The Gasper Gazette

Mr. Gasper's First Grade Class - Schofield Elementary

January 31-February 4

Hello everybody! I wanted to take some time to share some information with you all. To start, our 100th day of school is on Wednesday! I can't believe we are already at 100! To celebrate this students are allowed to dress up like they are 100 years old with the faculty. We are going to be having a lot of fun activities planned on that day that students will get to post and share on Seesaw. The next thing to cover is Valentine's Day. I have sent home a paper that will explain our Valentine's Day plans. If you have any questions about it feel free to send me an email! Lastly, we have a new month and a new snack schedule. I have posted the new schedule down below on our Newsletter.

January 18-21

Hello everybody! I just wanted to reach out and make sure that everyone was aware of what the rest of the week is going to look like. Tomorrow, Jan. 19th will be a no instruction day. Thursday and Friday will be AMI days for students. All students were sent home with the materials they would need for those days. I will be sending an email to everyone with instructions for reaching and completing the AMI activities. If you have any questions feel free to reach out to me anytime and I will get back to you ASAP!
During our visit from Ms. Pietruszynski, K-2 students began exploring the world of work and the skills needed to be successful. Students are never too young to start thinking about future careers and we are excited for our Schofield students to begin thinking about their future. As always, feel free to contact Ms. Pietruszynski with any questions/concerns you might have regarding your student. diana.pietruszynski@republicschools.org or 732-3610.

January 10-14

Hello everybody! I hope everyone got to enjoy the snow days last week! I just wanted to send a make sure that everyone has gotten to see the January snack schedule for the class. It can be found down below under the link towards the bottom of the newsletter. Thank you all for your time, I hope you all have a wonderful week!

January 4-7, 2022

Hello everybody, this is Mr. Holt! I just wanted to get ahold of everybody to let you know we are going to be having an informal open house on Thursday, January 6th from 5-6pm. This is a come and go event for you to get a chance to meet or talk to me about any concerns or questions you might have. Again this is an optional event and if you can't make it I am always reachable at matthew.holt@republicschools.org to answer any questions you may have. Thank you and I hope you all have a wonderful start to the new year!

December 20-22, 2021

Classroom News...

Dear Team Gasper Families,

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. We have a short week ahead full of fun!


Below is a LOT of important information. Please read through it carefully and let me know if you have any questions or concerns.


Please know I will work very hard to support your child this school year. I believe we can work together to make this a great year for your first grader. If you have any questions or concerns throughout the year please don't hesitate to contact me.


Have a great week!

-Mr. Gasper

Important Message...

This following message was sent out to families on Friday. If you have any questions or concerns please don't hesitate to contact me.



Good morning, Mr. Gasper’s families! I’m writing with some bittersweet news. Mr. Gasper has accepted the position of STRIPES 360 Director within our district effective January 3, 2022. We know Mr. Gasper will do amazing things to grow our before and afterschool programs, but we will also miss him deeply at Schofield.


Transitioning classroom teachers in the middle of the school year is not typical, but we feel very confident in sharing with you that Mr. Matthew Holt will be stepping in as your student’s teacher for second semester. Mr. Holt recently completed his student teaching at Schofield with Mrs. Potts and will graduate with his elementary teaching degree tomorrow! I’d like to assure you that Mr. Holt demonstrates the characteristics of a strong classroom teacher. He has the skill set to help your students continue growing both academically and personally throughout the rest of this school year!


Below you will find a message from both Mr. Gasper and also Mr.Holt. Leading up to this announcement Mr. Holt has been in your child’s classroom observing and getting to know the students informally. Now that the announcement is Board approved and public, we will be sharing this news with your students, in person, this morning. Mr. Holt will continue to be in your child’s classroom alongside Mr. Gasper until Winter Break.


In addition to the message below, we’d like to invite you to attend an “Open House” event just for your child’s class on Thursday, January 6 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. This will be an informal, come-and-go event that will allow your family to get to know Mr. Holt.


Message from Mr. Gasper:

Hello, Team Gasper Families-

Please know my decision to move to this new position was not a decision I took lightly. I know the timing is not ideal. However, I am fully confident in Mr. Holt's abilities as a teacher. I know that each of the students will build a wonderful relationship with him and finish this school year strong. Mr. Holt and I have worked, and will continue to work closely to ensure the smoothest transition possible. I have truly loved being your child's teacher this school year. I am amazed at their growth so far and I am proud of each and every one of them. I will miss working with them greatly! Thank you for the opportunity to work with your child this year.


