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Monthly Letter to Parents

Dear Parents and Guardians,

It is hard to believe we are done with parent teacher conferences and almost through the first quarter of the 2014-15 school year. We are off to a fantastic start at 1-R! Students and staff are settling in to the daily routines and rigors of learning. I cannot say enough about how impressed I am with the 1-R and Northwest community in my short tenure as principal. I want to thank everyone for the warm welcome, support and patience as I transition in my new role. While I have met many of you over the past few weeks, I look forward to building relationships with all of the 1-R community, supporting you and your children in the learning process. I promise I will eventually get parents’ and students’ names down. Right now, I am working on the 166 students in the building.

New Staff  Please welcome Mrs. Deb Boroff to the district. Mrs. Boroff serves as the K-8 counselor for the Northwest district. She has served in the education field in Kearney, Overton, Cozad, and the Skills Program in Grand Island Public Schools. Mrs. Boroff brings a wealth of knowledge and skills to her new role at 1-R. Please feel free to contact her if you need support for your children at school. She is at 1-R on Mondays but will gladly make contact with you via phone or email if you need her assistance.

PTO Activities  Thank you to the PTO for its continued support at 1-R. The PTO recently purchased 22 new iPads and two carts for classroom instruction. The PTO hosted the back-to-school night nacho bar and open house in August and a recent skate night. In addition, I would like to personally thank the PTO for hosting the meet-the-principal breakfast on August 15. Currently, it is working with the other elementary PTOs to sponsor family bowling nights at SuperBowl. This has happened rather suddenly, and one event has already taken place. If you missed last Friday, there will be five more family bowling opportunities this year. Dates will be posted on calendars, and flyers will be sent home a week in advance. This month, the PTO will host a trunk-or-treat on Sun., Oct. 26, from 4 to 5 p.m. in the 1-R parking lot. Come with your car, van or SUV trunk decorated however you wish and share a game and some goodies. This will be a fun opportunity for students to dress up and see their friends’ costumes! Set up is 3:30 to 4 p.m.

Chromebooks  1-R received 26 Chromebooks from the Northwest district. The Chromebooks will be primarily used with middle school students. Teachers have been working on establishing Google Classroom to share out instruction. Students have quickly adapted to this new learning tool and seem highly engaged. The Chromebooks will open many other doors for students and teachers to engage in the learning and instructional process.

After School Program  Third City Christian has agreed to work with 1-R on their Connect After School Program. This program is for K-5 students. Connect will pick up children after school and take them to Third City Christian where they will engage in activities until you can pick them up by 6 p.m. Jason Newman is the contact/director at Third City. Jason presented and answered questions at the September PTO meeting. Flyers and registration packets were also available to pick up at parent-teacher conference. We still have a few registration packets; otherwise, you may contact Third City Christian. You will need to complete the packet and return to Third City Christian ASAP. They would like to start providing service in early October, but they need to know how many students to determine transportation needs. If you have questions please contact: Jason Newman by phone at 308-381-3601 or by E-mail at connect@thirdcitychristian.org

Digital Safety  On Wed., Oct. 29, all Northwest students will have the opportunity to hear Karen Haase speak on Digital Citizenship. Karen is an extremely engaging and honest speaker. She presents on the positives of being digitally safe in the 21st century. Karen will also be doing a presentation for parents that evening at 7 p.m. at Northwest High School. I highly recommend all parents attend this presentation. Mrs. Haase’s topic will be “Parenting in a Digital World.” Karen will discuss the importance of parents being involved in their child’s digital world whether it is online safety, social media, electronic communication or cyber bullying. These are vitally important issues we as educators and parents need to be aware of.

Conferences  I would like to thank everyone for coming to parent teacher conferences. We had a 93-percent parent participation rate at 1-R, which is awesome! At 1-R, we believe your child’s education is a true partnership between school and home. Our goal is to engage all students in a positive learning environment, so they reach their fullest potential. Please feel free to communicate with your child’s teacher or me at any time so we can collaboratively achieve your child’s goal. PowerSchool is also a great way to stay up with your child’s grades, attendance and lunch balances. Parents of students in grades 5-8 should have received login and access information at conferences. If you have questions please contact the office.

Security  Doors at 1-R will continue to be locked. If you need to come to school, please call ahead so we can meet you at the door. Please inform grandparents or any relatives who may not be familiar with this information. The school number is posted on the exterior door. Doors will be locked at 8:02, and your child will be counted as tardy. It is important that students arrive on time each day as we teach them the importance of time management. While we understand things come up, it is critical we model the behaviors society expects. Learning is taking place from the start of the day, along with lunch counts, daily announcements and events.

Book Fair  A big thank you to Mrs. Marble and everyone who helped her with the book fair. Thank you parents and students for your support of the book fair. Total sales of $3,321 netted 1-R school almost $1,900 in books for the library and the classroom teachers’ libraries! The best reading instruction is a child picking up their favorite book and reading. Parents, encourage your child to read at home daily for 10 or 15 minutes. Make it a family event, whether everyone is reading or taking turns reading line-by-line, paragraph or page—just READ, READ, READ!!!!

NeSA  I would like to celebrate and recognize some outstanding academic performances by our 1-R students. Each spring students across the state of Nebraska take the NeSA assessment. This assessment is a measurement of a student’s mastery of skills in reading, writing, mathematics, and science deemed by the Nebraska State Standards. Our goal is that all students meet those standards at the proficiency level. I would like to congratulate eight students at 1-R who not only showed proficiency but had a PERFECT score! The following students had perfect scores in one or more subject area.

Eighth:    Aryanna W., math

Seventh: Blake B., reading and math; Grady G., math; Megan S., reading; Landon Z., reading

Sixth:      Joseph H., science; Parker J., reading and math; Emma P., reading

Congratulations, and we are proud of all Rebel students! Parents of students in grades 3-8 received a copy of their child’s NeSA scores at conferences.

Road Work  I wish I had a completion date to share with you for our road construction and paving, but I do not. What I can tell you is that when it is completed, it will be very nice having a paved road directly to 1-R. I appreciate everyone’s patience with this inconvenience. Our first and foremost priority is our children’s safety, so thank you very much for your efforts. We will evaluate the traffic flow upon completion of the construction to see if traffic flows change and create any bottlenecks. Keep you posted!

If you have questions about anything, please feel free to stop in or call the office at 385-6352. I will assist however I can.
















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