Color of Our Worlds 1/2018

Educating ALL MCSD Students for success.

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Daily Attendance is Important

One of the basic foundations for success in school is regular school attendance. Additionally, teaching our children that regular attendance to school is important helps send the message that education is important. It also teaches the importance of keeping one’s responsibilities.

To that end, please be sure to stay home only when truly ill, or due to a real family need. See the attendance section in your school's handbook for additional guidance. Remember to schedule appointments outside of the school day when possible, or to return to school when finished. Minimize early dismissals. Family vacations are not excused absences. Thanks to everyone for supporting daily attendance!

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New Year’s Resolution Ideas for Parents

As we start the New Year, it’s important to reflect on the past year and remind ourselves of our good parenting successes and the ways we have acted in the best interests of our children. Keep inspired with just a few parenting resolution suggestions. We hope you find them realistic and doable throughout the New Year 2018.

1. Say "Yes" More. Try saying "yes" more to spending quality family time and doing things together.

2. Say "No" More. When it comes to I want, I need, everyone has it, and everyone does it, learn how to say "no."

3. Worry Less. Keeping kids safe should be a priority, but don't let your worries drive your life. Instead, find ways to make your kid's world safer and let them actively explore what's around them.

4. Listen More; Talk at Less. Ask "What do you think? What are you feeling? Tell me about it. What would you do?"

5. Read a Little More. It's not only a good way to spend time together, but reading to your child, with your child, and in front of your child will also help them grow as readers.

6. Write a Little More. Get in a habit of writing notes of encouragement, love, recognition, and daily appreciation of life.

7. Expect a Little More. Expect more from your children, like good behavior, responsibility, manners, kindness, and all of the goodness that lies within your kids.

Resource: Bright Horizons; Family Resources

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Family Media Plan for a Happier, Healthier New Year!

Media should work for you & work within your family values & parenting style. When media is used thoughtfully & appropriately, media can enhance daily life. But when used inappropriately or without thought, media can displace many important activities such as face-to-face interaction, family-time, outdoor-play, exercise, unplugged downtime & sleep.

By creating a Personalized Family Media Use Plan, you can be aware of when you are using media to achieve your purpose. This requires parents & users to think about what they want those purposes to be. The tool below will help you to think about media & create goals & rules that are in line with your family’s values.

Create age-based media and tech resolutions for your family with this interactive guide from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Make a personalized family media plan.

(Retrieved from, December 30, 2017.)

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Find Yourself in a Book during Celebrate Literacy Week - January 22-26, 2018!

The goal of this year’s Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! is to promote literacy and excellent reading habits in the students of Florida. We are excited to partner with Florida First Lady Ann Scott on this important initiative for the eighth consecutive year. First Lady Scott will engage in fun and exciting reading experiences with select schools and classrooms across the state.

This year, our Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! 2018 theme is Find Yourself in a Book! With this theme in mind, we are encouraging all schools to participate in the Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! contest and encourage students to connect to a book and book character.

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January 23 is National Reading Day!

National Reading Day is an annual event which celebrates and encourages reading by younger children. National Reading Day is celebrated in thousands of schools all around the United States. This literacy event is designed to help Pre-K through Third Grade students develop the literacy foundation they need to become lifelong learners. Schools, libraries, nonprofit groups, and parents participate in a variety of activities with younger readers on National Reading Day.
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January 23 is National Handwriting Day!

Have your child practice handwriting by writing a note to a family member (aunt or uncle, grandparent, cousin). The note could be a thank you note for holiday gifts or a note about what you have been doing in school so far this year.
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WHAT PARENTS CAN DO: Helping Your Child Succeed in School AFTER the Conference

• Contact the teacher about any questions you didn't have time to ask.

• Follow up. If the teacher brings something to your attention that needs to be addressed with your child, take steps to put the plan in motion, whether it's helping with organizational skills, getting extra help, or addressing a social issue.

• Update your child. Start with the positive things his/her teacher had to say, then fill him/her in on any concerns you and the teacher discussed. Explain how you can all work together to ensure your child has a successful year.

• Keep in touch. Once an action plan is in place, try to determine how you’ll follow up with the teacher in the weeks and months ahead. Will it be through written notes, a phone call, or another conference? And it’s not a bad idea to inform your child that you’re keeping in touch with their school. “When a child knows parents and teachers are regularly working together, the child will see that education is a high priority requiring commitment and effort,” according to the National PTA.

