This is Principal Newkirk with the update for the week of September 4, 2018.
Welcome Back to another exciting school year! The first full week of school has been positive in all respects. Students are demonstrating PRIDE behavior in all areas of the school and teachers are greeting students at the door daily to capture their hearts. I invite all parents to spend time in the school at your leisure to witness this for yourself.
It was great to see so many of our parents in the building as they stopped in to drop off their children in the morning. Parents are always welcome in the building and I encourage to come as often as you like to eat breakfast with your child, pay lunch fees, register to volunteer, and attend scheduled meetings. We do ask however, that you avoid walking students all the way to the classroom. By the time students reach school age, they should be able to walk by themselves to their classroom. Thank you for understanding and working with us to grow confident and capable leaders for the future.
PBIS means positive behavior interventions and supports. The teachers and staff at ZES use positive feedback to encourage students to demonstrate expected behavior. We even have a school improvement committee that meets monthly to support those efforts. We currently have an opening for a parent volunteer who is willing to meet once a month on Mondays to discuss strategies to improve school behavior. If you have concerns about the school-wide behavior, this committee is for you! Other committees include Intervention/MTSS, Parent Engagement, Achievement, and Social Emotional Learning. These committees meet the third Monday every month at 3:30 to develop strategies to improve academic outcomes. Together, these committees make up our School Improvement Team.
Kona Ice Reward Day September 13
A part of our PBIS is rewarding students who consistently exhibit positive behavior. This year Kona Ice will hold three separate reward days to reward students who show positive behavior at school. Students will need to bring money to purchase the Kona Ice and they will only be sold after the students eat lunch. Minimal instructional time will be lost to this activity. Also, the treats that will be sold during the reward days are all low calorie and low sugar drinks. Treats range in price from $2.00 for a small cup to $5.00 for a large in a reusable color-changing cup. Our first reward day is September 13.
David Newkirk, Principal
September 4 School Resumes
September 5 Band/Strings Parent Open House at 3:30 PM
September 6 Washington, DC Parent Meeting 5th Graders 6:00 PM
September 11 Beginning of Grade Tests 3rd Grade
September 13 Kona Ice Reward Day
September 14 Instructional Assistant Appreciation Day