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March 2015 – “E” for Empathy

 

Updates from the Principal

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March 2015

 

Dear Parents/Guardians:

I know I speak for all of us when I say, “It is time for spring!” It has been a long, cold winter! It will be with great joy that we “spring” our clocks ahead one hour this weekend. Hopefully the warm, thawing weather will be here soon!

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 TIGERS 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 distress.

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?

Source: Gwen Dewar, Ph.D.

 

This month, we will begin to administer the Smarter Balanced Assessments to students in grades 4 and 5. Grade 3 students will be taking the SBAC Assessments in April. 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 18, 2014.

Please see our SBAC testing schedule below:

Grade 5

Grade 4

Grade 3

English Lang. Arts

3/18 & 3/19

English Lang. Arts

3/18 & 3/19

English Lang. Arts

4/21 & 4/22

In-class ELA

3/25

In-class ELA

3/25

In-class ELA

4/23

ELA Performance Task

3/26 & 3/27

ELA Performance Task

3/26 & 3/27

ELA Performance Task

4/23 & 4/24

Math

3/30 & 4/1

Math

3/30 & 3/31

Math

4/28 & 4/29

In-class Math

4/7

In-class Math

4/7

In-class Math

4/29

Math Performance Task

4/8

Math Performance Task

4/8

Math Performance Task

4/30

We hope that students will not be absent during the testing period, except for illness, and that they will strive to do their very best.

Here are some ways you can help us from home:

  • Make sure your child arrives to school on time. If he or she is late, your child will not be able to enter the classroom until testing is done for the day. A make-up test will be given at another time by one of the specialists so your child will miss classroom instruction.
  • Make sure your child has a nutritious breakfast. Even toast and a piece of fruit will provide the body and brain energy.
  • Make sure your child gets plenty of sleep. Most children need at least 10 hours of sleep each night. Children cannot do their best work when they are tired.
  • Let your child know that you expect him or her to try their very best.
  • Some children can become so worried about taking a test that they cannot demonstrate what they know. Telling your child not to worry just will not work. Instead, share these tips:
    • Tell your child to remember past tests where he or she did well and remind your child that he or she can do well again!
    • Reassure your child. Let your child know that all you expect is his or her best effort.
    • If you would like to learn more about the Smarter Balanced assessments, you can log onto: www.smarterbalanced.org.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at NeumeyeJ@trumbullps.org or contact me at school at 203-452-4433.

    Fondly,

    Mrs. Neumeyer

    Principal

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