ARDMORE PRINCIPAL NEWS

May 13, 2019

 

Hello Families,

Last weekend was the wedding of my son and I didn’t do your normal newsletter. So here it is.

What an amazing week we had with the PTSA and Parents organizing to show their appreciation of our amazing Ardmore staff. Everyone felt very special and valued and it lifts the spirits of the team.

Thank you for everything you do for teachers and staff – they work hard for you and your children and it is great to see them being recognized.

 

Dr. Anne Reece

Principal

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

 

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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:

MAY

Tuesday May 14 – Smarter Balanced Assessment Begins

Tuesday May 14 – 5:30-7:30 E&I Team Meeting Focus Group meeting with Indian Families at The Cabana at the Meadows Apartments, 4277 148th Ave NE

Monday May 27 – Memorial Day – NO SCHOOL

Friday May 31 – 8:10 & 8:40 PBIS Assemblies – Families are welcome to celebrate with us!

Friday May 31 – PTSA General Meeting followed by Family Movie Night

 

JUNE

Tuesday, June 4 – 6:00 Ardmore PTSA Board Meeting

Wednesday June 5 – Coffee with the Principal on Emergency Preparedness

Tuesday June 11 – E&I Team Meeting – Parents are welcome to come and help make decisions!

Wednesday June 12 – 1:30-3:00 Building PD on SIP Planning

Tuesday June 18 – 11:00-2:30 (TBC) Field Day

Thursday June 20 – 5th grade Celebrations at Idlewood

Friday June 21 – Promotion Day and Last Day of School (early dismissal at 10:10 AM TBC)

 

Behavior

We have teacher teams for the different PBIS Tiers of behavior support. The PBIS Tier 1 team meets every month and ensures we are meeting the guidelines for schools. The Tier 2 and Tier 3 teams have done a huge lift this year to get structures in place. We had a consultant in the school in February to evaluate how we are doing against the expectations (Tiered Fidelity Inventory) and I am really pleased with the way we have expanded our PBIS program. We will continue to add structures and improve next year.

Bullying

We are holding steady with very few reports of bullying being HIB. There are still about 1 report coming in each week and almost all are not rising to HIB. Most of our incidents are coming from the bus but there are some on the playground. When the school knows about HIB we can address it – so please keep reporting incidents.

 

Instruction

The teachers are working hard to provide coherent and standards-based instruction to the whole class and then differentiate into small groups during the workshops. Teachers are using daily learning targets to focus the learning on standards. Many teachers are using daily exit tickets in math to monitor student learning and form groups for the next day. It is great to be in classrooms and see students and teachers so engaged in the work.

 

Assessments

Your children have been working so hard. It is fabulous to go into classrooms and see the work they are engaged in. The state Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) starts this week for 3rd through 5th grade students. Please make sure your children are well rested and talk about positive and happy things with them rather than the test itself. Thinking about happy events keeps stress down and helps performance. Here is the schedule:

  TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY
May 13 May 14 May 15 May 16 May 17

 

 

5th ELA CAT

5th ELA CAT

 

5th ELA PT 1

5th ELA PT 2

 

PM – SBA Makeups PM – SBA Makeups PM – SBA Makeups  
May 20 May 21 May 22 May 23 May 24

 

SBA Makeups

3rd ELA CAT

 

3rd ELA CAT 3rd ELA PT 1 3rd ELA PT 2
4th ELA CAT 4th ELA CAT 4th ELA PT 1 4th ELA PT 2
PM – SBA Makeups PM – SBA Makeups PM – SBA Makeups PM – SBA Make-ups
May 27 May 28 May 29 May 30 May 31
Memorial Day 5th Math CAT 5th Math CAT 5th Math PT 5th WACAS
PM – SBA Makeups PM – SBA Makeups PM – SBA Makeups PM – SBA Make-ups
June 3 June 4 June 5 June 6 June 7
3rd Math CAT 3rd Math CAT

3rd Math PT

 

 

SBA makeups

 

MONDAY
4th Math CAT 4th Math CAT 4th Math PT
PM – SBA makeups PM – SBA makeups  
June 10 June 11 June 12 June 13 June 14
Reserved for Make-ups Only BSD does not permit scheduled Tests

END OF SBA & WCAS WINDOW

Amber Out 11-4

Attendance

Thank you to parents who come to our Attendance Workshops when you are invited. We know that attendance in the elementary years is mainly about adults and you are doing an amazing job. We have increased our daily attendance by 2% as a school and our chronically absent students are coming to school more often. Thank you for your support. We can’t teach students when they are not at school so great attendance is a win-win for everyone.

 

Car Drop Off and Pick Up

This seems to continue to be working well in the designated drive through area – nice work everyone! There are still some parents driving into the bus and teacher parking area. Please DO NOT do this – there is no supervision and there are no sidewalks for students to be safe. Please take the extra minute to use the parent drive through entrance.

 

Thank you from the 5th Grade Girls!

The food drive was super successful. We got lots of donations for the homeless and it was affirming for the girls. They learned so much. They are now thinking of a grand finale project on Homelessness to show what they have learned. Thank you to you all.