Monday, September 26, 2016

Armstrong Update 9-26-2016

Greetings Armstrong Parents!

First and foremost I would like to apologize for the tardiness of this newsletter. I hope that everyone had an enjoyable and relaxing weekend. The weather finally feels like it’s turning to fall, we’ll see if it lasts… 

A few things have come up in the Armstrong Area over the last week that we would like to address and ask that you follow up with your child. The first of these is the school Fire Drill that we had last week. This fire drill was not the first drill of this school year, nor was it the first fire drill of the school year. We have also practiced a Tornado Drill and an Intruder on Campus (IOC) drill this year as well. Previous to last week’s drill, the drills we’ve had this year have gone very smoothly with students following procedures, taking the drills seriously and listening to and following instructions. Unfortunately I cannot say the same for last week’s fire drill. After the drill we had to bring the students back and talk with them as a whole group and practice the drill again. This second attempt was a little more successful, but not great. We discussed the importance of these drills and why we have them. We are required to have these drills routinely throughout the school year as to make sure that students as well as the staff understand the procedures and have a chance to practice in case an actual emergency happens. Please talk with your child about the importance of these drills and following procedures for their safety.
 
The other thing that we would like to bring to your attention is gum in the Armstrong area. Gum is not allowed at school and we ask that you do not send gum to school with your child. At the end of the day today, gum was found ground into the carpet in our large group area where we meet as a whole Armstrong group and it was also found by a substitute (a guest to our area!) stuck on several classroom chairs. Unfortunately the substitute did not see the gum and sat down on it and left school today with it stuck to her skirt. We try to send the message in the Armstrong area that we are all part of a community and it is important for everyone to respect not only each other, but our shared property as well. Please talk with your child about this and the importance of respecting our school property as well as guest teachers in our classrooms.

Strings and Band – While we are still trying to obtain all of the instruments needed for the band program, we will be starting band this week. Since our strings and band class switch every day we will be posting the weekly schedule for these classes in a common place in the Armstrong area as well as making sure to keep you updated through the weekly newsletter. The schedule through Friday Oct. 7th is as follows:
•    Monday Sept. 26 – Band
•    Tuesday Sept. 27 – Strings
•    Wednesday Sept. 28 – Band
•    Thursday Sept. 29 – Strings
•    Friday Sept. 30 – Band
•    Monday Oct. 3 – Strings
•    Tuesday Oct. 4 – Band
•    Wednesday Oct. 5 – Strings
•    Thursday Oct. 6 – Band
•    Friday Oct. 7 – NO SCHOOL (Teacher Professional Day)

Math Update – All Armstrong students are in the process of being set up with an account on www.prodigygame.com. This is a website that allows the students to log in and practice math at home if they would like, and it also tracks student work so that their math teacher is able to keep track of their progress. The students have been using their accounts during our center time; half of the Armstrongs have logged in during class time and the other half will do so next week. We encourage your child to play this game at home for extra practice. We will be sending home their log in information this week.

Armstrong Typing Update - Armstrongs have been practicing their typing with games.  They can continue to practice at home if they wish.  The website is mayo.tulsaschools.org.
Select the Library tab.  Then choose TPS Typing Resources to the left of the screen.  A list of games will pull up.  If they practice at home, ask that they keep their fingers in the home key positions.

With cursive, some kids are choosing to bring home extra cursive sheets to practice.  This is not a required homework.

Important Reminders  
-    Armstrong after school dismissal/pick-up is on the playground at the newly painted map of the United States. Please make sure to sign your child out with their homebase teacher (Mrs. Smith’s homebase will be with Mrs. Lyles). If there is inclement weather, the Armstrongs will wait for pick-up in their area upstairs. We appreciate your patience and flexibility with the new dismissal procedures.

-    Cell phones are not allowed in the Armstrong Area. While we understand the need for your child to have a cell phone with them for contact with after school activities, we require all cell phones to be checked in with Mrs. Jennings in the mornings before class. She will keep them safe during the day so they will not become a distraction. Please remind your child(ren) of this policy if they carry a cell phone to school with them. Thank you for your cooperation!

