In remembrance of Martin Luther King Jr., second grade students wrote about their dreams for our world. I love their passion! I agree with every one of their wonderful ideas! Here are a few second grade thoughts:
I have a dream...
-that all people would be friends.
-that people would stop littering.
-that I could help the world.
-that I could stop pollution.
-that every kid is loved.
What are your dreams to make the world better?
The New Year bring the start of a new school semester. Our students are updating their academic and personal goals for a fresh start toward individual growth. These kindergarteners are proud of their new goals! Some are working on reading better, writing longer, or being kind to their friends and family. Ask your child what goals he or she has set to grow this semester!
This week marked a significant milestone for our fifth graders as they participated in Drug Abuse Resistance Education, DARE, Graduation. As I listened to graduation, I was inspired by our student and adult speakers. The student speakers shared their learning and the impact DARE has had on their lives. They had amazing insight as they explained the life skills they learned from stress reduction to making positive choices! Officer Werges, Chief Wiegand, and Mayor Coffey shared frightening statistics about how drug abuse has increased in Eureka and is impacting our youth. This was a call to action for all of us to continue supporting our DARE graduates, even after they leave us.
The residents at Victorian Gardens Senior Center had a special treat as our fourth and fifth grade Special Chorus students visited for a mini-concert on Thursday. The residents were very impressed with their singing performance, as well as their nice manners. Our students were also thrilled with the opportunity to talk with some of the residents and share holiday cheer. This was a win-win event for spreading kindness across the generations.
We were thrilled to have reviewers from Franklin Covey visit this week to evaluate our progress implementing the Leader in Me practices and the 7 Habits of Happy Kids. They conducted interviews with students, staff, and parents, reviewed evidence and observed throughout the school. It was great to show off the wonderful things that happen at Eureka each day! The reviewers gave us lots of great feedback about our welcoming culture and strong practices to support student voice and academic growth. They were impressed with the insights of our amazing students and loved our interest families, buddy activities, and great parent involvement! They encouraged us to keep fine-tuning our practices and language as we continue growing as a school community. We look forward to getting our final report in 2-3 weeks.
Hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) activities are a great way to gain insight into students' interests, learning styles, and creativity. STEM Day is so much fun because our students spend a whole day engaging in unique problem solving challenges. It is so much fun to watch their eyes twinkle as the activities spark their curiosity or create a new interest. One of my favorite parts is listening to their conversation as they collaborate with partners during the problem solving. Our future is in good hands with these great leaders!
I am so thankful to be part of our wonderful Eureka community! I am so lucky to be able to spend every day with the sweetest kids around! I asked our kindergarteners what they were thankful for. Here are a few of their responses:
-My mommy and daddy
-Helping my brother
-My mom giving me kisses
-Snuggling with my mom
-Mrs. White matching me with our boots
-The playground and trees
-My teacher. I love my teacher!
-Helping my brother
Don't forget to take time to share with your family what makes you thankful!
Today is National Parent Involvement Day! We encourage our families to get involved at Eureka Elementary in a variety of ways including classroom support, volunteering for PTO events, chaperoning field trips, attending school events, and supporting your child's learning.
Parents can get involved in daily learning through student leadership notebooks. These notebooks serve as an invaluable tool for communication between school and home. Students showcase their interests, leadership, and celebrations in their notebooks. The notebooks have a special section for individual student goals and data tracking. This is a great conversation starter as you ask your children what strategies they are practicing to reach their goals. The leadership notebooks allow students to organize themselves, take ownership of their learning, and celebrate their progress. The next time you check the leadership notebook, ask your child to show you something he is proud of. Celebrations are more fun when they are shared!
Today was a fabulous day! We had the opportunity to honor the great men and women who served our country during our Veteran's Day Celebration. It is so important that we serve as models for our children showing the respect we have for our country and those who served.
Our students sang patriotic songs, read poems, viewed pictures of our service men and women, presented our Veteran's with a token of appreciation, and shared breakfast with them to learn more about their service. We hope our Veterans felt honored by our celebration!
Our Green Team Interest Family chose to participate in the Green Schools Quest. They voted on a challenge to recycle and reduce cafeteria waste. With the help of a Green Schools Quest volunteer, our Green Team members conducted an audit of our milk carton and straw trash. This will be our baseline data for the challenge. I can't wait to give you updates on our school progress!