RES East News

Austin Theobald, Principal

August 2016-Back to School Edition

Welcome Back!

I want to personally welcome you to the 2016-2017 school year. I hope this letter finds you and your family well and that you have had an enjoyable summer. We are already excitedly preparing for the opening of school as the first day of school is approaching--Tuesday, August 2 for kindergarten students & August 3 for grades 1-6. This is going to be another amazing year at RES East. We are evermore committed to providing the best education possible to our East Eagles.

As we embark upon another school year, the staff and I are eager to continue to grow and learn as educators to help your children develop the skills necessary to be a successful student. Teachers have participated in professional development to improve the instructional opportunities for students. They dedicated an entire week to unpacking the Indiana College and Career Readiness Standards. This process is a rigorous, but the end result ensures that we deepen our understanding of the state standards. Educators at RES East are fully committed to your child's well-being. In addition to the academic work, our teachers invested two full days with Dr. Joe Ryan and Jeff Haffer from the Love and Logic Institute. We believe that the skills learned from these renowned speakers will greatly contribute to the incredible community and culture that we have here.

This year, teachers will be working on learning how to use a progress monitoring tool and formative assessment called NWEA. In past years, we utilized the programs DIBELS and Acuity to help us determine student needs. Teachers and administrators are excited about the information that we will glean from this assessment because it will help us accomplish our #1 goal: IMPROVE STUDENT LEARNING! Regardless of where your child begins the year, we want to help them in advancing their critical thinking, knowledge, skills, and ability to problem solve.

We are happy to have our students returning to school and we want to extend a special welcome to the students and families who are joining our learning community for the first time! Our community is made up of outstanding students, an expert and dedicated staff of caring professionals, active and involved parents, and a very supportive community. We are committed to working together toward the success of all the children at Rushville Elementary School East.

Thank you to all who are helping prepare for the new school year. Your commitment to ensuring that RES East remains a celebrated and successful school is awe-inspiring. I eagerly look forward to greeting students and families again. It remains an honor and privilege to serve as your principal. Please stop by and say hello. Together, I know we will make this school year one of growth and achievement for all children.

Warmest regards,

Austin Theobald


Rushville Elementary School East

August Events

  • 8/1 Kindergarten Open House, 6PM-7PM
  • 8/2 First Kindergarten Day
  • 8/2 Open House Grades 1-6, 5:30-7PM
  • 8/3 First Student Day Grades 1-6
  • 8/4 All Students Attend
  • 8/10 PTG Meeting, 6:30PM
  • 8/15 Girls Basketball Practice Begins
  • 8/15 Fundraiser Kickoff
  • 8/22-8/26 NWEA Fall Testing Beging Grades K-6
  • 9/5 Labor Day, No School

Student Placement

A great deal of time, effort, and thought has gone into the process of student placement for the 16-17 school year.

Careful consideration was given to input from staff and families as well as student learning styles. Classrooms have been balanced academically and socially. Our class lists are structured to provide equitable class sizes at each grade level. Moving students is difficult without causing imbalances and inequalities.

Thank you so much for being positive with your child and helping him understand that it is impossible to place all students with a preferred best friend or teacher. ALL of our staff works hard to make school a positive experience for ALL students. RES East is eagerly looking forward to enriching your child's life. Thank you for understanding that it can take a few weeks for a child to acclimate to a new grade, peer group, and teacher.

Launch Into Learning off! It’s a brand-new school year, and your child’s mission is to learn. With these tips, he’ll land in class ready to succeed.

3...Build excitement

Help your youngster get revved up about what he’ll learn this year. To find out what’s ahead, attend back-to-school night, talk to his teacher, and check the school website. Find topics you think will interest him, and read about them together in library books or online. Look for hands-on opportunities to get him excited, such as visiting a public garden or planting seeds at home if he’s going to study plant life cycles.

2...Set goals

Specific, doable goals are critical to any successful mission. Let your child write goals and “due dates” on strips of construction paper (“I will finish long- term projects one day early so I have time to review them”). He can loop the strips together into a paper chain, then cut off each link as he achieves the goal. With hard work, he’ll be able to say, “Mission accomplished!”

