January in Review

A look back at the fun and growth in the month of January

Message from the Principal

Hello Garfield families and friends!

We are officially in the second half of the school year! Just a reminder that your child will not bring home a printed copy of the report card unless you specifically requested one by filling out the hard copy request form we sent home a few weeks ago. If you are having problems viewing the report card online, please call the office! Mrs. Cunningham will be happy to assist!


Students took the STAR assessment at the beginning of January. Reports were sent home with the students on Tuesday. If you have not seen the reports, please ask your child to show them to you. You can compare the fall score to the winter score to see the growth. We'd like to see students falling the 40th percentile or higher for growth. This is known as the SGP. The higher the SGP the more a student has grown.


Our first graders took the early literacy component of STAR. Because they did not take this in the fall, they will not have a growth percentile. First grade parents will see the growth when we take the spring STAR assessment. Should you have any questions about the data that was sent home, please contact your child's teacher. They will be happy to answer questions.


We have some very exciting events coming up at the end of the month of February. February 26th -March 2nd (the week before spring break) will be a week long celebration of literacy in honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday. During this week we will sponsor 2 Grandparents Days. On Tuesday, February 27th, grandparents will be invited to eat with their grandchild(ren) that is/are in 1st or 3rd grade. On Wednesday, February 28th, grandparents will be invited to eat with their grandchild(ren) that is/are in 2nd or 4th grade. More detailed information will be sent home soon.


Thursday, March 1st will also be our literacy night from 4-7. We are opening our building to all our families to showcase all the hard work our students have been putting forth this year. We are very much looking forward to the opportunity to share our school with all of you. We couldn't be more proud of our kids!

DATES TO REMEMBER

Important Dates

FEB 6,8 SWIMMING 4th grade

FEB 22 SWIMMING 3rd grade

FEB 12 NO SCHOOL

FEB 14 VALENTINES DAY

FEB 26-MARCH 2 BOOK FAIR DURING LUNCH & AFTER SCHOOL

FEB 27 GRANDPARENTS LUNCH 1&3 GRADE

FEB 28 GRANDPARENTS LUNCH 2&4 GRADE

MARCH 1 LITERACY NITE 4-7


Wacky Wednesday

2/7 PAJAMA DAY

2/14 WEAR RED OR PINK

2/21 CRAZY HAIR DAY

2/28 DR SEUSS BDAY-DRESS AS FAVORITE CHARACTER


More Dates to remember

MARCH 5-9 NO SCHOOL--Spring Break

MARCH 30 NO SCHOOL

APRIL 9 End of Third Quarter

APRIL 16 NO SCHOOL

MAY 11 Early Release 11:30

MAY 28 NO SCHOOL

JUNE 8 NO SCHOOL

How to find your child's report card on Skyward

1. Log in to Skyward using your User ID and password.

If you are unsure of your information, please contact Mrs. Cunningham and she will be happy to help.

2. On the left side of the page click on Report Cards/Portfolio.

3. To see the current report card, click on the Standards Report Card (1/30/18).

PTO Meeting Minutes

Here are the meeting minutes from the December PTO Meeting.

January minutes

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Character Trait winners.....Honesty

January's Spirit Stick winners, MS KLEIN'S CLASS!!!

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Celebrating Learning!

Students were able to duct tape our principal, Ms. Schultz, to the wall during lunch as a celebration of the students excellent growth between the fall and winter STAR assessment!

Our "Propelled by Good Character" group is growing!

Winners from September to December!
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Writing in 4th Grade

This Unit in our "Being a Writer" 4th graders have been working hard on developing writing in the fiction genre. We have been focusing on writing a story with clear ideas and sustained thought, writing including a developed setting and characters using thoughts, speech and descriptive details, as well as transitional words, sensory details and proper punctuation, spelling and grammar.


Click this LINK to view writing samples from: Damian Watkins, Charlie Hansen, Peyton Gamelin, Chase MacGregor and Mackenna Reichardt.

The Reading Connection

The Reading Connection is a newsletter designed to suggest fun activities and books to parents/caregivers that promote positive literacy experiences outside of the school environment. Watch each month for a new Reading Connection Newsletter filled with fun literacy focused things to try at home!

January Reading Connection