"The book isn't just information. It isn't just a story.. It's a friend that enters a life." -Joy Cowley aka Mrs. Wishy-Washy at the NarionL Reading Recovery Conference, February 10, 2015
I am a bit delayed in this. Have you ever started a task and walked away only to forget about the task that you had begun? Me too! This post was originally set to appear back in November, prior to our Limo to Lunch program. I had the pleasure of dining with some lovely elementary students at Cici's as a reward for their top sales during our fall fundraiser. We felt like celebrities as we rode in a Hummer limo through the roads of Lucas, Mansfield and Ontario. It was a lovely outing that was well deserved by these kids!
I am pretty certain that the Lucas Elementary students don't fully understand what a levy is and why all the "vote yes" signs were posted around the village and outskirts of Lucas. All they know is the pride they have in their school district, the excitement they feel in the crowd at a football game and the gratification they have when they are presented with academic, behavior, or character awards throughout the school year. We want to personally thank all of the voters who chose YES on the November 4th ballot in support of the school district we are proud to call our home.
Lucas Elementary students were able to enjoy music from the Mansfield Symphony Brass Trio today. What a great cultural experience for our kids.
This week I was invited into the kindergarten classroom as a reading guest for "P" week. What a privilege!
I have recently been approached about the possibilities of bringing Market Day to Lucas. Some of you may be familiar with Market Day and the products you can purchase through it. It is something that the Elementary School had in place years ago. I am trying to decide if it is something that would be of great interest here in the Lucas Community. If you are not familiar with Market Day, check out their webpage at https://www.marketday.com/
Please provide some feedback, letting us know your interest level with Market Day: (please only fill out the survey once per family)
I recently read online that "School spirit is important for helping bring the student body together. Researchers have also found that when kids feel like they belong to a school, the more likely they are to succeed at school. So promote school spirit! " (http://www.parentfurther.com/blog/getting-your-child-school-spirit) How true this statement is! We work to promote school spirit at Lucas to keep it an exciting place. If students are excited about being at school then there is a great chance their academics will be more successful as well. I think back to my school days and remember being a "spirit girl". I decorated football players' lockers, hung school spirit signs throughout the building and just worked to promote the overall morale of the student body. It was a fun place to be and I wanted to be a part of every moment.
So far some of our school spirit days have included: crazy orange and black day, twin day, we promoted all the various color days as the kindergartners learned their colors, sunglasses day, and black out day, to name a few. The students and staff have fun and learning still takes place.
So next time you hear of a spirit day taking place at school, look for ways for your child to participate!
Twin Day Participants!
Today I had the pleasure of dining on pizza with some mighty respectful students from Lucas Elementary School. The September Student of the month character word was RESPECT. The 12 selected students, Mrs. Rhodes and I discussed why they think they were chosen by their teacher. Comments they gave included:
"We listen to our teachers. We help our classmates. We are nice to our classmates. When our teachers give us assignments we do our work. We are quiet when the teacher is talking about assignments. Because we say yes ma’am. We say please and thank you."
What a wonderful group to have a luncheon with in my office!
Lucas Elementary School wrapped up our week of Math Camp today with some excellent activities that allowed the students to apply their math knowledge into real world situations. The students ended the day with a rotation of outside activities presented by the students of the Young People's Program. I am pleased with the excitement of math that filled the elementary school. You know you have a successful program when the students are not wanting it to come to an end. Looks like a keeper. Let's see what Summer-2015 will bring!
Another day at Lucas Elementary's Math Camp was a success. Students were found creating patterns, measuring paths of little lady bugs from "Go Ladybug, Go!," and creating their own four square courts with perfect angels and measurements. The students from the Young People's Program had the kids up and moving outside as the camp participants worked on number patterns. Lucas teachers participated in a lesson study as they observed the K-1 students in an Algebra Project problem solving