Rocket Wrap Up
It has been a very busy start of the school year for our students and staff! We started with welcoming our students in a hybrid model on August 31st and began working through a new remote learning model for many.
Thank you so much for continuing to screen your students for illness before coming to school. This is helped keep our students and faculty healthy as we continue to work through the challenges of Covid-19. If you have any questions or concerns regarding whether your child should come to school, please feel free to reach out to our office or our school nurse!
We have wrapped up our fall baseline assessments. Students in kindergarten have taken the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment to help determine needs moving forward. Our 1st - 5th graders have taken the NWEA MAP assessment to help give teacher an idea of areas of strength and growth for the upcoming year. Our 4th and 5th graders also took a new assessment called CommonLit that mimics the Ohio AIR assessment to help begin to understand how our students will perform on the state assessment in the spring. Many of these assessments also help us determine which students may need additional intervention services. Teachers will be communicating those results and if additional interventions may be provided during the school day to you soon. Our goal is to continue to use the data we collect through classroom instruction and assessments to better inform our practices to help our students grow even more.
Please reach out to your student'/s' teacher or to the office if you have any questions or concerns as we continue throughout this school year. We look forward to continuing to work with you to benefit your children this year!
Yours in Education,
Jess Parthemore, Ed.S.
October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time.
Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose. Bullying can also take place through technology, known as cyberbullying. Examples of cyberbullying include mean text messages or emails, rumors sent by email or posted on social networking sites, and embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles.
This month, Mrs. Kline will be raising awareness on bullying by doing classroom lessons regarding the difference between rude, mean, and bullying as well as how to handle a bully, and be an upstander rather than a bystander. Below is a snapshot of resources that may be helpful for your student and family to look at together.
It is also important that students feel they have strategies for handling a bully or for when they see someone being bullied. These are listed below.
· Always report the incident to an adult.
· Say no firmly if the bully is trying to force you to do something
· Agree with what the negative comment the bully says (even if you don’t actually agree)
· Thank the bully for what they said
· Change the subject
· Ask the bully a question
· Firmly say, “Leave me alone!”
· Ignore the person
· Keep walking
· Block/report the person
· Open a book or write in a notebook
· Put headphones in your ears
· Start talking to someone else
· Avoid the place where the bully waits
· Stand, walk, and talk with confidence
· Ask the person to talk privately and tell them you want it to stop.
School/Home Connection Corner
If you would like to sign up for delivery, please contact Mrs. Mitchell at email@example.com.
We are still encouraging families to fill our the application for Free/Reduced Lunches as normal, as this can be in place when lunch returns to normal operations in the new year. A form can be obtained in the office or can be filled out at the link below.
Message From the Nurse
Please remember to monitor for the following symptoms. If your child's symptoms fall in to either category, we urge for them to stay home until symptoms are resolved and/or released from a doctor.
Monitor for the following symptoms:
1 or more of the following:
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing (not chronic illness or asthma related)
Fever (100.4 or higher)
2 or more of the following:
Persistent dry cough
Severe body aches/muscle aches
Gastrointestinal symptoms of diarrhea, vomiting, or nausea.
Severe Sore throat
Congestion or thick nasal drainage
Loss of sense of smell or taste
Open your phone's camera and the QR code will take you to our book fair website.
Look for future opportunities to help our school through fundraisers or volunteer events in the near future!
Virtual Veteran's Day Program
The Music Department is organizing a Virtual Veterans Day Program to honor those in our community that have served our country.
To complete our virtual program, which will be shared with the public, we are asking for pictures/names of community members who are veteran service members of the United States Military. These pictures can be old, new, include family members, in or out of uniform, whatever is available and comfortable for each individual. We would love to see pictures of our Ridgedale students with their veteran family members so that they may be recognized and appreciated by the community!
Please send pictures, names, or other relevant information of United States Military Veterans to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "Veterans Day Program."
Thank you for allowing us to recognize those that have served our country in a safe, socially-distanced way this year! We hope to continue our usual tradition of in-person Veterans Day assemblies in the future.
For the Joy of Music,
Mrs. Kayla Pozderac
Director of Bands, 3rd-5th General Music
Mr. Thom Richards
Director of Choirs, K-2nd General Music