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Principal’s Message

Posted November 25th, 2014 by Mrs. Peacock

Drop and Go Starts!
The “drop and go” is a safe and systematic process for parents to drop children off during arrival time. The main lot will be open for parents to drop-off students along the sidewalk in front of the school.  This drop and go system will run from December 1st until March 20th, which is spring break.  It is very important for the safety of the children that we follow the guidelines below:

  • Drop and go begins at 8:20
  • Do not arrive in parking lot before 8:20, this will alleviate no parking spots for our staff
  • When entering the parking lot follow the one way sign (ALWAYS!)
  • Parents stay in car (staff will assist small students)
  • Students exit at the front door ONLY (students do not exit car until in front of school)
  • Students must exit from the passenger side
  • Exit parking lot immediately following the car in front of you (do not pass car in front of you)
  • If the wind chill is below zero students enter front door, otherwise students walk to their classroom lines

When walking to school, please use sidewalks and avoid walking students through the parking lot.  Walking through the parking lot can pose a serious safety risk for students and impacts the flow of traffic.  In addition, keep in mind that it is unlawful to pass a school bus while its stop sign is out.  Thank you in advance for making adjustments to your morning schedule this winter season.

 

Letter from the Principal

Posted November 10th, 2014 by Mrs. Peacock

Dear Fox Community,

We are preparing for our next round of MAP testing beginning November 17, 2014.  We are excited to monitor the progress of the goals we reviewed with your child earlier this year.  Shortly after the conclusion of the MAP testing window, we will share those results with you.

Starting this testing season and similar to how PARCC will be administered to students in grades 3-8; the MAP test will be web-based on a secure browser.  This web-based format does not change the test or how student results are calculated, but it does provide many advantages including more question types across broader ranges of levels, better proctoring tools for teachers, and additional reports for teachers so we can continuously improve our instruction based on these results.

As always, be sure your child(ren) get a good night sleep, a healthy breakfast and lots of encouragement as they get ready to take this winter MAP test.  We are excited to see the growth our students have made since the fall MAP administration.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Sincerely,

Colette Bell
Principal

Picture Retake Day is Monday, November 10

Posted November 4th, 2014 by Mrs. Peacock

Forms are available in the office if you would like to have your child’s picture retaken, or if you were absent on picture day, September 29, or new to our school.

 

 

 

No School Today – Institute Day

Posted November 4th, 2014 by Mrs. Peacock

There is no school Tuesday, November 4.

Halloween Reminders

Posted October 20th, 2014 by Mrs. Peacock

Halloween is a special time for many children.  To ensure the safety and well-being of all our students, the following guidelines will be in place:

  • Students may not come to school in the morning with make-up or colored hair.
  • No hair colorings, sprays or make-up supplies are to be brought to school.
  • Students should not wear costumes that represent alcohol, drugs, violence or gore (no fake blood).
  • No weapons such as knives, swords, guns/squirt guns, chains or any other type of weapon may be brought to school.
  • No costume props are permitted.

Students in kindergarten-2nd grade will participate in the Halloween parade.  Kindergarten students will be allowed to wear their costumes to school.  Students in grades 1-6 who bring costumes to school will be allowed to change into their costume in the afternoon.  Please follow these guidelines so that Halloween is an enjoyable experience for all.

AM Kindergarten:
Students will parade outside following announcements (approximately 8:50 am).  Students will travel outside through the K doors and back in the front of the building.  All spectators are asked to remain outside for the duration of the parade; staying on the sidewalk and blacktop.  The parade will be cancelled if it is raining.

PM Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade:
We will have an outdoor parade that will begin at approximately 1:30.  Students will travel outside through the primary side of the school building and back in the front of the building.  All spectators are asked to remain outside for the duration of the parade; staying on the sidewalk and blacktop.  The parade will be cancelled if it is raining.

Classroom Parties:
Parties will begin at 2:00 and conclude at 2:45.  PTA room representatives have been asked to volunteer their time for the party.  Room representatives will be working with classroom teachers to provide edible treats for the students.  Please adhere to the guidelines for treats, as home baked goods and other edibles will be returned home with your child.  All volunteers must sign in upon arrival and receive a visitor’s sticker.

