Ms. Debbie Garrison
Dear Mitchell Families,
As we draw the curtains on another school year here at Mitchell, let us not forget that learning is an every moment of every day experience. School may soon be over until next August but each of us, young and old, continue to learn on a daily basis. I wish you all a very happy and safe summer. I wish you time together to be creative and have fun. The thoughts of end-of-the-year festivities, summer, and outside activities can sometimes distract us from what’s most important. Please continue to encourage your child to finish the year strong by putting forth their best effort everyday.
I would like to again thank you, our staff, our PTO and all who have made this such a great year for our whole school community. We have had many memorable events and have stored away many memories of this year, some historical – like our 50th Anniversary, others related to our curriculum, such as Family Science Night and Dr. Seuss’ Birthday. Children remember the time we give them, the priceless gift of time and the endless gift of happy memories.
On of our focuses this year, which will be carried over to next year is Attendance. Many of our students have a very good attendance record, with a few students achieving Perfect Attendance for the entire year. Unfortunately there are a number of students in our school whose attendance was very poor this year or had an excessive number of tardies. We will continue to recognize students that have Perfect Attendance – no absences, no tardies and no early pick-ups – each month. Please help us achieve the goal of better attendance next year.
I would like to wish our fifth graders the best of luck in middle school. I know they will represent Mitchell Elementary School well, no matter what school they attend in the fall. We will all miss their energy, spirit, and leadership.
Parents often ask how they can help their students stay involved in learning over the summer months. There are a number of activities available, and many of them are free or low-cost. The New Mexico Kids! Family Magazine is an excellent resource, and can be found at local grocery stores and restaurants. The May/June 2013 issue will be out soon and spotlights summer opportunities. Most importantly, don’t forget to just spend time reading and writing with your children this summer. Take them to the library, buy them notebooks to record their thoughts or journal during family vacations, and encourage them to read, read, read, and then to read some more.
Please be sure to keep an eye on our marquee and the Mitchell website (www.aps.edu/aps/mitchell/index.html) for important dates and other information regarding next school year.
I know there are many families that will be saying goodbye to Mitchell this year, as students move onto middle school. We wish you great success in the future. For those families that will be returning, I look forward to seeing you and your children this fall, full of energy and ready for a brand new school year. I wish you all a relaxing summer.
New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment – "The Test"
Students in grades 3, 4, and 5 will be taking the New
Mexico Standards Based Assessment beginning Tuesday, March 19th. We hope
to complete the testing and any make-ups by Thursday, March 28th. Our
3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students will be testing for approximately three
hours each morning, beginning at 7:50 a.m.
Keep Correct and Updatedcontact information (i.e. address, working home/cell/work numbers for all parents and emergency contacts) on file, in order to ensure that you can be contacted if necessary.
Help Your Kids Do Well in School This Year
Studies show that kids whose parents are involved in their education have better grades, a better attitude toward school, and more appropriate school behavior than those with less involved parents.
Show your interest in school by monitoring assignments. Check your child’s binder and/or agenda daily, and look over completed work.
Help your child get organized.
Read to your child, have him read to you, or read silently together every day.
Keep in contact with your child’s teacher and work together for your child’s success.
If your child should become ill or get injured at school,
Please work to get your child to school on time. Did you know that every day more than 20 kids are late to class? Did you know that last year more than 2% of our students were habitually late? Let’s work together to improve that statistic. Make sure your child arrives on campus with enough time to get to class by 7:40 a.m. Thanks!