October 20, 2014
I hope you had a great fall break last week. The weather was beautiful. We are looking forward to this upcoming week. On Wednesday, we have a special assembly planned for our school. The band Beyond 5 will perform for us! We appreciate a community member setting this up for our school. It’s a fantastic opportunity. Then on Friday we have a short day (school dismissed at 1:05 pm) and will celebrate Spirit Day with Crazy Hair.
At the beginning of this year we created a book cart where families could donate books and then purchase any book off the cart for $1. Thanks to many donations, we have a large selection on the book cart. Please consider purchasing a gently used book for the bargain rate of $1. The cart is outside the principal's office, and you can pay in the lock box attached to the cart. The book cart operates on the honor system!
SAGE Results coming next week…
The state has delayed the release date of SAGE information for one more week. Monday, Oct. 27th the state is planning to release the data from the SAGE testing completed last spring.
Reflections Due Wednesday
Have you finished your Reflections entry? Don’t forget to come to the packaging party tonight to help with any paperwork or packaging needed. 6:00-7:00 pm.
It was a great experience having visitors from around the world in our building last week. We had representatives from Brazil, North Carolina, Virginia, Wisconsin, and several other states. They were very impressed with our teachers and our program. I think our teachers are amazing, too!
In our Parent meeting this morning we discussed language proficiency levels and visited classrooms. If you were unable to attend, the PowerPoint will be uploaded on our school website. I’ll also send home the proficiency targets with all 4th and 5th graders and their AAPPL report from their proficiency testing last spring. If you have students in 1st-3rd grade, the proficiency targets can also be found in the PowerPoint.
Going on a Trip?
If your child is going to miss school due to a family vacation, please come fill out the Education/Vacation Leave form in the front office. It only takes a minute and helps us keep the absence records up to date.
Fifth Grade Maturation
I’ve posted before about the various dates you and your fifth grader can attend the Maturation presentation. I’ll include them again at the end of this email as one is coming up this week.
The window for the Dual Immersion Lottery is open. If you have a kindergarten student you would like to have start the program next year, sign up for the lottery on the district website.
The window for SALTA applications is open until Oct 30. Actual testing dates are: November 14th and 15th and November 21st and 22nd.
Oct. 20th: Packaging Party for Reflections entries. 6:00-7:00 pm
Oct. 22nd: Reflections Due date
Oct. 24th: Spirit Day is Crazy Hair Day! Short day, school out at 1:05 pm.
Oct. 27th-31st: Red Ribbon Week
Oct. 30th: District Parent meeting for those wanting more information about the lottery process and applying for the Dual Immersion program; 6:00-8:00 pm, District offices, PDC. This is for parents of kindergarten students.
Oct. 31st: Halloween Parade starts: 8:45 am. Parents can view the parade in the gym (The parade starts in the kindergarten area and will be to the gym by about 9:00)
Nov. 11th: Wear red, white, and blue to school for Veteran’s Day
Nov. 19th: Reports cards will come home with students
Nov. 26th: Dual Immersion Lottery Window closes
Here’s to another GREAT week at Silver Mesa!!!