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    December 2017 Newsletter from Ms. Klainer

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    Family Conferences

    Thank you for your participation in our Family Conferences this past November. It is always exciting to share the amazing work and growth students are demonstrating each day. We really appreciate your partnership. Report cards will come home on Friday, December 15. Please feel free to contact your teacher should you have questions regarding the academic program, ways to support your student at home and/or ways to volunteer in the classroom/school.

    Book Fair December 1 – December 5

    The Viewlands Book Fair will be open from December 1 – December 5. The theme is BOGO – Buy One, Gift One. Families can purchase a book and then “gift” a book to the classroom. Staff will then either add to the classroom library and/or gift to others needing books. We can use volunteers to help with check-out, wrapping stations and helping students/families find books. Please contact Ms. Myles if interested. The schedule for the Book Fair is as follows:

    • Friday, December 1, 2:30 - 7:00 (ending after movie night)
    • Monday, December 4, 10:30 - 11:30 and 2:30 - 3:30
    • Tuesday, December 5, 10:30 - 11:30 and 2:30 - 3:30

    Global Reading Challenge Grades 4 and 5

    On November 1, Viewlands Elementary officially launched the 2018 Global Reading Challenge with our fourth and fifth graders. The Global Reading Challenge is sponsored by the Seattle Public Libraries and is intended to encourage students to have fun and enjoy reading. Our students have already begun voraciously reading the books. Based on recommendations from the fifth grade students, Ms. Klainer is currently reading “Stella by Starlight” with her book club. After reading the 10 selected books, students participate as teams in a Quiz Bowl game. Our In-School challenge is scheduled for February 14, 2018. The winning Viewlands team will participate in Regional Finals between February 27 and March 9. Visit the Viewlands library or your local Seattle Public Library for the current booklist.

    Kindergarten MAP Testing:

    Kindergarten students will be taking the Measurements of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment December 4 – December 13. The MAP assessment is taken on a computer and typically requires about an hour each for math and reading. The assessment measures a student's developing skills through a series of questions that adapt to the child’s level of learning. Research on MAP indicates the results are highly accurate. The results help teachers measure growth and determine whether a student may need more support or more challenge. The results also may be a factor in Advanced Learning eligibility determinations. Please speak with your student’s teacher if you have questions regarding the schedule.

    Clothing Donations:

    The Viewlands Nurse office requests donations of all elementary sizes of pants please. If you have some that your student has outgrown, please feel free to drop off. Elastic waist boys sweatpants or girls leggings are most adaptable. We could also use some more socks, especially in the 3rd-5th grade size range. Rain coats with hoods in excellent condition are always welcome as well! At this time we do not need shirts of any kinds.


    Upcoming Dates:

    December 1 - 5 - Book Fair

    December 4 - 14 - Kindergarten MAP Testing

    December 14 - Triton Day (No VCATS)

    December 15 - One Hour Early Dismissal, Progress Reports to Come Home with Students

    December 18 - January 1 - Winter Break

    January 18 - New Families Open House

    Have a Safe, Kind and Helpful day!

    In Partnership,

    Amy Klainer