Just a reminder that we have an early dismissal tomorrow. This means all children will be dismissed 2 hours early from school (1:30 PM). This also means that the bus drop off time at the end of the day will be 2 hours earlier. If you forget this time, please refer to your transportation letter that was sent out.
Early dismissals and how they pertain to kindergarten: On early dismissal days we host one class of kindergarten. It is either AM or PM. Tomorrow, October 19th, all of the PM class will attend school the full day (9:00-1:30) and they eat lunch at school. The AM class will not have school on this day.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.
Today was the very first day that our 6th grade news crew broadcasted our digital announcements. This was an idea inspired by Judy Keller and Brian Plumbo (I love progressive thinkers!). Students in 6th grade auditioned for various positions and they will explore these roles over the next few weeks. The most incredible part of this new initiative is the addition of closed captioning for our Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) class. This makes the announcements accessible and enjoyable to all of the students at Martic.
It does my heart good to know that every child at Martic is considering the needs of all children and fulfilling those needs. This shows full collaboration among students. To say the least, I am very proud of them for their very first production. Take a peek below and share in the fun.
Conferences are coming soon…. we will host conferences on November 7th and 8th. This week you should get a blue paper that is requesting the best time for you to meet. There will be a limited amount of conferences available on Wednesday evening. Please be sure to check with all of the adults in your family who will be attending the conference so we can satisfy all parent wishes. This is especially important in families who share custody. Planning ahead with all parents and guardians, helps to ensure that every parent is at the conference. We want to be able to brag about your children. 🙂
Today we had an assemby to talk about two special classes that we have at Martic. The assembly shared information about students with autism and students who are deaf or hard of hearing. We have children at Martic who have autism and children who are deaf and hard of hearing. We also have some staff members who are deaf or hard of hearing.
At our assembly children learned great strategies to be a good friend to children with autism and deaf or hard of hearing children. They also learned how to get the attention of a deaf child who they really want to play with at recess.
- Gentle shoulder tap
- Hand wave in peripheral sight zone
- Tapping on desk or table
The fun part came when we learned some sign language. Please take time to ask your children to teach you the sign for good morning, friend, play and help. They were great learners today, please make them great teachers tonight.
Please consider joining us on Tuesday, October 2, 2018, at 8:00 AM in the Martic library for our PTO meeting. Chad Billman a district technology specialist will be joining us to discuss the district’s 1:1 technology initiative in grades 4, 5 and 6. This will help parents to get answers to any questions they have regarding laptops and the possibility of these laptops coming home (grades 5 and 6 only). Hope to see you there!
There is no school tomorrow. It is an in-service day for teachers. Enjoy your long weekend.
On Monday of this week we had an incredible trip to Herr’s Snack Factory and also Plumpton Park Zoo. Our morning group had a little bit of drizzle at the zoo, but the cooler temperatures enticed the animals out of their shelters for great viewing. I could not be more proud of our kids. They embraced a cloudy, misty day and made it wonderful. I heard at least six compliments from the adults regarding our student’s behaviors. One quote was, “This was the most well behaved group we have had.” I am principal proud.
Take a look at the video collection of pictures below that shows our day.