Elementary Highlander Newsletter

October 2019

Math Resource Supplements: Dreambox & eSpark

You may have noticed or heard about your child using a web-based program called, Dreambox. This is a program that supplements our Go Math materials on each students' individual level at their own pace. We are using this program as a trial in order to determine its usefulness. Our teachers will also be trying out a web-based program called, eSpark in November. eSpark serves the same purpose as Dreambox but with different manipulatives and set up. Based on teacher and student input, we will be using one of these programs all next year to support our students' mastery.

Please encourage your child to log on at home to continue their progress during their free time. If you have any questions about the program, please contact your child's teacher.

Red Ribbon Week

CHES will participate in Red Ribbon Week from October 21-25. Students will participate in activities throughout the week to promote the message, "Stay Drug Free". Below are a few of the activities:

  • Activity Booklets for all students in Grades K-5
  • First Grade: "Why Animals Don't Smoke"
  • Second Grade: Officer Gibbons' Presentation
  • Fourth & Fifth Grade: CHHS SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) Students presentation

Along with wearing a Red Ribbon (provided on October 21st) all week, students can also participate by following the Theme Days as listed here:

Monday: “Team up against drugs!” Wear team jerseys.

Tuesday: “Turn your back on drugs!” Wear your shirt backwards.

Wednesday: “I elect to be drug free!” Wear red, white, and blue.

Thursday: “Give drugs the boot!” Wear boots.

Friday: “Sock it to drugs!” Wear crazy socks.

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Important Dates

October 2: School Custodian Day

October 11: Fire Prevention Visit

October 14: Teacher Act 80 Day: No School for Students

October 17: School Pictures

October 21-25: School Bus Driver Appreciation Week

October 21-25: Red Ribbon Week

October 24: End of First Marking Period

October 25: Halloween Parties and Parade

10 Tips for Building Resiliency in Our Students

The following information was taken from an article in the link below. Please take the time to read the 10 tips to help foster resiliency in our students.

"While adulthood is filled with serious responsibilities, childhood isn’t exactly stress-free. Kids take tests, learn new information, change schools, change neighborhoods, get sick, get braces, encounter bullies, make new friends and occasionally get hurt by those friends.

What helps kids in navigating these kinds of challenges is resilience. Resilient kids are problem solvers. They face unfamiliar or tough situations and strive to find good solutions."


Fire Prevention

On October 11th, the Carrolltown and Hastings Fire Companies will be visiting our school. They will present a Fire Safety Lesson to our students. Be sure to ask your child what they learned about how to prevent fires and how to create a Fire Drill Plan for your own home.
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