Friday, September 30, 2016

Armstrong Update 9-30-2016

Greetings Armstrong Parents!
 
 It finally feels like fall has arrived, which is good because Fall Break is just around the corner! We have Student-Led conferences coming up in a few weeks as well as a field study to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. There are several important pieces of information related to that as well as new calendar dates included in this email.

Strings and Band Update - 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 Oct. 3 - Strings 
* Tuesday Oct. 4 - Band 
* Wednesday Oct. 5 - Strings 
* Thursday Oct. 6 - Band 
* Friday Oct. 7 - NO SCHOOL (Teacher Professional Day)
* Monday Oct. 10 - Strings 
* Tuesday Oct. 11 - Band 
* Wednesday Oct. 12 - Strings 
* Thursday Oct. 13 - Band 
* Friday Oct. 14 - Strings

Crystal Bridges Field Study - The Armstrongs will be going to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas on Monday October 24th. We realize that this is the Monday after Fall Break, but we thought it would be a great way to kick start the second quarter! We will be doing the guided tour "Perseverance" from 10AM-11AM. Since Bentonville is approximately 2 hours by bus from Tulsa, is it imperative that we leave Mayo no later than 8AM. There will be more details about arrival closer to the day of the field study. This is an amazing opportunity provided by the museum at no cost to Mayo because of a generous scholarship program for public schools. 

If you would like to attend this field study with us, you must let your child's homebase teacher or Mrs. Smith know by Wednesday October 5th.

Math Update - All Armstrong students were sent home with a letter pertaining to student login information for www.prodigygame.com. This is a math review program that allows students to practice their math skills at home as well as at school during their center rotations.
Armstrong Typing Update - There have been several times when students have been caught on youtube and other websites that are not the assigned typing practice website that they are to be using during that class time. 

Science Update - In the coming two weeks we will study mold and which conditions are best suited to mold growth. As an extension of this lesson we would like to show your students that not all molds are "bad." To facilitate this we would like to have a day where students study and record their experiences sampling certain cheeses and bread. We will most likely use pumpernickel and blue cheese. If your student has a mold allergy please let Mr. Najera or Mr. Guss know so we can accommodate them.

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!
FIFTH GRADE:
- This Saturday is the Ticket Mania! Please tell your friends and family to come if each person got 5 people to come that would help us reach our goal towards the 5th grade trip. If you or your 5th grader is available to help there will be plenty for them to do. Just let me know.  You may come as early as 10:30 or as late as 2 pm to help. 

- Please be collecting coins. The coin drive will be Thursday October 6, @ 5pm and we need $1000 for the bank to match us and $2000 for the bank to give us and extra $250. That's free money so gather all your coins. Thursday morning we will have a parent collecting jars if you are unable to make to the coin drive on Thursday evening (more details to come on Monday).

- Thoreau Demonstration will be coming to visit and talk with our 5th graders on Monday October, 10th at 8AM. This is something that will not interfere with any class time. If you would like to join us for this preview, you are more than welcome. 

DATES TO REMEMBER:
October 1 - 5th Grade Tickets Mania Fundraiser 11am-3pm @ the Route 66 Event Center 5925 E. 11th St. 
October 6 - 5th Grade Coin Drive 
October 7 - District PD (NO SCHOOL)
October 10 - Thoreau visit 5th Grade at 8AM (parents welcome)
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)
October 24 - Crystal Bridges Field Study (Leave Mayo at 8AM)

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

Home and Back 9-29-2016




Thursday, September 29, 2016

Edison Update 9-29-2016

Dear Edison families,

Your student should have come home yesterday with  their new Edison T-Shirt. The shirt was designed by a Goodall parent. THANK YOU Mrs. Deanna Taylor with Priddy Please Designs. This shirt will be worn for all future Edison Field Studies. We did NOT order any extras, so please be very careful with the one you received. Students will need to wear it next Wednesday, October 5th, for our fair Field Study.

FAIR FIELD STUDY: 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. We will leave Mayo at 8:45am and arrive at the fair at 9am. We will return back to Mayo in time for specials and family. Please remember to send a sack lunch with your child that morning. We did NOT receive any sack lunch request forms for the cafeteria. Also, 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. Reminder: No siblings should come along. This is a field study for Edisons and Edison parents only. 

