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12/23/16 > Moran School Newsletter, December 2016
Hello Moran School Families,

We want to wish you and your family a peaceful and joyful Holiday Season. Our Winter break starts on December 24. Students will return to school on January 4th. Teacher s will be back on January 3rd to attend a professional development day.

School Newsletter

Pease read the attached newsletter for other Moran School news and events.

Thank you,

Sandra Dudzik

11/15/16 > Moran School Newsletter, November 2016

Dear Parents,

We want to thank you for all your support in making our Fall Festival a success. Through the Fall Festival, we are able to provide our students access to instructional resources that extend learning beyond the classroom. We feel truly thankful to have your support and the support . of many community organizations.

Thanksgiving Lunch

We will have our second lunch on November 17. Students will enjoy a Thanksgiving lunch with their peers and teachers.

School Newsletter

Pease read the attached newsletter for other Moran School news and events.

Thank you,

Sandra Dudzik


10/01/16 > Moran School Newsletter, October 2016
Moran Elementary School
October 2016 Newsletter

Dear Families,

We are so excited about the month of October. Our teachers have been working in designing engaging learning opportunities that address our state standards. For example, in Physical Education students have been biking and will have their swimming lessons this month. In reading, students have been learning about characters and retelling a story.


SPOTLIGHT ON DIBELS (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills)

DIBELS are measures that help determine how students are performing on reading skills. The critical skills that are necessary for successful reading are: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. DIBELS assess students on four of these critical skills and provides evidence of students’ overall reading status and show their progress towards the grade level goals.
These measures are administered three times in the school year: fall, winter, and spring. Teachers utilize these data to provide targeted instruction in the classroom. Teachers also utilize other reading assessment measures to collect more evidence on each student as a reader to determine the best support.


HOT LUNCH

THIS MONTH WE ARE STARTING OUR HOT LUNCH PROGRAM. STUDENTS WILL ENJOY A HOT MEAL PREPARED BY OUR FOOD SERVICE DEPARTMENT. THIS MONTH WE ARE HAVING OUR HOT LUNCH ON OCTOBER 13.
THE FOOD WILL BE CHICKEN ALFREDO! WE WILL BE ASKING FOR YOUR FEEDBACK ABOUT THIS PILOT PROGRAM.


Upcoming Events

Oct 13 Hot lunch day
Oct 14 Teacher In-service- CREST day
Oct 28 Teacher In-service- No school for students
Oct 21-27 Swimming at the Rec Center
Oct 28 End of trimester
Oct 29 Fall festival

9/01/16 > Moran School Newsletter, September 2016
Dear Families,

We are so excited for the start of this school year. Our teachers have been working so hard to prepare for our students and creating purposeful learning opportunities in our classrooms. Our school is filled with student learning, teacher and student smiles and caring conversations. I am so fortunate to be part of our school community.

SPOTLIGHT ON HOMEWORK!
The National PTA (NPTA) recommendations about homework are based on the work by researcher Harris Cooper. His work suggests that students in 1st grade have about 10-20 minutes of homework per night, and 10 minutes per grade level there after. Most studies on elementary school homework show it has no significant impact on student achievement. In fact, some studies suggest there is a negative impact. For this first trimester we are giving students only reading homework. The teachers and I will be reviewing this topic after the first trimester and make a decision for the following trimester. If you are interested in enrichment activities or tasks that builds upon what is learned in class, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher.

ACTIVITY BUS/ TOWN SHUTTLE
We are so pleased to offer bus transportation from Moran to Jackson to support our students in accessing afterschool activities. If your student will be traveling to town after school, please contact the bus barn and fill out their activity bus registration form. Once you have completed this process, they will issue your student a Zonar card. The Zonar card allows students to scan when they load the bus and when they arrive to their destination. If after school plans happen to change, please contact your student’s classroom teacher before 2 PM.
The bus barn direct number is 733-4943.

