ARDMORE PRINCIPAL NEWS
November 19, 2018
It is that time of the year when many of us are participating in different celebrations in our communities. Diwali was held over the last few weeks. Eid, Thanksgiving and Hanukah are on their way. I wish your family all the best in your different community celebrations. I really appreciate our diverse community and would love for you to share what you are doing and celebrating. Please feel welcome to share your cultural celebrations at school – in classrooms or with pictures in the school foyer.
Upcoming School Events:
Events are always posted on the Ardmore PTSA website http://ardmoreelementary.org/
Monday – Wednesday, November 19-21 – Ardmore Spirit Days Help your child to participate!
Thursday, November 22 – Thanksgiving Break – NO SCHOOL
Friday, November 23 – Thanksgiving Break – NO SCHOOL
Monday, November 26 – Friday November 30 – Book Fair – buy books in the library for holiday gifts.
Wednesday, November 28 – Community Event at Chuckee Cheese – go to Chuckee Cheese from 3:00 on to have fun with others from our community and the Ardmore PTSA will get a portion of the sales!
Friday, November 30 – PBIS Awards Assembly – 8:10 3-5 and 8:40 K-2 – Parents are welcome.
Monday, December 24 – Friday January 4 – Winter Holiday Break – NO SCHOOL
You can get information at the school website: https://bsd405.org/ardmore/2018/11/747/
You can call the school at 425-456-4700.
Teaching students to meet the school behavior expectations continues to be a priority. We have received some additional support from the district to help build our skills in raising behavior expectations and teaching students to meet them. Behavior is closely linked with academic success so giving behavior expectations our full priority will enable students to learn more in the long run.
Our goal in making Ardmore a Bully Free Zone is a priority. Our school counselors are increasing social skills instruction for small groups of students who need extra support to assert themselves in bullying situations or to stop bullying. When children do not meet the school behavior expectations our goal is to teach and reteach until they are able to learn the social skills to manage their behavior. Please encourage your child to report bullying or you can come in and fill out a form in our main office to report it. Reporting bullying is a way we can identify students who need help and get the instruction to them.
Ardmore is piloting a new assessment this year along with three other schools in Bellevue. The assessment is from the Achievement Network and our 2nd-5th grade students take the assessment four times this year. The next window of assessment is in December. This assessment allows us to focus our instruction and measure its effectiveness. Teacher teams meet to look at data after the assessment and determine units and lessons that are needed to improve student learning. One of our building goals this year is to share success criteria with students so they know what teachers are expecting. The ANet assessment is helping teachers to determine strong success criteria at each grade level and it is increasing the rigor of our expectations for student learning. Our assessments for Kindergarten and First grade are still focused on learning foundational skills of reading and math so that we are meeting state standards. We already have strong assessments for these grade levels. Parents are welcome to get access to the results of these assessments at any time – just contact your child’s teacher.
Equity and Inclusion Team
Thank you for the eight parents who have signed up and are helping on our Equity and Inclusion Team. We met on Tuesday night (11/13) and looked at school data and how Ardmore is doing for different groups of students. At our next meeting (12/11) we are going to compare Ardmore data with other similar schools in the district to see how our program compares for these groups. From there we will set some goals and develop plans for improvement. If you want to come to an E&I team meeting please join us at any time. This is an open staff and parent team meeting so everyone is welcome.
Safety Drill for December
In December we will practice the Fire Drill Evacuation. Our goal is to reduce the time it takes to exit the building. During our last drill the time to evacuate was quite high. A district team is coming to review the evacuation and make suggestions for improvement with the bottle necks we seem to experience when getting out of the building. You can find the procedures for the fire evacuation and other drills in the district policy #3432 at emergency drills.
Ardmore Receives Bellevue School Foundation Awards!
Wow! Thank you to the Bellevue Schools Foundation for awarding Ardmore with grants to do extra activities. Ms. Elrod won an award for the Reptile Man to come and do an assembly for our K-5 students ($840). Ms. Holloway won an award for our 4th-5th grade students to work with a cartoonist and make a book ($650). There were a number of joint school awards that Ardmore will be a part of. These include the 5th Avenue Musical Theater (K-5), Living Traditions touring museum (4th grade) , Living Voices touring theater (3rd, 4th, & 5th grades), and author visits (K-5). These joint school awards totaled $28,600! We are grateful for these great learning opportunities for Ardmore students.
STEM & CTE Showcase Event Dec. 10
Bellevue School District invites you to join them for their first annual STEM & CTE Showcase Event to see students show their work in rocketry, computer science, TV/radio, CISCO and more – all connected to Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) and Career & Technical Education (CTE) programs, which are offered districtwide to support our high quality instruction priority. The event is open to all district families and will be held on Monday, Dec. 10 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Bellevue High School.