This time of year, I reflect on the many blessing we all enjoy. The children that we share are one of the greatest joys in my life. Parents who support our efforts are another blessing. Please know I believe we are here to serve you and value the partnership we have. Our turnout for parent teacher conferences was nearly 100%. There are many data points that indicate what we are doing together make us a GREAT SCHOOL.
As great as we are, we can always be better. We are always examining areas for improvement. We analyze data to identify who needs more help to be prepared for “Success at the Next Level.” Our teachers are constantly working to meet the needs of all students as they collaborate about challenges to be overcome. As stated in previous newsletters, anything you can do to help students understand and work with fractions is invaluable. In addition, reading and math fact fluency are very important for students’ success.
In addition, our counselor, Mrs. Kurt-Mason, seeks to help students in a variety of ways as they develop socially and emotionally. From mindfulness, to conflict resolution, to cognitive assessments, she is a phenomenal asset. If you have read this far, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for your child to get a treat.
Finally, attendance is a very important aspect of school success. With only 160 days of school, each day is more critical than ever in terms of concepts to be learned. If your child is not contagious with anything that could be brought to school, PLEASE have them here so we can invest in their readiness and work toward “Success at the Next Level.”
If you ever have feedback that will help us grow and improve in any way, please do not hesitate to contact me or another appropriate staff member, In addition, if you ever have questions about our practices or programs, please ask. Have a great Holiday Season with your family.
Mustang Mentors are students selected by their teachers for demonstrating strength in one or all of our 8 Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Skills: Name It to Tame It, Body Awareness, Focused Attention, Self-Awareness, Golden Rule, Growth Mindset, Mindfulness, & Leadership.
Mustang Mentors are announced once a month at our Mustang School Spirit Day and will be honored for one month. Their photos will be posted on the Mustang Mentor Wall. If you would like more information about each of our 8 skills, please email email@example.com.
At 12:00 on November 18th, nerves and anticipation mounted. Forty-one students were transformed into the cast and crew for the musical Annie Jr. The first performance would start in an hour. Costumes were donned and the stage was set. New wireless microphones were taped to the cheeks of performers. Finally the moment had come. Orphans lay behind the curtain and listened as Mr. Klein announced to the audience (the entire student body) that the play was beginning. “Showtime!” The cast and crew of Annie Jr. performed spectacularly. They provided a heart warming performance that was, at times, zany! Through the weeks of hard work and rehearsals, students memorized lines, practiced being reliable members of a team, and found new passions. We are so grateful for the commitment and dedication of all involved.
Wednesday, November 24th, was Etna Elementary’s annual Turkey Trot. Mrs. Helgesen and the Star Valley High School Cross Country team worked together to make the day a success. The top three girls and boys in each grade level received a certificate and the chance to display the Turkey Trophy in their classroom for the month. They also got to choose someone they admired to wear a turkey hat for the day. In spite of the cold and wet, the kids had a great time.
If your child placed in the top of their age group and you would like a picture, please call Mrs. Baker at 307-885-2472 and she will be happy to share one with you.