Upcoming Events

Sept 23 Teacher In-service-No school for students
Oct 14 Teacher In-service- CREST day
Oct 28 Teacher In-service- No school for students
Oct 29 Fall festival

8/31/16 > Moran School Newsletter, August 2016
Moran Elementary School
Sandra Dudzik Principal
Caroline Ryan Teacher lead
P.O. Box 568, Jackson WY, 83128 ~ 501 Moran Ct, Moran, WY 83013
307.543.2438 phone ~ 307.543.2809 fax


Dear Parents,

It is with great pride and excitement that I write this letter of introduction to you as the newly appointed Principal of Moran Elementary School for the 2016-2017 school year. I have been an educator for over 12 years with experience spanning grades K-5 with a specific focus on language acquisition in all content areas. My most recent administrative experience has been at Jackson Elementary school as the assistant principal. I am looking forward bringing my skills as an educational leader to work with you as a partner in education to ensure your child’s success.

I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Escuela Miguel F. Martinez in Monterrey, Mexico. After graduation, I relocated to Wisconsin. There I completed my certification in both English as a Second Language and Bilingual education. After moving to Wyoming, I obtained a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction in Reading from Grand Canyon University and received the National Board Certification in Reading in 2012. Currently, I am pursuing a Doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wyoming.

I will work hard with the staff to continue the great traditions of Moran Elementary. I value communication and strong relationships with parents, students, staff, and community partners. We will continue our focus on student achievement through the use of data to drive instruction and other district initiatives. I anticipate a successful year as we provide academic and social-emotional support for the growth of your child.

I am looking forward working together to provide our students the best opportunities to prepare them for an ever-changing world and help them reach their full potential. As a principal, my door is always open and I welcome your input. Please feel free to email me or make an appointment to discuss any concerns, suggestion, or ideas to make this year the best year yet!

As a reminder, the first day of school is September 6th, 2016.


Sincerely,
Ms. Dudzik
Principal

10/25/14 > Moran Fall Festival October 25, 2014

Moran School Fall Festival

Saturday Oct. 25 5:30

Silent Auction, BINGO,

Beef Raffle Tickets

1 for $5 or 5 for $20

Stop by for raffle tickets if you can't make it!


Attachment:

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5/30/14 > Principal Newsletter addendum
Hi Parents,
My apologies, I goofed my pasting and left 2 important items off of yesterday’s Parent Newsletter.
Have a wonderful weekend,
Tracy

2014-15 School Principal
It’s my pleasure to announce that Pier Trudelle, who has served as the Assistant Principal this year, will be the Kelly and Moran School Principal beginning next year! Pier will continue to provide strong leadership in a principal role as the great work at Kelly and Moran Schools continues next year.

TenMarks Summer Math Program
Ten Marks is a math program designed to engage student in mathematical thinking, and to help mitigate summer learning loss. This year, they are offering FREE 3-month subscriptions to schools who have registered. To sign up your children, please use the attached guide to walk you through the process. Please include this unique access code: 35562.

5/29/14 > Principal's Newsletter 5.29.14
Moran School Vision: Moran Elementary School is a small community of learners who work hard to Accept differences, Be responsible, and Challenge ourselves.
May 29, 2014

New Teacher for Upper Grades
I’m thrilled to announce that the board of education approved Kyla King as the new upper grades teacher at Moran School! Kyla is a past Moran School student, so her assimilation to the school and community will be quick J She brings a wealth of knowledge and experiences to her new role, along with an in-depth knowledge of small, multi-grade schools. Join me in welcoming Kyla!

Parent Survey
Don’t forget to the complete the parent survey for our district’s accreditation process! The survey closes on June 6; all families who complete the survey are entered in a raffle for a prize. Thanks for your time and input!


