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THE PANTHER PRESS NOVEMBER 2013

Village Elementary School

2100 Northwest 70th Avenue, Sunrise Florida, 33313 Phone : 754-322-8750 Facsimile:754-322-8790 Web Address: village.browardschools.com 


Dear Parents/Guardians: We have just completed the first quarter of school and are anticipating another exciting and challenging quarter. As we move into the Common Core State Standards, our expectations and classroom assignments require you to become a more active participant in your child’s learning. Our expectations for students at Village Elementary School are high and this takes hard work and dedication from every student. This quarter, students will be working on their Science Fair Projects. We appreciate the support and encouragement you will give to your child. Please plan to attend some of our school wide activities and events as this will help your child succeed. Get involved and sign up to become a school volunteer at www.getinvolvedineducation.com. Respectfully Yours,

Deborah A. Peeples Deborah A. Peeples ! PAGE 1

Important Dates 4th Grade Field Trip – Charlotte’s Web November 11 No School – Veterans Day November 13 SAC/SAF/PTO Meetings @ 8:30 a.m. November 13 1st Quarter Report Cards Issued November 15 National Elementary Honor Society (NEHS) Induction Ceremony November 18 -19 Honor Roll and Awards Ceremony (2-5) November 22 Kids of Character Celebration November 27-29 No School – Happy Thanksgiving November 6


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Harvest Food Drive October 1 – November 15, 2013 “Let’s Can Hunger” Please donate the following items to our school’s Harvest Food Drive.  Gravy  Canned cranberry sauce  Canned fruits  Canned vegetables  Canned milk  Instant mashed potatoes  Canned chicken broth  Canned pumpkin puree

 Corn meal or corn muffin mix  Canned pie filling  Pie crust  Canned yams  Marshmallows  Stuffing mix  Macaroni  Foil pie pans  Foil roasting pans

Box Tops for Education Box$Tops$for$Education$is$a$ national$school$earnings$program$ that$has$been$around$since$1996.$$ Since$then,$schools$across$the$ country$have$earned$over$half$a$ billion$dollars$from$Box$Tops$to$ buy$whatever$they$need.$$You$can$ help$our$school$earn$money$by$ clipping$Box$Tops$,$found$on$ hundreds$of$products,$and$send$ them$to$school.$Each$Box$Top$is$ worth$10¢$for$our$school!$You$can$ visit$BTFE.com/marketplace$ before$you$shop$to$find$products$ with$Box$Tops.$

The goal of this food drive is to fight hunger in our schools and community. You can help by donating canned goods and nonperishable food items at school. We will also accept cash donations to purchase turkeys. No expired items please.

School Improvement Plan Village'Elementary'School'strives'for'continuous'growth'and'improvement.'Stay'up:to: date'on'our'school’s'improvement'goals'and'strategies'by'visiting'our'District’s'School' Improvement'website'at: 'http://www.broward.k12.fl.us/schoolimprove. ! PAGE 2


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School Advisory Council (SAC)

What$is$SAC? SAC$stands$for$School$Advisory$Council.$$School$ Improvement$is$an$absolute$priority$for$all$Broward$ County$schools.$$Every$school$has$a$school$Advisory$ Council$(SAC). Purpose: • Study$the$school's$track$record$and$come$up$with$ an$annual$plan$to$improve$education$in$vital$areas$ such$as:$$ • student$achievement • curriculum • safety$ • discipline • The$SAC$committee$provides$a$place$where$ parents$can$voice$their$opinions$and$provide$ suggestions.$ • $SAC$members$have$an$active$role$in$making$ decisions$that$will$best$serve$the$best$interest$of$all$ students.$$ • The$SAC$also$gives$parents$the$opportunity$to$ actively$participate$in$setting$goals$and$making$ plans$to$achieve$those$goals.$$ • SAC$allows$for$parents$to$identify$issues$that$need$ to$be$addressed$concerning$the$school$climate.

