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Science in Kalama!

Kalama’s 5th Grade teacher Victoria Wells shares how her class is tackling the Next Generation Science Standards.

Transportation update: Monday December 14

This is a transportation update for Monday December 14th.A portion of Spencer Creek Road is still closed. Bus route 39 will be unable to travel between West View Place, and Vivian.  To meet a bus, students living between West View and Vivian will need to come out to Spencer Creek and West View at 7:40AM, or Spencer Creek and Vivian ‚Äčat 7:45AM.All other bus routes are running normally.

Kalama Community Support – flood relief

Dear Parents and Families:

Many of our students and their families have been impacted by the recent flooding events.  To provide relief, Kalama School District’s Associated Student Body (ASB) will be asking for cash donations at upcoming sporting events, and donation boxes will be available in the main office of each school and in the district office.  All of the money collected (100%) will go into the Kalama Flood Relief Fund, which will be used to buy food, clothing and supplies. We will not distribute cash. Additionally, if you would like to donate non-perishable food items, instead of cash, the Kalama Elementary Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) will be collecting food at each school site as well.

If you personally have a need, or know someone who does please call or email Jane Delker at the middle and high school (360) 673-5212) or Billie Jo Thomas at the elementary school (360) 673-5207. You can also contact either of our school administrators by leaving a message for them: Guy Strot 360-787-1131 or Sheila Stuhlsatz (360) 957-9874.

Our first opportunity to donate will occur at the boys basketball game tonight against Seton. Come cheer on the home team and support your community at the same time. Junior Varsity starts at 5:45PM and varsity will begin at7:00PM.

Thank you – Go ‘nooks!

Weather Emergency Details

Kalama Schools will reopen Friday December 11th on a standard bell schedule, but with limited transportation. 

Bus 90 will start her route at Kalama River Road and Old Pacific Highway at 7:55 and travel back to the school with scheduled bus stops. Bus 90 will not travel any other portion of Kalama River Road.

Bus 2 will not be able to operate and will not travel the east end of Kalama River Road

Bus 39 will start her route at Spencer Creek and Vivian Road at 7:50 and travel on Spencer Creek Road south.  Bus 39 will not travel to Modrow Road, Bates Road, or any portion of Spencer Creek north of Vivian Road

 

All other routes and bus stops are as scheduled until further notice. If modifications are required for transportation routes or the school schedule this message will be updated and an early morning message will be sent to all families.

Oct. 12th-16th, 2015 Parent Bulletin

“Excellence …Every Teacher, Every Student, Every Day!”

Be silly. Be honest. Be kind.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


Fire Prevention Week!

Mon., 10/12

Tues., 10/13    3:30-4:30    PTO mtg. in the library
Wed., 10/14
   Progress monitoring for intervention students
Thurs., 10/15   2:15    Popsicles with Students of the Month and Mrs. Whittaker
Fri., 10/16
   Kalama Football home game

 

Kalama Chinooks Light Beams

  • Please contribute: Please email me any announcements that you think would be beneficial to all as well as appreciations that you have for one another, and I will include them in the weekly bulletin. ~ Mary Ann
  • After School Tutoring: Letters have gone out to parents regarding Supplemental Educational Services (SES); if students turn these into you completed, please return them to the office ASAP. We have received additional information on the THREE providers that have agreed to serve students at Kalama Elementary. 1) ESD 112/ExCEL Program — services will be provided after school two days a week in the Kalama Elementary Library. 2) Better Grades In-home Tutoring; services will be provided in your home as per your arrangements with them. 3) Academic Link Outreach.   For more information, call the school office or click on this linkhttp://www.k12.wa.us/TitleI/SES.aspx . All applications are due on Thurs., Oct. 15.
  • Community Connection: The Kalama Chamber of Commerce is holding a candy drive Sept 25 to Oct 25. We are collecting donations of individually wrapped candy (or other treats) that can be handed out at the annual downtown Trick or Treat event on Oct 30th from 3:30 to 6:00 pm. The businesses have traditionally provided their own candy and with over 1500 children now attending this has become too much of a burden for some of them. We are hoping the parents who are bringing their kids down to trick or treat might help by donating a bag or two. I attached a flyer for the candy drive. There will be drop boxes at the Kalama Shopping Center and Double D’s Feed & Hardware Store downtown for the month of October. If you can share we sure appreciate it! Thank you! Taryn, Kalama Chamber of Commerce President 2015-2016
  • Welcome a New Staff Member: Tara Bah (aka one of the “lunch ladies”) will be joining the elementary staff as our third playground supervisor/classroom assistant/crossing guard. Her start date in our building is still to be determined, but we are excited that she knows the kids and the staff and is ready to continue working hard for Kalama kids in a different way!!!
  • Fundraiser: Thank you for all your help with getting packets and such into the PTO — they raised over $6,000 to do amazing things for our kids! Woot woot!

