Posted December 11th, 2013 by Mrs. Peacock
Please join us on Friday, December 13, for our Winter Wonderland from 5:30-7:30 pm. There will be fun activities for the whole family. The 5/6 Drama Club will present “Big Bad & Little Red” at 6:00 pm in room 119. There will be crafts, a cake walk, face painting, and a bake sale. Tickets are 25 cents each for these activities. We also will have snacks for sale and our holiday gift shop will be open.
As a reminder, all children must be accompanied by an adult. Hope to see you all there!
The Anne Fox PTA
Posted November 20th, 2013 by Mrs. Peacock
Dear Anne Fox Families,
As you know, at Fox we believe all students are capable of success. As such, we are very focused on monitoring student growth over the course of the school year. When we set MAP goals with students, they are geared toward measuring growth from fall to spring. November 8th marked the end of the first trimester. This is a perfect time of the year for students to reflect upon academic goals they have set for the year and check their progress. Report cards were sent home on November 19th.
Just as our students set goals for their learning, we do the same thing at the buiding level. Last month, teachers from the Fox School Leadership Team joined us in the opportunity to share our School Improvement Plan with Superintendent DuRoss and the administrative cabinet. The plan was devised by the Fox staff after analyzing several pieces of data to determine our next steps to improve learning. Our School Improvement Plan is focused on: instruction, assessment, intervention, and enrichment and is the guiding document to ensure our students attain our achievement goals for this school year. It is every staff members’ mission to ensure the success of all of our students; therefore, we will monitor our MAP data and other progress monitoring tools very closely to make sure our daily decisions about instruction meet the needs of all students.
In the winter we use the results to check student progress and help us inform future instruction. We want our students to give their best effort on the Winter MAP test, so that we get the most accurate picture of the current level of performance. To support your child in this effort, we ask that your child be well-rested, eat a healthy breakfast, and feel encouraged to do his/her best. We are proud of any student that tries his or her best, regardless of the resulting score.
In closing, we’d like to say that we are truly thankful for being able to witness the academic growth and daily successes of the students at Anne Fox. We are thankful for the support of our parents; providing assistance in homework, encouraging reading in the home, and practicing math facts. We are thankful for our dedicated staff members who are the Treasure Hunters of our school, searching for the talents and gifts each child has to offer. Thank you for supporting your child’s educational success and sharing the belief; All children are capable of success – NO EXCEPTIONS!
Posted November 14th, 2013 by Mrs. Peacock
Please remember to send all chocolate orders to school with your student by Friday, November 15. We appreciate all your support!
Posted November 1st, 2013 by Mrs. Peacock
Monday, November 4, will begin the World’s Finest Chocolate Sale. Look for the flyers being sent home with students.
Posted October 31st, 2013 by Mrs. Peacock
Due to the rain, the afternoon Halloween parade has been cancelled.
Posted October 31st, 2013 by Mrs. Peacock
The Early Childhood and Kindergarten parade has been cancelled due to the rain.
Posted October 28th, 2013 by Mrs. Peacock
Dear Fox Families:
Please note that there are some significant changes to the Halloween parties this year.
First, no parents will be allowed into the building during Halloween parties unless you are a room parent or a classroom helper that has been contacted by the PTA. With the teachers, room helpers and children trying to manage their costumes, the classrooms get overcrowded quickly when even just a few extra parents show up.
For those parents who have been notified that they are a room helper, please note that we will no longer allow siblings in the classrooms during party times, even if they too attend the school. In the past, this has often been very distracting for the school children, the siblings, the parents and the teachers.
The biggest change this year is regarding candy and treats in the classrooms. We are now changing the Halloween policy to match the Birthday Treats policy that we have had in place for a couple of years now. Due to various allergies present in our classrooms, we ask you not to send any edible treats to school for your child to pass out to his/her classmates. Pencils, stickers, and other fun items such as spider rings, are great alternatives. Please adher to this guideline for treats, as HOME BAKED GOODS, CANDY AND OTHER EDIBLES WILL BE RETURNED HOME WITH YOUR CHILD.
Many fun activities will take place during the parties. Students have a great time at our parade and parties each year. Students in Early Childhood through grade 2 will participate in the Halloween parade. Early Childhood and Kindergarten students will be allowed to wear their cotumes to school. Students in grades 1-2 who bring costumes to school will be allowed to change into their costume following lunch/recess.
AM Early Childhood and Kindergarten – Students will parade outside following announcements (approximately 8:50 am). Students will travel around the school building. All spectators are asked to remain outside for the duration of the parade; staying on the sidewalk and blacktop. We will exit and enter through the side entrance doors. The parade will be cancelled if it is raining.
PM Early Childhood through 2nd Grade – We will have an outdoor parade that will occur prior to afternoon parties (approximately 1:30 pm). All spectators are asked to remain outside for the duration of the parade. Students will travel around the school building this year, staying on the sidewalk and blacktop. We will exit and enter through the main entrance. The parade will be cancelled if it is raining.
Posted October 22nd, 2013 by Mrs. Mackh
At our conferences, many parents expressed an interest in ways they could help their children with math at home. The District’s Math Department has provided us with some links to online resources that we’d like to share with you.
For more information on helping your child learn mathematics (with activities from pre-school to grade five), go to http://www2.ed.gov/parents/academic/help/math/index.html
For fluency practice: http://xtramath.org/
For strategies and addition fluency practice: http://gregtangmath.com/
For videos and additional examples: http://www.khanacademy.org/commoncore/map
Everyday Math Online: http://em-ccss.everydaymathonline.com/g_login.html
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics: http://www.nctm.org/resources/families.aspx
Posted October 16th, 2013 by Mrs. Mackh
Children benefit from joining school clubs in many ways. Research shows that participating in activities outside of the regular school day can:
- increase children’s self-esteem and self-confidence,
- build new skills,
- enhance creativity,
- teach time management and prioritizing,
- foster new relationships,
- develop new interests,
- build character,
- and teach about making long-term commitments.
Parents may sometimes worry that their child’s grades will drop if he or she joins a club or activity because it might mean less time for homework. This is not true; many studies actually show that students who participate in extracurricular activities usually earn better grades than children who do not.
We are proud that Anne Fox offers a variety of clubs for students. We strongly encourage you to support your child’s decision to join a club at school.
Posted October 7th, 2013 by Mrs. Peacock
Student-led conferences will take place on October 10 and October 11. Please keep in mind these conferences do involve your child so he/she should attend with you.
Fall MAP reports were sent home with students on Friday. Each report accompanied a letter explaining the report. Although you will have the opportunity to follow up with your child’s teacher during your child’s conference this week, depending on your questions or concerns, there may need to be an additional conversation so that it does not take away from the student-led focus of our conferences.
Please remember that Thursday, October 10 is a half-day. Students in 1st – 6th grades will be dismissed at 11:40, and there will be no kindergarten or early childhood classes that day. There is no school on Friday, October 11 and Monday, October 13.