Because today and tomorrow are holidays for the students, the hard copy of the newsletter will come home on Wednesday. Please look for it as there are a
number of events coming up soon as we start second semester.
Almost all of the students will be involved in the second i-Ready diagnostic tests in reading and math this week and next. These should give us a better idea of how much progress the students have made since the first test given at the end of August. As you know from previous newsletters, the i-Ready program is used district-wide for student practice and to fill in gaps that may be present. Students who faithfully complete the minimum of 45 minutes per week with engagement and intervention from their teachers do show growth. The middle school students will be completing their FSA writing simulations this week as well. These will help the teachers pinpoint areas that need to be addressed before the writing assessments at the end of February.
This week we also have the auditions at all grade levels for the spring musicals. The kindergarten through fifth grade auditions are held during the day while the middle school auditions are Thursday evening (Jan. 19) from 6 PM - 9 PM. The students are certainly excited and working on audition lines, songs, and dances. As a reminder, the musicals, while an integral part of our program, cannot be used as an excuse to forego assignments. Students must be present at school during class time to attend after-school rehearsals.
We would like to recognize and thank Eric Fenton, manager of the Walmart Neighborhood Market at 3560 Bee Ridge Road, for the generous Community Grant of $2000 to support the expenses of the Music Department. There are so many expenses incurred including the royalties for the musicals and rentals or purchases of costumes, props, sets, and the music itself. Added to that is the cost of transporting students and rentals of the theaters. Ticket sales alone cannot cover these expenses. The grant will help tremendously so we sincerely thank the Mr. Fenton and Walmart.
Next week is Literacy Week, our biggest academic event of the year. We hope you will come out Thursday night (Jan. 26) to hear Dr. Suzanne Naiman speak to parents about reading and enjoy the tacos, book "sales" and student activities. Check out the weekly schedule and encourage your child to participate. You can sign up to help on the volunteer list. Also, please RSVP for Thursday night so we are sure to have enough food.
One last reminder - the 4th and 5th graders will be attending a play at the Van Wezel on Thursday, the 19th. Please be sure permissions are in by Wednesday.
Skating last Wednesday night was great. Thank you to all who participated. Enjoy the rest of your mini-vacation!
Cecilia R. Blankenship