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Newman Family / Parent Newsletter
A Giant THANK YOU!
On behalf of the entire Newman Staff, I would like to thank you for helping us start the school year in such a positive and exciting manner. As your new principal, I continue to feel so welcomed into this wonderful school community and am extremely grateful to work with such incredible students, families and staff.
IMPORTANT UPDATES AND INFORMATION:
It is so very important that our students come to school and arrive on time ready to learn and have a great school day. As we continue to work on this TOGETHER, please review the following for support in this area:
Remember the importance of routines, including set bed times and morning schedules All students are welcome to have FREE breakfast starting at 7:30 a.m. If students are struggling or arguing about coming to school, please feel free to call me and I will do all I can to help, including speaking to your child on the phone or coming out to assist if necessary. Thank you for your help with these important issues, we will continue to to work together to ensure our students are getting the best opportunity to learn and succeed.
*Related to this topic, please remember that if studens are not eating breakfast at school, they are asked to go to the walking track. When students are dropped off at 7:30 a.m. and do not eat breakfast they end up spending 30 minutes on the walking track, which can be a long time for students. If they are NOT having breakfast, please try to have students to school around 7:45 a.m. Thank you!
Pickup / Drop off:
Thank you for all your help with pick up and drop off as we adjust to another new school year. Some helpful reminders:
Remember EVERY WEDNESDAY, students will get out at 1:00 p.m. (K-3) and 1:45 (4&5) Please give the office plenty of notice if afterschool or pick plans change Please continue to use Newman Lane, east of the school, for parent pick up. Please do NOT use the South Parking Lot due to safety concerns. Reminder that Breakfast does not open until 7:30 a.m. – Please avoid having students come too early
Running Club, for students 2nd – 5th grades, every Wednesday and Friday Mornings from 7:30 – 8:00 through October 6th. Plese encourage your child to get a permission slip and participate. The Yellowstone County Elementary Cross Country Meet will be held on Wednesday October 4th at Pioneer Park. Registration and info coming soon. A special thanks to Chris Cook at St. Vincent Health Care for their support of our running club. Magic City Soccer – As a result of the wonderful support and partnership from our Newman PTA, CTA Architects and St. Vincent Health Care, we are teaming up with Magic City Soccer to offer a six week soccer program for our Newman students. This will begin on Tuesday September, 19th and run through October 21st, and is FREE to all participating students. Fourth and fifth graders will practice from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. and Kindergaretn through 3rd will practice from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. All practices will be held at Newman’s fields. Communication
Remind.com – Please sign up for this beneficial communication device that allows you to get messages on your cell phone from us here at Newman. You also can send message back and relay any questions and concerns. Join by opening the web browser on your phone and go to the following link: rmd.at22k42b and follow instructions to sign up. You can also get text notifications on any phone by texting the message @22k42b to the number 81010.
Website: Please frequently visit our Newman website, including the parent page, for important updates and information. http://newmanelem.weebly.com/
Important Dates and Information
September 13th: Running Club 7:30 a.m.
September 13th: Early Out Wednesday – Early dismissal
September 14th: Fall Title Meeting – All Welcome – 5:00 p.m.
September 14th: Newman Open House 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Please attend, come and check out the PTA and consider joining, get lots of other information.
September 15th: Running Club 7:30 a.m.
September 19th: Vision Screening
September 19th: Magic City Soccer begins: 3-4 p.m. grades 4 & 5, 4 -5 p.m. grades K-3.
September 19th: PTA Meeting – Library 6:30 p.m.
September 20th: Running Club 7:30 a.m.
September 22nd: Running Club 7:30 a.m.
September 23rd: Saturday Live 10 – 4 at Pioneer Park. Newman is partnering with Kona Ice Truck.
Please tell your family, friends and neighbors to stop by our Newman School booth and buy a refreshing Shaved Ice with all proceeds going to help our school and the Education Foundation.
September 26th: Magic City Soccer – After school at Newman
September 27th: Running Club 7:30 a.m.
September 29th: Running Club 7:30 a.m.
Thank you Newman Parents and Families for all you do!!!
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Weekly PLC - Early Out Wednesday's
Dear Parents, Students and Community Members:
We are excited to share with you that starting in the 2017-2018 school term we will be having Professional Learning Community opportunities in our schools. After convening a study group comprised of community members, parents, staff, and administrators, a presentation was made to the Board of Trustees and it was decided that Billings Public Schools would move forward with district-wide PLCs. PLCs will occur on Wednesday afternoons for all grade levels. The late start at our high schools will now be changed to an early out to correspond to the other grade levels.
