Mrs. Walker’s Blog Bits- Week of January 31st:

 It is very hard to believe that we are moving into the 3rd quarter.  The school year is flying by!  Last week, I spent a great deal of time observing in first grade classrooms.  I was very impressed with the progress that our students have made in reading and writing skills.  It is such an exciting age… our students are little sponges!  🙂

Due to the snow delays, report cards will be sent home on Tuesday afternoon.  Make sure  that you check book bags in case that your little one forgets.

I was asked to post that Amelia Knothole Baseball Sign-ups are scheduled for Saturday, February 5 from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm and again on February 12 from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm.  They will be held at Batchlier Park on Lindale-Mt. Holly Road. 

Parent teacher conferences will be held on February 2nd and 9th.  If you are unable to keep your scheduled conference time, please contact the office at 943-3800.

Mrs. Carter and Mrs. Ary have changed their blog sites.  If your child is in either of their classes, feel free to check out the sites for updates: http://carter1stgrade.wordpress.com/   and http://ary1stgrade.wordpress.com/ .  Mrs. Burgess and Mrs. Fuller have created a reading blog at http://aeliteracy.blogspot.com/ .   They will be updating it with news and parent ideas for helping struggling readers.  The links are posted on the left in the “AE classroom blog” section.

If you are driving your child to or from school each day, please drive SLOWLY!  I realize that you might be on a tight schedule, but the safety of our students should be priority #1.  Additionally, if your child rides the school bus, I ask that you discuss appropriate behavior.  Transportation is a privilege.  Students that choose to misbehave could be suspended from the school bus.  When children are screaming, out of their seats, fighting or not following  directions, they are a distraction for the driver.  This will not be tolerated.

I recently read an article by researcher Mary Frase.  She tracked students who dropped out of high school. One thing that nearly all of them had in common was poor attendance.  One of the most important things you can do as a parent is to get your child to school on time every day.  When looking at the success of a student, often there is a direct link between achievement and attendance. 

Follow these tips:

  • Reinforce the value and importance of good attendance each and every day.
  • Encourage and help your child prepare for school each evening.  Packing backpacks, preparing lunch and selecting clothes the night before can reduce stress.
  • Designate an appropriate bedtime for your child and STICK TO IT!
  • Praise your child when he/she exhibits good attendance and promptness.

 I would consider that attendance is one of the biggest concerns that I have regarding many of our students at Amelia Elementary.  If this is a concern with your child, I assign this “homework” task to you.  Lets work together to increase attendance of all students so that they can be successful!!

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