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April is a busy month at A.E. Wright with three big opportunities to make a difference!
First, on April 4th, your child will be bringing home information on our annual Bear-a-Thon for the Max of a Million Dreams Foundation. During the Bear-a-Thon, students, staff, and community members will have the opportunity to donate funds that will be used to purchase teddy bears for children undergoing treatment for cancer and fund pediatric cancer research at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. The second opportunity to help give back is to bring in aluminum cans during our Spring Aluminum Can Drive, April 7- April 11. This is a homeroom competition so start saving up your family's aluminum cans! If you don't drink soda at home, encourage your child to ask a neighbor or two to save up his/her cans for your child. All money earned from the Aluminum Can Drive goes to support lab materials for our science classes. This is a great opportunity to talk to your child about the importance of recycling and the environment. The third opportunity is our annual Fitness Celebration. The Fitness Celebration is a fundraiser to help raise funds for our Parent Faculty Club, purchase new equipment for the P.E. department and update old equipment, and increase awareness of the importance of movement in our everyday lives. During the day, students will have the opportunity to participate in different fitness activities including the P.E. teachers' famous obstacle course. This year, KIND has graciously agreed to sponsor our Fitness Celebration and will be providing KIND healthy snacks during the celebration.
Your child's 10 week progress report will be available for parent view on AERIES on Wednesday, April 9th. The 10 week grade is approximately the half-way point of the semester. It is not uncommon to see a dip in grades the first half of the second semester, especially with the 8th grade students. It is important that you review these grades with your child and help your child, if needed, make a plan to improve his/her grades during the second half of the semester. If you have questions regarding your child's 10 week grades, please review his/her grade sheet before contacting the teacher.
Open House is on Thursday, April 10th. The evening will begin with dinner from Jersey Mike's and performances by the A.E. Wright Jazz Band from 5:30-6:45 p.m. Dinner tickets may be purchased at Open House for $6 and include a sandwich, chips, and drink. There will be a 6th Grade Parent Meeting in the gym at 6:10 p.m. to discuss the year-end social studies project, the Tan Festival. I strongly encourage all 6th grade parents to attend. All classrooms will be open from 6:45-8:00 p.m. I hope to see you there!
For 8th grade students interested in high school summer school at Calabasas High School, please visit www.knowledgecounts.net or call (818) 597-0742 for course offerings, procedures, fees, and registration information. For 6th and 7th grade students interested in summer school in Oak Park, please visit http://www.friendsofoakparkschools.org/mcms-summer-school-2014/.
Congratulations to our band and orchestra students for a fantastic showing at the District Music Festival held in March. I am very proud of our music students for the growth they have made throughout the year. Learning an instrument takes discipline, perseverance, patience, and time for both the learner and the parents! They are to be commended for the extra effort they put in this past month to get ready for the festival. Congratulations also to all of our 7th grade students for an excellent Medieval Market!
As the weather starts to warm up, the shorts tend to get shorter and the shirts get a little smaller. Your student may not realize that they've grown in the past couple of months and what fit within the guidelines of the dress code two months ago no longer fits. Please help us maintain an environment that is safe and conducive to learning by making sure that your child is appropriately dressed for school.
At the end of the month, your child will participate in the Smarter Balanced assessments in English Language Arts and Math. This year's tests are field tests, meaning we are testing the test. Student participation is confidential and individual scores will not be returned to parents, the school, or the District. The assessment experience will be interesting for students and staff as we navigate the technical and academic challenges of a computer-based assessment that requires more than just clicking on the right answer. Be on the lookout later this month for a letter detailing the Smarter Balance assessments and our testing schedule.
A few dates for your calendar.....
April 4-11 Bear-a-Thon
April 7-11 Spring Aluminum Can Drive
April 7 5th Grade Parent Night
April 10 Early Release Day, 1:10pm Dismissal
April 11 Fitness Celebration
April 29 &30 Block Schedule – ELA Smarter Balanced Assessment Testing
May 1 & 2 Block Schedule – Math Smarter Balanced Assessment Testing
May 5 7th Grade Only Smarter Balanced Performance Testing
May 6 & 7 Block Schedule -- 6th & 8th Grade Smarter Balanced Performance Testing
May 8 8th Grade STAR Science Test
May 6-8 Early Release Days, 1:10pm Dismissal
May 22 6th Grade TAN Festival
See you at Open House,