Dear Parent/Guardian of Prairie View Students,
Hang on to your bootstraps because we are headed into another holiday season. If you have visited any of the large retail stores, the elves, ornaments, and reindeer have been stocked and ready to fly off the shelves. I prefer to anticipate and enjoy one major holiday at a time. The Halloween candy is going to take some time to “disappear” and the jack-o-lanterns and costumes still need to be packed up for next year. A big thank you goes out to the Sandwich Police Department for talking to all of our students about trick-or-treat safety, as well as, providing goody bags for each child. Thank you to everyone who participated in the Great Pumpkin Contest, the wonderful judging team (Mrs. Dannewitz and Mrs. Benson), and the teacher who suggested this fabulous idea—Mrs. Gudmunson. There were so many creative pumpkins representing a wide variety of literary characters. Prairie View has found a new fall tradition! October and Fire Prevention go hand-in-hand. Sandwich Firefighters taught us about some of the gear and equipment they use and what steps to take to escape a burning structure. As part of Fire Prevention, the Department hosts a coloring contest of third grade students with the winner riding to school one day on the firetruck. We had an unusual circumstance this year……two winners! Ms. Taylor Bock and Mr. Colten Corneils arrived to PV, sirens blaring, on a huge firetruck where the entire student body was waiting for them in the front of the school. The school was dark on October 14th with a day off for Columbus Day. It is not only the holiday season, but the cold and flu season, too. Our school nurse, Mrs. Hoyt, visited each classroom demonstrating and helping students practice proper hand washing…..always a good refresher as we attempt to reduce the spread of germs and illness. Following October’s theme of safety, members of Northwestern Hospital presented a program called Think First to our first grade students about the importance of wearing a bike helmet. To emphasize the fact that a bike helmet could potentially save a life, every first grade student went home with a complimentary bike helmet. Before we talk turkey, another national holiday that deserves honor and recognition. Veterans’ Day is November 11th. Originally known as “Armistice Day”, Veterans’ Day celebrates the first anniversary of the end of World War I (the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month”). This holiday pays special tribute to all American veterans—living or dead—but especially the living men and women who served their country honorably during war or peacetime. Local veterans will be our special guests during a school-wide assembly. This holiday is a great example of patriotism and helps teach citizenship to our young students. If it is sleep you crave, your lucky day/night is November 2nd when Daylight Saving Time Ends and the clocks are turned back an hour.
Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on November 7th and November 8th. It’s not too late to schedule a conference with your child, or children’s, teacher. You may have already received information regarding your child’s performance on the fall benchmarking. Benchmarking gives us a snapshot or where students are performing in reading and math at a given point in the year. Some of the assessments we use provide comparison data on how a child is doing compared to a large sample of same-aged peers. As a parent, it may be helpful to ask the teacher for suggestions on things you can do to support learning at home….regardless if they are meeting, below, or above the standard. Sandwich CUSD #430 has slowly been transitioning to standards-based grading which is measuring performance based on a mastery of learning standards. Grade level teams have been working diligently to establish performance standards and assessments to measure growth uniformly. You may want to ask for a copy of the learning standards at your child’s current grade and ask how their performance will be measured. Your child’s teacher should also be able to address a plan of action if your child does not meet the standard. It may be helpful to ask about academic strengths and weaknesses. How your child gets along with others and problem solves-- are also indicators of success. Conferences are meant to share information. Please talk with the teacher about your child….likes, dislikes, interests, fears, incentives, dreams, concerns, changes at home….anything you feel would give the teacher more insight into your child and his/her success in the learning environment. Please be mindful of the time as there is probably another parent(s) waiting for their appointment. If you feel you need additional time to communicate, please schedule another session. The school year is young, but your children have already accomplished so much. We are looking forward to seeing you either on that Thursday or on Friday to share their progress.
And, yes, I did say we’d “talk turkey” so let’s do it! Wishing everyone a grateful Thanksgiving where the turkey and fixins’ are secondary to sharing a perfect day with family and friends. Gobble ‘till you wobble!
"Believe in the Magic of Learning"
Fundraiser will be available for pickup November 6th from 3-4:30
Thank you for all your support!
Our Box Tops competition is still going strong! Keep clipping them
and continue to send them in and we will tally them up November 1st.
The classroom that brings in the most Box Tops wins!
Box Tops also have a new app that is very easy and convenient to use.
Please give it a try every bit helps our school!
Our next PPA Meeting will be November 13th, at 1:30. Thank you to those
who showed up at our last meeting. If you were unable to make it,
please feel free to contact us via our email or Facebook page with
any questions or ideas.
PPA Facebook: www.facebook.com/PVPPA
Prairie View PPA
All medications, including cough drops and over-the-counter products, require a Medication Authorization Form to be completed and signed by a student’s healthcare provider and their parent/guardian.
Flu season is around the corner! Protect yourself and your family this season with an annual flu vaccine for everyone who is 6 months and older. Seasonal flu activity can begin as early as October and last as late as May. Visit www.flu.gov for more information.
Mrs. Baker's students have been reading the weekly story, then answering comprehension questions together in small groups. Mrs. Stahl's students created animals using dried and flattened leaves and twigs.
