Oriole News

“If you don’t go to Oriole, well, you don’t go to Oriole”
April 2013

Main Topics:
 FCAT Testing Dates  Grade Announcements  School Dress Code Notice  Title 1 Parent Information  Celebrate School Library Week  April is National Poetry Month  5th Grade BizTown Field Trip Reminder

FCAT Testing Dates & Test Taking Tips
FCAT testing dates are from April 15— 26, 2013. Read the questions and all answer choices carefully before marking your answers. 5. Make sure to mark in your answer choices neatly, filling in the bubble all the way.  April 15—19: Grades 3and 4 will be taking the FCAT 2.0 Mathematics test, and grades 6. Pace yourself. Don’t spend too much time on one question. Do your best and move 3 ,4, and 5 will be taking the FCAT 2.0 on. Reading. Fifth Grade will also be taking the 7. Try to answer every question and make FCAT 2.0 Science test. the best choice possible. 8. Look for key words or phrases in the  April 22—26: Fifth graders will be taking question to help you select the correct the computer-based FCAT 2.0 Mathematanswer. ics test. 9. If you finish early, go back and check your answers. If you have any questions regarding any assess10. Double-check the test number in your test ment, please feel free to contact Ms. Sandra booklet against the answer sheet every few Reid, Testing Coordinator, at (754) 322-7550 questions to be sure you haven’t gotten on the wrong number. Test Taking Tips: 1. 2. 3. Go to bed on time and get a good night’s rest. Eat a filling and healthy breakfast the day of exams. Have a positive attitude. 4.

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Kindergarten News
Spring has sprung, and so has our busy Kindergarten students! We hope everyone had a safe and relaxing Spring Break. As we head into the 4th quarter, teachers will be doing as much as we can in the classroom to prepare each child for first grade. We are preparing for Swim Central. Students will be learning a variety of swimming skills from April 29th through May 10th. Please ensure your child has appropriate swimwear and a towel for these two weeks. Please encourage your child to listen carefully and participate in this extremely important activity. Safety is paramount! Students will continue to work on their sight words and blending in reading. Encourage your child to express him or herself in writing at home; also continue to read together. In math we will be transitioning into shapes and patterns. Also, please continue to support your child in their addition and subtraction skills. We have been learning about plants and animals in science and plan to do several hands-on projects in the classroom.

First Grade News
Spring is in the air. That means students are reading new books with new themes! More sunny scenes, grassy green meadows, and flowers and butterflies on every page. In that regard, please continue to read with your child. Don’t forget to ask those simple questions (who, what, where, when, why) with your child when they read. The world is full of stories, so please take the time with your family to enjoy some of them. Your child is tested daily, weekly, and monthly. Continue to help your child with his or her reading and math strategies at home. This extra support will improve your child’s reading skills. As always, thank you for your continued assistance and support with your child’s education. You are the best!

Our School Dress Code
Oriole Elementary School participates in a school uniform program. Students are expected to wear their school uniform colors everyday. Wearing a uniform promotes school spirit and helps our students maintain focus on academics. Uniform shirt colors include orange, white, and black. Uniform style pants, shorts, or skirts should be navy blue or khaki. Please review the Code of Conduct Booklet for the Broward County School’s Dress Code Policy. We strongly recommend that ankle length dresses and skirts are not to be used as school apparel. Girls have been injured because they have tripped and lost their balance while wearing long skirts. Halter tops, tube tops, short shorts, hip huggers, and other bare midriff wearing apparel are not acceptable. For safety reasons, students may not wear clogs, backless shoes, or any type of thong or flip shoes. Caps or visors are not allowed unless worn for medical reasons.

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Second Grade News
We are approaching the end of a great practicing in class. school year, with only three months remaining. Teachers and students are working asHere are a few strategies that you can siduously to prepare for the End of Year reinforce at home: Test, which is being used as promotion crite-  Have your child read the passage twice. ria to the Third Grade. Each student in the  Have your child read aloud. second grade must score 65% or above in  Have your child read each question and order to be promoted to the third grade. underline what the question specifically asked for. There are several ways that parents can help  Eliminate the wrong answers. their children prepare for this test. Along with reading with your child for 30 minutes every night, you can also assist them with reading the passages that are sent home everyday. These passages will help your child master the strategies that we have been

