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Monday, March 17, 2014

Monday Message

Lowell Happenings
The first week of the reading challenge was a great success. Here are the results from week 1. Ms Steim read them on the morning announcements and there was a lot of cheering. Small prizes were handed out to the winning "teams" at the end of the day as well!


Week 1 Results:
  • In Pre-k and kindergarten, there was a three way tie between Teams Bean, Connors, and Altobello in downhill skiing
  • In first grade, Team Lehmann barely beat out Fiandaca, Cox and Peca in bobsledding
  • In second grade, Team Seward won the ski jumping competition
  • In third grade, Team Walsh squeaked by with a win in speed skating
  • On the ⅘ team, Team Sudbay passed Team Stezzi right at the finish line in snowboarding.

Spring Auction
Our spring auction has closed and raised over 11,000 dollars for our school! Thank you so much to all who participated in bidding and "winning"! I also want to thank the PTO and all PTO volunteers, especially Seta Davidian and Noreen Lombard, who organized and worked for the event.

Early Release Days This Week
Early release days will be on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday of next week.  Dismissal will be at 12:15pm. Lunch will be served and there will be LEDP!

Conferences This Week
Spring conferences begin this week. Evening conferences are tonight and tomorrow night. Afternoon conferences will be held on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of this week.  Please come on time to your conference appointment as the schedule is tight and we want you to have as much time as possible. Also, I always share this article at conference time because I think it has some great tips!

Getting the Most Out of Parent Conferences
I share this article summary every year on the week of conferences. Enjoy!

“Parent-teacher conferences can be daunting,” says Marjorie Hancock, Kansas
education professor, parent, and former teacher. She offers parents these ten pointers
for making conferences more successful:
- Arrive on time. This sends the message that the parents care.
- Bring a written list of questions. “A lot of parents get nervous because the
teachers are the professionals and they get back into their car and think ‘Why
didn’t I ask that?’”
- Realize that your child may act differently in school than at home; be open to
the teacher’s descriptions of your child’s behavior in school.
- Don’t be defensive. It’s all about helping your child do better in school.
- Ask the teacher for examples of your child’s work to back up the points the
teacher is making.
- Discuss specific strengths of your child as a learner; build on your child’s
strengths.
- Ask the teacher for specific ways you can help at home.
- Set 2-4 specific goals for your child in the next grading period.
- Share what the teacher reports with your child. Better yet, have your child be
part of the conference.
- Remember that, as a parent, you are the most important person in your child’s
life. Give your child a hug and reassurance after the conference. “The bottom
line is ‘I love you,’” says Hancock. “It’s almost a team approach to success.”
“Getting the Most Out of Parent Conferences” in PEN Weekly NewsBlast, Sept. 30, 2004.
See http://www.click2houston.com/education/3767252/detail.htm

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