We have been very busy in P.E. during the month of October. Students have learned new soccer skills and terms, we were given the opportunity to learn some self-defense techniques with Master Francis during Red Ribbon Week, we’ve started to go over the correct technique for overhand throwing, our fitness days have been centered around cardiovascular endurance, and we did some spooky Halloween games and glow bowling. If you completed the october fitness calendar, be sure to hand that in!
For the month of November, students will continue to practice the correct throwing and catching techniques. Students will get many opportunities to use a variety of objects to throw and will use many different sizes, shapes, and levels of targets to aim at. Cooperating, taking turns, and being a good sport throughout these activities will be expected. Students will continue to learn useful fitness terms and concepts during our fun fitness days. At the end of the month, students will get the chance to participate in Thanksgiving themed games, with a focus on nutrition and eating right!
Nutrition Tips For Thanksgiving:
Don’t forget to eat breakfast. It’s important to eat a small meal before the big one, so you are not starving by the time you eat Thanksgiving dinner.
Sometimes it is easier if you start out with small portions when you first fill your plate. If you finish all your food on your plate, you can then have a second plate or dessert if you are still hungry.
Make sure you fill half of your plate with fruits and vegetables; then add the rest with the special foods. It’s important to include your fruits and veggies, even on holidays.
Safety on Thanksgiving:
The stove will be hot most of Thanksgiving day. Be sure to stay 3 feet away so you don’t get burned.
Stay away from hot foods and liquids, which can spill and burn you. Wait for foods and drinks to cool down before consuming so you don’t burn your mouth or throat.
Keep your toys out of the way so no one trips over them.
Never go anywhere or do anything without talking to your parents first.
Be aware of the ingredients to be sure it is safe for you to eat or drink.
Parents are their children’s first teacher
Some games to play at home:
1. Play memory or concentration with sight words, vocabulary words, or math facts.
2. Play a board game such as Candyland and have your child read a sight word or
spell their spelling word before taking their regular turn.
3. Play tic-tac-toe or bingo with short or long vowel words or with any concept.
4. Have your child write words in shaving cream on a cookie sheet or in the bathtub.
5. Build words with letter magnets. (They stick on the refrigerator or on a cookie
sheet for easy portability.)
6. Find words or numbers in magazines or in newspapers. Circle them with smelly
markers or cut them out.
7. Write a sentence or a math problem, cut it apart, and have your child reassemble
8. Look for letters, numbers, or words on signs when traveling.
9. Write notes or jokes for your child and slip them in their lunchbox or in their take-
home folder as a surprise.
10. Have your child help you write grocery lists, adding their favorite item to the list.
11. Write words or numbers with chalk or paint with water on the sidewalk.
12. Play card or dice games. They reinforce numbers and math concepts.
Be creative. If you are having fun, your child will most likely be having fun too.
The most important idea is for children to realize that learning takes place at school
and at home. I hope some of these ideas help. Now go have some FUN!
Linda Johnson, Resource Teacher
1. What did you do before coming to Prairie View? I worked in the STARS Pre-K/K program at Haskin.
2. Name one or two children's books that you would recommend that every child read? The Harry Potter Series and Dragon Loves Tacos.
3. What's the one most important thing that every teacher should know? That behaviors are communication.
4. Why did you choose the teaching profession? I have a son with autism and I have seen so much growth and talent blossom once he was given the tools to communicate and was encouraged to be more independent.
5. If you hadn't gone into education, what other career would you have considered? Social work is what my degree is in. I also used to be an EMT-P
6. What are your hobbies? Listening to music and spending time with my family.
7. What is your favorite snack? Ice cream. Always ice cream.
8. If you could have one wish in the world, what would it be? That there would never be a need for just one wish.
Welcome Mrs. Crete-Craddock!
1. What did you do before coming to Prairie View? I was an infant/toddler teacher.
2. Name one or two children's book that you would recommend that every child read? The Monster At The End Of The Book, Planting A Rainbow, Jamberry and many many more!
3. What's the one most important thing that every teacher should know? Always treat children how you would want your children to be treated.
4. Why did you choose the teaching profession? I've always loved working with children and helping them develop and grow.
5. If you hadn't gone into education, what other career would you have considered? Rocking drug -addicted babies in a NICU.
6. What are you hobbies? Sewing, reading, gardening and fishing.
7. What is your favorite snack? Popcorn
8. If you could have one wish in the world, what would it be? If I could, I would put an end to child abuse and neglect.
Welcome Mrs. Padilla!
1. What did you do before coming to Prairie View? I taught third grade in DeKalb. Prior to that I taught Office Systems at Kishwaukee College.
2. Name one or two children's book that you would recommend that every child read? My absolute two favorites are Matilda and Charlotte's Web.
3. What's the one most important thing that every teacher should know? Connecting with your students is essential.
4. Why did you choose the teaching profession? I love seeing kids get excited about learning.
5. If you hadn't gone into education, what other career would you have considered? Before I became a teacher, I was a Paralegal. I loved doing legal research.
6. What are you hobbies? Gardening and photography
7. What is your favorite snack? Chips and salsa.
8. If you could have one wish in the world, what would it be? That my children get to live long, happy and fullfilling lives.
Welcome Mrs. Stahl!