Upcoming Dates/Activities:
Fri., May 30 Author Share at 11:30, parents are invited to stay for lunch!
Fri., June 6 Field Trip to Teton Village
Tues., June 10 6:00, Talent Show and Dinner, please RSVP to Caroline or Niki
Thurs., June 12 Last Student Day - Lunch at Leek's Pizzeria/Early Release (1:20) Parents are welcome to join!
5/05/14 > Principal's Newsletter 5.5.2014
Moran School Vision: Moran Elementary School is a small community of learners who work hard to Accept differences, Be responsible, and Challenge ourselves.
May 5, 2014

Dear Parents,
It’s Teacher Appreciation Week! This is a perfect time for you and your student to say “thanks” to Caroline and Niki J We are fortunate to have such a talented and caring teaching staff at Moran School.

TenMarks Summer Math Program
TenMarks is a math program designed to engage student in mathematical thinking, and to help mitigate summer learning loss. This year, they are offering FREE 3-month subscriptions to schools who have registered. To sign up your children, please use the attached guide to walk you through the process. Please include this unique access code: 35562.

May Home-School Connection Newsletter
This month’s issue has great ideas for handling Spring Fever, suggestions for fun spring/summer field trips, and ways to support your child as he interacts respectfully with both adults and other kids. Enjoy!

Attached to this Newsletter:

Jackson Hole Community Band flier – May 10
May Home-School Connection newsletter
Ten Marks Summer Math Program information sheet


Upcoming Dates/Activities:
Wed., May 7 11:00, “Poetry Café” – students will be sharing their poetry!
Fri., May 9 Field trip to Craig Thomas Visitor Center, leaving school at 9:15
Mon., May 26 No School – enjoy the Memorial Day holiday

4/27/14 > Pricinpal's Newsletter 4.28.14
Moran School Vision: Moran Elementary School is a small community of learners who work hard to Accept differences, Be responsible, and Challenge ourselves.
April 27, 2014

Dear Moran School families,
Last week, I accepted the Director of Teaching and Learning position for Teton County School District. I will continue as the Moran School principal for the remainder of this school year, and transition into my new position over the summer. I am excited for the opportunity to support teacher practice and student learning in our district in this new role, although it was a very hard decision to make! Leading the Moran School community over the past five years has been the most exciting and rewarding work I’ve done as an educator.

Throughout the spring, I will work with Superintendent Shea to ensure a thorough and thoughtful process as new leadership is selected for Moran School. This will obviously be in conjunction with hiring a quality replacement for Niki Walters, who is transferring to Colter School next year. Her position has recently been advertised and we already have numerous applicants. I will keep you all up to date with the selection process and subsequent transition plans for both the teacher and principal positions. A smooth transition for staff, students, and families is of utmost importance to me.

Serving as your principal is an honor. I feel fortunate to work in a school where the parents and community value education, involvement, and a home-school partnership in order to help students succeed. That was so evident during our focus group meeting last meet. Thank you!

If you have any questions regarding the transition, please be in touch.

Sincerely,
Tracy

Attached to this Newsletter:

Teton County School District 2014-15 calendar
Jackson Hole Children’s Museum flier
JH Youth Soccer summer/fall flier


Upcoming Dates/Activities:
Mon., April 28 1:15-3:15 Kindergarten screening at Moran School
May 1-2 Classroom teachers (Caroline on Thurs., Niki on Fri.) will join other district teachers in Literacy professional development, designed to improve teacher practice in instruction, critical thinking, and feedback to students.
Mon., May 26 No School – enjoy the Memorial Day holiday

4/08/14 > Principal's Newsletter 4.8.14
Moran School Vision: Moran Elementary School is a small community of learners who work hard to Accept differences, Be responsible, and Challenge ourselves.
April 8, 2014
Dear Moran School Families,
Welcome back from what I hope was a fun, relaxing, and enjoyable Spring Break, whether you stay-cationed or traveled out of the valley! It’s nice to have our first days back to school be sunny and warm.

