April 30, 2017
Mona Shores Families,
While we continue to long for the sunshine and warmer temperatures, April has left and May has arrived. Traditionally, this month challenges our students to remain focused, continue to make positive choices, and to finish the year off strong...academically, behaviorally, and socially. It is a time when the weather really improves, students are outside more, and the days get longer. I am confident, with encouragement, support, and structure, that our students will continue to be successful and have a phenomenal end to the school year!
Throughout the month of May, we will focus on the character trait of INTEGRITY! Integrity can be defined as “the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.” We will be focused on challenging our students to make the right choices and to do what’s right all through the month. Our goal is that our students will hold themselves to high moral and ethical standards, even when it is hard to do so. C.S. Lewis says, “Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.” I believe this is a challenge for all of us, not just our students. As we head through May, please take the time to have intentional conversations with your students regarding integrity, recognize them when they make the right choices, and encourage them to demonstrate integrity, even when it is tough to do so.
5th GRADE VISITS -- This week Wednesday, May 3, and next Wednesday, May 10, our 5th graders will be visiting the middle school. They will receive tours from student leaders, practice their lockers, meet staff, and have lunch! We are extremely excited to go through this transition with our incoming 6th graders!
M-STEP -- Please know that regardless of the test name or time of year, we will continue our focus on high quality instruction, literacy, depth of knowledge questioning, critical thinking, and technology enhancement within all of our lessons; we will continue to encourage our students to give their best effort! 8th grade will be wrapping up their testing this week, while 6th and 7th will be starting. I am confident that it will continue to go smoothly and we will be back to classroom instruction and thinking in no time.
SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR -- Tuesday May 2nd is the last chance to purchase in our Online Scholastic Book Fair! Visit http://onlinebookfairs.scholastic.com/default.aspx?f=3699919 to access our online book fair, purchase books, and support our Library Media Center.
I hope that you all will have a great week and are able to talk about integrity with your students! Continue to positively encourage your students, support them, and communicate with their teachers when you need help, clarification, or simply an update on their progress towards success.
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