Slate Hill Newsletter
November 6, 2022
Dear Slate Hill Families,
As part of our PBIS (positive behavior interventions and supports) plan, we have added reward parties (Glow Parties). The first one was on Friday, and we will have several of these this year with the last one being Star Fun Day. Each week your child's teacher reviews with your child how he or she did during the week following
Our Slate Hill Expectations:
- We are respectful and responsible
- We are safe
- We take care of ourselves, others and our property
- We are active and engaged learners
The goal is for our students to meet these expectations or show growth in these areas to attend our reward parties. If a student is not meeting these expectations or showing growth with these expectations, he or she will miss the reward party and instead participate in a review lesson and activity. The goal is to help our Slate Hill Stars improve their behavior so that they are not missing out on their learning and class activities. We feel this new addition will assist all of our Slate Hill Stars in their growth as a learner and as a member of our school community. I have included a few pictures from our Glow Party.
The Adventure Awaits at the Slate!
Julie Gulley, Slate Hill Principal
Student Safety Reminders
- Please use the car rider pick up line (rather than parking out back) when picking up your students by car.
- While picking your student up from the car rider line; please stay in your vehicle. Staff members will assist your student to the vehicle safely.
- Please only drive in the appropriate parking lot lane, as trying to drive into the lanes where cars are exiting is unsafe.
- If you have walked to the back of the school to pick up your students, please wait in the grassy area by the tree to receive them. There are many students exiting the building at dismissal and we need for everyone to be able to walk out the school doors safely.
- We are all excited for the opening of the new section of the playground, but in order for all students to stay safe, we need for ALL STUDENTS & FAMILIES to exit the playground and school grounds at dismissal. You may return after 3:05pm if you would like to use the playground after school hours.
School Wide Safety Drill information
Slate Hill Elementary will be participating in a school-wide safety drill on November 17th at 10am. Students and staff will practice the Lock-out and Lock-down safety drills - two drills intended to keep students in classrooms during a suspected emergency and prevent all outside entrance into the school.
We realize that safety drills have the potential to create anxiety for students. Our goal will be to provide clear information in a caring manner and to conduct drills in a way that does not cause fear or anxiety for students. Prior to the drill, teachers will work with students in an age appropriate way to understand the difference between the two types of drills and to review expectations during each drill.
In addition, this safety drill will allow our school to practice communication in the event of a true emergency. As a parent/guardian, you can expect to receive notification on the day of the safety drill via email and text message at the onset of the drill and after it has concluded. Since this is occurring across all of our buildings, families with children in multiple schools will receive drill messages from each school. We apologize in advance for sending multiple messages, but we want to make sure all of our systems are working.
If you would like to confirm or correct a phone number or email address so you can receive notifications, please update your information in the Emergency Data Review section of the parent portal. Instructions can be found here: Emergency Data Review Instructions. Please update any information in advance of the scheduled drill.
Health Clinic Request
As we have done for the last several years, we will be asking for your child to reflect on his/her own mindsets and approaches to learning via an online survey. The survey shouldn’t take more than 20 minutes to complete and will be administered during a two-week window from November 7 - November 18, 2022.
We are partnering with Panorama Education, a third-party vendor, to support us in administering these surveys. The survey content will ask students in grades 3-12 to self-reflect on School Safety, Teacher-Student Relationships, Sense of Belonging, Rigorous Expectations, and Self-Efficacy. Additionally, our students in grades 6-12 will also be asked to self-reflect on two additional topics; Diversity and Inclusion and Cultural Awareness.
Student voice matters to us and their responses will provide invaluable insights into their experiences and how we can improve and adapt our instruction to meet their needs. If a student doesn’t feel like they have enough information to answer a question, they will be able to skip the item altogether.
If you have any questions about the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) survey or would prefer your student not take it, please don’t hesitate to contact us in the office at 614-450-5000.
If you would like to help a family in the Worthington school district this holiday season, the volunteer form is up and running. There are several ways you can help this year:
- Monetary Gift/Gift Cards
- Family Stocking (Stocking filled with gift cards, generic stocking stuffers, etc. estimated spend $50-$100)
- Sponsor a Family (minimum of $75 per family member to be spent)
Please use the following link to sign up:
Please email email@example.com if you have any questions. Thank you!!
Worthington Food Drive - Donate through November 17th!
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
- Thurs, Nov. 10th: PTA Meeting at 7pm in the Slate Hill Library
- Fri, Nov. 11th: BIBIBOP! Restaurant Night (Polaris Mall location), 10am-8pm (flyer attached below and in the eBackpack with all the details)
- Weds, Jan. 11th - Chipotle restaurant night! 4-8pm at 191 E. Campus View Blvd. location
Joining Kroger Community Rewards is a great way to support the PTA! The program is free and does not take anything away from your Fuel Points or any other Kroger programs. To get started, click here! Our organization is Slate Hill PTA or use code IW349.
We hope you will join our PTA this year and support the great things they are doing for our Slate Hill Stars! You can join by completing the paper form that was sent home with your student(s), or by using this link. https://slatehillpta.memberhub.com/store
Title I Information
Title I, Part A (Title I) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESEA), provides financial assistance to local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards. Our school receives Title IA funding.
Parents/families of students in our building have a right to know about teacher qualifications and state-mandated assessments. In addition to being linked here, these documents are available on the Title IA page of our school website.
Now that the temperature is starting to fall, it is a great time to snuggle up together on the couch, floor, or whatever comfy space to watch a movie. Watching a movie with your student(s) is a great way to engage them in conversation and discussion. Here is a list of 50+ movies about resilience, change, growth, and perseverance that you can check out. A few of my favorites are Big Hero 6, Meet the Robinsons, Wonder, and The Mitchells vs. the Machines.
Stefanee Loges, MA
Licensed Professional School Counselor
Slate Hill Elementary School
As a reminder, if your child has any of the following symptoms, we strongly suggest that you keep them home from school and contact their pediatrician for additional guidance:
Temperature 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher when taken by mouth
New or worsened cough
New onset severe headache
Shortness of breath
Loss of taste or smell
Vomiting or diarrhea
If your student has COVID-19 symptoms, you can pick up a test from your school's office.
Care After School is Hiring!
We are reaching out to share a job opportunity within the Worthington School District. We are Care After School, a self-funded non-profit that provides after school care to children in the eleven Worthington elementary schools. We currently have Recreation Leader ($15/hour) openings to start as early as next week. Hours 2-6 pm, M-F and we operate when school is in session (End time can be flexible after 5 if needed). Your elementary school-age child(ren) may attend CAS at no charge.
Check us out at careafterschool.com and apply online at your convenience. Call or email Kathy or Leslie with any questions.
Assistant Director/Hiring Manager Leslie Rubinoski, firstname.lastname@example.org, 614-431-2266 ext. 225.
Director Kathy Rayner, email@example.com, 614-431-2266 ext. 222.
Slate Hill Elementary School
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