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Thursday, October 7, 2010 N/Warren Town and County News Page Nine I OVIATT I [ LAKEWOOD ELEMENTARY [ | By Jill Anderson, Principal ] BYPreschool_KDr. LauraprincipalSivadge I Dave Oleson, Dean of Students and Rodney Martinez lst-2nd Principal The 21st century offers us far more options to learn and grow intellectually. Each year, the Lakewood teachers are given technology expectations that they must try School Attendance within their classroom. This year, the teachers will be expected to incorporate the Students need to be in school every day to stay on track. Teachers' lesson plans are carefully constructed to introduce new concepts, reinforce them with learning ac- tivities, and then move on to new skills and ideas. When children are not in school, they fall behind. Moreover, the more days they miss, the harder it is to catch up. That is where you come in. Report In. Schools are required to track attendance of every child in every class- room every day. It is essential that you always contact the school if your child is going to be late for class, will need an early dismissal, or will be absent. Get the Work. When you know ahead of time your child will be missing class, give the teachers plenty of notice so they can provide your child with makeup work to do. Be sure that your child follows through-you will need to be his or her "teacher" on those days, so be available to explain concepts or monitor the work. If your child is out unexpectedly, due to illness or other reasons, in addition to contacting the school attendance office, make arrangements with your child's teachers to pick up a packet of work/readings from the school. If the absence will be lengthy (e.g., for surgery), alert the teachers as soon as you know and get updated assignments and work packets as the days go on. Religious Absences. It is inevitable that some families' important religious obser- vances will fall on school days. Let your children's teachers know early in the year precisely which days your children will not be attending or will need to leave early. How Sick Is Too Sick? It is impossible to say categorically when a child should go to school or stay home. However, one typical guideline is that a child is usually fine to attend school if his or her fever is under 100 degrees and there is no rash, "pink eye," nausea, or diarrhea. The decision to keep a child home from school is best made between you and your child's health care provider. If the doctor or nurse rec- ommends that your child stay home, find out exactly how long and on what condi- tions he or she can return to class (e.g., after 24 hours of antibiotics). Faking It? If your child is complaining of a fever, but you are suspicious, make sure to stay in the room the entire time the child's temperature is being taken. A child complaining of nausea will probably be paler in color and slightly sweaty and will usually need to vomit more than once. Send your child to school if you do not see a real symptom, knowing that the school nurse will contact you if things change. Also, be alert if your child seems to be "sick" on school days but always rebounds for the weekend. Vacation Plans. It is tempting to pull your kids from schooffor a family trip, but it is a bad idea. Why? First, it gives your children the impression that their schooling is not your top priority. In addition, when they miss class work, even if you ask for make-up work to be sent home ahead of time, they can fall behind because they are missing many hours of instructional time each day. Instead of thinking of how you can miss the cr~owds by 'taking trips during the school year, think about whatit could be costing your child in the long run. Check Those Appointments. Schedule your kids' doctor and dental appointments for after-school or weekend hours unless there is an emergency. Schedule your children's twice-yearly dental appointments during winter and summer breaks, and schedule school physicals, immunizations and other routine care for school holidays or summer break. Finally, remember to show and tell your children that attendance is important- whether it is as a child in school or as an adult on the job. You will be helping them succeed, both in school and in life. following technology tools within their instruction. The first is the "chalkboard." The chalkboard is a teaching tool that basically replaces the old chalk and board as we knew it. Teachers can monitor the students, roam around the room and write on the board at the same time. One technology tool that the students absolutely love is the "Dance Pad." Teachers use that during center time and it is an educational ver- sion'of Dance Revolution. Many times the kids will create lessons themselves and honestly, it takes them about half of the time! The e- Instruction creates quizzes and clickers to take the quizzes within the class- room. The benefits to that are the feedback is instant and the teacher can also use that as formative assessment to steer their teaching to what the weakness of the students within the classroom is for that lesson. The teachers will also be experimenting with Moodle. Moodle is a Virtual Learning Envir0nrrient (VLE). It has become very popular among educators around the district as a tool for creating online dynamic web sites for their students. Tools like these enable great flexibility in learning