School News & Announcements
*Connect to Kindergarten-Adults Only*
February 5th 6:30 to 7:30 PM
*Kindergarten Open Classrooms-Children and Parents*
February 26th 6:30 to 7:45 PM
*Upcoming Sharing with Shawn dates*
12/19, 1/16, 2/20, 3/20, 4/17 and 5/15
9:00 to 10:00 AM in the MCCA classroom
A Message from the Principal
December 5, 2014
Dear Markham Families,
Welcome to the month of December! We have been bustling in our learning right along with the wind.
Winter Break Reading and Writing Challenge Packets will be sent home on Friday, December 19th with all students. Participation is voluntary. Completed work needs to be returned to the classroom teacher no later than January 7th, 2015. Students who return work will be acknowledged at our January Awards Assembly and given a small token of appreciation for their efforts. Each year I am so pleased with the high percentage of students keeping their skills sharp during the break and returning the packets.
IXL is an online adaptive math program that allows students to practice grade level content. Students in grades 3rd, 4th and 5th, as well as 1st and 2nd grade TAG identified students, have been given a username and password to access IXL from any online computer at school or outside of school. All other students can access IXL through our Kindness Portaportal. When using the Kindness Portaportal students are able to do at least 20 problems each day per computer. Using this online resource will support our students’ with their math skills. Please contact your child’s teacher or me if you have any questions about IXL.
Directions on how to access the Markham Kindness Portaportal:
The Kindness Portaportal is a web page Ms. Dugan organized and manages that is a safe way for students to utilize academic links.
There are three ways to access the portaportal-
1. Direct link: http://guest.portaportal.com/kindness
2. Google Kindness Portaportal
3. Go to www.portaportal.com and then type Kindness in the Guest Box.
It is best to view the portaportal on Google Chrome, Firefox or Safari. The Markham Kindness Portaportal is a nice complement to our Winter Break Reading and Writing Challenge Packets.
PPS WILL PILOT CLIMATE SURVEY IN THE NEW YEAR Upcoming in the New Year, PPS will pilot its Climate Survey, this replaces and is similar to the Successful Schools Survey we have given in the past. Intended to be given out annually, PPS students, families, and staff will participate in the survey to help the district guide school improvement. What is a Climate Survey? From the National School Climate Center, 2012 Definition: “School climate is the quality and character of school life. A sustainable, positive school climate fosters youth development and learning necessary for a productive, contributing and satisfying life in a democratic role.”
What is the PPS purpose for the survey? To provide PPS administrators, principals & teachers with transparent, comprehensive data that measures the differential experience and perceptions of PPS students & families of all races & backgrounds in all PPS schools.
What does the survey address? There are four essential dimensions to a climate survey; • Safety- Rules & Norms, Physical Safety, Social & Emotional Security • Teaching & Learning: Support for learning, Social & Civil learning • Interpersonal Relationships: Respect for diversity, Social Support-Students, Social Support-Adults • Institutional Environment: Physical Surroundings, School connectedness/engagement
One of our parents, Ms. Stonecliffe, has creatively made a safety poster to remind walkers coming from the north to use the sidewalk and not the driveway during arrival and dismissal times. There are lots of cars and buses using the roundabout making it unsafe for pedestrian traffic to walk through.
Lost and Found Items
Please stop by our Lost and Found directly inside the north parking lot doors off to the right to see if any of your child’s clothing items are there. Whatever is left on the last day of school before winter break will be bundled and sent to the PPS Clothes Closet
Decision on Dismissal Procedures
After observations and conversations with staff and parents I decided to put signage in center hall detailing expectations of students and adults who are waiting in this area at the end of the school day. This will help to move traffic along smoothly and orderly. I appreciate all the input I received.
There will be a late opening on Wednesday, December 17th. Breakfast begins at 10:20. School begins at 10:40. Half day kindergarteners will dismiss at 3:00. MCCA is on regular schedule.
Mark Your Calendars – All are invited!
The 4th and 5th grade Markham Music Makers will present an evening of songs from near and far and past and present on Thursday, December 18th in the auditorium at 6:30 pm. We’re looking forward to sharing songs from movies and Broadway, songs from the 30’s, seasonal songs, music from Africa and even some rap. Some songs will feature soloists and we are privileged to have Josh Cole from the Josh Cole Band accompany us as well. It’ll be a great way to spend a winter evening together before the long vacation. Mr. Erickson has worked long and hard with our students, so come out, enjoy, celebrate and support all of their efforts.
December Sharing with Shawn is on Friday, December 19th at 9:00 in the MCCA classroom. We will have potluck so bring a dish or treat to enjoy. Childcare is provided by Neighborhood House. I will be showcasing our Markham Kindness Portaportal.
As we get near to the last day of school before winter break students’ metabolisms tend to rise and sometimes lead to poor decisions that do not represent Markham High Five Behavior. During the next two weeks please continue to remind your child to hold up the Markham High Five by Being Responsible, Respectful, Safe, and Being Their Best Every Day in Every Way.
Thank you Markham Families for your continued support and partnership with us as we educate the children. I am wishing all of you a wonderful, relaxing and fun-filled winter break with your loved ones.
School will resume on Monday, January 5, 2015.