Weekly Pirate News from the desk of Mr. Schlatter (May 6th)

Weekly Pirate News from the desk of Mr. Schlatter (May 6th)

Hi everyone,

                The month of May has arrived and that tells us that we have hit the homestretch. May is both an exciting month and scary month for me because it signifies that time is slipping through my fingertip as we wrap up another successful school year. This week, we continue to look for student growth as displayed on the MAP and Reading Battery tests that we give. So please continue to encourage your child to stay in “learning” mode because we want to see how much they’ve grown since August.

                May also brings a special week to the calendar. That week is Teacher Appreciation Week. I love this week because it gives us a chance to thank the teachers who have made and continue to make a difference in the lives of our children. So think about reaching out to your child’s/children’s teachers and let them know how much you appreciate them. Personally, I know that a year doesn’t go by without me thinking of Mr. Bestul and Mr. Midtgaard, two special teachers who believed in me and helped me become the person I am today.

                I also want to remind parents that you were and are your child’s most important teachers. Thank you for the work that you do to help your child grow and thank you for the support that you give us as we work with your child/children. Together, we make a great team and together we provide the education that will make a difference in your child’s life. So take a bow, Mom and Dads. Your child wouldn’t be what they are today without your teachings:0)

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

Mr. Schlatter

PS: Thank you to everyone who helped put on the Shiver Me Timbers PTO Variety show. It was great to see all the performers:0)

Teacher Appreciation Week
The Week of May 5- 9 is Teacher Appreciation Week. This week is set aside to honor those that work so hard for your children. Please take a few minutes for me this week to reach out to your child’s/children’s teachers. They are special people and I know they’d love to hear from you:0)

MAP Testing
This week, we will continue 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.

Monday, May 5th — Third Grade (Language Arts), Fourth Grade (Language Arts), Fifth/Sixth Grade (Science)

Tuesday, May 6th — Third Grade (Science), Fourth Grade (Science), Fifth/Sixth Grade (Science)

Wednesday May 7th – Second Grade (Reading)

Thursday May 8th – Second Grade (Math)

Reading Battery Testing
This week, we will continue 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.

Monday, May 5th — Kindergarten (Letter Naming Fluency, Word Lists)

Tuesday, May 6th — Kindergarten (Phonemic Segmentation Fluency,  Nonsense Word Fluency)

Wednesday May 7th – Kindergarten (Concepts about Print)

Thursday May 8th – First Grade (Word Lists, Concepts about Print)

School Bank Open
On Wednesday, May 7th, the school bank will be open at 8:15. So any students participating in that program, may make their deposits:0)

School Board Members Visiting
On Wednesday, May 7th, members of the Hudson School Board will be visiting classrooms in the morning. These visits allow school members to stop in and see some of the wonderful things that are happening within our classrooms.

In conjunction with their visit, the school board will be thanking the K-12 staff for their work by hosting an ice cream social Wednesday afternoon.

PAL Picnic
On Wednesday, May 7th, 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. 

Early Out- 1:30 Dismissal on Wednesday
A reminder that students will be getting out early (1:30) on Wednesday, May 7th. Please plan accordingly. Thank you.

On Wednesday, general education staff will be heading over to the high school for the Ice Cream social/program which is being hosted by the school board. After the social, the staff will be working in their grade level or special area Professional Learning Communities during the rest of the afternoon.

Last Art It Forward Class
On Thursday, May 8th, Mrs. McNeal’s Art It Forward students will be meeting for the last time this year at 3:05 in the art room. 

Last PTO Meeting of the Year
On Thursday, May 8th, the PTO will be holding its last meeting of the year. So plan on joining us in the  elementary library at 6:30 pm. Agenda includes voting in new board positions, the library remodeling project,  the paint project, and elementary apparel.

K – 6 Field Day
On Friday, May 9th, the K-6 students will be participating in our annual Field Day. This special day will be broken into two parts (AM & PM).

In the AM, K-3 students will watch a movie while students in grades 4 – 6 take part in the fun activities on the field. 4 – 6 field activities are scheduled for 8:40 – 10:50.

In the PM, 4-6 students will watch a movie while students in grades K – 3 take part in the fun activities on the field. K – 3 field activities are scheduled for 12:40 – 2:45.

*** Lunch will be served at regular times for all students K-6.

PTO Looking for Field Day Treats and Volunteers to Run the Concession Stand
If you would like to help out with field day, there are a couple of ways you can do it. PTO has sent home a sheet with some suggested items that you could donate to help fuel up the field day participants. These items have been divided by grade levels to help ensure that we have a variety of healthy items for fuel.

Kindergarten – Snacks (non-peanut/healthy – cheese sticks, pretzels, etc.)

1st Grade – Fresh Fruit (apples, bananas, strawberries, grapes) ** Please don’t send any fresh fruit until May 8th.

2nd Grade – Fresh Fruit (apples, bananas, strawberries, grapes) ** Please don’t send any fresh fruit until May 8th.

3rd Grade – Snacks (non-peanut/healthy – cheese sticks, pretzels, etc.)

4th Grade – Juice boxes/water – big and small bottles

5th & 6th Grade – Sport drinks/Gatorade – big and small bottles

The PTO is looking for volunteers to help serve up snacks and drinks to the participants. You can help out all day or sign up for a morning or afternoon shift only. Here is the website to sign up on http://vols.pt/jwEDwf or watch your email for a volunteer request or email HudsonPTO@gmail.com to sign up.

Keep Building those Individual Problem Solvers
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 and works to become one.

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.”