Winooski School District

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Principal Raabe

- 11/10/17

Friday, November 10, 2017

 

Dear Families,

This week has finally felt like Fall in Vermont. The weather has changed, and the brisk air is here. Students are still welcome to be on the playground in the morning before school, with supervision starting at 7:45 am. During the day, all students will go outside for recess unless it is below ten degrees with the wind chill, or if it is raining. Please be sure to check the weather and send your student(s) to school dressed to play outside.

I have often heard from families, and experienced it in my own house, the dreaded response of “nothing” when a student is asked what happened at school during the day.I finally made a deal with my daughter that she has to tell us two things she learned at school during the day when asked that question. This way I get some information, but nowhere near as much as I would like! Here are some questions to ask your student(s) instead of “How was your day” that may help you get a better picture of what their day at school was like:

  • What made you smile today?
  • Can you tell me an example of kindness you saw/showed?
  • What did you do that was creative?
  • Who did you sit with at lunch?
  • Tell me something you know today that you did not know yesterday.
  • What made your teacher smile today?
  • If you could switch seats with anyone in your class who would it be and why?
  • What questions did you ask at school today?
  • What are you looking forward to tomorrow?
  • What are you reading?
  • Teach me something I don’t know.

I hope that using some of these questions will facilitate conversations at home with your student(s) about their day at school.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Sara Raabe

JFK Principal

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November 20th: Parent Teacher Conferences

November 21st – 24th: No School for Thanksgiving Break

December 13th: Early Dismissal NO  Early Release Activities – ALL students dismissed at 12:15

December 14th: Winter Concert

December 25th – 29th: Winter Break – No school

 

FREE CLOTHING

will be set up in the cafeteria during parent/teacher conferences on

Monday, November 20th from

8:00a.m. until 7:30p.m.

Please come and help yourself to clothing for you and your children!


- 11/3/17

Friday, November 3, 2017

Dear Families,

Welcome to November! I feel like the first few months of school have gone by so quickly.

At JFK, the beginning of November means that we are getting closer to the Winter Concert. Each year, our music teacher and classroom teachers work incredibly hard with the students to put on a school-wide evening performance. The entire school sings a few song together, and each grade sings a song on their own. The performance is an evening performance that takes place in the Gym.

The gym is not ideal for a performance of this size because of the acoustics. However, the event is incredibly well attended and it is the only space that will hold everyone! The acoustics mean that people who are talking in the audience can be heard by everyone. It years past it has been very difficult to hear the performances. Please support our students’ hard work by showing appropriate audience behavior, and ensuring that all children that are not performing are well supervised. This way we can all enjoy their hard work!

The performance is  December 14th. Students that are performing should arrive at 6pm, and brought to their classrooms. The performance starts at 6:30.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Sara Raabe

JFK Principal

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November 8th: Early Dismissal –  Early Dismissal with Early Release Activities

November 20th: Parent Teacher Conferences

November 21st – 24th: No School for Thanksgiving Break

December 13th: Early Dismissal NO  Early Release Activities – ALL students dismissed at 12:15

December 14th: Winter Concert

December 25th – 29th: Winter Break – No school


- 10/27/17

Friday, October 27, 2017

Dear Families,

The weather certainly has changed throughout this week. One day we have hot sunny weather, and another cold and rainy. Overall it is beginning to feel like fall is finally here.

All of our Kindergarten through 3rd grade students doing are doing word work using a program called Fundations this year. Fundations is a multisensory, structured language program that provides research based strategies that are essential for students to become lifelong readers. Some of the critical foundational skills they learn are:

  • Phonemic awareness
  • Phonics/ word study
  • High frequency word study
  • Reading fluency
  • Vocabulary
  • Comprehension strategies
  • Handwriting
  • Spelling

If you have students in K, 1, 2, or 3rd grades, ask them about the word work they do each day.  When you read with your child at night, ask them “I wonder” questions about the story as you read. You can also help them expand their vocabulary. For instance, if they say the dog is scared, you can reply with yes the dog is frightened. You can also ask them open ended questions such as “What is the dog doing?” instead of “Is the dog barking?”. Using these strategies with your student(s) helps to build their oral skills, which in turns helps them develop as a reader!

