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August 14 (Mon)

ETK-Kinder Orientation and Program Options Meeting, 1:30 pm

August 15 (Tue)

First Day of School, ETK-5th

ETK-Kinder Orientation and Program Options Meeting, 2:40 pm

August 17 (Th)

Grades 1-5 Options Meeting, 2:45 p.m.

August 22 (Tue)

Early Dismissal, 1:25 pm

ETK-Kinder Orientation and Program Options Meeting, 8:30 am

August 24 (Th)

Coffee with the Principal, 8:20 a.m.

Coffee with the Principal, 2:40 p.m.

August 29 (Tue)

Early Dismissal, 1:25 pm

August 31 (Th)

Child Safety ID Pictures

September 1 (Fri)

No School:  Admissions Day

September 4 (Mon)

No School:  Labor Day

September 5 (Tue)

Early Dismissal, 1:25 pm

September 12 (Tue)

Early Dismissal, 1:25 pm

September 14 (Th)

Back to School Night, 2:45 p.m.

(NEW DATE)

September 18 (Mon)

Minimum Day, Dismissal at 12:30 pm

September 19 (Tue)

Early Dismissal, 1:25 pm

Coffee with the Principal, 8:20 a.m.

(NEW DATE)

September 21 (Th)

No School: Unassigned Day

September 22 (Fri)

Fall Pictures

September 25 (Mon)

ELAC Orientation & Elections, 8:20 am

September 26 (Tue)

Early Dismissal, 1:25 pm

September 27 (Wed)

Fall Pictures Make-Up Day

 

DIBELs Testing

Between August 15 and September 21 all students in Kindergarten to 5th Grade will be tested on the Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS).  DIBELs measures the acquisition of early literacy skills.  The DIBELS measures were specifically designed to assess most of the key components of reading:

  • Phonemic Awareness: Hearing and using sounds in spoken words
  • Phonics/Alphabetic Principle: Knowing the sounds of the letters and sounding out written words
  • Fluent and Accurate Reading: Reading stories and other materials easily and quickly with few mistakes
  • Vocabulary: Understanding and using a variety of words
  • Comprehension: Understanding what is spoken or read

DIBELs consists of 6 tests that are given at various grade levels.  These research-based measures are linked to one another and predictive of later reading proficiency. The measures are also consistent with many of the Common Core State Standards in Reading, especially the Foundational Skills.  DIBELS consists of the 6 following tests:

  • First Sound Fluency (FSF)
  • Letter Naming Fluency (LNF)*
  • Phoneme Segmentation Fluency (PSF)
  • Nonsense Word Fluency (NWF)
  • DIBELS Oral Reading Fluency (DORF)
  • Daze

For more information about DIBELS please go to https://dibels.uoregon.edu/.  Following is a correlation between the assessments and the key components of reading:

 

Reading Component What it is DIBELS Test Grades that take it
Phonemic Awareness

Ability to hear and manipulate sounds in spoken words only.

This skill is a powerful predictor of future reading success.

It is a skill that is typically assessed early in a child’s schooling (i.e., kindergarten),

but it is also used with older children who are experiencing difficulty reading.

First Sound Fluency (FSF)

 

Phoneme Segmentation Fluency (PSF)

Kindergarten

(Beginning and middle of the year)

 

Middle and end of year in Kindergarten and Beginning of 2nd grade

Phonics

Ability to learn the individual sounds in spoken language and map those

sounds to specific written letters in the English language. Students who have strong phonics skills are able to connect individual sounds with letters and use those sounds to read words.

Nonsense Word Fluency (NWF) Middle and end of Kindergarten; beginning, middle, and end of Grade 1, and beginning of  Grade 2
Fluent and Accurate Reading Ability to read text accurately and automatically so that students can understand what they are reading. DIBELS Oral Reading Fluency (DORF) Middle of 1st Grade; Beginning, Middle and End of Year of 2nd - 5th Grade
Vocabulary  Knowledge of the meanings of individual words read    
Comprehension Ability to understand what he or she reads. It is the ultimate goal of reading instruction. DAZE Grades 3 - 5 (beginning, middle and end of each grade)

 

* Letter Naming Fluency (LNF) is administered in Kindergarten and the beginning of 1st grade.  There is no proven correlation between Letter Naming Fluency and ability to read.  

Coffee with the Principal

NEW DATE!!

Thursday, September 19, 2017

8:20 a.m.

 

Find out about 1) Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) and Special Education Programs, 2) How teacher positions are funded, and 3) Upcoming dates.  

School Attendance Matters

Our goal is that every student be in school at least

96% of the year.

This means no student should miss school more than 7 days throughout the entire school year.  

 

School attendance is very important!  There is a strong correlation between students with good attendance and students who are academically successful.  Students with good attendance tend to have higher high school graduation rates and tend to achieve higher levels of schooling.  So, please bring your child to school every day and on time.

 

School starts at 8:06 a.m., so in order to be considered on time students have to be in class by 8:06 a.m.  Please make sure your child arrives at school no later than 8:00 a.m. so they have enough time to make it to class by 8:06 a.m.  Thank you for all your help and support in making sure your child maximizes his/her learning potential.   

 

Attendance Band Number of Absences                       
Perfect Attendance 0 Absences
Good Attendance 1-7 Absences
 

At Risk Attendance

8-14 Absences


 
Poor Attendance  15 or More Absences
 

 

 

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Upcoming Early Dismissals and No School Days

Early Dismissal Tuesdays

Dismissal at 1:25 pm

  • August 22
  • August 29
  • September 12
  • September 19
  • September 26

Minimum Days

Dismissal at 12:30 pm

  • Monday, September 18

 

No School Days

Admssions Day: Friday, September 1

Labor Day: Monday, September 4

 

ELAC Orientation and Elections

All parents are invited to join us at the English Learner Advisory Council (ELAC) meeting.  It will take place as follows:

 

Monday, September 25, 2017

8:20 a.m.

School Auditorium

 

ELAC is an advisory council that gives input on matters related to English Learners.  ELAC gives recommendations to the School Site Council on how to make improvements to the instructional program for English Learners.  At the meeting on Monday, September 25, 2017 you will learn more about ELAC and about how to become a member.  Following the ELAC Orientation we will hold ELAC Membership elections.  If you are a community member interested in being part of ELAC please bring proper documentation to show you live or work in our area.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mercedes Pineda, Assistant Principal, or Elizabeth Bernal, Principal, at 323-733-9186.