Loachapoka Elementary School News
Can you believe we are wrapping up October and already welcoming November? We've had an amazing start to the year. Thank you for your partnership to make this an outstanding school year! As we move into November, there is quite a bit of information and events shared within this newsletter.
Thank you for your continued support!
Our teachers and staff at Poka go above and beyond each day for our students. This year we want to provide a way for you to recognize their efforts in a more public way that we can celebrate with them! If you feel so inclined, please submit a kind word, thank you, praise, or provide positive affirmations to our teacher(s) using this form. Submissions will be shared throughout the year with staff during our morning announcements and /or through our teacher newsletter. We appreciate you taking the time to provide positive recognition to our staff!
While traveling on Lee County School buses, we want to ensure a safe ride for all passengers and meet our students travel needs. All book bags must be stored on or underneath a seat and may not block the aisle or emergency exit. If possible, encourage students not to take items that won't fit on or under a seat. Storing things in a seat, whether attended or not, can become projectiles if the bus has to stop quickly. Additionally, to keep our buses in good condition students should be made aware that they may not wear cleats or other shoes or footwear that can damage the bus floor or to use any objects to write or damage the bus seats.
The early school years are essential for laying a foundation for strong attendance and academic success in future years. Attending school regularly is essential to students gaining the academic and social skills they need to succeed. Reducing absenteeism is a simple, cost-effective, but often overlooked strategy for improving academic performance. Starting as early as preschool and kindergarten, chronic absence—missing 10 percent of the academic year—can leave third graders unable to read proficiently, sixth graders struggling with coursework and high school students off track for graduation. By middle and high school, poor attendance is even more predictive of dropping out of school. Students are at risk academically if they are chronically absent (missing 18 days), no matter the reason and one or two days a month can add up quickly.
Empowering English Language Learners
Using context and visual cues
Making teacher talk comprehensible to students goes beyond the choice of vocabulary and involves presentation of background and context, explanation and rewording of unclear content, and the use of effective techniques such as graphic organizers. By using context or visual cues, or by asking for clarification, students enhance their knowledge of English. When input is comprehensible, students understand most aspects of what is required for learning, and the learning experience pushes them to greater understanding
Angel Fowler ;ELL Teacher
The Loachapoka Elementary School Counseling Department had a busy October full of bullying and drug free (Red Ribbon) activities. We had our monthly Character of the Month Celebration along with our first behavior and attendance celebrations. We enjoyed our third Breakfast with Buddies meeting that takes place on the last Friday of each month; however, it will not be held the month of November. We ended the month with a presentation from the NED Show. November will be full of our monthly activities as well as celebrating with those students chosen to be a part of the Legend’s Club. Thankfulness and gratitude with be our theme throughout the month. Please be sure to contact me if you have any concerns.
This month is Family Literacy Month and Native American Heritage Month.
As we focus on getting ready for the holiday, let us pause and take time to read to our love ones. I have found out that if we just turn off the television, shut down the devices, grab a book, and sit down with the whole family and have a reading session…memories can be made. That one story could possibly lead to stories that will begin start with “I remember when I was a child…” or a good ole’ folk tale. Family time is so precious. This month, read to each other. You will probably be thankful that you spent the time.
· Six Flags Read to Succeed Reading Logs will be sent out this month. Parents please register your child at www.sixflags.com/books use code NKVHJ. Record your child’s reading on the website. Must read at least 6 hours to receive a free Six Flags Over Georgia admission ticket. Contest starts this month and ends in February, 2020.
· On November 21, 2020 Author Laura Murray will visit the 4th-6th graders in the library from 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. Mrs. Murray will do a presentation on Introductory to Architectural Drawing. The students will get a chance to learn some architectural techniques. Books will be available for sale at $10.00.
Until next month…enjoy,
Deborah Murry; LMS
Character of the Month Recipients
Create for our Community Winners
November 5- No School
November 8- Veteran's Day Program at 9:00 a.m.
November 11- Veteran's Day; No School
November 25-29- Thanksgiving Holidays; No School