Allow me to begin my note with a look back into last week.
Many thanks to Jennifer Walker and her parent helpers for organizing the Cookie and Ice Cream Social in Ms. Gulnara’s honor. As Gulnara left school on Friday her words to me were: ‘I didn’t realize how important my role was at school. I can see today that people depended on me.’ Gulnara felt valued and appreciated. It was a wonderful send off.
Now, looking forward into next week, I would like to talk about the upcoming MAP testing. I have included the schedule in my note for quick reference. We always say to parents that you can support your children by ensuring that they get a good night’s sleep and a nutritious breakfast. This is true, but there is something else that you can do.
For years standardized tests have required students to work very quickly and when they didn’t know an answer to guess. The MAP test is completely different. The test wants to establish what your child knows and is able to do. For this reason, students are instructed to go back and reread passages to ensure they have selected the right answer. They encourage students to actually work out the math questions rather than guess at the answers.
At school over the next couple of days I will be talking with all of the students about the right way to complete the MAP test. Classroom teachers will also be giving students a practice test so that they are familiar with how a computerized test works. You can assist at home by talking about the importance of the test, as a way for teachers to determine what your child knows. It would be very helpful if you could reinforce the following message:
“Be sure to take the time you need to work out questions and to reread passages in the stories to check your answers.”
Students look to their parents as the bearers of truth and wisdom so your assistance would be greatly appreciated.
We hosted our ‘Back to School Night’ on Wednesday evening. Thank you for taking the time to come out and learn about the subjects, the curriculum and the learning expectations for each of your children. The presentations on Wednesday evening were designed to give all parents a picture into your child’s life at school. If, following the presentations you have specific questions that you would like to address with your child’s teacher or myself, please don’t hesitate to contact us and set up an individual appointment.
Lory Thiessen, Director/Principal
MAP FALL 2014 TEST SCHEDULE K-8
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K-1: Two Days > Math/Reading (Audio)
GR 2: Three Days > Math/Reading/Language Usage
GR 3-8: Four Days > Math/Reading/Language Usage/Science