Dear Schaeffer Families,
Happy November! Our Schaeffer Gators continue to work hard each and every day in our school. We are excited to see the learning that is occurring. So much growth has already taken place, and we cannot wait to see that momentum carrying into the second marking period.
As a reminder, November is the month when we hold Parent/Teacher conferences in our school. Your child will receive his or her report card on November 16th. Please take the time to review your child’s report card before your scheduled conference time. This year, conferences will be held on Monday, November 20th or Tuesday, November 21st. Conferences are an important part of the home/school communication. It is a great time for you to ask questions and to get a better understanding of your child’s educational progress. If you have not yet scheduled a conference, please contact your child’s classroom teacher. Thank you for taking the time to attend the conference for your child.
A special thank you to all the individuals and businesses who supported our PTO Race For Education. It proved to be very successful! Our race day weather was absolutely beautiful, and all of our students enjoyed the time outside with their friends. It was great seeing our entire school wearing the same race day shirts. Thank you PTO! We looked fabulous!
Our PTO is top notch! We hold our meetings the first Tuesday of the month in our library. Please feel free to join us and share your ideas. We also need a few volunteers so please consider helping out. Our November meeting is Tuesday, November 7th.
As a school district, we are in the process of revising our comprehensive plan. In order to complete this process, it is important to gather as much feedback and review as much data as possible. In order to accomplish this, we need your help. Please take a few minutes, if you have not already done so, to complete a parent/community survey. Please click here to access the survey. If you would prefer a paper copy, please contact our school office. Thank you in advance for your help with this endeavor.
On Friday, November 17th, we will be participating in a pajama day to support the middle school mini-THON. Please have your child wear his or her pajamas to support this worthwhile cause.
I am thankful for the opportunity to serve the students, staff, parents, and community of Schaeffer Elementary. Thank you for working with me as we continue to improve to make Schaeffer an even better school for our students.
Christopher M. Zander
Tuesday, November 7th – PTO Meeting
Wednesday, November 8th – Picture Retake Day and Early Dismissal at 1:40 p.m.
Friday, November 10th – Honoring our Veterans
Thursday, November 16th – Report Cards Go Home
Friday, November 17th – Put Cancer to Sleep Pajama Day
Monday, November 20th – NO SCHOOL – Parent/Teacher Conferences
Tuesday, November 21st – NO SCHOOL – Parent/Teacher Conferences
Wednesday, November 22nd through Friday, November 24th – NO SCHOOL
I hope that your child was able to share with you a little bit about what they learned during his or her bullying lesson in October. We are learning the 3 R’s of bullying: Recognize, Report, Refuse. There was a Home Link sent home with each student after the lesson, and I am excited about the number that have been completed and returned! Please look for a second Home Link to come home this month after another bullying lesson is completed.
We are currently holding our annual food drive to collect items that will be put into Thanksgiving baskets to be distributed to families in the Schaeffer community. A flyer was sent home regarding the food drive; however, if you would like to donate something and are unsure of what to donate, please feel free to contact me. Your support of this project is appreciated!
As always, please contact me if you have any questions or concerns regarding your child. Thank you!
Message from the Library
Mark your calendar to join us on Monday, December 11th for Schaeffer’s Barnes and Noble Night!
Message from the Nurse
As we approach the cold and flu season, it is critical that we make every effort to stop the spread of germs. Cold and flu germs are spread by respiratory droplets from coughs, sneezing, and touching surfaces contaminated with droplets (desks, doorknobs, cafeteria tables). Some viruses and bacteria can live 2 hours or longer on surfaces. It is very difficult to keep every surface clean, so proper hand washing is a must as well as teaching our children not to rub their eyes and nose, great ports of entry for bacteria and viruses.
Things to do:
- Remind your son or daughter to wash their hands frequently (with soap and water – for about 20 seconds) and especially after using the bathroom and before lunch.
- Please tell your child to cover his or her mouth and nose with a tissue when sneezing or better still, cough or sneeze into their sleeve.
- Remind your child to keep his or her hands away from their mouth, nose, and eyes.
Keep your child home if he or she is sick. You do not need to have a fever to be sick, but if you child does have a fever, he or she should NOT come to school. Please keep your child home until he or she has been fever free (temperature less than 100 for at least 24 hours) without Tylenol (acetaminophen), Advil/Motrin (ibuprofen) or other medications that reduce fever. This is critical to prevent the spread of colds and the flu.
This is just a reminder that if your child is going to be absent from school due to an educational trip, the Educational Trip Request Form must be submitted to the school office at least one full week prior to the start of the absence. Forms that are submitted late will not be considered excused. This form is available on the district website, as well as in the school office.