May 1, 2018
We have begun our final full month of school (although June will be a long one) and we are busier than ever at SES. While our days are packed with activities, learning is always the main focus in our classrooms.
Smarter Balanced Assessments in grades 3 through 6 are in full swing. We should complete everything by the end of this month. I continue to thank you for your support during this testing period. Students are focused, well-rested, and prepared to do their best, which is all I ask of them. The “No Homework” zone has been lifted, but I have asked teachers to remember that SBAC continues, spring has arrived, and children need to play outside! Small amounts of productive homework is fine but enjoying the nice weather is important, too.
Once again this year, we will participate in the Scholastic Summer Reading Championship. I would love to give “three-peat” championship t-shirts to all SES students and staff in September, so we need to keep the championship title in Scotland for a third year in a row. I am sure many CT schools don’t want little, tiny Scotland to beat them again. The contest begins on May 7th so I am hoping that everyone includes a little nightly reading for contest minutes. Teachers will help students log minutes until the year ends. Once summer arrives, we need your help reminding students to continue logging minutes. We will send full directions home before the school year ends. If you do not have access to a computer during the summer, please have your children keep a paper log and bring it with them on the first day of school.
In other literary news, our BOGO (buy one/get one free) Scholastic Book fair will be held May 14-18th to help kick off our summer reading challenge. This is an excellent way to start a wonderful season of reading! Look in those backpacks for information.
Also, I would like to thank you for your support with our annual American Heart Association’s Jump Rope for Heart program. Through your generosity, SES raised $1,750 for this worthwhile cause. A huge thank you to Ms. Schenck for working her magic organizing this philanthropic endeavor. Performances will be held in June with more info to come!
And finally, as we head into one of the busiest months of the school year, please keep your May school calendar in an easy-to-reference place. You don’t want to miss any special SES events!
Thank you again for your support day in and day out!