Scootney Springs Elementary

NOTES FROM THE OFFICE

PRINCIPAL'S CORNER

Happy New Year! Believe it or not, we are quickly approaching the end of the first semester. Report card will be going home Friday, January 27th. Be sure to check your child’s backpack! Please keep in mind that students are graded on a scale of 1 to 4 where a 3 score on report cards means the student is meeting standard. This is where we expect students to be but we do not necessarily consider a 2 to be a “bad” score. A 2 means that they are making progress toward standard and that their skills continue to grow and develop. Although Spring Conferences are not scheduled until April, if you have questions or concerns about your student’s progress, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher. They will be happy to address any questions or concerns.

STUDENT ACTIVITIES


Daily Schedule: Tuesday-Friday

  • Doors open: 8:35

  • Late Bell: 8:40

  • Dismissal: 3:30


Late Start Mondays

  • Doors open: 10:05

  • Late Bell: 10:10

  • Dismissal: 3:30

UPCOMING EVENTS:

January Events in Scootney

16th-: No school MARTIN LUTHER KING JR DAY

17th: 2ND quarter concert @6pm

20th: 2 hour Early Release

27th: Awards assembly

• 5th-6th Grade 9:15-10:00

• 2/4th Grade 10:00-10:45

• Kinder/1st Grade 12:30-1:00

PARENT CORNER:

Support Homework Expectations

Homework in grade school reinforces and extends classroom learning and helps kids practice important study skills. It also helps them develop a sense of responsibility and a work ethic that will benefit them beyond the classroom.

In addition to making sure your child knows that you see homework as a priority, you can help by creating an effective study environment. Any well-lit, comfortable, and quiet workspace with the necessary supplies will do. Avoiding distractions (like a TV in the background) and setting up a start and end time can also help.

A good rule of thumb for an effective homework and/or study period is roughly 10 minutes per elementary grade level. Fourth-graders, for example, should expect to have about 40 minutes of homework or studying each school night. If you find that it's often taking significantly longer than this guideline, talk with your child's teacher.

While your child does homework, be available to interpret assignment instructions, offer guidance, answer questions, and review the completed work. But resist the urge to provide the correct answers or complete the assignments yourself. Learning from mistakes is part of the process and you don't want to take this away from your child.

Send Your Child to School Ready to Learn

A nutritious breakfast fuels up kids and gets them ready for the day. In general, kids who eat breakfast have more energy and do better in school. Kids who eat breakfast also are less likely to be absent, and make fewer trips to the school nurse with stomach complaints related to hunger.

You can help boost your child's attention span, concentration, and memory by providing breakfast foods that are rich in whole grains, fiber, and protein, as well as low in added sugar. If your child is running late some mornings, send along fresh fruit, nuts, yogurt, or half a peanut butter and banana sandwich. Many schools provide nutritious breakfast options before the first bell

SPECIALIST REPORT:



Hello from the Scootney Music Room!


I would like to share with you some of the wonderful things our students are working on currently this month. Our Pre-K are working hard on learning about steady beat and pulse, they are also working on learning how to sing correctly in tune and are doing a fantastic job! Our Kindergarteners are working hard on showing steady rhythm through movement. In addition, they are learning how to play various rhythmic and barred instruments like the Alto Xylophone and Bass Xylophone. Our First and Second graders are hard at work learning about note values and note names as well as vocal singing technique. Our Third and Fourth graders are learning about what creates a steady pulse in music and how to apply it to instruments and singing. Our Fifth and Sixth graders are working hard preparing for our upcoming concert on Tuesday January 17 at 6 p.m. The Fifth graders will be singing as a choir, and the Sixth graders will be playing band instruments they have been working on throughout the quarter. Thank you very much for your time and support! Our students and I sincerely appreciate it!


Sincerely,


Mr. Solonar


Scootney Music Specialist

Scootney Springs ELementary

The Othello School District provides equal access to all programs and services without discrimination based on sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation, including gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, or use of trained dog, guide or service animal by a person with a disability, and provide equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. For more information, contact Civil Rights Coordinator and Title IX Coordinator: Executive Director of Human Resources, Sandra Villarreal, (509) 488-2659, svillarreal@othelloschools.org; and 504 Coordinator: Heidi Wagner, (509) 488-2659, hwagner@othelloschools.org.