March 4, 2019 Parent Newsletter

March 4, 2019 Parent Newsletter
Posted on 03/04/2019
March 4, 2019

Dear Glover Parents,

The weather is certainly letting us know that Spring is not just around the corner!  Hopefully by Spring break the temperatures will warm up!

Building Visitor Policy:  We have been instructed by the Office of Elementary Education to review the visitor policy for Akron Public Schools with our parents.  It is imperative that we enforce the policy for the safety of our students and staff.

All visitors are to report to the office and sign-in before visiting any rooms or addressing any staff members.

Staff must receive 24 hour advance notice of visitors.  

Classroom visitation shall be limited to parents, guardians, professionals, or other individuals with a legitimate educational interest as approved by the principal and staff member, provided that twenty-four (24) hour advance notice has been given to the teacher.  Visitations shall be no more than one hour in duration, one time per week, unless otherwise approved by the principal or classroom teacher.  Visitations may be permitted without twenty-four (24) hour notice provided the time is mutually agreeable to the teacher and the principal.

Students or visitors personal use of tape, video, and other electronic recorders in the classroom is prohibited unless approved in advance, by the principal and the teacher for legitimate educational   purposes or otherwise required pursuant to an individualized education plan (IEP) or an individual accommodation plan (IAP). 

Classroom Behavior:  I am sorry to say that some of our Glover wildcat students are not being good leaders in the classroom.  Students are walking out of class and telling their teachers “NO”.  Some of our younger students are throwing things in class and not being good listeners.  This is resulting in disrespectful behavior to many of the adults in the building and students feeling the rules are for everyone but them.  I had a student the other day that I had walked up to class to get her coat at the end of the day and told her I would walk her back down the stairs because it was dismissal time.  She told me “No, I don’t have to walk with you!”  Please speak to your child about the meaning of respect and following directions.  I know they are ready for Spring break but we have more weeks of learning and then some high stakes tests before Spring break.  

Winter MAP Testing:  Winter MAP testing begins TODAY and goes through March 15.  This is a time for your child to show how much growth they have made in Reading and Math since the beginning of school.  We are hopeful that each of the children have made at least a year’s growth and reach their goal.  Reading is the week of March 4th and Math is the week of March 11th.  Please make sure your child is at school every day.  He/she does so much better when he/she takes the assessment with the class.  This helps prevent them from rushing through and marking any answer.  Also, please make sure they get breakfast if they are not eating breakfast at school.  And, a good night’s sleep will help them be rested and do their best.  

Pepperoni Rolls:  The school Spring fundraiser has begun.  It is time to purchase delicious pepperoni rolls for your family and hopefully sell to your relatives too.  This has been a wonderful fundraiser in the past for Glover and we want it to be even better this year.  Money is due with the order forms.  Let’s all get out and support this Glover fundraiser.  Orders and money are due on March 27th.   

“Akron After School”:  “Akron After School” began last week.  This is a time for your child to get extra help and Intervention in Reading.  If your child was accepted into the program, please make sure he/she attends Monday thru Thursday.  We have a waiting list if your child is not going to come.  The program helps sharpen Reading skills and strategies for the high stakes testing.      
Dismissal Time:  We have to make sure we are not blocking traffic at dismissal in the front parking lot.  You MUST KEEP THE MIDDLE LANE OPEN AND MOVING.  When you stop in the middle lane to wait for your child in front of the door or in the upper part of the parking lot, you are causing a traffic jam.  You are all there to pick your child.  We want it to run smoothly for everyone.  We have had a car get hit at dismissal.  We do not want that to happen again.  So, please keep the middle lane open and moving.  

End of Grading Period:  The end of the third marking period Friday, March 15th.  Report cards will be sent home with the students on Tuesday, March 26th.  Please make sure you receive your child’s report card.  If you have any questions or concerns after viewing the report card, do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher for a conference.  The Recognition Assembly will be on Wednesday, March 27th.  You should have received your child’s Interim report in the mail if you did not attend Interim Pick-up.
Kindergarten Registration:  Thanks to all of you that have already taken advantage of the opportunity to register your child for Kindergarten for the 2019/2020 school year.  You may register your child daily from 9:00 – 11:30 AM and 1:00 – 3:00 PM for the rest of the school year.  Your child must be five years old by September 30, 2019 in order to register.  Please bring the following documents with you:

Proof of Residence
Birth Certificate
Immunization Record
Social Security Card
Custody Paper (if there has been a divorce or separation)

Please pass this information on to any relatives or neighbors that have children ready to start Kindergarten in the fall.  Please call the school office if you have any questions about Kindergarten registration.

