Schaeffer Gator Newsletter – March 2018
Happy March Schaeffer families,
We are excited that spring will be arriving soon and we can finally welcome back the warmer temperatures. Hopefully, the chance of snow and the cold weather will soon be behind us.
I want to begin my newsletter by assuring you that we have a safety plan in place at Schaeffer, and the safety of all of our students and staff is a top priority. As you have read in the news, school safety continues to be a major cause of concern. While we do keep our safety protocols confidential, please know that plans and procedures are in place and our school is a safe place for our students.
We were busy during the month of February distributing individual iPads to all of our students. The teachers and students are now familiarizing themselves with this great learning tool. I have had the opportunity to see all of our students engaged in using their iPads to learn in every subject area, which is really exciting. As students begin to use their iPads with more frequency, I anticipate that they will want to share what they have learned with you.
Also, in February, our teachers reviewed student data and used this data to update instructional plans. Some of our students began to write informational or opinion writing pieces, and all of them increased their math problem solving skills. I was excited to see the story of The Mitten come to life in one of our kindergarten classes, as part of a Readers Theatre.
We have exciting events scheduled this month, so please mark your calendars! Schaeffer Bingo Night, sponsored by the Schaeffer PTO, will be held on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. Our staff will be calling the numbers. Get ready for this quick paced game and enjoy the time with your family and friends. Our Scholastic Book Fair runs the week of March 19th, with parent night being Wednesday, March 21st. The library will be open from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. that evening for anyone to purchase books.
If you would like to purchase a yearbook for your child, the yearbook form and money are now due by Friday, March 16, 2018. (This date was extended a week.) If you need another form they are available in the Schaeffer office. Yearbooks can only be preordered and will NOT be available for you to purchase when they arrive at the end of the school year.
Thank you again for your continued support of our school. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at 717-392-6797.
Christopher M. Zander
Friday, March 9th No School (teacher in-service day)
Thursday, March 15th PTO Retro Bingo Night from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 16th Yearbook Orders are Due
Wednesday, March 21st Scholastic Book Fair in the Library from 4:00 p.m.to 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 29th Early Dismissal at 1:40 p.m.
Friday, March 30th No School (Holiday)
Monday, April 2nd No School (Holiday)
Tuesday, April 3rd School is in Session (this is a snow make-up day)
We wrapped up bullying lessons in all grade levels in February. Kindergarten through 3rd grade discussed how to use bystander power to be an upstander and help to stop bullying. We talked about reporting the bullying, refusing the bullying, and supporting the target. In 4th grade, we discussed cyber-bullying, the ways in which cyber-bullying can be extremely harmful, and what to do to help stop cyber-bullying.
In March, we will be talking about careers. This year, we will be exploring the program Career Cruising. The elementary component to this program is called ccSpark! Each student has or will be logging in to his or her individual account and is then able to work through a series of several games, which introduce a variety of careers. Students will also create their own profiles by answering questions about their interests and skills.
Please remember that Lydia’s Closet is open the first Saturday of each month from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. It is located at St. Peter’s Church on Delp Road and Lititz Pike. Lydia’s Closet offers clothing for all school-aged children and is a free resource for Manheim Township families.
As always, please contact me if you have any questions or concerns regarding your child. Thank you!
Message from the Library
Our annual Scholastic Book Fair will be held in the Schaeffer Library from March 19, 2018 through Thursday, March 22, 2018. We are looking for volunteers, with clearances on file with the school district, to help us run this exciting event! There is a link on the PTO Blog for you to sign up.
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 library with your child.
We hope that you will attend the book fair with your child the evening of Wednesday, March 21st. 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!
Message from the Nurse
It may sound too simple to be true, but researchers in Minnesota have discovered that children who eat breakfast scored higher on math and reading tests than children who did not eat breakfast.
Besides academic improvements, eating breakfast can help to squelch some behavioral problems at school. Students who skip breakfast may be more easily distracted, irritable and disruptive in the classrooms. These students complain more often of headaches, stomachaches, and generally not feeling well.
If “fuel” is not added to your child’s body in the morning, the body has to turn to its own resources for energy. This puts extra pressure on the system, and your child may wind up feeling tired and lightheaded. Naturally, you want your child to be alert and able to concentrate in the morning, especially if he or she is at school.
So, help your children “break-the-fast” and reload their bodies nutritionally for the new school day by encouraging them to eat something in the morning before school. When possible you will want to reserve those high sugar cereals and pastries for non-school mornings. Some breakfast ideas could include:
- Cheese toast or peanut butter toast with a glass of milk and a piece of fruit
- Bite-sized chunks of fruit to dip into your child’s favorite yogurt
- Sweetened cereal mixed with unsweetened cereal, such as Honey nut Cheerios with plain Cheerios
- Scrambled eggs sprinkled with cheese wrapped in a tortilla
- Hard boiled eggs (shelled the night before and refrigerated) for a quick bite in the morning with toast and juice
- Frozen waffles toasted and spread with peanut butter layered with sliced bananas
- Bran muffins, adding your child’s favorite jam or jelly
- Leftover pizza with juice or milk
- Fruit salad with yogurt dressing in an ice cream cone
- Bagel with peanut butter and milk