April is National Poetry Month!
 What is National Poetry Month? National Poetry Month is a monthlong, national celebration of poetry established by the Academy of American Poets. The concept is to widen the attention of individuals and the media—to the art of poetry, to living poets, to our complex poetic heritage, and to poetry books and journals of wide aesthetic range and concern.  Who started it? The Academy of American Poets has led this initiative from its inception in 1996 and along the way has enlisted a variety of government agencies and officials, educational leaders, publishers, sponsors, poets, and arts organizations to help.  When is National Poetry Month? April. Every year since 1996.  Why was April chosen for National Poetry Month? In coordination with poets, booksellers, librarians, and teachers, the Academy chose a month when poetry could be celebrated with the highest level of participation. April seemed the best time within the year to turn attention toward the art of poetry—in an ultimate effort to encourage poetry readership yearround.

Third Grade News
The third grade teachers and all third grade students are reviewing benchmarks that have been taught throughout this school year. Students are fine-tuning the various reading strategies and test taking skills they have learned. school). Lastly, it is imperative that your child arrives to school on time. If they are late, they will not be permitted to go to their classrooms (due to the fact that testing will begin each morning promptly at 8:30). The 2nd Mock FCAT was administered and your child’s teacher should have the results. We are asking parents to continue monitor- If you have not been made aware of your child’s test scores, please contact your ing their child’s daily homework as well as ensuring that the 15-30 minute daily reading child’s teacher. continues to be reinforced while at home. During the week of FCAT testing, your child On behalf of the entire third grade team, we should get to bed early enough for him/her would like to thank you for all that you do to get plenty of rest. Please make sure your to help us teach your children. child eats a good breakfast (at home or in

Title One Parent Information
The Florida Parental Information and Resource Center (PIRC) is a federally funded project of the US Department of Education which began in October 2006. The PIRC bridges the gap between educators and families to promote student achievement at the highest academic level. They offer a comprehensive selection of Tip Sheets related to the important role parents play in their child’s academic achievement. The Center provides downloadable workshops covering subjects such as helping with homework and improving children’s reading skills. Additionally, parents can access workshops that promote a better understanding of Supplemental Education Services (SES), the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT), and public School Choice. Visit http://www.floridapartnership.usf.edu/ to access their resources.

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Fourth Grade News
Our 4th graders are enthusiastic about the testing season especially after taking their FCAT Writes test in February. We are proud of all of the hard work they put in and are excited to see the results by the end of the school year. As we approach the twilight of the testing season the 4th grade team is asking our parents to help our students finish Strong. Parents can help by: Our students are staying focused; they are looking forward to showcase their math and reading skills.

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Making sure your child gets enough sleep EVERY night.

Read with your child EVERY night. Read with him/her as often as possible. Read fiction, nonfiction, articles and poetry. All these are included in the reading tests.

 A Special THANK YOU to Oriole’s Partners in Education 

Encourage your child. He/she is capable of passing the FCAT. Working hard and smart is a great message to discuss. Review homework. Know what he/she is learning in class. Ask him/her to describe the work and what is being learned. Your child should be in school everyday and be on time. Tardy students disrupt the learning atmosphere and have difficulty “catching up” that day.

5th Grade News
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The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is quickly approaching. Students should be applying and focusing on the reading, math and science strategies taught throughout the year. Reading: In reading, we are working on various skills to prepare your child to be successful, lifelong readers. Encourage your child to read at home, ask questions to clarify comprehension and have parent/ child discussions. Little things like this can significantly improve reading comprehension skills. Science: The fifth grade students have been very inquisitive as they explore and examine the world of science. Your child should continue to

review concepts and skills taught through FCAT Explorer. Math: In math, we are working on multiplication, division, fractions, measurement, geometry, and multi-step word problems. Take the time to go over math homework with your child. Your child should also know his/her times table. Encourage your child to study and know their Math facts to be better prepared for mathematics. We know that the students have been working hard to do well on the upcoming test in April. Therefore, we are asking you to remember some tips to have your child (ren) better prepared for the FCAT test beginning the week of April 15, 2013.

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Go to bed early. Eat a healthy breakfast. Arrive to school on time

Reminder: Did I hear JA Biztown? You sure did!!! Fifth grade is working hard preparing for their field trip to Junior Achievement of South Florida on May 1, 2013. Our fifth graders are learning business, economics, and life skills to motivate and guide them to succeed in a global economy.