THUNDERBIRD PRIDE

FAIRVIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Home of the Reading Thunderbirds - committed to excellence!

January 8, 2018

CALENDAR   LUNCH MENU
Jan. 8   Bookmobile   Monday, Jan. 8   PB&J Sandwiches
    Report Cards going home   Tuesday, Jan. 9   Chicken Sandwich
Jan. 11   Community Council, 3:00 pm   Wednesday, Jan. 10   Spaghetti
Jan. 15   No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Day   Thursday, Jan. 11   Chicken Noodle Soup
Jan.22   Bookmobile   Friday, Jan. 12   Baked Cheese Sandwich
Jan. 30-31   Parent Teacher Conferences        
Feb. 5   Bookmobile   Monday, Jan. 15   No School
Feb. 8   Community Council, 3:00 pm   Tuesday, Jan. 16   Turkey Deli
Feb. 14   Valentine's Day   Wednesday, Jan. 17   Pizza
Feb. 16   No School, PTC Compensation Day   Thursday, Jan. 18   Breaded Pork Patty
Feb. 19   No School, President's Day   Friday, Jan. 19   Hamburgers
             
        Monday, Jan. 22   Sloppy Joes
        Tuesday, Jan. 23   Chicken Nuggets
        Wednesday, Jan. 24   Teriyaki Dipper
        Thursday, Jan. 25   Chicken Bowls
        Friday, Jan. 26   Fajitas

REPORT CARDS GOING HOME MONDAY, JANUARY 8TH - Report cards for the 2nd quarter will be sent home with students today, Monday, January 8th. The Thunderbirds have worked hard and students have made considerable progress. Please make sure to carefully review your children's report cards and help them to see the good things they're doing and then help them to see what more they can do to make even greater progress. Please email or call your child's teacher if you have questions or need any additional information. Together, let's build a stronger school/home partnership and make sure that every one of our students learns and grows. If you do not receive your child's report card today, please contact the school and we will send you another copy.

NO SCHOOL ON MONDAY, JANUARY 15TH - Don't forget that there is no school on Monday, January 15th. it is Martin Luther King Jr. Day and a federal holiday. Enjoy the three-day weekend.

HOMEWORK AND CLASSWORK - As we now begin the 3rd quarter of the school year, we want to encourage students to strive for excellence in all of their schoolwork. Many students understand the learning objectives - but because they do not complete or hand in their assignments their grades suffer. teachers in grades 4-6 record all assignments and tests in PowerSchool. Parents should take advantage of this powerful on-line tool to monitor their child's schoolwork and then help them to get those assignments turned in. Parents of students in grades K-3 can check regularly with their child's teacher to ensure that assignments are being completed and turned in. It often takes a firm and loving parent to teach their child about the importance of completing all schoolwork.

At home, make sure that your children have a designated place to complete their homework. Turn off the TV and other devices so that students can concentrate - which means they are likely to finish their work more quickly and it's more likely to be correct. Set aside enough time for your children to finish their work without rushing. Really learning something takes time and effort. When your child just "isn't getting it", make sure you talk to your child's teacher. Most importantly, help your child to take the completed homework and to put it in their backpack or folder so that they can remember to turn it in the next morning. Let's get 100% of class work and homework turned in - so that your child will be more successful in school.

FREE ACCESS TO NATIONAL PARKS FOR 4TH GRADERS AND THEIR FAMILIES - if you have a 4th grader and you would like a free National Parks pass for your family, go to: www.everykidinapark.gov. It's a great deal!

BEST PRACTICES PARENTING TIP - Promoting Problem Solving Skills - Don't provide all the answers for your kids. Start young promoting problem-solving skills. Say things like, "Hum, good question, what do you think?" or "I don't know. How could you gifure that out?" or even "You answer that." You will know immediately how much practice your kids have had with problem solving just by how they handle having their questions handed back to them. They will either love the challenge of thinking it through and figuring it out the next step (a sign of good resilience) or they will get upset and not like it at all.

Even if they do get upset, gently keep encouraging them to figure it out. Start with small situations and as they become better at this, give them bigger trials to figure out. This will help them learn to tolerate uncertainty and think about ways to deal with challenges that come.

For instance, if your chld says, "What if my friends are not nice to me today?" instead of telling the, "Oh, I'm sure they'll be nice." Say, "good question, what do you think is a good way to handle that?"

If your child is worried about the upcoming test or spelling bee, instead of saying, "you've got this. You'll do great." You might explain that sometimes we do fail tests and not do so well, then ask, "How do you think a good way to handle hard things like that would be?"

Listen carefully to their solutions, acknowledge their ideas, and then you can give your suggestion if they need some coaching. It might look something like this, "Good ideas, but what do you think about this... I think that would be a good way to handle it. What do you think about that?" You might be pleasantly surprised at the solutions they come up with.

 

 

 

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