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Principal's Corner

Nov. 21, 2017
 
So much has been happening at Rowland Elementary! During October we highlighted National Anti-Bully Month. Throughout the month, we worked with students on ways to address bullying at school and the neighborhood. We extended this learning to the digital world by teaching Digital Citizenship lessons which focused on teaching kids to be safe on-line. We also continued our efforts to make attendance a priority through our Attendance Challenges. The students did a great job on attendance and met the challenge. Check out the Slime the Principal slideshow to see students, staff, and the community enjoy the event.
 
Parents, we have some new educational resources for you and your students. Please visit our Library and Media Center page to access links related to reading and language. These links are an excellent resource that kids can use to build their language and literacy skills. Go to www.rowlandelemschool.org and then select the Academics tab to access the Library page. You can also find a multitude of other academic resources related to math, digital learning, and more at our Computer Lab page which you can also select from the Academics tab.
 
Some of our November highlights included:
·  Pedestrian Safety Month - We have stressed the importance of using safe habits whenever students are
   walking and riding a bike or scooter. Watch this video that highlights why pedestrian safety is so important to
   us. 
·  STEM Family Learning Night - We had over 150 families attend and participate in learning activities in
   science, technology, engineering, and math. Students from the leadership club assisted with activities and
   registration – they are super stars! It was a fun filled learning event. Thank you to parents and students for
   attending. Thank to you to our teachers and staff who planned and organized the event. Check out the
   STEM Night and Green Screen Magic slideshows for a glimpse of the fun and learning that took pace. Please
   join us at our next Family Learning event.
·  Parent University - We partnered with Jellick Elementary to provide parents with a 7 session training series
   from Mind Growers. This Parent University is designed to help increase student academic achievement by
   developing parents as home learning leaders and enhancing existing home-school collaboration.
·  Fun Friday Attendance Challenge - We are working to improve our attendance on  Mondays and Fridays. We
   will continue Fun Fridays into December.
 
Looking ahead into December there is much in store including:
·   Our students will be finishing a writing workshop unit and will have a post assessment. This assessment will
    help us determine the progress each student is making and identify what supports children need to continue
    their writing development.
·   Trimester student recognition assemblies are scheduled and we will honor students for attendance, Honor
    Roll, and the Rockin’ Rascal Award. The student recognition assemblies are very important to us. They honor
    the students for their effort, and also acknowledge the support kids receive from parents, teachers, and
    school staff. 
·   Hour of Code is Dec 4-8. This is a global initiative in nearly 200 countries to introduce computer science and
    computer programming to students. We are excited to once again participate in this event.
·   We will be continuing the Parent University.
·   The Fun Friday Attendance Challenge continues.
 
As a reminder, winter break start on December 18 and end on January 5.
 
On behalf of the Rowland Elementary staff, I wish every student and family the happiest of holidays and all the best for 2018.
 
Sincerely, 
John Martinez
Principal, Rowland Elementary School
 
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Principal's Corner is a recurring feature consisting of stories and information about Rowland Elementary School. 
 
Click here for the Principal’s Message, which is an annual greeting and message from Mr. Martinez.
 
 
 
 
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