Attendance:  Please make sure your child is at school every day.  I know the flu  has hurt our attendance but hopefully we can start to do better.  Also, make sure your child arrives on time.  Tardies count!  Students need to be on time to start the routine for the day with their classrooms.  

Overall attendance for the week of February 25, 2019: 91.39%
That is down more than a two points from this time last year.

Emergency Cards:  If you have moved or changed your phone number, please come into the school office and update your child’s Emergency card.  It is so disheartening to have a child that is ill and have no way to contact the child’s parents.  Also, please remember that we cannot release your child to anyone that is not listed as guardian on your child’s Emergency card.  

Email Address:  Have you turned in your email address to the office?  If so, you will be able to access your child’s grades from your computer.  There are forms in the office if you have not signed up.   Please see Mrs. Walker to take advantage of this service. 

OST Testing:  We are still working to prepare your third thru fifth grade child for the tests beginning April 1st. This week’s OST vocabulary words are:

Observe:  To inspect; to see or sense, especially through very   careful attention.

Predict:  Forecast; tell beforehand.

Recognize:  Identify.

Represent:  Describe, portray.

Box Tops for Education:  Will your child’s class win for March?  Please be sure to send in your box tops.  These box tops help provide awards and Incentives for our children.  

Work First, Then Play
I spend my time on things that are most important. This means I say “no” to things I know I should not do. I set priorities, make a schedule, and follow my plan. I am disciplined and organized.

Putting first things first takes discipline. It takes discipline to manage your time. It takes discipline to overcome your fears. It takes discipline to be strong in the hard moments and resist peer pressure. A man named Albert E. Gray spent years attempting to figure out that special ingredient that makes people successful. What he found wasn’t the importance of dressing for success, or eating bran, or having a positive mental attitude. Instead, this is what he found:

All successful people have the habit of doing the things failures don’t like to do. They don’t like doing them either necessarily. But their dislike is subordinated to the strength of their purpose.

Simply put, this means that successful people are willing to suck it up from time to time and do the things that they don’t like doing. Why do they do them? Because they know these things will lead them to their goal. In other words, sometimes you just have to exercise your special human too called willpower to get things done, whether you feel like it or not . Do you think a professional athlete enjoys practicing for hours on end EVERY DAY?!?! No, but those who are had made it to the big leagues understand that it is something they must do in order to earn their position on the team. So I challenge you to decide now what is important to you and be willing to endure the pain of this greater purpose, the reward of being the best you can be!

Practice at home:
Push the boundaries of your comfort zone. Think of something that makes you uncomfortable and then try to do it anyways.
Make a list of all the things you need to do this week. Next, figure out which of those things are most important to you. Start from the most important and move down your list. 

Habit 1: Be Proactive  *  Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind
Habit 3: Put First Thing First * Habit 4: Think Win-Win
Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
Habit 6: Synergize * Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw

Dates to Remember:

March 4 MAP Testing begins—Kindergarten thru fifth grade
March 4 Girl Scouts (2:30 – 3:30 PM)
March 6 “Good News Club” (2:30 – 4:00 PM)
March 7 PTA Meeting—1:50 PM
March 7 Chess Club (2:30 – 3:45 PM)
March 8 Boy Scouts (2:30 – 3:30 PM)
March 11 Girl Scouts (2:30 – 3:30 PM)
March 13 Picture Day (Pre-pay)
March 13 ”Good News Club” (2:30 - 4:00 PM)
March 14 Chess Club (2:30 – 3:30 PM)
March 15 End of third grading period
March 15 Boy Scouts (2:30 – 3:30 PM)
March 18 Girl Scouts (2:30 – 3:30 PM)
March 20 ”Good News Club” (2:30 - 4:30 PM)
March 21 Chess Club (2:30 – 3:30 PM)
March 22 PTA Popcorn Sale--$.50 a bag
March 22 Boy Scouts (2:30 – 3:30 PM)
March 25 NO SCHOOL
March 26 Report cards sent home
March 27 Recognition Assemblies--AM
March 27 “Good News Club” (2:30 – 4:00 PM)
March 28 Chess Club (2:30 – 3:45 PM)
March 28 Math Night at Glover (2:30 – 4:30 PM)
March 29 AR Walk
March 29 Boy Scouts (2:30 – 3:30 PM

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call me.  Together we are part of your child’s educational journey.  Have a wonderful week.


Mrs. Philomena Vincente
Glover CLC Principal
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