Kindergarten Screening
Our spring screening process for the 2014-15 Kindergarten class is scheduled for Mon., April 28th, 1:15-3:15 p.m. If you have an incoming K student, or know someone who does, please contact the school to schedule a screening appointment and pick up an enrollment packet.

April Home-School Connection Newsletter
Now that ski season is winding down and we are entering mud season, there’s typically more down time at home. This month’s newsletter, which is attached, has some good ideas for home, such as non-fiction reading tips for your child, and how to make a homemade card game. Enjoy!

Attached to this Newsletter:

April Home-School Connection newsletter


Upcoming Dates/Activities:
April 14 – May 2 SAWS window (state writing test for 3rd and 5th graders)
Mon., April 28 1:15-3:15 Kindergarten screening at Moran School

3/04/14 > Principal's Newsletter 3.4.14
Dear Parents,

Happy, snowy March! It’s hard to believe we’re at the point in the year where we’re ending our annual ski program and looking ahead to PAWS testing for our 3rd – 5th graders. Thanks for your support in both of these endeavors!
Parent-Teacher conferences - Thank you for attending your child’s conference last week. A strong home-school partnership is crucial to a student’s success in school Smiley

Baby on the way for Ms. Nial – No news yet, but Stephanie Capps will begin this week as the long-term substitute for Ms. Nial. Her visits to Kelly School will be every Tuesday, and will continue the work Nial has done this year. Welcome, Stephanie!

What’s happening in specials classes? – Please take a moment to visit the Alta School website to check out what is happening this grading period in our Specials classrooms! This helpful chart, organized by grade level and class, will keep you informed on the concepts, skills, and/or projects you child is working on in Specials classes (art, music, PE, computer, library, Spanish). Click on the following link, and then click on the attachment:
http://www.tcsd.org/education/components/sectionlist/default.php?sectiondetailid=17567&

March Home-School Connection – Please take a few minutes to read this month’s issue, it’s got some great tips and ideas in it. I like the piece it had on encouraging risk-taking, and the advice about how to help your child approach homework.

Attached to this week’s Bell Ringer:

March Home-School Connection Newsletter
Camp Invention flier – great summer opportunity for students!
Piranhas swim club flier


Upcoming Dates/Activities:
March 6-21 PAWS testing, grades 3-5 (teachers will send specific schedule)
Thurs., March 6 5:45 Moran School focus group – hope to see you there!
March 24 – April 4 Spring Break

2/11/14 > Parent Information Night POSTPONED
Dear Parents and Staff,
Due to the hazardous weather forecast issued by the National Weather Service, the Wyoming Department of Education personnel will not be traveling tomorrow to western Wyoming for the scheduled district trainings. The TCSD#1 Parent Information Night set for Thursday, February 13, 2014 has been postponed until further notice.
Thank you,
Pam Shea, Ed.D., Superintendent
1/24/14 > Principal's Note 1.24.14
Hi Parents,
I wanted to send a reminder regarding the calendar survey, and include some informative flyers.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Tracy

Calendar Survey
You should’ve received a Jan. 22 email from Superintendent Pam Shea regarding a brief survey TCSD #1 is conducting to gather input and information in planning the 2014-15 district calendar. The survey closes on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 7:00 p.m., so please carve out 5-10 minutes prior to then to provide your input. Please complete only one survey per family.
Click on one of the links below to access the survey:
English Version: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/6M2NQDY
Spanish Version: https://es.surveymonkey.com/s/8MJP85X

February Home-School Connection
This month’s issue has an informative article on how you can be involved in your child’s social life (friends, play dates, etc.) and support their friendships and help them develop problem solving skills. Enjoy!

Attached to this week’s Bell Ringer:

Creating Connections (through JH Children’s Museum) flyer
National Museum of Wildlife Art First Sunday flyer
February Home-School Connection


Upcoming Dates/Activities:
Jan. 8 – 31 MAP assessment window, grades 1-5
Mon., Feb. 17 No School – President’s Day holiday
Tues., Feb. 18 No School for students – Teacher in-service day
Feb. 24-27 Parent-Teacher Conference week
Fri., Feb. 28 No School for students and teachers
March 24 – April 4 Spring Break

1/10/14 > Principal's Newsletter January 10, 2014
Dear Moran School Parents,
Welcome back from what I hope was a relaxing and enjoyable holiday and break! Happy New Year!

