27- K, 1st & 2nd grade field trip to Gaillard
12/1- Early Release- Dismissal at 1:30pm
12/4-Make-up Picture Day
12/5-12/13- PTA Holiday Shop
12/13-Traditions Around the World Showcase
12/18-1/2/24- Winter Break
1/3-Students return back to school
Family Math Night- Nov. 15th 5pm-6pm! Fun Games for the whole family in Candyland!
Donations Needed for Candy Creations!
Parent & Community Meeting
Please join us at Burke High School on November 1st
5:30pm pizza will be served.
Meeting starts promptly at 6pm.
All Stono Park Families that attend this community meeting with receive a family game the next day that their scholar can pick out!
Feel free to attend any of the meetings.
Great Job Stono Park Families!
Our school goal this year is to be under 14.6%.
We need to keep this momentum going to keep our absenteeism rate down! We will be sending home a dress down coupon & free taco coupon for ALL students that are NOT on the chronic absenteeism list. If your student is on the chronic absenteeism report that means they have missed 10% or more days of school this year which includes all absences (unexcused, medically excused and suspensions).
The good news is that your scholar can always be taken off the chronic absenteeism list the more days they are present during the enrollment period. Keep showing up Stono Park Families!!
The 10 percent is based on the individual student’s enrollment.
●40 days enrolled= 4 days absent
●90 days enrolled= 9 days absent
●130 days enrolled= 13 days absent
●180 days enrolled =18 days absent
We have been in school for 50 days so if your student has missed more than 5 days of school for any reason, they would be on the chronic absenteeism report.
Pivot into Fitness
Did you know? Physical activity is a great way to get in vitamin D and fresh air.
Challenge: Try doing an activity outside this weekend, some ideas are frisbee, hopscotch, kickball, four-square, basketball, jogging, walking, capture the flag.
Share a picture of your family involving fitness (ex. taking a walk or riding a bike, playing basketball). Email your photos to Mrs. Alter at Traci_Alter@charleston.k12.sc.us and you will be entered into our fitness raffle to win a $199 gift certificate to Pivotal Fitness.
Check out what Stono Scholars are learning about in ELA 2nd Quarter
CD- They will be finishing up their study of trees and then move on to buildings and then winter.
Kindergarten- Weather Wonders Students will write an imaginary narrative about a character's experience with weather using The Snowy Day as a mentor text. Kindergarten students will have a "What to Wear According to the Weather" Fashion Show in January.
1st Grade- The Sun, Moon, and Stars Students will write "What the Sun Sees" poems. They will celebrate their writing by hosting a poetry cafe in January.
2nd Grade- Fossils Tell of Earth's Changes 2nd graders will have a "Dig Day" and see what it feels like to be a paleontologist and discover fossils. They will write a narrative about the moment they discovered a fossil.
3rd Grade- Adaptions and the Wide World of Frogs Students will create a Freaky Frog book and trading card.
4th Grade- Animal Defense Mechanisms Students will write a "Choose Your Own Adventure" story after researching an animal. Camouflage Day will be back but the date is TBD.
5th Grade- Biodiversity in the Rainforest Students will create a Rainforest Adventures eBook.
November is here and FLU season has arrived with a bang and early high numbers. Please assess your children each day. Many times allergy, cold, flu, strep and covid symptoms can be similar, except fever is rare in allergies and colds.. When you see fever or severe sore throat and congested cough or vomiting , it is time to see a doctor. Fever means that you are contagious. Getting the proper diagnosis and treatment will help them to heal better. Matching the proper medicine for the illness is important. Extra rest and fluids to drink always help during illness. When we are notified at school of flu or covid , we can have the classrooms fogged with an anti viral treatment to help slow the spread of germs. Please help us to keep our students and staff and their families safe.
Please turn in your updated shot records. We must have them for every student per SC state law. Your pediatric doctor or local health department can help you get these records and any updates that your child may need. Let us know if you need help.
Restock your first aid kit and medicines to be prepared for injury or illness. Do not run out of needed medicines. Please pack extra clothes for your child to have at school for spills, tears and accidents.
Cooler weather can make asthma and eczema flare up. Make sure that if your child has asthma, they are seen by their doctor regularly . Asthma needs and medicines change as your child grows. Daily treatment with maintenance medicine will prevent asthma attacks. Prescription strength oral medicine and creams and oils will help control eczema. See your doctor for the best choice for your child.
