State assessments will begin at EES for 3rd and 4th grades in March and continue into April. As we prepare for the assessments, please encourage your children to get plenty of sleep, eat well, and to give their best effort. The state assessments will be different this year than they have in the past. Some changes for this year include only two testing days for ELA and Math for each grade level as well as various types of questions besides multiple choice.
Read Across America Day is scheduled for Monday, March 3 at EES. Many activities are planned for the day centered around books selected by the staff as being their favorite book when they were young. Teachers will decorate their classroom doors based on the book of their choice. Students will also take turns reading on a couch at EES to meet our goal of having someone reading all school day. Also, grandparents may come to school to read during the selected times per a note sent home with the students’ parents. It should be a fun day of celebrating reading.
PTO is sponsoring an assembly on March 7 at EES. Nick Taylor will be presenting to the students. Mr. Taylor is a Para-lympian tennis player from Wichita, KS. He has been a gold medalist in the 2004, 2008, and 2012 Paralympics. Thanks to PTO for providing this wonderful experience for our students.
The third nine weeks ends on March 7. PT conferences are scheduled for March 10 and 11 from 4-8pm. A schedule will be sent home soon. Please confirm the time and let the teacher or office know if that particular time does not work. This is a great time to discuss your child’s progress in school. 100% attendance at conferences is our goal and with your help we will be able to achieve it!
Good questions for parents to ask teachers during conferences:
1. What are my child's strengths?
2. If you could choose one area for my child to improve on, which would it be?
3. What kind of progress has my child made since the beginning of school?
4. How does my child relate to his/her peers?
5. How are my child's organizational skills?
6. How can I support my child best?
Parents know their children best! Asking for specific ideas from the teacher is appreciated and encouraged by our staff as it helps us meet the needs of our students.