1...Develop routines

Your youngster will blast off ready to learn if he is well rested, well fed, and active. Set a bedtime that gives him the recommended 9–11 hours of sleep. Make sure he wakes up early enough to enjoy a healthy breakfast. Also, try to see that he gets at least an hour of physical activity a day.

Boost Bus Safety

Get your child on board with school bus safety! To avoid dangerous situations and accidents, students must follow bus safety rules and procedures. Make sure they understand these general bus safety principles.

Board the bus safely. Students should walk, not run, to the bus stop. While waiting for the bus, children should stay in a safe spot away from the road. Remind your child never to never speak to strangers at the bus stop. When the bus arrives, students should wait their turn to board and never push or shove on the stairs. Students should ask the driver for help if they drop something while getting on or off the school bus.

Follow the driver’s rules. Explain to your child that drivers have to focus on the road to keep students safe. Distracting the driver, even for a second, could put all the riders in danger. Remind students to treat drivers with respect, and always follow printed rules or the driver’s procedures—especially in case of an emergency.

Keep the bus calm and quiet. Students should find a seat quickly and stay in it. Behaviors that might seem “cool” (waving one’s arms out the window, for instance) can put your child’s, and other children’s, safety at risk. Enforce tough punishment if your child exhibits bad bus behavior. Students should never throw things on the bus or out the windows, or play with emergency exits. Make sure students know to use their “inside voices,” and never play loud music on the bus.

Watch for bullies. Alert the bus driver if students on the bus are harassing your child. School bus drivers are not counselors, but they are there to transport students safely. You can work with them to find a solution to problems.

Avoid the “danger zone.” Children should wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before getting off , and use the handrails. When crossing in front of the bus, children

should take five giant steps away from the bus, make eye contact with the driver, and cross when the driver indicates that it’s safe. Teach your child to look both ways before crossing, and to stay away from the wheels of the bus.

Listen and report. Remind your child to tell you if they notice something odd or unsafe on the bus, such as the driver seeming impaired or students bullying one another. If your child tells you about any inappropriate behavior, speak to your principal.

Reading Connection-Early Years

We want you to spend time with your youngster, build her reading skills, and help her love books! You can do all three when you read aloud to her. Here are some suggestions:

Read regularly

Try to read to your child every day. You might aim for 10–15 minutes of bedtime reading for a peaceful end to the day. Bring along a book, and read to her during a sibling’s sports practice. Or curl up together with a book when you get home from work.

Take turns choosing books

Your youngster may want to hear old favorites again and again. Use your turn

for new titles and variety (nonfiction, poetry).

Let her participate

Ask your child to turn the pages while you read. Also, she can finish sentences

that rhyme or fill in words she knows. Go slowly so she has time to understand

the story and look at the illustrations. She’ll enjoy read-aloud time more if she

plays an active role.

Be playful

You can use different voices for different characters (a high, squeaky voice for a mouse or a deep, booming voice for a horse). Or substitute your youngster’s name for the main character’s name, and use family members’ names for other characters. Note: You don’t have to be an expert reader—your child will love it when you read aloud because it’s you.

Read Between The Lines

Learning to infer, or “read between the lines,” is one key to good reading comprehension. Consider these tips for helping your youngster make inferences when he reads.

Describe the setting. Pick a book, and read a few sentences to your child (without him looking). Leave out words that name the setting. Example “Sand stretched in all directions…cacti dotted the landscape.” Can he infer where the story is set? If he isn’t sure, give him a hint. (“Where do you see lots of sand and cacti?”)

Look for lessons. Fables are great for reading between the lines. Read one by Aesop, and help your youngster figure out the lesson. For instance, The Tortoise and the Hare teaches that even if you’re slow, you can win if you just keep going. Have him point out parts that he used to make his inference. (“The tortoise never stopped, and he took one good step after another.")

Use prompts. Questions that start with “Why do you think…?” or “How do you know…?” can encourage your child to infer. You might ask why he thinks a character behaved the way he did or how he knows it’s going to snow. Together, look for clues in the book that may help him answer the questions.

Worth Quoting

"If you can dream it, you can do it!"-Walt Disney