We are excited to continue our now yearly tradition of gathering as a K-12 staff, and study body next Wednesday, October 25th. This event was started by the student council as a way to build school spirit and also fulfill our mission of positive service learning. Each year we have a theme aligned with kids helping kids, and this year we’ve partnered with Foster Source. Thank you to your generous outpouring of donations, as a result we were able to collect over 3,000 items to make Family Game Night kits for foster kids, and their families.
Students will travel with their buddy to lunch, recess, the K-12 assembly, and then three rotations; a guest speaker, making the care kits, and doing a spirit time activity with PRA rocks. This is our first year with Seniors helping run each of the rotations, which will be a welcome support. We are looking forward to another successful event next week. If you are planning to pick up your child this day for some reason, please come before the event kicks off at 11:00am, otherwise it will take us some time to locate your child.
Lastly, if your family is directly impacted by the Foster care system and you feel your child will find this day or this information challenging to process, please let us know. We’d be happy to exempt them from the guest speaker rotation or the entire day if you feel it be necessary. Please contact your level administrator to discuss.
Here are the buddy pairings and colors as a friendly reminder:In the K-8 Building:
We are looking forward to meeting with you on October 26th to discuss your child’s progress. Next Thursday, October 19th all grade level teachers will be sending home iReady Math and Literacy reports. Our goal is to provide parents an opportunity to review and process the information in advance of their child’s conference. We ask that you come to your child’s conference with questions regarding assessment scores and ideas on positive next steps! Please be sure to keep an eye out for this information and prepare to bring these documents with you to discuss with your child’s teacher.
As a reminder, we host parent-teacher conferences on a non-school day in order to give teachers the opportunity to meet with you face to face. If you are planning a vacation during this time, you will not get the opportunity to meet with teachers in person, and we will not be able to accommodate a separate conference time, but your child’s teacher can send home the information that would have been reviewed at their earliest convenience. If you have a family emergency that day, please let us know and we will work to accommodate you. We are grateful for your commitment to partnering with us to support your child’s success this year!
With the school year back in full swing, it seems that our calendars are once again full from the time we wake up until we fall exhaustedly into bed again. As adults in an increasingly busy world a lot of reminders come our way to focus on self-care and not getting overloaded with the stresses of a 21st century life. It is important to remember that self-care can be vital to keeping our kids happy and healthy as well. One easy way to do that is taking time in your own life to model self-care for the children in your home; don’t just take care of yourself when the kids aren’t around. Instead let them see examples of adults taking a break from their lives to refresh and refocus. Also, self-care doesn’t have to be an independent task you undertake. Make this month a time to commit to one act of family maintenance and self-care - screens off, focus on family time, relax, have fun...take care of one another.
Now that we are two weeks from the end of first quarter, we are firmly into the school year. We’ve noticed students are acting truly themselves when they are around us and we love it! It felt like a good time to remind us all that we embrace mistakes at school and we appreciate opportunities for students to be faced with failure. This may sound strange, but we feel strongly that students’ ability to face adversity and persevere and know how to problem solve through a challenge, are critical components of success. Future employers are certainly going to be looking for these skills!
Don’t be afraid to allow your child to learn from their mistakes and please don’t feel like you need to rescue them from this learning opportunity. We definitely work to provide them with the safe chance to figure this out at school. Thanks for trusting us with your child’s education. We are looking forward to talking with you more about his/her progress at parent-teacher conferences coming up at the end of next month.
We set records daily for the number of juice boxes we successfully open in the elementary lunchroom. It is a well-orchestrated phenomenon to witness the 544 kids that eat daily between 10:55 and 12:00. New to the lunchroom this year are lunchroom jobs, thanks to the great guidance of our elementary counselor, Beth Lagodny. Students get to practice being accountable in this space too, by either helping push the trash can from table to table or help pick up trash (with a gloved hand) off the floor.
We appreciate parents who come in and eat with their students as a special treat for a birthday or other occasion. It’s always nice to have extra adults in the room, and great to see parents and students together. Speaking of extra hands on deck, please check out a new Elementary Lunchroom Volunteer opportunity by visiting our Sign-Up Genius link. Your presence is welcome and very much appreciated, please come and join us!
On Tuesday night we had our largest turnout in PRA’s history for our combined Math and Literacy Night. K-5 staff shared information about how to support your child in math and reading based on his/her grade level expectations. It is our intent to partner with you to ensure that the learning that takes place at school can be revisited and reflected on at home. Please take some time to visit your grade level websites and familiarize yourself with the resources that are available. Also, if you haven’t already, it is critical that you subscribe to receive website updates to stay current on the latest information.
Our staff have also conducted numerous math and literacy assessments in the past 5 weeks since we’ve begun the school year. We are using that data to instruct your child in the classroom and differentiate the support they need to meet their learning style and level. We look forward to sharing that assessment information with you in a more detailed and meaningful way during the October parent/teacher conferences. Please reach out to your child’s homeroom teacher if you have any questions about their math or literacy instruction. We are looking forward to a great school year!