eFolder for September 14

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Happy Friday! Can you believe that we are at the midpoint of our first quarter? Mid-term reports for Grades 4-8 will be emailed to parents and guardians early next week. Kindergarten – Grade 3 students do not receive a mid-term report, however, if you have any questions or concerns about your child’s school performance or grades, please contact their teacher.

ITBS Testing- 3rd, 5th and 7th

From September 17, 2018 to September 28, 2018, your student will take the Iowa Assessments™. The purpose of this letter is to inform you about the tests so that—with your support and encouragement—your student will do his or her best on the tests.

About the Iowa Assessments

The Iowa Assessments help determine how students are performing on nationwide standards. These assessments measure achievement in several important content areas including Vocabulary, Word Analysis, Reading, Listening, Language, Mathematics, Computation, Social Studies, and Science. The exact tests that your student takes will depend on his or her grade level.

The Iowa Assessments help teachers identify a student’s strengths and areas that may need additional emphasis. The Iowa Assessments also measure student growth and progress in the content areas assessed from year to year. The assessments produce information that enables sound decision making and provides a focus for teachers to evaluate instruction.

Each test includes sample questions to help students become familiar with the content and format of the tests. Samples help inexperienced test takers understand what to do—how to mark answers and move from question to question.

Most questions are read aloud, and students mark their choices in their test booklets by filling in a circle for each question. All test questions are multiple choice.

How your student can prepare for test taking—and what you can do to help

A student who is well rested and well fed and has a positive attitude about testing is best prepared for testing. You can help your student do his or her best by considering these tips:

  • Make sure your student is in school and on time on test days. Reschedule dentist appointments and other out-of-school time on non-testing days.

  • Make sure your student gets a good night’s sleep and eats a healthy breakfast before each day of testing.

  • Remind your student that these tests are only one part of the school day. Emphasize that you have confidence in his or her ability to do the best job possible.

  • Remind your student to listen carefully to the directions and to each question as it is read aloud during testing. Encourage your student to ask the teacher for help if he or she does not understand the directions.

Score reporting and how we use test results

The school will receive test scores in about 6 weeks. These scores will indicate how your student performed on the tests compared with students across the nation in the same grade. Scores will be reported to parents. You are then welcome to discuss those scores with teachers.

Thank you very much for encouraging and supporting your student during testing.

Parents Web

Did you know that you can access a copy of the weekly eFolder, as well as many important documents and forms through Parents Web? Located in the Resource Documents area you will find copies of many of the forms that have been sent home, as well as a copy of the Parent / Student Handbook, Extra-Curricular Handbook, and the Chromebook Policy. Resource Documents can be found in the menu on the left side of the Parents Web page under School Information. If you need a copy of the School Medication Authorization form, Free and Reduced Lunch Application, Scrip Order Form, the Volunteer Packet, or a copy of the school calendar, you can find them in the Resource Documents. A copy of the current week’s eFolder is also located there.

Improvements in the Grotto Area

We currently have a group that is working to beautify the grotto area of the playground. The work completed looks amazing, but we need more flagstone to complete the center area. If you have flagstone leftover from a landscaping project at your home, and would be willing to donate it to our project, we would greatly appreciate it. Please see the photos below to get an idea of what we still need.

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Eighth Grade Fundraiser

Join us this Monday, September 17th for the “St. Mark’s Tailgate and Watch Party” to see the Bears vs. Seahawks on Monday Night Football! $5 Entry per person includes the game shown on a giant 220″ screen plus a bratwurst or hot dog meal provided by Pottstown Meat & Deli. Game will be shown outside behind the school. Gate opens at 6:30 PM, with kickoff time of 7:15 PM. Beer/drinks will also be available for donations. All proceeds go to the 8th Grade class fundraiser.

Grandparent Luncheon

A reservation form for the Grandparents / Special Person luncheon on October 4th was sent home with students today. Please be sure to make reservations by the deadline date of September 21st so that Mrs. Driscoll has time to order food and supplies.

Halloween Harvest Festival

Fall is quickly approaching and that means it’s time for our annual Halloween Harvest Festival. One of our largest events each year, takes a ton of help to make it happen. There are plenty of volunteer opportunities still available on Sign Up Genius including Setup, Clean up and Decorations, Providing Baked Goods for the Cake Walk, Serving Food, Game Monitors and of course TRUNK or TREAT. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Amie Slott via email amie.slott or phone 309 643.0642.

Sign up to help at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508084da5ab2ba7fe3-halloween1

Volunteer Opportunities

We need volunteers! There are many opportunities available to help at SMS! To check out where help is needed, visit our SignUp Genius page: https://tinyurl.com/y9bvra4f

  • Room Parents are needed for: 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 8th

  • Help is needed with the Enchanted Book Fair October 1-5.

  • Classroom monitors are needed for Grandparents Luncheon on October 4th

  • Girls’ basketball home games will need help on October 2, 15, 18, 25, and 30

PND News

PND will host an informational night at SMS on Tuesday, October 2nd at 6:30 PM.

Volleyball CEFCU Classic

Saturday | September 15

2 p.m. vs. Milwaukee | Renaissance Coliseum

The Braves have won at least two matches during each of their first three tournament weekends and are off to their best start since the 2001 season. Following the final game of Bradley’s home tournament, the Braves will host a free youth clinic on the court at Renaissance Coliseum. The clinic is open to all children ages 6-14 who attend the match versus Milwaukee.

Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children. However, if you would like your child (ages 8th grade and younger) to be part of Little Braves Club, they will receive free admittance to this home game! You can print and complete this form (for your child) to receive the free admission (to all regular season Bradley home sporting events, excluding men’s basketball), and just bring it to the Bradley Ticket Office when arriving to game. Each child needs to have a form filled out to be part of the club. The website to download this form is:

https://bradleybraves.com/sports/2016/6/1/little-braves-club-membership.aspx

Form:

https://bradleybraves.com/documents/2017/1/15//2016_17_LittleBravesClub_Form.pdf?id=4553

Calendar

Monday, 9/17

8th Grade fundraiser “Tailgate and Watch Party” on the playground Gates open at 6:30 PM

Thursday, 9/20

7th/8th Girls BB Parents Meeting 6:30 PM

Confirmation Informational Meeting 7-8 PM

Lunch Menu

Monday: Popcorn chicken, rice, broccoli, mandarin oranges, bread and butter, milk

Tuesday: Sloppy joe (beef bbq on a bun), potato wedges, peaches, polka dot pudding, milk

Wednesday: Chicken and rice casserole, peas, applesauce, roll and butter, milk

Thursday: Pepperoni pizza, lettuce mix w/ranch, green beans, mixed fruit, milk

Friday: TREAT DAY, Grilled cheese or PBJ sandwich, fries, cucumbers w/ranch, pears/pineapple, milk

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Celebrate Museums Across the Country at

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day

Museum Day is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket. The Museum Day ticket provides free admission for two people on Saturday, September 22, 2018.

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