Sumner Elementary

"Learning takes your places!"

January 2020 English Edition

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Message from the Principal

Happy New Year and welcome back to school! We will be working on re-establishing routines as we get back on track with learning. I hope that everyone was able to spend some quality time with family, friends and loved ones over the break. All the best in 2020! Our school winter musical performance in December was a huge success. I am proud of all the hard work that Ms. Anthony and our students put in to make the concert successful. We appreciated your excitement and attendance as it validates all the work that goes into the show.

Parent Conferences

If you want to meet with your child's teacher, please call the front office or email your child's teacher directly to schedule an appointment. Teachers cannot be interrupted during the instructional day as this disrupts teaching and learning. Please do not walk students to class in the morning to speak with teachers unless you have an appointment. If your child is arriving to school late, please come inside the main office and sign them in. Students are unable to sign themselves in.

Morning Carrider Procedures

As a reminder, the morning car rider line ends promptly at 7:45 am. At this time, students are considered tardy and you will need to park and sign your child in. Please help us keep all our students safe by not dropping your child off in the parking lot. This is becoming a major safety concern, as we have a lot of traffic in the parking lot in the morning. Dropping your child off in the parking lot is dangerous and it’s unsafe. Staff are not available to supervise students being dropped off in the parking lot. Please utilize the car line or park your vehicle and bring your child inside the building when they are tardy. Please help us keep our students safe by following our parking lot procedures. The cones are placed to separate entering and exiting and they create one lane one each side for entering and exiting. Please do not try to pass the cars that are in line and please do not back down the exit side to park in a space. This is dangerous and unsafe for students and staff.

Parents, a big thank you for supporting our drop off and pick up procedures in the morning and afternoon. This has been a real team effort!

Afternoon Transportation Changes

Parents, dismissal is one of the most important moments of our day. We work hard to ensure that our students get to where they need to be.

As a reminder, for safety reasons, we cannot a change in last minute changes to bus or car rider transportation. Once students have boarded the bus or entered the car rider pick up location, we cannot make changes to their transportation.

Early Dismissal

As a reminder, the office requires seeing identification with early checkouts so we can confirm that your child is going home only with people you've identified. Please be prepared to present your identification to the front office when checking students our early or visiting classrooms. Thank you for your help in making this happen!

Classroom Visits

To ensure the safety and security of our students and staff and the orderly operation of our school, all visitors during the school day are required to follow the check in at the main office and sign in on the computer. Please do not go directly to the classroom. As a GCS policy, visitors will not be allowed to distract the teacher from instruction or interrupt the instructional process. Please communicate with your child’s teacher if you are planning on visiting.

Read to Soar Stories

Parents, every Monday night we post a new book read aloud by a Sumner Seahawk. Please encourage your child to listen and respond to the discussion prompt at the end of the story. Students who participate are entered to win a book. Research indicates that students who were given a book as a reward were more motivated to engage in subsequent reading than other students. At Sumner, we read to soar!

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Please Read: Important Announcements

Here are a few important school announcements:

  • Interim 2 testing window is Jan. 9th- Jan. 29th.
  • The end of the grading period is January 17th. Report cards will go home with students on January 30th.
  • There is no school for students on January 20th in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.
  • There is no school for students on January 21st. This is a teacher workday.
  • WIDA ACCESS assessment testing window (for English proficiency) Monday, 1/27/20 to Friday, 3/6/20
  • Our character education word of the month is Courage. Courage looks like doing the right thing even when it's difficult...
  • Parents, the students are excited, and we need your support! In an effort to increase student attendance here at Sumner Elementary, we’ve challenged ALL students to “Be here to get there” by attending school each day. The class with 100% daily attendance is recognized each day during afternoon announcements and at the end of each week, the class that has 100% daily attendance will receive a blue ribbon placed outside their door. The class that has 100% daily attendance will earn the rights to display the monthly attendance trophy in their room until a new winner is announced the next month. We had 3 class earn 100% perfect attendance last week.
  • Check out our Facebook page for a new Read to Soar story and discussion question each Monday.
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Looking Ahead

January 6 Welcome back students!

