This week we are enjoying many special activities to celebrate our love of reading! Our reading teachers planned special assemblies from the Imaginary Theater Company for primary and intermediate classes to bring favorite stories to life. Thanks to our fabulous PTO for funding these great assemblies! The Wildcat Spirit Interest Family planned Dr. Seuss themed trivia and spirit days in honor of his birthday. The prizes were Dr. Seuss books. Our librarian, Mrs. Courtney is hosting a March Madness book contest of student favorites. There is even a mini-March Madness for our younger readers. We are looking forward to finding out the favorite Eureka books! All of these activities are designed to spark interest in reading new books and finding the joy in reading!
a Leader in Me school, our students have learned a lot about setting goals,
taking ownership for their learning and being leaders. The students are also practiced in
communication skills, maintaining an organized leadership binder, and
articulating their strengths, growth areas, and celebrations. We are excited to provide the students with an opportunity to show off their skills during student-led conferences next week. During student-led conferences, you will have time to collaborate with your children and their teachers on strategies to reach current goals, review data, and celebrate achievements. We are looking forward to seeing you next week!
We take school safety very seriously at Eureka. We have a crisis team and crisis plans in place for all types of emergencies. We regularly practice our plans to keep them fresh. In addition to our standard drills, we collaborate with law enforcement to create scenarios for our staff to think through and discuss. In addition to preparing staff, we teach students in developmentally appropriate ways. In the photo you can see an older student who provides weekly safety tips for our kindergarten classes. You can support your children at home by reassuring them of their safety and talking through plans. The following link includes tips for these difficult conversations from the National Association of School Psychologists. http://www.rsdmo.org/parentu/articles/Pages/Difficult-Conversations-for-Parents.aspx
Congratulations to our Eureka students for providing a great Leadership Showcase! We welcomed guests to learn about our leadership, Interest Families, and special opportunities to spread kindness throughout our school and community. Student speaker leaders did a fabulous job of sharing information with our guests, Special Chorus sang a beautiful song about kindness, and students highlighted the purpose of their Interest Families in a video. We were really excited to change our Showcase this year so that guests could participate in our Interest Families and learn about what they do. Interest Families are our favorite part of the month! If you weren't able to attend our Leadership Showcase, please ask your child about their Interest Family and the questions they were asked!
Our kindergarten students used upcoming Friendship Celebrations as a prompt for some interactive writing. Since they are currently learning how to write informational text, such as how-to books, the students wrote the directions for "How to Make a Valentine Card." When they followed the directions, they figured out that they had forgotten a very important step! The students went back to revise their writing and add, "on the folded side." Can you picture the mistake? What a great lesson in growing from our mistakes!
Our students are celebrating Kindness throughout the month of February. They created displays throughout the school to demonstrate their kindness. On our Kindness Tree, students wrote about acts of kindness they completed or that have been done for them. It is beautiful to see all of the great things happening around us! On our Compli-Mitten display, students wrote compliments about one another. It brings such joy for a student to see a kind note written about them.
We are also encouraging our students to extend their acts of kindness at home with the monthly Kindness Challenge. The calendar is full of ideas and activities to spread kindness at home and in the community!
This week we were privileged to meet a passionate ex-teacher who started the organization TASK, Team Activities for Special Kids, with the goal of building self-esteem in kids. TASK is located in Fenton and provides a variety of activities from basketball and swimming to drama and social events, for children and young adults who may have difficulty participating in typical settings. At TASK, all kids are welcome and accommodations are made for everyone! Our presenter demonstrated how different sports can be altered to make them more accessible. She challenged our students to be inclusive, as well as consider volunteering to assist other children.
Congratulations to our Eureka Elementary community! We have been awarded the Lighthouse Award through the Leader in Me Foundation! Our Student Lighthouse Team planned and led an assembly to celebrate our award, followed by a special treat!
Through our implementation of the 7 Habits of Happy Kids and effective leadership practices, our students and staff have grown over the past five years. The award was given based on an extensive display of artifacts, and an all day site visit including classroom visits, and panel discussions with teams of staff, students, and parents.
We are very proud to be named a Lighthouse School!
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!