We have almost completed the first quarter of school already! When we return from October Break, we will be having our Parent/Teacher Conferences. This is such a wonderful time to get to be able to communicate with your child's teacher and to know how well your child is progressing academically and behaviorally! Please be sure you are aware of the time and date so that you can attend the conference.
Remember when you and the teacher are working together, amazing things can happen!!!
Thanks for all of your continued support! As always, feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns!!
Redbird Elementary Principal
Phone: (480) 472-1210
Attendance Information from the Office
Important information to remember:
• Timeliness - Excuse for the absence must be received in the office within one day after the student returns to school. If not, then the absence will be considered unexcused.
• Doctor Notes - Parents should provide doctor/dentist notes to the school when students are absent for appointments or illness.
• Contact Information - If there is a change in telephone number or address during the school year, you must promptly notify the school office.
Please call (480) 472-1201 when your student is absent or will be late arriving to school.
*Parents, please bring your IDs every time you come into the office or nurse's office to pick up your child. This is school protocol for the security of your child. Thank you for your cooperation.
The ABC's of Conferences
Parent-Teacher conferences can be helpful and informative. Try the tips below to get the most out of these important meetings.
Always prepare. Have some questions ready, like "How's my son's/daughter's attitude in class?" Let the teacher know about your child's strengths, needs, study habits, motivators and hobbies.
Be Positive. Showing the teacher you appreciate his/her efforts helps build a strong working relationship. How? Talk about a project your child enjoyed, or comment on the bulletin board display of work.
Check back. Work with your child on areas that need help, such as spending more time reading aloud. After a few weeks, check on his/her progress by calling the teacher or writing a note.
Message from the Health Office
We are starting into cold and flu season, and we have already been seeing a lot of colds in the Health Office. How do you tell the difference between cold and flu symptoms? The most common symptoms of a cold are sneezing, runny nose and a sore throat. A child may occasionally run a low grade fever, 100.5 degrees or less. If a child has a sudden high fever over 101 degrees, accompanied by body and joint aches, it is more likely to be the flu, or influenza. The flu can be very serious, especially to the very young, the very old, and to people of all ages with a chronic illness. Check with your doctor to see if you should get a preventative flu shot.
When should I keep my child at home?
*If your child has a temperature over 100.5 degrees
*If your child has been vomiting or having diarrhea
*If your child has a reddened eye with green or yellow drainage
*If your child has live lice
PLEASE DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL WHEN SHE/HE IS SICK!
Medicating a child with Tylenol before school is fine if they have a cold, but if they have thrown up or are having diarrhea, they belong at home. I know it is hard to have a sick child when you have to go to work, but they can't stay in the Health Office all day, and we also don't want our other students and staff exposed to illness if it can be avoided.
Help keep your child well by making sure they get to bed on time, and that they eat a healthy diet.
Nurse Kristan Wiemann
Nurse Assistant Guadalupe Erran
October is National Bullying Prevention Month
All students deserve to feel safe at school, with a sense of belonging and acceptance. Please talk to your child (children) about the importance of treating others respectfully. Model this behavior at home.
Bullying is defined as anyone who repeatedly uses physical, verbal or cyber forces in a negative manner toward another person.
Recognize that bullying is defined as being one-sided, which means that the person being bullied does not retaliate. If the person does something back, it is a conflict or fight.
Refuse the bullying by simply telling the person to stop in an assertive (not aggressive) way, standing tall and straight, looking the person in the eye and saying something that means, "Stop", then walking away calmly.
Report the bullying if the refusing does not work. They are to tell a trusted adult here at school or at home about the bullying.
The Importance of Parent Involvement
Since parent involvement relates positively to student achievement, parents are encouraged to participate in their children's education in a variety of ways both at home and in school.
At home, parents can read with their child, provide a quiet place for homework, supervise assignments, monitor television and internet use, and promote school attendance.
At school, parents should attend teacher conferences and academic events. Parents are invited to volunteer in classrooms, participate with the P.T.O. and support fund raising for special projects.
Start the School Year Excited about Reading
What does it really mean when a child "can't stand" reading? Often it means he hasn't found the right reading materials yet. Try these ideas to turn your reader from reluctant to ravenous early in the school year:
• Offer a variety of materials. Frequent visits to the library helps.
• Be open-minded. If your child likes short, simple stories, that's okay.
• Consider your child's interests. Look for materials on topics he/she loves.
• Move on. If your child is bored by the second chapter of a book, let him/her pick a new one.
• Read aloud sometimes. Get your child hooked on a book by reading the first chapter to him/her.
• Show interest. Read a book with your child so you can discuss all the details.
Source: "RHI: Reaching Reluctant Readers," Random House, Inc.