Fillmore News & Views

For the Week of October 17-21st

Boystown Skill of the Week: Listening

1. Look at the person who is talking and remain quiet.

2. Wait until the person is through talking before you speak.

3. Show that you heard the person by nodding your head, saying 'Okay', 'That's interesting', etc.

Important Reminders

  • Friday October 21st will be the end of the 1st quarter. There will be a 2 hour early dismissal at 12:25pm.
  • A friendly reminder that pop is not allowed at school. If a student is bringing a drink with their lunch, water or juice can be brought in.
  • Parent teacher conferences will be held on Tuesday October 25th from 3-7 p.m and Tuesday October 27th from 7 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • There will be no school on Thursday October 27, Friday October 28, or Monday October 31st.

Attendance Celebration

Congratulations to Mrs. Specht's classroom for having perfect attendance two weeks in a row!!!!! They got pencil grippers to celebrate this accomplishment. When asked what students can do to make sure they make perfect attendance their advice is to wake up earlier and go to bed earlier! One student even likes to have his hot cocoa all ready to go for the day so he can start his day off right! Keep up the great work friends in Mrs. Specht's classroom!

Attendance Celebration!!

Last week, Fillmore Elementary School reached 96.1% of average daily attendance. This is the highest that we have ever been! We could not have reached this goal without the support and initiatives taken to get students here on time! We are going to continue to see that number rise, and we need your help to accomplish that! Here are some tips to help us continue to see that number rise:

How do you promote good attendance for your students?

  • Establish and stick to the basic routines (going to bed early, waking up on time, etc.) that will help your child develop the habit of on-time attendance.

  • Take to your child about why going to school every day is critical and important unless they are sick. If your child seems reluctant to go to school, find out why and work with the teacher, administrator or afterschool provider to get them excited about going to school.

  • Come up with back up plans for who to turn to (another family member, a neighbor or fellow parents) to help you get your child to school if something comes up (e.g. another child gets sick, your car breaks down, etc.).

  • Reach out for help if you are experiencing tough times (e.g. transportation, unstable housing, loss of a job, health problems) that make it difficult to get your child to school. Other parents, your child’s teacher, principal, social worker, school nurse, afterschool providers or community agencies can help you problem solve or connect you to a needed resource.

  • If your child is absent, work with the teacher to make sure she or he has an opporunity to learn and make up for the academics missed.

What can families do to improve attendance?

  • Set a regular bedtime and morning routine.

  • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.

  • Find out what day school starts and make sure your child has the required shots.

  • Introduce your child to her teachers and classmates before school starts to help her transition.

  • Don’t let your child stay home unless she is truly sick. Keep in mind complaints of a stomach ache or headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home.

  • If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, school counselors, or other parents for advice on how to make her feel comfortable and excited about learning.

  • Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor, or another parent. Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session.

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Volunteer of the Week!

Our volunteer of the week is Toni Robertson. Toni Robertson helps out Fillmore by reading one-on-one with students, supporting teachers, and helping in other parts of the day. She retired from her job to take care of her grandkids. She is a community member with groups such as Lulac and has been a 16 year volunteer for the John Deere Classic. The teacher’s love her and want more time with her.

Fillmore Celebrates Italian, Polish, and German Heritage for the month of October.

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Featured Artwork by our talented students!

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Please view the following for information on some resources you can take advantage of!

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