1 Spring Pictures
2 Parent Tea
7 Spring SUN begins
8 Parent Teacher Group Meeting
11 Teacher Planning Day- NO SCHOOL
14 State Reading Tests begin
16 Professional Development Day- NO SCHOOL
21 Report Cards go home
28 5th Grade Science Testing
30 Recognition Assemblies
1 Cinco de Mayo Celebration 5:30 PM
5 State Reading Testing
5-9 Teacher Appreciation Week
12 State Math Tests begin
13 Parent Teacher Group Meeting 6:00PM
14 Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast 8:00 AM
14 KIndergarten Readiness 5:30 PM
21 Professional Development - Late Opening
26 Memorial Day- NO SCHOOL
27 Kindergarten to the Zoo
29 Spring SUN Ends
30 Field Day
31 Rummage Sale
School News and Announcements
Come Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Whitman. We are having food, dancers, and fun on May 1st at 5:30 PM. Please join us and help us celebrate.
A Message from the Principal
Dear Whitman Families,
The week before Spring Break the School Board approved the budget for the 2014-15 school year. Schools received their staffing allocations for this coming school year and we began planning our program for the 2014-15 school year. Whitman’s staffing allotment remains about the same as this current school year, which means we should be able to maintain very similar classroom and program offerings as this year. One of my goals throughout the process is to maintain class sizes below 30 with an average of 25 in the K-2 classrooms and offer PE, music, library and counseling at least once a week for students. I must submit our programming by April 4th and will communicate that information to you shortly thereafter.
On our first day back from Spring Break we taught our school-wide expectations for all common areas of the school which includes: bathrooms, hallways, front entry way, cafeteria and the playground. Our school-wide expectations are for students to act in a Safe, Responsible and Respectful manner. Reviewing our school-wide expectations with all students after a long break is an effective practice that helps everyone start back to school on the right foot.
Our kindergarten through third graders will participate in a performing arts residency with the Oregon Ballet Theater in the month of April. Each class will have four 30-40 minutes sessions (with the exception of kindergarteners who will have three sessions) with an artist from the Oregon Ballet Theater. Kindergarten and 2nd grade will start with the artist the week of April 7th. First and 3rd grades will start their residency the week of April 21st. I would recommend students wear clothes similar to what they would wear on a day they have PE.
All 3rd – 5th grade students will take the Oregon State Reading and Math Tests (OAKS) beginning the week of April 7th. Any student who does not meet the score required for their grade level will have a second testing opportunity in early May. These tests are a significant way schools and a student’s progress is rated in each state and on a national level. If your child is in the 3rd -5th grades you will receive notification of your child’s score after the first round of testing. If you have any questions about the testing process or the measure itself, feel free to contact your child’s teacher, Stephanie Schiada our testing coordinator, or me.
Much is happening in the month of April. Please check the calendar section in this newsletter for our upcoming events.
Lori Clark, Principal