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March 2016 – “It is time for spring!”


Updates from the Principal


March 2016

March 2016

Dear Parents/Guardians:

I know I speak for all of us when I say, “It is time for spring!” Although it has been a mild winter, we will all welcome the long, warm days that will soon be approaching.

As we move into spring, our daily schedules often become filled with after school sports and activities. During this time, it will be important to maintain a consistent nightly routine of completing homework, practicing math facts and reading daily.

During the month of March, we will be focusing on the “E” for empathy in our T.I.G.E.R.S acronym. During class lessons and assemblies, we will be showing the students acts of empathy and discussing how our actions make others feel.

Below are some suggestions for you to use at home when supporting us to help your child to identify and exhibit acts of empathy.

1. Address your child’s own needs, and teach him/her how to “bounce back” from stress.

2. Treat your child as an individual with a mind of his/her own, and talk to him/her about the ways that our feelings influence our behavior.

3. Use everyday opportunities to model empathetic feelings for other people. By modeling empathic behavior and pointing out situations that call for empathy—parents can generate empathetic responses in their children.

4. Help kids discover what they have in common with other people. Children are more likely to feel empathy for individuals who are familiar and/or similar to them.

5. Help children explore other’s roles and perspectives. Empathy involves perspective-taking. What is the world like when experienced from another person’s point of view? Stories—from books or television—are opportunities for kids to practice perspective-taking skills. What do the characters think, believe, want, or feel? And how do we know it?

Next month, we will begin to administer the Smarter Balanced Assessments to students in grades 3-5. The SBAC Assessments will expose students to Common Core English/ Language Arts questions and Mathematics problems. In addition to the SBAC assessments, our students in grade 5 will be taking the CMT Science test on March 15, 2016.

Please see our SBAC testing schedule and {…Read More}

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