Dear Families

I LOVE the month of November!  It is an opportunity to think about all that we have.  I am so thankful for being here at Mason Elementary School.  Every day as I greet the kids at the door I am reminded how lucky I am.   Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be a part of your lives.

We have spent the past week taking the NWEA Reading and Math tests.  We decided to push this test off a bit this year so that the kids could get back into the swing of school before being tested.  Since we did push it off we will only be administering the test twice (unlike in the past when we did it 3 times).  We are using a new web-based version of the NWEA thus allowing the teachers to get the results sooner and it offers new resources for the teachers to assist in meeting the needs of the students.

Next week is Veteran’s Day so there will be no school on Wednesday the 11th.  On Tuesday we will gather for an all school assembly to talk a little bit about Veteran’s Day and pay our respects to the Veterans.   On Friday, November 13th Smarter Balanced test results will be sent home with the children that took the test last spring.  I will be sure to share the school results after this date.

On Sunday, November 15th from 2-4 pm in the cafeteria the School Club will be sponsoring photos with Santa.  Our own Alyssa Havens will be taking the photos.  She will electronically mail them to you along with a permission to duplicate so that they can be used for Christmas cards or gifts.  This is an easy and convenient way to avoid that Mall Santa and help raise money for the School Club!

Tuesday the 17th there is a Principal/Parent meeting at 9:15.  This is an opportunity for me to share with the parents a little bit of what is going on in the school and it also gives the parents an opportunity to ask questions or share their concerns.

Parent/Teacher conferences will be happening before Thanksgiving Break.  There will be a 2 hour delay on Tuesday the 24th with no preschool or kindergarten that day.  This gives teachers an opportunity to conduct conferences.    As I have mentioned before we will be rolling out the new standards based report cards.  I will be available during conference times to answer any questions that you might have about them.  We will also be having an all school movie day on the 24th.  We will be showing the movie Inside Out.  For Halloween the entire staff dressed up as the characters from this movie and we thought it would be really fun for us all to watch the movie together!  Permission slips for your child to watch the movie will be sent home next week.

I’m sure many of you have already checked out the updated website, but if you haven’t please do!  Thanks goes out to Alanna Casey for all the work she has done on it!   If you have any feedback about the website please feel to let me know and I will be sure to get the info to Alanna.

Wishing you all a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!