DATES TO REMEMBER:
September 29 – 5th Grade to Ballet (Any Given Child) 9:30-11:30
October 1 – 5th Grade Tickets Mania Fundraiser 11am-3pm @ the Route 66 Event Center 5925 E. 11th St. October 7 – District PD (NO SCHOOL)
Oct 10-19 – Book Fair
October 17 – Student Led Conferences after school
October 18 – Student Led Conferences after school
October 19-21 – Fall Break (NO SCHOOL)

   As always, we do encourage you to read daily with your child and/or encourage your child to read daily for 20 minutes. We also highly recommend buying a set of multiplication flash cards at Dollar Tree and practicing those daily as well. We appreciate your commitment to your child’s education!

Please email your child’s homebase teacher if you have any questions or concerns!
Elyse Smith – embryel@tulsaschools.org
Alex Guss – Gussal@tulsaschools.org
Hunter Najera – najerhu@tulsaschools.org
Brittany Colle (Johnston) – johnsbr@tulsaschools.org

Elyse Smith
Armstrong Teacher

Goodall Overnight Update 9-26-2016

Dear Goodall parents and guardians,
The countdown in on!!  We will be leaving Mayo at 8:00 on Thursday morning for War Eagle resort to float the Illinois River.
Your child will be bringing a black garbage bag home today.  Attached to it is a packing list and information of what to wear Thursday morning.
This bag MUST be returned to school on Wednesday to your child’s homebase teacher.  This is their “ticket” that ensures that they are attending the field study.  If your child does not have a bag on that morning, we will assume that they are not attending the overnight. The bags MUST travel to War Eagle on the bus, not in parent’s cars.  The reason for this is that bags have been forgotten at home accidentally and the student had no bedding.
Wednesday morning, take your bag to your child’s homebase teacher and we will keep them until the following morning.
On Thursday morning, please go to your child’s homebase area and pick up your parent packet. All pertinent information will be in this packet (schedules, phone numbers, cabin assignments, raft assignments, etc.)  If you are driving, you will also receive a sign to post in your car.  If you are willing to carpool, please let us know so that you can make arrangements with other parents.
Also, on Thursday, you and your child need to bring a sack lunch, preferably in a Ziploc bag, since we will be eating on the river.  Thursday evening dinner and Friday breakfast will be served in the Main Hall at War Eagle.  On Friday, we will be ordering pizza for lunch.
 I hope that I’ve addressed all questions and concerns, if not, please contact your child’s homebase teacher.
Thank you for volunteering, we could not have these field studies without you!




Thursday, September 22, 2016

Home and Backs 9-22-2016

No School on Friday, October 7th this is a teacher Professional Development day. 

Today's home and back has 4 attachments.  
Young Rembrandts after school flyer: 

Please use this link to access Young Rembrandts http://www.youngrembrandts.com/find-a-class

Last chance picture payment


5th Grade Ticket mania fundraiser

Junior Coyotes Club










Einstein Update 9-22-2016

All money for admission to the Tulsa State Fair is due TOMORROW!

