This week I learned an important lesson about myself: I'm not as strong as I think I am. I first learned my lesson playing Tug of War during Field Day. The first graders were tough, but the third graders were impossible! It was great to have teamwork and a support system to jump in to our rescue!
Today I learned about emotional strength. I thought I could speak to our awesome fifth graders at graduation without tearing up. I even handed off by bag containing tissues before the ceremony began. I was wrong. As soon as I looked at those smiling faces, I could feel the tears welling up. Having known almost all these great kids since kindergarten, I have watched them blossom from shy five year olds to confident leaders. Students who could barely say "Hi," are now speaking or singing solos in front of hundreds of people. I am so proud of our graduates. I have enjoyed having them at Eureka and watching them shine.
Strength is often defined as power or toughness. I think there is also power in letting someone know how you feel. And even if you don't have the strength to win at Tug of War, there is power in having fun together!
This week I once again felt honored to be a Little Wildcat. I attended the fourth and fifth grade district track meet. Our students showed great skill in their events: winning third place overall, setting three school records, and earning numerous personal ribbons! More importantly, I saw our students as winners of good sportsmanship. Our students congratulated and high-fived their opponents, whether or not they won. The bleachers roared with cheers for the final finishers, even if they weren't from our team. Students gave each other celebratory hugs, regardless of their place of finish. I could not have been more proud to see the good manners, empathy, and sportsmanship by our Little Wildcats. This was the true sign of a winning team!
The end of the school year is filled with special activities to celebrate our accomplishments and time together. I enjoyed our students' beautiful art work at the District Art Show. Wow, the artwork was amazing!
Next week we gather for Kindergarten Celebration, First Grade Writing Celebration, fourth and fifth grade district Track Meet, and fifth grade field trip.
During our last week, we will enjoy Field Day and Fifth Grade Farewell and Picnic, and numerous special class activities.
We are thankful to have this time together. We encourage our families to join us for these exciting events!
Our Little Wildcats turned into Superheroes to save the Earth today in celebration of Earth Day on April 22nd! Our school was decorated with recycled art thanks to our Green Team Interest Family! Classes watched a special student created video to learn more about recycling and preserving natural resources. Student readers read a book about Earth Day. Throughout the classes, students shared great ideas for helping the Earth from making classroom posters to individual poetry. Our Eureka Superheroes showed great concern and consideration in their ideas. Ask your child about how they plan to help our Earth!
Spring has sprung throughout our Eureka School community! Our students are enjoying the beautiful weather for outdoor learning opportunities and lovely recess days! Many grade levels are taking field trips to learn about plants and animals and how they grow. First grade enjoyed learning about butterfly life cycles at the Butterfly House. They will experience this first hand as they care for baby caterpillars and watch their transformation into butterflies in class! Our school beautification interest family added spring touches to the school with window decorations, tissue flowers and butterflies in the lobby! Spring gives us all a renewed sense of energy and growth!
Next week we are hosting our Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. This is our way of giving a small "Thank You" to all of the amazing volunteers that support our school. All of the time that our volunteers contribute to Eureka support student learning, community building, and fun! Without our volunteers, we could not hold great events like STEM Day and Wildcat Bash, chaperone field trips, or provide the additional individual reading and math support. Our volunteers donate materials and time so our students can have the best school ever! Thanks for all you do! We hope you can join us for lunch on Wednesday, in the library, so we can say "Thank you" in person.
Our students enjoyed a fabulous STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Day on Friday. Students of all ages were engaged in exploring and programming new forms of technology, designing engineering solutions to solve challenges, and learning more about grade level science topics. We are fortunate that now our students have STEM experiences throughout the year, not just on STEM Day. This was especially evident this year as our students were able to collaborate well to solve problems. Even our kindergarteners were able to explain which step of the engineering design process they were using! We have seen the awesome growth in the problem solving abilities and collaboration in our students! We are looking forward to having more access to materials so we can increase these experiences.
Dear Wildcat Families,
On April 4, Rockwood voters will consider Proposition T to address increasing enrollment, a new Eureka Elementary School building, and the district's continued support for STEM/Innovative learning.
Rockwood Superintendent Dr. Eric Knost has been keeping our community informed via a “Super Talks” series. This week, our high school students interviewed him and asked about class sizes during this time of increasing enrollment in the district.
I encourage you to take a moment to view the video. You’ll hear about Rockwood’s preferred class sizes across the district. Plus, view the Prop T projects that will fund additional space in our schools.
A 57.14 percent majority is necessary for passage on Election Day. The $95.5 million bond issue will not raise the current Rockwood tax rate.
As always, if you have questions, please give me a call.
Please don't forget to vote!
Our Student Lighthouse Team looked for a school issue they would like to solve. The students decided that students argue at recess because they need more options for activities. The Student Lighthouse Team scoured catalogs and equipment websites looking for ideas. The team scored the equipment using a rubric that included safety, appeal to different age groups, durability, storage, and number of students. The collaboration and discussion showed great teamwork as they narrowed their selections to meet our budget. The team was thrilled to unpack the boxes and even more excited to play with the new equipment at recess today! We have new basketballs, gripper footballs, soccer balls, hula hoops, and velcro catch games. Students commented that they really enjoyed the new equipment!
Thanks to all of our parents for coming to conferences this week! Our students love showcasing their work and celebrating their successes with the most important people in their lives! I enjoyed visiting classes this week and listening to students practice what they wanted to share with their parents. Students were eager to show new writing samples compared to the beginning of the year, explain what great readers they have become, and make plans for end of the year goals.
Celebrating success breeds more success as students build confidence, enabling them to take on more challenges! Your support and encouragement are an important part of this equation!