The time falls back in November which makes for less sunlight and can disrupt sleep. Keep your child on a regular bedtime. A well rested child has a stronger immune system and less morning headaches and stomachaches.
Be thankful for a beautiful Fall season and stay healthy.
School Attendance Matters!
Stono Park Elementary School Day- 8:30am - 3:30pm
We begin dismissal at 3:25pm. If your student is a car rider please ensure that you are in our car rider line by 3:40pm.
We also offer Kaleidoscope After School Program for our Stono Park Scholars from 3:30pm-6pm daily. Kaleidoscope is open on teacher work days, early release days and 1/2 days of school. You also have the option to register your child for Kaleidoscope and not use them every day if you don't need the service but would still be available to your student on days you might need a late pick up or on those early release/teacher work days!
If your child is absent please make sure an excuse is sent in within 3 days of the student returning back to school. A student is considered Truant if they have missed 3 consecutive days of school without a doctor's excuse or 5 unexcused absences total. Once a student has 3 unexcused absences then a Truancy Warning Letter is sent home. Once a student has 5 unexcused absences a Truancy Conference has to occur with the caregiver.
Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Resources for Home
Sesame Street in the Community
Mind Yeti®: Fifteen of our mindfulness program sessions are now available for anyone to use, no experience necessary! Designed for educators and families to do alongside children, or for older children to do on their own, Mind Yeti provides a great way for everyone to practice mindfulness during this difficult time.
Mind Yeti on Vimeo: English | Spanish
Mind Yeti on YouTube: English | Spanish
Mind Yeti Podcast: RSS Feed | Spotify | Stitcher
Social Emotional Learning Books to take out at the Library
Did you Know?
The Charleston County Public Library also has Free Virtual Tutoring with student's library Card. Visit Tutor.com Student Center | Charleston County Public Library (ccpl.org) to take advantage of this free resource.
Reading with your Children
Free Tutoring Support for your Child
Palmetto Community Action Partnership Offer Childcare Support
Community Guide to Counseling Services
Program to Support Families with Internet!
To support families with internet service during COVID-19, the FCC has a new
program called Emergency Broadband Benefit. Households with students who receive free or reduced-price school meals, including ALL students in CEP schools, qualify for the program. There are three ways to apply:
- Apply online at GetEmergencyBroadband.org
- Contact the local broadband provider to learn about their application process (find participating broadband providers here)
- Call 833-511-0311 for a mail-in application.
Mortgage and Housing Assistance: Help for homeowners and renters during the coronavirus national emergency
SC Assistance to Help Homeowners
Rent & Utility Assistance
If you need rental or utility assistance, fill out application for SC Stay Plus by calling 803-336-4320 or Home Page - NMA Portal (onlinepha.com)
Rent, prescription medication, food, car repair assistance. 1069 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403. Please call the toll free hotline 1-844-769-6448 to book an appt. OR go to Palmetto CAP.
HALOS, the local non-profit that assists kinship caregivers, has lots of funding to give to grandparents (or other relatives) who are caring for CCSD students. Families are eligible for $1,000 at a time for rent/utilities/other emergency needs. Contact (854)444-3716 or email@example.com
Neighbors Together’s four primary pillars of service involve Hunger, Health and Wellness, Homelessness and Economic Mobility. However, we provide a number of additional services to help people in need. If you need help, please know you can turn to us.
Call: (843) 747-1788
Visit: 2105 Cosgrove Ave., North Charleston, SC 29405
Charleston County Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)
Program provides: *emergency Rent & Utility Assistance for eligible Charleston County residents *up to 12 months in back rent and up to 3 months prospective rent *see website for in-person application options APPLY through ONLINE APPLICATION - United Way 2-1-1 (sc211.org)
East Cooper Outreach
Lowcountry Food Bank
Emergency Food Pantry
Each client receives enough food for one month. Clients are asked to call ahead and make an appointment for food. Walk-in clients for emergency food will be served as soon as possible by CASC staff. Clients must complete a brief application before receiving a box of food. All clients are entered into Charity Tracker, a Tri-County database for basic needs services. 259 Meeting Street in Charleston. Tuesdays and Wednesdays 1-3:30.
Lowcountry Blessing Box
Blessing boxes are stocked with non-perishable food items, basic toiletries, and baby supplies. Leave what you can, take what you need.To find a location, contact them at (843) 737-2517 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach
77 & 79 America St.
Charleston SC 29403
1684 Brownswood Dr.
Johns Island SC 29455