From the Principal

May 20, 2016

The end of the school year continues to grow closer.  Please remember to send your child to school wearing the appropriate uniform as we change from cold-weather-wear to warm-weather-wear.  Boys are able to wear blue shorts and white short sleeve shirts that have a collar.  Girls are able to wear blue shorts, skorts or skirts and white shirts or blouses with a collar.  Appropriate footwear includes gym shoes and dress shoes (closed toe and heel).  Shoes not permitted are any type of CROC, sandals, flip flops, jelly shoes and high heels.  Please remember when dressing your child for school that they will spend time outside for recess and gym and possibly attending field trips.  Students are required to wear uniforms on field trips unless otherwise specified by the teacher in the permission slip.  If you have any questions regarding the dress code, please refer to your student/parent handbook or contact the school.

Have a wonderful weekend!  ~Mrs. Martin

Please mark your calendars….
May 30 – No School – Memorial Day
May 31 – Relay 4 Life Events
June 1 – Jeans to Gentleman Presentation
June 2 – Fieldtrip to Splashpad (2nd grad & Hecht/Cropsey)
June 3 – GOTG Race and Talent Show
June 6 – Kindergarten Celebration and 2nd grade Field Trip
June 7- Field Day
June 8- Career Day
June 9- Donuts for Dad, Kindergarten & Gandy/Krause Fieldtrips I& 3rd-6th Full Blast
June 10- 1/2 day of school- Last Day
**WE ARE STILL IN NEED OF PARENT VOLUNTEERS TO RUN FIELD DAY STATIONS – CALL THE OFFICE (269-963-5851) IF YOU CAN HELP!!**

Yearbooks
Yearbooks are available for purchase in each office.  The cost is $10.00. We are passing the yearbooks out on June 3rd. Students will be allowed to get autographs during the day.

Summer Work Packets
We will be sending home summer work books again this year.  If a student completes the packet they will be given a gold medal in the fall. There are three medal colors available based upon the amount of work completion. We will be offering summer check-ins again this year.  Please look for more information to come!

I received an email from Barnes and Noble bookstore with the following information regarding their summer reading incentive program.  The program includes first through sixth grade students and offers a free book as a finishing reward.  We want to encourage our young readers to keep adding those reading minutes this summer for their enjoyment of reading and reading growth, so you may want to add this to your list of reading fun this summer…

“Starting on May 17th, the Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program marks its twentieth anniversary celebrating the power of books to expand children’s horizons. We’re partnering with educators like you to inspire readers in the first through sixth grades to have a summer filled with reading and to earn a FREE book!

We’re excited to introduce our Triathlon theme, which encourages students to stay in reading shape throughout the summer by actively pursuing their interest in books of their own choosing, strengthening their abilities, and stretching their imaginations along the way. Whether they are staying home or traveling, students can pick the books they want to read and proceed at their own pace.

You’ll find downloadable versions of the classroom kit and the Summer Reading Triathlon Journal online at BN.COM/summerreading.

Counseling Corner
Parents struggling to keep the peace among siblings may wonder whether their children will even talk as adults, let alone be friends. What happened to the dream of having kids who are best friends? Growing up together doesn’t guarantee lifelong friendship, but parents can take steps to help kids become friends … eventually. And because these relationships with siblings are likely to be the longest lasting of their lives, it will pay off if the relationship is positive. Here are 10 ways to nurture your kids’ bond.

  1. Recognize them each as individuals, encouraging their differences and individual likes and dislikes.
  2. Speak positively, and don’t compare them.
  3. Don’t play favorites. Nothing will make them dislike each other more than competing for attention and knowing it’s a competition they can’t win.
  4. Teach them to resolve disputes, and avoid taking sides in their tiffs.
  5. Treat them fairly – and understand that to them, that may mean being treated equally. If you’re not going to treat them equally because of, say, their age difference, explain the distinction between equal and fair.
  6. Help them learn to communicate well. Sometimes one might have to ask the other to play. They forget that their brother or sister isn’t a mind reader.
  7. Siblings spend a lot of time together. Help make as much of that time together quality time, where they interact positively.
  8. Find a way to provide each child personal space, and teach them to respect one other’s space. In some cases that may mean time when they are in the same area but won’t be bothered or interrupted by the others.
  9. Be clear on your family rules and expectations. If no name-calling is your rule, don’t allow it. If you’re trying to foster respect, teach the characteristics of respect and do not tolerate mistreatment.
  10. “Brainwash them,” says mommy blogger Amanda White. When her children were young (and it was easy), she made them give each other hugs and say, “I love you!” before bed. On a regular basis she says she tells them, “She’s your best friend!” and “You will be best friends forever!” “And you know what?” she writes. “They believe it!”

 

End of Year Field Trips
Please remember to read all documentation coming home from school regarding end of year events.
We need drivers and chaperones. If you would like to drive, you’ll need to bring us a copy of your driver’s license and a copy of your most recent car insurance.

Thank you,
Mrs. Melissa Martin