January 2017 Newsletter

Happy New Year!  I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season with family and friends.  As we move into 2017, I wish you all good health, joy, and a school year filled with academic and social growth!  It is an exciting time here at Elementary South this month.  Friday, we will celebrate READ 2017.  Everyone is invited to snuggle up in his or her pajamas and drop everything and read for 2017 seconds.  Thank you to the PTO who will be providing cookies for our event!

As we move into the new year, we continue our Bernstein Unit on having the courage to SOAR above the line.  We are looking forward to THE KINDNESS CHALLENGE coming up the week of January 23rd.    More information on this will be coming soon!

In the coming weeks, our kindergarten and first grade students will be given the AIMSWEB benchmark assessment in order to monitor their progress.  Many students will participate in ACCESS testing and we are preparing for the MAP assessment in all grades.  We will do our very best to prepare students for the testing without putting added stress or pressure on them.  Our philosophy continues to be, if we continue to teach the Hawthorn Comprehensive Curriculum, the students will be prepared and will make academic growth.  Nothing extra needs to be done to prepare for testing.





The Great Kindness Challenge is a national proactive and positive bullying prevention initiative that improves school climate and increases student engagement.  One week (Jan 23-Jan 27) is devoted to performing as many acts of kindness as possible.  Children are provided with a list of 50 kind acts (they can add more) and accept the challenge to prove that bullying is weak and kindness is strength.  While the challenge lasts one week – it is a kick off for a KIND NEW YEAR at Elementary South and will help us to maintain our commitment to SOAR above the line.  Please talk to your child about ways to show kindness and help us support anti-bullying. For info, visit www.greatkindnesschallenge.org

Winter Is Here!  Please remember that if the temperature is above 10 degrees (including wind chill), we do go outside for recess.  Please make sure your child has appropriate SNOW GEAR if he/she wants to play in the snow and is bundled up for the cold. Also, with the cold weather, please allow a few extra minutes for drop off and pick up.  Thank you for your patience.

If your child received any GREAT NEW ELECTRONICS for the holidays, please keep them safely at home.



Upcoming Events

Jan 10 – December Soaring Eagle Breakfast in café @ 8:50am

Jan 10 – PTO Meeting at District Office @ 7:00pm

Jan 10 – Joint VHPD and BOE at Sullivan Center @ 7:00pm

Jan 10 – Winter Map Testing begins

Jan 12 – Spelling Bee in Café @ 9:00am

Jan 13– READ 2017 – Pajama Day/READ for 2017 seconds

Jan 16 – No School – Martin Luther King’s Birthday

Jan 18 – 4th/5th Grade Orchestra Concert at Aspen @7:00pm

Jan 19 – 4th/5th Grade Band Concert at Aspen @ 7:00pm

Jan 20 – Ice Cream Friday – Bring $1.00

Jan 20 – Hawthorn Blue and Gold Spirit Day

Jan 23-Jan 27 Great Kindness Challenge

Jan 23 – BOE Meeting at District Office at 7:00pm

Jan 26 – Early Release @ 12:10pm

Jan 27 – Asian New Year’s Parade @ 8:45am

Jan 27 – Birthday Bash-January and July Birthdays in café @ 8:50am

Jan 31 – Midterm Reports go home