Friday, September 28, 2012

Highlights of the Week

Digger Dash

The Digger Dash was a tremendous success!  Students enjoyed running for a great cause – our school – and showing their classroom and school spirit.  Together our school walked/ran a total of 14,685 laps, which is 1,826 miles! Wow! The children proudly went home today with a certificate of participation and their armbands that tracked their laps.  We thank our many parent volunteers and the PTO for making this event possible.  The Digger Dash is an honored tradition and we thank you for supporting it both financially and personally!  Just a reminder that your child’s fundraising packets are due on Thursday, October 4th.   We look forward to sharing how much was raised for the school in the near future.  

Parent Conference

We enjoyed sharing children’s progress with families during our first evening of parent teacher conferences this Thursday.  Parent teacher conferences are an opportunity to celebrate students’ accomplishments, highlight academic, social and emotional gains and address future areas of growth.  We thank our PTO and parent volunteers for taking care of us during the evening by providing us with the unbelievable feast!  The dinner was the perfect way to honor the staff and it was greatly appreciated!  We are looking forward to meeting our remaining families during our second evening of conferences on Wednesday, October 3rd, from 4:30-8:30PM.

Student Anti-Bullying Survey
As you recall, students in grades three through five took an anonymous anti-bullying survey that addressed the following topics: reporting measures, safety, personal experiences, being a bystander, and where and when bullying has been experienced or witnessed.  The overwhelming majority of students stated that they feel safe at school.  Students also indicated that they feel comfortable sharing situations that come up with you, their teacher and their peers.  Students did identify the playground as a place that we could make even safer.  This data supports our current work with playground assistants around restorative practices.  Restorative practices are ways to deal with conflict that focus on repairing relationships and fostering a sense of social responsibility and shared accountability.  In addition to restorative practices, we look forward to talking with the children about what bullying looks like and what they can do to prevent or report it.  We will continue to keep you updated on our progress each month.

Mark Your Calendar

Fall Break

Students will be off of school from Friday, October 5,th through Sunday, October 21st for fall break.  We wish your family a fun and safe time together!

Student Events
*Math Olympiad for students in grades 3-5 is back! Information will be sent home in next week's 
  Thursday folders. This club is scheduled is start after fall break. Stay tunned!

* Click here for information about Girl Scouts and Daisies.