·        Library books are due tomorrow. Please have your Einstein return their library books to their homebase teacher. 
·        We need your help!  A fun learning activity for your family to do together is to cut letters out of magazines, sale ads and the newspaper.  Letters can be any size, color, lowercase, uppercase or font.  Have your child name the letter, tell you the sound, name an object that starts with that letter as you cut them out.   Bring your cut out letters to your homebase teacher; we will be using these letters to build words at our creative writing shelf.
·        At Mayo, we believe in whole brain learning through exploration and hands on activities. Research has shown that children, at this age, learn more through play and creative experiences rather than rote memorization of facts and worksheets. In the Einstein Area, we provide these experiences in whole group instruction, learning centers (blocks, pretend center, manipulatives, creative writing shelf, etc.) and various Being There Experiences throughout the year. If you would like to read about the approach we are using in our learning, click on the link below for more information about learning through play. http://www.earlychildhoodnews.com/earlychildhood/article_view.aspx?ArticleID=134
·        Curriculum Update! We have been focusing on school procedures, building classroom community, and how to make and keep good friends. Throughout the year, we will be discussing Needs vs. Wants. We are beginning to discuss that needs are what everyone must have to stay alive and wants are things that are nice to have to enrich your life. Our first “need” that we will discover and explore is food. Where does it come from? How do we get food? What foods do you like? What kind of food does your family like to eat? Our focus at the Tulsa State Fair for our Being There Experience will be food, animals and products of the farm. 



If you have any questions or concerns, please email your child’s homebase teacher.  

Amanda Beckman- beckmam@tulsaschools.org
Jessica Bond- bondje@tulsaschools.org
Hilary Hancock- hancohi@tulsaschools.org
Suzanne Mason- masonsu@tulsaschools.org
Lindsey Regnier- regnili@tulsaschools.org



Dates to remember:
September 30     Einstein Being There Experience - Tulsa State Fair
October 7           NO SCHOOL - Teacher Institute Day
October 10-19     Mayo Book Fair
October 17&18    Student-Led Conferences (more info to come)
October 19-21     Fall Break/NO SCHOOL

Goodall Update 09-22-2016

September 22, 2016

NEXT WEEK!!!  Our first field study….. 
On Monday, you will receive a black garbage bag, labeled with your child’s name and homebase.  Stapled to the bag is a packing list.  The black bag needs to come back to school on WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28THThis is your child’s “reservation”, letting us know they ARE attending the Overnight.  We need the bags on the bus Thursday, not in parent cars.  Check and double-check as you pack!  Clean, dry clothes are a necessity after our river trip.
**IF YOUR CHILD NEEDS A SACK LUNCH FROM THE CAFETERIA FOR THURSDAY, WE NEED THE LUNCH FORM RETURNED ASAP.**  We encourage you to pack your lunches in gallon Ziploc bags to keep them dry on the raft.  We will be eating lunch on the river.
Thursday Morning:  Please be here by 7:15 a.m., so that we may load supplies and be able to leave by 8:00 a.m.  Each parent who has signed up to go will receive a packet which includes the agenda, cabin assignments, and raft assignments.  These will be on tables in your child’s homebase area.  You will also need to pick up a car sign in the same area.  This helps us keep our convoy rolling together.  STUDENTS MUST RIDE THE BUS TO WAR EAGLE THURSDAY AND TO CAMP TAKATOKA FRIDAY.  If you choose to take your child home with you on Friday, please find his/her homebase teacher and sign your child out with them.
Procedures-Please review arrival and dismissal procedures.  As always, we want your child to be safe at Mayo.  
For those of you who are having difficulty opening the newsletter document, we will have hard copies outside Mrs. Sowle’s classroom.
Quick Curriculum Update:  
Shoots-Spelling Test Tomorrow! They are below in case you lost your list.
(snacking, mixing, smelling, running, kissing, buzzing, hitting, until, problem, how)

Shoots Literacy Group: Early Asian Civilizations (People and Religions)
Shoots Word Work-Silent Consonants
Roots Literacy Group: Fables and Folk Tales
Roots Word Work: Assessments

Year-Long Theme: Citizenship-How to be a productive part of the community.
Science:  Pebbles, Sand and Silt and Habitats 
Roots Math:  Ways to Make the # of the Day, Adding on from known amounts, deconstructing numbers (finding parts which add up to the whole)  
Shoots Math: Adding and Subtracting up to 100 (review), place value

Even though we are not sending homework regularly, students should be reading a minimum of 20 minutes each and practicing their addition and subtraction math facts.
THANK YOU for your cooperation with keeping Pok√©mon cards and other toys at home.  It really helps us keep focused on learning!

