Elementary September 2017 Newsletter
Elementary and Early Childhood Principal
The American School
“When I say to a parent,’read to a child’, I don’t want it to sound like medicine. I want it to sound like chocolate. ” — Mem Fox
The beginning of our exciting school year 2017-2018 started with eager children, enthusiastic teachers, and an exciting curriculum. We began the school year with the Optimism Theme. We are optimistic about the new TAS Campus under construction and our new students and teachers to meet this school year. This month, teachers focused on rules and procedures in their classroom and their grade level curriculum. Open House on August 24 was a time to meet the teacher, see the classroom and resources, and be entertained by our Librarian Mr. Carlos reading stories, our new Art Teacher Ms. Nicole organizing parent/child projects, and our Music Teacher Mr. Ben playing the guitar and piano with students.
In an effort to support the whole child, we are continuing Friday Fitness Day in the TAS Elementary School and Early Childhood Center. Teachers and students have the option of wearing fitness clothing to school every Friday this school year. Research shows that students who do brief bursts of exercise before taking a test score higher than others. In addition, regular physical activity breaks during the school day can help sharpen students’ abilities to focus and stay on task. Teachers will guide students in the classroom through short stretches and exercises in the classroom to improve both fitness and learning every Friday.
Here are some tips to start the school year on a positive note with your child’s teacher:
- Stay involved! Show up to school events like Open House, Assemblies, and Parent Conferences.
- Support your child with a nutritious breakfast, a good night sleep of 10-12 hours, organizational skills, and completing their homework assignments.
- Keep open the lines of communication so that you can share helpful information with your child’s teacher.
Upcoming Dates: Sept. 4 Vietnam National Day (no school)
Sept. 11-29 MAP Testing Grades 3-5
TAS ESLR: Expected Schoolwide Learning Result:
Each TAS graduate understands that a healthy body supports a healthy mind, and who
1. Understands the benefits of being physically fit.
2. Has developed a sense of worthiness and positive self-esteem.
3. Practices good nutrition and fitness and avoids high-risk behaviors.
4. Identifies the benefits of maintaining good health, good nutrition, good exercise habits and positive life choices.