Bell Elementary Families,
Spring is in the air, and we are excited to continue growing each of our students educationally, socially, and emotionally. Even though we only have a few weeks left in school, we have multiple opportunities for involvement and participation in our upcoming school activities.
April 10, 2015 begins our Oklahoma Core Curriculum Testing, and we are in need of volunteers to assist in proctoring for our 3rd-6th grade students. If you are unable to donate your time, you may participate by donating bottles of water to our testing students. Please contact our parent facilitator, Mr. Spaulding, for further details.
During the testing window, please make sure your child:
1. Gets plenty of rest
2. Is on time to school each day
3. Eats breakfast
Our students and teachers have worked diligently to prepare your students, and we are confident that everyone wil do their best. Our achievement on the OCCT will determine retention eligibility for retention for many students, especially our 3rd graders, (RSA, see district website for more information). Additionally, our overall school grade depends upon our student achievement results. Our students and staff have the P.O.W.E.R! Please discuss the parent, teacher, student preparation guide with your student. Below there is a link for additonal information about state testing.
As part of our spring celebration, we will be honoring our wonderful volunteers. We know how crucial volunteers are to the running of our school. Our PTA has done a tremendous job of supporting our staff and students throughout the year. Reading Buddies work with several of our students to encourage their reading, JA Biz Town sends volunteers to assist our students learn about business and future employment possibilities, and our couregious staff volunteers to tutor and host several after-school clubs.
Please coninue to ensure that your child is reading at least 20 minutes nightly. According to Reading Rockets, the following suggestions have been beneficial to many parents:
1. Provide a good role model - read yourself and read often to your child.
2. Provide varied reading material - some for reading enjoyment and some with information about hobbies and interests.
3. Encourage activities that require reading - for example, cooking (reading a recipe), constructing a kite (reading directions), or identifying an interesting bird's nest or a shell collected at the beach (using a reference book).
4. Establish a reading time, even if it is only ten minutes a day.
5. Write notes to your school-age child; encourage written responses.
6. Ask your child to bring a library book home to read to a younger sibling.
7. Establish one evening a week for reading (instead of television viewing)
8. Encourage your child in all reading efforts.
Thank you for all that you do to assist us in ensuring that your students get the best education at Bell Elementary.
Your Administrative Team,
Mrs. Blakney, Principal
Mrs. Fraser, Assistant Principal