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Van-Far Elementary

2nd Quarter News 2017


Happy fall y’all! I love this time of year! The cooler weather, leaves changing colors, and the smell of apple and pumpkin desserts make it a wonderful time of the year. I hope you enjoy the fall season and create memories with your families.

I can’t believe we are one week into second quarter! Where does the time go? We had an awesome first quarter with many positive things happening and many students showing academic growth!

We teach our students how to write WIGs…Wildly Important Goals! As a school we also create WIGs to guide and keep us focused. One of our WIGs in reading is to increase our student mastery level by 10% by the end of the school year. At the end of every quarter we assess the students and determine a mastery level from their scores. You are probably wondering, what does this have to do with me? Make sure your child is reading 20 minutes each night and completing their read and respond. Have conversations with your child about what they are reading. Ask questions to your child about the reading such as: what is your favorite part, how would you feel if you were one of the characters in the book, what do you think will happen next, etc. When we work together as a team, great things will happen!!

We are continuing our learning of the 7 Habits and how we can live by them at school, at home, and in our community. The back of this newsletter has a summary of the Habits for your reference. The Habits should be the core of who we are and how we interact with others. I encourage you to ask your child about the Habits and what they mean to them.

There are many activities that happen during this time of year. There are a few of these activities listed at the bottom, but this list does not include all activities. School Messenger calls are made on a weekly basis with announcements and activities and posts are made on the Van-far Elementary Facebook page. Please listen to the school calls and follow our Facebook page.

Dates to Remember

October 30 – No School

October 31 – Fall Classroom Parties

November 8 – Early Out at 1:45

November 10 – Midterm

November 22-24 – No School Thanksgiving Break

December 6 – Early Out at 1:45

December 7 – 3rd and 4th Grade Christmas Program

December 14 – 5th and 6th Grade Christmas Program

December 19 – School Dismiss at 1:00

December 20-January 2 – No School Christmas Break