CLARKSVILLE PRIMARY SCHOOL SEPTEMBER LETTER
September 6, 2017
Dear Primary Parents,
This school year has gotten off to the best start ever! First Graders came in and picked up where they left off. They are working very hard in their classrooms. Kindergarten students are doing an excellent job of learning their new routines and making adjustments. We are so proud of each of them! Thank you very much for the support you are giving your child at home.
If you have not completed and returned the paperwork you received at open house, please get it to us right away so we can up-date our records. It is amazing how many phone numbers have been disconnected when trying to contact you.
Please be sure to get those applications for free or reduced lunches in so they can be approved. You will be responsible for your child’s charges until you are approved. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Villines in our cafeteria at 979-6008.
All kindergarten students are required to have a physical exam and be caught up on their immunizations by September 21, 2017. If you have not done these and or just haven’t turned in the paperwork, you need to get this done or your child will not be able to attend school after this date unless you can give Nurse Walker written proof that you have an appointment scheduled with your child’s physician or the health department. If you have questions, please contact Nurse Walker at 979-6003.
Our traffic flow is going very well. Thank you for your PATIENCEJ. All cars in the pickup line must have a sign on their dash. If you need one, please call the office or send a note with your child and we will make you one. There is a state law that forbids you from talking and texting on a cell phone in a school zone while operating a vehicle.
Please remember to use the cross walks in our parking lot. We want to teach our students the importance of using them and you are a very important part of that process.
I would like to thank you for your consideration and helping us control the amount of peanut items that enter our building; as you are aware we have several students who have severe allergies to peanuts and peanut products. That being said, we realize that our first grade students need a morning snack and our kindergarten students an afternoon snack. We will continue to research information about peanut free snacks and pass that information along to you. Possible snack items are: Goldfish (not Whales), Great Value Penguins, Cheez-Its, Wheat Thins, Graham Crackers, Nutrigrain Bars (not granola bars), Welch’s Gummies, Gogurt, Fresh Fruit, Fresh Vegetables, Original Chips Ahoy, and Original Oreos.
We have had several parents ask about celebrating their child’s birthday at school. Parents should check with their child’s teacher to make arrangements for these special occasions. Students are not allowed to have cupcakes for birthday parties. Please see some of the suggestions listed above. Thank you!
You should have noticed that we have placed yellow back pack tags on bus riders and red tags on car riders to help us identify how a student will be going home. Please help us keep this information accurate during the school year. If your child rides a school bus, please discuss the following rules: (1) Stay seated on your bottom (2) Keep your hands and feet to yourself (3) Talk quietly (4) Listen to the bus driver.
Our kindergarteners will begin taking the Alphabet Challenge. When a kindergarten student learns all of the letters, his/her name will be placed on the big Alphabet Tree in our hallway. Each child will receive a special Clarksville Primary “I Know My Letters T-Shirt! We want every child to know every letter by the end of October. Students will also place their names on our Letter Tree in the hallway. You can help your child learn all of their letter and sounds by watching the LeapFrog video. You can send a note with your child’s teacher requesting to check-out a LeapFrog DVD from our school library. It’s a great way to help your child learn letters and sounds and get his/her name on our Alphabet Tree. If you received a DVD during our Jump Start program, please return the DVD to your child’s teacher once they have received their t-shirt.
Here are some other activities that you might want to use with your child.
□ Read a lot of alphabet books from mentor texts and create student-made alphabet books
□ Locate letters in environmental print/pictures, identify letters in familiar signs
□ Manipulate letters using a variety of fonts/mediums/sizes/textures/numbers
□ Read and review Alphabet Chart/Alphabet Song
□ Identify the similarities and differences between configuration of letters, ie, curves, lines, height.
Once your child has learned their letters it is important that you continue to practice so your child will be able to recognizes and say them fluently. This will only help make them a better reader. Shoot for the goal of your child being able to name a minimum of 40 letters in one minute.
Clarksville Panther Football season has started. For your child’s safety, Kindergarten and First Grade students must be supervised by an adult at all times. Students must remain seated in the stands with their parents. Students will not be allowed to play in the end zone or grass area behind the concession stand. Please leave the footballs at home. Thank you very much for your help. GO Panthers!!!
Clarksville Athletic Department has season passes on sale for all athletic events for the 2017/2018 school year. K-12 student passes for all home events are $10.00.You may find additional information about individual and family passes, and order forms under Athletics on the High School Web Page at: http://chs.csdar.org.
We will have the Scholastic Book Fair in our Media Center the week of September 11, 2017 thru September 15, 2017. We are having a “Loose Change Contest” in which classes will be collecting loose change to purchase books for their classroom from the book fair. The Media Center will be open from
8:00 a.m. – 3:30p.m. for students and parents to come and shop. “Parent Night" will be on Thursday, September 14, 2017 from 8:00 a.m.-7:00p.m. There will be prizes for the classroom with the highest percentage of parent (or other adult) attendance on “Parent Night”. Additional information will be coming home.
The High School Cheerleaders will be holding their Mini Cheerleading Camp on September 12,13, and 14, 2017 in the Primary School gym. They will perform on Friday, September 15, 2017 before the Senior High Football game with Dardanelle. Information has been sent home.
On Monday, September 11. 2017 the Barn Hill Preserve’s Animal Adventure Squad will visit our building with some animals that our students are not exposed to on a regular basis. This is a great opportunity for our students. This presentation is free to our students; however, students do have an opportunity to have their picture taken with an animal of their choice. Attached is an order blank if you are interested. Checks need to be made out to Barn Hill Preserve and have a current phone number listed on them. If paying with cash exact change is required.
Progress Reports will come home with all students on Wednesday, September 20, 2017. Parent/Teacher conferences for the elementary grades (K-6) will be held in October. Conferences for students in grades 7-12 will be Tuesday, September 26, 2017 from 3:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Mrs. Meek, our Parent/Community Volunteer Coordinator, is in the process of scheduling time with teachers and volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Mrs. Meek at 979-6006.
As we all know, technology plays a major role in our everyday lives so I have set up a Clarksville Primary School Facebook page in an effort to keep you informed about school activities. I post the breakfast and lunch menus each morning. I hope it will be helpful to you. Just search for Clarksville Primary School (picture of our blue logo with Little People in the middle). You can also find information on our Primary School Web Site http://k1.csdar.org
I have also set up a way to be able to send out text messages to parents about events taking place at the Primary School. If you are interested in signing up for text notifications, please visit https://www.remind.com/join/cps20 and complete the information. You can also Text @cps20 to 81010.
Parents have the opportunity to see their child's teacher's lesson plans on line. Just go to the Primary School Web page at http://k1.csdar.org/ click on the Staff Directory/Homework, click on your child's teacher’s name, and click on Homework/Lesson Plans. The page will open up for you to see what concepts they are covering in class. My monthly letter may be found on our web page by clicking on the word “Parents” at the top.
Our Character Education Word for September is Responsible. Responsible means being dependable and making good choices. We will be focusing on this word at school. Please look for opportunities to use it in your daily activities at home.
Attached you will find the new revised 2017-2018 school calendar.
First grade parents please continue reading with your child each evening! Kindergarten parents keep working on those letters. Have A Wonderful month of September.
Steve Ziegler, Principal