During this time our staff will be engaged in conversations focused on existing school improvement plans such as consistency and alignment of the curriculum; use of data to design instruction; examining student work; review of assessment strategies and grading practices; and, staff development related to specific District and site goals. The focus will remain on student achievement and ways to prepare our students for graduation and beyond.
This means that your children will be dismissed one hour earlier than their current dismissal. For instance, if your school dismisses K-3 students at 2:30, on Wednesday afternoons the children will now dismiss at 1:30. If dismissal for your child is 3:15 then on Wednesday your student will dismiss at 2:15. These early outs will replace the elementary half days (other than for parent-teacher conferences) that were previously on the school calendar.
We are aware that some students stay for activities in the middle schools and the high schools. Please note each middle school has a “Boost” program sponsored by the Boys and Girls Club and United Way where students can go for homework help, study time, etc. This program is staffed by certified teachers. You, of course, are always welcome to pick your student up and bring him/her back for their activities. The District will also be working with various organizations to coordinate after school activities, specifically for K-5 students. Please look for more information on upcoming meetings and additional details throughout the summer.
Although this is a new endeavor for Billings Public Schools, PLC time is the norm across the State of Montana and the country. In fact Laurel, Shepherd, Lockwood, Missoula, Great Falls and Elysian, just to name a few, already have PLC early out time.
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Attendance MATTERS! to our Community
United Way & Newman Partner for better Attendance
Information from the Superintendent
Dear Parents, Staff, Students and Community Members:
As we look forward to the first day of school for students on Thursday, August 24, 2017, I would like to share some information about the upcoming school year. It is an exciting time for our district with the expansion of Project Lead the Way to all 22 elementary schools and 6 middle schools. In addition, High School Connect will provide college tuition-free during the 2017-2018 school year, as we welcome the additional dual credit course offerings at the three high schools and Career Center. Finally, thanks to the Billings Community, we completed our third year of deferred maintenance projects and will be opening Ben Steele Middle School on Thursday, August 24. This year promises to be an exciting year because of our students, teachers, support staff, administrators and parents and the support they bring to our schools.
Also, looking toward to the future, we are now moving full speed ahead with implementation of our K-5, 6-8, 9-12 model along with the new redistricting boundaries. Professional Learning Communities (PLC) will be implemented this school year allowing our staff to engage in conversations that focus on school improvement planning, curriculum alignment, use of student data and a laser focus on increasing student achievement. Together, staff, students, parents and community members will work this year to update both the Facilities Master Plan and Demographic projections that were developed during the 2012-2013 school year. We are looking to the future for the good of today's students, as well as generations to come. Thank you for being part of our work towards continuous district and school improvement.
As students will again be gathering at the bus stops and riding or walking to school, please remember to be mindful of our students and slow down. Traffic will be more congested around our schools as parents, students, staff and bus drivers become familiar with schools, routes, and routines. Please contact your student's school should you have questions, need additional information or simply need clarification prior to opening day. The safety of our students and staff is of the utmost importance.
Strong communication is my promise to families, staff, students and community members. Through the strategic planning process, we have continued to strengthen communications through our automated phone system, public forums, local media, district and school websites, school board meetings and my Superintendent's Newsletter. Parents and staff should automatically receive the Superintendent's Newsletter; however, if you are aware of someone within our community who wishes to be kept informed, they can register at http://billingsschools.org.
You can find pertinent information that will be helpful to you as your family begins this school year. by clicking here. Please take a moment to look this information over and contact your student's school should you have questions or need additional information.
To our families and community, we thank you for your continued support and commitment in providing all of our students the best opportunity for a quality education.
Terry Nelsen Bouck
Please note, early dismissal of classes will only occur on Wednesday afternoons during the school year. You can click here for a full listing of the dismissal times for every school.
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What is the Common Core?
Homework is an important piece to your child's education. It should be meaningful, purposeful, and used to reinforce the skills being used/taught at school. It is a time to practice! Again - a time to practice! That practice, like with an instrument, sport, or other talent pursued outside of school, needs to be practiced to be fine tuned. At Newman, we take that time to practice very seriously. While we would love for their time to practice, or do homework, to be fun-packed for our kids, we realize that not all students find homework so "fun." YOU CAN HELP. Speak highly of your own "homework" that needs to be done for the next day's work. Set a time each day for a family work session. It can be a 20-30 minute chunk of time every evening in which the WHOLE FAMILY sits down together in a space to have a work session. During that time, students can be working on school work or reading for pleasure from their school book, a magazine, or even favorite comic. Parents can be answering emails, readying paperwork, or reading the news (online or in print - avoid facebook or other electronic "entertainment" services to keep a good model). Here is a short video on what an evening of reading should, or might, look like of a family with younger students.