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Principal Message

January 2017 

PAWS-itive Character Education:

“Everyone in society should be a role model, not only for their own self-respect, but for respect from others.”  - Barry Bonds

At Elms, we make it our priority to recognize students for demonstrating strong and positive character.  Our character education initiatives promote, model, and recognize students that strive to make Elms a welcoming, rewarding, and safe environment.  Our PAWS-itive Program encourages students to grow and develop into upstanding Elms’ community members. Elms’ faculty are asked to fill out PAWS-itive Behavior Coupons to acknowledge students who act as respectful, caring, trustworthy, fair, and responsible citizens in school.  The slips are brought down to the guidance office mailbox for both weekly and monthly recognition.  Students who are selected weekly will receive a certificate, small prizes, and photo. Snack with the Principal will happen monthly to recognize the students of Elms for continuing to demonstrate kindness and integrity.  Our goal is to create more rewarding lives and a positive culture for our students and school.  With this initiative we can:

   Teach children how to reach out and express love, respect and appreciate others

  • Help children become other-centered rather than self-centered
  • Establish a framework for more constructive words and actions
  • Create more positive home and school environments and connections

Science comes to Life in Kindergarten:

 Recently our Kindergarten students had the opportunity to learn about and observe special visitors from the Jenkinson’s  Aquarium, Penguins! The penguins waddled their way into Elms School. Our students had the opportunity to observe the marine birds, learn about their habitat and study their anatomy and behaviors. We look forward to having our guests back in the future. 

 

Presents for Pets:

 Please join us this holiday season as we support the JLHS and the JMHS Interact Clubs who are gathering donations for the local Jackson Animal Shelter. Donations can be dropped off in the vestibule.

 

S.T.E.M. at Elms:

According to Edutopia [2016], “The current demand for STEM-capable workers surpasses the supply of applicants who have trained for those careers. Moreover, 16 of the 20 occupations with the largest projected growth in the next decade are STEM related... Given these unmet needs for a STEM-capable workforce, the nation’s economic future depends on preparing more K-12 students to enter these fields.”  

To meet the growing need, for teaching and learning how to incorporate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math [S.T.E.M.] practices, teachers at Elms have taken significant strides to deliver instruction grounded in the philosophy of 21st Century Learning.  Elms teachers are creating high quality S.T.E.M. instructional experiences right in their own classrooms. Students are applying scientific and technological skills through problem based challenges.  Students can be seen talking with one another to problem solve, to strategize and plan, and to  discuss the differences in their thinking - part of a healthy mindset fostering "grit!" Elms’ S.T.E.M. initiative is is setting the foundation for our learners; preparing them with the college and career readiness skills of tomorrow.

EnVision Math: 

As you are aware, Elms Elementary is using an updated math series this year called Envision 2.0. There are great online resources available.  Please log on to the website with your child to review what he/she has learned at school.   

The directions are as follows:

  1. Website: pearsonrealize.com
  2. At the Pearson sign in page – click the box that says Pearson EasyBridge Plus & Auto
  3. Where it says choose your district – type and select: JACKSON TWP SCHOOL DISTRICT – INTLogin: Student ID #*Kindergarten students must put KF as the grade after the name.
  4. Password:First name + grade level (Example: MarkKF)
  5. Student Log In:

Cold Weather: Please remember during the winter months, students still do go outside for recess, weather permitting.  The building is climate controlled.  We suggest layers so that the students can be comfortable in any setting.

Report Cards: Please be sure you are ready to access your child’s report card on the district portal website.  Report cards will be available on the portal to parents on January 3rd.  Also, please remember that if your Portal log-in does not work, please try the “Forgot My Password” link above BEFORE contacting support, as most issues will be resolved through that feature.  Please note that the “Forgot Password” link will work only with parents who have an e-mail as their login ID.  For questions or problems with your login ID’s or password (or if you do not have them), please send an email to portalsupport@jacksonsd.org and include your name and phone number, as well as your child’s name, school, grade, student ID number and the problem you are experiencing and we will respond to you as quickly as possible.

Yearbooks: It’s time to order your 2016 Yearbook!!  Here is the link to the online ordering for the yearbook:     http://shop.balfour.com/smi117269/catalog/category/view/s/yearbook-and-accessories/id/312795/. We will start pricing out at $19.00.  This price is good until January 16th.  If you are ordering books for more than one student, be sure to enter information for each student’s book individually, then click “continue shopping” and enter information for each additional student.  This is the only way to ensure that books are delivered to each individual student in June.  Don’t forget to print out and keep your order confirmation at the end of your transaction. After January 16th, this price will increase to $24.00 If you have any questions, please contact Denise at dfoxgolonka@gmail.com

As a reminder, Elms will have an early dismissal on Friday, December 23rd.  All students in grades K-5 will be dismissed at 1:35 p.m.  School will resume on Tuesday, January 3, 2017. 

Nurse’s Office: The nurse’s office is always in need of gently used clothing for students to use when needed.  If you have any donations, please send them to the attention of Marjie Ewin.

 

 

 




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