K-4 Connection

October/November 2018

Swather Families:

The first quarter is successfully complete. Students and teachers have worked hard establishing classroom procedures and routines, while learning every day. As I walk through the hallways and classrooms, students are actively engaged in reading, writing, spelling, math, social studies, and science.

It was wonderful to see so many parents attending Parent/Teacher Conferences on October 18 and 22. Having the opportunity to meet with your child’s classroom teacher and hear firsthand how they are progressing makes a huge difference in their success.  Thank you for your support in reading with your child and practicing math facts as their regular homework. It is this type of home/school connection that helps us make great gains in the classroom. We could not do it without your support!

Safety is an important element in everything we do at the elementary. Here are a few reminders to help make our school safe for all students. The alley to the west of the school is reserved for buses only throughout the school day. It is not to be used as a drop off or pick up point for students. Also, if your child has to cross Amos Street to get to the front of the school, an adult must assist them across the street. The drop off and pick up lane can be a challenge at times, and so it is important to not leave your car unattended. If you need to come into the building, please find a parking spot in either parking lot or along the street. Following these procedures will keep everyone safe.

Eight o’clock is the official start time of the school day. Please be aware, students need to be in their classrooms by the 8:00 bell. If they arrive in the classroom after 8:00, they will be marked as tardy. Thanks for helping your child get off to a positive start each day.   

Students in grades 2-4 received an invitation to watch a performance by The Cashore Marionettes on October 23 through the Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts Council.  Students were entertained by the intricate marionette puppets, as they performed daily tasks set to music. It was an amazing performance in an art form new to many of our students.

Our students in grade K-4 are eagerly practicing and preparing for the annual music concert, which will be held on Thursday, November 15, 7:00 at the high school gymnasium. This is a tradition enjoyed by students, parents, grandparents, and community. Please mark your calendars for this exciting holiday event.

In addition to our hard working teachers and students, we want to thank the dads and father figures who have volunteered for the Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of GREAT Students) program.  We appreciate these volunteers giving their time to support activities in the classroom and interact with students during lunch and recess. If you are interested in volunteering, please see the Elementary School’s website for the electronic sign up.

It is a privilege to work with your child every day. If you have questions or concerns, please contact me or your child’s teacher.  

Alisa Krehbiel Principal