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Eagle Updates December 3 - 7

Greetings, Shiloh Families and Welcome to December at Camp Shiloh!

This week, we have some bittersweet news to share. In the last bond and levy election, Mead School District voters generously approved the construction of a new elementary school and a new middle school to help with our huge student population growth. The new elementary school will be located in the town of Mead directly behind the old Mead Middle School, between Freya and Sheridan Streets. It was recently announced that Mrs. Duchow will serve as the principal of this new elementary school when it opens in the fall of 2020. Her departure from Shiloh will not happen for a while, however! Mrs. Duchow will still facilitate the move back to our beautifully remodeled Shiloh in the summer of 2019, and will serve Shiloh for the 2019/2020 school year. So it is a long goodbye, but with plenty of wonderful work to look forward to accomplishing at Shiloh between now and 2020. The new principal for Shiloh Hills will be announced in the spring of 2019.

You may be wondering if your child will attend this new school, depending upon where you live. Although we are not sure yet, a committee of citizens and district staff is currently looking at our attendance boundary lines in Mead this year to determine which neighborhoods will attend this new school and which will stay at Shiloh. This announcement will come following school board approval in the spring of this school year.

So again, we have big goals at Shiloh and we are going to continue working toward them with joy and determination!  Our goals are simple but BIG: All of our students who come to us at grade level in reading and math will make at least one year's growth. All of our students who come to us below grade level in reading and math will exceed one year's growth in order to close the achievement gap. All of our families will participate in their children's education in some way during the school year. 

What can you do as our first and most important partners in the work? Simple things like reading this email, coming to Math Night, marking your calendar with the dates listed below, and making sure your child comes to school all day, every day.  These are all critical to our success in achieving our big goals.

As always, thanks for reading!

Warmly,

Mrs. Duchow and Mr. Edwards

Believe! Achieve! Inspire!

 

FAMILY MATH NIGHT

Some of the best jobs of the future will only be open to workers who can think flexibly and mathematically. You are invited to come to Shiloh on Tuesday, December 4 from 5:30 - 7:00 pm for a FREE Spaghetti dinner and to learn how we are setting our Shiloh Eagles up for success in math! Childcare for younger siblings, preschool age, will be available. Here is the schedule:

5:30 - 5:55 Students go to class to practice and prepare their math game to share with their parents.

5:30 - 5:55 Parents go to the cafeteria to learn about "memorization" vs "automaticity" and why this difference matters SO MUCH for our students.

6:00 - 6:30 Parents join their children in their classrooms for math game time!

6:30 - 7:00 Dinner in the cafeteria 

6:30 - 7:00 Open ended STEM activities in the library (STEM=Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)

 

ALL DAY, EVERY DAY

Ample research tells us that children who attend school regularly do better--not just in school, but later in life! Even Kindergarteners are included in this research! Our attendance rates at Shiloh have improved steadily for the last four years and we want to continue that growth this year, but we need your help. We can't achieve the big goals set forth above unless our kids are at school. Please make every effort to get your child to school when he or she is healthy and physically able to attend. Of course illness happens. When it does, please call the school's attendance line at 465-6884 every day that your child is sick. If you forget that number, just call 465-6800. If you have received a letter stating that your child's absences must now be excused with a doctor's note, this is because he or she missed 10% or more of the school year as of November 1. Missing 10% of the school year is considered "chronically absent" and is linked to reading below grade level and even dropping out of school. We hope you will understand this important action step we must take to be sure our kids get to school. 

At the end of the year, students with excellent attendance will be honored at a special school assembly just for them, joined by guests of honor: graduating high school seniors who attended Shiloh! Each month, students with excellent attendance for that month get their names on a special bulletin board in the hallway outside of the gym. Thank you for your help, families!

 

TOYS

This is a gentle reminder that there is a "no toy" rule at Shiloh. This includes Pokemon cards, baseball cards, dolls, etc. The reasons for this are many, but here are the top two reasons: 1. Toys get lost and sometimes stolen. 2. Toys cause distractions in class and as you recall, we have some big goals for our kids. We can't afford avoidable distractions if we want to achieve those goals. The only exceptions are when the toy is for show and tell, or it is recess equipment. Although we have many available for check out here, students may bring their own soccer balls, basketballs, and other ball equipment to play with at recess. 

We realize you may not be aware of this, so we are linking to our Shiloh Student Handbook here. Please take a look.

 

BABY, IT'S COLD OUTSIDE!

Thank you for continuing to dress your child appropriately for the chilly weather that is ahead of us. Warm coats, hats, gloves, and boots are important. We follow district guidelines when deciding when to go out and when to stay in. We go outside except when it's pouring down rain or when the temperature, with windchill, is below 16 degrees.  It is critical for our kids to get fresh air and run around, so dress them warmly!

 

SNOW RULES!

Well, you may not think so...but our kids think snow rules! At Shiloh, the other kinds of snow rules are: 

  • Save snowball fights for home.
  • Children may throw snow at our snow targets that our custodian puts out when it snows.
  • Children may build snowmen.
  • Children may only work on snowmen they built themselves.
  • We discourage children from eating snow, but let's face it...that's WAY too enticing for them and really hard to enforce. Please make sure your own child knows where YOU stand on eating snow.

If these rules are broken, it is an automatic missed recess with some kind of alternative physical activity, like walking or running laps or doing jumping jacks in the Eagles Nest. Not nearly as fun as playing in the snow.

 

DATES

Here are a few important dates to put in your calendar for December:

Math Night: Tuesday, December 4, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

PTSO Parents' Night out: Friday, December 7, 6 - 9 pm. For $5.00 per child you can go out for THREE hours! Get some holiday shopping done, go to a movie, or eat dinner out! Look in this week's take home folders for the registration; it is also attached below. You must sign and return the bottom portion along with cash or check to secure your reservation. The first 25 children whose parents return their slip will be accommodated. Enjoy!

PTSO Meeting: Due to Math Night, our PTSO meeting will be the SECOND Tuesday in December, the 11th, from 6 - 7 pm in the library. There is no childcare but children may sit on the other half of the library and do quiet activities from home or read books. 

3rd and 4th Grade Concert: Wednesday, December 12, 6:30 pm, Camp Shiloh Gymnasium. The first and second grade concert will be Wednesday, March 6. Stay tuned for dates and times for all other grade levels.

Holiday Vacation: Begins Monday, December 24 and school resumes on Monday, January 7.