August 29, 2016
Welcome back continuing Roadrunner families and welcome to our newest Roadrunners! I hope you all had a wonderful summer with family and friends. It is hard to believe that the 2016- 2017 school year has arrived. We are excited for a great start and look forward to seeing so many Roadrunner families at our Kindergarten Camp, Meet and Greet, and PTA Kickoff Tailgate. Coles is bustling with excitement as our students step foot in the building and begin a year of continued learning, STEM activities, environmental awareness opportunities, hands on science activities, math games and math groups, reading, writing, exploration, and goal setting.
The staff at Coles has worked hard to prepare for our students and are ready to embark on this new adventure. Please use class or staff webpages, the Coles webpage, Coles Facebook and Twitter pages, PTA facebook and webpage, and parent portal to keep abreast of all that goes on throughout the school year and how your child(ren) are doing in their elementary career.
Please take a moment to ask your child about ROADY tickets and how they
earn them. Additionally, students who are demonstrating Quality Student behaviors ALL day, EVERY day AND have met ALL of their goals in ALL subjects on common assessments, will be positively reinforced for the good choices they have made in their learning with a personal invitation to attend a Quarterly Celebration. These are always a lot of fun for our students who have been invited to attend. Again, the decision to meet this criteria is up to each individual student.
We also want our parents to play a role in encouraging their child(ren)to be reflective in their approach to setting, monitoring, and reaching goals. Students in grades 3-5 will be coming home at each interim time with their data folders to review with parents and discuss strategies they used to reach goals and things they can do to improve their performance. This will prove to be a valuable experience for our students as we encourage responsibility and accountability. Some classrooms will also be focused on teaching students how to lead Student Led Conferences with their parents at the scheduled Parent/ Teacher Conference Day in November. Students will share their learning accomplishments and reflections of continuous improvement.
We would like to thank the generous donations from PTA to assist us in purchasing library books, and laptop computers. This year, we will be including a new space in the building called a Maker Space. This will be used by all students and classrooms as they brainstorm, explore, and go through the problem solving process while using their science, math, artistic skills, engineering, creativity, reading, and writing to build STEM projects. The Fitness Trail will continue to be used to promote physical activity on a daily basis to build their core. Mrs. Brady explains the rules and expectations for using the Fitness Trail to all students at the beginning of the school year to make sure they know the importance of staying safe.
We look forward to another great year of working with our PTA Executive Board and Members to directly impact student learning as we set goals to be able to purchase additional technology equipment and tools for our Maker Space to benefit students.
We can't wait to see parents at Back to School Night on September 26 for grades K-2 and September 27 for grades 3-5. Thank you for your continued support and active participation in your child's education. We look forward to a terrific school year!
Together in learning,