Parenting Ideas:

Make Time for Your Kids

It’s often difficult for parents and kids to get together for a family meal, let alone spend quality time together. But there is probably nothing kids would like more. Get up 10 minutes earlier in the morning so you can eat breakfast with your child or leave the dishes in the sink and take a walk after dinner. Kids who aren’t getting the attention they want from their parents often act out or misbehave because they’re sure to be noticed that way.

Many parents find it rewarding to schedule together time with their kids. Create a “special night” each week to be together and let your kids help decide how to spend the time. Look for other ways to connect — put a note or something special in your kid’s lunchbox.

Adolescents seem to need less undivided attention from their parents than younger kids. Because there are fewer windows of opportunity for parents and teens to get together, parents should do their best to be available when their teen does express a desire to talk or participate in family activities. Attending concerts, games, and other events with your teen communicates caring and lets you get to know more about your child and his or her friends in important ways.

Don’t feel guilty if you’re a working parent. It is the many little things you do — making popcorn, playing cards, window shopping — that kids will remember.

 

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Upcoming Dates!

10/26-10/27 RIF

10/26 School Board Meeting in the MS/HS Library, 7:00 PM

10/30 Downtown Halloween Event, 3-6 PM

11/7 PTO Bingo Night w/ Pizza and

11/10 Picture Retakes

11/10 Veterans’ Day assembly

11/10 PTO meeting in the library, 3:30

11/11 Veterans’ Day — No School!

11/19-11/24 Parent Conferences

11/25-11/29 Thanksgiving Holiday

 

GRATITUDES

  • A huge THANKS to Kalisha, Lynn, Katie, Emily, and Michelle for counting our Charleston Wrap Fundraiser!

Oct. 5th-9th, 2015

Kalama Elem. Weekly Bulletin

“Excellence …Every Teacher, Every Student, Every Day!”

Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”

~ Francis of Assisi

 

Have an amazing week! Go Chinooks!

Mon., 10/5                    
Fundraiser ends TODAY!! Please get your envelopes in!

5:00-6:00 Supplemental Educational Services (SES) Provider Fair in the Elementary Library– come find out about options for tutoring for your child if they qualify!



Wed., 10/7
Late Start



Fri., 10/9
State Inservice Day — Teachers will be in training; students will stay home

Kalama Chinooks Light Beams

  • Please contribute: Please email me any announcements that you think would be beneficial to all as well as appreciations, and I will include them in the weekly bulletin. ~ Mrs. Whittaker

 

  • Morning Drive Up Protocols: Thank you, thank you, thank you for all your help in addressing our traffic challenges! It is running so much smoother in the mornings with parents who need to leave their cars parking on the left-hand side of the drive and others rolling through to just drop off on the right hand (yellow paint) side. I have received a number of “thank you’s” to all of you!

 

  • Box Tops for Education: PTO is collecting Box tops again this year. It is going to be a class competition. K-2 and 3-5 will compete for a hot cocoa party! Box tops will be tracked through Nov./Thanksgiving break. Your students MUST have the teacher name on the outside of the bag so the box tops can go to the appropriate teacher. There will be another collection starting in January.  Each box top is worth 10 cents!

 

  • From Our Nurse: Thank you for being so prompt in getting health information back — your help with this has been greatly appreciated.

 

  • Community Connection: The Kalama Chamber of Commerce is holding a candy drive Sept 25 to Oct 25. We are collecting donations of individually wrapped candy (or other treats) that can be handed out at the annual downtown Trick or Treat event on Oct 30th from 3:30 to 6:00 pm. The businesses have traditionally provided their own candy and with over 1500 children now attending this has become too much of a burden for some of them. We are hoping the parents who are bringing their kids down to trick or treat might help by donating a bag or two. I attached a flyer for the candy drive. There will be drop boxes at the Kalama Shopping Center and Double D’s Feed & Hardware Store downtown for the month of October. If you can share we sure appreciate it! Thank you! Taryn, Kalama Chamber of Commerce President 2015-2016

 

  • October is National Bullying Prevention Month: Classroom teachers and office personnel will be doing some activities around anti-bullying and the theme “Everyone Belongs!” this month. Here are some resources for parents. Check out “Bullying Prevention at Home” and “Parenting Strategies” from RFK Project SEATBELT, for tips on raising kids who care. “Creating a Safe and Caring Home” from NSCC includes guidelines for parents to help children feel safe and create positive environments for children. Looking to start a bullying prevention program at your school? “How to Start an Antibullying Program,” from GreatSchools, describes how parents can get involved.

