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Week of April 13th

April 12, 2015

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Parents,

Happy Monday! I apologize for not sending out a newsletter last week.  I had a meeting on Monday, field trip and election for the Jr. High bond issue on Tuesday, another meeting on Wednesday, and by the time I got to Thursday I figured I would just wait until this week to get you up to date.

Jr. High

In the event you have been out of state and haven’t heard the news, the community rallied together last Tuesday and passed a bond issue that will fund the construction of a Jr. High School for our students.  If construction plans stick to current projections, your children will be the first 7th graders in the new school.  When I told the students last Wednesday they were very excited.

MAP Testing

Next week 4th grade students begin our state standardized tests. It is a completely different format than what we have used in the past (the entire test is online).  We are hearing the test is taking twice as long to complete as the state originally anticipated, so we are going to try to break up their sessions to prevent test fatigue as much as possible.  I will send a schedule of our testing days later this week.  It is important that your child is well rested and attends school on the days we are scheduled to test.

We have been practicing with the new format in class and you can have a chance to see what it looks like this Tuesday night at 5:30.  You should have received a flyer notifying you of a 4th grade art show and MAP night.  This will be a great chance to see some of your child’s art work as well as look over the tests that the state is asking your child to complete.  We hope you are able to come Tuesday.

AR

We are nearing 25% of the quarter already.  The students will need to ensure they are reading at least 20-30 minutes at home three to four nights to stay on top of their goals.  We have a lot of activities in the 4th quarter and it is important they set aside quiet time for independent reading.

Upcoming Events

Monday, April 13th           PTO Meeting @ 5:00                                    Monday, April 20th Begin MAP Testing

Tuesday, April 14th           MAP Night/Art Show @ 5:30                       Thursday, April 23rd Character Carnival

Thursday, April 16th         4th Grade Healthy Kids @ 5:00                    Friday, April 24th Benton School Carnival

Friday, April 17th              No School                                                    Monday, April 27th Honor Choir @ Civic @ 6:30

Thank you for your help and please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Mr. Daniel

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