Winter break begins at the end of the day on Friday, December 19th. School will reopen on Monday, January 5th. Everyone at Fox School wishes you a very happy and healthy holiday season!
This Saturday is our Holiday Gift Mart. The event is from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Please make sure that you bring your ticket with you. No one will be able to attend without it. If you have any questions, please call the school office.
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.
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.
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.
There is no school Tuesday, November 4.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.