Whittier Roar Whittier Mission: Provide a well rounded education, in a safe environment, where students will work as a community of learners to accomplish October 2009 educational goals. 2009-2010 School Calendar Principal’s Corner Oct. 9 Fall Recess – NO SCHOOL Dear Parents, Thank you for attending Open House last month. Nov. 4 Picture Retakes Open House is a wonderful opportunity to find out what Nov. 11 Veterans Day – NO SCHOOL your child will be learning during the year and what their Nov. 13 End of First Trimester teacher’s expectations are for homework , academics and behavior. Nov. 23 & 24 Parent/Teacher Conferences – NO SCHOOL We are looking for parents who are interested in Nov. 25, 26 & 27 Thanksgiving Recess – NO SCHOOL participating in the PTA this year. The PTA is involved in fundraising activities and after hours activities for students and parents. For example, last year the PTA organized the Fall Festival around October. Parents and students from the Health Office participated in games, went through a haunted house and There is much collaboration and planning ate lunch. Fall Festival was on a Saturday afternoon. If being done in the state and APS in regards to the you are interested in participating in PTA, please contact H1N1 virus. The new guidance from the CDC recognizes the office or Diane Kinnabrew at 255-2008. the need to balance the risks of illness among students and There is no school on October 9 due to Fall Break. staff with the benefits of keeping students in school. Currently, the best defense against illness is prevention. Have a Wonderful Month, Families, students and school staff can keep from getting Cindy Bazner sick with the flu in three ways: Principal 1. Practicing good hand hygiene. Students and staff members should wash their hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol based hand sanitizers are also effective. 2. Practicing respiratory etiquette. The main way that the flu is spread is from person to person in the droplets Standards Based Progress Reports produced by coughs and sneezes, so its important to As the first 9 weeks comes to an end, it is important to talk about cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you the changes in report cards for our school. We will no longer be cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or using the report card, but instead the Standards Based Progress sneeze into your hands. Report (SBPR). 3. Staying home if your sick. Keeping sick students at home means that they keep their virus to themselves The SBPR is different from the report cards of the past and will rather than sharing them with others. take some getting used to. We are excited about the change as the If your child presents with fever and a cough or sore throat, SBPRs give more detailed information about student performance you will be called to pick them up immediately. Sick and really helps parents understand the areas of need for students. individuals must stay at home for at least 24 hours after The new way of rating students is different than we have had in they no longer have fever or do not have signs of fever, the past. Attached to the back of this edition of the Roar is a two without using fever-reducing drugs. Keeping children with a page document from APS titles “Parents’ Guide to the Standards fever at home will reduce the number of people who may Based Progress Report (SBPR).” We highly recommend you take get infected. a look at it and become familiar with the new rating system. At Open House, we handed out grade level standards. These are For more information, visit www.flu.gov, or call 1-800-CDC- the standards which teachers will be rating students. If you have INFO for the most current information about the flu. For not received a copy of the Parent Friendly standards, you are more information about flu in our community, and what our welcome to ask your teacher for a copy. school is doing, visit the APS website or the NM Department of Health website. We will notify you of any additional changes to our school’s strategy to prevent the spread of the flu. — October Roar page 2 Whittier Roar October 2009 Page 2 Art from the Counselor’s Corner Teacher Dear Parents, As some of you might know, Friday, September 18 was my Hello Whittier Families, last day at Whittier. It is with some sadness that I leave this My name is Paula Ness, and I am excited to be at Whittier school and community. Whittier has undergone so many changes in the last 8 years. We have experienced Elementary as the APS Fine Arts Teacher! I will be tremendous growth as a community. As for myself, I know teaching on site for the full school year, providing students that Whittier has helped to shape the type of school with a variety of art experiences. The Art room is located counselor I am today. When I first started at Whittier 8 in the Multi-Purpose room on the south side of the school. years ago, I was fresh out of graduate school and very This is a wonderful space for students to learn art in and I am very happy to have a room dedicated to the creative inexperienced. This community has helped me grow and process for the students of Whittier. learn to work with so many different individual and cultures as well as so many different challenges that we face each Lessons will focus on learning the basic elements of art. day. The children of Whittier are truly some of the most Multi-cultural connection, geography, literacy, math, resilient children I have ever had the privilege to know. science and history will be incorporated into many of the These students are smart, capable and have some of the lessons, as well as the study of individual artists. largest hearts I have ever seen. I am sad to leave them. I have seen siblings come and go from Whittier and have Art can enhance the learning process by allowing students gotten to know families through the eyes of the children to make decisions, create and invent, build organizational which is a wonderful sight. skills, observe carefully, experience different materials and their uses, while developing confidence and self esteem. Thank you to everyone who helped my along