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JACK STUART SCHOOL Phone #: 672 672-0880

Voice Message #: 672-0898

November 4, 2010

Issue #7

Tasty Treat by Holly McIndoe

CLASSROOM NEWS Class 2Han by Jonathon F. We are done patterns in Math and we are moving on to numbers to 100. We are learning about ordinal numbers. It is almost Remembrance Day. We’re also doing Operation Christmas Child and collecting toys for a boy from 5-9 years old.

Parent Volunteers Ryder’s grandma, Carissa Knockleby-Cornell, Cornell, Holly McIndoe, Cathy Pacholek, Jen Schneider, Sarah Baker, Mrs. Schoenberger. Reminder: There is a Parent Council Meeting on Wednesday, September 17th, in the school staffroom. Everyone is welcomed to attend.

Library News by Ms. Hanson Used book sale will be held Monday, November 29 and Tuesday, November 30. The sale will start at 12:15pm both days. All books will be 25¢ each.

Tasty Treat will be on November 23rd (not November 16th). The treat will be Granola ranola Marshmallow Treats and the cost will be 75¢ each. An order form will be sent next week. Please note: no late forms will be accepted and extras will not be ordered.

Important Dates November 8 November 10 November 11 November 12 November 15 November 16 November 17 November 18 November 19 November 20 November 23

Lifetouch Photo Retakes Remembrance Day Service – 10:30 am Remembrance Day – No School Day-In-Lieu Lieu of August PD – No School Day-In-Lieu Lieu of Interviews – No School Staff Meeting – Noon Dismissal Parent Council Meeting – 7:00 pm Hot Lunch – CMSA Report Cards ll Fun Day – Grades 5 & 6 Volleyball Tasty Treat Tuesday

** Next Newsletter November 18, 2010

Parent Teacher Interviews Student report cards will be sent home on Friday, November 19th. Parent-Teacher Teacher interviews, kindergarten through grade six at Jack Stuart School will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, November 23rd and 24th. Interviews will be conducted in the teacher’s own classroom. Please note that interview times will be scheduled between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. Interviews are scheduled every ten minutes and are intended to be a discussion about student learning. If you have other items to discuss that require more than ten minutes, please make arrangements for a different time. We expect that there will be questions about the new assessment procedure and report cards; we are happy to answer them as best we can. The ten minute interview time is not for this purpose. In addition to the updates that have been provided in the newsletters and at the parent night, more information will be made available on interview nights. Another parent information night is also being considered. Please record in the space provided on the bottom of this page, the name of your child(ren), the homeroom, and your preference for the date of the interview(s). We will make every attempt to ac accommodate commodate your request. Return this form to the school by Mon Monday, November 8, 2010. A note will accompany the student report, indicating the date and time of your scheduled interview(s). We look forward to meeting with you to discuss your child’s progress to this point in the school year. Parent Interview Request - November 2010 Person completing this form: __________________________

Student(s)

Homeroom

Preferred Date


BRSD Safety Information

November is Pedestrian Safety Month

Both drivers and pedestrians are responsible for safety. Pedestrians have the right of way in crosswalks, but also have the responsibility to cross safely.

Drivers: • When approaching an intersection or crosswalk be alert for pedestrians. • Watch for vehicles stopped or slowing in the lane next to yours. They may be yielding to a pedestrian. • Failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk carries a fine of $575 plus four demerit points. • Stay alert and slow down on residential streets, and through school and playground layground zones. Caution when backing up in school parking lots. • Do not be a distracted driver!

Pedestrians: • POINT, PAUSE and PROCEED PROCEED. Be alert at intersections and always look out for danger when crossing the street. • Make eye contact with drivers before you cross the street. • Be seen! Wear bright coloured or reflective clothing especially when it is dark. Don’t text/phone or listen to music while walking in parking lots or crossing streets. s • • Follow traffic signs and signals. They are in place for your safety. Be careful out there! Police Officers in Alberta have bee been n directed to be extra vigilant about giving tickets for crosswalk violations and jaywalking during Pedestrian Safety Month. Mo


ASSESSMENT AND REPORT CARD UPDATE You will have noticed updates in our newsletters regarding assessment and reporting in Battle River School Division.

SIGNIFICANT CHANGES TO REPORT CARDS FOR 2010-2011: •

In BRSD, kindergarten achievement will be reported as Beginning, Developing and Achieving. LEVEL (ECS)

DESCRIPTION

Beginning BEG Developing DEV Achieving ACH

Skill / learner outcome is emerging with direct support. Evidence indicates a beginning level of understanding. Skill / learner outcome is emerging with minimal support. Evidence indicates a basic level of understanding. Demonstrates skill / learner outcome independently and consistently. Evidence indicates a solid level of understanding.

Not Yet Assessed NYA

Skill / learner outcome has not yet been introduced and/or assessed.

Think of it as a progression from… Getting started Starting to get it Got it

In Grades 4-6 achievement will no longer be reported in percentages and there will be no class averages. Achievement in Grades 1-6 will be communicated in 4 levels: Beginning, Developing, Achieving and Excelling. LEVEL Grade 1-9 Beginning BEG Developing DEV

Achieving ACH Excelling EXC

Missing Evidence MEV

DESCRIPTION

At this level, the evidence of learning shows a student has beginning understanding of the learner outcomes. Evidence shows there is not yet full understanding or ability to apply the concepts being taught. The evidence does not yet meet the standards for grade level. At this level, the evidence of learning shows a student has a basic, developing understanding of the learner outcomes. Evidence shows the student is not yet demonstrating a complete ability to apply the concepts being taught. The evidence meets the acceptable standard for grade level. At this level, the evidence of learning indicates a solid understanding of the learner outcomes. Evidence is accurate and well thought out. The evidence capably demonstrates the acceptable standard for grade level. At this level, the evidence of learning indicates a convincing, in-depth understanding of the learner outcomes. Evidence is perceptive and indicates an ability to apply the learning in varied situations. The evidence skillfully demonstrates the acceptable standard for grade level.

Think of it as a progression from… Getting started

Starting to get it

Got it

Really got it!

This statement indicates that there is not enough evidence or the evidence is too incomplete for assessment to take place.

Please be patient with us at the school as we embark on our own learning journey of putting these changes into effect. We are at the BEGinning level of this process ourselves but are working hard to implement these changes and make it work.


BEGinning I’m having trouble with this I need help to get it right I don’t usually get this on my own I am still working on it

DEVeloping I am starting to understand Most of the time I need a little bit of help I sometimes get this right This is still a little confusing to me

ACHieving I understand I can do this without help most of the time I usually get this right Sometimes I need a reminder of what to do

EXCelling I understand this really well I can do this without help I can do it every time I can explain how I got my answer I could teach it to someone else


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