The Bearcat Bulletin

December 2017 Newsletter

Our Mission

“Everton Elementary School, with the support of a community that values education, effectively utilizes all resources to insure a safe, harmonious atmosphere where all students learn essential skills, are challenged to reach their potential, and are motivated to become creative, lifelong learners and healthy, responsible citizens.”

Important Dates for December

December 4 - PTO Meeting at 6:15

December 13-14 - Santa's Workshop

December 19 - Christmas Concert 1:15 & 6:00 Grades K, 1, 5, 6, & Grade 4 Choir

December 22 - End of Quarter 2

December 23-January 7 - Winter Break - No School

January 8 - School Resumes

Popcorn Fridays

Each Friday we have popcorn available for our students. There is a lot of work and organization that goes into making this happen. Thank you to the parents who volunteer their time for the students here at Everton!

School Delays and Cancellations

As winter weather approaches, parents of students in Fayette County Schools are reminded there may be times when it will be necessary to delay or close school. Under most circumstances, the decision to delay or close school will be made between 5:30 and 6:00 AM.

A delay means the School Corporation is delaying the start of school by two hours. Buses will run two hours later than normal. On delay days, there will be no morning Head Start class.

A school closing means that school buildings are closed and students will not be in attendance that day. All days cancelled by weather will be made up at the end of the school year.

Parents who need childcare should make arrangements for someone to care for their younger children in the event schools are closed.

The following media stations will be used to broadcast school closings or delays for the Fayette County School Corporation:

WLPK-AM Radio, 1580, Connersville

KMIX-FM Radio, 106.9 Connersville

CBS4-TV, Channel 4, Indianapolis

WRTV-TV, Channel 6, Indianapolis

WISH-TV, Channel 8, Indianapolis

WTHR-TV, Channel 13, Indianapolis

WXIN-TV, Fox 59, Indianapolis

WLWT, Channel 5, Cincinnati

Government/Education CTV, Channel 3

Parents and students are asked not to call school offices, school personnel, E911, central dispatch or radio and TV stations to obtain school closing/delay information.

The Importance of Knowing Maths Facts

Our teachers at Everton have made an emphasis this year with students knowing their maths facts. I recently read an online blog which expressed some very significant reasons why our kids need to know their math facts:

Math facts fluency leads to higher order mathematics

Through automaticity students free up their working memory and can devote it to problem solving and learning new concepts and skills (Geary, 1994). Quite simply, a lack of fluency in basic math fact recall significantly hinders a child’s subsequent progress with problem-solving, algebra and higher-order math concept.

Fluent math facts mean less confusion

Math facts are important because they form the building blocks for higher-level math concepts. When a child masters his/her math facts, these concepts will be significantly easier and the student will be better equipped to solve them faster. If the child spends a lot of time doing the basic facts, he/she is more likely to be confused with the processes and get lost in their calculations.

Math fact automaticity affects performance – not only in maths

In later elementary, students have longer and more complicated computations to complete to check their understanding of various concepts. At this stage, if a student does not have his/her math facts committed to memory, he/she will spend a disproportionate amount of time figuring out the smaller calculations and risk not completing the test. This not only affects their performance in math class, but will also in other subjects, such as science and geography.

Less math anxiety

Math can be compared to languages in some ways. Just like you have to learn to combine letters into words and words into sentences – and we have strategies like phonics and sight words to help kids to learn to read - math facts are the foundation blocks for learning the next level of maths. There is rote learning involved in both language and math mastery. Math anxiety starts when children fall behind and can’t keep up. To avoid these anxieties, students’ early elementary years should focus on learning the foundation math skills needed for later years – math facts are among those important math skills.

Just a few minutes of practice every night can make a world of difference!

Food Drive

Everton's Student Council is sponsoring a food drive for Community Sharing. They will be collecting donations of canned and nonperishable food. The food drive will begin on December 4 and go through Friday, December 15th. We hope this will make the holidays brighter for those in need.

Picture This!

We received a lot of compliments regarding this section of the newsletter last month, so it may need to become a regular section of the newsletter. I am very proud of our students and the growth they make each day! I hope these pictures allows you to share in that pride.

Reminders from the Office

  • Please update the school office any time your phone number changes.
  • Please contact the school office prior to 2:00 for any transportation changes

Everton Text Alerts

Parents are encouraged to sign up for text message alerts, such as school delays and cancellations, from Mr. Jennings. Parents who sign up will also receive a digital copy of the monthly edition of The Bearcat Bulletin. Those parents who signed up last year will need to sign up again. Follow these easy steps:

Text the message @evrtnalert to the number 81010