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Jennifer  Robinson
Maricopa Elementary School
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Principal's Corner

Letter from the Principal - April 2018

Dr. Jennifer Robinson
Dr. Jennifer Robinson

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Habit 7—Sharpen The Saw

During April, we are focusing on Habit 7– Sharpen The Saw. Sharpen the Saw focuses on four different dimensions: body, brain, heart, and soul. This means, you take care of yourself by eating right, exercising, and getting sleep (body). You learn in lots of ways and in lots of places, not just at school (brain). You spend time with family and friends (heart). You find meaningful ways to help other   people (soul). You find balance in all four parts of yourself.

Here are some questions you might discuss as a family: What do you do to take care of your body? Could you make any improvements? What are your plans for feeding your brain? What things do you do that make you happy? What are some things that you do to help other people or help friends be happy? How good is your family at sharpening the saw?

AZMerit Testing

Your child will be taking several assessments this month. We will begin with AZMerit Testing for scholars in grades 3 -5 beginning April 2nd through April 20th. These tests are designed to measure how well your child is mastering the Arizona College and Career Ready Standards. We feel confident that our teachers have prepared your child for this assessment. Check in with your scholar and ask them how they feel their WIGs and lead measures have prepared them.

School City Post Test Assesments

School City Math and Reading Post Test Assessments will be given to students in grades K-5 on April 16th through May 11th. These tests are designed to measure how well your child is mastering the Arizona College and Career Ready Standards. The results will be compared to pre-test assessments given in August of this school year. We are excited to see the growth your child has made over the year.

Please stress to your child the importance of getting a good night’s sleep and eating a healthy breakfast. Maintain a pleasant home environment and avoid unnecessary conflicts. Try to make the morning of the test a pleasant one. Do not add to your child’s stress. Remind your child the tests are important and encourage them to do their best work possible. Encourage your child to stay focused on the test, even if other scholars finish early. If your child is too ill to attend, please call the school office. Please schedule appointments after testing or on a different day.

Dress Code

With the warm weather coming, please remember that scholars need to continue to follow the dress code. Scholars should dress in a manner that, in addition to the following guidelines, takes into consideration the educational environment, safety, health, and welfare of self and others. Scholars must keep in mind that they represent Maricopa Elementary School and the Maricopa Community.

Site Council/PTO

Save the date! Join us on Tuesday, April 17th at 4:00 pm for our Site Council/PTO meeting where we will review and discuss our school progress, upcoming events and look for ways to support teaching and learning.

We look forward to sharing these new opportunities with you. Together, we can support children’s growth throughout the year, helping them reach their full potential.

Yours in Education,

Dr. Jennifer Robinson