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Principal’s Newsletter

valentines-day-clip-art-6.pngFebruary, 2018

Dear Families:

 Happy Valentine’s Day! We have many good things to share

with you.

From PTO.....

Congratulations to Sebastian Carrillo, a new student to Brookside, for winning the Perfect Attendance Award during January! Sebastian was at school and on time every day during the month of January. His family will receive a $50 gift card to Safeway from our PTO.

Please congratulate Kai Lovell, our school-wide top seller for the Little Caesars pizza fundraiser! He sold over $500 worth of pizza and almost 30 pizza kits! He won not only a gift certificate to Scoops but also the Little Caesar’s buddy that has been hanging up in the office for the last month. School-wide, our PTO pizza sale netted $2500 for our PTO. Our PTO President, Jenny Nelson, deserves special recognition for going above and beyond to ensure our students had the pizzas they sold. Due to an error on Little Caesar’s part, Jenny had to drive all the way to Stockton to pick up more pizza. Jenny constantly gives her all for our students. Thank you, Jenny!!!

 Our PTO Spirit Winners for January are Miss Dawna’s Class (Room 3), Mrs. Bergmann’s Class (Room 4), and Mrs. Beebe’s Class (Room 12)! Congratulations!   

 Family Game Night and Book Exchange for February 15

(Thursday) has been cancelled. Instead, our PTO is doing a Dr. Seuss
story night on March 1st. More information to come!

Assessment Update:

We assess our Grades 1 and 2 students three main times
during the year using DIBELs. We will assess Kindergarten students twice, and
they just had their first assessment. DIBELS stands for Dynamic Indicators of
learning to read. Children who learn these skills become good readers. The
Basic Early Literacy Skills. DIBELS tests five skills that are necessary for
skills are:


Awareness: Hearing and using sounds in spoken words
Principle: Knowing the sounds of the letters and sounding out written words
and Fluent Reading: Reading stories and other materials easily and quickly with
few mistakes
Understanding and using a variety of words
Understanding what is spoken or read

 DIBELS is made up of five short individual tests, called

subtests. Each DIBELS subtest focuses on a different skill and takes about 1
minute to do. Your child may be given two to five of the DIBELS subtests
depending on his or her grade level. Each DIBELS subtest takes only about one
minute to do because they are used as indicators. Much like using a thermometer
is an indicator of how well a child is doing in learning a particular early
to take a child's temperature is an indicator of overall health, each subtest reading skill. DIBELS is used with millions of children throughout the United
help in learning important reading skills. Your child's teacher will use the
States. A child's score on a subtest tells us whether the child is likely to be "on track" for learning to read, or whether that child may need some information to better help your child. For example, the DIBELS test may tell us
out" unknown words.
that we need to spend more time teaching your child how to "sound


DIBELS is used to identify children who may need extra help
to become good readers and alerts us to check up on those children while they
receive the extra help to make sure they are making progress. This Second
students at grade-level in reading at Grades 1 and 2 is going up! We are on the
Benchmark Test that we just administered told us that our percentage of
results to form intervention groups for 20-minute intervention classes, four
right track. We gave our Kindergarten students the DIBELs test and used the
days per week.

Calling All Kindergarten Students for Next Year!

It is important that we get a count of how many
Kindergarteners and Transitional Kindergarteners (TK) we will have next year so
we can adequately prepare. If your child will turn 5 before September 1, 2018,
December 2, 2018 she may start TK in the fall. If you have a child whose date
he may start school in the fall! If she turns 5 between September 2 and of birth falls between these dates, please call the school and alert us that
or April 27. Our office staff can let you know what to bring. If you know a
you will be registering your child, then come to the registration on April 26
family who meets these criteria, please pass along the information.


Future Happenings

February 15-March 23: Spell-a-Thon

February 16 and 19: No School- Presidents Days

February 26-March 2: Dr. Seuss Week/Read Across America

March 1: Dr. Seuss Story Night

March 7: Book Giveaway

March 8: ELAC Meeting (Room 29, 5:00)

March 9: End of Second Trimester, Talent Show Orientation

March 12: First Day of Third Trimester
March 14: PTO Meeting (Room 7, 3:30)
March 12-21: Talent Show Rehearsals

March 21, Spirit Day- Crazy Socks Day- Rock Your Socks Day

March 22: Talent Show Dress Rehearsal for School Only

March 23: Talent Show (5:30)

March 26: Dime Drive Starts

April 2-6: Spring Break

April 13: Superhero Day

April 30: Dime Drive Ends

April 30: Reading Incentive Ends
May 3-4: Book Giveaway

May 9: Top Reader Assembly

May 16: PTO Meeting (Room 7, 3:30)

May 18: Crazy Hair Day

May 30: KOA Reading Incentive Trip

June 6: 2nd Grade Bash

Thank you for sharing your student with us. We look forward

to an exciting last 80 days of school!


Most Sincerely,






Daily Schedule 
M, W, Th, F
8:25 A.M. -2:40 P.M.
Tuesdays (minimum day)
8:25 A.M. -1:20 P. M.

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