Schaeffer Gator Newsletter
Dear Schaeffer Families,
Even though spring has arrived, the temperatures have been running below normal and snow continues to be part of our weather forecast. Hopefully the warm weather will be arriving soon!
March was a busy month for us at Schaeffer, and April will be even busier. We completed the third marking period and are beginning the final marking period of the school year. Each day our students continue to amaze me by what they are learning. Our dedicated teachers are continuing to find ways to stretch the thinking of each child in their classrooms.
A special thank you to everyone who made our first PTO Schaeffer Bingo Night successful. We had a great turnout with bingo players of all ages spread out throughout our cafeteria, and we even needed to use the floor! The PTO provided and awarded fun prizes to all of the winners. We are looking forward to having this exciting family night again next year. If you are interested in helping, please contact the Schaeffer PTO.
Our third and fourth graders will begin taking the PSSAs next week in English Language Arts and Mathematics. Our fourth graders will also take a Science assessment. I am proud of our students and know that they will work hard and try their best. Please note that during the PSSA testing dates, no volunteers will be able to come into the building until the afternoon. This is to prevent disruptions since testing is occurring everywhere in the building. It also maintains minimal traffic in the office, which helps during those testing times. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Nation.
Finally, I would like to thank the members of our School Comprehensive Planning Team. We met several times during the months of January, February, and March to develop new goals for our school. These goals will guide our planning and direction for the next three years and will become part of the overall district plan. Our team will finalize our school level comprehensive plan in April. Please come to our PTO meeting on May 8, 2018, to hear more about this plan.
Again, thank you for your continued support of our students, staff, and school. When I am asked about the strengths of Schaeffer, I often talk about our sense of community and parent engagement. Thank you for all that you do to support us.
Christopher M. Zander
Monday, April 9th PTO Meeting in the Library at 7:00 p.m. (Revised Date)
Tuesday, April 17th Report Cards Go Home
Friday, April 27th Celebration of Cultures 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
PSSA Testing Days
Tuesday, April 10th PSSA ELA Testing for 3rd and 4th Graders
Wednesday, April 11th PSSA ELA Testing for 3rd and 4th Graders
Thursday, April 12th PSSA ELA Testing for 3rd and 4th Graders
Tuesday, April 17th PSSA Math Testing for 3rd and 4th Graders
Wednesday, April 18th PSSA Math Testing for 3rd and 4th Graders
Tuesday, April 24th PSSA Science Testing for 4th Graders
Wednesday, April 25th PSSA Science Testing for 4th Graders
In March, all students had the opportunity to sign in to the career program called ccSpark!. The students really seem to enjoy working in the app and some have already completed their work in the app for this year! I will be continuing with career lessons in April, and we will be exploring and identifying personal interests and skills. In 3rd and 4th grade, we will begin to discuss how interests and skills lead to careers.
Also this month in 3rd and 4th grade, students will be participating in the PSSAs. Here are a few tips to help your child be prepared and perform his or her best!
- Get a good night of sleep
- Eat a healthy breakfast
- Get to school on time
- Encourage your child to think positively
- Encourage your child to take his or her time and double check work
As always, please contact me if you have any questions or concerns regarding your child. Thank you!
Message from the Library
The Scholastic Book Fair was a huge success! From the donated bags and change, to the shoppers and the volunteers that gave of their time, we could not have done it without you! We earned more than $2500 in free books for the school, and we want to thank everyone for their support.
With the end of the school year approaching, it is important to return all books and pay any outstanding fines. Unpaid fines will carry over from year to year. Please contact Mrs. Hoffman if you have any questions or concerns.
Message from the Nurse
HEALTH SERVICES AT A GLANCE
When Should a Student Stay Home From School
Fever of 100 degrees or greater
Vomiting and/or diarrhea
Severe, persistent cough or other respiratory symptoms that the child can not manage at school
When Should a Student Return to School
Fever free for 24 hours without medication
Free from vomiting and diarrhea for 24 hours
Medication Administration During the School Day
If your child needs to take medication during the school day a parent or designated adult must bring the medication to school with a completed Medication Permission Form signed by a doctor and a parent. Medication must be in a properly labeled container. Medication Permission Forms are available on the MTSD website (mtwp.net) or from the Health Room.
Head lice infestation is not associated with any disease but causes a high level of anxiety among parents of school aged children. We recommend that you check your child’s hair and scalp weekly to identify an infestation early in its course. Discourage your children from sharing hats, hair accessories and head to head contact. Lice are tiny bugs that can be seen scampering across the scalp. They crawl quickly but do not fly or jump. The eggs they lay are sometimes easier to see. They appear as tiny specks attached to the hair strand and cannot be flicked away or moved easily like hair casts or dandruff. Nits are often found at the neck hairline, crown of head and above the ears. If you find head lice on your child, treatment products can be purchased over the counter at any drug store. Follow the directions exactly and notify the school nurse. We will check your child on return to school and again in one week. The products do not kill the eggs which can hatch and restart the infestation. For this reason, it is critical to remove all nits. If a child if found to have lice at school the parent will be notified and may choose to pick up their child or wait until the end of the school day.
Students should strive to be present every day school is in session and arrive to school on time. Every absence and tardy is entered on students’ permanent records. Regular attendance affects scholastic performance and academic standing. Please call your school nurse if your child has a health condition that is affecting his/her attendance.
If your child has been diagnosed with a concussion, please provide the School Nurse with documentation of the diagnosis from the physician. The Concussion Management Team will assist your child as he/she recovers.
Please keep your emergency contacts current throughout the school year. It is critical for the school to be able to reach a parent or designee during the school day in the event of illness, injury or any other emergency.
PSSA Color Days!
Show your SCHAEFFER GATOR PRIDE during PSSAs by participating in “Color Days” to support our 3rd and 4th grade students!
Tuesday, April 10 – Fresh start! Wear WHITE to show that you are ready to make a clean start!
Wednesday, April 11 – Be Brave! Wear RED to school. Red is the color of bravery & encourages confidence.
Thursday, April 12 – Finishing up a “grape” week! Wear PURPLE to show you are ready to finish up the first week of PSSA’s!
Tuesday, April 17 – Caution! Students are working. Wear ORANGE to show that you’re hard at work!
Wednesday, April 18 – Just Chill! Wear BLUE to school. Blue is very calming & aids in intuition.
Tuesday, April 24 – THINK! Wear PINK to show you think!
Wednesday, April 25 – Victory! Wear your SCHAEFFER GATOR spiritwear or BLUE & WHITE to show pride in your hard work!