Thursday, February 23, 2017

Week of February 20, 2017

Thursday Folder Fliers

Thinking Maps:

Teachers spent our Professional Development Day last Friday learning about Thinking Maps. Teachers are excited about this learning and have begun to implement them in the classroom. Please see the Parent Letter below for the implementation timeline and the Circle Map Memo for Families for more information about circle maps. 
Thinking Maps Parent Letter
Circle Map Memo for Families 

Here are some examples of Circle Maps from our students this week:
Kindergarten Map on the Past

4th Grade Map on Electromagnetism
2nd Grade Class Map on Christian the Lion

Students Map from Literacy
1st Grade Map About Me
5th Grade Map for Social Studies

3rd Grade Map in Math

Assessment Day Information - March 3rd:
On March 3rd, we will have our second assessment day. Students will not have school on this day. Instead, you will schedule a time for your child to come in and complete an assessment with their teacher. The portal to sign up for a time will be open from February 23rd until March 1. 
To access the portal:
Go to Iron Horse's Website and click on the Parent drop down menu:

Then click on "On Line Scheduler". 
You will be directed to this screen:
Choose Iron Horse from the elementary school dropdown menu. 
Enter the school password "Engineer". 
Enter your student's ID number and verify their birth date. 

From that point, a list of teachers will be displayed. Check the box next to each teacher you would like to meet with. If you have more than one student, you can answer Yes to the question, "Do you want to schedule a conference for another student?". This will allow you to see the schedules for all of your students' teachers at once. Finally, you will be able to choose a time that works for your family. 

Please contact your student's teacher if you have questions about times. If you have questions about the scheduling system, please contact Janet Nolan, our registrar. 

PARCC/CMAS Assessment:
Students in grades 3-5 will be taking the state assessments after spring break. You can find the schedule for testing and other information on the IHE website. This is a very important assessment that provides valuable information in regards to school/student growth and achievement. We use this data to support the development of our school programming and resources. 

Upcoming Events:
March 3: Assessment Day - NO SCHOOL/Students come during their assigned time
March 8: SAC Meeting - 4:00-5:00pm in the Learning Commons
March 10-16: Book Fair
March 14-16: Conferences
March 17-April 2: Spring Break - NO SCHOOL
April 4-April 18: PARCC/CMAS Assessment