Dear ES Parents,

Can you believe that we have almost completed our first Trimester, which ends on November 21st? By now you have had your Parent-Teacher Conference with your child’s teacher. Thank you so much for attending our PTC’s and Book Fair. Your big hearts and warm smiles filled our hallways on those two days. Our children always benefit from collaboration among parents and teachers.
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 for the PTC. The Café staff in the kitchen provided us with meals during the conferences! The Book Fair organizers, Ms. Ji, Ms. Lim and Ms. Cathy Bass, who worked many hours on behalf of our teachers and students are amazing! We also say thank you to all of our AMAZING room moms for all that you do to make SIS the best!

Please take time to review your child’s Report Card that will be coming home on November 28th. This would be a good time to discuss with your child his or her 2nd Trimester goals. Additionally, it’s so important that you speak with your child daily about what he or she is learning at school. Ask the question, “What are you learning in (Math, English Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies)?” Your child should be able to give you specifics and not just activities. Additionally, your child should be able to answer this question for each core subject and the specialist 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 may know by now, we are implementing the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts. 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.

By now, you should have seen a variety of your child’s work that has require 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 work.
Your child should be reading 30 minutes nightly. Students will be assessed in reading using a STAR Reading test in January. 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 grade level and/or own independent reading level and reading it at his or her own pace. When finished, your child takes a quiz on the computer. STAR gives both children and teachers feedback based on the quiz results, which the teacher then uses to help your child set goals and direct ongoing reading practice. If your child does not do well on the quiz, your child’s teacher may help him/her:
• Choose another book that is more appropriate;
• Ask more probing questions as your child reads and before he takes a quiz;
• Pair your child with another student, or even have the book read to your child.

A special thanks to Ms. Kaushal Patel for organizing and directing our ES After School Enrichment classes. A BIG thanks to Ms. Agnes Schuppel for helping the FREAD organization collect a lot of books and keeping the “Giving” spirit alive at ES.

In our efforts to enhance the SIS student experience and embrace our TIGER values of developing “socially responsible, global citizens”, the 5th Grade Spirit Club will be holding a Walk-A-Thon Friday, in the afternoon on Friday, November 16. More information will be coming home from the 5th grade Spirit Club

Our Next Elementary Parents Council is scheduled for Monday, November 26th at 9:00 am in the MPR on the 4th floor. There will be several presentations from teachers.

Looking Ahead:
End of First Trimester, Wednesday, November 21st (62 days).
Report Cards go home with students, Wednesday, November 28th
Thanksgiving, November 22nd and 23rd No School.
Monday, November 26 EPC Meeting, 9:00 am in MPR
As always, I appreciate your support in helping us to ignite innovation and creative learning.

Sincerely,
Mr. Art
ES Principal