Late Winter/Early Spring 2017
To Maple Leaf Elementary families -
With the second half of the school year on its way, a renewed sense of focus and anticipation can be found within the building and classrooms. Academically, there is a continued focus on identifying the appropriate instructional strategies that will have the greatest impact on student learning. In addition, teachers are exploring various strategies to actively engage students in learning. Teachers continue to work with their students to set learning targets and goals as well as regularly assess these goals to measure continued progress. Thus, we celebrate students’ growth building-wide by recognizing students’ success on the morning announcements. From a co-curricular standpoint, all content areas and encore teachers are expected to collaborate and identify a common skill or concept that can be reinforced in all areas. A focus on writing across the curriculum and across all grade levels has been constant throughout the entire elementary school. This concept aids in everyone being on the same page to give students a consistent learning base in every academic area. The entire Maple Leaf Elementary staff is determined to help students grow in their learning skills as much as possible.
To continue, Maple Leaf Elementary is very pleased to be working with the Boys and Girls Club. We have several “Bigs” that have been matched up with specific students. “Bigs” come in and share lunch with their student, share conversations, play games, and simply spend time together creating a positive relationship. Maple Leaf is very fortunate to have this opportunity to work with the Boys and Girls Club and looks forward to continuing this affiliation for future years.
Please note some important district-wide events that are coming up in the next few months. Family Literacy Night will be on March 16th from 6-8 p.m. This event will be paired with our book fair that allows parents to visit various “stations” and learn about how literacy can be supported at home as well as learn about some of the resources being used at school. There will also be a guest author, Mr. Brian Cleary, who will talk about his children’s books and have some available for purchase too.
Finally, in terms of what parents can do on the home front to help their child would be to stay focused on engaging in conversation. Ask about what your student learned during the day at school. Be sure to allow students the opportunity to read, whether it be magazines, chapter books, leveled readers, etc. Engage with your child by reading with them every day. This will advance their learning comprehension greatly as well as help develop a stronger relationship between you and your child. As always, Maple Leaf Elementary teachers and staff are here to provide the best quality of learning to students. We are always available to further assist in any way necessary. I look forward to seeing students and families at upcoming events these next few months. Thank you!