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Husky Hits April 12 2019

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For the third year we are sending out our Communications Survey - this tool is invaluable for helping our Communications Office grow and improve! Let us know what is useful, and where we can improve serving your needs. The 2017 survey helped us launch the invaluable weekly “Key Dates” email and the 2018 survey results indicated the need for a dedicated “Preschool Pages” email which launched in the fall of 2018.

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Next week students in 2nd through 5th grade will be administered the ERB CTP V (Educational Records Bureau Comprehensive Testing Program). The ERB is an instrument designed specifically for high achieving schools.  There are many benefits associated with testing using the ERB: it is a school planning model that links instruction and assessment; it provides score reports that provide teachers with diagnostic information that helps improve instruction, and it yields evidence of growth over time.

Testing will take place each day beginning at 8:30. Tests should be concluded by 11:00. In order to ensure students have a routine that will enable them to be successful, we will hold an All-School Chapel Thursday, April 18th at 1:30 p.m. rather than delay the start of testing on designated chapel days.

In order to prepare for the week ahead, please make sure your child has a good night’s sleep, enjoys a good, healthy breakfast, and arrives on time to school each morning.  It’s also important not to place too much emphasis on the testing as this may cause undue alarm.  As with all standardized tests, it is one indicator of your child’s progress. Once we receive your child’s score reports (over the summer), we will share them with you.

from Ed Hermeno, Math Specialist, and the Fifth Grade Spirit Squad

To help optimize student achievement on the upcoming E.R.B. tests, we have developed our annual E.R.B. Spirit Week tradition. We want to create excitement and positive energy during ERB Week (April 15-18)! Our 2nd-5th graders will be randomly divided into four "houses" and will earn team points by obtaining 8–10 hours of sleep, eating a healthy breakfast, and being at school on time (i.e. 8:15 a.m.).

Students will receive a color-coded sheet with this information. We ask that you read and sign the information sheet. Then, each day, please initial the chart on the back of the sheet so that students can earn "house points." It is the students' responsibility to return this COLOR-CODED form to his/her teacher daily. Note: The first day to turn in the form is Monday, April 15.

Thank you in advance for your support and enthusiasm for E.R.B. Spirit Week!

WHAT: Author Visit-Matt de la Peña

WHO: K-6th graders will attend

WHERE: St. James' Hall

WHEN: Thursday, April 25th at 1:30 p.m.  

 MATT DE LA PEÑA is a #1 New York Times bestselling and Newbery Medal-winning author for Last Stop on Market Street. He has penned six critically acclaimed Young Adult novels, including Mexican WhiteBoy and The Living, which was a Pura Belpré Author Honor Book. He is the DC Icons author of Superman: Dawnbreaker, a series in which the DC Comics superhero icons are written by megastar young adult authors. Matt lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit him online at and follow him on Twitter at @mattdelapena. Click here to download a pre-order form!

New to ASE this session! Are you an avid performer who's interested in expanding your skills and pushing the boundaries of your imagination? Have you always wanted to be a performer, but been worried about learning all of those pesky lines? In Improv class, experienced students and newcomers will learn the basics of improv comedy, where every scene is created right there on the spot. Improv is great for improving creative thinking, whether you're a budding comedian, actor, singer, or you looking to brush up your public speaking skills! The final day of class will be a showcase for friends and family. Click here to register.

This morning in Community Gathering Naomie Coronado the founder and CEO and Vandi Mahoney Director of Culture from Lets.Give gave a presentation on their youth service organization. They referenced their Lets.Cultivate event happening this Sunday, we hope you can join them!

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