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Dear Families,

As we welcome in February, we are also looking forward to the second half of the school year. It's amazing that the year is more than half over. As I review the progress our students have made, I always notice a couple things that show a lot about being successful. I think this is a good time to share them and look forward to great things in the second semester.

The first is attendance. Most students who do extremely well in school have great attendance. They are here almost every day and they are here on time. Both of these things are important to learning. We certainly understand that students do sometimes get sick and there is the need for some absences, but there is a lot learned every moment that we are here at school. No amount of work sent home can make-up for learning that happens in the classroom..

The second is participation. Students who are performing well in the classroom are actively engaged. I can see it in my visits to classrooms, with students who are actively trying to increase their knowledge. I very much recommend that all parents encourage active participation in class.

The third is connected to the E in Stott SOLE. Effort. The ability and willingness to take on a challenge and stick with it is so important. We want to encourage all of our students to do their best, even when things are challenging - this is how they will accomplish great things! Our most successful students continue to work hard when things are challenging. We hope you will encourage and inspire this at home as we do the same here at Stott

Stott SOLE

In our attempt to re-energize SOLE and help students to grow in their behavior, we have made a switch from SOLE stickers to SOLE tickets. The tickets allow teachers to be a little more specific when rewarding students for positive behavior. Tickets are collected in the trophy case by the library and every 2 weeks we will be drawing 2 names per grade level for a prize. The last drawing was for an all you can eat, ice cream smorgasbord with me. The winners were: Kindergarten- Lily & Finn, 1st Grade- Austin & Kostas, 2nd Grade- Olyvia & Liam, 3rd Grade - Joel & Bre, 4th Grade - Maddox & Tatum, 5th Grade - Ashlyn & Eva, 6th Grade - Nadia & Skylar. Congratulations to all of our winners. The next drawing is coming up this week!

5th and 6th Grade Continuation:

We asked for your feedback around 5th and 6th grade continuations.Thank you for all of your thoughts and feedback. The response was overwhelmingly in favor of having continuation at Stott, and having separate continuation ceremonies for 5th and 6th grade. We have made plans for all 5th and 6th grade students to go on an end of year field trip to Boondocks on May 23rd. The evening of May 23rd will be the 5th grade continuation, with 6th grade continuation on the evening of May 24th. No 5th or 6th grade students will attend school on May 24th, which is the last official day for all other students (provided we don’t have any snow make-up days). The continuation committee will be meeting soon to plan for both of these important evenings. Watch for information to come home soon,  if you would like to help with this committee.  

Smart Watches:

We have been having some trouble with students using smart watches at school to send and receive text messages. Please know that teachers will be treating smart watches in the same manner as phones. If students are caught using their watch to send or receive messages during the school day, the watch will be confiscated by the teacher. The first time this happens, students will get the phone back at the end of the day. On the second offense, the watch will be sent to the office for parents to pick-up. Please remind students that smart watches/cell phones are a distraction to learning and must only be used before or after school.

As always, thank you for every little thing that you do to help make Stott a great place for our students to learn and grow. Please reach out with any questions or concerns.

Caryn McCormick


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