Dolphin Digest -  January 30, 2015

Testing Updates

Florida Standards Assessment (FSA)

Third, fourth, and fifth grade students will take the FSA in March.  This assessment replaces the FCAT.  Fifth graders will take a portion of the test on the computer this year.  Your child's teacher will provide opportunities to practice using the computer format at school and at home.

We will provide you with information about which tests will be administered on which days when the schedule is finalized.

SAT-10

Kindergarten, first, and second grade students will take the SAT-10 again this year.

Discovery Education Assessments (DEA)

All students are completing DEA testing this week.  DEA is administered 2-3 times a year and reports student progress in reading and math.  5th grade students also take the science portion of DEA.  Please contact your child's teacher to see how your child scored on this assessment.

7 Habits

Here's a fun song that will have your whole family singing about the 7 Habits... Warning: It is one of those tunes that will be stuck with you all day!

Attendance and Tardies

We are working hard to improve our daily attendance.  Please remind your child to Be Proactive each morning to be up and dressed with little prompting.  Together, we can make a difference!

Title I Update

Parents Right to Know
Our school is a Title I School. As a parent of a child at a Title I school, you have the right to know about our Title I program and the qualifications of your child’s teacher. Specifically, you have the right to ask for and receive the following information:
  • The teacher’s qualifications for the grades and subjects taught;
  • Whether the teacher is working under emergency or provisional status;
  • The teacher’s college major and any advanced degrees;
  • The subject area of the teacher’s certification or degree; and
  • If paraprofessionals provide services to your child, their qualifications.
  • To be involved in your child’s Title I school; and
  • To provide input in the plans and policies of your child’s Title I school.
If you would like to receive any of this information or have questions, you may contact the Bay District School Executive Director of Human Resources at 767-4223. Please do feel free to contact your child’s school office for more Title I and parent involvement information.
Parents can also contact the Bay District Schools Title I Office at 767-4275.

In addition, parents have the following rights and responsibilities:

  • To be involved in your child’s Title I school; and
  • To provide input in the plans and policies of your child’s Title I school.
If you would like to receive any of this information or have questions, you may contact the Bay District School Executive Director of Human Resources at 767-4223. Please do feel free to contact your child’s school office for more Title I and parent involvement information.
Parents can also contact the Bay District Schools Title I Office at 767-4275.

TOP 10 NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION IDEAS FOR PARENTS

1. Say “Yes” More. Try saying “yes” more to spending and doing things together.
2. Say “No” More. When it comes to I want, I need, everyone has it, and everyone does it, learn how to say “no.”
3. Worry Less. Keeping kids safe should be a priority, but don’t let your worries about the large and small highly sensationalized harm that exists out there drive your life. Instead, find ways to and let them actively explore what’s around them
4. Listen More; Talk at Less. Ask “What do you think? What are you feeling? Tell me about it. What would you do?”
5. Negotiate Less; Explain More. Our kids deserve to know the thinking behind our decisions and expectations, but should not be equal partners at the bargaining table. We are the parents.
6. Read a Little More. It’s not only a good way to spend time together, but with your child, and in front of your child will also help them grow as readers.
7. Write a Little More. Get in the habit of writing notes of encouragement, love, recognition, responsibility, and daily appreciation of life.
8. Expect a Little More. In the New Year, expect more from your children, like good behavior, responsibility, manners, kindness, and all of the goodness that lies within your kids.
9. Expect a Little Less. Be okay with a little less constant scheduling and enrichment filled days. Slow down, you move too fast. Children need a lot of slow to grow.
10. Connect More. Take steps to and stay connected with family, the community, those less fortunate, and the natural world.

Coming Soon...

Here are some highlights of events coming soon:

  • February 16- No School
  • February 17- Flag Ceremony
  • March 10- Spring Pictures
  • March 23-27- Spring Break- No School
  • April 1- End of 3rd Nine Weeks

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