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February Newsletter
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Please see the February Newsletter below.  Have a great weekend!

February 10, 2017

Good Afternoon,

I hope you are well.  It is hard to believe that we surpassed the 100th day of school for pre-first, first, and second grade students on Wednesday.  The year seems to be flying by!

Have a great weekend.  

Kevin LaCoste

The Things Kids Say/Do
This morning two students came to my office to do morning announcements.  As they walked in I said, “who do we have here with me to do morning announcements.”  With smiles as big as can be the students stated their names and announced “we're best friends, we love playing math games together.”

As I walked through classes today a student walked over to me to show me the Valentines bag he had decorated.  Before I could respond, his classmate said with excitement “wow, that is really awesome.”  

Important Dates
February 14th: Valentine's Day
February 15th: School Advisory Council Meeting
February 17th: Crazy Hat or Hat Spirit Day
February 17th: Community Mtg.
February 20th-24th: Winter Break-No School
March 6th: Kindergarten Registration 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
March 7th: Kindergarten Registration 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ~
March 9th: PTO Meeting
March 10th: Trimester 2 Marks Close
March 10th: Tie Dye Spirit Day
March 15th: School Advisory Council Meeting
March 16th: Early Release Professional Development
March 24th: ~Grade 2 Music Performance - Parents 1:45PM
March 29th: Parent Teacher Conferences-2 hour delay
March 30th: No School-Parent Teacher Conferences 2:00-8:00

Kindergarten Registration 2017-2018
It is that time of year where we begin planning for the upcoming school year.  Kindergarten Registration for students turning 5 years old on or before September 1st has been scheduled for March 6th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and March 7th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Parents/Guardians are invited to register their child/children for the upcoming school year. Please help us spread the word to those families new to Robinson School.

Care to Read
During our next Community Meeting on Friday, February 17th we will introduce our next Care to Read book to students.  The book, titled “Say Something,” by author Peggy Moss teaches students to be upstanders (to say something) if they observe children being mean or bullying others.   As always, Mrs. Kane and I will read the book to students and engage them in conversations about this topic.

We welcome Mrs. Terrio (guidance) back from her recent leave of absence and thank Mrs. Rivet for filling in for her during this leave.  Mrs. Rivet will be staying with us until February vacation to assist in the transition.  

Parent-Teacher Conferences
Our March conferences will be offered on two days: Wednesday, March 29th from 9:00-11:00 and Thursday March 30th from 2:00-8:00. ~Kindergarten (Cecere only) will have additional conference times available on Friday, March 31st from 9:30-2:30. ~We will once again use our online scheduling program called Sign Up Genius. ~More information regarding when and how to sign up for conferences will be sent at a later date.  

School Store:
School Store for students in second grade will take place on Tuesday, February 14th March 14th.   School Store for students in pre-first and first grade will take place Tuesday, February 28th and Tuesday, March 28th.  

Robinson School Musicals: Mark Your Calendars
It is that time of year where Mrs. Oliver and the students begin preparing for our annual musicals.  In my first year as Principal I heard over and over again how excellent the musicals have been over the years at Robinson.  After not only watching them in action but also participating in them (I starred as the Grinch is last year's 2nd grade musical) I can see why everyone looks forward to them each year.  After much discussion and input from students the following musicals will be performed:

  • “Colors: We're Better Together” will be performed by second grade students Friday, March 24, 2017 at 1:45.  The musical is about a box of crayons learning to get along.
  • “America: Of Thee We Sing" will be performed by pre-first and first grade students on Friday, May 5, 2017 at 1:45.
School Advisory Council
Our next SAC Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 15th at 4:00.  The council is currently working on the development of a survey for parents regarding their experiences and interests relative to Curriculum Nights, which are held each year in September.

Additionally, parents have often requested additional information/presentations on a wide-range of topics such as social-emotional learning, reading strategies, math implementation, etc.  We will use this survey to also gather information on the topics parents/guardians would like to know more about to assist us in developing workshops/presentations for the future.  

During our next PTO (Thursday, February 16th) we will discuss the following agenda items:
  • Art Show Volunteers
  • Joining Crisafulli in the Spring Fest
  • School Store Update
  • Star Reader Program
  • Box Tops
The following are the remaining Academic Enrichment Programs for the school year:
  • Day in Ghana
  • Live Animals: Presented by Michelle Menagerie
  • Bubbleology
Thanks to the generous donations received from the Race for Education, each grade level will now be able to schedule two Academic Enrichment Programs (versus one) during the 2017-2018 school year!  Additionally, we are utilizing these funds to purchase more iPads for teachers and have since received a quote for improving the audio and visual equipment in the cafeteria.  Since the school met its goal relative to fundraising, we will hold a school-wide dance party on Friday, May 19th at 2:00.  We decided that in order for us to dance together as a school the event required a bigger space (outside) than we were able to accommodate inside.   

Did You Know?
We installed a water bottle filling station in our cafeteria!  This allows students to easily fill water bottles to help keep them hydrated throughout the day while helping to reduce waste!

Kevin LaCoste
Col. Robinson Elementary School
Twitter: @WPSRobinsonElem

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