We have confirmed our next field study to the Museum of Osteology in Oklahoma City. We will travel on Friday, October 14th. We will leave Mayo at 8am and return in time to dismiss students in the cafeteria. Please be respectful and arrive to school on time, so we may stay on schedule. We will request sack lunches from the cafeteria for every student. If you would rather pack your child’s lunch, please let us know by October 5th.

Thank you to everyone who “picked” an apple at Back to School night and sent the items listed on them.  If you did not get to pick an apple but would like to provide something for the classroom, we would love several easy-to-care-for plants for the Edison area.  If you could provide one, please let us know!  Thanks J

Regarding curriculum:

In literacy, we are delving into our Partners with Paws curriculum!  We are reading Balto, Magic Tree House’s Dogs in the Dead of night, and Stone Fox.  Students should be able to talk to you about these books and tell you some facts about working dogs.

Most students have a good grasp of place value to the hundred thousand place.  We are beginning to work on rounding numbers to the nearest ten, 2d and 3d shapes, and their attributes.  To help work on rounding, you could ask your child questions like: “What two tens does the number 33 come between?”  “Which of those tens is it closer to?”


Dates to remember: 

October 5 – Edison Field Study to Tulsa State Fair (students wear new Edison t-shirt and uniform bottoms)
October 7 – Teacher Professional Day NO SCHOOL
October 10-18 – Book Fair
October 14 – Edison Field Study to the Museum of Osteology (students wear Edison t-shirt and uniform bottoms)
October 17-18 – Student Led Conferences
October 19-21 - Fall Break

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Einstein Fair Update

Einstein News Wednesday Fair Edition

September 28, 2016

 

Hello families! We are looking forward to our Fair “Being There Experience” this Friday! In hopes of answering all the questions you may have, we created a special Einstein News: Fair Edition.

 

Departure from Mayo: Einsteins will load buses and depart from Mayo at 9 a.m. We do not have space on the bus for chaperones. You may follow the bus if you like or you can meet us at Gate 12 entering through the Central Park Entrance. We recommend that you meet us there so that you have plenty of time to park and walk to meet us at the correct entrance. There are not assigned parking spots for our chaperones.

 

Tickets: If you prepaid for a chaperone ticket, please see your child’s homebase teacher on Thursday afternoonafter school for your ticket, itinerary and grouping assignments. On the back of the itinerary will be a map of the fairgrounds. We have circled the buildings we want you to visit and explore with the Einsteins. 

 

Lunch: Per fair personnel: we are unable to bring any outside food or drinks into the fair or store our lunches inside the gates. If you are bringing a lunch for yourself, please send it to school with your child so it will be in the bucket with all the lunches.  Lunch will be a picnic on the grass outside of Safari Joe’s between 10:45-11:15.  Using the Gate 12 exit, you may bring your group to eat lunch whenever you wish during this time. EVERYONE MUST GET THEIR HAND STAMPED WHEN YOU LEAVE THE FAIR FOR LUNCH.

 

Departure from Fairgrounds: We will load buses and depart from the Fair at 1 p.m. Please have your Einstein group at Gate 12 by 12:50 p.m. If you want to sign your child out, you need to do so with your homebase teacher at this time. 

 

Einstein Attire: Einsteins may wear jeans, jean shorts or a regular uniform bottom with either the white Mayo Einstein T-shirt or a red uniform polo shirt. We recommend wearing tennis shoes as they will be doing a lot of walking!  

 

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

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Edison Update 9-15-2016

Happy Thursday!

Tomorrow is the Edison Dog Wash and we are all excited!  Hopefully we will see some of you (we have heard from several who are able to help) and your furry friends.  Please remember that your Edison may wear shorts and a Mayo spirit shirt with shoes that can get wet.  Please send a pair of dry shoes and socks with your child so they can change their shoes after the wash.  Also, even if you can’t attend, please consider donating an item that we can give to an agency in need.  We could use dog treats, toys, collars, etc.  There is a box in the cafeteria for donations.

Just a reminder that our school day begins at 8:00.  We start learning right away and when your student is late, they miss instruction time.  Thank you for making every effort to have your child here on time.  On that same topic, school ends at 3:05.  Please be mindful and pick your child up in the cafeteria at that time.  Mayo teachers lose precious planning and preparation time when we are waiting on late parents.  Thank you so much helping with this!

The MAP Math test will be taken by Edisons this Monday morning, September 19th.  Please ensure they get to bed at a reasonable time Sunday and that they have a good breakfast Monday morning.  Once we get the results, we will send them home and let you know if we need any paperwork signed for the Reading Sufficiency Act.

