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Newsletter #17-28
March 16, 2017

PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES

     Parent/Teacher Conferences are right around the corner! Conferences will be held Wednesday, March 29th & Thursday, March 30th from 1:30-7:30pm. A notice indicating the time and place of your child’s conference will be sent home soon. Please return this notice as soon as possible to confirm your conference time. Report cards will be sent home with students the day before conferences.

     DUE TO CONFERENCES, WE WILL BE HAVING AN EARLY DISMISSAL AT 1:08/1:15 ON BOTH DAYS. THERE WILL BE NO SCHOOL ON FRIDAY, MARCH 31ST.

SPRING PORTRAITS

     Spring Portraits taken last month will be here and available at conferences on March 29th and 30th. Pictures will NOT be sent home with students. Families will need to come to the office before or after their child’s conference to view portraits. Payment for any pictures you wish to purchase must be made before pictures can be taken home.

JR LEGO LEAGUE TO WORLD FESTIVAL EXPO

     Congratulations to our school’s Jr. Lego League team, the Bee Builders! They have earned the opportunity to compete at the FIRST Lego League Jr. World Festival Expo. They will be representing the state of Iowa. Members of the Bee Builders are Zoey Duhme, Josh Hagemeier, Ayden Kastel, Josh Liles, Wes McDanel, and Ty Stone.

      Thank you to John Deere for paying our Jr. Lego League team’s World Festival Expo’s registration of $300. We appreciate your support!

CAMANCHE JUNIOR BASEBALL

     Camanche Junior Baseball will be having registration on Thursday, March 16 and Saturday, March 18 at the Camanche Masonic Lodge (220 9th Avenue). Registration forms can be found online at www.CamancheJrBaseball.com and the Camanche Junior Baseball Facebook page.

FROM YOUR K-8 TEACHER LIBRARIAN – CHECK THIS OUT!

     We hear a lot of talk about the importance of reading fluency these days. I remember, as a child, going to the media center to use a machine that tracked the words at a pace set just a bit faster than my comfortable reading pace. This machine was designed to help speed up my reading fluency. Instead, it caused me great stress and anxiety, as I recall. Reading should be a skill that we nurture and grow because it causes us enjoyment and the gaining of new knowledge, not anxiety. So, when children struggle with fluency, I try to find ways to make reading more fun. The struggle is real for these students, and the more we can help encourage reading for the right reasons, the more reading will happen, and the more fluent they will become. Here are a couple of web sites to visit that help parents with creative ways to increase a child’s fluency skills and keep reading fun.

     Reading Rockets
Six Games for Reading, by Blank Street College of Education

     Reading Partners
5 Easy Ways Parents Can Help Increase Their Child’s Reading Fluency, by Martin Berk

IOWA ASSESSMENTS TEST PREPARATION

                                       SAVE THE DATE FOR THE LAST WEEK IN APRIL!

     The 2nd through 4th grade students will be taking the Iowa Assessments the last week in April. I will be providing classroom developmental lessons and small groups focusing on test preparation, test anxiety, goal setting, and motivation. If you feel your child would benefit from a small group, please feel free to contact me at 563-259-3016. -Thanks, Mrs. Orendorff, School Counselor

1.      Get enough sleep.

2.      Eat a healthy breakfast.

3.      Read the questions carefully.

4.      Always check your answers.

5.      Stay focused.

5.      Take your time.

5.      Most importantly — Do your BEST!

ATTENDANCE

     Our attendance is currently 95.45%. We as a school have set a goal of 97%. Thank you for working with us to reach that goal, EVERY DAY Matters.

Dates To Remember

Mar. 17th2nd Grade to the Putnam Museum
Mar. 24thRegional Battle of the Books
Mar. 24th4th Grade Field Trip to the Recycling Center
Mar. 29th and 30thParent/Teacher Conferences EARLY DISMISSAL both days @ 1:08/1:15
Mar. 31stNO SCHOOL
Apr. 4thPTA Meeting at 3:30 in the ES Media Center
Apr. 13th, 14th, and 17thNO SCHOOL – Spring Break
Apr. 19th Culture Fair Parade
Apr. 20th TAG Culture Fair
Apr. 25th Kindergarten to the Arboretum
Apr. 27th 2nd Grade to Rock Creek
May 1st Kindergarten to Bettendorf Famil Museum
May 2nd PTA Meeting at 3:30 in the ES Media Center
May 8th K-1st Grade Music Informance
May 8th 3rd Grade to Rock Creek
May 9th 1st Grade to Rock Creek
May 11th 2nd-3rd Grade Music Informance
May 12th 4th Grade Field Trip to Chicago
May 15th, 16th, 18th, 19th 4th Grade Transition
May 18th 4th Grade Music Informance
May 19th 3rd Track and Field Day
May 22nd 3rd Grade to Buffalo Bill Museum & Lock and Dam 15
May 30th 2nd Grade Picnic at Platt Park
May 31st 1st Grade Picnic at Platt Park
May 31st Last Day of School (provided we have no cancellations due to weather)

Yours in education,

Aimee Dohse, Principal

 

 

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