The holidays are here! Santa’s Elves are getting ready to come in and set up “shop” for the kids here at Skyway so they can do Christmas shopping for their family and friends. Your child will have the opportunity to choose gifts that are reasonably priced, ranging from .50 cents to $5.00. There will be something for everyone on their list, including the family pet! Scrip gift cards will also be available to purchase in $5 increments.
Each class will have their own shopping time which can be found on our facebook page(www.facebook.com/
We will also have a Christmas shopping night on Wednesday, December 5! Santa Shop will be open and we will have a variety of other great vendors too! Santa Shop will only accept cash or credit that night; the vendors will have their own policies. If you have something you want to sell that night we would love to have you come with your sale items and a table! Sign up is that night from 3:45-4:30 and a table space costs $10. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
We are in need of Elves (volunteers) to help in the shop! We would love to have volunteers that can give any amount of time. Please visit our online signup at signup.com/Group/835778810082
$5.00 scholarships are available. If you are in need of a scholarship and would like to apply, simply notify your child’s teacher as soon as possible.
Good luck to the Skyway students who registered for the Geography Bee! If your child registered, you are welcome to watch the bee on Wednesday, November 29 at 2:00.
In light of recent threats shared using social media, we encourage you to learn more about the social media apps your children are using and to talk with them about social media safety and responsibility. One great resource is the “Parent App Guide” by SmartSocial.com. This site rates 46 apps as GREEN (safe), GRAY (proceed with caution) and RED (not safe). Check it out and start a dialog with your student.
I take great pride and joy in welcoming you to the 2017-18 school year. It is exciting to be part of a community of great students, parents, and teachers at Skyway Elementary this year!
Skyway Elementary prides itself in being a “Community of Learners” where our students and staff look for opportunities to be learners in our daily lives. We are committed to high academic expectations, mutual respect, and social responsibility.
The staff at Skyway has high expectations for all of our students. We have even higher expectations of ourselves. This year, the Skyway staff will continue to dedicate our focus on improving student learning for all students. We will continue to work diligently through collaboration to discuss teaching strategies to meet the needs of our students. We will improve student learning through improved instruction focusing on aligned curriculum, data collection, and assessment. We are committed to finding each student’s skill level and taking them forward in their learning.
Parents and community members are partners in educating Skyway’s students. Volunteer opportunities abound. Our Watch D.O.G.S (Dads of Great Students) Program is strong and supported by over 100 dads, uncles, granddads and other important male figures in students’ lives. They volunteer in the school and on our campus on a regular basis. They can be identified by their red vest or jacket and are invaluable to us.
Please join our Parent Teacher Organization. Our PTO is vital and strong, providing valuable support for our school through volunteering, providing classroom mini-grants, funding extra-curricular activities, and more!
As the site administrator, I believe that in order to be successful, we need to partner with you, the families of our students. We need your support as we ask students to practice reading, writing, and mathematics at home. Throughout the year, I will continue to meet and talk with many of you, as well as to learn about your children and family. If there is anything I can do to help or provide answers to questions you may have, please let me know.
We appreciate your continued support. We invite you to visit Skyway to be a part of our programs and activities, and to become a part of our “Community of Learners”. Thank you for sharing your children with us. They are the reason that we are here. We are honored to be entrusted with this critical component of their lives.
The kids are back in school and it won’t be long before they start getting report cards. One of the most common questions I’m asked by parents and educators is how to respond to bad grades.
The first thing to remember is that the child’s report card is the child’s… not ours. While it’s easy to get down on ourselves when kids perform poorly, it’s very important to our mental health and theirs to remember the following:
As educators and parents we can up the odds of high achievement by modeling responsibility, establishing a safe and calm environment, providing excellent instruction and demonstrating excitement for learning.
Secondly, it’s comforting to remember that some of the world’s most successful people have struggled with grades. Albert Einstein, Henry Ford, Jim Fay and Dr. Foster Cline are some notable examples. What’s most important is that our children develop good character, curiosity, and problem-solving skills.
Thirdly, if we can consistently demonstrate empathy rather than anger or frustration, the odds of them overcoming their difficulties dramatically increase. Is empathy really that powerful? Yes indeed! In fact, a growing body of research is demonstrating that warmth (i.e., empathy) is strongly correlated with higher achievement and better behavior. (If you like reading research studies: Rivers, Mullis, Fortner & Mullis, 2012 and Silt, Hughes, Wu & Kwock, 2012.)
Dr. Charles Fay
Rivers, J., Mullis, A., Fortner, L., & Mullis, R. (2012). Relationships Between Parenting Styles and the Academic Performance of Adolescents. Journal of Family Social Work, 15, 202–216, Spilt, J., Hughes, J., Wu, J. & Kwock, O. (2012) Dynamics of Teacher–Student Relationships: Stability and Change Across Elementary School and the Influence on Children’s Academic Success Child Development, 83 (4), 1180–1195
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