April eNewsletter

The month of April is upon us and so we would like to share the following on Do’s and Don’ts for the test taking from the Department of Education Office of Educational Research and Improvement:

  • Don’t be too anxious about a child’s test scores. if you put too much emphasis on test socres, th can upset a child.
  • Do encourage children. Praise them for the things they do well. If they feel good about themselves, they will do their best. Children who are afraid of failing are more likely to become anxious when taking tests and more likely to make mistakes.
  • Don’t judge a child on the basis of a single test score. Test scores are not perfect measures of what a child can do. There are many other things that might influence a test score. For example, a child can be affected by the way he or she is feeling, the setting in a classroom, and the attitude of the teacher. Remember, also, that one test is simply one test.
  • Do meet with your child’s teacher as often as possible to discuss his/her progress. Ask the teacher to suggest activities for you and your child to do at home to help prepare for tests and improve your child’s understanding of schoolwork. Parents and teachers should work together to benefit students.
  • Do make sure your child attends school regularly. Remember, tests do reflect children’s overall achievement. The more effort and energy a child puts into learning, the more liley he/she will do well on tests.
  • Do provide a quiet, comfortableplace for studying at home.
  • Do make sure that your child is well rested on school days and especially the day of the test. Children who are tired are less able to pay attention in class or to handle the demands of a test.
  • Do give your child a well rounded diet. A healthy body leads to a healthy, active mind. Most schools provide free breakfast and lunch for economically disadvantaged students.  If you believe your child qualifies, talk to the school principal.

Provide books and magazines for your youngster to read at home. By reading new materials, a child will learn new words that might appear on a test. Ask your child’s school about a suggested outside reading list or get suggestions form the public library.

Library Corner

March went by

Like the blink of an eye

We said goodbye to winter weather

Spring is so much better!

The students learned about Dr. Seuss, opinion writing, and co-space

They even had a visitor from a faraway place! (KC Wolf)

During parent-teacher conferences we held a book fair, which was cool

Thank you to everyone who bought books because you helped our school

April is Poetry month, if you did not know

The Gators will be writing poetry for the library to help their brains grow!

We will be working with a device that prints in 3D

We will display the projects in the library for everyone to see!

Miss Porter is sad to see the end is almost here

But thinking about all of the past lessons makes her want to cheer!

Remember to read each and every day

Strive to make it to the last AR party in May!

Parent reminder: On April 23rd we will have a SITE council meeting for all parents and community members. This is a great opportunity to come to school and hear what exciting things are happening here at school. This is also a time to voice your thoughts and concerns. We will meet in the library at 11:45, looking forward to seeing you!

Camp Kindergarten

Dates: June 4-22

Place: Grandview Elementary

Time: 8:30-11:30

Transportation: No transportation will be provided

Attendance: Regular and punctual daily attendance is expected

No fee!

Confirmation: Any additional information will be mailed to you the week before summer school begins.

Questions: For more information, contact Kristen Brengle at 717-4470 or kristenbrengle@usd475.org