On behalf of the staff and students at the Upper Elementary I would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. This is a special time for each of us to reflect upon those things we often take for granted. I would encourage everyone to take the time to reflect often this month, and to tell those close to you that you appreciate them and the time you get to spend with them. I would like to take just a few minutes to cover some upcoming events and update our families on some of the things we currently have going on at the Upper Elementary.
The Upper Elementary staff would like to thank our families for all their support throughout the MEAP testing window. The students came to school well fed and with plenty of rest. Those students that missed a portion of the test were all able to utilize the make-up dates and every student was tested. MEAP can be a very stressful time for the children and the support from home was very much appreciated. Our district should receive results in the spring and we will pass them along to you at that time.
The Upper Elementary “Needs Pantry” has seen great success in its first month. Our classrooms have seen high percentages of participation and some of our MCC school families have already started to benefit from your generosity. In fact, many of our classrooms achieved 100% participation and will all receive a pizza party. This month we are looking for the following items: Deodorant (men’s and women’s), canned meats (tuna, chicken, ham, etc.), cereal, shampoo and toilet paper. Please remember the students only need to bring in one item to count toward homeroom participation.
I would like to encourage our parents to schedule time on either November 4th (4-7) or November 9th (3:30-6:30) with their child’s teacher for Parent-Teacher Conferences. This is an important time set aside to discuss the progress our children have made, their individual strengths and anything they need to work to improve. Our next set of conferences won’t be held until the beginning of February.
Mrs. Johnson will be taking all our students to the West Shore Ice Rink next week as part of her curriculum. The students should have been bringing home their permission slips. If you have not seen one, please ask your child(ren) or contact the office. This is an excellent opportunity to tie learning with a great community resource.
We have recently talked with the students about no longer bringing “silly bands” to school. For those unfamiliar with these items, they are rubber bands that come in the shapes of animals, cars, etc… They have become a large distraction in the classrooms as students are shooting them around the room also creating a safety hazard. We would like to ask our parents for help keeping them at home. Thank you in advance for your support.
Last spring we started a lending library for our parents. This library includes approximately 20-25 books covering topics many parents of 3rd to 5th grade children may encounter. Please feel free to stop in and check out any you may find helpful. We will be adding new books of interest each year.
Our Anti-Bullying program is now underway at the Upper Elementary. Earlier this month I visited each classroom and read the book, Have You Filled a Bucket Today? This book’s focus centers on making others feel good about themselves, which also makes us feel good about ourselves. The children were given two challenges to complete and created “buckets” that we filled during the activity. This activity focused on raising others’ self esteem.
We also have a Bully Committee made up of students, our social worker, and myself. We have started meeting each Monday to discuss ways to eliminate bullying, and also to talk about walk types of situations the team has encountered and what we can all do to help solve the problem. We have started to decorate our hallways with Anti-Bullying informational posters/banners and the children on the committee are creating Bully Report Boxes for their classrooms that will be checked daily. We have also ordered “Spartan Buddy Bands” similar to the Lance Armstrong “Livestrong” silicon bracelets. These bands will also be part of our anti-bullying campaign this year. I will be discussing how students can earn these as soon as we receive them. Be sure to ask your child(ren) about our conversation.