Principal’s Corner – April Update

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April All-School Meeting Reminder – April 20th at 2:30 p.m.
The April All-School Meeting is scheduled for April 20th at 2:30 p.m. Please save the date and time and come join us as we celebrate April birthdays and all the exciting things happening at Madison. Hope to see you all there!

PARCC Testing Update: Grades 3-5!
We completed our first week of PARCC testing. The students worked very hard and we are all extremely proud of them! Students in Grades 3-5 will finish up the math portion next week. Specific grade level testing times are listed below and are also posted on our Madison School calendar.

Parents, please help support your child for PARCC testing by making sure he/she gets a good night’s sleep, eats a healthy breakfast, and comes prepared for the testing. Our teachers will take a comfortable approach to the testing so as to not create any undue stress on our students. You can simply remind your child to do his/her best. If possible, please avoid any scheduling and doctor appointments, etc. during the scheduled testing. Students not present during scheduled testing times or who arrive after testing begins will need to be pulled from class to make up the PARCC testing before the window closes in April.

We Need Your Help!
iPads, iPad chargers, and keyboards – Please make sure your child has these items. Students will keep their iPads and iPad chargers at school during testing.
Headphones – Please make sure students bring their headphones with them on testing days.

PARCC SCHEDULE APRIL 2018
3rd Grade
MATH: 12:30 p.m. – 4/12, 4/16, 4/17, 4/18

4th Grade
MATH: 9:00 am. – 4/12, 4/16, 4/17, 4/18

5th Grade
MATH: 9:00 a.m. – 4/12, 4/16, 4/17, 4/18

PARCC Spirit Days!
To help get students excited to do their best, our SSLC members created PARCC theme days. The whole school is invited (K-5) to participate in our dress up days!

April 16th: Put on your Thinking Cap (Hat Day)

April 17th: “PARCC- it” in your Pajamas (Pajama Day)

April 18th: PAWS is Proud of you! (Madison Spirit-Wear Day)

SPRING MAP Testing: Grades 1-5
It is already time for our final round of MAP testing, taking place May 3rd-May 12th. Specific testing dates and times are posted on our Madison calendar. Should you have any questions related to testing, how we use the data, or your child’s specific testing dates, please contact the office or your child’s teacher.

Parent Input for the 2018-2019 School Year
We are beginning the process of classroom placement. Please know classroom placement is a lengthy process and one into which we put a lot of time and effort. Our grade level teams and specialists (reading specialist, differentiation specialists, resource teachers, and art, music, and PE staff) work together to share input and create class composites conducive to learning. We take into account your child’s academic and social/emotional needs. Our goal is to create equitable classes in terms of size, instructional supports, gender, etc. and allow for groups of students who can benefit from learning together.

If you have information that you believe we should consider as we begin the process of developing class lists for next school year, please put your thoughts in writing via email (krutan@d181.org) with the subject heading CONFIDENTIAL STUDENT PLACEMENT 2018. Your comments concerning your child’s learning, social emotional characteristics and needs will be taken into consideration as we create class lists of students who can benefit from learning together. We respectfully ask that parents NOT request a specific teacher. If you plan to send an email, please do so by Monday, April 23rd, 2018.

Also, if you are moving out the district, please just let us know. Should you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to call!