Dear Parents/Guardians and Supporters of our children,
It is halfway through the school year and the excitement is building at EES with all the activities that are happening this school year. First and foremost I want to send a shout out to everyone for all the literacy work that has been done here. Teachers are using Calkins Writing Workshop and Fundations phonics along with significantly increased literacy time (180 minutes) to enhance our ELA program. Students are feverishly working on iReady lessons and their pictures go up on our walls as they reach 10, 25, 50 and even 100 lessons in Ready and Math! Results of these efforts are coming in and they are stunning. Our iReady scores are showing a huge increase and we have found a close tie in with AIR scores. In fact, 3rd grade AIR proficiency scores are almost triple what they have been in the past!
The Math Committee is busy building a framework that will allow us to closely monitor and build on the services that we are already providing. Parents, keep the 'Facts for 15' going at home. We want our students to know their facts as they build mathematical concepts! Students who complete their monthly Facts for 15 sheet are rewarded with very cool book bag charms. There is rumor of a year end reward for those who have kept up with their facts!!!!
Our PTO is going strong this year and have had many activites for our kids to participate in. Remember to check out their tab on the Elgin Elementary Website for minutes and events. This PTO is working closely with our Title 1 and 21st Century grants as our Parent Advisory Board. It is my goal to streamline our school and community in to one collaborate force. Together is INDEED better! If you haven't already, think about checking out the PTO and come to one of our monthly meetings. You will be glad you did!
We have a number of upcoming events where I hope we will see you. Our doors are open and we welcome the families of our students to join us as we work with these precious children.