I hope everyone had a wonderful three day weekend. Mrs. Couch and I can't believe that we are already in our second month of school. It's like they say, "Time flies, when you're having fun!." We are excited about learning and even though this will be a short week we look forward to a lot of learning. Please remember that this will be a full Wednesday with release at 2:30 pm. This week, we will kick off our Fall Fundraiser on Wednesday with an assembly in the cafeteria. Expect information to go home this week about it. On Wednesday, we are also taking our first Math CPA (Common Pacing Assessment), this is a very challenging test created by the district to prepare students for the rigor and complexity of the AZ Merit. Please encourage students to show their work on paper. If you have any questions feel free to email me.
Learning Outcomes - What is my child learning this week?
- ELA: This week, students will be asking and answering questions before and after reading biographies. The focus question for Wonders Unit 1, Week 4 is, "How can problem solving lead to new ideas?"
- Comprehension Strategy: Ask & Answer Questions
- Comprehension Skill: Cause & Effects
- Grammar: 4 types of sentences/subjects
- Spelling: Long A
- Writing: Personal Narratives
- Math: This week, in preparation for our District Common Pacing Assessment, students will be reviewing place value skills (e.g. place vs. value, comparing, ordering), rounding to nearest 10 and 100, addition (stacking), and subtraction (adding up) thought hands-on practice, engagement structures, and more. Please note, the District common pacing assessments are rigorous and contain lots of higher-level thinking skills. Please remind your child to SHOW THEIR WORK, not just guess, and take their time on their test.
- Social Studies: Students will be reading a myth from the Ancient Greeks to then present to the class. Students will learn and take notes on many different myths.
- Science: Students broke up rocks last week and tried to dissolve some of the materials in water. We will look at what is left after all the water has evaporated to see what minerals remain. Later this week, we will read about geologists and sedimentary rocks. In Diggs, students should also be planting seeds in our garden.
Mon, Sept 3 - Labor Day NO SCHOOL
Wed, Sept 5 - Vision & Hearing Testing, Regular release 2:30 pm
Thurs, Sept 6 - Vision & Hearing Testing
Fri, Sept 7 - Vision & Hearing Testing
Sun, Sept 9 - PATS Meeting 3 - 4:30 p.m. @ Flip Dunk
Mon, Sept 10 - Fall Fundraiser Kick-off w/ Coffee 7:20 a.m.
IB Learner Profile for the Month at Simis
Caring: I am compassionate and show concern for others and our world.
Student Activity Fee!!!
There are several ways to pay for your child's $50 Activity Fee, and it is considered an Arizona Tax Credit contribution. To contribute online please click here. Make sure you choose Simis as your school and "General" as your destination. A receipt will be emailed to you. Please forward or send in the receipt to your child's teacher. You may also come into the Simis office and use check, cash, or credit/debit card. In addition to the $50 Activity Fee, you, your family, and friends may contribute up to $200 if filing as an individual and up to $400 if filing jointly on your Arizona Tax Credit.
District Dress Code - New Changes!
All students in the Madison Elementary School District will adhere to the new Madison District Dress Code. Although student dress and grooming are generally a matter of personal choice, there is a relationship between student dress and student success. The complete District Dress Code and violation consequences may be found on page 15 of the new Madison District Student & Parent Handbook. Please be sure to review the dress code with your student so they may dress for success!
Volunteers - New Changes!
At Madison, we understand how important it is to provide meaningful opportunities for parent and community involvement. Volunteering at your child's school, whether in the classroom or on a field trip, is a great way to stay connected to your child's education. Beginning this year, parent/guardian volunteers will be required to complete a volunteer registration packet. Volunteer applications must be completed by November 1st. Additionally, as required by ARS 15-512, volunteers who are NOT a parent or legal guardian of a child in the school where they will be working must complete a background check and be fingerprinted. Complete the application packet by clicking here.