Our Skyway PTA is hosting a fun family event! Movie Night is Friday, October 20th. We are showing "The Emoji Movie"
Doors will open at 6:00 and the movie will start at 6:30.
Admission is free, but donations are welcome.
We will have concessions, including pizza slices for $2, popcorn, drinks, and snacks.
Bring blankets and/or pillows to put on the gym floor. We will have chairs set up in the back for people who want them. No outside chairs please.
October is here and so is another year with Red Ribbon Week. During the last week of October, the focus will be to emphasis each student’s strengths, goals, and how they think into the future. They will work on how to be a good citizen. Addressing these issues will also speak to no drugs, violence, abuse and bullying.
Lessons about Red Ribbon began last week during library time and will continue during computer tech next week. We will be having school pride days and it would be great if staff and students can all participate.
Monday – Skyway is “RED-y” to Live Healthy (teachers wear red)
Tuesday – “Hats Off” to Being Drug Free (wear a hat day)
Wednesday – “Don’t Let Drugs Mix You Up” (clothes don’t match)
Thursday – “Give Drugs the Boot” (wear boots)
Friday – “Smarties” Choose to be Heathy
Red Ribbon Week is not a prevention or early intervention program. It is an awareness campaign observed annually the last full week in October. We regard Red Ribbon Week as the kick off to a year of prevention in our schools and in our communities. The best Red Ribbon Week efforts highlight and support continuing prevention, early intervention and treatment programs and services occurring on and off campus throughout the year.
Red Ribbon Week is also a CALL TO ACTION! This week-long campaign provides multiple opportunities for students, parents, teachers and others to join together to address the alcohol, tobacco, other drug and violence related issues or concerns in their community.___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Skyway's Halloween Parade will be Friday, October 27 at 9:15
Families are welcome to come to the gym to watch the parade. Classroom parties will be after the parade; your child's teacher will let you know the details for your class. Please remember not to have costumes that are too scary or have any pretend weapons with the costume.
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.
Developing Strong Parent/Teacher Partnerships
by Dr. Brad Schwall, Executive Director, Pastoral Counseling Center
Many factors can help a child succeed at school. Effective teaching and parent support both aid children in learning. A cooperative alliance between parents and teachers ensures that children receive wrap-around support for their education. Parents and teachers must work to understand the unique perspective of the other. Both have an interest in the child succeeding. Parents come with an intimate knowledge of their child's strengths and areas that require assistance. Schools and teachers have the training, experience, and strategies for equipping children with knowledge and skills. The parent/teacher relationship plays an increasingly important role in helping children when they are struggling academically, socially, or emotionally.
Being alert to your child’s well-being and academic performance helps you intervene early in the development of difficulties. Schools regularly assess children’s progress. If your child begins struggling, communication between parents and teachers focuses everyone on the specific difficulties. Interventions may be suggested for getting your child back on track. Parents must be open to ways that home life might be changed in order to help a child at school. For example, parents may need to develop routines in order to ensure their child arrives at school on time and prepared or establish a time and location for consistent completion of homework. Teachers can help by communicating proactively about concerns, being specific about how a student may be struggling, and implementing strategies to assist the child.
Parents may nurture a strong parent/teacher alliance with simple actions:
When communicating with teachers, be positive, recognize the efforts of the school, and ask for how you can provide support. Avoid making claims based only on assumptions, your child's reports, or reports from other parents. Seek information directly from teachers. By focusing on solutions and keeping lines of communication open, your child receives support for reaching potential from home and school.