Winooski School District

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Oct 23rd: Green Day

Principal Raabe

- 10/14/17

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


- 10/6/17

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


- 9/29/17

Friday, September 29, 2017

Dear Families

What a wacky weather week. Walking around the school on Monday it felt like July! It cooled off as the week went on. Next week still looks like it is going to be in the low 70’s most days even though it is the first week of October.

We are at the point in the First Six Weeks of School where the engaging academics start to increase. Classes have begun their starting math, reading and writing units. Each beginning unit builds upon itself, not only for the current year but for the following years at JFK. An example would be our beginning of the year reading units:

Kindergarten – What is reading? Why do we read?

1st Grade  – Building Good Reading Habits

2nd Grade – Reading Growth Spurt

3rd Grade – Building a reading life

4th Grade – Interpreting Characters-The Heart of the story

5th Grade – Analyzing Themes

As you can see, each beginning reading unit is designed to set the tone for the rest of the year. In addition, each year is built on the previous year knowledge and new learning in order to move students forward with their reading skills and knowledge.

 

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


- 9/22/17

Friday, September 22, 2017

Dear Families

It has been another wonderful, busy week at JFK Elementary. Students were busy creating their class matrix of expectations, engaging in their beginning math and literacy units, and continuing to work on the school HEART expectations.

As part of Responsive Classroom, we believe in and follow the practices of the First Six Weeks of School. This time is used to teach expectations and establish routines.  Students are introduced to the classroom and school, school expectations, and routines that help students learn. The first six weeks is planned so that students will be engaged in all of these introductions. They practice the expected skills and behaviors—at first with teacher guidance, and as their knowledge and ability grow, with increasing amounts of independence. Each year, the details must be intentionally taught during the first weeks through modeling and practice. Taking this time at the beginning of the school year to teach expectations creates common language and a common understanding that enables a successful year with strong academic learning.

Part of Responsive Classroom is that each student and adult identified their Hopes and Dreams for this school year. The students’ Hopes and Dreams are linked to classroom expectations, and what they need to do to make their goals happen. After each student in the classroom creates their Hopes and Dreams, they invite me in to present them to me. Some classes take it even a step further, and connect these Hopes and Dreams to future professions!

It is going to be a beautiful, hot weekend. I hope you and your family get some time to enjoy the sun together. 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, September 15, 2017

Dear Families

Welcome to the end of the third week of school! I apologize for no letter last week – I was home with a tough migraine.

The first three weeks of school have been amazing. Students and staff are settling back into routines and expectations. A new staff member asked me why everyone is so happy here at JFK. I believe a huge part of that is our connections to our families and the students. We want our families involved in our school and in their student(s) school life. Your student(s) teacher sent home a volunteer form in their summer letter. If you did not get one, please ask the teacher for one. Also, each teacher or team is communicating weekly with their families. Some teachers are doing blogs or websites, and some are doing paper letters. If you are unsure how your student(s) teacher is communicating weekly, please ask them.

Another way for our families to become involved in our school is through the PTO. The kickoff PTO meeting is next Wednesday, September 20th. The meeting starts at 5:30 and ends at 7:30 in the library. The PTO is a huge support for our students, including funding field trips and activities throughout the year. We would love to see more families involved in PTO this year – it is a great way to help support our students!

Thank you to all of the families that have helped to make dismissal go more smoothly. Families waiting in the grade level areas have made a huge difference and lessened the congestion at the exit doors.

Monday is picture day. All students get their pictures taken, even if you do not order a package.

 

Sara Raabe

JFK Principal

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Important Upcoming Dates:

September 18th: Picture Day

September 18th – 22nd: Scholastic Book Fair

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

October 19th & 20th: No School