October in Review
A message from the Principal
The air temperature has definitely started to show signs that winter is just around the corner! Besides trick or treat candy, the end of October also means the 1st quarter of the school year is just about complete! There has been some serious learning and growing happening here! We are very proud of the hard work the students and teachers have been putting forth.
Students will be bringing home the results from our universal screener called STAR. Watch for them in their backpacks! There will be a letter that explains what the assessment is and an explanation of the results.
The month of October brought some great fun to Garfield. Putting the newsletter together always brings a smile to my face as I look back at all the pictures. It amazes me to see how much the kids have grown, not only in their academics, but how much older they are looking in October's pictures compared to September! Don't believe me? Just go back and look at last month's newsletter!
Just think, the next newsletter will mention the holiday season. Until then, have a great November! Good luck hunters and have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Your partner in learning,
Dates to remember
Nov 6 PTO meeting at Garfield 5:30pm
Nov 7 Parent Teacher Conferences 3:30-6:30
Nov 9 Parent Teacher Conferences 3:30-6:30
Nov 22-24 No School, Thanksgiving Break
Nov 1 Crazy Hair Day
Nov 8 Favorite Sports Team
Nov 15 Camo Day
Nov 29 Class Color Day 1st RED 2nd BLACK 3rd BLUE 4th GREEN
Other Dates to remember
Dec 4 No School
Dec 5 PTO meeting at Garfield 6:30
Dec 12 Garfield Christmas Program--1:30 at High School
Dec 25-Jan 1 Winter Break No School
Inclement weather letter
The Reading Connection
The Reading Connection is a newsletter designed to suggest fun activities and books to parents/caregivers that promote positive literacy experiences outside of the school environment. Watch each month for a new Reading Connection Newsletter filled with fun literacy focused things to try at home!
PTO meeting minutes
Please click HERE for the October meeting minutes.
Halloween day fun, Magician provided by the PTO
What will he do with a giant balloon???
Yes, he is attempting to go inside the balloon!
Yup. His whole body was inside at one point.
He's making his way out!
October Character trait: Growth Minded
Growth minded is a belief that we can get smarter through hard work and practice. This means that struggling with something difficult doesn’t mean you’re not smart. It’s a chance to grow your intelligence. Growth minded is all about trying hard, using good strategies, and getting the help you need.
Being a growth minded is a popular notion in the field of education right now, however it is commonly misunderstood. It might seem like growth minded implies that everyone has exactly the same potential in every domain, but that’s not quite true. Instead, growth minded means that everyone’s intellectual ability can always be further developed. A benefit of being growth minded is that it helps you stay motivated to stick it out when things are difficult, but telling students not to quit won’t do that alone. You have to truthfully convince kids that their efforts will result in increased ability ( because ability can grow!) and remind them that they’re learning when something is hard for them to do.
Research shows that being growth minded is critical to school success and linked to the character grit or perseverance. Being growth minded predicts increased academic achievement and can help narrow achievement gaps. Growth minded means understanding that intelligence can be developed. In others words, we can grow and learn from our mistakes.
Caramel Apple Fundraiser
Katie sold the next highest amount of apples at 103. She also won a ride to school in a police car. (Picture 2)
For the PTO's 3rd place prize, they took everyone's name that sold caramel apples and had a drawing. Blaise was the winner!!! (Picture 3)
Congratulations to our winners.
Winter Weather is here
As we are rapidly approaching Wisconsin Winter Weather, we would like to remind you to bring in or send with your child, hats and mittens. If possible, it is also a good idea to have boots and snowpants that can stay at school. Please be sure to label all their winter gear. If they do not have these items they will have to spend their time on the blacktop and not be able to play in the snow or on the equipment.
We will still be going outside for recesses as long as the temperatures are not below 0… Please dress your child appropriately for this taste of winter.
Mrs. Borths' first graders working together to create story problems in math.
2nd Grade Field Trip to the Fire Station
Mrs. Smith's class
By sharing ideas and ways of thinking, students are able to gain an understanding and appreciation for a different perspective. We work diligently at choosing kind words even when we disagree. We have learned that it is okay to have a different opinion or different way of thinking... we are all different. We learn differently and think differently. This world would be very boring if everyone is the same. By being an active listener, we can see learning through a different lense... which makes us stronger, gives us perspective and makes us feel important and valued.
Learning fun at school
Walk to School Day
Lost & Found..If not collected by November 9, will be donated to Goodwill
Pete the Cat
October Spirit Stick winners.....Mrs. Smith's 4th grade class
Each Wacky Wednesday, Ms. Schultz will go into each classroom to tally the number of students and teachers that participated. A running total for each week will be kept to determine which class had the highest percent of participation for the month. During our monthly character trait assembly, we will present the winning class with the SPIRIT STICK. That class will display it in their room until the next month's assembly when we will review the participation rates again and award the newest winner.