“You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book!” – Dr. Seuss. I love Dr. Seuss and the students were able to see and hear the magic of Dr. Seuss at the end of February as the conclusion for “I Love to Read Month”. Reading is so critical and we are working diligently in providing the instruction necessary to help our students learn to read. Whole group, small group, partner work and individual instruction are all avenues being utilized to help them become successful readers. It is the foundation for learning! Research indicates that children who read for 20 minutes a day become better readers. As we move forward throughout the rest of the school year and into the summer months, I want to stress the importance of students continuing to read every single day. Please READ, READ, READ with your child and take them to places they will never know! All they will really need is a book!
Have you noticed that children today are finding answers to math problems in a variety of ways? Research indicates that students think differently than adults. We can teach children the steps and procedures in solving a math problems but do the students really understand that they are doing when they are regrouping a ten to ten ones, or 1 hundred to 10 tens? All students need to understand and make sense of numbers to help them be successful in math. Therefore, at the elementary, we are implementing “Number Talks”. “Number Talks” is a mental math strategy utilized in honoring a child’s thinking. Students will be given a problem and then asked to share how they got their answer or to explain their mathematical thinking. It is amazing the variety of strategies children use to solve problems. If you are having a hard time believing this, give your child an addition or subtraction problem and have them explain their thinking to you!
I think you will find it quite interesting!
Accountability has become an important word in education over the last few years. As we move into the month of April we will be organizing schedules for our students to take the Minnesota Comprehension Assessments in the areas of reading and math in grades 3-5 and science at grade 5. The purpose of these assessments is to chart the progress of schools and districts over time. They also help indicate the effectiveness of our existing programs, and the results can be used as a tool to make decisions that will improve achievement. As a district we are rated not only on the academic performance of our students, but we must ensure that all students participate in some manner. Therefore, if doctor and dentist appointments could occur at a time other than the days of testing, it would be greatly appreciated. Testing dates will be sent home the beginning of April. Please check with your child’s teacher as to how you
may support them in this upcoming endeavor.
As we begin to plan for the 2017-2018 school year, it is our policy that if parents want to provide input into the placement of their child for the following year, they are welcome to complete a Parent Input Form. This form asks the parents their perception of their child as well as learning characteristics. We ask that a specific teacher’s name is not identified. If you are interested in providing input, you may pick up a form in the Elementary Office or call the office and ask that one be sent home with your child.
These forms are due on April 28.
Throughout the next three months please be watching for many activities that will be occurring at the elementary. Science Fair, Music concerts, statewide and building-wide assessments, School-wide Title I Night, and Movie Night are all events that will be happening. Please check the webpage or contact the Elementary Office at 507.418.7500 if you have questions. It’s hard to believe that
we are already sharing end of the year events.
On behalf of the staff I would like to thank you for your support, your gifts, and your special talents that you have shared with us! They are all deeply appreciated! Have a relaxing, save summer
and we will see you next school!
Triton Elementary Principal