Have a wonderful weekend.

Sara Raabe

JFK Principal

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November 2nd: 2nd annual clothing giveaway and potluck dinner

November 8th: Early Dismissal –  Early Dismissal with Early Release Activities

November 20th: Parent Teacher Conferences

November 21st – 24th: No School for Thanksgiving Break


Friday, October 13, 2017

Dear Families,

Fall has finally arrived. This week the colder weather arrived, and with it that crisp fall air. The trees in front of JFK are beginning to change color and look beautiful!

This past Tuesday Sarah Murphy and I went to the Vermont Annual PBiS conference. We attended wonderful workshops. In addition, JFK was recognized as a PBiS School of Merit. This means that we had to show evidence of:

  • Implementing Universal PBIS with fidelity (measured as 70% on the Tiered Fidelity Inventory or 80/80 on the School-wide Evaluation Tool )
  • Using behavior data within a problem-solving framework to improve student outcomes
  • Completing the annual Self-Assessment Survey to help plan/revise implementation

I am so proud of all that JFK has accomplished within our first year and a half of implementing PBiS.

Winooski School District is collecting items for their 2nd Annual Clothing Drive from now until October 30th. We are looking specifically for gently used or new winter clothing and outerwear. We are currently in high need of winter jackets, snow pants, mittens/gloves, and boots for all ages up to 18. We also need winter clothing (long-sleeved shirts, pants and socks) for all youth sizes. Please NO evening wear, lingerie or costumes. We will accept undergarments if they are new and still in original packaging. Please contact Grace at gholcomb@wsdschools.org or (802)383-6139 to schedule a time for collection pick-up.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Sara Raabe

JFK Principal

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Important Upcoming Dates:

October 18th: Early Dismissal – No After School Activities ALL students dismissed at 12:15

October 19th & 20th: No School

November 8th: Early Dismissal –  Early Dismissal with Early Release Activities

November 20th: Parent Teacher Conferences

November 21st – 24th: No School for Thanksgiving Break


Friday, October 6, 2017

Dear Families

It is officially October! The first full month if school is done (congrats!), and everyone is actively back into the swing of things. At this point, classes have morning meeting and closing circle well established. During the month of October, each class will invite families in for a morning meeting. Invitations will go home, as well as emails, and reminders in the teacher’s weekly communication. We would love to have as many families as possible in to join students during their morning meeting. This is a great way for you to connect to your student’s classroom, peers, and teacher. It is also a fantastic way for you to experience a part of your student’s day that happens every day for them. Once you experience a morning meeting, you can use your new knowledge to start conversations at home about what happened at school.

Classroom teacher’s weekly communication vehicle should be well established by now. If you do not know how your student(s) teacher is communicating weekly with families, please contact them to find out how.

In the summer letters, teachers asked families how they would like to volunteer in the classroom. Some teachers have followed up on those letters already. If you said you would be willing to volunteer and have not heard from your student(s) teacher yet, you should be hearing from them in the next two weeks. If you want to volunteer and did not fill out a form, please contact your student(s) teacher to find out how you can help in the classroom.

Wednesday, October 11th is Walk to School Day. Staff will meet at the Rite Aid at 7:35 to walk with students to the school that morning.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Sara Raabe

JFK Principal

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Important Upcoming Dates:

October 18th: Early Dismissal – No After School Activities ALL students dismissed at 12:15

October 19th & 20th: No School

November 8th: Early Dismissal –  Early Dismissal with Early Release Activities

November 20th: Parent Teacher Conferences

November 21st – 24th: No School for Thanksgiving Break