If for any reason you do not want your child to participate in the Halloween activities, please inform your child’s teacher and alternate accommodations will be made.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Colette Bell, Principal

Principal’s Message

Posted October 14th, 2014 by Mrs. Peacock

Dear Fox Community,

We hope you have enjoyed meeting with your child’s teacher this week during conferences.  As a new principal it has been a goal to be in classrooms as often as possible.  I have already gotten to know so many of the students and have been amazed by the fabulous effort they are putting forth each and every day.  The students are having fun quizzing me on their names.  I am getting pretty good!  Additionally, we would like to thank our fabulous PTA Book Fair parent volunteers for making it possible to have another successful Scholastic Book Fair this past week.

Lunches
Just a gentle reminder to have your students bring their lunches with them to school in the morning.  While we know occasionally a child forgets his/her lunch or has a special lunch brought, we want to get students into the habit of bringing them in the morning.  This is a very busy time in the office and when there are many lunches dropped off and have to be delivered, it becomes difficult for the secretaries to distribute lunches while keeping the office running.  We appreciate your help with this.

Attendance
We are so proud of all the students who are making it to school on time.  We are off to a great start.  Our instructional day begins promptly each morning and being on time is very important.  As a reminder the tardy bell rings at 8:40.

Senate Bill 16
Here is the link to Superintendent DuRoss’ article about Senate Bill 16: http://sd54.org/blog/2014/09/23/district-54-to-lose-12-5-million-if-senate-bill-16-becomes-law/

PARCC Practice Websites:
This spring, students in grades three through six will be taking the PARCC Assessment.  At Fox, we are providing purposeful learning opportunities that will prepare students to demonstrate their abilities on the PARCC Assessment.  If you are interested in finding out more about PARCC or looking for opportunities to practice, here are two websites to get you started:

Message from the PTA
Reflection projects are due 10/24/14 at 3 pm.  No late projects will be accepted.  Parents must also be a PTA member.

 

 

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Posted October 6th, 2014 by Mrs. Peacock

School will dismiss at 11:40 am on Thursday, October 9, for parent-teacher conferences.    There will be no classes for Kindergarten on this day.

No school on Friday, October 10

No school on Monday, October 13

We hope to see everyone at the conferences and enjoy the long weekend!

 

 

 

Meet Me at the Sock Hop

Posted September 29th, 2014 by Mrs. Peacock

The Anne Fox PTA invites you to celebrate homecoming.

  • When:  Friday, October 3, 2014
  • Time:   5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
  • Where: Anne Fox Gym
  • Cost:     $1 per person or 1 can of goods per person

Pizza, juice and snacks available for purchase.

  • Children must attend with their parents.
  • Expired food cans will not be accepted.
  • Food cans will be donated to our local food pantry.
  • Parent volunteers are needed for this event.

 

 

Letter from the Principal

Posted September 19th, 2014 by Mrs. Peacock

We are very excited about the wonderful start we have had to the 2014-2015 school year.  A new area of focus at Anne Fox Elementary School is our PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention System) behavior system.  This program centers around recognizing positive behavior on a regular basis.  Gold “Fox Pride” tickets are handed out daily by staff members to reinforce the expectations that have been established in the school/classroom.  These tickets are put into a classroom box and teachers are having weekly Thursday drawings to reward the students demonstrating appropriate behavior.  The students have a second opportunity to win the office drawing on Friday.  It is very exciting to listen to the winners being announced over the intercom!!

You may have heard about or seen our theme for the year “Create Our Image.”  The PBIS Team chose this theme in hope that students would always think about what image they want to create for themselves through their actions, decisions and overall behavior.  It is important to create a positive image for ourselves and for Anne Fox School.

I will continue to include information on PBIS and all of its exciting components in my newsletters and Fox Tales articles.  Be sure to ask your child who the weekly winners were at school and how he or she has been working to create THEIR best image.

 

Colette Bell
Principal

 

 

Safety Reminder

Posted September 12th, 2014 by Mrs. Peacock

Please remember the following safety tips during arrival and dismissal times:

  • The parking lot will be closed from 8:20-8:40 am and 2:50-3:10 pm.
  • Remember to only cross the street at the crosswalk where we have a crossing guard.
  • Avoid pulling into driveways and backing out, as well as 3-point turns.
  • Be respectful of our neighbors by not blocking driveways.
  • Use the sidewalk to walk around the school; please do not cut through the parking lot.
  • Refrain from using your cell phone when driving in a school zone.

Thank you in advance for helping to keep our children safe!