Wednesday, January 15th…

Scholastic Book Order:  I will be placing the January book order this Friday evening, January 17th.  If you would like to order books for your child, please have your order complete by Friday night.  Scholastic orders can be placed online, or you may send a cash/check to school with your child.  See the flyers that were sent home for details.

Fifth Grade Market Day:  Mr. Woody’s 5th grade class is hosting Market Day this Friday, January 17th.  Market Day is part of the 5th grade economy unit.  Students advertise and sell their handmade goods and treats to earn money toward class trips.  Students will be allowed to shop after eating their lunches.  All items will be priced between $ .25 and $2.00.

Library Tomorrow:  Please remind your child to return their borrowed library books to school tomorrow.

Have a good night.


Wednesday, January 8, 2020…

Library Books:  We will be visiting the school library tomorrow.  Please help your child remember to return his or her borrowed books.  Today, we went over the books that each child has checked out, so your child knows what to look for at home.

Lollipops Concert/Chaperones:  Next Wednesday morning, January 22nd, we will be traveling to Wyoming Jr. High School to see the Grand Rapids Symphony’s Lollipops concert.  The bus will leave at 8:15 a.m. so children should be at school by the 8:10 a.m.  bell.  We will return to school by lunch time.  I need two chaperones for this trip.  Please email me if you can chaperone from 8:10 – 11:30 a.m. on January 22nd.  If several people volunteer, we will draw names and I will contact each volunteer to confirm.

Calendar Check:  There is a half day scheduled for Friday, January 24th.  Students will be released at 11:30 a.m.  Lunch will not be served.  January 24th is a records day for teachers, and it is the last day of first semester.  Second semester begins on Monday, January 27th.

Cold Weather Gear:  Please make sure your child has appropriate gear for the cold weather:  snow pants, jacket, hat, gloves, boots.  It is also a good idea to keep an extra pair of socks in your child’s locker for those days when the kids’ feet get wet and cold from the snow.

Tennis Shoes:  Please make sure your child has a pair of tennis shoes in his or her locker or backpack.  We use these on P.E. days (Tuesday, Thursday, Friday) and in the classroom.  Snow boots are not permitted in the classrooms due to issues with excess water and salt.

Snacks:  Please remember to send your child to school with a small, healthier snack item each day.

Have a great night!

Holiday Spirit Days…

Wednesday:  Tomorrow (12/18) is green and red day.  Have your child wear something green and/or red to school.

Friday:  Friday (12/20) is pajama day.  Students may wear their pajamas to school.  Please do not send in stuffed animals or slippers.

Participation is optional.  Attire must be school appropriate.

Have a great evening!!!

Thursday, December 12th…

DES Food Drive:  Student Council is collecting non-perishable food items for families in need this holiday season.  The goal is to collect 1,000 items by December 19th.  Students should place donations under the Christmas tree near the DES office.  Thank you for sharing!

Market Day:  Mrs. Bosch’s fifth grade class will be holding Market Day tomorrow.  The market will be open during all lunches.  Market Day is part of the fifth grade social studies curriculum.  Students make crafts and treats to sell.  All items will be priced between $ .25 cents and $2.00.  All profits earned will be used to help fund field trips.

Have a great night!

Wednesday, December 11th…

Student Reflection/Family Discussion Request:  Your first grader is coming home today with a handwritten note that reads:   “Dear Parents, Our class has been struggling with behavior.  Please ask me about it.  Love,  (Your Child)”  

Although it is not unusual for behavior issues to increase right before a holiday break, behavior issues in our classroom are at an all time high, and I felt it was time to have our first graders take a moment to reflect on the impact of their choices.  I would love your support from home.  I asked the children to think honestly about how they act at school – not just today, but every day.  Chances are, they will do one of two things:  They will tell you they think they are pretty good, or they will give themselves completely up.  We wrote the note together this afternoon and the kids know that I planned to follow up with you.  The following are some talking points…

  • Specials teachers are reporting “Strive for Five” scores of 1s and 2s for behavior.  Our goal is to achieve a 5 for each visit to a special.
  • Issues contributing to our interrupted learning time:  excessive talking, tattling, hands on others, cursing, threats (allegedly learned from video games), lack of focus and self-control, no regard for time or authority, arguing, talking back, etc.
  • Too many distractions coming to school – makeup, purses, balls, jewelry, toys, collector cards, family heirlooms (really), cell phones (yep, you heard it correctly), etc.  These items are getting traded and un-traded, stolen, misplaced, broken, reported, etc. – thus causing hurt feelings and tears.

PLEASE NOTE:   There are children that I expect will report to you very positively regarding their own behavior and actions.  They will tell you that I would say they are doing an amazing job, and that is true.  I have a core group who works very hard to listen and are eager to learn each day.  They are getting frustrated by others who are struggling to pull it together.

Please ask your child to reflect on his or her own behavior, not just from today, but as of late.  Make sure your child gets a lot of rest during the pre-holiday/holiday break.  Thank you SO MUCH for your support – working together makes all of the difference.  Please email me with questions, concerns, comments:

Library Books:  Please remind your child to pack his or her borrowed books in the backpack tonight!

Have a good night!

Thursday, December 5th…

School Store:  The school store will be open at lunch time tomorrow, 12/06.  Items are priced $.50 – $3.00.  Students will be allowed to shop after eating their lunches.  Money should be placed in a plastic bag with your child’s name on it.

Thank you – see you all at the holiday concert tonight!

Holiday Concert Tomorrow…

When:  Thursday, December 5th @ 6:30 p.m.

Where:  Saugatuck High School Gym

Things to know for concert night:

  • Check your first grader in with Mrs. Hale at 6:15 p.m. in the SHS cafeteria (north of the gym, same hall and side as gym).  You will need to check your child out after the concert, at the same location, so I know that he/she has gone home safely.
  • Keep your child’s coat with you so it does not get misplaced.
  • Dress must be school appropriate.  We have told the children that any of their nice clothing is acceptable.  Holiday wear is welcome, but please do not feel as though you need to run out and purchase a new outfit for this performance.  Please do not send in accessories (hats, jewelry, etc.) with lights or noise makers that will cause distractions.
  • Myself and Mrs. Winningham, our music teacher, have both talked to the children about concert behavior expectations.  Please help us by talking with your child about how to act before, during, and after the performance.  Thank you for supporting us!!!

See you tomorrow evening for a fantastic holiday concert!!