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School will be closed from April 18-25
Transition Services         

On the Counseling page, transitioning services are available.  Click Here to view.
Smarter Balance Testing   Testing will take place April 29, 30, May 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8. 
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Please click on the "News and Notes" tab for more information about news and upcoming events.
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Dear Parents,

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
                    Open House
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,

Mrs. Taylor

2013-2014 EARLY RELEASE DATES
Students will be dismissed at 1:10pm on the following days:

August 29

January 16

May 6

September 12

January 30

May 7

September 26

February 13

May 8

October 10

February 27

June 11 – Last day of school, 12:10pm dismissal.

October 24

March 13



November 7

March 27



December 5

April 10





2013-2014 OLWEUS SCHEDULE DATES
The school schedule is different on the following days:
1/29, 2/26, 3/26, 5/14
 

Warning Bell 7:45
Period 0 7:50 – 8:40
Warning Bell 8:45
Period 1/HR 8:50 – 9:40
Reading/Olweus 9:40 – 10:10
Period 2 10:15 – 11:00
Nutrition 11:00 – 11:10
Period 3 11:10 – 11:55
Period 4 12:00 – 12:45
Lunch 12:45 – 1:25
Period 5 1:30 – 2:15
Period 6 2:20 – 3:05
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

April 16 - 5th Grade Visitation to AEW
April 18 - Local Holiday, No School
April 21-25 - Spring Break, No School
Monday, April 28 - Classes Resume
Tuesday, April 29 - No "0" Period
April 29 to May 7 - Smarter Balanced Assessments; See more information below
May 5-9 - National Teacher Appreciation Week
Tuesday, May 6 - National Teacher Appreciation Day
May 6-8 - Early Release Days, Dismissal at 1:10pm See Schedule
Tuesday, May 13 - PFC Meeting, 9:00am
Tuesday, May 13 - Music Concert at CHS, 7:00pm
Wednesday, May 14 - Olweus Schedule, See Revised Schedule
Thursday, May 15 - Spring Music Concert at CHS, 7:00pm
Monday, May 19 - 8th Graders Visit High Schools
Thursday, May 22 - TAN Festival
May 23 - Staff Development Day, No School
May 26 - Memorial Day Holiday, No School
Tuesday, May 27 - No "0" Period

IMPORTANT NEWS FROM OUR HEALTH OFFICE:
EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2014:  New state law regarding immunization waivers, click here for more information.

A big THANK YOU to the following business for supporting our teacher and student recognition programs: Domino's Pizza, Duke's Malibu, In-N-Out, Maria's Italian Kitchen, and Wolf Creek Restaurant.

ATTENTION 8TH GRADERS!!!  UPCOMING ACTIVITIES

Attention 8thGraders going to Agoura High School:
If you are planning on playing a sport at AHS, you must have a physical prior to participating in the summer sports programs.  On Saturday, May 17thand May 31st between 9:00am – 9:00pm, Exer Urgent Care will be offering physicals for $40 per athlete. You must take your completed “Athletic Packet” with you at the time of the physical.  Athletic packets are available at http://www.agourahighschool.net/.

- Please check the Counseling Office web page for more important information about high school. Click here to go to the web page. 

BEAR-A-THON WAS A BIG SUCCESS! 

The Bear-A-Thon was a big success! Thank you to the A.E. Wright families and students who helped raise over $6,400 for the Max of a Million Dreams Foundation. Funds raised will be used to purchase teddy bears for children undergoing treatment for cancer at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. The Max of a Million Dreams Foundation has a special place in A.E. Wright’s heart as Max was a former A.E. Wright student who passed away from pediatric cancer. Visit the website for more information. http://www.maxofamilliondreams.org/why.html

NATIONAL TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK, MAY 5-9 AND NATIONAL TEACHER APPRECIATION DAY, MAY 6th

Please take time to thank a teacher for all they do! This is not a time for elaborate gifts but we encourage students to hand write a thank you and let our teachers know the impact they have had. Students can hand deliver a note/card to the teacher or drop off notes in the Assistant Principal's Office to be placed in the teacher's mail box. 

INFORMATION ABOUT UPCOMING TESTING: SMARTER BALANCED ASSESSMENTS

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. The bell schedule will be altered for all testing days.

April 29-30: English Language Arts Testing for all grades
May 1-2:  Math Testing for all grades
May 5: English Language Arts Performance Task for 7th Grade Only
May 6-7: Math Performance Task for 6th and 8th Grade Only
May 8: STAR Science Test for 8th Grade Only

END OF SCHOOL YEAR FINAL EXAMS 

As we approach the end of the school year, please plan appointments and vacations around the scheduled finals days in June. Alternate dates will not be accommodated except in extraordinary circumstances.
June 5, Wed.   Finals:  8th Grade Language Arts, Elective, & Social Studies
June 6, Thur.   Finals:  8th Grade Math, P.E., & Science                                                                           
June 7, Fri        Finals: 6th/7th Grade Language Arts, Elective, & Social Studies
June 10, Mon.  Finals: 6th/7th Grade Math, P.E., & Science


SUMMER SCHOOL 2014

All current 8th grade students have the opportunity to take summer school to get ahead. Summer School 2014 begins on June 17, 2014 and ends on July 24, 2014. Online Registration opens April 7, 2014. To register and for more information click on the link. http://www.knowledgecounts.net/

A.E. WRIGHT SPIRIT WEAR IS STILL AVAILABLE!

Click here to see samples and get more information on what A.E. Wright Spirit Wear is available. 

REMINDER ABOUT ATTENDANCE

Being in class, daily and on time, is extremely important to your child’s academic success. Please try to schedule appointments before or after school hours. Students arriving late to class or leaving class early disrupt the classroom. If your student must leave school early, please call the Attendance Office ahead of time at extension 226. This allows us to send the pass to the teacher ahead of time to minimize disruption.

LOST AND FOUND ITEMS

Please check the Lost and Found items located outside the Attendance Office. There are lots of jackets, hoodies, lunch boxes, etc. that have been turned in.

STAY IN THE LOOP

Want to keep up to date on what is happening at A.E. Wright?  Want to know what exciting activity is coming up next?  Go to the Leadership Activity Page to see how you can through a text message, or just by checking out the activity page!  Click here to see now!
                                         
PLANET AID COLLECTION BIN
Time to clean out those closets!! Planet Aid helps recycle used and sends the clothing to needy people in developing nations. There is a yellow drop bin located in the parking lot near rooms 1-4.

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