ARDMORE PRINCIPAL NEWS

February 25, 2019

 

Hello Families,

I hope you had some wondering vacation time with your children. After the stress of the snow days I am sure it was great to change the routine. We are back and we have six weeks before the next break. It is an important time to support students to do well at school.

 

Dr. Anne Reece

Principal

  1. 425-456-4704 reecea@bsd405.org

 

Translation – This newsletter can be translated by finding the newsletter at the website link at https://bsd405.org/ardmore/ and scrolling down for the link for your language of choice at the bottom.

School Information School website: https://bsd405.org/ardmore/2018/11/747/ . School phone: 425-456-4700. You can email the Office Manager at nordstromk@bsd405.org

 

Upcoming School Events:

Tuesday, February 26 – Equity & Inclusion Team Meeting 5:30-7:30 PM at Ardmore (moved from 2/12)

Tuesday, March 5 – PTSA Board Meeting in Library 6:00 PM

Thursday, March 7 – Kindergarten Information Night 6:00-7:00 PM (moved from February 14) – Please encourage friends you know to attend.

Friday, March 15 – Teacher Professional Development day – NO SCHOOL

Monday, March 18 – Teacher Professional day – NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, March 19 – Ardmore Presentation at BSD Board of Directors – WISC building at 4:00 PM

Friday, March 29 – Science Day and Night Fair

 

Behavior

I have been impressed by the way students are learning to problem solve with their peers. The first 30 minutes of each day is social and emotional skills instruction and it makes a difference. We have seen a reduction in major behaviors like aggression. Our major area of focus over the next 6 weeks will be supporting students to focus and persevere in doing learning tasks.

 

Bullying

This week we have had one new report of bullying. I feel your partnership with us to reduce bullying is making Ardmore safer for students. We continue to take bullying very seriously, so please continue to report bullying.

 

Instruction

Teachers use a workshop method in Math, Reading, and Writing. The idea of the workshop is that students have opportunities to learn in the whole group and small group and then practice individually. The workshop normally starts with the teacher modeling math or reading and the students joining in (shared writing/reading/math). It is followed by a minilesson on the new learning for the day. Then students are grouped and do stations. One station is where the teacher is teaching small groups. Another is where a facilitator has joined the class to provide specialized support in some way. The other stations are independent practice, computer-based learning and word work or math fluency. The workshop wraps up with all the students coming together to talk about what they learned and practiced in the workshop. It is this way that students are provided access to grade level standards and tasks and then receive more support in small groups to master the standard. This type of instruction leads students from listening to the teacher to independent practice to transfer in new situations. It is a differentiated instructional model.

 

New Staff

Deborah Beggs will replace Catherine Kelly while she is on leave. She will be the Resource Room teacher for 4th and 5th grade students.

Brenda Pirozak is the new Supervisor in the early learning program.

 

Assessments

The ELPA assessment will continue for a few more weeks. The schedule is aimed to reduce the impact on instruction. The schedule had to change due to the snow days and the new schedule will be posted on our website.

 

Attendance

Student absences and tardies affect all students, not just those students who are absent or tardy. We have as staff attendance team and we are looking at attendance data each week. We are contacting families and we have set up Attendance Workshops for parents who have students with high absences to come in and make a plan and get support to reduce absences. It has become clear that there are two reasons for Ardmore’s high absence rate – one is sickness which all schools face. But the other major reason for absences is vacations. Some families take vacation for 2 school days and others take as many as 20 school days (students are dropped from the roster after 20 days of absence). I know tickets are cheaper during school time. However, they are cheap because other families are not taking vacation during school time. I would like to understand more and to connect with you to work out how we can reduce our vacations during school time.

 

Car Drop Off and Pick Up

Some parents are using the bus driveway and drop off area – there are no sidewalks and the buses are not expecting adults or children in that area. Do not use this drop off area. Thank you for using the parent drive through and dropping students at the curb is way safer.

 

North Zone Orchestra Concert

We are rescheduling our North Zone Orchestra Concert for Thursday, February 28 at 7:00 p.m.

Please arrive at the Interlake High School main gym by 6:30 p.m. for tuning and set- up.

Interlake High School

16245 NE 24th St.

Bellevue, WA 98008

 

Kindergarten Information Night

The Kindergarten Information Night has been rescheduled to Thursday, March 7 at 6:00 PM. Please tell other families of this date if they have children who will be five by August 31, 2019.

 

Girls on the Run

Registration for Girls on the Run is now open for girls in grades 3-5!  This program will be held after school, Mondays and Thursdays from March 4th-May 20thIn addition to increasing running stamina, girls will learn to be joyful, healthy, and confident through a series of fun lessons and challenges. The season will conclude with all team members completing a 5K.  Register Here: https://bit.ly/2QRvhDL (shortened bitly links are case sensitive.) Contact Sarah Kimble at kimbles@bsd405.org with any questions.