SCHAEFFER GATOR NEWSLETTER
Dear Schaeffer Families,
We survived the January weather! The winter weather has proved to be a unique challenge for our schedule. Snow days off, delayed starts, and early dismissals have required us to adjust our classroom schedules and lessons. We know that students do their best with a consistent routine and all of us are anxious to get back to warmer days, with far fewer weather interruptions. Certainly winter is still with us for another month or so, but we can begin to think about springtime.
Please note that school is now in session on Monday, February 19, 2018 and Tuesday, April 3, 2018. These were originally scheduled as snow make-up days, and we are now using them as school days. Please mark your calendar accordingly. If you have an educational trip planned for either of these two days, or for any other school days, please be sure to complete the Educational Trip Form and send it to the Schaeffer office at least one week prior to the trip.
The first semester of the school year concluded on January 24, 2018. We now have entered the third marking period. Report cards were sent home with your child yesterday, Tuesday, February 6, 2018, which provides you with an update of your child’s school performance. Please take the time to review the report card with your child. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child’s teacher.
Believe it or not, January also marks the time of the year when our incoming kindergarten students can begin the process of registering for school for the fall of 2018. Wow! That seems so far away right now! The online registration process is now open for families to start enrolling their child for kindergarten. Please be sure to pass this information on to family or friends who may have a future Schaeffer Gator.
Many events and activities will be happening inside our school in February. We are excited about the continued rollout of our district 1:1 initiative. By the end of the day yesterday, Tuesday, February 6th, all of our Schaeffer students now have an iPad to use in their classrooms. All of our students also learned, or will learn, about digital citizenship as part of the rollout process. We are excited about the changes that are ahead of us as we begin to integrate technology more each day.
Thank you again for your continued support of our school and the Schaeffer community. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. Open communication is the key to helping our school continue to become the best it can be.
Christopher M. Zander
Thursday, February 15, 2018 – Early Dismissal at 1:40 p.m.
Friday, February 16, 2018 – No School (teacher in-service day)
Monday, February 19, 2018 – School is in Session (this is a snow make-up day)
I hope you were able to see the Home Link that came home with your child following his or her guidance lesson. All classes have now learned about all 3 “R’s” of bullying: Recognize, Report, Refuse. We have defined bullying as someone being mean to someone else repeatedly and on purpose. It also must be one-sided, meaning that there is nothing mean being done in return.
Once bullying is recognized, the next step is to report it to a caring adult. Students practiced how to report bullying to an adult by saying “I need to report bullying.” We also will continue our discussion about refusing bullying and using two simple sentences: “Stop it. That’s bullying.” It is important for children to practice what to say in these situations so that they are comfortable and confident if they ever need to stand up to bullying.
February’s lessons will focus on bystander power for kindergarten through 3rd grade and cyber bullying for 4th grade.
As always, please contact me if you have any questions or concerns regarding your child. Thank you!
Share some of your soles to help others in need.
Manheim Township Middle School is having a shoe drive, and we need your help! Even if you bring in ONE pair of shoes, together we can make a huge difference in someone’s life. Shoes will be picked-up by Funds2org and will be given to organizations that will distribute to those in need… overseas and right here in our own backyard!
*Bring in shoes and place them in the box in the Schaeffer office.
*The drive ends Monday, February 19th.
Message from the Nurse
With cold and flu season upon us, it is critical that we make an effort to stop the spread of germs. Cold and flu germs are spread by respiratory droplets from coughs, sneezing, and by 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, which are easy ports of entry for bacteria and viruses.
Things to do:
- Please remind your son or daughter to wash his or her hands frequently with soap and water for about 20 seconds, especially after using the bathroom and before lunch.
- Please remind your child to cover his or her mouth and nose with a tissue when sneezing, or better still, tell them to cough or sneeze into their sleeve.
- Please remind them to keep their hands away from their mouth, nose, and eyes.
- Please keep your child home if he or she is sick. You do not need to have a fever to be sick, but if your 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 for at least 24 hours (temperature less than 100 degrees) without Tylenol (acetaminophen), Advil/Motrin (ibuprofen) or other medications that reduces fever. This is critical to prevent the spread of colds and the flu.
Message from the Library
Please mark your calendar for our annual Scholastic Book Fair, which will be held in the Schaeffer Library, from Monday, March 19, 2018 through Thursday, March 22, 2018. We will be looking for volunteers, with clearances on file with the district, to help us run this exciting event! The PTO Blog will soon have the link for you to use to sign up to help us.
We are also collecting plastic shopping bags for the students to use to carry their new books and treasures home. Please send them to the office or the library with your child.
We hope that you will attend the book fair with your child the evening of Wednesday, March 21, 2018. The library will be open for shopping from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Thank you in advance for helping support your child’s reading goals and Schaeffer Elementary School!