Greetings Holcomb Families,
On behalf of the Holcomb staff I want to extend the warmest of holiday wishes to our Holcomb families! The holiday season is the perfect time for all of us to teach our students the value of showing gratitude, the joy in generosity, and the lasting impact of kindness. With the long winter break from school. I urge parents and guardians to to use that vacation time to bond with your kids and to continue to encourage and support their learning. At conferences your child’s teacher shared with you the progress that your child has made so far and the skills that they will need to develop to meet end of the year expectations. You may have noticed that our expectations for student achievement is high, particularly in Mathematics and Language Arts. There are many ways that you can support your child in meeting these expectations. You can read to or with your child everyday. You can highlight the mathematical skills needed when cooking your favorite recipes. You can encourage writing skills by allowing your child to keep a journal or asking your student to write “thank you” notes to family and friends. The best way to teach your child is by example. Keep nurturing their brains so they are ready when they come back to school after the holiday break.
As 2017 begins I want to ask our families to be mindful of re-establishing morning routines so that your children are in attendance and on-time each morning. Being on time and ready to learn helps to ensure that the rest of the day goes well for students. In addition to morning routines, we also ask our families to continue to be mindful of scheduling appointments. We recognize that there are times when an occasional early dismissal or late drop off is necessary for an appointment or urgent family need, however this loss of instructional time can affect a student’s academic achievement. Please make every effort to schedule appointments after school is released. Thank you for your support! Together we can provide our students with a quality educational experience that leads to increased levels of academic achievement.
FAMILY FOCUS FORUM
I would like to extend a personal invitation to join me at the Family Focus Forum. The Family Focus Forum is Oregon City’s premier (FREE!) family workshop event for families with students of all ages. The event includes both 60 minute and 90 minute workshops focusing on providing parents with information and tools that can help them navigate through their many roles and transitions - creating positive home, work and school environments where parents and kids flourish.
The Family Focus Forum also includes:
A continental breakfast and full lunch;
An informative and inspiring keynote address;
Over 25 workshops for parents, dealing with issues related to children of all ages;
Exhibitor tables with free local area resources for families and students;
Free childcare for children aged 5-10 years.
Please watch our facebook page for more information!
If your child rides the bus please stress the importance of following the bus rules. The rules are simple: stay seated, use quiet voices, no eating or drinking, keep hands and feet to yourselves and follow the directions of the bus driver. Should there be a problem on the bus please let the bus driver. If it is a serious problem please let the principal know as soon as possible. Recently there have been reports of unsafe behavior at bus stops prior to the bus picking students up and just after they are dropped off. We strongly encourage parents to supervise their children at the bus stop. If your child walks him/herself to the bus stop please review the following safety rules with them. Students should wait in the designated bus stop area. Students should not cross busy streets unless in a marked crosswalk or with the assistance of the bus driver stopping traffic.If you have any questions please let me know. Thank you for your help to keep our students safe! OCSD Bus Rules: http://ocsd62.org/transportation/bus-rules
WEATHER: Recently we have seen how quickly the weather can change. Rain! Snow! Ice! Sun! Here at Holcomb we go outdoors for recess! Only in extreme circumstances do we stay indoors. Students should come to school prepared for cold and rainy weather. Coats, hats, and gloves are strongly recommended. Labeling all of these items with your child's first and last name is also recommended. We are happy to support students who may need assistance getting a coat, hat or gloves. Please let us know if we can help.
For school delay or closure information due to inclement weather please check the OCSD website (http://www.ocsd62.org/), check our Facebook page or refer to the local radio/TV stations.
STANDARD RESPONSE PROTOCOL Student safety is our number one priority! One important way to ensure school safety is to have a plan of how we will respond when or if there is ever a safety incident at school. These incidents could include medical emergency, weather events, fire, accidents, intruders or other threats to student or school safety. Our school plans for and practices responding to such scenarios. Here are some resources to learn more about SRP.
IMPORTANT DECEMBER/JANUARY DATES
December 12th Music Program @ Jackson Campus 1st and 3rd grade
December 19- January 3rd Winter Break- No School
January 4th Students Return to School
January 6th Spirit Day/Popcorn Friday
January 12th PTA Meeting 6:30pm
PTA Read-a-Thon Fundraiser will begin in January
Holcomb One School One Book will begin in January
January 16th No School- Holiday
January 20th PTA Family Fun Night
January 23rd Vision Screening
January 27th No School-Teacher Inservice Day
Family Focus Forum January 28th (stay tuned for information)
January 30th All School Morning Meeting (wear your red Holcomb shirt)
May the warmth and love of the holiday season fill your hearts and your home.
Holcomb Title 1 Information Booth
When you come to Holcomb for Parent Teacher Conferences on November 21st or November 22nd please stop by the Title One information booth! We will provide you with literature and information on how Holcomb benefits from being a Title One School. We will also answer any questions that you may have!
We hope to see you then!