Weekly Calendar of Events for the week of October 1st:


Monday-Friday, October 1-5th:

  •  October count week- Let’s shoot for 100% in attendance rate

Wednesday, October 3rd:

  • 3rd Grade Reading OAA test (morning administration)

Friday, October 5th:

  • Interim Reports Home with Students
  • Monday/Wednesday Kindergarten Students in Session

Have you “liked” Amelia Tigers on Facebook?  This is just another way that I am trying to communicate with Amelia Families.

 

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COSi on Wheels Volunteers Needed:


 

We are so excited to bring COSi on Wheels to Amelia Elementary!

COSi requires us to have at least 20 volunteers (ages 16 or older) each day. The most critical aspect of every COSI On Wheels program are the volunteers who assist with the hands-on sessions. It is very important to provide a quality hands-on science experience for the students. You need no science background, only ENTHUSIASM and ENERGY for a great day!

The show this year is “Current Conditions” and will take place on Tuesday, October 30 and Wednesday, October 31. Students will explore how weather affects life on Earth everyday and learn about technology used by today’s top forecasters. Students will test their forecasting skills, explore meteorological instruments, and discover why it’s important to monitor extreme weather events.

Below is the schedule of events:

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30
Volunteer Orientation: 8:00-8:45am.
Assembly Time: 9:15-10:00 (Grades K-3)
15 Minute Break: 10:00-10:15
Hands-On Sessions:
Session 1: 10:15-10:45: Grade 1
Session 2: 10:45-11:15: Grade 1
Session 3: 11:15-11:45: Kindergarten
Session 4: 11:45-12:15: Grade 2
LUNCH BREAK – 12:15-12:45
Session 5: 12:45-1:15: Grade 2
Session 6: 1:15-1:45: Grade 3
Session 7: 1:45-2:15: Grade 3

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31
Volunteer Orientation: 8:00-8:45am.
Assembly Time: 9:15-10:00 (Grades K, 3-5)
15 Minute Break: 10:00-10:15
Hands-On Sessions:
Session 1: 10:15-10:45: Grade 3
Session 2: 10:45-11:15: Grade 3
Session 3: 11:15-11:45: Kindergarten
Session 4: 11:45-12:15: Grade 4
LUNCH BREAK – 12:15-12:45
Session 5: 12:45-1:15: Grade 4
Session 6: 1:15-1:45: Grade 5
Session 7: 1:45-2:15: Grade 5

“Current Conditions” Hands On-Activities will include:
A Bellowing Wind: Students use a variety of air producing instruments to explore how changes in air pressure can cause wind.
Canister Cloud: Students will examine how cloud formation can be affected by air pressure.
Cloudspotting: Look! In the sky! Students can go on a cloud hunt to search and examine multiple cloud types.
Dealing with Weather: Students discover the elements and factors needed to create various forms of extreme weather.
Extreme Weather Challenge: Students will climb the ranks of meteorology as they test their knowledge of extreme weather.
Prediction Puzzler: Students will make predictions for the next day’s weather using maps representing several previous days of weather data.
Solving Symbols: Students will decode complex surface weather maps.
Weather in a Vacuum: Students experience the power of air pressure as they recreate the famous Magdeburg Sphere experiment and feel, “first hand” the pressure of a vacuum.
Weather Instruments: Students use the tools of the meteorological trade to take atmospheric readings.
Wind Tubes: Students become “aerospace engineers” as they use a variety of materials to test updrafts while exploring how hail is created.

We will need 3-4 adults to assist in unloading the truck on Monday, October 29 at 4:00pm. Volunteers will need to stay for about one hour to help set up the show’s stage and hands-on equipment.

All volunteers are required to attend the 45-minute orientation session each day. We welcome you for any amount of time you are able to donate beyond that.

Please contact Jami Edgington at jami.aepta@gmail.com if you are able and willing to volunteer for this WONDERFUL and EXCITING opportunity for our Amelia TIgers!

Thanks in advance for donating your time. This is going to be a fantastic experience for our students!

