Dear Huebner Families,
I hope everyone had an opportunity to “sharpen their saw” over the Thanksgiving Break by enjoying quality time with family and friends! Looking ahead at the December calendar, we have a lot to accomplish the next three weeks before our Winter Break! We want all the children to be at school on time (7:40 a.m.) and present at school if they are well! We do not want them to miss any essential learning or fun activities that we have planned this month.
Our Husky Honor Choir will perform on December 9th 6:30 p.m. for the PTA meeting and at 8:30 a.m. for the students on Tuesday, December 10th. The Honor Choir will also provide holiday cheer to the surrounding community by caroling on December 6th at the Adante Senior Living and Arden Courts. I want to thank all the choir members and their dedicated music teachers, Rebecca Juarez and Matthew Trevino, for the dedication and effort they put forth to provide the community with such creative and delightful musical productions!
Having a superb music program is a gift to all schools. The Eisenhower band, choir and strings students will provide the Huebner Huskies with a holiday concert on Friday, December 13th. Our own 5th grade strings students will have an opportunity to participate in the performance. Thank you to all the Eisenhower students for enriching our Huebner Huskies with their musical talent.
We continue to monitor student academic success through benchmark tests. During the week of December 2nd and 9th, our 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students will take another benchmark test in math and reading to assess their learning in the first and second nine weeks of school. In addition, 4th graders will take a writing benchmark. During the week of December 16th, the science benchmark will be administered to the same group of students.
You are cordially invited to Dance Day during your child’s scheduled P.E/Music block on Friday, December 13th. This is always a fun event when your child has an opportunity to teach you some of the dance moves they learned this year in P.E with their energetic P.E. teachers, Mrs. Ramon and Mrs. Smith. I hope you can join us!
Our school vision is to “Create Global Leaders One Child at a Time.” Our students will compete in a global society that requires innovation and an integration of the 3Rs with the 4Cs (Communication, Collaboration, Creativity and Critical Thinking). The 4Cs are 21st Century skills that our students will need to develop to be effective in our changing society.
This past semester many of our teachers and students continue to utilize Edmodo, a Web 2.0 tool that is safe and secure for social learning in and outside the classroom. Edmodo utilizes a design similar to Facebook, and provides teachers and students a secure place to connect, collaborate and share content.
In addition, Smartboard activities are utilized throughout the school engaging students with a variety of interactive activities to reinforce concepts.
We will continue to utilize technology to integrate the 3Rs and the 4Cs into our curriculum to ensure our students are equipped to handle the tasks that are expected of them in the 21st Century.
Just a gentle reminder – one of the greatest gifts you can provide for your students is to read to them and let them read to you. Academic success throughout your child’s school career depends a great deal on their ability to read critically in all subject areas. So much can be gained by spending quality time sharing a good book with those you love. Remember, reading is like all skills, the more you read the better you become as a reader. Don’t forget about the online Reading Contest sponsored by North East and Sylvan Learning entitled Reading with the Dinosaurs!
December 20th is the end of the first semester and school will resume on Monday, January 6th, 2014. As we end this first semester I want to thank all of you for sharing your precious children with us every day and always providing your endless support. Thank you. As always, I am most grateful to be part of this generous and dedicated community of teachers and parents. I wish you all a Happy Holiday season!