 

Parenting Ideas:

Set Limits and Be Consistent With Your Discipline

  • Discipline is necessary in every household. The goal of discipline is to help kids choose acceptable behaviors and learn self-control. They may test the limits you establish for them, but they need those limits to grow into responsible adults.
  • Establishing house rules helps kids understand your expectations and develop self-control. Some rules might include: no TV until homework is done, and no hitting, name-calling, or hurtful teasing allowed.
  • You might want to have a system in place: one warning, followed by consequences such as a “time out” or loss of privileges. A common mistake parents make is failure to follow through with the consequences. You can’t discipline kids for talking back one day and ignore it the next. Being consistent teaches what you expect.

 

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Upcoming Dates!

10/9 State Inservice Day — training day for Kalama teachers; no school for students

10/15 All SES (tutoring) applications must be in to the Elementary Office

11/10 Picture Retakes

11/11 Veteran’s Day — No School

11/19-11/24 Elementary Conferences (Students attend half days)

11/25-11/29 Thanksgiving Holiday

 

GRATITUDES

  • Thank you, Bud Clary Chevrolet Dealership, for sponsoring the Perfect Attendance Creates Excellence (PACE) program in Cowlitz County! Our fourth and fifth graders are working hard at earning a bike!!
  • Thank you to our faithful kindergarten volunteers — you make a world of difference for our little ones!

Sept. 28th-Oct. 2nd, 2015

Kalama Elem. Weekly Bulletin

Sept. 28th-Oct. 2nd, 2015

“Excellence …Every Teacher, Every Student, Every Day!”

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.”

~Dalai Lama

Have a fantastic week! Go TEAM!
MAP testing — Sept. 21-Oct. 2
Mon., 9/28
Second Week of the Fundraiser — ends Oct. 5th
Tues., 9/29
PICTURE DAY!!
Wed., 9/30

Thurs., 10/1

Fri., 10/2
Surplus sale is tomorrow!

Kalama Chinooks Light Beams

  • Please contribute: Please email me any announcements that you think would be beneficial to all as well as appreciations, and I will include them in the weekly bulletin. ~ Mary Ann
  • Fundraiser: Fundraiser starts Monday and runs through Oct. 5th.
  • Morning Drive Up Protocols: In an effort to continue to address safety in front of the grade school, parents should drop off students on the right hand side of the drive through (which is marked with a yellow curb). If you need to come into the building, please park on the left hand side of the drive through and walk across the drive. If we can keep the traffic flowing through the right hand side, parents will not feel the need to drive through the middle and drop students off, darting through cars and such. We are working to get signage in place to help give clear guidelines, but we don’t have them available yet. Additionally, cars are not to be dropping students off up the short driveway by the annex — this causes additional traffic tie-ups and unsafe conditions. Thank you, in advance, for your help with this!!
  • Information on Lice: Students diagnosed with live head lice will be sent home early from school to be treated, and return to class after appropriate treatment has begun. Nits may persist after treatment, but successful treatment should kill crawling lice. Head lice can be a nuisance but they have not been shown to spread disease. Personal hygiene or cleanliness in the home or school has nothing to do with getting head lice. You should examine your child’s head, especially behind the ears and at the nape of the neck, for crawling lice and nits if your child exhibits symptoms of a head lice infestation. If crawling lice or nits are found, all household members should be examined for crawling lice and nits every 2–3 days. Persons with live (crawling) lice or nits within ¼ inch or less of the scalp should be treated. For further information click on this link to the Center for Disease Control:http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/
  • Box Tops for Education: PTO is collecting Box tops again this year. It is going to be a class competition. K-2 and 3-5 will compete for a hot cocoa party! Box tops will be tracked through Nov./Thanksgiving break. Your students MUST have the teacher name on the outside of the bag so the box tops can go to the appropriate teacher. There will be another collection starting in January.  Each box top is worth 10 cents!
  • From Our Nurse: There are a number of students who have not yet returned health history forms. Please check in your child’s backpack to see if there is a form for you to fill out and return to school as soon as possible — thank you!
  • Community Connection: The Kalama Chamber of Commerce is holding a candy drive Sept 25 to Oct 25. We are collecting donations of individually wrapped candy (or other treats) that can be handed out at the annual downtown Trick or Treat event on Oct 30th from 3:30 to 6:00 pm. The businesses have traditionally provided their own candy and with over 1500 children now attending this has become too much of a burden for some of them. We are hoping the parents who are bringing their kids down to trick or treat might help by donating a bag or two. I attached a flyer for the candy drive. There will be drop boxes at the Kalama Shopping Center and Double D’s Feed & Hardware Store downtown for the month of October. If you can share we sure appreciate it! Thank you! Taryn, Kalama Chamber of Commerce President 2015-2016
  • AUP Forms: Parents, please sign and return the internet use forms for your students as soon as possible.

