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Today: 10/30/14

Steffan Manor

815 Cedar St.

Vallejo, CA. 94591

(707) 556-8640

Early Arrivals:

We do not have supervision for students until 8:45.  Breakfast begins at 8:30, so students are welcome to come to the auditorium to eat.  Do not drop students off at school before 8:30.  It is not safe! There is no outside supervision until 8:45 when Mr. McKelvy takes students outside from the auditorium and monitors students while they they use the time to socialize with peers before forming lines at 8:55.

New School Hours:

Kindergarten: 9:00 - 1:00

1st - 5th grade: 9:00 - 3:40

All students dismissed at 1:00 on Wednesday

Steffan Manor Homework Policy:

Every Night: Reading (see teacher)

Every Night: Writing (5-10 minutes)

Some Nights: math facts (no more than 5 minutes)

Literacy Buddies

       Steffan Manor is a place where literacy happens.  Our students are readers, writers, talkers, and listeners.  This year, we are focusing on the writing process in every grade.  

       When a visitor enters enters our school at the beginning of the day, they will be able to walk into any classroom and see every student engaged in the act of writing.  In kindergarten, this may look like groups of students tracing letters with a dry-erase marker.  In fourth grade, a student may be working on an ongoing fictional work about their superpowers.

       On Friday, students pair up and work with on another in literacy.  Older students have a younger partner and together they explore the world of reading and writing.  Every student has a buddy that they look forward to working with at the end of the week.

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What is the Common Core?
California Common Core Standards or CCCS are national standards that will be implemented in 46 states including California. This is one of the biggest changes ever to happen in education. The intent of the standards is to arm our students with critical thinking skills they will need for a successful life. To ensure all students are ready for success after high school, the Common Core State Standards establish clear, consistent guidelines for what every student should know and be able to do in math and English language arts from kindergarten through 12th grade.

 

Teachers must implement the CCCS this fall. Since it is almost impossible to predict what information students will need to know in the 21st century, we must now prepare them for how to learn, collaborate, and decide what information they need. The new standards change not only what teachers teach, but how they teach it.

How Can I Help My Child?
The main thing a parent can do to help his or her child is support, model and encourage reading. A child that can read and understand what he or she has read will be successful.  So get a library card and read, read, read. Talk to your child about what was read and share books that you enjoyed as a child. It is important to read both fiction and non fiction. Students love books about animals, cars and how things work. Reading and understanding non fiction is important for success in both college and careers.
 

Another way to help your child is to allow them to figure things our on their own. Problem solving is an important skill that students will be using throughout the grades. There will be more than one way to arrive at an answer so allow your child to try different ways to tackle a problem.
 

Part of this learning process may include the child not always getting the right answer the first time. This may be hard to do as the parent. Parents are used to being the one that has all the answers for their children. However, when a child figures something out on his own, the learning is deeper and lasts longer.
 

Feel free to ask your child’s teacher of other ways you can support your child in school or if you have more questions about the new CCCS. Or check out the links below!

http://www.corestandards.org/what-parents-should-know

http://www.cgcs.org/Domain/36!

http://solanolibrary.com

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Reading Progress

If you are the parent of a 2nd-5th grader, have you logged on to Renaissance Place Home Connect to view the reading progress of your child?  Stop by and visit your child's teacher if you have questions.

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Last year, Steffan Manor students read more than 160,000,000 words!  This was a new school record.  This year our students read 120,000,000. Congratulations to all our students who pushed themselves with their reading and continued to extend their learning.  Thanks to all the parents who made the library trips and provided that space at home for reading.