January 17 Grading Period Ends

January 20 No School for Students

January 21 No School for Students

January 30 Report Cards go home

Please check out our monthly student newsletter on our school website under the "Parent" link for a calendar of these important dates, additional announcements. You can find all school news located on our school calendar. Please review this information each week to stay updated on all the activities at Sumner!

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We need all students to "be here to get there" because learning takes you places! Good school attendance often starts with smaller steps, such as arriving and leaving on time. The school day begins at 7:40 a.m. and ends at 2:25 p.m. One of the most valuable life skills a student can learn is taking the responsibility of arriving and eding at school every day on time. This skill can easily be accomplished and will transfer as an asset for the future. Please help support your children in learning habits that will help them be successful at school and throughout life. At Sumner, important learning opportunities for our students occur all throughout the instructional day.

Chronic absence is issing 10% or 18 days of the school year. These 18 days also include when students are late to school or leave early and can have dramatic results on the future education of a student. These students are missing valuable instructional time. This not affects teaching and learning for your child but the entire class. We hope to see everyone at school all day, every day!

Positive Behavior Support

We review our positive behavior expectations and character attributes everyday with students. Please review our SOAR acronym with your child at home to help support our program. Our character education word of the month is respect. Respect means:

Caring for ourselves, community, family and school

Sumner Seahawks SOAR! They:

Show a positive attitude.

Own it and take responsibility.

Always do their best.

Respect themselves and others.

Character Counts!

As a national school of character, we work to implement and embed into our school culture an intentional focus on teaching students the importance of having and maintaining a positive character. Teaching character traits are important to teaching the "whole" child at Sumner. Every adult on campus regularly reinforces and models our character motto of “by SOARING together we can be the best we can be!”

One way we teach character traits is through our “character attribute of the month” morning announcements. During morning announcements, the school principal, staff and students in all grades K-5, engage in what each character “trait looks like, sounds like, acts like and feels like” for the month, every day. Students are taught what it means to have respect, responsibility, kindness, courage, gratitude, integrity, self-discipline, and perseverance.

Throughout the day students are provided with opportunities to engage in meaningful reflective actions, challenging academic curriculum, establishing a respect for all diversity and developing their character. This creates a caring community, grows student character and ensures for a healthy transition into our global world.

Each month this year, we will recognize two students per class at our monthly awards breakfast for demonstrating these traits at school. Help us to congratulate our Character Award recipients! We invite and encourage our families and the community to participate in these celebrations as we are all partners in this initiative. Help us encourage our students to have great character today and every day! By SOARING together, we can be the best we can be!

Curriculum Corner

January will be a busy month at Sumner Elementary! Our k-3 students will be taking their Istation assessments and our 3-5 students will be taking their interim assessments. It is very important that your child be at school on time, as once the assessments begin the classroom cannot be interrupted.

Find out more information about Istation here

Kindergarten will continue to work on their unit Kings and Queens, learning how to identify the main topic as well as identify characters and settings. In Math, they will be comparing numbers to determine more and less.

First Grade will soon be finishing their Astronomy unit and moving into their unit History of the Earth. In Math, they will be learning to order and compare length measurements.

Second Grade will be beginning their new unit Cycles in Nature. In this unit, they will be describing connections as well as comparing and contrasting. In Math, they will be working on decomposing tens and hundreds.

Third Grade just completed their Bugs unit and will be using this time to finalize projects and review previously taught concepts. Their next ARC unit will be Traditional Tales. In Math, they will be finishing area and will soon be moving to fractions.

Fourth Grade will be working to find the elements of stories as well as being able to write personalized opinion pieces. In Math, they will be working on fraction equivalence.

Fifth Grade will be moving into the book Wonder and studying realistic fiction. In Math, will be reviewing how fractions relate to division.

Counselor’s Corner

All of Sumner’s classes are seen twice monthly for Social Emotional Learning (SEL) lessons with our school counselors. To date, we have learned about social isolation and how to help (Start With Hello) as well as bullying and the importance of being an upstander. In December and January we will be discussing the importance of kindness, culminating in nationally celebrated Random Acts of Kindness week starting February 11th.

Title I Information

The Sumner School Report Card is available for parents at this link.

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Dr. Kimberly Jones Goods


Sumner Elementary

By SOARING together we can be the best we can be!