We're at the end of another productive week in the elementary school. Our students continue to arrive each day with smiles on their faces and warm greetings for their classmates and teachers.
Teachers and students engaged in reading, writing and math workshops routines this week as they brainstormed topics that they could write about, reviewed strategies for selecting "just right" books for reading and deepened their understanding of mathematical practices.
New friendships are developing and our new students look like "old-timers" as they easily move through the routines and transitions here at AISJ. Our counselor, John Gaston, held new student lunches this week so that he could check in to see how they are adjusting to their new school. He received a great deal of positive feedback from our new students.
School Photos: School and class photos were taken this week of all elementary school students. If your child was absent, or will be arriving later this school year, we will take make up photos on February 3rd, 2020.
Meet and Greet Conferences: Our last Meet and Greet Conferences will be held this afternoon. A big thank you to all parents who were able to come to campus to meet with your child's teacher. The teachers greatly appreciate the opportunity to learn more about their students from the people who know them best.
Open House: The elementary school Open House evening will be held on Thursday, September 5th. A more detailed schedule will be sent out next week. We hope that you can mark your calendars now as this is a great opportunity to learn more about the curriculum and instructional approaches used here in the elementary school.
Co-Curricular Activities: Our season 1 co-curricular program will begin on Monday, August 26th for students in grades one to five. Teachers will assist with getting students to the Gould's Gym to meet their instructors each day, but it is also helpful if you remind students of their co-curricular activities before they leave home each morning.
Updating and Confirming Demographic Information in PowerSchool: We ask that all parents check, update if necessary, and confirm address, phone and medical information for each child in PowerSchool.
Steps on how to do so:
1. Log onto PowerSchool. Click on your child's name. Click 'Forms/Signups' (towards the bottom of the navigation panel on the left). Click 'Demographic Update'.
2. Review, and update if necessary, the data listed on the 'Address,' 'Parents,' 'Emergency Contact' and 'Medical' tabs.
3. For each tab, even if you made no changes, check the confirmation at the bottom of the screen, and 'Submit.'
4. If you have more than one child, click on their name, and follow the steps above - you will need to re-enter changes for each child.
Phone numbers and email addresses: It is critical that phone numbers and email addresses are entered correctly, as per the examples indicated. If not entered correctly, AISJ cannot guarantee parents will receive SMS and/or email messages.
Do not enter text into phone fields. Do not enter more than one phone number in a phone field, or more than one email address in an email field.
Upcoming Events: Please make note of the following events:
Monday, August 26th: Co-Curricular Activities begin
Thursday, September 5th: ES Open House (5:30: specialist teachers are available, 6:00: parent welcome, 6:10: grade level presentations)
Friday, September 6th: Early Release, 1:30 pm
Monday, September 9th: Faculty Inservice Day (No school for students)
Friday, September 20th: Arts Fest/Heritage Day
I hope you all have an enjoyable weekend with your children.