Winter Sports Program
Just a reminder, our Winter Sports program begins on Friday, January 31, and runs through March 14. Carefully read all of the information that is sent home about it, and let us know if you have questions. Don’t forget – helmets are required.

Classroom Configurations
To best accommodate the needs of all our students, Caroline and Niki have placed the students into 2 classrooms and will no longer be team teaching. This first week with the new configuration was smooth, and students hardly noticed the transition! Please feel free to email or call with any questions you have about the change.

January Home-School Connection is attached
Enjoy this month’s issue; it shares some fun ideas for family game time. There is also a helpful article about how practicing new information through seeing, hearing, and doing better supports learning!

Attached to this newsletter:

January Home-School Connection
Grand Teton Music Festival QuinTango Family Concert


Upcoming Dates/Activities:
Winter MAP dates – Jan. 8-31
Winter DIBELS dates – Jan. 6-17
Jan. 15 Lunch at Heart 6 Ranch
Mon., Jan. 20 No school for teachers and students – Equality Day holiday
Tues., Jan. 21 Niki participates in literacy studio professional development with other 3rd – 5th grade outlying school teachers
Wed., Jan. 22 Caroline participates in literacy studio professional development with other K-2 outlying school teachers

12/01/13 > Principal's Newsletter November 26, 2013
Dear Parents,
Happy Thanksgiving to you all! Enjoy your time with family and friends over your Thanksgiving break J

December Home-School Connection is attached
Enjoy this month’s issue; it shares some fun ideas for family time on long winter nights!

Parent Outreach Event – Wyoming/Common Core Standards
This afternoon, you should have received an email from Superintendent Pam Shea, inviting you to attend a parent information session on Mon., Dec. 2. Attached is a flyer advertising the event. If you’d like to read more about the standards, visit this page from the Wyoming Department of Education: http://edu.wyoming.gov/commoncore.aspx

Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award
You are invited to nominate a teacher who has truly made a difference in your child’s life! Nominations are open through January 6, 2014; go to http://www.archcoal.com/community/teacherawards.aspx

Attached to this newsletter:

December Home-School Connection
WY/CC Standards Parent Night flyer


Upcoming Dates/Activities:
Nov. 27-29 Enjoy your Thanksgiving break!
Mon., Dec. 2 Parent event – WY/Common Core Standards, 6:30 at JHHS
Wed., Dec. 18 Moran School Holiday Program
Dec. 23 – Jan. 3 Holiday break for students

11/05/13 > Parent Outreach Event - November 14, 2013
Dear Parents:

TCSD #1 is excited to announce a parent outreach event in collaboration with St. John's Wellness Center. On November 14, 2013, at JHHS Auditorium starting at 6:00 PM, Dr. Richard Davidson will be speaking to parents about the importance of social-emotional learning in academic and life success. Please follow the link below for more information about this event.

http://www.tcsd.org/education/components/calendar/default.php?sectiondetailid=16327&rid=64341&viewType=detail&m=&d=5&y=&et=upcoming

To see this document in Spanish from the website, scroll down to the bottom of the website screen and click on the Spanish pdf file.

Thank you,

Teton County School District #1
11/04/13 > Principal's Newsletter 11.4.13
Dear Parents,

It’s hard to believe our first grading period is over, and it is conference week. Thank you for making it a priority to attend your child’s conference this week. A strong home-school partnership is crucial to a student’s success in school.

Also, don’t forget, there is no school for students or teachers on Friday, November 8!

