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From the Desk of
Principal Rosey Brown

    March 2015

    Dear Butcher-Greene Families,

    With all the snow the last few days, it is hard to believe that March is here and that Spring Break is fast approaching!  Following spring break we will be entering the last quarter of the year!  A big thank you to all of you who attended our Principal Coffee/Science Fair a couple of weeks ago where we had the opportunity to share with parents’ important information regarding the upcoming state assessment – the MAP test, ways in which parents can help their child prepare for the test at home, and our 5th grade students had the opportunity to share their science fair projects.   Students, whose science fair projects will be exhibited at Union Station, can be found in the March newsletter. We are so proud of their hard, thoughtful work!  We had a great turnout and appreciated having you here! Students, whose parents attended the evening, enjoyed a pizza party! 

    We, at Butcher-Greene, continually work to challenge your child to learn!  As you are aware, our 3rd-5th graders are in high gear preparing for the state Missouri Assessment Program (known as the MAP) test.  We have been preparing all year and now, during our MAP ATTACK time, our focus is on providing intentional, extending learning and interventions where needed.  The window for the MAP test administration will begin on April 13 and extends through May 22.  (More specific dates and times of testing will come home in April). These exams are extremely important for our children, because not only do they test general knowledge as previous standardized testing has done, but they also test problem-solving abilities and our students’ ability to communicate effectively in writing.  This year the tests will all be administered online.  You as parents and your child’s first teacher, play such a vital role in helping your child/ren to be successful in school and in their ability to demonstrate their gained knowledge!  You can assist your child in these tests by seeing that your child gets a good night’s rest and eats a healthy breakfast each day of the testing.  Research is very clear on the correlation between healthy eating and rest to high performance.  Please note ‘Let’s Talk about MAP’, found in the March newsletter, for additional successful tips for test-taking. Being sure your child is completing homework practice might be the tipping point to move your child’s score to the proficient or advanced level.  When we partner together, we can make great things happen for our children!

    Our February average daily attendance was at 93.66% with 86% of our students here 90% of the time.  Remember our goal is to have 90% of our students here 90% of the time.  Student tardies and early releases affect our overall school data.  Please help us reach our goal by trying to schedule any appointments after school hours, if possible.  Feel free to contact the health room at any time if you would like to get information regarding your child’s current attendance rate.

    Be sure to note the March newsletter calendar for additional important dates and times! Read Across America Week is March 2-6, with fun activities and special guests planned daily! Don’t forget Thursday evening, March 5th, beginning at 6:00p.m. we will be hosting our Winter Concert/Art Exhibit featuring our 2nd, 5th and Honor Choir students.  This will be directly followed by our Math Night with K-5th fun math learning activities set up around the school.   Following Math Night, our PTA will be serving a free pasta dinner!

    Enjoy Spring Break – March 16-20!  May you take this opportunity to spend quality time with your families to just enjoy one another.  Thank you for your continued support as we work together in meeting your child’s educational needs and feel free to come visit us at any time.

Butcher-Greene Elementary School

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