Friday, November 17, 2017
Today was our Turkey Trot races and what a proud afternoon it was for the Village community! This week a quote from 365 Days of Wonder, Mr. Browne's PRECEPTS by R. J. Palacio that I shared during morning announcements was "Strong people don't put other down. They lift them up." by Michael P. Watson. I saw this in action during the Turkey Trot races through the good sportsmanship of our student high-fiving each other for their efforts regardless of race placement. We all have the power every day to lift someone else up. What a magnificant ability we each have to make a positive difference in someone's day every day!
Our school-wide classroom extension program reading the book Wonder is wrapping up. I am asking all families to go on to our blog and listen to or read a selection of the book together as a family and talk about it if you have not already done so. On Tuesday, many of us are heading over to the theater to see the movie version as a school community. It will be interesting to hear how the book and movie version compare and which one you enjoyed more. This activity has generated so much excitement in school as students and staff across all grade levels shared their predictions, ideas and emotions. A powerful book can change the way you view life, and this has been one of those powerful books!
It's conference time, so please be sure you have signed up for a conference with your child's teacher(s). Check your email for the direct link to the electronic sign-up. If you have any questions or concerns about signing up for a conference, please contact your child's teacher(s).
Are you taking part in the The Fall Dreambox Math Challenge? In the summer the challenge was focused on the number of lessons. This time the focus is on student growth. Challenge yourself each day and watch your personal growth increase!
Thank you to everyone who donated the first week of the Kortney Rose Foundation collection period. We will be collecting for the next two week with all funds raised going to pediatric brain cancer research.
As referenced at Back to School Night, our Standard Based Report Cards (SBRC) were revised to better meet the needs of our community, and become a valuable home-school connection tool. Please take a look at the letter in this week's virtual backpack, as well as viewing the Report Cards and Rubrics posted to the district website under the Parents tab. There's a Q & A sheet posted as well that provides background information on SBRC, as well as identifying the revisions made.
Students are to be in their classrooms ready to the start the day at 8:55am. If you child is going to be absent from school, please be sure to call in his/her absence prior to the start of the school day. You can leave a message on the school's voicemail, following the prompts to the absence line, 24 hours a day. When your child returns to school, please send in a note with the reason for the absence. All notes into school are to include your child's first and last name, classroom teacher's name, message and your signature. Please remember that school attendance is critical for learning growth.