Thursday, May 11, 2017

Armstrong Update 5-11-2017

Hello Armstrong Parents!

First of all, the Armstrong team would like to thank everyone for a great Teacher Appreciation Week. It was wonderful to receive such thoughtful notes and gifts from students and parents and you all truly made our week amazing!

We only have 5 more school days until summer is here! This next week will be crazy as we wind down this school year.

Tomorrow morning (Friday, May 12th) we have two important events. 

First is the volunteer breakfast at 7:15am.  Next is the Lifeskill Awards Ceremony at 8:15am. 

We hope to see you all there!

Tuesday morning (May 16th) is all-school shadow day! Students will visit their instructional area for next year from 8:15-10:45 (5th graders will go to the Einstein area).  They will spend this time getting to know their new teachers and looking forward to next year. 

Tuesday night is 5th grade promotion. More information about promotion is at the end of this email, as well as a recap of the information sent to 5th grade parents by Mrs. Smith earlier this week. 

Thursday is the last day of school! A detailed schedule for the day is pending.  Students will receive their yearbooks Thursday. 

5th Grade Information:


- I want to stress first and foremost that this project is intended to be a reflection upon your child's time at Mayo, not a burdensome undertaking which causes stress to you and your child. This is NOT REQUIRED, but it is a great way for you and your child to look back on your time at Mayo and share those times with other Armstrong students and parents.

- The 5th Grade Memory Book is a traditional culmination of a student's time not only during their 5th grade year, but their entire time at Mayo. This can be in the form of a Scrapbook or a Powerpoint/Slideshow (students have been working extensively on Google Slides this year, this could be a great way for them to show off their skills).

- The Memory Book can consist of many things, most often students include pictures from different Mayo activities at school and on field studies, with their friends in and out of school and with their Mayo teachers. You can also include anything else that you think will make your book special or memorable. 

- Memory Books need to be completed and returned to Mrs. Smith by Tuesday, May 16th at noon so that they can be set up for display at the Promotion Reception. Memory Books will be on display in the cafeteria after Promotion for students and parents to look through. We will also provide computers for any slideshows if needed.


- When: Tuesday, May 16th
- Where: Wilson Auditorium
- Time: 6:30PM

- We ask that all 5th graders arrive at Mayo NO LATER THAN 6:15 and meet in Armstrong Large Group Area.

- Promotion is another very special Mayo tradition that both students and teachers look forward to every year. Promotion is a time for 5th grade students to be recognized for their work not on this year, but previous years at Mayo as well. It is a time for students to reflect on their friendships formed with peers and their bonds formed with teachers. 

- There are a couple of things that in my opinion make Mayo's promotion extra special. Every year we like to make future predictions for each 5th grader. This may be done in the form of a story or a guessing game. The other special part of our promotion is the gift bag that each 5th grader will receive, it is filled with 4-5 gifts that represent different lifeskills that students may find themselves relying on during their middle and high school years.

- We will also have a guest speaker joining us to address the students. This is oftentimes a teacher or staff member that the 5th graders choose. This year they voted between many beloved Mayo teachers, past and present. The votes were tallied and Mrs. Corinne Moore (previous Mayo Armstrong and Goodall teacher) will be the guest speaker at this year's Promotion. The students are super excited :)


- We ask that 5th graders dress nicely for promotion, however; it is not a formal dress-up event. What I mean by this is that in the past we have had 5th graders go all out on their dresses and this is not necessary. Students may wear nice slacks, skirt, or a dress and these must follow TPS dress code.

--> Dresses/Skirts must be not shorter than fingertip length.
--> No spaghetti straps for tube tops.
--> No jeans or sweat pants/sweat shirts Heels are not recommended as 
--> students will be walking in the length of the auditorium and walking the stage to receive their promotion flowers.


Last, but certainly not least, the 4th Grade Parents will be hosting a reception in the Mayo Cafeteria immediately following the promotion. There will be cake and refreshments and this is a time for students and families to look through each other's memory books.

Please e-mail me if there is anything that you are unclear on or if you have any questions or concerns. I want to thank you all for trusting us with your children and letting us be such a large part of their lives.


-          May 12 ? Volunteer Breakfast (7:15AM) and Lifeskills Ceremony (8:15AM)

-          May 16 ? All-School Shadow Day (in the morning)

-          May 16 ? 5th Grade Promotion at 6:30PM in Wilson Auditorium

-          May 18 ? Last Day of School for students!

As always, if you have any questions or concerns please email your child?s homebase teacher.

Have a wonderful weekend!

The Armstrong Team
Elyse Smith ?
Hunter Najera ?
Alex Guss ?
Julia Tandy ?

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