Weekly Pirate News from the desk of Mr. Schlatter (April 28th)

Weekly Pirate News from the desk of Mr. Schlatter (Apr 28th)

Hi everyone,

                Can you believe that we are getting ready to enter the last month of the school year? From a school perspective, there are two months that just fly by. One is December and the other is May. With that being the case, we again ask that you continue to encourage your child to stay in “learning” mode. It’s important they do this because May is going to provide them with the opportunity to not only learn more, but also to showcase what they have learned throughout the year.       

Have a great week and thanks for partnering with us as we worked to teach your child new and exciting things:0)                               

Mr. Schlatter

Arbor Day Program
Last Friday, the K – 6 students were treated to a short program which highlighted the importance of trees in our lives. During the program, students got to watch a play that was put on by Mrs. Angove’s fourth grade TAG students, got to hear from city representatives sharing the significance of being a Tree City, got to listen to Beau Smith play a song on his recorder and got to watch a Lego movie that was created by Donovan Elmore. You can view Donovan’s movie by connecting to this link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8LNg5__ywU&feature=youtu.be

School Improvement Advisory Committee Meeting (SIAC)
On Monday, April 28th, the SIAC committee will be meeting at 5:30 in the High School library. This committee provides community representation/input for a variety of items to the school district.

MAP Testing
This week, we will begin MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) testing.  The district uses these tests to measure the proficiency and the amount of growth that our 3-6 students have made in the areas of Reading, Math, Science and Language Arts since the beginning of the school year. For our second grade students, these tests give us a baseline score from which future proficiency and growth can be measured.

As a parent, please take a few minutes and visit with your child/children about the importance of these tests. Throughout the year, you and we have worked hard to build your child’s academic knowledge and skills. To see how we’ve done, we really need each child to try and do their best.  So please, help us out by encouraging your child to do their best. Thanks:0)

Here are the dates, grades and subjects that will be doing MAP testing this week.

Tuesday, April 29th – Second Grade (Language Arts)

Wednesday, April 30th – Second Grade (Science)

Thursday, May 1st – Fifth/Sixth Grade (Language Arts)

Friday, May 2nd – Fifth/Sixth Grade (Language Arts)

School Bank Open
On Wednesday, April 30th, the school bank will be open at 8:15. So any students participating in that program, may make their deposits:0)

Local Author Speaking to K- 2
On Wednesday, April 30th, Stephanie Sorenson, a Hudson graduate and a local author of children books, will be coming to share her craft with the kindergarten thru second grade students. What an experience for our kids:0)

*** Students will have an opportunity to purchase/order Stephanie’s books if they choose. Order forms have been sent home. Additional forms will be available on Wednesday as well.

Early Out- 1:30 Dismissal on Wednesday
A reminder that students will be getting out early (1:30) on Wednesday, April 30th. Please plan accordingly. Thank you.

On Wednesday, general education staff will be working in their grade level or special area Professional Learning Communities for the first hour of the afternoon.  During the second hour, these staff members will be spending time exploring our new math series and doing some reflective work with it. It is our hope that we can learn from this first year of implementation and make any adjustments that will help us become more effective in teaching Envisions math.

On Wednesday, our special education staff will be finishing their training in Nonviolent Crisis Intervention procedures. These procedures focus on creating a safe, non-harmful behavior management system designed to provide the best possible care, welfare, safety and security of disruptive, out of control students.

Reading Battery Testing
This week, we will begin our Reading Battery testing.  The district uses these tests as screeners to see the proficiency and growth of our K-4 students within different areas of Reading.

As a parent, please take a few minutes and visit with your child/children about the importance of these tests. Throughout the year, you and we have worked hard to build your child’s reading knowledge and skills. To see how we’ve done, we really need each child to try and do their best.  So please, help us out by encouraging your child to do their best. Thanks:0)

Here are the dates and grades that will be doing their Reading Battery testing this week.

Thursday, May 1st – Third Grade (Word Lists)

Friday, May 2nd – Fourth Grade (Word Lists)

PTO Variety Show Dress Rehearsal
On Thursday, May 1st, the PTO will be holding a dress rehearsal for all the acts that are going to be in the variety show. Dress rehearsal will be held in the High School auditorium and will run from 3:10 to approximately 5:30. So, parents you may plan on picking up your child/children at the high school.

PAL Picnic
On Friday, May 2nd, students participating in the PAL program will get a chance to celebrate their friendship at 11:30 by spending some time at the city park.

The PAL program is a great program run by our guidance program that matches high school mentors with elementary students that could use a little extra peer support in their lives.

SHIVER ME TIMBERS Variety Show
On Friday, May 2nd, the PTO will be hosting their “Shiver Me Timbers” Variety Show. The show will begin at 6:30 and will be held in the High School auditorium.

Individual Problem Solver
Just a reminder that this month’s Learner Performance Goal is Individual Problem Solver. An Individual Problem Solver is someone who attacks a problem in a systematic manner which focuses on identifying the problem, focuses on asking relevant questions and then gathering information, focuses on coming up with possible solutions and then choosing which one they want to try and focuses on reflecting on the solution they chose to see if it is working or not.

Problem solving is something that takes some skill. Therefore, it’s important that our students know what an individual problem solver does.

Keep SchoolStore.com in Mind
Keep SchoolStore.com in mind when you’re doing your on-line shopping.  SchoolStore.com is a fund-raising program in which you use a specific link when ordering online from over 200 vendors including Target, Wal-Mart, Kohl’s, Best Buy and many more. This program is a great financial support to our school as it runs all year long and doesn’t require you to do much outside of purchasing your items. If you have any questions about this program, contact the PTO or the elementary office. Thank you for your help:0)

Back to School Project
The Northeast Iowa Food Bank is offering a service to families, with students in grades K-8, that might need assistance with school supplies for the 2014-15 school year. If you would like to know more about this project, contact the Northeast Iowa Food Bank. (Ruth Orth – 319-240-7470 or RNLComp@mchsi.com).

*** Registration for the Back to School Project runs from June 23rd to August 1st.

Four Missed Days Have Been Added to the End of the School Calendar
A reminder that we have four (4) days to make up for the 2013-14 school year. These days have been added to the end of the school year (May 22nd, May 23rd, May 27th and May 28th). As before, any additional missed days will continue to be added to the end of the school year. 

Hudson Community School’s Core Purpose
 “We create effective learning environments that result in success for all students.”