We are looking forward to our trip to watch the herding dogs at the Tulsa State Fair on Wednesday, October 5th.  We plan to leave Mayo around 9 and return at 1:00.  Your child will need a sack lunch for this trip.  If you need the cafeteria to prepare one for your child, please fill out the attached Sack Lunch request and return it to your child’s homebase teacher by Friday, September 23rd.  If we do not receive one from you by that day, we will  know you are providing one for your child.  We also need to get a count of parents that will be attending the fair with us.  Please let your child’s homebase teacher know if you will attend and if you will be staying with us until we leave around 12:45. 

The Mayo staff will be hosting a Literacy Night next Tuesday, September 20th.  Please join us at 6:30 for an evening of fun.  After a read aloud time, you will be able to roam around getting ideas that you can use at home to enhance your child’s literacy skills.  We hope to see you there!

Be sure to read the attached Mayo Newsletter for all kinds of information on activities going on at our awesome school!

Dates for your calendar:

Sept. 16 – Edison Dog Wash 8:30-10:30
Sept. 19 – MAP Math test for Edisons
Sept. 20 – Literacy Night 6:30
Sept. 22 – Fall Pictures (in uniform)
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)

Einstein Update 9-15-2016

Einstein News
September 15, 2016


·        Welcome Miss Pipkin! We are happy to share with you our newest team member! Jocelyn Pipkin will be working with Mrs. Regnier in the red area. Miss Pipkin has subbed for many years at Mayo and is a familiar face to the Einsteins. We are very happy to have her as part of our team!

·        Library books are due tomorrow. Please have your Einstein return their library books to their homebase teacher. 

·        Arrival Procedures-Please do not leave the cafeteria in the morning until you are dismissed. Einstein teachers have morning duty throughout the week and are not always in their classroom to monitor students. Einsteins with parents will be dismissed to class first by a Mayo staff member. Please do not come down to the room before that time. If you drop your child off at the front of the school, please make sure they go to the cafeteria and wait to be dismissed by an adult. 

·        Brainbreak and Toys- Einsteins may bring a small stuffed animal to hug during brainbreak. Many Einsteins have been bringing large stuffed animals or Barbie dolls and are playing with them during this time. We also have Einsteins that are coming to school with toy cars, Pokemon cards, Lego people, etc. and taking them out of their backpack/pocket to play with during the day. Please make sure these items are staying at home for your Einstein to play with after school.

·        Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) – Next week second year Einsteins will complete MAP testing sessions to assess Reading and Mathematics skills.  Many second years have taken at least one of the sections. When taking the MAP test, the difficulty of each question is based on how well a student answers all the previous questions.  As the student answers correctly, questions become more difficult.  If the student answers incorrectly, the questions become easier.  Students will repeat the tests two more times during the year to continually assess student progress. We will share these scores with you once they are made available. 

·        Tulsa State Fair Field Study – Our fair field study is quickly approaching! We need your help! If you plan to join us, please let your homebase teacher know. If you will be joining us, please turn in your $6 to your homebase teacher before September 23. If you do not give money by that date, you will have to pay $10 at the gate for your admission. Each volunteer will be given a list of activities/exhibits to visit and engage in with your teacher assigned group. Just as a reminder, we will not be purchasing anything (i.e. food, toys, games, rides, etc.) for ourselves or the Einsteins. If you wish to continue your fair family fun, you may sign out your Einstein with their homebase teacher before we load the buses. 

·        Fall Pictures- Fall pictures are September 22. These pictures will be taken in Mayo uniform. A free dress picture day is scheduled for later this year. Your Einstein should be bringing home an order form today. Please turn in all order forms with money to the office or your homebase teacher. 

·        The Mayo staff will be hosting a Literacy Night next Tuesday, September 20th.  Please join us at 6:30 for an evening of fun.  After a read aloud time, you will be able to roam around getting ideas that you can use at home to enhance your child’s literacy skills.  We hope to see you there!

·        Be sure to read the attached Mayo Newsletter for all kinds of information on activities going on at our awesome school!


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 20     Literacy Night (6:30 pm)
September 22     Fall Pictures in Mayo uniform
September 30     Einstein Being There Experience - Tulsa State Fair
October 7           NO SCHOOL - Teacher Institute Day
October 10-19     Mayo Book Fair
October 19-21     Fall Break/NO SCHOOL