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ARDMORE PRINCIPAL NEWS

December 16, 2019

Hello Families,

Thank you for all you do for your children and for the school. Together we make Ardmore stronger every day. I hope you have a restful and enjoyable few weeks with your children over the Winter Break. I hope it is a time when you can set some wonderful goals for you and your family for 2020.

Take care and Enjoy!

Dr. Anne Reece

Principal

  1. Office – 425-456-4704 Cell – 425-961-3028 reecea@bsd405.org

 

Finding and Translating Principal News

You can use the website translation feature at the bottom of the page to read this newsletter in any of the languages offered. The link for the newsletters is https://bsd405.org/ardmore/category/principal-news/

Puede utilizar la función de traducción del sitio web en la parte inferior de la página para leer este boletín en cualquiera de los idiomas ofrecidos. El enlace para los boletines es https://bsd405.org/ardmore/category/principal-news/

 

School Information

School website https://bsd405.org/ardmore/ School phone: 425-456-4700.

 

Upcoming School Events:

December

Tuesday, December 17 – 10:00 Odle and Ardmore Choirs Assembly – all families are welcome

Wednesday, December 18 – 6:00-8:00 PM Holiday Season Celebration in the Café – all families welcome

Monday, December 23 – Friday, January 3 – Winter Holidays NO SCHOOL

January

Monday, January 6 – 8:00 School starts again.

Tuesday, January 7 – 6:00-7:30 Ardmore PTSA Board Meeting in the Library

 

Thank you to Ardmore PTSA

The staff want to thank the Ardmore PTSA for the coffee we each had on Friday morning and the upcoming luncheon. We really appreciate all the treats and special attention you give us.

 

Holiday Season Celebration

The Latino Parents of Ardmore Elementary would like to invite you all to Celebrate the Holiday Season!

Let’s enjoy Christmas with good friends, great food, and holiday cheer! Join them for a family celebration with food, games, and fun activities. Wednesday December 18 from 6:00-8:00 in the Ardmore ES café. All families are welcome.

 

Breakthrough

We have a group of teachers who are going to pilot some project-based learning with your students over the winter and spring. 2nd grade, 4th grade and 5th grade will engage in what we are calling ASPIRE to Breakthrough. Breakthrough is an idea that comes from New Zealand and it aims to harness student interests and allow them to drive their learning. Here is a video from New Zealand that outlines what it is. We will do it for 45 minutes a week on a Thursday afternoon (1:50-2:35) for one 10 week cycle to start with. Our vision for Breakthrough at Ardmore is for students to:

  • Work on projects that are meaningful for them
  • Know and manage the ASPIRE dispositions – setting goals, being in the learning pit, pulling themselves through, and reflecting deeply on the learning process,
  • Use collaboration and team work to accomplish goals
  • Display their learning in some form of an “expedition”
  • Demonstrate skills and knowledge that we might not see otherwise

We are looking for parent and community volunteers to share their skills and interests with students. It could be dance, or art or crafts, or sports. In January we are going to ask students what they would like, gather teacher skills and interests, gather parent skills and interests, and then put together a menu for students to select from.

Please email Anne Reece if you would like to help! You can help a teacher or lead a skill or interest project. Email Anne at reecea@bsd405.org

 

Building Leadership Team

In compliance with the new teacher contract, we are convening a Building Leadership team which will manage decisions in the school around budget and our annual planning. We are looking for 3-4 parents to join this team. It will be a commitment of at least 2-4 hours a month. Please email Anne Reece at reecea@bsd405.org if you are interested in being a parent representative on this team.

 

District Communication about Title 1

TITLE 1 funds provide additional supports to help students reach their achievement goals. All students at Bellevue School District’s Schoolwide TITLE 1 schools benefit from programs like computer science, co-teachers in grades K-3, reduction in class size, supplemental instruction and more. Read the TITLE 1 Program Annual Update online. Translation in Spanish: Los fondos del TÍTULO 1 brindan apoyo adicional para ayudar a los estudiantes a alcanzar sus metas de rendimiento. Todos los estudiantes de las escuelas TITLE 1 del Distrito Escolar de Bellevue se benefician de programas como ciencias de la computación, co-maestros en los grados K-3, reducción en el tamaño de la clase, instrucción complementaria y más. Lea la Actualización Anual del Programa TITLE 1 en línea (en español). Lea la actualización del programa Titulo 1 en ingles TITLE 1 Program Annual Update en línea (en Español).

More information can be found here:

TITLE 1 Program Annual Update

TITLE 1 Program Annual Update (en Español)

 

Book Fair

Thank you for supporting the Book Fair. The money raised will allow the school to get more books for the library.

 

Emergency Drills – Fire Evacuation

In December we practiced our fire evacuation. The students did such an awesome job.

In January we will do the Mapping Drill which is where the office staff learn how to shut down utilities and follow directions from an online emergency management system called Rapid Responder.

 

Behavior

We have seen great improvement in behavior. Most of the incidences continue to happen between friends who start out having fun and then get mad at each other – usually because one has put their hands on another. Continue to remind your students that at school we need to keep our bodies, hands and feet to ourselves at all times so everyone is safe.

 

Bullying

We continue to investigate reports that come in. Like the behavior, it is often happening between friends. Very few of the reports are rising to “bullying” as defined in the district policy(#3207) and that is because we are intervening early in situations that could lead to longer term bullying. Students are using the STOP bully signal and parents are reporting bullying incidences. We really appreciate your help as it allows us to teach students to be kind. There are forms in the front office that you can fill in to report bullying. Or you can email me at reecea@bsd405.org and we will investigate the situation.

 

Instruction & Assessment Review

The half day MTSS meetings with teachers were very productive. We reviewed student data and designed interventions for different groups of students to extend learning and to catch up learning. We are in our second cycle of interventions and will do the release days with teachers again at the end of January.

 

Attendance

Thank you to those parents who came to the attendance workshop on Wednesday December 4. It really helps us to support you when we meet. Tardies are very high. And normally this is because of students who are driven to school. Many families are pulling up between 8:04 and there is not enough time to beat the bell. This places a lot of stress on students. I encourage all families to drop off before 8:00 to ensure students are on time and are relaxed walking into the classroom.

 

Car Drop Off and Pick Up

Thank for following the school rules of drop off and pick up. It is working well and pick up is normally less than 10 minutes. I encourage you to stay in your car and wait in line rather than parking and walking as this slows down the pick-up time. Please travel 10 mph on school property to ensure student safety.