Scootney Springs Elementary

Notes From the Office

Principal's Corner

Hello Scootney Families,


It has been so wonderful to see all of our Scootney children and feel their energy throughout the halls and in the classrooms. Although we are not yet back to school as “normal”, we appreciate that we are able to have all of our students on campus all day. Teachers have worked hard last spring and throughout the summer to ensure that the instruction students receive this year will help accelerate their learning and make the most of every moment they have with students.


Congratulations on having three weeks of the school year done! So far, mask compliance has been great. One of our biggest issues has been improperly fitted masks that tend to fall down during the day. Proper mask fit is key to their effectiveness. We recommend using appropriate sized masks for your child. The CDC has other tips, including using knots and loops to shorten ear bands, using mask fitters and braces (often available online). Click here to see their suggestions...

A properly fitted mask stays in place all the time! Thanks to everyone for working to keep our schools open and safe. Remember, masks are required when indoors at Scootney and on school buses. They will also be required for large outdoor gatherings of more than 500 people.


We are looking forward to a fabulous year!

P.E. Spotlight

Dear Parents,


Hello parents! If your child is in 4th, 5th or 6th grade they will begin fitness testing next week. We still do the Presidential fitness tests which include: Mile Run, Shuttle Run, Pull ups, Sit Ups, and the Sit & Reach test. Please remind them to wear proper clothes and shoes. If your child is in grades 1st, 2nd, or 3rd, we have been learning tetherball rules and foursquare rules as well ( 3rd). Our Kinder kids are playing tag games and spatial awareness games. The year has started off well and I look forward to a great rest of the year.


Mr. Davis

S.T.E.A.M. SPOTLIGHT

Hello Families and Friends,


This year we have transformed the art classroom into a STEAM museum for all of our K-2 students to explore. Focused in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics, the students are immersed in activities that allow them to explore these concepts through imaginative play. They are encouraged to ask questions and build on their curiosities using real tools and applicable life skills everyday! We also have a huge emphasis on our speaking and listening skills, specifically at our cafe, where the students take real food orders and bake cookies using the energy of a light bulb! Please feel free to ask questions yourself and contact Marisa Leavitt with your ideas and curiosities!


Mrs. Leavitt

Music SPOTLIGHT

Dear Parents,


Hello from the Scootney Music Room! This year we have hit the ground running with being able to sing and use instruments once again. In Kindergarten through 4th Grade music we are focusing on rhythm, singing, note naming and instrument technique. The biggest change to our program this year is in 5th and 6th Grade music. In 5th Grade music each class will receive one quarter of Choir. While each 6th Grade class will receive one quarter of Beginning Band with instruments provided. Both classes will have a concert at the end of the quarter. The concerts will be held in the Scootney Gym and the dates and times are as follows: Quarter 1 Thursday October 28th at 6:00 pm, Quarter 2, Monday December 20th at 6:00 pm. Quarter 3, Tuesday March 29th at 6:00 pm. And Quarter 4 Tuesday May 24 at 6:00 pm.

Sincerely,


Mr. Solonar

Library SPOTLIGHT

I'm excited to have your students in our library this year. I will be sharing the Washington Children's Choice Picture Book Nominees with K-3 students, who will be able to vote for their favorite one at the end of the year. We talk about the books, and I help them to find books they can enjoy and check out. In the older grades, we work on book genres, text features, research, and the design process. Thanks for helping your child take good care of their library books. Together, we can help students love reading!


Mrs. Adams

Scootney Springs Elementary

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