Dear Lansberry Elementary Family,

I want to thank you all for your contribution to our highly successful beginning to the 2014- 2015 school year. It has been amazing! Our enrollment is up and disciplinary referrals are down. Your participation in our many parenting events has shown your continuing interest in doing whatever it takes for our kids to be successful.

We have several new or continuing campus-wide initiatives that are extremely important to the success of our kids academically speaking. On the new side, please take the time to ask your child, “what are the Daily 5?” A few good leading questions would be, “what was your class’ stamina in Reading today?” or “who did you partner read with today during read-with someone?” You might ask, “what is KKEE?” or “what is IPICK?” Basically, we are trying to build more independence and responsibility into our students in a positive and fun manner. If you would like to know more, I encourage you to read The Daily Five and The CAFÉ Book by Gail Boushey & Joan Moser. All of our professional staff have been trained and would be happy to explain it to you as well. Another initiative new to our campus is the orange Tiger Folder. Each student should have his/her own Tiger Folder donated to us by the PTA. Depending upon the grade level, they come home on a specific day of each week to serve as an additional communication tool between the school and home. Please check for this folder every week. There should always be something important in it for you!

A continuation initiative from last year is in the area of reading. I challenged the kids last year to come up with 45,000 Reading Counts points and I would let Mrs. Cassidy cut my hair during school one day. Unfortunately, they came up a little short at 40,000 points which is up from less than 25,000 in 2012-2013. I am renewing this challenge but also adding an intermediate challenge of 25,000 before Christmas. Please help us at home by having them read at least 30 minutes every night. As they become really good readers, all of the math, science, writing, and social studies will come much easier. Another way that you can help at home is mastery of their math facts. Depending upon their grade level, please make sure that our children know their math facts on demand (we call this ‘with automaticity’). Their math tests will be much more multi-step word problem driven. If they have to stop and calculate their math facts, they will get bogged down quickly. On the new initiative side, you might ask your 3rd or 4th grade student what the TOAD days are in November. We are building two days into the calendar right before Thanksgiving to work exclusively with our kids in these grade levels on outdoor, hands-on science activities. As you can see, we have a lot of stuff going on at LES. Nothing is more important to us than the success of our kids! Please feel free to come and be a part or just call for more information.

Dr. B (Dr. Steve Brownlee, EdD)

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