October Count Week is October 1st- 5th, 2012:


The Ohio Department of Education designates this week of the school year as “Count Week” for Ohio schools. During this week, daily student attendance is recorded and reported to the state. The attendance numbers are used to determine how much state funding money local districts will receive for the year. Schools receive “credit” for every student who attends during Count Week. Unexcused absences and vacation absences cause a reduction in funding.
If an absence is unavoidable, please remember to report your child’s absence to the school on the day of the absence and send a written excuse or doctor’s note on the following day.

Thank you in advance for 100% attendance during Count Week!
Your child’s attendance in school is very important!

October Lunch Menu:


Here is the lunch menu for the month of October.  Remember that you can always find the lunch menu in the parent links of the left side of the blog site.  Click lunch on-line menu and it will take you to West Clermont’s food service page.  Happy October!

3rd Grade Reading OAA: (Letter home w/students on Wednesday)


September 24, 2012

 Dear Parents of Third Graders,

 Wednesday, October 3, will be a very important day for your child.  This is the day that the Ohio Third Grade Reading Achievement Test will be administered for the first time.

 Each child is allowed up to two and one half hours for this test, although it is assumed that most children will not need more than seventy-five minutes.  Teachers will schedule a break at some point during the test.

 Your child has been well prepared for this so he/she knows what to expect. We are hoping the following suggestions will help your child do his/her very best:

  •  Get plenty of SLEEP.
  • Eat a nutritious, well-balanced BREAKFAST.
  • Do not be absent or tardy, if at all possible. Once a test has started we cannot allow children to enter the classroom because the tests are timed. Make up tests are sometimes not as accurate as those taken with the group.
  •  Parents are to call the attendance line if their child is absent on October 3, 2012.
  •  A note from a doctor or parent will be necessary to verify absence.
  •  We would like to try to avoid make-up tests.

 If you wonder what advice you might give your child prior to the test, I’d say that taking their time and being very COMPLETE in their answers is a key to success.

 Please encourage your child to do his/her best. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call me.

 Sincerely,

 Stephanie Walker

Principal

Friday, Sept 21st Phone Message to Parents:


If you missed the phone call that I sent out on Friday, here is the message in written form. We are still ironing out the phone messaging system for the new school year. I will always post my message here so that everyone will receive the information. Have a great day.

“Good afternoon, this is Stephanie Walker, Principal of Amelia Elementary School.

After being in school for a few weeks, I wanted to touch base about a few things:

First, arrival and dismissal is going well.

In the mornings, please do not release children from cars until the 8:45 bell. I have noticed that several cars are dropping children off early, they are playing outside of the building and this is a dangerous situation as I do not have adult coverage until 8:45. Please make arrangements to accommodate this request. I want all of our children to be safe at all times.

Another arrival and dismissal request is to please follow the traffic flow. This is particularly important in the front lot. Traffic is to enter the building from Chapel and exit on 125. When you enter or exit the incorrect way, it slows the traffic process. The expectation has not changed from last year.

For your planning purposes, we are finished with dismissal each day by 3:20. Plan your pick-up time that time-frame.

As you probably know, Election Day is November 6th. As is the case with most general elections, there are a variety of offices and important issues on the ballot. As a service to our community, we want to make registering to vote as simple as possible. If you are not currently registered, please stop by the office and pick up a Voter Registration Form. You may return your form to the school office and we will make sure that it gets to the Board of Elections by the October 9th deadline. Thank you for setting a great example for our young people by voting in the November election.

Thanks so much for helping me make our school run wonderfully. Hope that you have a great weekend!”

What are DIBELS?


Amelia Elementary students are taking the DIBELS assessment during the month of September.  What are DIBELS?

The Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) are a set of procedures and measures for assessing the acquisition of early literacy skills from kindergarten through sixth grade. They are designed to be short (one minute) fluency measures used to regularly monitor the development of early literacy and early reading skills.

DIBELS are comprised of seven measures to function as indicators of phonemic awareness, alphabetic principle, accuracy and fluency with connected text, reading comprehension, and vocabulary. DIBELS were designed for use in identifying children experiencing difficulty in acquisition of basic early literacy skills in order to provide support early and prevent the occurrence of later reading difficulties.