From the Principal's Desk
Dear Tigerville Families,
I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving break! It was great to spend time with our families. It is good to have everyone back so we can return to our normal school schedule. Please continue to make sure your child arrives to school on time. We want to make the most of our instructional time. Be sure to check our school calendar for upcoming school events.
Please join us next Monday, December 4th, for our Holiday Bash from 5:45–7:35pm. PTA will start the activities with a welcome in the cafeteria accompanied by a family sing-a-long. Your child can play Reindeer Games, watch the chorus & drama teams perform, decorate an ornament & listen to Christmas stories. Each event will restart every 15 minutes so you won’t miss a thing. The Santa Shop will be open from 6:00-7:00 in the small dining room. We will also have a visiting author with copies of his books for sale. We will finish up the night with a staff sing-along in the cafeteria at 7:25. You won’t want to miss it. Look for a detailed list of activities & times to come home with your child. We hope you can join us for this festive time!
All students at Tigerville have free access to Quaver Music at home. Below is a list of the Grade Level Codes that need to be put in for your child to enjoy learning more about music.
Also, if you have any unwanted costumes at home that we could use in any of our Musicals we would be more than happy to take them off your hands. Just bag them up and send them to the music room. This year we are doing Little Mermaid, so any type of sea creatures would be awesome. But we also do Westerns, Pirates and many more.
Tigerville Students and Families,
I loved making our Gratitude Chain with each and everyone one of you! I am so thankful to be apart such an amazing school and community. I want to thank North Greenville University for their generosity by holding a food drive for us. The food drive was able to support over 25 families this Thanksgiving season. Get ready to learn about Fairness and how to keep yourself safe in the next couple weeks!
Art Room News
The art room is “a buzz” with the sound of busy holiday bees working away on special seasonal projects! Our art club, StrongARTs Ink! Members have been working very hard on our entry for the outdoor Christmas Card for the Roper Mt. Science Center annual Roper Mountain HOLIDAY LIGHTS event! (right).
2017 marks the 26th, and final, year of this great event which has become an upstate tradition for many families. Open from Thanksgiving night through December 30th , Roper Mountain Holiday Lights will entertain you no matter your age! Start your visit by parking the car and strolling through Winter Wonderland. That’s where you will find lighted walking trails, Santa Claus, a balloon artist, concessions, and giant holiday greeting cards created by local area students. On selected nights, we’ll also have some of your favorite team mascots and performances by school groups. For more details, check out our Event Calendar. The link for all of the details for viewing can be found at http://ropermountainholidaylights.com/.
Students are all working to prepare beautiful and festive ornaments for our very own Tigerville tree decorated at the entrance lobby of our school! Stop by to see this year’s Snowman themed tree with lots of snow inspired, student created ornaments, sure to bring a smile to your face! Finally, thanks for all of your support of the art department through your purchases of your students’ Original Works. Orders are due back just in time for Christmas delivery so be on the look-out for orders to be sent home in the days prior to the holiday break! Merry Christmas Everyone!
News from the Library
Take some time to create some new holiday traditions that help your child with reading. Find holiday or Christmas books and take a moment to read together as a family. You can sip hot chocolate around the Christmas tree while reading. Another option is to find a Christmas or holiday audio book and listen to the book while traveling to see family and friends. These options can quickly become a part of your holiday traditions.
News from the Instructional Coach
For many parents, the subject of math arouses feelings of anxiety — perhaps conjuring up memories of timed tests, difficult concepts, or embarrassing mistakes made in class. If you think of math as something that other people are good at or that has no practical use, your attitude may undermine your ability to coach your child. Take the fear and frustration out of math homework by pointing out how numbers are used in your home on a daily basis.
Covering your bases
- If math makes you nervous, try not to pass on your feelings to your child. Share only what is helpful, not harmful.
- You may want to rely on a tutor, older sibling, or peer tutor to help your child with math. Check if his school has a peer-tutoring program.
- Begin each math homework session by asking your child to explain what she’s supposed to do. By her response, you’ll know if she can do the assignment alone or if she needs help.
- If you’re not around when your child completes his homework, let him know that you’ll look it over when you get home. Be sure to follow through. Tell him you’re doing this to help him, not judge him.
- Encourage your child to check in with a classmate if she doesn’t understand or misses an assignment.
Home is where the math is
- Explore math in everyday life — counting out forks to set the table, pouring from a gallon of milk, telling the time when his favorite TV program begins. When kids realize that math is all around them, they begin to relax and see its meaning in their lives.
- Show how math is more than learning addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Math also teaches us to analyze, reason, and plan. These are useful skills that transfer over to reading and writing as well.
- Model analytical and mathematical thinking. Be a problem solver, pose questions, and find solutions. Talk about likenesses and differences, and explain your reasoning.
- Encourage your child to explain his problem-solving process so you can understand his reasoning.
- When driving to school or the store, talk about how numbers help us determine how fast we drive, the distance traveled, the mileage the car gets per gallon of gas, and how long it will take to get home.
- Expose your child to money in her early school years. Have her collect coins in a piggy bank and count them out regularly. If she receives an allowance, have her keep track of the amount or start a bank account.
- Have your child use an analog and a digital watch to learn both methods of telling time.
- Incorporate games involving numbers and math into playtime — from flash cards for learning basic math facts to board games involving money, time, and logic.
- Post a chart of math facts in your child’s room. Some activities and games can help kids memorize math concepts.
- Educational video games and learning software can also reinforce math skills, from arithmetic to algebra. Older students may want to use calendars and spreadsheets to plan out their daily or weekly schedules.
- When helping your child, ask questions to guide him through the process, such as “Where do you begin?” “What do you need to find out?” “Can you show me in a drawing how you got the answer?”
- It’s OK to say that you don’t understand a problem. It gives you an opportunity to review the lesson together to see if you’ve missed an important piece of information.
- Establish a clear understanding with your child’s teacher about the frequency and amount of homework she’ll receive. Modification of homework may increase her motivation and productivity. With her teacher, decide if she needs to do fewer problems, or if she can say the answers out loud and you can write them for her, or if she can check her work with a calculator.
News from the Literacy Specialist
With the holidays upon us, it gets busy. There are fun ways to keep your child writing during the holidays while helping you.
One way to keep your child writing is by having them help you create lists. Below are several lists you could try:
· “To Do” lists
· Wish Lists- these lists can include objects as well as activities to do.
· Gifts to consider giving family members for the upcoming holiday
· Shopping lists- groceries, gifts
· Things to pack for a trip
· Activities you want to do during the holidays.
Another way to keep your child writing is to create a scrapbook of a holiday, family gathering, sports event, or special outing. Have your child create captions for pictures and write paragraphs about the event. They can use speech bubbles with dialogue saying what the person in the photo might have said at the moment the photo was taken. This is a fun way to keep your memories of the holiday seasons!
Tigerville Elementary School
As your island of knowledge grows so does your shoreline of wonder. (unknown)
Family Fitness/ Science Night
Our next Family Fitness Night will be held on January 8th, at 5:30. We will be doing workout stations! Our workouts are a lot of fun and are always family friendly. Bring the entire family, and the workout will be suitable for all! Immediately following our Family Fitness, we will have science night! This will be a fun night for all! We hope to see you there!