Newsletter for the week of Sept. 11-18
LETTER FROM THE FRONT
Hello Falcon Families,
We are off to a great start for the new school year and it seems like September is flying by.
We have a lot going on this month, including Book Fair the week of September 22. As educators and parents, one of the greatest gifts we can give our children is a love of reading. Don't we all smile to see a child curled up with a good book! Reading brings a lot of delight into our children's' lives, and that is motivation enough to encourage them. Yet research shows us there are even more benefits.
Reading is the key that opens the door into every subject and leads to success in school and beyond. Voluntary readers have a more positive attitude toward reading, build reading skills, background knowledge and broad vocabularies, experience less “summer slump” and higher rates of academic success. Students who read more, become more literate members of society. So what to do with a reluctant reader!?!
Well, research also indicates that student choice (independently choosing what to read) is a strong motivating factor to increase voluntary reading. Book fairs are one way we can offer a wide range of books in the hopes of finding something for every child and every family, all at an affordable price. It only takes one “hook” book to motivate a reluctant reader to learn to love to read. Good home libraries also exert a positive effect on growing great readers.
"…reading transforms the lives of individuals – whatever their social circumstances. Regular reading not only boosts the likelihood of an individual's academic and economic success… The statistics confirm: Books change lives."
— Gioia 2007
Please join us at this year's Book Fair and help us change lives.
One last thing: VIP Day is on September 25 from 8 to 9:30. This is a chance for your children to invite grandparents, aunts and uncles or any other special adults in their lives to visit their school. There will be a short presentation and light refreshments.
A FRIENDLY REMINDER ABOUT AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES
Classes starting next week:
- Basketball (All Grades)
- Homework Club
We also have a new class to add:
Mondays from 3:45-4:45
Starts September 22nd
5 Weeks ($40.00)
K-4th Grade (10 Student Max)
You can pick up a registration form from the After School Activities bulletin board, or check out our After School Activities page on the website. It has all the classes and information about what is coming.
Let's all work to be on time for school!
At Cascade Heights, families come from many different areas and getting to school on time can be a challenge. Please plan ahead! Here are some ideas to help:
- Lay out uniform and backpack the night before (don't forget your planner)
- Get a good night's sleep
- Leave in plenty of time (especially if you cross train tracks or travel with traffic)
Students are to be in their seats ready to learn by 8:00 a.m. Our doors open at 7:45 a.m. each morning and close at 7:55. This gives students plenty of time to walk to class, put backpacks, jackets, and lunch away before taking their seats.
If you do happen to be late:
- Teachers close their classroom doors promptly at 8:00. If a student gets to school in time, but arrives to a closed classroom door, this may mean they were not efficient getting to class and an office pass will be required to enter class. This is to ensure the safety of all students.
- If a student arrives at school after 7:55 the student must be signed in by an adult. Park safely; bring your child to the office where they will receive a pass to go right to class while the parent signs the student in under later arrival on the HelpCounter computer located by the door.
THANK YOU to our new volunteer room parents!
Our super heros, the Room Parents, coordinate other volunteers in classroom. These volunteers take care of room clean up schedules, field trip chaperones, teacher appreciation activities, classroom volunteers, Box Tops collection, table captains for the Soar with Us Breakfast, and lice checks. As you can see, we would be lost without our room parents!
Room parent meetings are 6:30-8 pm on the 3rd Thursday of every odd month. Meetings are held in the library. This year the dates are:
- September 18th
- November 20th
- January 15th (2015)
- March 19th
- May 21st
Thanks so much for volunteering this year!
TEACHER BLOGS and OTHER RESOURCES
Be sure to sign up for teacher blogs to stay up on the latest news from your child's teachers.
Cascade Heights also has a Facebook page. "Like" us to stay current on news and notes from the school.
PICTURE DAYS ARE NEXT WEEK
All Picture Days are regular uniform days. Wear your best smile! Apple of Your Eye Photography will be here 2 days:
- Monday, Sept. 15, 8-11 a.m. : Kindergarten - 3rd grade
- Tuesday, Sept 16, 8-11 a.m.: 4th -8th grade
- Tuesday, Sept 23, 8 a.m.: ONLY for any students who were absent on their picture day or new students who started after picture days.
- No picture packets needed and no money needs to be sent to school on picture day.
- Once the photographer has completed the editing process she will send us information to send to the families for viewing of the pictures online and to complete purchases online. There will be no retake days because the photographer will take a few shots for you to choose from.
- See the attachment for pricing. Again, this is not an order form and no money or forms need to be sent on Picture Day.
Very Important Person Day is on Thursday, September 25 from 8 to 9:30. This is a chance for your children to invite grandparents, aunts and uncles or any other special adults in their lives to visit their school. There will be a short presentation and light refreshments. Also the Book Fair will still be open for any visitors who would like to do some shopping.
Note: Handicap access is through the breezeway doors facing the paved parking lot. Come early for good parking!