March Scholls Heights Knights
On February 12, Dr. Mary Ehrenworth, Senior Deputy Director of the Teacher’s College Reading and Writing Project, presented on the topic, "What you do at Night, on the Weekends, and on Vacation Can Make a World of Difference to Your Child's Academic Success: Practical Advice for Families from a Leading Literacy Expert."
The achievement gap happens in the summer. Summer slide in reading levels can easily happen. For every 5 weeks of not reading, a student drops a reading level. Students who read in the summer go up a level. The shorter vacations are dress rehearsals for how the longer breaks will go. Start planning now for how to build in a rich reading life for your family at home this coming Spring Break in rehearsal for summer.
Students who read succeed. Families need to create experiences that celebrate reading. You certainly can’t discipline a student into reading, rather you have to love them into it by providing them with books that they find fascinating. Even with sports and other summer activities, make sure that students are reading throughout the summer months.
Mary acknowledged that graphic novels are sometimes viewed negatively by parents. Graphic novels are now the fastest growing area in publishing. Research shows that students who begin reading comics become avid readers over time. Mary’s advice was to not interrupt your student’s passion, instead, channel it.
Mary also commented on the importance of reading aloud. Advanced language comes from reading aloud to your student. When reading aloud, refer to pictures if any and provide students with meaning and context of new vocabulary. Don’t forget to make predictions along the way. Look for books that are mirrors and windows for your child by making sure that the authors and illustrators match the culture they’re writing about. Read series books that are above your student’s level multiple times so they’re almost memorized by the time your student reads them.
I hope these notes were helpful to you in supporting the reading habit at home. Please also find notes taken by a BSD staff member attached below (download the pdf) if you would like more information as well.
Working with you for kids,
Congratulations Andrea Bonard!
Dear Scholls Heights Community,
I am happy to announce that Andrea Bonard is our March Walk + Roll Champion! Each month Safe Routes to School awards one person/group/school with a Walk + Roll Champion to recognize the work they are doing to promote safe, active transportation for their school community. We are so impressed with Andrea’s dedication to providing not only a monthly Walking School Bus, but also coordinating encouragement events, anti-idling signs and a SRTS Action Plan. What a Rockstar!!! Scholls Heights is 1 of 3 schools in our District that have a Walking School Bus and we will continue to collaborate on how to grow the number of students participating. One of the proven methods is consistency (it takes time for these programs to build) and I am so impressed with Andrea’s commitment over the past 2 years to continue to show up and not get discouraged!
Andrea will be recognized at the April 1, PTO meeting.
Beaverton Safe Routes to School Coordinator
Beaverton School District
Thank you Andrea for all you do for Scholls Heights!
Fun Fridays Dress Up Days
Vacation Day (Hawaii, Hiking, Fishing attire, etc.)- March 20
Crazy Dress Day (Inside Out/Backwards)- May 1
Celebrate Your School Day (College, High School, Scholls Heights)- May 29
Parent Pick-up/Drop Off Safety
Coin Drive to Support Field Trips
Current totals for our coin drive are as follows:
1st place: 2nd grade with $ 78.84
2nd place: 1st grade with $ 75.01
3rd place: Kinder with $ 71.96
4th place: 5th grade with $ 58.62
5th place: 4th grade with $ 57.79
6th place: 3rd grade with $ 45.19
Total donations to date: $ 387.41! Reminder that the Coin Drive continues through next Friday, March 13. Keep those coins coming in!
Message from Beaverton City Library
We’ve distributed all the Youth Access Cards to every school in Beaverton School District, and are starting to see an increase in students using their library! As of the end of January BSD students have used their new Youth Access Cards to check out over 15,000 books!—at least 5 Scholls Heights students have used their new Youth Access Cards to check out 18 books!
Spring Break is just around the corner—this year we have activities every day for kids in grades K-5 with their families all about animals From Aardvark to Zebra! Visit www.BeavertonLibrary.org/SpringBreak
Here are some other activities happening March:
Most Requested kids’ books this month:
1. Dragonslayer: Wings Of Fire: Legends by Tui Sutherland
2. Warriors: The Broken Code #3 Veld of Shadows by Erin Hunter
3. Edge of Extinction #2 Code Name Flood by Laura Martin
Most Requested kids’ movies this month:
1. Frozen 2 (2019)
2. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019)
3. Abominable (2019)
Mark Your Calendar
March 9-20 Samples of Student work will be displayed at District Office
March 10- Dining for Dollars Greenway McMenamins
March 11- 5th Grade Fly-Up to Conestoga Middle School
March 12- 4th Grade Music Program 6PM
March 13- Kindergarten Cozy Read-in 9AM (Please rsvp to teacher, background check needed)
Spring Break 23-27 School Closed
April 1- PTO meeting 6 PM
April 9- PTO Movie Night
April 10- Grading Day, no students
April 15- Parent Teacher Conferences (4-8 PM)
April 16- Parent Teacher Conferences (8-8 PM)
April 17- No School
April 18- PTO Adult Only Gala Fundraiser