School Uniform Policy

Students$must$wear$uniforms$on$Mondays,$ Tuesdays,$Wednesdays$and$Thursdays,$but$on$ Fridays,$students$can$wear$their$Village$Panther$TV Shirts$or$their$favorite$outfit,$as$long$as$the$District$ Dress$Code$is$being$followed$(all$shirts$must$have$ sleeves$and$no$skin$can$be$exposed;$no$“shortV shorts,”$mini$skirts$or$midriffs).$$Also$they$can$dress$ according$to$the$designated$school$spirit$day.$$For$ example,$one$Friday$was$“Pink$Day,”$students$wore$ pink$for$Breast$Cancer$Awareness$Month.$Students$

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The'next'SAC'meeting'will'be'held'on' November'13,'2013 Village'Elementary:'Media'Center 8:30'a.m.

are$required$to$wear$their$red$uniform$shirts$or$red$ Panther$Shirts$for$field$trips.$$At$all$times,$students$ must$wear$closedVtoed$shoes$with$rubber$bottoms$ and$covered$heels—no$sandals$or$flipVflops.$$ Remember$our$school$uniform$colors$are$red,$white,$ black$and$khaki.$$Only$these$colors$will$be$ considered$in$accordance$with$the$uniform$policy. Students$in$the$S.T.A.M.P.$$Program$will$follow$their$ uniform$schedule.$$$


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Exceptional Student Education (ESE) ESE#Advisory#Council#Meeting#will#be#held#on# November#20th,#2013 Piper#High#School# 6:30#D#9:00#p.m. Please&feel&free&to&visit&the&ESE&Advisory&Council&Website&at& www.browardeseadvisory.com For&questions&or&concerns&you&may&contact&754A321A2252&or& email:&browardeseadvisory@gmail.com

Free Workshops for Parents Common%Core:%What%Parents%Need%to%Know

Presenter:'Kitt'Kelleher,'FDLRS'Program'Specialist With$the$transition$to$Common$Core$State$Standards,$teachers,$students$and$parents$alike$are$learning$ about$the$robust$standards$that$our$students$need$to$be$prepared$and$successful$for$college$and$ career.$This$overview$intended$for$parents$with$children$with$disabilities$will$provide$an$overview$of$the$ Common$Core$State$Standards$(CCSS),$resources$that$may$be$helpful$in$learning$more$about$the$ standards$and$practices,$as$well$as$ways$we$can$work$together$to$encourage$and$foster$positive$ learning$environments$through$this$transition.$HandsVon$activities$and$videos$will$be$presented$for$ parents$as$part$of$the$learning$process.

When:'November'16,'2013 Time:'9:30'to'11:00am Location:'Children'Services'Council 6600'W'Commercial'Blvd,'Tamarac,'FL'33319 Positive%Discipline:%Mutual%Respect%&%Problem%Solving

Presenter:'Lisa'Spencer:Hoo,'Ph.D. After$decades$of$research$focused$on$boasting$a$child’s$selfVesteem$to$maximize$success,$the$focus$has$ now$turned$to$developing$a$child’s$self$control$and$selfVdiscipline.$How$do$we$foster$selfVcontrol$and$ selfVdiscipline$in$the$home?$This$session$defines$discipline$from$a$positive$perspective,$introduces$ strategies$to$build$mutual$respect$between$parents$and$children,$and$includes$active$problemVsolving$ strategies.$Share$ideas$with$other$parents$and$develop$a$personalized$family$plan.

When:'November'21,'2013 Time:'6:00pm'to'7:30pm Location:'Davie'Elementary 7025'SW'39th'St.,'Davie'33314 ! PAGE 4


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S.T.A.M.P PROGRAM

(SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ARTS, MATHEMATICS & PREPARATORY)

!A!special!thank!you!to!the!dedicated!S.T.A.M.P.!families!that! attended!our!Open!House!on!October!16th,!it!was!a!great!success!!! Our!parents!got!a!chance!to!learn!about!the!activities!and!events! that!we!have!planned!for!this!school!year;!as!well!as!visit!their! children’s!classrooms!to!learn!about!the!S.T.A.M.P.!curriculum.!! S.T.A.M.P.!students!attended!a!field!trip!to!the!Museum!of! Science!and!Discovery.!!Students!enjoyed!a!lesson!on!force!and! motion!through!a!live!demonstration!and!a!multimedia! presentation.

