March15 Newsletter - 186 Street Elementary School

186th Street Elementary School
A Hoot of News
March 2015
Owl Pride: “On the Hunt for Wisdom through Education”
Marcia Sidney-Reed, Principal
Taryn Takaki-Shimizu, Assistant Principal, EIS
Sharon Ishii, Instructional Specialist
Message from the Principal…
Student of the Month
Dear Parents,
Where, oh where has our school year gone? The time is moving along
rapidly and it seems like we just got started a few days ago. Can you
believe it is already time to start planning for the 2015-2016 school year,
testing is just around the bend, and spring break is next month?
Parent/teacher conferences are scheduled for March 2nd to March 6th.
Report cards will be given at the conference. It is important for you to
stay in contact with your child’s teacher. The teachers will be discussing
your child’s academic progress and whether he or she should be
promoted to the next grade level. It is important for you, as the parent, to
know if your child is meeting grade-level standards. Students who are
not meeting the standards for the grade level are at risk of repeating the
grade. We want all students to be successful in school. Communication
between school and home is very important to your child’s success.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to
contact me or your classroom teacher at (310) 324-1153. Here’s to a
happy hootin’ springtime with improved student achievement. Hoot!
Hoot! Hooray!
Marcia Sidney-Reed
Parent Involvement Opportunities…
March 2nd – March 6th Parent Conferences – 1:55 p.m. dismissal
March 2nd 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Family Arts-n-Crafts
March 3rd
March 3rd , 10th, 17th & 24th 9:00- 11:00 a.m. Madres Activas
March 6th
8:30 a.m.
ELAC Meeting
March 6th 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Reading Pajama Party/Movie
March 12th 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Owl Parent Institute
March 13th
10:00 a.m. PTA Meeting
March 19th 8:30 a.m. Shake 2015 – Emergency Lockdown Drill
March 19th 3:00 p.m. Owl Peace Leadership Team Meeting
March 23rd 6:00 p.m. Tea Time to Talk to the Principal/SSC
March 24th 6:00 p.m. 5th Grade Parents’ Culmination Meeting
March 25th Spring and Culmination Pictures by LifeTouch
March 30th –April 6th Spring Break and Cesar Chavez Holiday –
School Closed
We are happy to salute our outstanding citizens for the month of
February. These students are being recognized for being excellent role
models for citizenship, sportsmanship, and leadership.
Pre-Kindergarten: Dominic Rosales, Ashley Gonzalez, Adam Duarte,
Mayte Clemente, Anabell Hernandez, Daisy Rojas, Kalyx Nipales, and
Milly Zapata
Kindergarten: Alan Soriano, Luna Cruz, Isaiah Vazquez, Isabel Powers,
Noah Castro, Arianna Lawrence, Edgar DeLeon, Catherine Gutierrez,
Destinee Lumapas, Gabriel Mot, Hannah Perez, Noah Ornelas, and Ayah
First Grade: Daniel Salcido, Zoee Ryan, Joseph Rodriguez, Hillary
Mendoza, Christian Molina, Nalani Orozco, Monica Chuc, QQ (Lanxin
Xu), Bridget Molina, Rehyanna Tauala, Erik Gonzalez, and Lyric
Second Grade: Junior Perez, Alondra Alvarez, Andrew Lopez, Karina
Reyes, Jesse Rivera, Adam Garcia, Sergio Ocegueda, Joselyn Baez,
Alyssa Aguirre, Martin Carbajal, Fernando Hernandez, and
Briseis Morales
Third Grade: Wendy Iturriaga, Victor Hernandez, Johnell Hames,
Rayven Smith, Dennis Yanes, Jalyn Ware, Jose Martinez, Melanie
Rodriguez, Emiliano Diaz, Unique Lyons, Bryan Medina, and Amy
Fourth Grade: Jair Flores, Haley Yates, Rodolfo Gonzalez, Kimberly
Knights, Kale Nipales, Katelynne Galloway, Jocelyn Membrila, D’arco
Ahumada, Collin White, and Danny Candelas
Fifth Grade: Juan Arellan, Zeinab Sandu, Emmanuel Delgado, Jocelyn
Bautista, Robert Miklo, Giselle Santisteban, Jahir Cipriano, Janette
Cortez-Ricano, Jordan Faison, and Briana Perez
Character Word of the Month
The word for the month is citizenship. Citizenship is doing your share
to make our school and community better. This means cooperating with
others, getting involved in community affairs, staying informed, voting,
being a good neighbor, obeying laws and rules, respecting authority, and
protecting the environment. Teach your children to be good citizens by
following all the school rules and respecting the rights and property of
others. If we foster good citizenship, our communities will be safer and
happier places to live.