Message from Mr. Holt:

Hello, families! My name is Matthew Holt. I am from Bolivar, Missouri and I will graduate from Missouri State University with my elementary teaching degree tomorrow! It has been a pleasure getting to know your students over the last few days, and I am truly looking forward to our time together during second semester! Some quick things to know about me are that I love to read and spend time outside my dog, Delia. I am very excited to start my career as an educator at Schofield, and look forward to meeting you at the “Open House” for our classroom on January 6 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Should you need to contact me please feel free to email me at matthew.holt@republicschools.org.

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Snack Schedule for This Week...

Monday - Holly

Tuesday - Extras Day

Wednesday - Extras Day

Thursday - No School

Friday - No School

*The link to the monthly Snack Schedule is at the bottom of this newsletter. Please remember we have 21 students in our class.*

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Winter Break: December 23rd - January 3rd...

Winter Break is coming soon! There will be no school for students December 23 - January 3. Families with students in Kindergarten through 8th grade needing childcare during this time can sign up to participate in Cub Care on the dates listed in the below graphic. The deadline to register is December 15 at 4:30 p.m. Visit https://www.republicschools.org/Page/1144 to register.

Handle With Care Message...

If your family is experiencing difficulties at home, I would love to provide additional support at school for your child. I understand that you are not always able to share details and that's perfectly okay. If your child is coming to school after a difficult night, morning or weekend, please send me a quick message saying "Handle With Care". Nothing else will be said or asked. This will let me know that your child may need extra time, patience or help during the day. My priority is to provide a safe learning environment for your child.

Water Bottle Reminder...

We would like to remind our families the water fountains are turned off this school year. We encourage each student to bring a water bottle with them to school each and every day.
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Student Chromebooks Reminders...

Each student has been assigned a school Chromebook to use both at school and at home if needed. Students are now taking these devices to and from school each day. Although the goal is to keep students in-person, at school and learning, students taking devices home daily allows the district to be able to quickly implement an AMI Day (virtual learning), if needed. The district will do its very best in communicating the need for an AMI Day as far in advance as possible, should this need arise. The practice of sending devices home daily is simply a precautionary practice to help us be prepared in any unplanned circumstance.


Elementary students should not have a need to utilize their school devices outside of school hours. Therefore, it's recommended they stay in backpacks at home when not needed for learning or when not charging. This graphic provides some tips about using student Chromebooks. Please send your student to school every day with their fully-charged Chromebook and charger.

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Early Release Fridays...

Each Friday throughout the school year full day preschool through 12th grade students will dismiss one hour early for teacher collaboration time. Please keep this in mind when planning your student's after school plans. For details visit

https://www.republicschools.org/fridayearlyrelease.


Also, Tiger STRIPES will be available at no extra cost to families already enrolled from 2:30-3:30 and/or a cost of $4.00 per weekly release day for students needing care until 4:30 p.m. To attend Tiger STRIPES, families will need to sign up in advance. Registration details can be found at

https://www.republicschools.org/STRIPES360.

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Important Dates...

December 23rd-31st: No School (Winter Break)

January 3rd: No School (Teacher Work Day)

Box Tops for Education...

Our school collects Box Tops year round. If you have Box Tops at home please send them in at any time. Box Tops can be found on hundreds of product packages. Our school earn 10 cents for every Box Top, which adds up quickly!

Specials...

Monday - Library

Tuesday - PE

Wednesday - Computers

Thursday - Art

Friday - Music

School Improvement Plan...

It is Schofield Elementary's goal to make sure more than 80% of students are proficient with Missouri Learning Standards for literacy and numeracy. Please read below to see what we are doing this week to meet this goal.


Word Work:

This week during Word Work we will be doing Christmas Activities.


Reading:

This week during Reading we will be doing Christmas Activities.


Writing:

This week during Writing we will be doing Christmas Activities.


Math:

This week during Math we will be doing Christmas Activities.


Science/Social Studies:

This week during Social Studies we will be doing Christmas Activities.

Standards Based Grading

At Schofield Elementary, we use Standards Based Grading to monitor each student's understanding of the Missouri Learning Standards. Follow the link above to learn more about Standards Based Grading in RepMo.

Team Gasper Celebrations...

At Schofield Elementary, students can earn camp badges for positive behavior as a class or individually. Our class goal is to earn 50 camp badges. Currently, we have 27 camp badges.

W.I.N. (What I Need) Time @ Home

Here are some helpful videos of activities to try at home to help your student be successful.

February Snack Schedule

Please send enough snacks for 21 students. Thank you!

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