Our annual Halloween parade will be Monday, October 31 beginning at 10:15. Families are welcome to come watch the parade in the gym (and can wear costumes, too!). Once the parade is over, classes will have their parties in their homerooms. If students are going to wear costumes, they need to come to school in their costumes ready for the parade and bring a change of clothing so they can have a normal school day once the parties are over. Just a reminder: no blood, fake weapons, or violent costumes of any kind are allowed at school! Students who do not participate in the the holiday festivities will be going to the Skyway Library for an alternative activity. Please contact your child's teacher if you have any questions about the classroom party.
Interested students in grades 4 and 5 received information on the Geography Bee from their homeroom teachers. The informational packet included the registration form and study information. Our Geography Bee will take place on Wednesday, December 7 and registration is required. You can contact Ms. Tracy O'Brien, Skyway's Advanced Learning Teacher, at email@example.com for mor information.
Students in grades 1-5 were giving information on Invent Idaho. The office has more registration forms. Here is a video outlining the invention process made by our own Linford family:
The Skyway students had a fun filled, busy week improving their writing skills thanks to the help of Gary Hogg. A huge thanks go to our PTA for funding this project that impacts so many students.
We need new or used snowpants and bibs for children who might not have enough winter clothing. If you have some that your children have outgrown, please drop them off at the office or give them to Mrs. Melton or Ms. Smotherman. We want to be sure all of our students and warm and dry this winter!
Dear Parents and Guardians of Skyway Elementary Students,
Welcome to the 2016-17 school year at Skyway Elementary. This will be my fourth year as the principal at Skyway and I am humbled by this fulfilling and invigorating responsibility. Our school of approximately 650 students is filled with learning, laughter and kindness. We SOAR to our personal best at Skyway. We successfully strive to be Safe, Organized, Attentive, and Respectful.
Due to the support of our voters through the supplemental levy in March of 2015, we are replacing core K-12 curricular materials. Last school year, it was mathematics materials – our adoption incorporates great materials, instruction, assessment and the use of technology – all of which will help our continued support of student growth. For 2016-17, the new materials funded by the levy will be science – again K-12. The new elementary materials will allow for genuine hands-on science learning for our students; in our middle and high schools we will be able to enhance the lab experiences of our students while tapping the most current materials through digital resources.
I am proud and honored to be a member of this excellent school district. Our staff members are caring individuals who keep each child’s well-being as the most important factor in every day.
Recognizing that there is always room for improvement., we welcome your feedback and respectfully ask that when you have a concern you share it with the teacher first--- most often your concern can be best answered and resolved through this partnership. Our Assistant Principal, Monique English and I are also here to listen and problem-solve with you.
I also want to encourage you to share good news and positive thoughts with your child(ren)’s teachers. Our reflective staff is heartened and encouraged by your recognition. As always, thank you for partnering with us. I’m looking forward to working with you to create another exciting and successful school year at Skyway Elementary.
Your Principal, Janice Beauchamp
Our PTA is in need of more volunteers to help with Popcorn Fridays. Many employers will give you time off for community service, and what better way to spend a Friday morning than at school making up and delivering hot, fresh popcorn to children? For more information and a link to the sign up form, visit the Skyway Elementary School PTA's Facebook page.
You can do everything right -- supervise, discuss online responsibility, introduce media that's age-appropriate -- and your kid still might be tempted to bully others online or in person. Bullying is related to kids' social and emotional lives in general -- the Internet is just a convenient way to act on negative impulses.
It's important to stay aware of kids' online activities and monitor where they play and how they interact with others online. Eight and 9-year-olds like to experiment, and they don't necessarily understand the consequences of their actions. Many young kids also don't realize the difference between joking and bullying -- so make sure to talk about how it feels to be the target of unwanted "humor." Teach them how to use the internet appropriately. Talk about empathy,compassion, and integrity.
Plenty of kids act responsibly, and many at this age feel a sense of duty to keep their favorite online environments safe. But a kid who bullies is typically in some kind of crisis, and he or she uses the Internet to act out. There are signs of crisis you can watch out for, such as being withdrawn, secretive, fixating on digital devices, and having a constantly buzzing cell phone, as well as dramatic changes in behavior. You can enlist your kid's friends' parents to keep an eye on your kid, too.
Check out our PTA page (under the 'For Parents' tab) on the Skyway webpage to find out about our amazing PTA! It is a fun, efficient group that supports our school in many ways.