January 12, 2018
We have many activities coming up. We will begin our second round of MAP testing (K-8th) on this Wednesday and will be testing until the first week of February. This is not a test that students can "study" for, but we do want parents to encourage their children to take their time, focus, use test taking strategies and do their best. At the bottom, I have included links for videos and pretest that students can watch/take for practice with the procedures at home. There is one link for 3rd-8th grade and one link for K-2nd. In addition, I included information on necessary skills using the computer mouse and websites where your child can practice these skills.
2nd Quarter Report Card Night
Early Pick-up: It should be avoided whenever possible, but if you have to pick up your child early, it should not be in the last hour of the school day UNLESS you have notified the teacher or called the office well in advance. Please respect the fact that there is a lot going on at the end of the day and teachers cannot drop everything to get a child ready to go home early at the last minute.
- Please keep children home if they are sick and lessen the spread of illness at school. It is also not fair to a child to be sent to school if truly ill. If they come to school sick, we have no choice but to send them home and while they are waiting to be picked up, they are miserable sitting in the office.
- If your child is out sick, you must call or send an email to the office and please send a note back to school upon return for your child's records. If your child is out more than 2 days, we request a note from the Dr.
- If your child is out sick and you want a teacher to put together a school work packet, you must request this in the morning. Please do not call in the afternoon and request this because it will be impossible.
New Uniform Company
Right Now Media
I am very happy to be able to extend access to RightNow Media to all of our school families. This is a Christian video site that has been described as the Netflix of Christian Media. Setting up an account is very simple. You will have access to children, youth, teen and adult videos, bible studies and documentaries. Please take the few minutes to set up your FREE account. Click on the link below and again at the bottom of this newsletter.
Cold Weather Jacket and Sweater Policy - another reminder.
Students in K5 through 8th grade may wear a jacket, sweater or sweatshirt that is solid navy blue, grey, black or white. You may also purchase the Holy Cross sweatshirt from Sunshinewear.
PUT YOUR CHILD’S NAME IN ALL JACKETS AND SWEATERS! Our lost and found bin is growing. Unfortunately, if it does not have a name in it, anyone can take it from the lost and found bin. When items are brought into the office, we always check for a name before we put it in the bin.
Black, white or navy tights may be worn on cold days.
There is PE when the weather is cooler. Even in colder parts of the country, kids go outside for recess unless the temperatures are dangerously low. That will not happen in South Florida. Navy blue sweatpants may be worn under PE shorts on COLD days. Cold is defined as a day where the temperature is BELOW 60 degrees.
Boots are not permissible for safety reasons. Do not dress your child in boots of any kind.
It is doubtful that it will ever get cold enough for gloves, mittens or scarfs to be necessary and they become distractions and play toys.
Hats may not be worn in the classrooms. If you want your child to wear a hat to school on a cool day, it may be worn on the playground. However, it rarely is cold enough for this to be necessary.
If the weather is so cold that we feel that uniform items are not warm enough, you will receive a text alert and instructions. Otherwise, children are expected to wear their uniforms to school. Every student should have one pair of long uniform pants, as per our dress code so cooler weather is not a reason to send your child to school in jeans, leggings, etc.
Monday, January 15th: MLK birthday, No School or OOS
Friday, January 19th: End of 2nd quarter, EARLY RELEASE
PK-K5 11:30 1st thru 4th 11:45 5th - 8th Noon
Thursday, January 25th: Report card night.
Tuesday, January 30: Elementary Spelling Bees
1st thru 3rd 9AM 4th-5th 10:30AM
Monday, February 5: Middle school spelling bee
Spelling Bee study list