Lenox Elementary

Family Newsletter-April 2019

Greetings Families,


As we wrap up Quarter 3 and head into our last quarter of the school year, we are determined to stay focused, engaged and persevere through our learning! It may seem like summer is just around the corner, but now more than ever with 9 weeks left, we need our students and families to stay committed to attendance and best efforts toward learning new skills and content. Stay engaged! Keep up those habits and routines that provide the best opportunities for learning at school and beyond. Thank you for staying committed to your child's education and school attendance. We want to see those happy, smiling student faces gracing our doors everyday!


Sincerely,

Mrs. Gina McLain

Important Upcoming Dates

  • Fri., April 12th--No School: Teacher Work Day
  • Fri., April 19th--Booster Dining Night Out @ Ponderosa Provisioners. Get the flier and more info here
  • Thurs., April 25th--Kindergarten Orientation, 6:00-7:00 PM. Get the word out to all of your Lenox neighbors! :)
  • Fri., April 26th--Jump Rope for Heart event during the school day.
  • Fri., April 26th--Booster Family Movie Night, 5:30-8:00 PM in the gym & Book Fair Open 5:30-7:30 PM
  • Fri., April 26th-Fri., May 3rd--Booster Book Fair. More info here
  • Thurs., May 2nd--College Wear Day!
  • Week of May 6th--Teacher Appreciation Week. More info here on how you can support with our Booster Club
  • Mon., May 6th--Booster Club Mtg., 7:00 in the library
  • Thurs., May 23rd--Celebration of Learning Open House 5:30-7:30
  • Mon., May 27th--No School: Memorial Day

State Assessments Grades 3rd-6th

SBAC state assessments get underway starting next week. Please take a look at the schedule to see when each grade level will be testing. Students in grades 3rd-6th will be assessed in English Language Arts (ELA) and Math. 5th graders will also be assessed in Science.


Click here for the assessment schedule


Why do students take state tests?

State achievement tests in the United States are standardized tests required in American public schools in order for the schools to receive federal funding. More importantly, these computer-based tests provide meaningful feedback that teachers can use to help students be successful learners and become prepared for college and career. State tests help your school’s teachers do a better job of teaching!


What can parents do to help their students prepare?

  1. Mark the testing days on your calendar so your student arrives at school ready to test.

  2. Help your student take the practice test in advance of test days (http://oaksportal.org/students/)

  3. Make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep and eats a healthy breakfast on test days.

  4. Encourage your child to do their best on the test and not worry or become frustrated.

  5. Contact your child's teacher or the school Principal with questions or concerns about testing.


What can students do to prepare?

First and foremost, students should pay attention in class and study hard. The test is aligned to the content being taught in the classroom. If a student is achieving there, they should do well on the test. Beyond that, students should:

  1. Take the practice tests early and often, especially younger students. Practice tests are available here: http://oaksportal.org/students/

  2. Get enough sleep and eat a healthy breakfast on testing days.

  3. Relax during the test, do your best and have a positive attitude. Read and pay careful attention to test directions. Don't get upset or frustrated if stuck on a question. Reread the question again, and then solve it as best you can.

  4. Don’t worry about “passing” or “failing.” Students do not pass or fail these tests and there are absolutely no penalties for low scores. Student scores help teachers learn where they need to focus their instruction so students learn and achieve.

Attendance

Our school goal is to have a less than 10% chronic absenteeism rate. As of 4/5/19, our chronic attendance rate is at 14.77%. It has continued to increase. We want this percentage to decrease. HSD defines excessive absence and/or tardies at 10 or more days for the year. Thank you for partnering with us to ensure our students are at school every day!


Please remember to call in to the attendance line when your child will be absent. You need to call each day they are gone and give a reason for absence. The attendance line is 503-844-1363. Please click on the following links for information to know if your child is too sick for school, English, Spanish

Booster Club Information

Have you visited the Lenox Booster Club Website? Here is the link. This is the place to go for info regarding all Booster events, activities, and news. Make sure to register so that you receive updates and emails for all things Booster Club!


For more information about Booster Events, please click on the links below:

Volunteering

Don't forget that if you would like to volunteer in the classroom, for school events, field trips, etc. you need to fill out the district volunteer application. Please do this as soon as possible so you are cleared to volunteer.

https://volunteerapplication.hsd.k12.or.us/