Keep in mind you and your child's teacher have the same goal in mind…To help your child succeed in school.


Kate Jiggins of Pinewood Elementary School Shares her Growth Mindset with the School Board of Martin County!

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Hispanic Heritage Month Contest Winner

Congratulations to Gabriel H. Mikati, 2nd grader at PWE, for placing Honorable Mention in the state's Hispanic Heritage Contest!

Governor Scott and First Lady Ann Scott announced the 2017 Hispanic Heritage Month student and teacher contest winners. This year’s theme was “A Recognition of the Role of Hispanic-Americans in Shaping Florida Today,” and the winners were honored during the annual Hispanic Heritage Month reception at the Florida Governor’s Mansion.

  • Honorable Mention: Gabriel H. Mikati, Pinewood Elementary, Martin County
    Title of art: “Florida Melting Pot”
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Indiantown Middle School Soccer Champions!

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Pinewood Elementary School Science Fair Winners for 2017!

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SeaWind Elementary Celebrates Reading!

At SeaWind we celebrate reading in big ways. Before winter break we have an annual event where every student is given a new book to help increase their home library. The students are excited to have the opportunity to select the one book that they want the most. We thank the community for helping us purchase enough books for everyone to have a choice. This year, like previous years, the celebration was a huge success!

Thank you to the Education Foundation of Martin County (EFMC) and the Hobe Sound Community Chest! HSE received a grant for $8,000.00 from the EFMC and their donor the Hobe Sound Community Chest to promote literacy at our school. The students love reading their new books!

HSE appreciates EFMC

and Hobe Sound Community Chest!

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Superhero Citizens Project at Hobe Sound Elementary is Funded by Character Counts! of Martin County

Mrs. Casady accepted her Character Counts Grant at the Nov. School Board Meeting. Mrs. Casady was one of 13 winners out of 50 applicants for her Superhero Citizens Project. Congratulations to Mrs. Casady!

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Fun Facts About January

• On average, January is the coldest month of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and a summer month equivalent of July in the Southern Hemisphere.

• Sometimes January was called the Wolf Month because hungry wolves would come into villages searching for food this time of year.

• January’s birthstone is Garnet. It is said that garnet represents balance, which is definitely something we all need after the crazy busy month of December.

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A Fresh Look at Your Home Library! Tip for Parents

Having interesting things to read at home is a great way to keep kids motivated and the New Year is a great time to take a fresh look at your home library.

Some simple changes on your part can help you create an amazing home library, and help your child develop an early love of reading! Below are a few questions to ask yourself about your home library. You can create an amazing home library and help your young reader start this New Year on the right reading foot!

Does your home library offer…?

1. A variety of books? Kids love to read all sorts of materials, including books, magazines, newspapers, and poems. Consider including travel brochures, street maps, and programs from school plays.

2. Books written at a variety of reading levels? It's important to have some books that are easy for your child to read, but it's also good to have some that can be read most successfully with an adult. This balance enables your child to feel confident with some books, and grow as a reader with others.

3. Some method of organization? Sometimes grouping books by topic or series helps your child find other books they might like to read. Grouping books using book baskets also help kids find a book more easily than a crowded shelf.

4. Lots of nonfiction material? Even the youngest readers love to read about real places and things. These materials often include photographs, maps and charts full of interesting information.

5. Lots of choice? Find creative ways to add books to your library. Playgroup book swaps, yard sales, and used book stores all offer affordable ways to add to your collection. Take the time this New Year to consider your home library. Your reader will be glad you did!

Resource: www. Reading Rockets; January 2017 article

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What is iReady?

i-Ready Diagnostic & Instruction is an online, interactive earning environment designed to assess students and then provide individualized instruction based on each student’s unique need.

iReady Login Link

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The Martin County School District has launched our new mobile app, which is now available for iPhones®, iPads®, Android™, Blackberry™ and Windows™ devices by searching “Martin County Schools” from SchoolInfo App. The free app enables parents, students, alumni, faculty and staff to quickly access all of the who, what, when and where for the District and every school in the district.
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Title I/Migrant/ELL Services Department

The Color of Our Worlds is an Electronic Newsletter for the school communities of:

AMS: Anderson Middle School

HSE: Hobe Sound Elementary School

IMS: Indiantown Middle School

JDP: J. D. Parker Elementary School

PWE: Pinewood Elementary School

PSE: Port Salerno Elementary School

SWE: SeaWind Elementary School

WES: Warfield Elementary School