Monday Minute

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     September 15, 2014

    Dear Eagles,

    Tonight is Spirit Night at Chick-fil-A—the one located on State Street and about 103rd south.  If you are eating out tonight, consider joining us from 5:00-7:00.  A percentage of the proceeds will go to Silver Mesa.

    This Thursday is our CBM testing day—short assessments for every student in reading and math.  Please make every effort to have your students here on that day.  Friday, there is no school for the students.  Our teachers will be meeting to review the data from these assessments and planning with that data.

    Volunteer Appreciation Week

    Thank you, thank you, thank you to the many volunteers who help our school.  We have volunteers helping in the classrooms, the safety patrol, the parking lot, PTA, SCC, and other areas of our school.  We appreciate each one! 

    Parent/Teacher Conferences

    Conferences are coming up quickly—Oct. 8th and 9th.  They are scheduled earlier this year as we will be doing it a little differently.  We won’t be giving out the report card at conference time.  Instead, parents and teachers will meet to discuss the progress of your student and set goals.  A month or so later, the report card will come home.  Hopefully this will give families an opportunity to address any concerns and provide support to students before the report card is determined.  Information will come home by Friday as to how to sign up for a conference time.  The site will go live next Monday, Sept. 22nd for sign-ups. 

    Book Fair—Sir Readalot’s Castle!

    The book fair will coincide with conferences as usual on Oct. 8th and 9th.  There will be a morning “Grown-ups & Goodies” activity on Wednesday, Oct. 8th at 7:30 if you’d like to come and choose some books.

    PTA

    The goal for the PTA “No-Fuss Fundraiser” is $13,000.  Many felt that rather than having students sell items, a donation from families—even extended families like grandparents and aunts and uncles—would be less hassle, and all the funds would go directly to the PTA.  Right now we are at about $4,200.  If you haven’t donated yet, please take a few minutes to do so.  PTA funds all the fieldtrips for each grade, which is a huge expense.  They also sponsor Reflections, Masterpiece Art, Red Ribbon Week, and more.  A new activity the PTA is sponsoring this year is an online Fitness program students can do in the classroom setting called Adventure to Fitness.  When the gym is being used for school events or the weather is too harsh for outdoor recesses, this program is especially helpful.  The students really enjoy it and it gets them moving!  PTA is also sponsoring a Kinnect Dance day.  The Kinnect Dance group performs a school-wide assembly and then each class gets some time to create a dance with members of the dance group.  It’s a fun day for the students.  We appreciate the PTA!

    As a reminder, classes are competing to see who has the highest percentage of PTA members and who has the highest percentage of participation in the No-fuss fundraiser.  Classes with the highest participation will earn a Pizza and Popsicle party.  You may contribute anytime during the year, but the competition will finish up on Sept. 30th

    Silver Mesa Singers

    A school choir will be starting up next month.  It is open to all 3rd-5th graders and the rehearsals will be Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:20-8:00.  Watch for the sign-up paper to come home soon.  The first rehearsal will be Wednesday, Oct. 1st

    Reflections

    The deadline for turning in a reflections contest entry is coming up in mid-October time.  The theme this year is “The World Would Be a Better Place If…”  More information will be coming, but you may want to start working on your project.

    Carpool Coordinator

    At our Back-to-School Night a parent was coordinating those families who wanted to carpool.  I’m not sure who that parent was that gathered the information that night.  If you have that information, will you contact me?  Thank you!

    Parking Lot

    Gentle Reminder from our safety patrol:  As you drop off your student, some parents are waving and watching their child as they walk to the south playground.  The worry is that while you are waving and watching, your car is moving forward and you may not be looking in the direction your car is moving.  As your child leaves the vehicle, remind them that you will be looking forward and may not be able to continue waving.  Also, remember it is a cell phone-free zone in the drop off lane.  Thanks for helping us keep all children safe.

    Upcoming Dates:

    Sept. 15th:  Spirit Night at Chick-fil-A, 5:00-7:00 pm.  State Street & 103rd South

    Sept. 18th:  CBM testing, grades 1-5 (short assessment in reading and math)

    Sept. 19th:  No school for students; teachers meet to review data

    Sept. 22nd:  4th grade Field Trip to the symphony at the high school

    Sept. 24th:  Vision Screening

    Sept. 26th:  Early out day—1st-5th grade dismissed at 1:05.  Morning kindergartners attend from 8:20-10:20 and afternoon kindergartners attend from 11:05-1:05.

    Sept. 28th:  School Carnival; 5:00-7:30, West playground;  There will not be a spring carnival so come enjoy the fall carnival and spend time with friends and classmates.

    Oct. 1st:  Silver Mesa Night at Classic Skating;  Thanks Silcox Orthodontics for sponsoring this night for us!

    Oct. 3rd:  No School for students; teachers will be preparing for parent/teacher conferences

    Oct. 7th:  Picture Day

    Oct. 8th and 9th:  Parent/Teacher Conferences; Book Fair

    Oct. 8th:  Grownups & Goodies, 7:30 am; gym and cafeteria

    Oct. 10th:  No school for students or teachers; Compensatory Day

    Oct. 16th and 17th:  No school; Fall Recess

    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)

    Here’s to another GREAT week at Silver Mesa!!!

    Julie Fielding

    Principal

    Spanish Dual Immersion at Silver Mesa

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    We are a Spanish Dual Language Immersion School!

    What is Dual Language Immersion?

    • Dual immersion is a means of acquiring a world language through content matter instruction
    • Students receive math, science, or social studies instruction in a target language, such as Spanish, French, or Chinese
    • Students learn the concepts and skills for the subject area and develop the ability to read, write, speak, and listen in another language
    • Subject area instruction through the target world language occurs for at least 50% of the school day during the elementary school years
    • Teachers are fully proficient in the language they use for instruction
    • Clear and sustained separation of languages is maintained during instructional time

    Upcoming Events

    Posted in News & Announcements

    Sept. 15th:  Spirit Night at Chick-fil-A, 5:00-7:00 pm.  State Street & 103rd South

    Sept. 18th:  CBM testing, grades 1-5 (short assessment in reading and math)

    Sept. 19th:  No school for students; teachers meet to review data

    Sept. 22nd:  4th grade Field Trip to the symphony at the high school

    Sept. 24th:  Vision Screening

    Sept. 26th:  Early out day—1st-5th grade dismissed at 1:05.  Morning kindergartners attend from 8:20-10:20 and afternoon kindergartners attend from 11:05-1:05.

    Sept. 28th:  School Carnival; 5:00-7:30, West playground;  There will not be a spring carnival so come enjoy the fall carnival and spend time with friends and classmates.