1B Weekly News

March 17, 2016

A Note From Mrs. Waters

Your child's report card for the second trimester will be emailed to you today from the office. Please review it to see how you can best support your child.

The biggest excitement was that on Wednesday afternoon we got to Skype with Tammy and Princess (an African Penguin) in South Africa. Ask your child what they learned about penguins.

Our field trip to the Museum of Islamic Art will be on Monday, March 21. The field trip will be a launching event for our next math unit, Geometry. It will also be an integrated experience with art and technology. The students will be looking for geometrical shapes, experiencing and analyzing artwork, and using technology to record and present what they learn. If you are interested in being a parent chaperone for this field trip, please email me ASAP. Thank you for signing and returning the permission slip.

We will be beginning new units of study next week in math, writing and science. Please read the attached parent unit letters to understand what your child will be doing in school. You will find a copy of the math parent letter in your child's home folder.

Below is a message from the office about what to do if your child's dragon card breaks.

School Announcements

Dragon Bands

Dear Parents,

Over the past few months, we have been keeping track of the amount of Dragon Wristbands that are coming back to us, broken. We have also been looking closely at the normal wear and tear of the wristbands and the actual damage that is occurring.

Closer inspection of the broken wristbands and observation in the classroom has revealed that a high amount of wristbands are being intentionally damaged. This happens when a student has been playing with it, chewing/biting it, picking at the back of the wristband where the magnetic disk is and removing it, cutting it with the clasp part of a lanier, cutting it with scissors, picking the top part of the wristband so that the magnetic disk pops out, stretching it until it snaps, continually snapping it or pulling it, playing with it with friends – a ‘tug of war’ type of scenario, etc.

With the sheer amount coming back to us damaged in this way, we have come to the decision to start charging QR 50.00 to the student’s Dragon Wristband account for a replacement. Of course, we will pre-inspect all bands prior to issuance to verify no faulty or material design flaw is present that has contributed to the wristband being torn or broken. And of course, if a wristband has simply stopped working, the wristband will be replaced at no charge.

The Dragon Wristband needs to be regarded and treated as school property – the same as a library book or school-issued computer/camera, etc. Students have been issued a first wristband at no charge and are expected to treat it with the same care as a library book or classroom property. We would like to ask you, as parents, to have a conversation with your child about the importance of taking care of their Dragon Wristband.

Thank you for your kind cooperation and understanding with this matter.

Lower Elementary Math Parent Drop-in

Our Math Coordinator, Mrs. Carol Little will be holding a Lower Elementary parent drop in / office hour every Wednesday from 2:00 – 3:00pm. Mrs. Little will be available at this time every week to assist parents who need further information about our Math program or who would like help / suggestions with how to support their children at home. It will be held in Ms. Mindy Martin’s office.

Important Dates

March 17: Report cards mailed electronically
March 21: Field Trip to Museum of Islamic Art
March 25-April 4: Spring Break
April 5: Full Day Tuesday- the students will have PE in the afternoon as we will follow a Sunday schedule