Principally Speaking from Mrs. Coy
Happy February! I am excited to see students and staff wrap up a semester of learning. Have you taken a minute to reflect on the learning of your child/ren since August? I love how we keep moving forward despite all the other challenges that we are facing while in a pandemic. Our students and staff are showing the life skill of resiliency!
Franklin Falcons will continue to follow COVID guidelines as directed by the Geary County Health Department. What that means is wearing a mask when not eating or running, sanitizing hands frequently and maintaining distance as much as possible. I know the vaccinations are becoming available, but we are not out of the woods, yet! Our falcon families have been amazing staying strong and healthy!
How do you like learning math? I have always loved it and especially teaching it. I know not everyone has the same feelings. How can a parent support a student with their math at home? Here are some helpful tips:
• Encourage and be positive about math.
• Let your child know that everyone can learn math.
• Let your child know that you think math is important and fun.
• Point out the ways in which different family members use math in their work. Be positive about your own math abilities. Try to avoid saying “I was never good at math” or “I never liked math…”
• Encourage your child to be persistent if a problem seems difficult.
• Praise your child when he or she makes an effort and share in the excitement when he or she solves a problem or understands something for the first time.
• Share how you use math at home by cooking, measuring, balancing bank accounts, etc.
In closing, I hope February brings lots of love and kindness to you and your family! Please call if you ever have any questions.
Students will be going outside for recess if the temperature is 20 degrees or higher. Please have them wear appropriate clothing for outdoor play.
Please put in an extra mask in their bookbag just in case one is left at home or car.
If phone numbers or emails change, please contact the office. Communication is vital as we will send out skyward emails or make phone calls bout health concerns or changes in schedules/calendars during this covid-19 year.
Why Does Attendance Matter?
Every school day counts in a child’s academic life…
*Absenteeism in the first month of school can predict poor attendance throughout the school year. Half the students who miss 2-4 days in September go on to miss nearly a month of school.
When students improve their attendance rates, they improve their academic prospects and chances for graduating.
Poor attendance can influence whether children read proficiently by the end of third grade.
Strong correlation between a high number of student absences and a student dropping out of school.
Every student and every school day is IMPORTANT!
Every year children look forward to celebrating Valentine’s Day. Family traditions are so important. They help make memories that last a lifetime, and they also strengthen family bonds. Giving your child 14 Days of Love Notes is a super simple Valentine’s Day tradition that kids love and will remember years later. Just take a sticky note and post in on their bedroom door with a few words to say what you love about them!
Love is…..by 3rd Grade, Mrs. Studer’s class
When you help your mom when she needs it. Hector
Something God made and love is the key to everything. McKenzie
Being kind and loving to family and friends. Being good to people. Kennedy
When you clean the house. Isaiah
Hope, Joy, follow directions, and being kind to friends. Epona
When you help people and be thankful for people. When you need help, they will be there for you. Destiny
Helping your family and friends. Keegan
When I do the dishes when my mom doesn’t ask. Mac
When we play together – Jonah
When you are gentle with one another. Aiden
Caring about others. Inviting someone to play if you see them lonely. Isabelle
When you are kind and loving to everyone. Nyasia
When you show respect to the people you love. Alex
Liking your family and friends. Tim
Love is….by Miss Brown’s first graders
*family! Allyson * pets! Jazmin
*mom taking me to 5th street park! Colten * my cat. Joshua
*siblings. Ezra * being nice to my friends. Pax
*giving people hugs! Kourtney * helping people! Sylas
December Bingo Night by Zoom was fun!
January PTO Night was enlightening as Mrs. Thissen, PE Teacher talked about student goals for fitness and helpful tips for all.
Love seeing the Franklin shirts, sweatshirts and hoodies that were bought.
Look for information about an upcoming candy bar fundraiser. We are checking on procedures to make it a COVID free activity.
Next PTO Meeting dates:
February 9, Planning Meeting for Board Member, 6:00
February 16 – PTO Meeting for ALL! Painting Party!