ARDMORE PRINCIPAL NEWS
January 7, 2020
I wish you all a Happy New Year! We have much to celebrate. Thank you for all you do for your children and the teachers who serve them. Thank you for being active in your communication with the school and ensuring the needs of your child are known.
I am excited for what 2020 will bring to our community.
Dr. Anne Reece
- Office – 425-456-4704 Cell – 425-961-3028 email@example.com
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 website https://bsd405.org/ardmore/ School phone: 425-456-4700.
Upcoming School Events:
Monday, January 6 – 8:00 School starts again.
Tuesday, January 7 – 6:00-7:30 Ardmore PTSA Board Meeting in the Library
Thursday, January 16 – 6:00-7:00 Ardmore Kindergarten Night for incoming Kindergartners
Monday, January 20 – Martin Luther King Day – NO SCHOOL
Monday, January 27 – NO SCHOOL
Tuesday, February 4 – 9:00-9:30 Ardmore 5th grade Band and Orchestra concert in Café
Tuesday, February 4 – 6:00-7:30 PTSA Board Meeting in Library
Monday, February 17 – Friday, February 21, Mid-Winter Break – NO SCHOOL
Ardmore is hosting a Kindergarten Information Night on January 16 at 6:00 at the school. Please let families who have children turning 5 before September 1 to come to the night to meet the teachers and learn about the school.
5 Grade Transition Night for Big Picture, International and Odle Schools
5th Grade Families are cordially invited to our Transition to Middle School Information Night presented by Big Picture School, International School, and Odle Middle School. This is a great event to learn more about the changes coming up for your student as they transition from elementary school to middle school. Here is the event information:
Event: Transitioning to Middle School Information Night
Date: Wednesday January 15, 2020
Dinner Start Time: 5:45pm
Program Start Time: 6:00pm
Location: Lake Hills Elementary School
Presented By: Middle School Counselors from Big Picture School, International School, Odle Middle School
Topics: differences between elementary school and middle school, changes in grading and classes, choices and options for middle school in Bellevue School District, College Bound Scholarship, and more!
**Spanish translator and child care will be available
**We will also be serving pepperoni/cheese pizza
RSVP or Questions: Please complete this survey (http://bit.ly/infonight2020) so we can best accommodate you. If you have any questions, please contact Arty Christianto at firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-456-6546.
Emily Whitten compiled some data on Behavior based on the behavior conduct forms or office referral data. The vast majority of students are doing an amazing job in their behavior. For students in Tier 2 and 3 we meet weekly to develop plans to support them to meet school behavior expectations. Generally the minor referrals occur in the classroom and the major referrals are from the playground where students are practicing skills in a more unstructured environment.
Almost all reports of bullying are coming from parents and they are between friends. We are using restorative practices to understand the dynamics students are facing and we generate plans for improvement and we monitor the plans. Very few bully reports are rising to “bullying” as defined in the district policy(#3207). Our early interventions in conflict situations are helping students to change their behaviors. We really appreciate your help to encourage students to use the STOP signal and reporting incidences. You can fill in a bullying form in the office or you can email me at email@example.com . All reports are investigated and documented.
Instruction – Math
Teachers have been working hard to make math more authentic and relevant for students and ensure students are working towards standards mastery in meaningful ways. To do this we have been using more manipulatives to ensure students have conceptual understanding. We use the C-P-A sequence in our math instruction. Concepts are introduced with Concrete materials and as the concepts are grasped the students move towards Pictorial representations of the concepts. Finally, once the concept is understood, students are taught the Abstract ways of solving problems to increase efficiency. In state math tests students must be able to show their work in these three different ways. Here is a photo of 5th grade students using the fraction blocks to solve complex math problems for addition and multiplication of fractions.
We are seeing an upward trend in our math performance on ANET which our 2nd – 5th graders take. This assessment has questions which are similar to the state test types of questions.
Our work on Attendance has improved our daily attendance with most grades going up by 2-3% which is fabulous. A few years ago the school average was 92% and now it is closer to 95%. The biggest growth in the last year has been in Kindergarten which has increased from an average of 88% of students at school daily to the current level of 95%. This is excellent growth! Thank you to all our families who are making school attendance a priority. It pays off for all students because students feel more included and they are getting access to the instruction so they can learn with their peers which means teachers don’t have to stop and catch up a few students, they can keep the learning progressing.
Car Drop Off and Pick Up
Please ensure the safety of your student when you drop off and pick up. Only use the drop off area where students can get out of the car onto the side walk. DO NOT use the bus lanes for drop off as there are no sidewalks. Students must not walk in the parking lot area alone. All parents must escort students from the parking area across the lanes of traffic to the side walk area. This is the same before and after school. Pick up is taking less than 10 minutes usually. Please use the drive through for pick up as it makes it faster and safer for all. Please travel 10 mph on school property to ensure student safety.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com if you are interested in being a parent representative on this team.