by Lucia Sullivan on 09/18/2018
Thanks to all who attended Back to School Night last Thursday. We tried to be efficient and include as much information and as many staff members as possible. If you have any feedback to improve Back to School Night for future years, please let me know! One idea I had was to have some sort of easy fundraiser dinner on the nights we have events so people can get their kids and a burrito or slice of pizza and support the school… Thoughts?
We are ready to offer after school Spanish as soon as you sign up for it!!
LANGUAGE ENRICHMENT | SPANISH
GRADES K TO 5TH
The Classroom Matters Language Enrichment Program – Spanish, is a learning journey for kids and customized to fit the needs of the students and parents. It’s an opportunity to engage kids in learning about the Spanish language, including the cultures of the countries where Spanish is spoken. Using best practices from a variety of second-language teaching strategies, we provide a foundation of basic Spanish phrases and vocabulary. Through movement, Total Physical Response, song, music, art, and reading and listening activities, our students learn to speak, read, write, and love the Spanish language. The biggest goal of our program is to expose our students to the language in an engaging, play- and project-based environment. Our teachers are native or near-native speakers, or have minors or majors in Spanish – and they are all passionate about the language. They all have previous teaching experience and receive ongoing training in classroom management and effective teaching strategies.
Our pricing includes:
-Supplies and materials (workbooks, art supplies, technology, paper, snacks, etc)
-A monthly music workshop with a band whose music is from Veracruz, Mexico
-3 cultural experiences throughout the year (sculpture, cooking and yoga, all in Spanish)
Price: $1200 for the whole year; installment payments possible, refunds available in full minus 10 percent.
Levels: Beginner and Advanced, 2 hours of instruction per week, per level.
-Tues and Thurs 3-5 beginning Sept 25th, which day beginning vs. advanced TBA very soon!
– Beginning class is for kids with no Spanish exposure. Advanced class is for those with some.
– minimum of 6 kids needed per class, but if one class has more the other could have less. So 12 total needed between the 2 classes.
The Board met on September 11, 2018. Among the items discussed were the need to be really careful with the plumbing in the kitchen. We need to make sure that anyone who uses the sink or dishwasher is well trained and understands all their vulnerabilities so we can preserve our fragile infrastructure. Also, as you may know, Gloria will be retiring from her role as Superintendent/CBO at the end of October. Monica Santiago was hired by the Board last spring to be the new Chief Business Official (CBO). Last night the board voted to change my position to Principal/Superintendent as of November 1st.
All parents are encouraged to attend CATSS meetings in order hear about what is happening at school and participate in community activities and fundraising events. In order to accommodate a variety of schedules, CATTS meetings this year are alternating between mornings and evenings.
Oct 11 @ 7 PM
Nov 8 @ 8 AM
Jan 10 @ 7 PM
Feb 14 @ 8 AM
Mar 14 @ 7 PM
Apr 11 @ 8 AM
May 9 @ 7 PM
June 13 @ 8 AM
We still need a few parents to volunteer to be on School Site Council. It is fun, informative and not too demanding. School Site council convenes at a mutually convenient time to review the Local Control Accountability Plan, develop and analyze a schoolwide survey and make recommendations for school improvement. Please let me know if you are interested.
Molly Heylin offered to chair a Middle School Recruitment committee. Thank you Molly! Anyone interested in supporting recruitment efforts should contact Molly.
Calendar of upcoming events:
9/19-21 678 camping
9/26-28 345 camping
10/1 Buffalo presentation
10/09 Board meeting @ 7 pm
10/11 vision screening
10/11 CATSS meeting @ 7 pm
10/12 Walk Through History (am is 345 class, pm is 678 class)
10/15 NO School Staff Development
10/27 Halloween Ball
10/29-11/2 Parent Conferences– sign up!
11/01 REVERSE minimum day, school starts @ 11 (Aftercare will be available 8:30-11)
11/08 CATSS meeting @ 8 am
11/12 Veteran’s Day No School
11/13 Board meeting @ 7 pm
11/19-23 Thanksgiving Break, no school
11/29 345 Field Trip
From Erika McDaniel: I have a set of bunk beds (black metal frame) and at least one mattress (maybe two) free to anyone who is able to come disassemble and transport them away? They will need to be picked up by the end of September, the earlier the better.
Do you have something to share in community notes? Let me know and I will include it in the next newsletter!