Dear ES Parents,

Happy November! Can you believe November 15th will be the end of our first Trimester (60 days in school)? By now you have had your Parent-Teacher Conference with your child’s teacher. Your child’s report card will be coming home on November 22th. Ms. Schuppel will be going over the report card templates and each indicator on the Grading Key (E=Exemplary – exceeds expectations, P=Proficient – meets expectations, D=Developing – approaching expectations, and DT= Developing – with teacher support) on Monday, November 27th Elementary Parents Committee, E.P. C. meeting at 9:00 am in the MPR (4th floor).

When your child brings home their report card on Wednesday, November 22nd please take the time to review your child’s report card with your child and discuss next Trimester goals. Additionally, ask the question, “What are you learning in (Math, Reading and Writing, Science, and Social Studies)?” Your child should be able to give you specifics and not just activities. Your child should be able to answer this question for each specialist area classes as well. It is my expectation for our staff to ensure that all our students are working with rigorous assignments in all core subjects and that each student is engaged in meaningful teaching and learning that ignites innovation.

As you know, we are implementing the Common Core Standards for English Language Arts and Math. These standards are created to ensure that our students are college and career ready in the core subjects no later than the end of high school. The Common Core Standards provide teachers and parents with a common understanding of what students are expected to learn. These standards define the knowledge and skills students should have within their K-12 education careers so that they will graduate high school able to succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing academic college courses and in workforce training programs.

The Common Core standards:
• Are aligned with college and work expectations;
• Are clear, understandable and consistent;
• Include rigorous content and application of knowledge through high-order skills;
• Build upon strengths and lessons of current standards;
• Are informed by other top performing countries, so that all students are prepared to succeed in our global economy and society; and
• Are evidence-based.

By now, you should have seen a variety of your child’s work that requires him or her to think critically and problem solve in all core subjects. If not, I encourage you to schedule a meeting with your child’s teacher to review the common assessments and student’s work.
Your child should be reading 30 minutes nightly. They will be taking a second STAR Reading test during the designated times. STAR is a computer program that helps teachers manage and monitor students’ independent reading practices. Your child should be choosing books at his or her independent reading level and reading at his or her own pace.

Let’s give a special thanks to Ms. Paula Scott for organizing and directing our Fall ES After School Enrichment classes. The last class for ASE session is Tuesday, November 14. The next ASE classes start Tuesday, December 5th Our favorite PE Teacher, Mr. Robinson has been working afterschool two days a week with our 4/5 grade sports program that ended with a Soccer Jamboree at GSIS. He has now started Flag Football on Wednesdays and Fridays. We really appreciate his devotion to physical education and our ES students. I would also like to thank Ms. Marie Gagnier for organizing and planning our Saturday ES Boosters sports program. A BIG thanks to Ms. Goodrich for helping the FREAD Organization collect books and money through bake sales. We also say thank you to all of our AMAZING room moms who donated baked goods for our Spirit Club students to sell. The Spirit Club students had two fundraisers and donated the funds to an Animal Rescue Shelter in Seoul and a Hurricane relief organization in Texas.

We are indebted to the many SIS Facilities’ staff members who set up tables, chairs, coffee and tea and kept our school environment looking great during PTC. A BIG thanks you to the Book Fair organizers, Ms. Lim and Mr. Gardes, who worked many hours on behalf of our teachers and students. They are amazing!
This year our first grade students are involved with the HS Musical, The Wizard of OZ. They will be the Munchkins and will be singing a few songs. Please attend one of the three showings, and support our drama class and our first grade performers.

Looking Ahead:
Tuesday, November 7th The Wizard of OZ performance for ES at 1:00 pm.
Wednesday, November 8th The Wizard of OZ 3:30 PM Auditorium
Thursday, November 9th The Wizard of OZ 7:00 pm Auditorium
Wednesday, November 15th PAC meeting 9:00 Conference room 1
Wednesday, November 15th (60 days) is the End of First Trimester.
Wednesday, November 22 Thanksgiving Lunch in Café
Wednesday, November 22 Report cards go home with students.
Thursday and Friday, November 23 and 24 Thanksgiving break is on No School.
Monday, November 27 EPC Meeting, 9:00 am in the MPR (4th floor). Where you can meet the new MS Principal, Mr. John Benavidez, and watch our 5th graders perform their TED talks. Ms. Schuppel will go over the report cards and explain what the grade keys signify.

Parents, as always, I appreciate your support in helping us to ignite innovation and increase learning day in and day out.

Mr. Art
ES Principal