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Update from our Head of School - March 18, 2022

Hello Families and Supporters,

Happy Friday! Thank you to all of the special people in our students' lives who came to see their dance performance and visit our school today. We had such a great turnout! Our students and all the members of our school community are so lucky to have so many wonderful special people in our lives. Thanks to Mrs. Boyden for helping our fantastic students learn these fun dances and to all of our classroom teachers for planning great activities for our special visitors to do with their special children.

I got to spend a few days with the 4th graders this week as their teacher was out sick. It was so nice to spend time with them again and they even taught me a cool new greeting, "the wave greeting," in our morning meeting yesterday. All of our classes start each day with a morning meeting that includes an opportunity for each student to greet and be greeted by other students. This is an important part of building our school family and helping students connect with one another.

Reminder: There is no school on Monday, 3/21. Our instructional staff is using this day for professional development.


We are Hiring:

We currently have openings for the following positions:

- Social Emotional Specialist (Social Worker Social Emotional & Academic Intervention Teacher)

- Substitute Teachers

- Teacher of the Arts

All positions are posted on indeed.com.

If you know anyone who is interested, please ask them to send a resume and cover letter or letter of interest to sara.petitmcclure@truxtonacademy.org

Messages for Families

VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR FAMILIES FROM THE OFFICE: New York State Education requires us to conduct an annual Emergency Early Dismissal drill. Ours is scheduled for Friday April 8, 2022. We will begin dismissal at 2:45pm with PARENT transported students. Please SAVE THE DATE and remember to pick up your child at 2:45pm. We will dismiss starting at 3:00pm with BUS transported students. Please SAVE THE DATE and remember to expect your children home early from the bus. If you have any questions, please email Mrs Leaf at leaf.carmer@truxtonacademy.org.

Family Math Night- March 24th

Don't forget our first ever Math Night, hosted by Truxton teachers, SUNY Cortland students and parent volunteers taking place on Thursday, March 24th from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. A Math Night Passport will be sent home next week. Students may bring the passport to Math Night and it will be stamped. Students who get stamps from all of our math and STEM booths will be entered for a chance to win a prize the next day.

Yearbook Ordering is happening now!!!

2021-2022 Yearbooks cost $8, (plus 40 cents as a processing fee). This year, yearbook orders will go through Isaf-Merkur, the company who is publishing the yearbook. To order a 2021-2022 yearbook for your child, visit: https://buytheyearbook.pictavo.com/PictavoSchool/FindSchool

Our school code is: 700844

Financial Assistance is available. We do not want any student to miss out on these memories. If your family needs assistance with purchasing a yearbook, please contact Mrs. Leaf (leaf.carmer@truxtonacademy.org).

Note from the Main Office: 1) Thank you to those who have returned paperwork for this upcoming school year. If you haven't yet, please return the 2022-2023 school year paperwork as soon as possible. As a reminder, the transportation request is due no later than April 1, 2022 in order to have local district transportation for your student(s). Please email Mrs. Leaf (leaf.carmer@truxtonacademy.org) with any questions.

