the WILDCAT ! CHAT Find our web page at: www.ttsd.k12.or.us/charles-f-tigard-elementary Volume 23, April 8, 2011 Charles F. Tigard Elementary A Message from our Principal, Mrs. Bunker... 12855 SW Grant Avenue Bond Measure would fund repairs, textbooks and com- Tigard, OR 97223 puters Phone: (503) 431-4400 The Tigard-Tualatin School District has placed a $20 Million bond measure on the Attendance line: (503)431-4405 May 17 ballot. It would fund building repairs and improvements that have been delayed FAX: (503)431-4410 due to budget reductions. Among the repairs and updates that would be made are: Coming Attractions - Roofs at two schools would be replaced to prevent structural damage. Portions of roofs at other schools would also be repaired. - Repairs and updates would be made to electrical, lighting, energy and heating Monday is a day 3 and ventilation systems throughout the district. in our Specials Schedule - Some ﬂoor coverings, equipment and furnishings would be replaced in older buildings. Mon, April 11: BUY SCRIP! A small percent- - Handicapped accessibility would be updated at every school. age of your purchase is given back to the PSO - Leaking windows would be replaced. by the vendors. All proceeds beneﬁt CFT kids! - Emergency lighting would be installed and exterior pavement would be re- Order form attached. paired. •GOLD CLUB, 2:30-4:30pm - A small facility would be constructed for bus parking. •After school Monday classes, 2:30-3:30. - Tracks at several schools would be resurfaced or repaired. Wed, April 13: CFT Chess Tournament, It would also pay to replace outdated textbooks and for computer technology 2:00-5:00pm replacement and upgrades. Thurs, April 14: END 3rd Quarter The districtʼs high school and middle school science textbooks are 14 years old; the elementary curriculum is 9 years old. These books and materials need • GOLD CLUB, 2:30-4:30 updating and replacement. Similarly older computers need replacement and addi- •After school Thursday classes, 2:30-3:30. tional computers/technology are necessary to give greater student access to com- Fri, April 15: NO SCHOOL, Teacher work day puter technology. for report cards. Because the school district is facing a $9.5 Million budget shortfall, neither science textbooks nor computer technology has been included in the districtʼs pro- Thur, April 21: Art Night, 6:30. Details to posed 2011 -12 budget. come! Fri, April 22: Mary Kay Party for Moms and Impact on 2011-12 Budget and Bond Cost information: Friends, 3:00-6:00. Drop in and do a mini- Using bond dollars to pay for these facility repairs and improvements would facial and see what’s available in the Mary make it possible to complete deferred projects while allowing more of the district's Kay cosmetics line. Facials, snacks and child- operating budget to be used for classroom instruction and to keep class sizes care! 10% of your purchase supports an after smaller. school Spanish literacy program next year. This For property owners, the cost of this $20 million bond measure is expected will be a bi-lingual presentation. to be about 36 cents per $1,000 of assessed value or about $6 a month on a home Tues, April 26: 4th Graders on Field Trip assessed at $200,000. To reduce interest costs, this bond measure would be repaid in 6 years. If Thur, April 28: Kindergarten Music Program, approved at the May election, $10 million of the bonds would qualify for interest- 6:30. Bring a can of food for our local Food free ﬁnancing which would also reduce the cost to taxpayers. Bank. Fri, April 29: Family Dance, 6:30-8:00.. Come join CFT families in dance, music, food, and a Do you have any ideas for how to tap the tremendous parent talent in our rafﬂe for a laptop. Cost: $1 per person. Rafﬂe school? Come share your ideas with Dr. Bunker. Tuesday, April 12th, tickets for $5.00. Latino food from a local res- 1:45-2:30 in the library. Bring a friend if you would like. RSVP at 503-431- taurant for sale. Proceeds support an after 4400 or firstname.lastname@example.org school Spanish literacy program next year. Mrs. Schmidtmann’s kindergarteners have been en‐ grossed! We just 3inished learning about safety and the peo‐ ple in our community who help keep us safe. We have started a new unit called “Buggy About Spring!” It is very interesting to read about bugs and lots of fun to draw and write about them! As a special treat on Dr. Suess’s birthday, Starbucks brought us hot chocolate and read us stories. Check us out! Congratulations to this week’s PAWS winners! Benny, Laura, Lily, Maritza, Vanessa, and Ernesto. Love catching you being SAFE, RESPONSIBLE, RESPECTFUL! 2nd GRADE TAG TESTING COMING SOON Miss Witt’s second grade class in Room 108 has been very In the spring of each year, 2nd graders busy with writing projects. Students are now writing two are tested for exceptional intellectual paragraph essays. We just completed a project describing ability using the NNAT test. High our spring breaks. From reading them, I see that there were scores on this test can qualify a stu‐ some fun activities that students experienced over the break. dent for TAG (Talented and Gifted) In science, we are just wrapping up our magnet services. More information will come unit. Students have been discussing how opposite later, but here are answers to some of sides attract and the same sides repel. Also, we the frequently asked questions. have done several strength test experiments using 1. What does the NNAT measure? different types of magnets. The Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT) assesses school learning ability without requiring a student to read, write or Mrs. Foote’s fourth grade class has been on a whaling re‐ speak. Instead, students rely on reasoning and problem search mission. We have created slideshows using a Keynote solving skills to complete the test items. presentation to integrate technology and learning. They are 2..What types of questions are on the NNAT? now using their slideshows to create entertaining speeches There are four categories of questions on the about their whales. As we migrate out of our whale studies NNAT: we will be facing the hardships of the Oregon Trail. • Pattern completion Our class will journey along the trail and test their • Reasoning by Analogy: fates with the long trail west. • Serial Reasoning In math we just worked our way through fractions • Spatial Visualization and are now conquering decimals. The students 3. How long is the test? have made connections between money and deci‐ The test has 38 items to be completed in 30 min‐ mals which has helped their understanding. utes. Towards the end of the month we will get ready for our sec‐ 4. How does the NNAT help my child qualify for TAG? ond round of state testing. As the month ends we will take a A score at or above the 97th percentile on a standardized, 3ield trip to the water festival. Fourth grade has many spring nationally normed test, with behavioral, learning and/or events to engage our students in meaningful learning oppor‐ performance information would qualify a student for TAG in tunities. the area of intellectual ability. Family Art Night – Come and enjoy an evening of art projects for the entire family, Thursday, April 21st from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Learn a little about impressionist paint- ing, blending colors, painting your emotions and more. Volunteers still needed, please contact Stephanie.email@example.com if you can help out.
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