We are entering our fifth week which means we are halfway through the first quarter. I hope you have accessed the parent portal for information on where your child stands academically. Progress reports will be available soon. Next week you will be able to visit your child's classes to follow their schedules. Tuesday (9/27) night is for 3rd -5th grade parents/guardians 6:00 - 7:30 PM. Wednesday (9/28) is for K-2nd grade families 6:00 - 7:30 PM, Thursday (9/29) is for 6th - 8th grade families 6:30 - 8:00 PM. We will start promptly at 6:00 Tuesday and Wednesday and 6:30 on Thursday to follow the schedule so this is more structured than "Meet the Teachers" night at the beginning of the school year. As you know, we have a number of new teachers at every grade level. This will be a chance to get information on course content, website access, Google Classroom, behavior plans, and teacher expectations. It is not a time for individual conferences; however, you could schedule a conference for a future time. Please put this on your calendar and try to attend.
Thank you to the students, teachers, and parents who supported the sixth grade Applebees fundraiser Saturday. The event raised about $1000 for the student end-of-the-year trip to Kennedy Space Center. The teachers try to organize these fundraisers to help the students and parents avoid a large payment at the time of the trip so we can ensure that no one is excluded because of the cost. The elementary grades sell the ice pops evry Friday for the same reason.
It is especially gratifying to observe how different grades are building community within their classes, stressing respect for one another and working together to achieve a common goal. The fourth graders and sixth graders are especially to be commended. SAA's mission statement emphasizes not only the arts and academics, but also the development of responsible and caring citizens.
Speaking of building community - try to join us Tuesday night at Stardust Skate Center. There's a flyer attached to the printed newsletter. This week is also School Spirit Week. See that flyer for daily events. Parents, remember to reactivate your Volunteers status. Your Level 1 and 2 clearances are good as long as you reactivate each fall.
Parents of students who are receiving free/reduced meals should be sure they have refiled this fall. The deadline is the end of this month. You can complete this on the Sarasota County website if necessary.
All middle school students need to buy a school polo shirt at Children's World as we will be walking in the Veterans' Day Parade November 11. The advanced chorus will sing following the parade. More information will be sent out later,
Our fourth new staff member is Ms. Dumbaugh who teaches 7th and 8th grade Social Studies. She also is a Sarasota native and a graduate of Sarasota High School. After high school she spent eight years in the Navy and received her college degree while stationed in California. This is not only her first year teaching middle schoolers but she moves from room to room each period - an experience in itself. This year all seventh and eighth graders take the same US History and Career Planning course because the district student progression plan has changed. Next year the Civics class previously taught in seventh grade will become an eighth grade course. We welcome Ms. Dumbaugh to our team.
Have a geat week. We hope to see you Tuesday.