Thank you to all of the students, parents, staff, and guests who made last week a great one! The turnout for Literacy Night on Thursday was more than we expected given the deluge we were experiencing. I think Mr. Matt ran out of hotdogs! Beth Duda from the Patterson Foundation spoke to the parents and teachers about a nationwide program to help all students achieve in reading and the important steps parents could take to give their child every opportunity to be successful. She emphasized the need for students to be in attendance on a consistent basis, to have access to good health care and nutrition, and for parents to be involved in supporting their children especially by modeling good reading habits and encouraging their child to read. You can continue to support reading by joining the Read-a-thon program for your child. If you go to the SAA website you can view photos of both Literacy Week activities and National School Choice Week.
As we move into FSA testing days, I would encourage you to have your child in 3rd through 8th grades to visit the practice test site at www.fsassessments.org. Practicing will give your child a better understanding of how the sites work, what resources are available, and what type of questions they may encounter. The third graders will take both reading and math tests on paper. Math will be on paper for fourth grade but fifth through eighth plus algebra and geometry will have computer-based tests. The reading will be on the computer for fourth through eighth. Again this year the writing will be on paper for fourth through seventh with eighth grade using the computer.
Group and class pictures will be this Thursday, Feb. 4. You should have received information about the photos last week. If you still need a form or information, please call Kathy early this week. One thing that came up at the parent night was that information was still not getting home with many students. We give students a hard copy of the newsletter on Monday if you have requested it. Otherwise, we email the newsletter on Sunday evening. It is also posted on the website under the Newsletter tab and them my section is in the Principal's Corner. If there are flyers about events, every student gets a hard copy and an email is sent through mailchimp for most of them. Please ask for the information on Mondays. We won't bombard you the rest of the week...promise.
You might notice that some of the teachers have started using twitter, remind, or shutterfly. SAA also has a school Facebook account. You don't need to sign up, like, or follow all of them but we want to give you as many resources as possible so you have all of the information you need. Students in K-8 still use the agenda book as well.
With the daily fluctuations in temperature, we have collected quite a few jackets and sweaters in lost and found.. We'll put them out so you can see them to reclaim. It would be very helpful if names were put in the jackets.
Have a great week.