Dear Walls Family,
Spring has arrived, but someone forgot to tell the
We see some definite changes in our students during this time of year. While teachers are trying to capture the last stretch of instructional time, our students want more than anything to be outside and having fun. Please encourage your child to continue to work to his/her fullest potential, even when he/she feels frustrated with the challenges of learning. The greatest amount of growth usually takes place when students have to work the hardest at something, and that is such an important part of learning!
As most of you are aware, we start each day of with our morning announcements. We take time to celebrate birthdays, and we give SHOUT OUTS to teachers and students who others have recognized as living our Walls PALS principles throughout their day. It is such a great way to celebrate the positives in our world and show students that even the smallest acts of kindness do not go unnoticed. We close our announcements with a few moments of mindfulness so that students can focus and reflect on themselves and open their mind for learning.
The Ohio State Tests (grades 3-5) are upon us, and we know that even the word “testing” brings anxiety to many students. We are excited for them to “show what they know,” as the school year winds down. As a mother, I know that kids do not share the same
sentiment … it can be such a stressful experience. We will encourage and support them at school. Remind them to let someone know if they are experiencing test anxiety, and we can give them strategies to use. Mrs. Slater, our school counselor, is an outstanding resource in this area.
Attached to this newsletter is a calendar of our school’s assessment dates. It is also available on the district website. I would ask that you 1) review the information thoroughly and 2) mark your calendar with assessment days that apply to your child. Refer to this calendar and outline when scheduling daytime appointments and other things that could impact attendance. I am happy to answer any questions about state assessments.
As always, we ask that you pay special attention to information that is coming home in your child’s folder. This time of year is filled with fun activities and important dates, and we wouldn’t want anyone to miss anything!
Below, you will find a list of upcoming dates and events. Please call the office if you have any questions, and thank you for your continued support of your child’s education!
Heidi B. Singer
Principal, Walls Elementary School
DATES TO REMEMBER!
April 11, 7:00 p.m. — Kindergarten Registration
April 12, 7:00 p.m. — Spring Program
April 30-May 4 — Right to Read Week
May 4 — PTO Race for Education
May 11 — School Carnival
May 15 — COSI visit
May 18 — Awards Assembly
9:30 Grades K-2; 10:15 Grades 3 and 4
May 21 — Field Day
May 22, 1:15 p.m. — Fifth Grade Graduation
May 23 — Last day of School!