Tustumena Elementary Newsletter

December 2, 2015

First round of SEM is complete

We knew it was going to be fun, but that is an understatement. Every student at Tustumena was engaged in their Enrichment Cluster on Monday afternoon. I had the pleasure of watching them learn about water colors, cooking, karate, and more. Please be sure to ask your child about their enrichment cluster and what they learned.

Our next enrichment sessions will be this Thursday and Friday. Our teachers will take what they learned about the structure and content of the enrichment clusters and apply that learning for the next session.

My deepest appreciation goes out to the staff and community members who lead the clusters. A lot of planning and preparation goes into developing and instructing this type of enrichment for every student. "Thank you," to all who put in the extra effort to make our School Enrichment Model, extra special.

Click her for link to Clarion newspaper article

Newspaper article about our enrichment clusters

Santa's Shop... Call for volunteers

Next week, December 7-10, we will have a Santa Shop. This means two things:

  • Every student will get a chance to shop for everyone in their household. The presents will come home, bagged and ready for under your tree.
  • We will need volunteers to help the shoppers. Please contact Mrs. Hopkins (260-1381) if you can volunteer for as little as 1/2 an hour any time between 9:30 and 11:30.

The Santa Shop is made possible through the generosity of one of your community members and our PTO. Please do not send money. The gifts are token in size but very thoughtful.

If you have any questions or if you can volunteer to help, please give us a call.

Thank you.

Looking for volunteers- extra hands in Enrichment Clusters

If you would like to help out, but just don't know what you could do, please stop by Thursday or Friday this week at 1:30 to 3:00 to volunteer in one of our enrichment clusters. You do not need to lead, just be an extra set of hands to help with little hands learning new stuff. It really is fun to watch how excited the kids are when they get to learn more about things which interest them.

Health tip - From Mrs. Abel

“People can learn to keep themselves focused on tasks by using a timer. Set the timer to go off at the desired interval (e.g. every 5 minutes) and then prompt a self-check with correction if needed (e.g. “Am I doing what I need to be doing?”). The timer can be gradually faded as self-checking becomes automatic.”

Upcoming events


4- Cash Raffle Drawing -6pm

7-10 - Christmas Store (kids shopping)

10- Winter Concert- 6pm - all grade levels

11- Spelling Bee - 1:30 grades 4-6

16- Geography Bee - 1:30pm grades 4-6

17- Reindeer Games

18- Teacher in-service- no students

December 19-January 3- Winter Break

Cash Raffle Drawing this Friday night at 6pm

Don't forget we draw for $2500 (and several smaller prizes) this Friday night, December 4th, at 6pm. Come on by for some dessert and to see if you won!
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