Book of the Month
In our quest to build our students’ vocabulary and academic
language, we are continuing our tradition of all classrooms
for March is Each Kindness, an award-winning book written
and illustrated by Jacqueline Woodson. This book, with its powerful antibullying message, was recommended by the Peace First Team. The story
Testing is coming…
is a a group of girls who won’t play with the new girl, Maya. Every time
Mark your calendars for our upcoming testing program. Students in grades Maya tries to play with Chloe and her friends, they reject her. As a result
3-5 will take the new Smarter Balanced online assessment as a practice test
of their unkindness, Maya stops coming to school. Chloe’s teacher gives a
this year. Please make a special effort to have your child come to school on
lesson about how even small acts of kindness can change the world and
time and ready to soar:
Chloe thinks about how she lost an opportunity for friendship, and realizes
March 1st – March 27th Grade 5
how much better it could have been if she had shown a little kindness to
March 11 - 12
Grade 2
Maya. Our children will learn that kind acts, no matter how big or small,
April 13 - May 22
Grades 3 – 5 Smarter Balanced Test
can help make the world a better place for all of us to live.
May 4th – May 15th
Grade 5
CST Science Test
Testing Tips for Success…
Encourage your child to take responsibility for
homework and class study.
Help your child learn how to find information
Praise your child for work done well.
Make sure your child has breakfast at home or at school.
Make sure your child has enough sleep at night.
Avoid any unnecessary absences during the testing period.
Avoid any tardies. Testing will begin at 8:30. Students who are tardy to
school will not be permitted to enter the classroom until the testing is
Shake 2015
Our annual spring emergency earthquake drill is
scheduled for Thursday, March 19, 2015. This is a
time for our students to practice emergency procedures
in the event of a real emergency. The children will participate in
schoolwide lockdown. Please discuss emergency procedures for
your home as well. Make sure you have a designated meeting place
for the family in the event of a real emergency. March is safety
Check us out on Facebook…
186th Street School has a facebook page featuring many of our funfilled activities. Please like us on facebook at 186th Street School.
Poem of the Month
The March Wind (Anonymous)
"The March wind roars like a lion in the sky,
And makes us shiver as he passes by.
When winds are soft, and the days are warm and clear,
Just like a gentle lamb, then spring is here."
School Behavior Protocol for Parents
Parents, if there is a problem with your child and another
student, please speak to the school authorities. Do not talk
to the other student directly. We will intervene to help solve
the problem, but under no circumstances should another parent come to our
campus with intentions of reprimanding another child. We will work
relentlessly to provide a safe and civil environment for all of our
Fifth Grade Parent Meeting
As the end of the school year approaches, we are planning
all kinds of special activities to make our 5th graders’ final
days in elementary school extra special. In an assembly with the principal,
teachers, and students, all fifth grade students were warned that their
participation in the culminating events would depend upon their ability to
display outstanding citizenship and exemplary academic effort in all of their
classes. The activities are a privilege, and students must earn the right to
participate. We will hold a parent meeting for all 5th grade parents to discuss
and plan all of the special end-of-the-year activities for our 5th grade students.
The meeting will take place on Tuesday, March 24th at 6:00 p.m. in the
auditorium. All 5th grade parents are encouraged to attend.