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May 2017

From the Principal

Dear Jefferson Families,

Spring is in the air. The flowers and trees have begun to bloom and the birds are singing. It is a beautiful time of year. It is also a busy time of year as we finish state testing, complete the student placement process for next year, and participate in all of the end of the year activities that our students are certain to enjoy.

As we welcome the warm days of spring, it is very easy for students to lose focus as they become involved with extracurricular activities after school. While I recognize the importance of these activities in the development of a child, please make every effort to ensure that they are completing assignments and other school projects that have been assigned by their teachers. Furthermore, please continue to bolster their reading skills by setting aside time each evening for them to read. Part of this time may include you reading to them. Older students will often want to read silently and we encourage this but please check in with them on what they are reading. They are very eager to share when we set aside a quiet time to discuss what they have read. With new learning standards, there is also an emphasis on what students read as well. Try your best to ensure that there is a balance in the amount of fiction and non- fiction books that your child reads.

Writing about this topic reminds me of an article I read a few years ago so I decided to revisit this and share a few statistics. The average child in the United States spends roughly 4.5 hours a day watching TV. They also spend close to 2.5 hours each day listening to music, and more than 1 hour playing video games. As you can see, this leaves very little time for reading. The article goes on to share that students read about 25 minutes a day outside of school. While I suspect that these numbers have changed over the last several years, the research clearly shows that students do not spend enough time reading. Furthermore, students need to spend more time reading non- fiction materials. If you would like to read more, the title of the article is Research Says / Nonfiction Reading Promotes Student Success by Bryan Goodwin and Kirsten Miller. It may be found within the Educational Leadership magazine, January 2013, Volume 70, Number 4.


Thank you for your continued support of our school. I look forward to seeing everyone at our concerts and end of the year events.


Always Jefferson Proud,


Mr. Gifford

Dates to Remember


May 1 - Dollars for Scholars Meeting, 6:30pm

May 2 - NYS Math Exams Gr. 3-8 through 5/4

May 8 - Meet the Board Candidates Night, 6pm
             Board of Education Meeting, 7pm

May 9 - Jefferson PTO Meeting, 6:30 pm

May 10 - Jefferson Book Fair through 5/19

May 11 - 4th Grade Concert, 7pm

May 15 - Kindergarten Screening through 5/19

May 16 - School Budget Vote and Board Election Day
              Young Minds Expo, 6:30pm

May 22 - Board of Education Meeting, 7pm

May 24 - Grade 4+8 NYS Science Performance Exam through 6/2

May 25 - Jefferson Principal’s Coffee Hour, 9:30am

May 29 - Memorial Day NO SCHOOL

May 30 - Jefferson Annual Charity Shoe Drive through 6/13

News from the P.E. Dept.

As the nicer weather approaches, PE classes will be going outside as often as possible.

Please help your child enjoy the class activities by dressing appropriately.

Art Department News

The Kindergarten students are moving on to constructing their own sand castles!


First grade students will be finishing up their watercolor flowers, and moving on to an underwater portrait!

 
Second grade students will also be exploring portraits, and focusing on the idea of color and texture.


Students in third grade will be reading 'Dragons Love Tacos' by Adam Rubin, creating their own dragon, and working with patterns and texture!


Fourth grade students will be continuing their family portraits; working on overlapping, and the development of a foreground and background.

Music Department News

It is unbelievable that there are just two months left of school!

The kindergarten students are gearing up for their play, “Prime Time Nursery Rhyme” which will take place on June 6th at 6:30 PM.

The first grade did an amazing job performing “Go Fish!” on April 26th. They should be very proud of themselves!

The second grade spent time in March and April singing songs from our song list and learning some fun square dances. When we square dance, we always talk about the 4 C’s of square dancing, Courtesy, Cooperation, Consideration, & Concentration. We talk about why these things are important and ask the students to think about what they mean. At the end of each class, we have “square share” where students raise their hand and talk about something good that was happening in their square. Everyone gives and receives a compliment. They have really enjoyed this experience! We had a very successful square dancing showcase in April. Thank you to all of the parents and family members who came in to watch the kids dance!

The third grade has been playing a lot of recorder. We are transitioning from learning songs by ear using solfege syllables to reading the notes on the music staff.

In fourth grade, the students have been preparing for their next concert that will take place on May 11th at 7PM. All concerts take place in the high school auditorium.

Our composer of the month for May is Igor Stravinsky.


Save the date:


4th Grade Concert - May 11th at 7 p.m.
Kindergarten Concert - June 6th at 6:30 p.m.