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Letter from Interim Principal Andy Baker, Nov. 9

Filed in Elsmere by on November 9, 2017

Dear Elsmere Families,

We had another exciting week here at Elsmere with many events going on around the school! Thank you to the PTA for coordinating the Book Fair and the very special Grand Lunch event this week. Today, Thursday, we celebrated and honored the service of many of the Elsmere community’s veterans during our Veteran’s Assembly.

This week, I had the opportunity to visit many more classrooms and see firsthand the exciting learning that goes on every day! I continue to be impressed by the planning and enthusiasm the teachers – and all the staff here at Elsmere – display to the children every day to make their experience the best it can be. I even volunteered in a second grade classroom as a “guest mystery reader” which was easily the highlight of my week!

This week, information was sent out regarding the i-Ready diagnostic assessments your children took in school earlier in the fall [more information here: https://www.bethlehemschools.org/information-k-8-parents-i-ready/]. I want to remind parents that this is just one of the many ways we use to best support the students academically. If you have any questions about the assessment or your child’s results, please contact me anytime.

An important message from Mr. Hurst, Assistant Superintendent:

In the spring of 2017, a focus group was formed to study the use and impact of homework at the elementary (K-5) level. The group is comprised of teachers, principals, and central administrators. The group reviewed journal articles and research on the subject (Visit https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1uz0ux-OdBKbInQLZ_3GJGVAyYSddjEy6 to access the materials) and had very meaningful discussions. The next phase of the review process involves surveying parents. As such, we are asking that you complete a homework survey (Visit https://goo.gl/forms/jDov4oCl75ctMyZw2 to take the survey) by Friday, December 1st. Thank you for your continued support.

[Reminder from Mrs. Kloss]

During the month of November, all students are invited to participate in “Read for Ronald”. Your child brought a packet home early this week explaining this project. While the fundraising aspect is helpful to others in our community, it is completely voluntary.  However, all students are encouraged to read every day, record the minutes and turn in their calendars at the end of the month. All participating students will receive a prize, whether or not they raise money. And of course, the best prize is, the more they read, the better readers they will become! 

 In closing, a reminder to all parents that Tuesday is a half day (dismissal at 11:45am) for parent/teacher conferences. Also, next Friday morning is our Grade 4 Breakfast at 8:45am.

I hope everyone has a nice long weekend!

Sincerely,

Andy Baker