The Principal's Paper Clip
PARENTS: Volunteer applications will not be processed by SMCPS Safety and Security until after Wednesday, August 19, 2015.
The GHES PTA will hold a membership meeting on Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. All members are invited to attend. New officers will be elected at this meeting. If you are interested in holding a positon on the Board next year, please attend this meeting.
This will be the last newsletter for this school year. I cannot believe that we are already into the month of May and rapidly approaching the end of the school year. I continue to marvel at the gains our students are making in reading. I appreciate your support as we ask students to read a minimum of two steps each night. I am pleased to announce that Mrs. Barnes’ class has again won the award for having 100 percent of her students read 500 steps. This demonstrates their enthusiasm and love for reading. They are also all ahead of the current goal. I urge you to continue to have your students read throughout the summer. We have given away hundreds of new books to students this year to enhance their personal libraries. Remember that our Buy-One-Get-One Book Fair has begun. It provides a wonderful opportunity to purchase books for summer reading. Don’t forget to check out the Lexington Park Library for summer reading and activities.
As you know, we have been administering the PARCC and MSA Science assessments to students in grades three through five. With the exception of some connectivity glitches, the students seemed comfortable with this new process. We hope to be finished with the English/Language Arts portion by the middle of May.
On May 15th, our students will spend a portion of their instructional day learning about various disabilities. Because we serve students with an array of disabilities, it is important to us that the general student body has some concrete knowledge about hearing and vision impairment as well as those with limited mobility. I want to thank the parents of the students who have allowed their children to participate in the creation of brief video clips to help us provide understanding to our students. At Green Holly, we strongly believe that everyone is important and is to be respected. I also want to thank Mrs. Willis and Mrs. Shriver for planning this important day of learning.
As summer approaches, children spend more time outside. I suggest that you spend some time reviewing bicycle safety so that your family can enjoy this healthy pastime without incident. Please pay close attention to the calendar for end-of-the-year activities. June 15, 16, and 17 will be early dismissal days for students K-5. The awards assembly for grades K-4 will be held at 9:15 on June 16. The fifth-grade promotion will be held at 9:15 on June 17. Again, there are many activities coming within these last weeks, so be sure to check your child’s folder every night. It has been a pleasure to work with you and your student(s) this year. Have a happy summer!