Florence Elementary School
WHAT'S HAPPENING AT FLORENCE ELEMENTARY??
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Happy New Year to everyone! We are off to a mild start to our winter, and the students have been great at making sure they are bundled up for outdoors. They are enjoying playing in the snow!
In November, along with school guidance counselors, I visited classrooms to discuss the Speak Up/Speak Out reporting system for school safety concerns. At the early elementary level, the discussions were focused on helping students to understand who they can talk to when they have concerns or problems. We were able to get more detailed at the 3rd-6th grade levels regarding Speak Up/Speak Out through a powerpoint presentation and discussion to explain how to responsibly utilize the SUSO App, what it means to feel threatened or unsafe at school, and school staff that students should reach out to in assisting with these issues. I have attached a parent letter with information regarding SUSO, which explains in more detail, how to get and utilize the app if you choose to do so.
The district winter assessment window will be starting next week for the NWEA MAP Growth. For grades 3rd-6th, MAP Growth assesses students in Reading, Math, and Language Usage. Students are assessed utilizing MAP Growth three times per year, fall, winter, and spring. The results of these assessments are analyzed to determine specific strength and need areas for grade levels and individual students.
The Niagara Lions Club will perform their annual vision screening on Tuesday, January 26th and Thursday, February 4th. They will screen grades 4K, 5K, 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 6th. Students will be able to opt-out if you choose. Please contact your child’s teacher if you do not want your child screened.
Thank you for your support, as always, in helping to keep our schools open to in person instruction. We continue to utilize best practice in mitigating risk, and we appreciate your patience and understanding. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Elementary office.
Florence Elementary Embraces the Holiday Spirit
Students at Florence Elementary enter the school every morning greeted by, not only school staff, but lots of Christmas decorations and holiday music! The students enjoy listening and singing to the music playing in the commons area while they eat breakfast and get ready for the day.
The 5th graders recently completed a “Mystery” Lab in Science class. They were learning about the properties of matter. They were trying to identify “mystery” substances during their lab. The students really enjoyed this “hands on” activity!
The Elementary students have been working very hard on recording their 2020 Christmas Concert. The final production will be available to watch on the district Facebook page and website around December 18th. It will be a special holiday treat for everyone!!!
6TH GRADE NUTRITION EDUCATION!!
Jeanne from the UW Extension Nutrition program recently visited our 6th Grade classrooms to talk about healthy beverage choices. For safety reasons, she was able to teach the nutrition lesson outside the classroom windows on a warm day, which we have been able to enjoy more of than usual this time of year. The remaining lessons are being recorded, so students will have access to them virtually at all grade levels.
STUDY SKILLS TIP OF THE MONTH!!!
Does your child have a workspace in an area of your home that is conducive to focused studying? Ask yourself if it is well-lit and away from other distractions. Keep helpful study supplies on hand in this area, like colorful post-its, pens, pencils, highlighters, and scrap paper. Encourage your child to take ownership over the area, and work on organizational skills by keeping it neat and ready for the next study session.
Holiday Days at Florence Elementary
The staff at the Elementary School decided that it would be fun to celebrate Holiday Days on December 21st-23rd. Each day has a theme, and some grade levels modified certain days. Some of the days include Monday (Ugly Christmas Sweater Day), Tuesday (Green and Red Day), and Wednesday (Pajama Day). Please check with your child’s teacher to see what the Holiday Days are for that grade level.
REMINDER: Please make sure that your child has snow pants, winter coat, hat, mittens, and boots for recess as the snow is coming and the temperatures are dropping!!
**Please let the Elementary office know if you need assistance with any of these items.
The students at Florence Elementary have a phenomenal support system for their social-emotional needs. From the beginning of the school year, guidance lessons have focused on rebuilding community and friendships, while paying close attention to the fears and anxieties that students have amidst this pandemic. Optional virtual weekly check ins have given students a way to share their thoughts and feelings in a non-threatening format. A big thank you goes out to Sara Foster (school psychologist), Zach Wedge and Alycia Kania (guidance counselors), and Eric Swanson (school social worker) for paying close attention to the needs of our students!!!!
Wishing All Florence School Families and the Community a Safe, Healthy, and Happy Holiday Season!!
From the Florence Elementary Staff