Newsletter #23 - February 6, 2023
We hope this past weekend was restful for you and you are recharged for the week ahead. The start of February launches Black History Month, officially recognized to honor the contributions and significant role of African Americans in U.S. history. During this month and beyond in our school, we learn about Black leaders, scientists, artists, and others as we deepen our collective understanding of the complexity of racial inequities in our country. Please check below for additional resources to learn or discuss with your family.
This week ahead is also National School Counseling week where we honor Ms. Geck and Ms. Oreshnikova for their support of our students and staff. In addition, we take the opportunity to celebrate our School bus drivers in advance of National School Bus Driver Appreciation. We all show up for our students, and school counselors and bus drivers are crucial parts of this teamwork!
We also like to close off by thanking our family volunteers for coming in to decorate our individual grade-level wings with symbols from continents around the world. Our students shrieked with excitement as they noticed the changes in the hallways. We cannot wait for World Culture Night!
Kati & Betty
Resources to celebrate this month with your family
- Here are some ideas to honor Black History Month for families of all ages!
- 55+ Activities and lessons you can do at home around both Black history and Black culture today.
- February is also International Friendship Month! Check out these crafts and activities to celebrate friendship with your kids at home!
- Read alouds can be wonderful conversation starters about what makes a great friend and how we can be that to others.
Progress Reports Available on Parentvue on February 10
The first semester report card will be available to view in ParentVue on February 10th at the end of the day. We will not be sending home a paper copy or an emailed copy of the report card. However, if you would like your child’s report card printed or emailed, please contact the front office. Information on how to log into ParentVue can be found here: https://bsd405.org/departments/district-technology/grades-attendance/ . Click here for directions: English, Spanish, Chinese.
Progress reports are intended to provide you information on how your child is doing in school socially, emotionally, and academically. Teachers use classroom assignments, assessments (such as tests or work samples), and observation of your child to determine how close he or she is to meeting the standards. The 1-4 descriptors on the progress report stand for the levels of proficiency your child is showing. For those who are new or unfamiliar with this scale, here are the possible descriptors that teachers will be using:
4= Exceeds Standards (exceeds expectations)
The student who receives this descriptor is consistently demonstrating performance that is above the standard in relation to expected semester progress. Students who are exceeding are able to apply learning to new situations and independently use strategies and skills to do work that is expected of a student in a higher grade.
3= Meets Standards (developing appropriately)
This descriptor indicates that the student has met the standard. The student consistently produces quality work that meets expectation in relation to expected semester progress. The student shows application of skill and learning in their work on a regular basis.
2= Approaches Standards (beginning to develop)
The student receiving this descriptor is progressing and demonstrates basic or inconsistent application of the standard in relation to expected semester progress. The student may struggle with certain skills and application of skill/learning.
1= Below Standard (needs to develop)
The student receiving this descriptor shows limited understanding of the standard as related to expected semester progress. Student performance is below grade level and the student may need more support both at school and home.
Click below for a few great tips for parents on discussing progress reports with your child.
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