Jefferson Elementary School Newsletter April / May 2011 edition 120 S. Jefferson * Mesa, AZ 85208 * (480) 472-8700 * www.mpsaz.org/jefferson Timothy A. Moe, Principal AIMS and Stanford 10 Testing April 11-15, 2011 Students in 2nd-6th grade will be testing this week. Please make every effort to change any ap- pointments that your child may have during this time. We appreciate your help in ensuring that stu- dents are here during important test days. It is imperative that you get your children to school on time! If testing has started, students will not be admitted into the classroom. Helpful Hints at Home • Help your student develop a positive attitude about testing. Thinking positively can turn test anxiety into test success!! • Make sure your student is on time EVERY test day. Students may not feel comfort- able, focused or relaxed if they miss school or arrive late. • Encourage your student to get plenty of rest. • Encourage your child to do his/her best! To: Parents, Guardians, and Employees of Mesa Unified School District #4 From: John Amenson-Maintenance Supervisor / Asbestos Coordinator Subject: Asbestos Awareness and Management Plan The Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) requires all private and public elemen- tary schools and secondary schools to inspect for asbestos containing materials in school buil- dings and to submit a report (Management Plan) to the State of Arizona. The AHERA protocol also states that the Local Education Agency (LEA) perform a three year inspection and every six months a site surveillance inspection and to notify all parties concerned of any changes or upda- tes. Parent and employee notifications must be made on a yearly basis. During the school year there may be asbestos removed from this location if a response action is required, and or renova- tions. The Mesa Public Schools Management Plans are available for review at the Operations Plan is located at 555 S. Lewis Street, Mesa, AZ 85210. Your specific Management Plan is located at each schools administration office. Although some material containing small amounts of asbestos were identified in your facility, they present no health hazard to students, and staff. These materials are inspected every six months as stated. If you have any questions concerning this, please contact me at 480-472-6014. Thank You, John Amenson Jramenson@mpsaz.org Jefferson Elementary School Newsletter April / May 2011 edition 120 S. Jefferson * Mesa, AZ 85208 * (480) 472-8700 * www.mpsaz.org/jefferson Timothy A. Moe, Principal MPS to continue offering free full-day kindergarten in 2011-2012 What: Parent Meeting “Inclusion” Mesa Public Schools will continue offering free full-day kin- When: Tuesday, May 3rd dergarten for 2011-12. The Board and administration believe this decision is in Time: 6:30pm the best interest of students. Where: MPR Room Next year, the state will require implementations of the new Common Core state It is educationally imperative standards in reading, writing and mathematics for all kindergartners. Addition- that children with disabilities ally, a recently revised law will impact incoming kindergarten students who will have quality experiences in not be promoted to fourth grade if the third-grade AIMS reading score indicates inclusive environments and the child is reading “far below” the third-grade level. positive interactions with Given the increased academic expectations, the district believes that the ex- typically developing children tended instructional time of full-day kindergarten will benefit students. of a similar age. Half-day kindergarten will be available upon demand. This year, about 100 stu- Come learn more….! dents (of 4,896 kindergartners) participated in regional half-day programs at the parents’ request. Parent Input Forms Important Reminder from the Attendance Due April 29, 2011 Office If there is a change in how your child will be get- Student placement for the 2011-2012 school year is a team de- ting home for the day, please remember to call the cision made with the sending and receiving teachers. However, office by 1:00pm. We appreciate your help as this a parent may choose to provide additional insights about his or will ensure we have additional time to communi- her child’s academic needs and concerns. We have parent in- cate to both students and teachers. Many times put forms available in the front office. Forms will be available students are in a special class and extra time is April 25th and need to be turned into the office by Friday, April needed for communication. Call (480) 472-8700 29th. Late forms will not be accepted. Current teachers will for transportation changes. read the Parent Input forms and use the information during our placement process. Be advised, we cannot guarantee placement with a specific teacher. Please be assured that we have your child’s best inter- est in mind and we will work hard to make the best placement possible for your child. Some talented Jefferson artists were chosen to be a part of two spe- **CORRECTION** cial displays. Ms. Brereton’s 6th grade art students recently drew portraits of the U.S. presidents. Some were chosen to be included Congratulations again to 6th in a Presidential Portrait Gallery which included illustrations of all graders Matt Davis, Taylor 44 presidents. Kimberly Hernandez’s picture of Thomas Jefferson Robertson and Cziana Stanton is on display in the children’s section of the Mesa Public Library for making Principal’s List. (63 E. and First Street). Gabe Garcia’s picture of John Tyler and Haley Ole- (Please note that the Feb / sek’s picture of Lyndon B. Johnson are on display at the Red Mountain Branch March newsletter noted them Library which is located at 635 N. Power Road. It would be well worth your as being in the 5th grade) time to visit these libraries and view the artwork of local students, including some of our own. Jefferson Elementary School Newsletter April / May 2011 edition 120 S. Jefferson * Mesa, AZ 85208 * (480) 472-8700 * www.mpsaz.org/jefferson Timothy A. Moe, Principal Upcoming dates to remember…. April 8 - Respect Lunch 10 -16 - Library Week 11 - 12 - Stanford Testing (Grade 2) 11 - 16 - AIMS Testing (Grades 3-6) 12 - Kindergarten “Sea Life Aquarium” Fieldtrip 9am - 12pm 17 - 22 - Public School Volunteer Week 18 - FIAT Meeting 2:30pm in the library 19 - Kindergarten—3rd Grade Playday!! 8am - 1:40pm 19 - PTO meeting 3:00 - 3:45pm 21 - 5th Grade Fieldtrip to Usery Park 8:30am - 1:30pm 22 - April Break— NO SCHOOL 27 - Administrative Professionals Week 28 - Top Cat Testing 29 - Crossing Guard Appreciation Day!! May 3 - Teacher Appreciation Day!! 3 - Parent Meeting @ 6:30pm in the MPR (Topic of the meeting will be “Inclusion” ) 10 - PTO meeting 3:00 - 3:45pm 11 - School Nurse Day 13 - Respect Lunch 15 - 21st - Educational Bosses Week 16 - FIAT Meeting 2:30pm in the library 16 - Spring Band Concert 6:00pm in the MPR (5th & 6th grade band students) 17 - Orchestra Concert 6:30pm **Students need to arrive at 6:00pm** 18 - Spring Band & Orchestra Assembly K-3 grade @ 9:15 4-6 grade @10:00am 19 - Top Cat Testing 20 - Honor Roll Celebration - 8:00am in the MPR 20 - 6th grade “Yearbook signing” 10:45am - 12:30pm @ Peter Piper Pizza 24 - 6th grade vs. Teachers Volleyball game 8:05am - 9:35am @ the Rec Center 26 - 6th grade “End of Year” celebration @ Brunzwick Bowling 9:30am - 12:00pm 26 - Last day of school, have a safe Summer break!!
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