Family Engagement Survey - February 25 to March 24, 2020 - Learn More

ARDMORE PRINCIPAL NEWS

December 2, 2019

Hello Families,

I hope your short break was filled with relaxation. I am excited for the next three weeks before our Winter Break. The teachers have been working hard on making math more interesting and challenging for students. They have been meeting to discuss how children are doing against the standards and they have some excellent plans in place to support students to continue to grow. I am extremely thankful for the staff at Ardmore and their dedication to your children. They work hard and center all students every day.

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

Monday, December 2 – Friday, December 6 – Scholastic BOOK FAIR in the Library this week!

Tuesday, December 3 – 6:00-7:30 Ardmore PTSA Board Meeting in the Library

Wednesday, December 4 – 8:15-9:45 Attendance Workshop

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

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

January

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

 

Book Fair

The Ardmore Fall Scholastic Book Fair will be from Monday, December 2 – Friday, December 6, 2019.

Students can shop during their Library time & after school during the following times with parents/guardians:

Mon. Tues., Thurs., & Fri. – 2:35 – 4:00 pm & Wed. – 12:45 – 3:30 pm

The first round of flyers have gone home to families and another will go home soon. The website will be live from November 27th – December 10th  – please use this to make orders:

https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bf/ardmorefall2019

eWallet will be available as well – where parents can upload money onto their eWallet and students can come to shop at the Book Fair without needing cash – flyers will be going home about this week.

Thanks for supporting the school and our library by ordering/buying through the Book Fair.

 

December Drill – Fire Evacuation

In December we will practice a fire evacuation drill. This time we will be putting “blocks” in evacuation routes so teachers and students learn to be flexible in their evacuation. This evacuation is called at random so we can practice our immediate responses. If you are in the building, please follow the evacuation protocols and leave the building and gather on the field as soon as possible. Do not leave campus if you are signed in. Here is the schedule of drills for the remainder of 2019-20:

  • January – Mapping Drill with Rapid Responder
  • February – Lockout (doors are locked but learning continues)
  • March – Earthquake Drill
  • April – Shelter-in-Place
  • May – Lockdown
  • June – Fire Drill

 

 

Bellevue Schools Foundation Support while you Shop

The Bellevue Schools Foundation would like you to support their efforts by shopping for the holiday season in these ways on:

Black Friday 11/29 & Cyber Monday This holiday season, buy the gift that will last a lifetime. Click this link for your Amazon shopping and up to 8% of your profits will go toward helping homeless and low-income children attend pre-school in Bellevue. https://www.amazon.com/gp/homepage.html?ie=UTF8&*Version*=1&tag=bellevueschoo-20&link_code=hom&*entries*=0

#GivingTuesday – this is a global day of online giving. Kick off the holiday giving season today by helping a homeless or low-income child in Bellevue go to one of our top-notch preschools. Economically disadvantaged children in our preschool programs realize a 39% increase in literacy and a 33% increase in math skills. Be a hero to a child in need. http://weblink.donorperfect.com/Give_Tues

 

Behavior

We have seen great improvement in behavior. Most of the incidences happen between friends who start out having fun, get physical and then they get mad at each other. Please remind your students every day that at school we need to keep our bodies, hands and feet to ourselves at all times.

 

Bullying

We are investigating reports that come in. We try to do them quickly but if the incident is on the bus, we have to wait for video footage which can take up to a week. Please be patient. Know that if a report has been made the staff will contact you once it is complete. Very few of the reports are rising to “bullying” as defined in the district policy(#3207) but rather they are one off incidences which are addressed through our PBIS procedures. Please remind your child to use the STOP bully signal and if they report bullying please let us know so we can help students solve problems. 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. Your reporting of bullying is making Ardmore a safer place.

 

Instruction & Assessment Review

This week the final rounds of MTSS meetings will occur on Tuesday. We will review student data and determine ways to continue and expedite growth for students. Subs will be in the classrooms as follows:

December 3 – 2nd (AM) and 3rd grade (PM)

 

Attendance

We have an attendance workshop coming up on Wednesday December 4 at 8:15. If you have been invited to this workshop it is so we can meet with you and support your family. Attending these meetings can avoid a referral to BECCA as we can help you improve attendance at the school level. If you have been invited, I encourage you to come.

 

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.