Albion Elementary Family Newsletter

January 2017

Happy New Year!

I hope that all of you had opportunities to enjoy extra time with your children and enjoy the freedom and flexibility of a break in the school calendar. Our first semester of school seemed to move very quickly. Second semester is sure to move just as fast. During the second semester of the school year we will conduct many important tests in grades 3 through 5. Please see the calendar below for our testing date windows. We will send more details home regarding our specific days of testing as we get closer to those dates. Thank you for sending your child to school ready to learn! We appreciate the support that we get from parents.

The first three days back to school went very well last week and by Friday all of the students seemed to be back on schedule. Please be sure to contact your child's teacher if you have any questions or concerns about anything that you are seeing with homework or report cards that came home on Friday, Jan. 6. Stay warm, everyone!


Jeff Harper, Principal

Direct phone: 260.636.1418

Twitter: @cnaeprincipal

iPads at Home

In the picture below you can see students working collaboratively in a classroom using iPads. Students have been using iPads in the classroom for a few months. In order to maximize our iPads as a learning tool, we will soon be sending them home with students. This is an exciting time and also creates a great change in the way that home and school learning are connected using technology. Our goal is to take the steps necessary to inform parents with needed information so that this connection goes smoothly. Please see the information below regarding two parent meetings that we are holding and don't hesitate to contact me if you can't attend one of the meetings and need more information.
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Parent iPad Informational Meetings Schedule

Tuesday, Jan. 24th, 8:45am

Albion Elementary Cafeteria 202 Cougar Court, Albion, IN, 46701

On Tuesday, January 24 we will hold two separate parent meetings to discuss iPads being sent home with students. The meetings will be in our cafeteria at 8:45 am AND 6:00 pm. Please plan to attend one of these two sessions. If you can't make it please let me know and I can arrange a separate time to talk to you about any questions or concerns.

At the meeting I will present information regarding iPads at home and answer questions you may have. The technology department will be on hand to discuss insurance policies on devices and other information regarding the care of iPads at home and school. All students must have paperwork completed prior to taking their iPad home. Any parents that can't attend the meeting will have paperwork sent home by their student's classroom teacher.

Important Dates

Click here for a complete 2016-17 CN school calendar

January 17 5:30 PTO meeting in the lounge

January 24 Parent meetings for iPads at 8:45 am and 6:00 pm in the cafeteria

January 30 Students begin taking iPads home when they have paperwork turned in

February 17 McMillen Health will be here for grade-level health lessons.

February 20 Make up day--Students WILL be in session

February 21 5:30 PTO meeting in the lounge

February 27-March 3 Region 8 Digitarium (Previously Star Lab)

February 27-March 10 ISTEP+ part one paper and pencil testing window for grades 3-5

March 13-17 IREAD testing for all third grade students

March 19-25 Severe Weather Preparedness Week

March 21 Statewide tornado drill

March 21 5:30 PTO meeting in the lounge

March 27 Third and fourth grade music program at the CN Jr/Sr High Auditorium 6:30pm

April 10-13 National Library Week

April 17-May 5 ISTEP+part 2 online testing window for grades 3-5

April 18 5:30 PTO meeting in the lounge

May 8-12 Fourth grade swimming at YMCA

May 16 5:30 PTO meeting in the lounge