my journey. Thank you to the parents who stop at nothing to make sure If you have any questions or comments, please contact me their children succeed. Thank you to the staff which does through the school and I will get back to you as soon as so many amazing things with your children to help them possible. learn. Thank you Whittier! I look forward to a great year! Respectfully, Paula Ness, APS Art Specialist Heather Fried Professional School Counselor BE SAFE & courteous ! Everyday Reading Opportunities slow down ! Excerpt from “Everyday Reading Opportunities” http://www.kidshealth.org/parent/positive/all_reading/everyday_reading.html We all need to work together to keep our Car trips, errands, and waits in checkout lines and doctor’s offices students safe and be good neighbors. are all opportunities for reading. Keep books or magazines in your car, diaper bag, or backpack to pull out whenever your ‘re E c ~ d c going to be in one place for awhile. Even if you can’t finish a Remember to practice patience and safety book, read a few pages or discuss some of the pictures. Encourage older kids to bring favorite books and magazines along in the parking lots and surrounding streets. wherever you go. Please remember to use the pick-up/drop-off lane on the East side of school, Other reading moments to take advantage of throughout the day: don’t block our neighbors’ driveways, and please don’t park in the bus lanes, • in the morning, before breakfast or getting dressed • after dinner, when kids are relaxed Thank you! • bath time (with plastic, waterproof books) • bedtime Reading opportunities are everywhere you go. Read signs aloud to your baby while you’re driving. Ask your preschooler to “read” pictures on boxes at the store and tell you about them. Have older kids tell you what’s on the shopping list. — October Roar page 3 Whittier Roar Banda Bear News October 11, 2009 September 2009 Page 23 Everyday Math Indian Education Representatives Needed: Bandelier Community Bulletin Board Academic Improvement Plans (AIPs) The Indian Parent Committee & the APS Indian Education • • • • • - by Miguel Valdez, 4th vacant, one for Committee have two positionsGrade Teacher an at-large parent You may have already gone through the Academic Carpenter/Handyman For Hire The Everydayfrom for aAlbuquerque student representative. in representative Math Curriculum has been used a student the community with Improvement Plan (AIP) with your student, you may have just APS and one high school Framing, “remodel add-ons”, you about it, or you may not had your student’s teacher talk to door & window installation, here at Whittier Elementary for the past eight years. It is a For information, call the Indian Education Office at 884-6392, paint & trim, drywall repair, floor tile, demolition, even know what an AIP is. Regardless of where you fall on the researched based or visit www.apsied.com. has been approved curriculum that yard work & trash hauling. Minor home repairs are our specialty. continuum, here’s some information for you on the process and Honest & reliable. Reasonable rates with excellent references. Indian Parent Committee Cluster. adopted by the whole Highland Meeting Set for Sept. 16: why. Please call Avery at 907-4110. Multiple times a year students are given district Everyday Math uses the spiral method approach tomeeting at The Indian Parent Committee will hold their monthly • • • • • assessments that determeine whether or not the students is learning. The16, in the Ziaparents are encouragedtheattend. 6 pm, Sept. Elementary Cafeteria, 440 Jefferson spiral method teaches students to material For and math. If a student fails to proficient in the areas of reading Sale! NE. All native APS and then touches on it throughout future units as attain proficiency, the student qualifies for an AIP. An AIP is a Twin over twin space saver style bunk bed, desk, bookcase written to help the student attain proficiency by and plan that isand drawers attached; includes 2 twin mattressesthe a well. Learners may not master the concept the first time spring. spring. Great price the specific areas of need and addresses box The plan looks at $250. Perfect for families with small it is covered, but due to the spiral methods they will have what classroom and home interventions are needed to help the children or to have an extra bed for sleepovers. other opportunities to learn and utilize the concepts. Call Karen or measurements (called short cycle student. The plan uses specificJohn at 265-2856 assessment) to determine progress. •By law, Kindergarten • • • • You can see examples of this method in your child’s math students are not a part of the AIP process. journals. In math boxes, the first set of boxes cover the Gingerbread & Gumdrops Holiday Craft Show Teachers must complete AIPs for students prior of the Saturday, November 7 • 9:00 AM–4:00 PM material that has already been covered, the second set of end of the second grading period. We encourages parents to be Congregational Preschool at 2801 Lomas Blvd, NE. boxes are material that is currently being covered, and involved in the writing of the AIP. Most teachers will start Contact Madeline Edgar at 884-8567 or firstname.lastname@example.org for talking to you and/or writing the AIP arount Parent Teacher the last set of math boxes is a preview of what is to come. details or to reserve a vendor space. Conference week. Teachers are responsible for contacting you Everyday Math includes many aspects of everyday life. It the • • • and letting you know about • • AIP. They are required to brings the student’s prior knowledge into the classroom. Need a Housekeeper? documents their attempts to contact you. Call if you refuse to sign So what happensMargaret: 842-8614 the AIP or choose The program uses a lot of manipulatives which are a variety not to be involved in the process? Well, of course we want our • • • • • of materials that students can physically see and parents involved at all times but unfortunately, this do not always Done! Yard WorkNew Mexico state law says handle. Students receive a hands-on approach to learning happen. It is important to note