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Friday, May 10, 2019
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Happy Friday! Please read below for some updates and important information!
 
MAP Reports
We will be sending home your child’s MAP Progress Report in your child’s blue folder today, May 10th. Please be on the lookout for this next week. We are happy to go over this report with you during Parent Teacher Conferences on May 15th and 16th.
 
Mother’s Day
I just want to wish all Mothers a very Happy Mother’s Day this weekend! I hope you get to spend the day relaxing and enjoying family time! I have also sent home a gift, so make sure your kiddo gets it to you!
 
Teacher Appreciation Week
Thank you so much to all of you for thinking of me this week and spoiling me! I am so thankful for each and every one of you and your kiddos. I am so proud of how much all of them have grown this year! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
 
Kickboard
With the end of third trimester quickly approaching, we are working on planning our final Rebel Bucks parties. Below are the links to sign-up to volunteer or donate items:
 
 
Please know that I am incredibly grateful to everyone for all of your support and assistance with providing the students incredible parties for the first two trimesters. I know they are all very excited to have one final party this year.
 
Fire Fighter Appreciation Donations Needed
American Academy will be celebrating Firefighter Appreciation Day in conjunction with elementary field day this year on Thursday, May 24th. Our field day t-shirts are a special edition shirt designed by Chad Riggs to show our support for those who serve us through the fire departments. Our PE teachers have worked to incorporate firefighter training stations into their field day rotations. We will also be hosting a “Fill the Boot” campaign with an American Academy twist. Our campaign will be “Fill the Boot with Notes of Kindness”. We will also be providing lunch to the active and retired firefighters who are able to stop by the campus.
 
We would be forever grateful to those who could assist in donating refreshments and/or desserts for our honored Firefighters:
 
Firefighter Appreciation Day Refreshment Signup:
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0F4CADAB2AABF94-firefighter

Not too late to RSVP for the Firefighter Appreciation Day lunch!
https://www.jotform.com/aak8/mb--american-academy-firefighter-ap

Saxon Math Packets
Ms. Bunyak has graciously put together Saxon packets filled with left over papers from the years past. We will be sending home these packets in Friday folders today, May 10th. These packets are NOT required work this summer and are simply a resource to stay on top of your child’s math education! It is just to help, but is not necessary!
 
Last Day of Ability Groups and Missing Assignments
Our last day of ability groups is, May 17th. We have had such a wonderful year with our math and reading classes! If your child has any missing assignments in math or reading, they have until the end of Trimester 3 to get them turned in for credit.
 
Spring Conferences-May 15th and 16th
You should have received an email from your child’s literacy teacher regarding Spring Conferences. The email was sent out last Wednesday and contains the link for you to be able to sign up for your 15 minute time slot. We ask that you please make sure to be on time as we do run the conferences back to back. If you are unable to attend conferences please make sure to communicate that with your child’s literacy teacher. Thank you!

Kickboard Reminder for Tying Shoe Laces
We have been seeing a lot of kiddos struggle with tying their shoes and a lot of kiddos walking around with their shoelaces untied! Per our dress code, a child cannot wear shoes with laces if they do not know how to tie. If your child does not know how to tie their shoes, please have them wear Velcro or tieless laces. We get very worried that children will trip and get hurt. We appreciate your understanding with this. With first grade right around the corner, it is imperative that they master this skill and this is why we will start deducting Rebel Bucks for being out of dress code.
 
Field Day
The year is coming to an end which means Field Day is just around the corner. Like last year, this year’s field day will be an all-day event for grades 1-5. Kindergarteners will be spending half of the day participating in Field Day and half in their homerooms. Half Day kindergarten will just be coming for Field Day! This year’s Field Day will incorporate Firefighter Appreciation Day. Students will be given t-shirts to wear on Field Day in honor of the incredible firefighters that risk their lives to better ours.
 
Your student(s) can expect to find some familiar stations like last year’s face painting and temporary colored hair spray paint, as well as some new stations like STEM. Since we will be outside for most of the day, please make sure to send your student(s) to school wearing sunscreen and with a water bottle. Other highlights include a water station, field game station, and firefighter station. If you have specific questions regarding any events please contact Ms. Matthews kmatthews@aak8.org
 
Running a successful field day requires a lot of planning and help from VOLUNTEERS. If you would like to help by donating supplies or volunteering for this year’s Field Day, please visit Ms. Matthews’s website page to find the links to sign up. We appreciate all of YOUR help to make this event a successful for all students at American Academy MB. Like last year, if you are not volunteering we ask that you please stay behind the flagged rope to ensure all students can find enjoyment during Field Day.
 
Start Making Plans for Summer Camp - registration is now open!
We hope your kids can join us for one or more of the fun camps hosted by American Academy teachers and staff. There are many great options, and some camps even start the first week of summer break.
For more details and information about current summer camp offerings, visit the American Academy Summer Camp page (info is on the main website, under quicklinks >> parents >> summer camps).
Please note: ANY American Academy student can attend ANY of the summer camps listed, regardless of where the camp is being held. i.e. If your CP student wants to attend a camp being held at LM, simply log into your school store account but click on the other campus school store; all their camps will be listed under the Summer Camps tab. If you have questions, please email Catrina Phillips.
 
Rebel Bucks
We are working hard to recognize children for their good choices and to increase their daily Rebel Bucks. Thank you for your support and reinforcing the Rebel Bucks at home! We can’t wait until the Trimester 3 Rebel Buck Party! See below for our adjusted amounts for Rebel Bucks rewards for this week.
Friday Fun- $30
 
Curriculum Update
Please read below for an update on what we are learning in each subject area.
Literacy - The Daily 5 Stations (independent work stations), Spalding Phonograms (a-z and two letter phonograms) reading narrative (fiction) books and retelling them (characters, setting, beginning, middle and end), writing complete sentences, nouns and verbs, adjectives, compound words, silent e, and spelling dictation, paragraph writing
Math - Number writing, shapes, pictographs, addition and subtraction story problems, sorting by one attribute, splitting a whole into halves, addition and subtraction number sentences and doubles facts, plus one facts, minus one facts, plus zero, minus, zero, minus a number from itself, plus and minus two facts, creating our classroom school store
Science – Plant and Animal Needs
Social Studies – 7 Continents