Celebration at McMenamins--June 4th!
Mark your calendars and join us on Tuesday, June 4th, for an Elk Meadow Spring Celebration at McMenamins in downtown Bend. Elk Meadow will receive 50% of the receipts for food and beverages from 5:00 p.m. until closing! Proceeds will benefit student programs and activities through our Parent Teacher Organization.
Thank you to everyone who supported our recent Walk-A-Thon! We raised $10,000.00 for the purchase of new student laptop computers.
Integrated Arts Program
A proposal to create an Integrated Arts Focus program at Elk Meadow Elementary School has been accepted by the Bend-La Pine School District. This program will begin this school year.
In addition to teaching our core academic subjects with high levels of fidelity, our staff will begin exploring places where "the arts" can be infused into our subjects and studies. Using the visual arts, performing arts, and multi-media, students will gain knowledge, skills, and techniques in all mediums. Teachers, in addition to using their own artistic skills, will have the opportunity to work with local artists and local venues to promote high levels of learning, student achievement, and creative expression.
Our "focus area" is similar to the dual-immersion language program at Bear Creek Elementary School, or the IB program at Bend High, in that it recognizes special interests and abilities of students.
We will move slowly as we carefully integrate and begin using the arts within our studies. We will be sharing more information with you soon about our project.
What to do if Something is Wrong at School!
All parents have experienced, at some time, the reality that their child is experiencing problems at school. Maybe it is a problem on the playground, a problem with another child or group of children, or a misunderstanding with a teacher or other school employee. These things happen and will continue to happen throughout life. How we handle these situations will determine whether our children benefit and grow from the experience. Ignoring or running away from a situation will only set the stage for problems in the future.
So, as a parent, what should you do? The following is my suggested plan of action:
1. CONTACT YOUR CHILD'S TEACHER IMMEDIATELY--
I cannot emphasize this more. Your child's teacher knows your child better than anyone at school. They are in a position to observe, and experiment with different solutions to the problem. You should also contact the teacher first when you feel the problem is the student-teacher relationship. In any human interaction there is the potential for disagreements and problems. There are times when your child's teacher won't know that there is a problem. It is only fair that they have the opportunity to try to correct the situation. Often times, the problem will just disappear once the teacher is made aware of the problem. By meeting with the teacher, a plan of action can be agreed upon to help remedy the problem.
2. CONTACT STUDENT SERVICES--
Mrs. Ervin is in charge of student services and counseling. She is available to meet with parents who have concerns and to help children solve their problems.
3. CONTACT THE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL--
I am available to meet with parents and students if the agreed upon plan of action is not working and another approach is needed.
Remember: you are not alone. Interpersonal problems are a fact of life. By working together, we can teach our children a valuable skill that will help them throughout their lives.
Updating Student Computers Remains a Focus Area !
Last year we started an aggressive campaign to replace our aging student computers. We were able to replace 24 of the 60 laptops in our mobile labs, and added 4 desktop units to our lab in the media center. This was accomplished by using district dollars, and through our Walk-A-Thon that was held last April. With the help of our district budget, our PTO/Team, and parent donations, we hope to replace many more computers this year.
Would you like to make a donation to our computer fund?
We have been approached by some families that are interested in making a donation to help us purchase new computers for our students. Donations would be appreciated and welcomed! Any amount helps! Computers must be purchased through our district technology department. We get great prices due to volume purchasing.
Our original fund raising goal was $66,000.00 to replace 60 aging student computers. We still need to raise $39,600.00 to reach our goal. Please contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in helping or have any questions.