Monthly Letter to Parents
Dear Parents and Guardians:
The end of the year is fast approaching. Spring fever has hit, and hopefully, the cold weather is long gone. While we are in the last quarter and winding down, teachers and students are busy bees in their classrooms. Listed below are some of the activities and celebrations coming up this spring.
CELEBRATIONS Congratulations to our 5-8 Hall County Spelling Bee participants: Aryanna Warner placed third overall; Bishop Placke and Bailey Mettenbrink won their grade level in the written competition; and Emma Pearson qualified for the oral competition. Multiple students participated in the Northwest District Quiz Bowl competition at Cedar Hollow. Warriors Team members Aryanna Warner, McKenna Watson, Brennan Semm, Parker Janky, Emma Pearson and Collin Quandt garnered second place. Beast Team members Mason Janky, Maddie Pierce, Travis Houdek, Landon Zentz, Joey Holling and Noah Anderson secured fourth place. We are super proud of both teams and Mrs. Eirick’s coaching!
ACADEMICS In April, students in grades 3-8 will take the Nebraska State Assessment (NeSA). The assessment measures student proficiency levels in math, reading and science based on the Nebraska State Standards. We are confident in our students’ abilities and the hard work teachers have put in preparing our students. We recognize this is only one piece of information, which helps guide our instruction, and not the sole measurement of your child’s growth. Please encourage your children to do their best and set goals as they do in life. We ask that you please make sure they are in attendance on days we are administering the assessment. By law, all enrolled students must take the assessment. Please make sure your child is getting a good night’s sleep and eating a healthy breakfast as research shows increase performance in all subject matters. Testing days for each grade level will be posted on the April calendar.
SPRING CONCERT We are trying something a little different this year with the K-8 spring concert. The concert will be on Mon., April 20, in the NORTHWEST HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM at 7 p.m. In an effort to provide enough seating, a comfortable climate, and a one-night event, we decided to move the concert to the Northwest auditorium. The evening will be similar to the winter concert in December. Mr. Pearson will provide more details as the date approaches.
KINDERGARTEN ROUNDUP 1-R will host kindergarten roundup on Tues., April 14, at 6:30 p.m. If you plan to have your son or daughter begin their 1-R experience as a kindergartner next year, please contact Mrs. Meis as soon as possible. If you know of someone who does not have siblings at 1-R who should be notified please share this information with them.
2015-16 REGISTRATION will take place on from 2-6 p.m. on TUES., MAY 14, and THURS., MAY 14. In efforts to alleviate one more trip to 1-R during the summer, we are providing these registration days and times. Our goal is for you come before you pick up your child to complete the necessary paperwork. This way, you won’t have to make another trip to school and can focus on your summer plans. Watch for updates, but please mark your calendars!
PTO Thank you to the PTO for another great morning with our “Breakfast Buddies.” Donuts and juice hit the spot! The PTO is planning the spring flower fundraiser. Tentative selling dates are March 30 through April 8. More information will be coming home with your child. The goal is to have the flowers delivered before Mother’s Day. The funds earned will go toward new tables for events and lunchroom serving. Another 1-R goal is to acquire around 15-20 more Chromebooks so middle school students are one-to-one in the fall. We are also looking to put some better quality basketball hoops on the playground. Thank you for your continued support!
CONGRATULATIONS I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Mrs. Eirick and Mr. Zink on their retirements from 1-R and the Northwest district. Thank you for all the dedicated years of service enhancing students lives personally, academically and socially. Each of you has carried out the Northwest mission of “Maximizing learning for all students while fostering a safe learning environment that promotes positive citizenship.” You will be truly missed by students, staff and parents. It has been my privilege to work with each of you this past year. We wish you all the best in retirement, with family, enjoying life and future endeavors! Thank you for making a difference!
Please do not hesitate to stop by the office or call me at 385-6352 if you need assistance or have questions.