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Endeavor Elementary School Newsletter--February 2018

Ms. Thistle's Thoughts

Greetings!


In January, students completed their mid-year testing. Based on these tests, teachers can work with parents to plan for specific skills that your child can work to improve upon. At school, we try to encourage students to set goals for themselves, then through repeated practice and asking questions they can grow academically.


We see lots of growth when parents and teachers partner up to support kids. Recently, I received an email from one of my boys’ teachers asking if I could work on a few math skills with my son. Her message to me was, I will work with him one on one at school, but could you practice with him also? She relayed that by both of us working together, he will hopefully understand the math concept much quicker. I was so glad that she cared about him and recognized his struggle, but grateful too that she had some ideas on ways that I could help him. This is just one example of how we can support each other.


After receiving the winter report card, you will get a picture of strengths and some areas for growth. Parent-teacher conferences will be coming up in March. If there are areas where you see your child struggle, you are welcome to talk with me or ask your child’s teacher if there is anything that could be practiced again at home. Through a strong home-school partnership, we see progress occur much quicker.


Thank you for your support.

-Salina Thistle


MARK YOUR CALENDARS

February 5: No school for students. District in-service for staff.

February 7: Donut Day 7:45-8:30 a.m. (RSVP 's sent home January 22)

February 26 - March 2: Dr. Seuss Week (dress up days and lots of fun --

more info to come)

February 28: Sharing Supper; 5-6:30 p.m.

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Notes From the Office

Sleep promotes growth.

Sleep helps the heart.

Sleep affects weight.

Sleep helps beat germs.

Sleep reduces injury risk.

Sleep increases kids' attention span.

Sleep boosts learning.

Phy. Ed. With Mr. Schuette

In Physical Education, we will be working on fitness activities like Jump Rope for Heart and FitnessGram Testing.

Music With Ms. Janes

Hello, Happy February! We're up to a lot of different things in the music room this month. Kindergarten and 1st grade just finished singing and playing "The Itsy Bitsy Spider" on several instruments, 1st and 2nd grade are right in the middle of reading a musical story. The 3rd graders are learning how to play the recorder, and are sounding pretty good at it. Last but not least the 4th and 5th graders have been learning about all of the band and orchestra instruments, giving them a sneak peak at their options if they want to join band in middle school! That's pretty much it for the moment. Have a wonderful February.


-Emily Janes

Art With Ms. Martens

Artists have been busy in the art room learning about color and clay.

Nursing Notes With Ms. Hon

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month-Prevention

Each and every day, everyone in the family needs to have a daily plan to prevent tooth decay. Teeth play an important role to:

  1. Chew food we eat

  2. Say sounds and words correctly

  3. Hold a place for adult teeth

  4. Give the face a nice shape

Daily activities for everyone should include:

· Brushing teeth twice a day for two minutes with fluoridated toothpaste

· Flossing between the teeth once a day

· Eating nutritious foods and limiting sweetened foods and beverages

· Drinking water

· Protecting teeth from harm by using a mouthguard during activities


Counselor's Corner With Ms. Brown

Welcome to mid winter! Our goal is for students to have 10 or less days absent for the entire year!!

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Library Media Center

Here are the days that each class will have library. Remember to bring your books back every week so that you can check out a new one.

Mrs. Beaulieu's Class--Tuesday

We have been reading some of the Mr. Putter and Tabby series.

Mrs. Steinhaus' Class--Wednesday

We have been reading some of the Mr. Putter and Tabby series.

Mrs. Petrulis' Class--Thursday

We have started reading the book Wonder.

Mr. Hammer's Class--Wednesday

We are reading a book from last year's Battle of the Books, Rain, Reign.


Battle of the Books participants have been working hard on this years books. We have many good readers this year. The Battle is the last week in January.

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FORWARD EXAM

What is the Forward Exam?

The Forward Exam is a test that will be taken over several days and it will cover the topics of English Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies. This test is an important assessment that provides information about what students know and can do in relation to the Wisconsin Academic Standards. The Forward Exam will be given to students grades 3-5 at Endeavor Elementary starting in April.


How can you prepare your child for the Forward Exam?


--make sure your child gets a good night's sleep

--make sure your child has a healthy breakfast

--make sure your child is prepared

--remain calm and upbeat about the test


There is an ONLINE TOOLS TRAINING available for students at http://dpi.wi.gov/assessment/forward/sample-items


More information will be coming home soon.


If you have any questions, please contact the school.