I hope you have been able to enjoy this long weekend holiday. It was interesting and enlightening to listen to a lesson in the fourth and fifth grades on the meaning of the holiday. We tend to forget why these special days are recognized instead only enjoy the day off. One video ended with a reminder that in many parts of the world there are still children working long hours in extremely poor and dangerous working conditions which surprised the students. We are fortunate to be in the United States.
Did you check with your child about the vocabulary for the week? The root word was "port" meaning to carry. I heard many teachers and students using the vocabulary words derived from it. We will be deliberately using these words to build vocabulary throughout the year in all subject areas. Please ask about them so all of us - teachers, students, and parents - are involved in building reading and comprehension skills. Don't forget to read at least twenty minutes per night.
Students are currently being screened for strengths and weaknesses in reading and math. All Kindergarten through fifth graders as well as many of the middle school students are participating in the i-Ready diagnostic tests. We will use these results to better individualize lessons for students throughout the school year. Since we do not have student FSA scores, we need a baseline so we can measure the growth we expect students to show this year.
September is "National Attendance Awareness" month. Please visit this Youtube link to watch the video that six of our students took part in to raise awareness of the importance of being in school on a regular basis. The SAA students you will see are Avery C. (1st grade), Olivia S. (3rd grade), the whole group in our new computer lab, Malachi J. (6th grade), Brianna H. (8th grade), Kennedy C. (1st grade), and Jose D. (8th grade). Our art teachers have been encouraging the students to submit their best ideas in the poster contest. Thanks to all of the students who participated.
Fall picture envelopes will go home tomorrow. All students will have their pictures taken on September 15 for the yearbook but you only need to send the envelope back if you wish to purchase the pictures.
I hope to see you at our first PTO meeting tomorrow night. Don't forget to check out the SAA calendar for upcoming events! Have a wonderful week.