that Call Jimmy: 859-6744 that is directed by the teacher. Students also get the that students not attaining proficiency must participate in • • • • • academic improvement programs designed by the school district. opportunity to learn a variety of games that relate to the Preschool Openings The AIP is written regardless of whether or not a parent signs the concepts they are learning. The students at Whittier Congregational Preschool, in outreach of Again, we want to document and/or is involved an the process. First Congregational Elementary are enjoying this non-traditional way of learning UCC at 2801 Lomas required has openings for Four/Five-Year- stress that a teacher is Blvd, NEto make attempts to contact you Old program for the document their attempts. We want you and they are required to2009-10 school year. Our non-sectarian program believes children learn there are not and welcomes all involved in the whole process so through play, suprises in the end. families. Call 265-5749 necessary progress by If your student makes the for more information. the Commercial Games That Use Math spring, the students will be promoted to the next grade level • • • • • Counting, Adding, and Subtracting without the AIP. If your students fails to make adequate progress, Chutes and Ladders (3+), Hi Ho! Cherry-O (3+), Sorry! (6+), there are several options. First, if the student has made attempts Trouble (5+), Uno (6+) Art in the School and has made growth, but is just not quite at the level needed, a student can be promoted to the next grade with an AIP. This Attributes, Patterns, and Geometry Crazy Eights —traditional card game (4+), Guess Who? (6+), Guess Where? (6+), jigsaw puzzles, Rummikub (8+), tangrams (5+) NEEDS YOU! means that the interventions will continue the next year. Another option is to request the student go to summer school. Students who have AIPs written and submitted to the district prior to the Strategy and Spatial Perception Bandelier’s Art in the School program needs YOU! end of the second grading period, summer school is provided by The a-MAZE-ing Labyrinth (8+), Battleship (7+), Checkers (3+), If you are interested recommendation the School the district. A final option is in being an Art in for retention. This Clue Jr. (5+), Clue (8+), Connect Four (7+), Jenga (6+) , Mancala volunteer for your child’s classroom, option is the last option teachers would like to see happen, but (6+), Memory (6+), Mille Bornes (8+), Othello (8+) please contactis the best for the student. It is important to sometimes retention Katy Slota at email@example.com. We that according volunteers for state law if a parent refuses to note especially needto New Mexico the 3rd, 4th and 5th grades. The retention, the student World of Art: Distant grade allow2009-10 Theme is “Awill be prometed to the next Shores” Mexicali Popcorn • the AIP. Biography: fails to make adequate progress that withAn HeroicIf the studentAssyria’s Royal Portraits in Relief WORDPLAY, I NC. From FamilyFun.com • year, the students will Mask next African Safari: Craft a be retained. No parental approval is Languages Ingredients: for Children at Bandelier necessary. Kuna Women Create a Layered World • Molal 10 cups popped popcorn Mon • 3:15-4:15 Our goal and hope is that if your child is in need of an French Beginners: • Let’s Explore Modern Painting: Mondrian, Kandinsky, 1 tablespoon Intermediate: Tues • 3:15-4:15 French taco seasoning AIP, that you are involved every step of the way. We need your 1/4 cup melted butter • 3:15-4:15 Frankenthaler and Stella German: Tues help. If you have questions regarding the AIP process, you are 1/4 grated Colby or Cheddar Cheese Japanese: Wed • 3:15-4:15 Volunteers receive training to present the lessons, and no teaching welcome to ask you students teacher or contact the office. We the popcorn in a large bowl. In a &Wed • 3:15-4:15 PlaceSpanish A (2nd-6th Grades): Monsmall bowl, mix the taco happy to talk to is necessary in order to will be or art experienceyou about the process. participate. Spanish the 1st Grades): Wed • 3:15-4:15 seasoning withB (K-butter. Add grated cheese, then stir into the warm popcorn. Makes 10 cups. You will have as much fun as the kids! To register: 505-203-6255 or firstname.lastname@example.org — October Roar page 3 Whittier Roar October 2009 Page 4 5th Grade Student Mr. Miner’s Class Submissions “Here is an Acrostic Poem poem done by one of my 5th grade students. She completed this as part of her Genre Mr. Hedges Class - Can Poster. Pairs of students completed a genre poster following our genre study that included the following: Genre you guess what it is ? name, Description, Book List, and art/design to go with it. “ Today I’m going to describe a shirt and you will draw a picture of it. If you guess it Nonfiction - By Eleese Bender, 5th Grade correctly then I described it good. Okay, lets begin. It is a yellow shirt. It has a blue upside down triangle on the front from top to bottom. Nonfiction is something real In red, bold letters on the triangle it says “Bimbo.” Over a million books in stores On the back of the shirt on the very top in blue it has a number 10. At the very bottom of the shirt it says “S. Cabanas.” It you look at Never will you see a lie in this section the tip top it says “Coca Cola” in red letters. The collar is blue and with yellow letters it says the name of the team. Can you guess Fiction is fake like a monkey-jumping fly what team shirt this is? Was it easy or hard? Were you right? I have never seen a monkey in the sky (Answer: A Club America Jersey) By Eliasib Continue to read what lifes about Chavira It looks like two cones stuck together. It This genre is so amazing it will make you shout! has a rough surface. The white line looks like a zipper. It smells like burnt rubber when you use it. It is usually brown. It looks like a In some its people passing away brown lemon. Some people use it to play with. Can you guess what it is? (Answer: A regular football) Or people and how they live everyday By Felipe Now climb into your tents, and let me show you some amazing books!
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