Ways to Help Our School Sign up for and use Amazon Smile with Truxton Academy as your chosen charity Amazon Smile is a division of amazon that donates a portion of sales from many items to a variety of charities and nonprofits. Truxton Academy is one of those nonprofits. If you are purchasing items from amazon, please go to https://smile.amazon.com/ and choose Truxton Academy as your charity of choice. Purchases you are making anyway will benefit our school. Donations Needed: Extra Clothes: We are in need of extra clothes for our older kids who have spills or get clothes wet at recess. Our closet of borrowable clothes is in need of pants in size 8, 10, and 12 for both boys and girls. Help up Build our Classroom Libraries: Here is a wish list of books for each classroom. You can buy the books through this website or elsewhere. Thriftbooks has used books and sometimes that is a money saving option. Check out the books wanted for your child's classroom or any classroom: Kindergarten: https://www.thriftbooks.com/list/share/2beb98c2e6c22338/ First Grade: https://www.thriftbooks.com/list/share/06f1868ff2b6582a/ Second Grade: https://www.thriftbooks.com/list/share/8c00ddcdf9f8956c/ Third Grade: https://www.thriftbooks.com/list/share/21f8fdfdb6f0eed1/ Fourth Grade: https://www.thriftbooks.com/list/share/beda8187236a301d/ Spanish: https://www.thriftbooks.com/list/share/66e046cb2e91fcc0/ Makerspace: https://www.thriftbooks.com/list/share/af7a8e360eb91d94/ Fifth Grade: https://www.thriftbooks.com/list/share/2ec16518e195dde8/ Upcoming Dates: 3/1- NO SCHOOL: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAY FOR STAFF 3/21- 3/25- Ag Literacy Week- We will have special guest readers come in to read the book, Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table 3/24- Family Math Night, 5:30- 6:30- See attached flyer for details 3/28- 4/5- NYS ELA testing for grade 3 and 4 4/8- Emergency Early Dismissal Drill- Parent pick-up dismiss at 2:45, buses dismiss at 3:00 Updates from the classrooms: Ms. Elliott (K): This week in Kindergarten we: *Learned a variety of child safe safety rules from Ms. Taylor *Finished our 5-step cookbook writing project and added a cover page *Celebrated Saint Patrick's Day with lots of leprechaun crafts and a class party *Performed a special dance for our friends/families for Special Person's Day and ate our delicious snacks with them *Learned how to take care of our new class pets through a series of investigations ( Ask your kiddo what it might be :) ) *Met our new TA Ms. Bri and welcomed her with welcoming arms to our classroom Mrs. Francis (K/1): Ask your K/1 kiddo about:*L blends (words like clap, black, glass) *how Molly Lou Melon stood up for her friends and how we can too! *the game How Many are Hidden and counting on to figure out how many cubes their partners had hidden *what they learned from their 3rd grade partners about the parts of an egg and the characteristics of several different breeds of chickens *what happens when you leave an egg in vinegar for 2 days (and teaching the 3rd graders about it) *what type of eater Rosie is (omnivore) and what types of food she eats *learning more about taking care of the grow tower from Mrs. Smart *Mrs. Arnold's read aloud about gardening and the importance of farming and agriculture Ms. Smith (1st): This week in 1st grade we: *Learned new Math games that helped us learn different ways to build a number. *We worked on our book entitled, "Our School" and made some great progress writing our 2nd drafts. *Learned about our friend 'controlling R'. We learned that he makes AR say 'ar', and OR say 'or'. *Started tracking the growth of our eggs by candling them! *Learned about the different parts of an egg by breaking it open! *Found out what happens to an egg if you leave it in vinegar. *Had a mini lesson on the Biodiversity of March with our new interactive bulletin board created by our very own Agricultural Committee! Special thanks to Courtney Harrington and Jaime Smart! *Celebrated Special Persons Day by sharing highs and lows using our 3 Step Interview activity! *Learned about the phrase, "making a scene" by reading, "How to Catch a Leprechaun!" Ms. Jess (2nd): Ask your Second Grader about...-how they designed and engineered their Leprechaun Trap, -what the Leprechauns did to our classroom, -using the scientific method to perform a mealworm experiment, -the conclusion of their experiment, do mealworms prefer black or white surfaces? -what they learned from the 3rd Graders' country presentations, -writing their crazy pet stories, -contractions, -and how they felt about performing in front of a crowd for Special Person's Day! Ms. Madysen (3rd): Ask your third graders about...-building tetrominoes and how to find the area of a square. -how we put ideas together while reading continuing to read about The Day it Rained Meat and How a Waterspout Forms -presenting our NGK Country Slides Project to the second graders -reading about the history of St. Patrick's Day -their visit from Marlee (Ms. Madysen's dog!) -teaching their K/1 teammates about the different parts of an unfertilized chicken eggs -how to identify different types of chickens by identifying physical characteristics -how we earned a Fun Friday afternoon from earning bingos in February! Thanks again for enjoying the morning with us on Friday! Third graders will be taking the NYS ELA assessment on Tuesday, March 29 and Wednesday, March 30. Ms. Chelsea (4th): Ask your 4th grader about:- Subtraction strategies (like Base 10, number lines, and using a starter problem) and using the standard algorithm - The stories they're writing - "What is learning" and some of the things they've learned so far in their lives - The Science Quiz Gameshow Fourth graders will be taking the NYS ELA assessment on Thursday, March 31 and Friday, April 1. Señora H (Spanish): In Spanish for grades K- 2, we reviewed body parts as we read Pobre Enzo, a book about a potato named Enzo. In 3rd and 4th grades we have been enjoying using the computer program "Duolingo for Schools". Your niños are welcome to work from Duolingo at home if they would like. You can also download the Duolingo app on a tablet or smartphone. Mrs. Boyden (PE): This week in PE we have been rehearsing our performances and playing some fun choice games for our hard work! After practicing our dances on stage, we have gone outside for walks to enjoy the weather this week. Mrs. Boyden (Makerspace): In Makerspace this week we finished up our laser engraving projects and played Ready, Set Draw Game which is great for student involvement and critical thinking to put images together to make a picture. Check out our facebook and instagram pages for pictures of our students' learning throughout the year: https://www.facebook.com/truxtonacademy

Thank you, as always, for your support of our students and our school family. Have a wonderful weekend!


- Sara and the Truxton Academy Team

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