Principal's Message





                                  OCTOBER, 2017

Dear Parents:

       On October 31 and November 1, our 3rd graders will be taking the Fall ELA AIR test.  With the 3rd Grade Reading Guarantee, students must achieve a minimum score on this test or an alternate test in order to be promoted to 4th grade.  Students need a promotion score of 44.  Students who do not reach the needed score will be given an alternate test in January to reach the required score.  An additional opportunity to achieve the score will be on the Spring ELA and a summer alternate test if necessary.  Please make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep and a nutritious breakfast that morning so your child can perform to the best of their ability. 

      We are past the halfway point of the first grading period, which means parent-teacher conferences will be coming up in November.  The conference dates are November 2, 16, 20 (grades K-4) and 21st (3rd and 4th only).  Grades K-2 will have an additional conference day on March 22. Be sure to take a good look at your child’s interim report and the report card when available to prepare three questions you would like to ask at the conference.  Of course, you may call or email your child’s teacher at any time if you have questions to be answered or concerns to be addressed.

Our local fire departments will be visiting our school October 11-13 for Fire Prevention Week.  Students will learn how to prevent fires, how to stay safe if there is a fire and learn about firefighting careers.   We appreciate our volunteer fire departments from the Parkway communities for sharing their time with us!

    Now that fall is upon us and temperatures begin to drop, it becomes imperative that special attention be given to the attire students wear to school.  Be advised that we will go outside for recess unless the wind chill dips below 20 degrees. We want our students to remain healthy, so please be sure they are dressed appropriately for the weather.  This is also the time of year that our lost and found collection swells with coats, sweatshirts, hats and gloves.  It would help greatly if you can use a permanent marker to put your child’s name or initials on their clothing so we can get it returned to the rightful owner.



       Mark Esselstein, Principal



            October 9—Waiver Day—No school for students; in-service for                                                       teachers.
                           11—Girl Scouts presentations during lunches. Fire
                                       Prevention activities for preschool.

                           12—Girl Scouts Registration Night. Fire Prevention activities                                             for  preschool.

                           13-- Fire Prevention activities for grades K-3.

                           19—Kindergarten to Lincoln Ridge Farms.

                           20—End of first 9-week grading period.

                           23—Waiver Day—No school for students; in-service for staff.

                           25—COSI on Wheels, “Energy!” presentation.

                           26—Preschool Fall Parent Meeting, 6:30 p.m.