From the Desk of Ms. Clark
November 9, 2017
Dear Parents,By teaching and modeling manners, giving, generosity, and respect, we are helping our children to make and keep friends, excel in school, and feel fulfilled. Here are some ways you can help your children learn and practice these important values:
- Ask your children to go through the pantry at home and find any canned goods that haven’t been used within the last 6 months. If they’re not being eaten, give them to a family who can use them!
- Request that your children pick out one item each at the grocery store to contribute to the local food pantry.
- Direct your children to set aside a certain percentage of their allowance, job money, or money that came through gifts for the purpose of giving to charity. Then help them choose a charity that is meaningful to them, allow them to research it, and motivate them to write the letter telling the charity how much and why they want to donate to them.
- Visit an assisted living facility or a nursing home so that your children can sing songs, play games, and read with the seniors there.
- After every other season, have a “closet day” in which your children spend some time going through their closet and bagging up the things that are too small or unused. Then drive them to the drop off center or charity and allow them to contribute their donations.
- Ask your children to help make cards or wrap presents for people outside of your family and circle of friends. Perhaps these contributions would be for the local children’s hospital or other charity. It doesn’t need to be holiday time to do this! Be different!
- Invite someone who doesn’t have family nearby to share a meal or come over for a movie. You wouldn’t believe how grateful they will be just to feel included.
- Talk to your children often about generosity, giving, and how they can give of themselves each day. It’s amazing that the more we give, the more we get out of living.
- Encourage your children to call elderly family members—even extended family members– just to say hello, tell them what’s new, and ask them what they’re up to these days. A simple call can make someone’s day.
- Ensure that your children send out thank you cards. If they’re very young, have them sign them in their own way—either with their name, a drawing, or decorative stickers.
- Read books that illustrate the power of giving. Talk about the characters with your children and ask them how each character showed generosity of spirit. What did they admire?
-Dr. Robyn Silverman
During these Autumn days, let us remember that nothing lives forever- so we must be aware and appreciate God’s goodness in nature and in those surrounding us. Our generous spirit is a sign to others that we are believers and depend on the Holy Spirit to live a faithful Christian life.
SKD Value for November
We Salute Our Veterans
Healthy Hands, Healthy Heart
Teddy Bear Week in PreK
4th and 8th Grade Engineers
In Science, the fourth graders created a boat from modeling clay and then floated it. They tested a design solution and went through a failure analysis in order to improve their solution in their latest lab.
The 8th grade designed a model (using marshmallows and toothpicks) so that they could engineer an earthquake simulation. They had to determine whether or not their model was able to withstand the earthquake after placing it a a shoe box sized container. There were straws that went along the bottom (width) of the container and then a piece of cardboard was on top of the straws. Once they placed the model on top of that, they had to enthusiastically shake the container to simulate an earthquake. If there was any damage, they could construct a new model and test that one as well.
Technology Information for Parents
Important Dates to Remember
11/9: 11:45am Dismissal / Parent-Teacher Conferences
11/10: NO SCHOOL / Parent-Teacher Conferences
11/16: Veteran’s Day Celebration
11/17: Kindergarten Thanksgiving Feast / Jean Day
11/22: 11:45am Dismissal
11/23: NO SCHOOL, Happy Thanksgiving
11/24: NO SCHOOL
11/26: Lunch with Santa
11/27: NO SCHOOL
Even our youngest students collaborate in STEM design activities in their daily lessons.
Our students work hard to be kind to all. We love seeing our older students being a model of respect and kindness for our younger students.
Our 2017-2018 Student Leadership Team works hard to implement monthly service projects throughout our school community.