Hi parents and guardians! This is the same message I just emailed to you.
I apologize in advance for this being a long message. I wanted to let you know about a few things:
- Tomorrow, Thursday, November 5th we will have our monthly parent club meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the school library. This week during the meeting, our principal, Don Hakala, will explain to parents how to read your child’s report card that you will receive at your conference. The Salem-Keizer School District now uses proficiency based grading, which assesses students on how proficient they are in regards to a specific standard. This is a new system that can be difficult to understand since it is new to many families and parents. I encourage all parents to attend this meeting to answer any questions you may have about reading the report card, because I will have minimal time to explain proficiency based grading during conferences, as they are only 30 minutes each.
- Tomorrow (Thursday), your child will be bringing home their rest time mats and blankets. They will not need them for the rest of the year. We will be starting a quiet story time during their rest period.
- There is no school on Friday, November 6th or Wednesday, November 11th.
- I am in the process of scheduling conferences. I will work with the other teachers to try to arrange sibling conferences at a convenient time (so those conferences are close together). If you have not returned your conference preference form, please do so ASAP.
- You will be receiving information in your child’s Friday Folder about Raz Kids, an exciting new online reading program I have ordered for our class. There is no cost to parents, but if you have internet access at home, it is a great resource for your child to practice reading. Please review this information when you get it and return the form or register as a parent online. There is also ordering information from Scholastic Reading club, which benefits our classroom directly by earning books for our class library. If you have any questions, please let me know.
- Finally, I want to thank all the parent volunteers who have helped out since school began! Your children are making tremendous progress, and they are able to get one on one practice with a volunteer each day we have parents come in. Ms. Unger, Ms. Richards, Ms. Peil, Ms. Stewart, Ms. Schumpert, Ms. Danchev, and Mr. Primmer have all been coming in weekly to help out, and we appreciate it so much! We completely understand that many parents have work schedules that don’t enable them to come, but I did want to recognize our regular volunteers for their hard work with our kiddos 🙂
Have a wonderful November! I am so happy that I have such a great, supportive group of parents to work with towards your children’s success!