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NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS
Dec. 5th & Dec 6th
PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES
Please make arrangements for your child and siblings as daycare will not be provided.
As we continue to work together to support your child and his/her learning, I wanted to provide you a couple of updates on our School Improvement Plan (SIP) and our new social-emotional curriculum, Second Step.
School Improvement Plan (SIP)
Our data reflection has come to an end and we have decided to focus on Reading for our next three year SIP. As a staff, we will be reviewing best practices around reading instruction, exploring new intervention ideas and partnering with you to deepen the
reading of all of our students. While we work during the day on supporting your child as a reader, we are asking all families to commit to reading at home each day. What specifically does that mean?
At school, we will push our students to think critically and deeply about the books we are reading with them. We will use books that have been identified as the Instructional Level for your child. This means that reading instruction will be differentiated
to meet the needs of the many levels of readers within each classroom. To deepen comprehension skills, teachers will spend more time at an Instructional Level. This will allow the teacher to support the student as he/she better understands how to think within
the text, beyond the text and about the text.
At home, we are asking that your child engage with books that interest him/her. The book could be at his/her level, above that level or even below. The idea is to create a passion for reading. Choice is widely acknowledged as a method for enhancing motivation.
Allowing young children to make even a minimal task choice increased learning from the task and enhanced subsequent interest in the activity (Cordova & Lepper, 1996; Iyengar & Lepper, 1999). Worthy and McKool (1996) found that allowing students to make choices
about their reading material increased the likelihood that they would engage more in reading. In addition, Guthrie and Wigfield (2000) suggest that providing genuine student choices increases effort and commitment to reading.
We will continue to offer a balanced approach to literacy in the classroom. We encourage you to make time each day for reading at home. We recommend 20 minutes a day for our primary students. Intermediate students should also get at least 20 minutes a day
in for reading. However, we know how busy our students are and recommend that you find an amount of time that works best with your family’s schedule.
Second Step Curriculum
As I shared with you on Curriculum Night, our entire staff is implementing fully a curriculum that supports the social-emotional development of our students. All students in grades K-5 are receiving a series of lessons from their classroom teacher to help
them develop social skills. Similar to other content areas, some students may need additional practice with social-emotional skills. To support students who need additional skill development, practice sessions led by our school counselor, Ms. Schulenberg,
are held in a small group setting. These practice sessions will typically be a 20-30 min pre-lesson and a post-lesson. Students who need additional support beyond these quick skill-building practice sessions may be invited to participate in a small group
that meets for several weeks (6-8 weeks is often the timeline). Participation in the longer small group sessions will require parent permission.
I appreciate the hard work of our staff and our families in helping all of our students to find success.
Leslie Lederman, Principal
Conferences are 20 minutes in length and are typically scheduled back to back. Because of this, it is important to be on time. Please plan ahead for a congested parking lot and the time it takes to get to the classroom. Teachers cannot go longer than your
scheduled time if you arrive late.
All teachers will be here, however their focus will be on conference so they may not be available by phone or email on these two days.
Report Cards will be available to view today, Monday, December 3rd at 5pm through Family Access. For directions on how to access your child’s report card, please follow this link:
You can also find a Parent/Guardian Reference Guide in order to understand Elementary Report Cards by grade level.
Please notice that when you click on the report card file, you will be prompted to electronically acknowledge that you have viewed the report card. We appreciate you taking the time to complete this step. This helps us to ensure that all student report cards
are viewed by parents. I would appreciate it if you would take time to review your child’s report card before your Parent-Teacher Conference.
FROM NURSE ROCCO
The health room is in need of boys pants size 5 thru size 10. If you have any with an elastic waist you wish to donate, please drop them off in the health room. We could always use girls clothes as well!
Also, if your child borrowed clothes from our health room, please wash the clothes and return them to the health room as soon as possible. We are running low on some sizes!
Thanks so much!
FOR SECOND GRADE STUDENTS
Letters went home last week with second grade students with information about the Highly Capable Program testing . The letter has also been posted on the website and can be found using the links below:
The letter details the process that will be used to identify Issaquah’s “most highly capable” second graders. This process includes the administration of the Iowa Achievement Test, the CogAT (Cognitive Abilities Test), and the TTCT (Torrance Test of Creative
Thinking) in your student’s second grade classroom. The administration window for these tests is January 15th through March 14th, exact dates and times vary by classroom.
Students who are identified as “most highly capable” will be invited to enter the Highly Capable Program with services through MERLIN or SAGE for next school year.
Please avoid planning any family trips, doctor/dentist appointments and make every effort to get your child to school on time. If you child is sick, there will be make up testing, please do not send in your child if they are not feeling well.
Bus Drivers Needed – We’re
As many people have seen and heard in the news, schools all across the country are experiencing a shortage of school bus drivers.
This is true in the Issaquah School District as well. The ISD offers paid training and a competitive wage of up to $24.91/hour. Drivers may work part time or up to 40 hours. Full benefits include medical, dental, and vision. Drivers work a school calendar
and schedule. If you or someone you know is interested, please call 425-837-6327 for more information or
apply online by clicking here.