and create excitement within teaching. In reading, I thought some of the trends for technology were interesting and worthy of sharing: Digital books will not only be free but readers will also be able to mix and match several of their components. There will be an increase of online video, animations and simulations to en- hance learning. There will be an emergence of e-mentors and e-coaches. Basically people will work from their computers and Will provide free learning guidance. Students will be able to select their online global learning partners. Students are used to communicating using the computer using social networking systems and that will continue through the educational venue. With this, I ask you as parents the some thing that I ask the teachers to do .... start rethinking the models of schools and instruction. I honestly think that there is great potential to lead this revolution in education and the challenge will be to simply keep ahead of our students! IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER iil Oct. 11 Professional Development, No School H Oct. 20 12:05 Early Dismissal for Teacher Professional Development Oct. 21 Picture Make up Day oct 2 9 ed bbonWeek !I Oct. 26 Fundraiser Delivery at Oviatt from 3--6 p.m. Oct. 28 Fifth grade band concert at 7 p.m. in Lakewood gym Nov. 4 12:05 Early Dismissal for Teacher Professional Development Nov. 9 Regular day, Conferences 5-8 Nov. 10 No school K-9. Conferences 10-8 ..... Grades 10-12 Regular Day, Conferences 5-8 ! i Nov. 11 No school K-9, Conferences 10-8, No school 10-12, Conferences 12-8 Nov. 12 No school K-12 Nov. 24 2 p.m. Early Dismissal for Thanksgiving Break Nov. 25-26 No school, Thanksgiving Break Dec. 1 Fourth grade vocal concert at Middle School, 7 p.m. Dec. 15 12:05 Early Dismissal for Teacher Professional Development Dec. 20-21 Snow make up days Dec. 20-31 Winter Break, No School k Norwalk Girls & Boys Cross Country at Nevada The Norwalk Girls and Injuries, illness and were sophomore Jamie Boys Cross Country teams misfortune plagued the Stoffel placing 23ra in competed at the Nevada varsity boys team Monday, 19:47, junior Marcus Invitational Monday, Sept. Sept. 27. Senior leader Kit Johnson placing 29th in 27. The varsity girls fin- Anderson had to pull out 19:57, sophomore Michael ished seventh out of 12of the race within the first Bockholt placing 44t" in teams and leading the mile due to an injury to his 20:22, junior Alex Kluesner, Lady Warriors was senior hamstring. Also not able to 67th in 21:06, sophomore Megan Patavao Patava finish the race due to in- Jake Kaul 78th in 21:26 and placed fourth overall in a jury was freshman Salemsophomore Jake Simpson time of 16:18. Also finish- Hildebrandt. Sophomore 96th in 21:54. ing well for the girls team Tanner Riccelli was notMore Results Below were sophomore Sarah able to run due to illness. Girls Adams.finishing 20th inThere was a misfortunate Olivia Bratt 21:15; Jes- 17:20, junior Alexa situation for senior Austin sica Newman 23:56; Eliza- Berkenpas finishing 49th in Dermody who mistakenly beth Purdum 23:56; Dani Deadline for ads, legals and stories is Noon Friday! OFFICIAL PUBLICATION BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT NOTICE OF HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT A REQUEST FOR A SPECIAL USE ~lJ PERMIT HAS BEEN MADE BY Wireless Site Acquisition i, FOR PF:IOPERTY LOCATED AT Legacy Plat 13 Lot ,~ (Billy O' Phillips Park) This request has been assigned as BOA DOCKET NO. 10-02 1 Subject of AvDeal: Request for a special use permit to construct a corhmuni- cation tower on property located at Legacy Plat 13 Lot A (Billy O' Phillips Park). ]Did You (NAPS)--Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have committed $2 billion to help end hunger in the U.S. by donating 1.1 billion The applicant desires permitting Wireless Site Acquisition to construct a pounds of food and giving125-foot tall cellular communications tower at Billy O' Phillips Park. The ore- grants to support hunger-posed tower would be located on the north side of the park near the existing re]iefpregrams. Learn more restroom ~helter. Section 17.90.020 requires a special use permit for the con- at www.wa]mart.com/fight;struction of a communication tower, 18:31, junior Madison got disqualified and Was Coons finishing 55th in not awarded his medal for 18:35, sophomore Cassidy placing in the top 15. The Gornick finishing 57th in varsity boys did not count 18:44, sophomore Hali in overallteam scoring. VanVelzen in a time of Senior Dermody was 19:11 and freshman the first Norwalk finisher Brooke Westphalen in a for the varsity team. time of 19:29. Dermody ran an outstand- Top finishers for the ing time of 17:42. Also fin- girls junior varsity team ishing well were freshman were freshman Clarissa Chance Sauer placing 29th Lewis placing eighth in a in 18:05, freshman Dennis time of 20:15, sophomore Crum placing 45th in 18:50, Devan Loffredo in 21:21, senior Nick Adams plac- sophomore Katie Luzier ing 51st in 19:01 and junior 21:38, freshman Lauren Andrew Grant placing 57 Houk in 22:23 and fresh- in 19:13. man Rachel Lundberg in Top finishers for the 23:17. boys junior varsity team Musselman 24:22. inghunger. A Public Hearing on this Docket will be at 6:00 p.m., October 12, 2010 at the Legacy Community Clubhouse, 600 Colonial Circle, Norwalk, Iowa 50211. 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