Herbert Mills STEAM Weekly News

May 29, 2020

Herbert Mills STEAM Elementary is a globally focused K-4 elementary school that is committed to developing culturally competent, critical and creative thinkers through rigorous STEAM best practices rooted in transdisciplinary problem-based learning. Our program prepares students to be competitive in the 21st century global marketplace, and to be critical and disciplined thinkers who are able to investigate problems thoroughly and effectively to understand their potential to drive meaningful and sustainable innovations.

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Chromebook Returns

If you still have your student's Chromebook and charger, please contact us to arrange a time to return them as soon as possible. We will give you any belongings your child left at school in March and any school pictures or yearbooks you may have ordered.

Thank you for making sure all our resources are safely returned to Herbert Mills STEAM for the summer.

Title I Parent Survey

Each year the government requires all schools receiving Title I federal funding to survey parents about their programs. Reynoldsburg City Schools values feedback from parents and uses the information from our surveys to improve future programming in our schools. Please complete this survey to help us create a better Title I program to support our students.

Click here to take this year's survey before June 15. Thank you!

Report Cards

Final report cards will be mailed to your home address on file the week of June 8. Please keep an eye out for them!

If you need to change your address, please contact the Welcome Center as soon as possible.

Online Resources Over the Summer

Some of the programs your students have been using for online learning during the COVID-19 school closure will be available over the summer. We encourage you to take advantage of them if you can!

Lexia will be available until July 31

iReady Reading will be available until July 16

iReady Math will be available until July 30

Reflex will be available until July 31

Epic will be available until June 30

INFOhio (Ohio's PreK-12 Digital Library) also has a page full of summer learning resources. Click here to see them all!

Herbert Mills STEAM Summer Office Hours

Monday-Tuesday, June 1-2

8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Wednesday, June 3

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Thursday-Friday, June 4-5

8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Monday-Thursday, June 8-11

8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Friday, June 12

Closed for the summer!

RCS Welcome Center Hours

The district enrollment office (Welcome Center) is open! If you have a new address or need to enroll a student, you may stop by to pick up forms to fill out, but you must make an appointment to turn your paperwork in. Please call (614) 501-1033 or e-mail Rachel Bayer to set up an appointment. Due to COVID-19 precautions, paperwork may not be completed on site inside the Welcome Center.

Welcome Center hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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Reynoldsburg Library Starts Curbside Pickup on Monday!

The Reynoldsburg branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library will offer curbside pickup of materials starting this coming Monday, June 1! The building itself will be closed to patrons, but you will be able to pick up books and other materials that you have reserved. Go to the library’s website for more information. If your family needs any help using the public library’s services (like requesting books to pick up or using online resources), please send Mrs. Russell an e-mail message and she will help you!

The library's online summer reading challenge starts tomorrow (Saturday, May 30). Please click here to learn more and sign up! Information is available in Somali and Spanish.

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Summer Reading Recommendations

Looking for book recommendations for your student for summer reading? Check out these resources!

The Horn Book
, the premier children's literature magazine for teachers and librarians, has published their summer reading recommendations for 2020. Click on the links below to go to the lists!

Picture Books (c. preschool - 2nd grade)

Easy Readers and Primary Grades (c. 1st - 3rd grades)

Intermediate (c. 4th - 6th grades)

The Association for Library Service to Children also publishes summer reading lists. Click below for their 2020 lists!

Grades K - 2

Grades 3 - 5

The "We Are Kidlit Collective" puts together a summer reading list of books focusing on indigenous people and people of color. This year's list is not out yet, but click here to see 2019's list for all reading levels!

Reading Rockets is a national public literacy initiative honored by the Library of Congress for its work. Click here for their Summer 2019 reading list broken down by age.

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Did You Know?

Did you know that here at Herbert Mills STEAM Elementary we root all of our problem-based anchor assignments in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals? The Sustainable Development Goals are a set of 17 goals that were set by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015 to improve our world by 2030. Each grade level focuses on certain goals that are aligned with Ohio's Social Studies Standards. These goals provide a platform for students to think deeply about real problems facing our world and design sustainable solutions for solving them.