Leroy Elementary, An IB World School
JANUARY 2020 NEWSLETTER
Dear Leroy Families,
We here at Leroy would like to wish you and your family a Happy New Year! We hope the holiday season was filled with fun, relaxation, and enjoyment. We also hope your children look forward to returning to school and that they are refreshed and ready to work hard as we continue to work toward our school’s greatest goal of growing our students’ reading, writing, and math skills. We will support each student with this endeavor as they continue to give their best effort and do their most capable work. Any time you have available to support our goal is much appreciated. At home, please continue to carve out time for your child to read independently, read aloud to you, read with you, and then talk to you about their books. World Book Online Access is free to families and a great way to locate reading material. Access by username: adams12 password: 5star Differentiated databases exist at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. All articles can be translated into MANY languages. Ebooks are also available on World Book Online. World Book Online If you are able to volunteer here at school, please call or visit the office for more information.
We are continuing our partnership with Horace Mann to celebrate those classrooms with the most days with perfect attendance. We are looking forward to celebrating many other classrooms second semester! We also want to send out a reminder regarding partial absences. A partial absence for elementary schools is defined as a student entering class more than 60 minutes late but before the midpoint of the attendance period. This also applies to students being in class beyond the midpoint, but departing more than 60 minutes early. Please review the charts in the handbook on the school website for more information. Attending school regularly has a huge impact on a student’s academic success starting in kindergarten and continuing through high school. Even as children grow older and more independent, families play a key role in making sure students get to school safely every day and understand why attendance is so important for success in school and in life. Let us know how we can best support you and your family so that they can be here at school on time every day. We want your child to be successful in school!
Please remember that the drop off in front of the school is a “Hug and Go” lane. Please do not get out of your car in this lane. When dropping off and picking up students, please be mindful about not blocking neighbors’ driveways. Please remember to use the crosswalk when escorting your children. There is so much traffic at drop off and pick up times that it creates a huge safety concern for students and parents entering the street without a crosswalk.
We want to make sure we maintain a good relationship with our neighbors and ensure the safety of students and adults alike.
We also want to send A HUGE thank you to all that supported families during the holidays. Special shout out to the Northglenn and Thornton Police Christmas Crusade, the Educational Support Center (ESC), Joyful Journeys, Hallmark at Orchard Town Center and donations from the City of Thornton Perfect Holiday Gift for sponsoring over 40 of our families for the holidays. Special thanks to Michele Jimenez Collette for coordinating the effort.
Thanks to the many staff members that hosted a “Parents Night Out” for students just before break. The Sock Hop was a huge success and the students had so much fun eating and playing with the adults and each other. It was a great event and we will have two more opportunities for your children to participate on February 21st and April 17th. Watch for fliers to come home.
As we return from an extended break in our school year, we want to reiterate ROAR behavior expectations with students. There will be a large focus of specific teaching of desired behavior. Teachers and faculty will look to reinforce positive choices. Please review the Classroom Clip Chart system with your student, and ask them daily about their level. Students are also taught strategies to differentiate between normal peer conflict and bullying. They are taught what they can do to solve normal peer conflict, and when to involve an adult in a bullying situation. School administration is here to support students and families in navigation. For the first year, we have social emotional learning data we will examine as a faculty upon return from winter vacation.
ACCESS testing will take place during January for students learning English. Elementary Assessment Day for all students is Friday, 1/17/20. Students will attend school only at their assigned time. Please ensure your student gets a good night of sleep, eats a nutritious breakfast, and attends school at the correct time with a positive attitude.
CMAS ELA Information
CDE reduced the length of the CMAS tests administered in spring 2018 to reduce the amount of time students spent testing and to provide districts with results in a more timely manner.
One of the byproducts of the reduced length of the test is that there are now fewer items. This is one reason why we went from having a scale score in writing to having a percent correct score in writing, and why we no longer receive the subclaim information. There aren't enough points to produce those kinds of measures that would provide meaningful data.
When we looked at the data over the past few years, about the same number of students received the lowest scale score as did those that received 0% of points in writing this past spring.
On CMAS ELA writing is integrated throughout the assessment. Students are typically asked to write in response to a reading passage and in some instances to respond to multiple reading passages.
ELA performance level descriptors
CMAS is one data point that provides evidence of how your student is progressing towards the state standards. There are other pieces of evidence that should be looked at, i.e. grades, assignments, other district/classroom assessments to get a larger picture of how your student is performing.
In addition, with the weather changing on a daily basis, we want to remind you to send your children to school with their coats, hats, boots, and gloves. We will continue to go outside for recess each day. On the days that it is twenty degrees or colder, we will have indoor recess.
Again, we hope this holiday season was a delightful time of celebration for your friends and family. It provides a great opportunity for all of us to give thanks for all that we are blessed with, including being a part of this special Leroy community. We look forward to seeing your student on Tuesday, January 7, 2020.
Many thanks for your continued support!
Tracie Stauffer, Principal Kelly Teitelbaum, Assistant Principal
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