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Principal's Newsletter - March 24, 2017
Good luck to our 3rd, 4th, & 5th Graders on the PARCC Test! You’ve worked hard and we know you will do great. We are so proud of you!
The Elms Elementary School is looking for donations of any unused, unwanted, loose Lego bricks to use in our STEM Lab Maker Space. If you have any loose, unwanted Legos, please send them in with students and bins will be provided for collection. We appreciate your help!
March 31 – PTN Gift Auction!
March 27-29 – Gr 3 PARCC Testing
March 30, 31 & April 3 – Gr 4 PARCC Testing
April 4-6 – Gr 5 PARCC Testing
April 7 – Shortened Day! School Spirit – Inside Out Day
April 8-17 – Spring Break! Have a great vacation!
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
S.T.E.M. at Elms:
According to Edutopia , “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 setting the foundation for our learners; preparing them with the college and career readiness skills of tomorrow.
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:
- Website: com
- At the Pearson sign in page – click the box that says Pearson EasyBridge Plus & Auto
- 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.
- Password:First name + grade level (Example: MarkKF)
- 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.
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/. 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. The price is now $24.00. If you have any questions, please contact Denise at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.