February Food Drive Debrief
GLT did a great job advertising our annual Food Drive! We made signs, provided updates at BEST Assembly and made announcements in classrooms. We filled the barrel twice! Our goal was 3 full barrels but we are very proud of what was accomplished. We don’t wrap up until Friday so you have time to bring something in. Being generous feels good. Sharing with others is what life is all about! Great job Grant School.
Rain Catchment in the Sunburst Garden
If it would only rain! Thank you Mr. Iribarne for installing our rain catchment for the Sunburst Garden. This beautiful teaching garden is right next to Mrs. Elias’ room (A4). The rain catchment will collect rain water to be used later to irrigate the raised beds. This project is part of the overall plan championed by Ms. Megna and Mrs. Vorhaus with the financial help from three grants. Check out the Sunburst Garden when you have a chance!
New State Testing, aka Smarter Balanced
No, it’s not butter. We joke about the testing title a lot. But the real situation is more interesting than the name. All 3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th grade students at Grant (and across the state) are participating in the Smarter Balanced Field Test during the testing window (April 7th to May 16th). Students will do both language arts and math or only one subject area. Most of the test is done on a computer plus a Performance Task that includes a classroom activity. We are waiting to hear what our grades will be doing. The purpose of the Field Test is to evaluate the testing software, ensure quality of test questions, evaluate effectiveness of the test administration and training materials, establish scoring and reporting levels and familiarize educators, administrators and students with online testing.
We are very excited to see how our new Common Core State Standards will be evaluated through Smarter Balanced Assessment. The Field Test does not provide student results, but the experience will be informative for all of us. You’ll get more information about your classes testing dates as we get closer to the assessment window.
Our 5th graders will take the state test in Science (as they have been for years past). This is a more traditional paper and pencil assessment for which results will be mailed home and communicated to school.
Thank You Grant Community
The traffic on Grant Avenue is flowing nicely at pick up due to our new Active Loading Pick Up Procedure. Our teachers at crossing guard feel relieved that the situation is less chaotic and safer for students being picked up. Thank you! Our #1 priority is student safety. We appreciate your help.
Giddy Up Grant!
The Auction is on Saturday! I hope you’ve all bought your tickets and have your cowboy boots ready to go! We have a fabulous time at this annual event raising money for our students, visiting with friends new and old, enjoying a meal and toasting our community. Classroom art will be auctioned off; it is absolutely amazing. Sign-up parties are hosted by Grant families, and the live auction is choke full of trips and experiences you don’t want to miss. Join us if you can–tickets are still available. You can drop a check in the PTA basket in the office. Thank you Auction Committee for putting on a rip roarin’ good time!
- Spring Conferences: March 3rd-7th (Early Release: 12:45 & 11:25 for kinder)
- Read Across America/Dr. Seuss’s Birthday: March 3rd-7th Guest Readers are visiting classrooms
- Report Card Day: Friday, March 7th
- 6th Grade to Walker Creek: March 10th-14th
- 5th Grade Grantburg: Friday, March 14th
- Spring Break: March 17th-21st
- PTA Association Meeting: Thursday, March 27th 6:30-7:30 (Guest speaker: Connie Williams, Librarian of Record for PCS on social media and our students)