Elementary Classroom Newsletters

4th Graders Set Goals!!!

posted Dec 13, 2016, 2:05 PM by Patty Gelbrich   [ updated Mar 7, 2017, 11:49 AM by Veronica Heller ]

All the fourth graders set goals for themselves. They set goals for reading, writing, math and behavior. They also got to choose an additional goal. Ask your 4th grader about their goals. 

Achieve those goals!!!!!


posted Nov 5, 2016, 7:58 AM by Patty Gelbrich   [ updated Nov 5, 2016, 8:04 AM ]

As a parent, you are your child's first and most important teacher.  You and your child's teacher both having something in common!  You both want your child to learn and do well.  When parents and teachers talk to each other, each person can share important information about your child's talents and needs.  Each person can also learn something new about how to help your child.  Conference time is the perfect way to start talking to your child's teachers. First, be sure to log in to SKYWARD and sign up for your conference.  Call the school office if you need help scheduling your child's conference.  MOST IMPORTANTLY, HAVE FUN DURING THIS TIME WHERE YOUR CHILD IS THE FOCUS!

Here are some tips to help you prepare for your conference time.
  • Review your child's work, grades and progress reports.
  • Talk with your child about his or her progress in school.
  • Talk with your teacher about your child's strengths and needs.
  • Think about how you can help at home support your child's learning at school.
  • Make a list of questions you have so you don't forget.  Conferences go so fast - so having that list will help.
At your conference, you will talk about many of these topics.  Remember, it is a time to learn how your child is doing, how you can support that learning, and to share strengths and needs.
  • Progress:  How is your child doing?  What are his or her strengths?  Needs?  How could she or he improve?
  • Assessments and Class Work:  Ask about the different assessments given so far, and what others are given throughout the year?  How is your child doing?
  • Support Learning At Home:  Ask what you can do at home to help your child learn.  Your child learns more when schools and families work together.
  • Support Learning At School:  Remember to be positive with your child about school.  Children do better when school and home work together.
How should you follow up?
  • Make a plan.  Take notes during your conference of what you will do to support your child after the conference is complete.
  • Communicate.  Ask the best way to contact the teacher.  There are many ways to communicate - in person, phone, notes, email.  Find out what works best for both of you.  Check in any time you need information or have a question.
  • Talk to your child.  The conference is all about your child, so don't forget to share information with him or her.  Share what you learned.  Show him or her how you will help with learning at home.  Ask for his or her suggestions for his or her improvement in learning.

Attendance Matters!

posted Sep 19, 2016, 3:43 PM by Patty Gelbrich   [ updated Sep 19, 2016, 3:45 PM ]

Showing up for school has a huge impact on a child's success in school - starting in kindergarten!  Even as children grow older and more independent, families play a key role in making sure students get to school safely every day. We know attendance is important for success both in school, and on the job when you are older.

  • Students should miss no more than 9 days of school each year to stay engaged, successful and on track to graduation.
  • Absences can be a sign that a student is losing interest in school, struggling with school work, dealing with friendship problems or facing some other potentially serious difficulty.
  • By 6th grade, absenteeism is one of three signs that a student may drop out of high school.
  • Missing 10%, or about 18 days, of the school year can drastically affect a students academic success.
  • Students can be chronically absent even if they only miss a day or two every few weeks.
  • Attendance is an important life skill that will help your child graduate from college and keep a job.
So, help your child get to school every day on time.  It matters!

Time to Get Back to School!

posted Sep 1, 2016, 12:38 PM by Patty Gelbrich

Try these strategies to help your child get in the routine of school.

  1. Get up early.  Have a relaxing breakfast and leave time to deal with any upsets that may arise.  Be sure to get to school on time.
  2. Don't talk about how much you will miss your child.  Don't let your own worries get in the way.  Walk your child to school (or put them on the bus).  If you need support, talk with other parents. Your child has enough to worry about on the first day of school without worrying about you.
  3. Focus on fun.  If you walk your child to school, check out the playground before you go in.  Meet the teacher together and take a look around the new classroom for things you know your child enjoys (like art supplies, a fish tanks or the reading corner).
  4. If your child gets upset, acknowledge their feeling and ask for her suggestions.  You might say something like, "I know you are upset.  I bet other kids are too.  Let's think about what will help you feel better."  Suggest reading a book together or starting an activity.
  5. Ask the teacher for help.  If your child won't let you go, turn to the teacher.  She probably has experience with this.  You might say, "Let's go say hello to your teacher together.  She will take great care of you."
  6. Make a swift exit.  Take your cue from the teacher and your child, but when it's time to go, go.  A quick exit may be more useful to your child than a drawn-out goodbye!  You could always call the office later to see how your child is doing.  Probably, you'll find out that they are absolutely fine and having a great time.

(Source:  PBS Parents)

4th Grade - Mr. Nelson Aug. 29

posted Aug 29, 2016, 8:42 AM by Paul Nelson   [ updated Aug 29, 2016, 8:44 AM ]

8 Tips for Elementary School Success 

Research shows that parent support is more important to school success than a child’s IQ, economic status or school setting, according to the U.S. Department of Education. But how can you most effectively nurture your budding young student? Here are Delaware Valley educators’ tips for elementary school success.

Source: MetroKids.com, 2010

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