This newsletter was also sent in email form.   If you did not receive it, please let your child’s homebase teacher know so that we may add you to our distribution list.


Dates to remember:  
Thursday, September 29 and 30-Overnight Field Study to Illinois River
Friday, October 7-No  School-Teacher Professional Day
October 10-19-Book Fair
October 17-18 – Student-Led Conferences
October 19-23 – Fall Break- NO SCHOOL!
November 11 – Book Character Day

Mrs. Anderson: anderal@tulsaschools.org  Ms. Molina molinje@tulsaschools.org   
Mrs. Hernandez: hernaam@tulsaschools.org   Mrs. Sowle: sowlepa@tulsaschools.org 

Mrs. Bunch: bunchel@tulsaschools.org         Mrs. Moreno: morenje@tulsaschools.org 

Edison Update 09-22-2016

Dear Edison families,

Your kids looked adorable for picture day! The Edison’s went first, so no one had sweaty dirt or food on them.

We want to THANK YOU so much for all the help and donations for our Dog Wash. It was so much fun and we raised $102 and two big boxes of awesome donations. We have divided them up and will deliver them to the SPCA and the Humane Society. We would not be able to pull off a service learning project of this magnitude without your help!

We have been having complaints about the Edison’s lunch time eating habits and are in agreement. For some reason our group is the messiest of all the instructional areas. We read them the riot act and today was a huge improvement! Please visit with your child about appropriate mealtime etiquette.

We were glad to see some of you at Literacy Night and hope you enjoyed the activities. There will be a Math Night later in the year.

REMINDER: Our field study to the Herding Dog Show at the Fair is Wednesday, October 5th. Student admission is free, but adults who plan to join us will need to pay their own admission ($8). We are taking one bus, and have no idea where we park, so if you are attending, it would be a good idea to follow us . Please remember to send a sack lunch with your child that morning, unless you have filled out a request form for a cafeteria sack lunch. Please do not send any money or purchase anything for any students while we are at the fair. We want to avoid hurt feelings or awkward situations.


Dates to remember:

Sept. 23 – Sack Lunch forms due for Fair field study
October 5 – Edison Field Study to Tulsa State Fair
October 7 – Teacher Professional Day NO SCHOOL
October 10-14 – Book Fair
October 14 – Edison Field Study to the Museum of Osteology (tentative)
October 19-21 - Fall Break

Edison Update 09-22-2016

Dear Edison families,

Your kids looked adorable for picture day! The Edison’s went first, so no one had sweaty dirt or food on them.

We want to THANK YOU so much for all the help and donations for our Dog Wash. It was so much fun and we raised $102 and two big boxes of awesome donations. We have divided them up and will deliver them to the SPCA and the Humane Society. We would not be able to pull off a service learning project of this magnitude without your help!

We have been having complaints about the Edison’s lunch time eating habits and are in agreement. For some reason our group is the messiest of all the instructional areas. We read them the riot act and today was a huge improvement! Please visit with your child about appropriate mealtime etiquette.

We were glad to see some of you at Literacy Night and hope you enjoyed the activities. There will be a Math Night later in the year.

REMINDER: Our field study to the Herding Dog Show at the Fair is Wednesday, October 5th. Student admission is free, but adults who plan to join us will need to pay their own admission ($8). We are taking one bus, and have no idea where we park, so if you are attending, it would be a good idea to follow us . Please remember to send a sack lunch with your child that morning, unless you have filled out a request for a cafeteria sack lunch. Please do not send any money or purchase anything for any students while we are at the fair. We want to avoid hurt feelings or awkward situations.


Dates to remember:

Sept. 23 – Sack Lunch forms due for Fair field study
October 5 – Edison Field Study to Tulsa State Fair
October 7 – Teacher Professional Day NO SCHOOL
October 10-14 – Book Fair
October 14 – Edison Field Study to the Museum of Osteology (tentative)
October 19-21 - Fall Break