Elementary Updates December

Principal Jeanne McCarthy

Week of 12/21/15

December Fun!


Pajama Party

Students, we are going to close out the 2015 school year with some fun! Students may wear their favorite, school appropriate pajamas to virtual lessons Dec. 21-23!


K-5 Million Pages Bingo Challenge

Students keep reading over the winter break and play our Million Pages Bingo Challenge! Students who complete the challenge will be entered into a pool and 10 students will be randomly selected to win a prize! Look for a lesson in your Reader's Workshop course!


January Dates to Remember

January 7 Elementary Fun Chats! K-2 9:00-9:30 and 3-5 9:45-10:15 Click here!

January 8 Teacher in-service (Virtual lessons canceled in core classes only)

January 11-15 K-5 MAP Assessment (Students attend their regularly scheduled Reading and Math virtual lessons to take the MAP assessment. Electives will hold all virtual lessons as scheduled this week.Whole group lessons are cancelled Jan. 11-15.)

January 14 Elementary Fun Chats! K-2 9:00-9:30 and 3-5 9:45-10:15 Click here!

January 18 Martin Luther King Day. Service projects and event information coming soon! (K-5 Virtual lessons canceled in core and electives classes).

January 19 K-5 MAP testing make-ups & K-3 Assessment day (K-5 Virtual lessons cancelled core classes only)

January 20 No school for students

January 21 K-3 Assessment day

January 21 Elementary Fun Chats! K-2 9:00-9:30 and 3-5 9:45-10:15 Click here!

January 21 January birthdays lunch with the Principal 12:30-1:00pm

January 22 K-5 MAP testing make-ups & K-3 Assessment day (K-5 Virtual lessons cancelled in core classes only)

January 28 Elementary Fun Chats! K-2 9:00-9:30 and 3-5 9:45-10:15 Click here!


K-3 Assessment Days

All K-3 students will be contacted to schedule an appointment on ONE of the three assessment days listed above to take the following assessments with their teacher in the virtual classroom: Reading levels/Running Records (K-3), Dibels (K-2), Sight Words (K-2).


MAP Assessment

The MAP assessment is an adaptive assessment that we give to students three times a year. The assessment measures student growth in Reading and Math and tells us where students are ready to learn. It will take your student approximately 30-60 minutes to complete each assessment. ALL students will get 50% of the questions correct and 50% incorrect on the MAP assessment. Parents, please do not help your student during the test as getting questions correct, that the student can not answer for him/herself, will only make the test more difficult. For more information on the MAP assessment please click here. To take the MAP assessment students should attend their regularly scheduled Reading and Math virtual lessons.


Delayed Start Procedures

In the event of inclement weather, please note that on a West Chester (East) delayed start day all K-5 virtual lessons that begin BEFORE 10:00 am will be canceled. Virtual lessons that begin at 10:00 am or after 10:00 am will be held as scheduled. Please refer to the Moodle homepage and Remind text for delayed start alerts. If our Pittsburgh office is on a delayed start, all virtual lessons will proceed as scheduled.


Students do not need to make up a virtual lesson that is canceled due to a delayed start, however students are encouraged to come to another virtual lesson that week if possible.


Virtual Lessons

If school is not held on your student’s virtual lesson day, the virtual lesson does not need to be made up. Students who miss their virtual lesson due to school closure may choose to attend another lesson that week. Please contact your teacher to make arrangements.

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K-2 Franklin Institute Field trip

Students and teachers had a blast at the Franklin Institute field trip on December 14th! Our East coast teachers took this picture in front of the Franklin Institute mural.

K-5 Parent Resource Page

Looking for more information? Check out the K-5 Parent Resource Page - it's a course in your student's account in Moodle. In this course you will find the K-5 Calendar, tutorials, curriculum information and more!

Week of 12/14/15

December Dates to Remember
  • December 14: K-2 - Children's Museum field trip (West) and Franklin Institute field trip (East) (K-2 virtual Lessons canceled ONLY)

  • December 15: K-5 Holiday Caroling 1-3pm (West)

  • December 17: December Birthdays lunch with the Principal 12:30-1:00 (virtual)


Event information can be found on the Moodle homepage.

Parent Teacher Conferences!
Parents thank you for your overwhelming support of our home-school connection! We had 92% attendance at our parent-teacher conferences - our highest attendance yet!

Letters to Your Representatives
Thank you to all of the parents who wrote to their representatives in response to our CEO, Dr. Hanak's, announcement on the Moodle homepage this week. Your support is appreciated!

Book Buddies
Thank you to the K-5 teachers who organized Book Buddies this past Friday. We had a fantastic time learning about other cultures by making dragon boats, masks and other fun crafts at our World Festival!

Principal Advisory Board
Thank you to the 15 parents who signed up to volunteer for our Principal Advisory Board! Look for more information coming soon on how you can contact your grade level parents and share topics for discussion at our Principal Advisory Board.

iPads
The K-5 iPad deployment is delayed because of the state budget impasse. Please stay tuned to Elementary Updates for more information on K-5 iPads.

Week of 12/7/15

December Dates to Remember
  • December 11: Book Buddies - World Festival! (East & West)

  • December 14: K-2 - Children's Museum field trip (West) and Franklin Institute field trip (East) (K-2 virtual Lessons canceled ONLY)

  • December 15: K-5 Holiday Caroling 1-3pm (West)

  • December 17: December Birthdays lunch with the Principal 12:30-1:00 (virtual)


Event information can be found on the Moodle homepage.


Welcome to the 3rd Grade: Ms. Danielle Erario!


We are very pleased to welcome Ms. Danielle Erario to our 3rd Grade team! Ms. Erario was selected from a large pool of candidates for her experience and expertise in elementary education and her commitment to supporting students as individuals through their unique learning paths. A fun fact about Ms. Erario: She began her career as a paralegal before earning her Master’s degree at Cabrini College! Ms. Erario will be officially starting with us on Monday 12/7/15.