 

Parenting Ideas:

Helping Children Learn Responsibility

At Love and Logic, we believe that the most powerful way of learning to make good decisions is by being allowed to make some small mistakes, experiencing the related consequences, and seeing that the adults around you love you even when you mess up.

Far too many parents rob their kids of such opportunities by making sure that their kids never make mistakes, bailing their children out of the consequences of their mistakes, or creating resentment by showing anger or rejection. Listed below is a process for avoiding these common mistakes:

  • Give your children plenty of opportunities to make decisions over small issues. Examples include giving your child a small allowance, allowing them to “choose” whether they remember to bring their lunch to school, or letting them decide whether they want to wear their coat or carry it.
  • Hope they make a poor decision. Children learn to make good choices by making poor ones and experiencing the consequences.
  • Let empathy and logical consequences do the teaching. Empathy is the key! By being sad for our kids rather than being angry at them, they are allowed to focus on their poor choice rather than our anger.
  • Give them the same decision-making tasks again. This communicates a strong message: “We believe that you’ve got what it takes to learn from your poor decisions.”

 

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Upcoming Dates!

 

10/3 Kalama School District Surplus Sale

10/9 State Inservice Day — training day for Kalama teachers; no school for students

11/11 Veteran’s Day — No School

 

GRATITUDES

  • Thank you to all the family members that were able to join us for our monthly student of the month assembly — it was great to have you there!

Parent and Community Update — Sept. 11, 2015

We have had a very busy, but effective, start to the school year at Kalama Elementary!

Full-day, every day kindergarten is off to a soft start, seating for all lunches has been spread out into additional areas to alleviate some of the chaos and anxiety and the cafeteria has been painted (thank you, Tynna Purtteman for the decorations), the entry way has been repainted (thank you, Katherine Robbins and Roberta Schultz!), Chromebooks are on their way (thank you, voters and Anthony Collver), and the Google platform is being used in full force.

Here are some coming events:

  • 9/15 (Tues.) — PTO meeting in the Elementary Library
  • 9/18 — Annual Fall School BBQ; 4/5 lunch is at 10:45, K/1 lunch is at 11:05, and 2/3 lunch is at 11:55. Please consider joining us during your child’s lunch.
  • 9/24 — Picture packets will be sent home
  • 9/29 (Tues.) — Picture Day!!

Kudos!!

Thank you to the following individuals and businesses that supported our students with back-to-school supplies:

  • Grace Community Church
  • Kalama Telephone
  • Fibre Federal
  • Employees O-I Kalama (Glass plant)
  • Kalama Insurance
  • The Nook Salon
  • Greg’s Gardens
  • Taryn & Emory Realtors
  • Tina Thompson
  • Brad & Connie Hoggatt
  • Deall Eisenbeisz
Thank you also to the Kalama PTO for providing breakfast for the staff one morning prior to the start of school — it was delicious and greatly appreciated.And last, but not least, thank you to the Stephanie and Tye Ross Family — as a result of their generous gifting, each student received a new “friend” (Beanie Baby) on the first week of school. The joy on the students’ faces was priceless — thank you for making this “new year” a little extra special!

Full-Day Kindergarten!

This just in!

The newly published state budget has resulted in the Kalama School District being eligible to provide Full-Day Kindergarten this fall! While taking advantage of this opportunity is still “optional” for school districts, we are very happy to announce that the Kalama School District has made the commitment to move forward with the offering of Full-Day Kindergarten for the 2015-2016 school year. We are looking forward to the additional learning and preparation that this opportunity will afford our youngest stakeholders!

This good news requires that many decisions be made over the summer, and preparations will need to occur in a fairly accelerated fashion. We are currently working to hire additional staff, plan curriculum and training, configure classroom spaces, and schedule welcoming/transition activities for our parents and students. Kindergarten parents can expect further communication as plans solidify via mass email, postings to the Kalama Elementary website section, and letters mailed out.

This is an amazing opportunity for our students and families. Enjoy these summer days and the anticipation of a very exciting new school year!

Eric Nerison, Superintendent

Mary Ann Whittaker, Elementary Principal

Field Day, June 15th

With forecast temperatures being between 78 and 85 degrees for Monday, please consider sending sunscreen for this event and a water bottle to school for your children to use (there will also be cups of water available). If you have a student who’s skin is especially susceptible to the effects of the sun, an umbrella for shade might also be something to think about sending. Thank you for helping to keep our kids healthy!

A special thank you to parents who have volunteered for this activity, Mr. Maynard, Ms. Thomas, and Mrs. Pollock for organizing it, and Mrs. Ross for donating trophies for the event!

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