5th Grade Kennedy Space Center Field Trip

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Guidance Department Congratulations!to!the!following!students!that!received!recognition!for! the!character!trait!“Responsibility”!during!the!month!of!October! Kindergarten Nehemiah!O. Trenten!S. Judherline!D. Hailey!D. 1st'Grade Ganajah!M. Saul!C. Elijiah!J. Genari!E. Hemawantie!N. Dante!S. 2nd'Grade Sariyah!J. Daryl!M. Shiann!P. Destiny!C. Paige!O.

3rd'Grade Jowinley!C. Zaynyah!C. Kadria!J. Ralph!D. 4th'Grade Reuben!L. Felicia!B. Xavier!L. Chanel!S. Kailyn!D. Shamar!P. 5th'Grade Daynia!R. Stephano!I. Tahniya!J. Janiel!D. Juvaine!C.!

Toys for Tots This year Village Elementary will participate in the Toys for Tots Foundation. The mission is to provide economically, disadvantaged children a toy during the holidays. Our school’s goal is to fill two, large boxes with unwrapped toys for this holiday season. Please help us to fill these boxes by dropping off an unwrapped toy, for a school-age child. The donation box is located in the front office.

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Ronald McDonald Visited PreKindergarten - Second Grade Ronald!McDonald!encouraged!our!kids!to!get!moving,!get! thinking!and!get!active!at!a!show!for!our!PreVKindergarten! through!Second!Grade!students.!!Ronald!McDonald!talked!to! our!students!about!the!importance!of!making!physical! activity!a!part!of!their!every!day!routines.!!

A Salute To Our Veterans Thank you for serving our country.

Red Ribbon Week The!week!of!October!21V24th!students!learned!about!living!a! drug!free!life.!!Students!participated!in!schoolVwide!activities! that!taught!them!the!importance!of!saying!no!to!drugs,! alcohol!and!tobacco.!!

Congratulations!to!Ms.!Perry’s!Class!for!winning! the!Drug!Free!Door!Decorating!Competition!

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Parent Teacher Communication

Parents,$please$be$mindful$that$teachers$cannot$ accept$phone$calls$during$class$sessions.$$ If$it$is$a$true$emergency,$please$contact$the$ office$at$754V322V8750,$and$they$will$make$the$ initial$contact$with$the$teacher.$Thank$you$for$ your$cooperation$in$this$matter. Parent Conferences Parents,$it$is$important$to$conference$with$your$ child's$teacher.$$A$conference$can$keep$you informed$of$your$child's$progress$and$identify$ any$areas$that$may$need$any$assistance.$$Please$ feel$free$to$contact$Ms.$Dickens$at$754V322V8750$ to$schedule$a$conference.

Volunteers

Some$volunteer$opportunities$available$this$year$are:

• Reading$Aloud$to$Students • Chaperoning$Field$Trips • Computer$Monitor/Assistant • Special$Projects$Helper • Bulletin$Board$Helper • Clerical$Duties$Helper Whether$you$are$a$student$seeking$community$ • Assisting$with$Science$Projects service$opportunities,$a$parent$or$grandparent$ seeking$to$become$more$involved$in$the$education$of$ • Helping$small$groups$of$student$readers your$children$or$grandchildren,$a$retired$or$senior$ citizen$seeking$an$outlet$for$your$talents,$ experiences,$and$skills,$or$a$corporation$wishing$to$ give$your$employees$greater$opportunity$to$be$ involved$in$their$community,$the$Village$Elementary$ School$Volunteer$Program$has$the$answer$to$your$ needs.$To$register$please$visit$ www.getinvolvedineducation.com. School$volunteers$are$extraVspecial$people.$$As$a$ volunteer$you$will$work$doing$activities$that$match$ your$skills,$or$even$learn$new$skills$while$helping$ students.$Any$contribution$will$make$a$difference.

The School Board of Broward County, Florida, prohibits any policy or procedure, which results in discrimination on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identify, gender expression, national origin, marital status, race, religion sex or sexual orientation. Individuals who wish to file a discrimination and/or harassment complaint may call the Executive Director, Benefits & EEO Compliance at 754-321-2150 or Teletype Machine (TTY) 754-321-2158. Individuals with disabilities requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008, (ADAAA) may call Equal Educational Opportunities (EEO) at 754-321-2150 or Teletype Machine (TTY) 754-321-2158.

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November newsletter 2013