Have a wonderful week,
Tracy

November Home-School Connection is attached
This month’s newsletter is packed with great information and ideas! First, it includes the ABCs of parent-teacher conferences – some great suggestions for making the most out of your conference this week. It also has an article about how to get your child to think more critically. This is timely as the literacy professional development your child’s teacher participated in last month focused on critical thinking as well. We looked at how to improve critical thinking in our literacy blocks, including students’ responses to literature, effective questioning, and quality feedback to students.

Parent Outreach Event – Everyday Math
TCSD Math coach Kathy Milburn will be at Wilson School on November 19th at 5:00 p.m., to talk about Everyday Mathematics and give suggestions for how you can help your child with math at home. Come with your questions and get ready forge a strong home-school connection in math.

Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award
You are invited to nominate a teacher who has truly made a difference in your child’s life! Nominations are open through January 6, 2014; go to http://www.archcoal.com/community/teacherawards.aspx

Attached to this newsletter:
November Home-School Connection

Upcoming Dates/Activities:
Fri., Nov. 8 No school for students or teachers
Nov. 27-29 Enjoy your Thanksgiving break!

10/21/13 > Principal's Newsletter 10.21.13
Hi everyone,
Attached are a couple of flyers I wanted to pass on to you. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone at this weekend’s Fall Festival. Thanks to all families for your efforts in making our festival a successful one Smiley
Sincerely,
Tracy

Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award
You are invited to nominate a teacher who has truly made a difference in your child’s life! Nominations are open through January 6, 2014; go to http://www.archcoal.com/community/teacherawards.aspx


Attached to this newsletter:
Diadelos Muertos (Day of the Dead) – flyer from Senora Peralta
Jackson Hole Community Band – Halloween Concert flyer

Upcoming Dates/Activities:
Oct. 25, Oct. 29 – Nov. 1 Swim program at Teton Co. Rec Center
Mon., Oct. 28 Teacher in-service day – no school for students
Week of Nov. 4 Parent-Teacher conferences
Fri., Nov. 8 No School

10/07/13 > Principal's Newsletter 10.7.13
October 7, 2013

Dear Moran School Families,
I hope you all enjoyed a fantastic autumn weekend!
Have a great day,
Tracy

October in Wyoming = SNOW
We are off to a very snowy fall! Please remember that anytime snow is on the ground, all students are required to wear the BIG 5: coat, snow pants, hat (not just a hood), gloves, and winter boots. Keep an eye on the forecast and plan appropriately, as sometimes snow falls during the school day.

Moran Fall Festival
Many thanks to you all for supporting our fall festival as you ask local businesses to donate to our silent auction. The fall festival is Moran School’s strongest tradition and involves so many school and community members. In the past, funds raised at the festival have supported technology, field trips, ski and swim programs, and materials for the classroom such as books. Looking forward to seeing you at the festival in a few weeks!

October Home-School Connection
This month’s issue is attached. There is an interesting article on the first page about gradually releasing student responsibility for behavior over to them. This is consistent with how we support students both academically and behaviorally. We start with modeling and teaching the desired skill (addition, a painting technique, problem solving), give student structured practice, and eventually set them free to do the skill independently.

Swimming Program
Later this month, students will have the opportunity to develop the life-long skill of swimming by participating in lessons at the Jackson/Teton Co. Recreation Center. Proceeds from the Moran Fall Festival enable the students to participate in the lessons at no cost to families. More information will come from Caroline and Niki about how to send your child to school prepared for lessons.


Attached flyers:
Home-School Connection newsletter
Getting for Kindergarten (2014, that is) workshop
4-H flyer

Upcoming Dates/Activities:
Mon., Oct. 14 Teacher in-service day – no school for students
Oct. 15 or 16 Moran teachers attend a one-day literacy professional development “studio”
Oct. 25-31, Nov. 1 Swim program at Teton Co. Rec Center
Sat., Oct. 26 Moran Fall Festival
Mon., Oct. 28 Teacher in-service day – no school for students

Sincerely,
Tracy Poduska
Principal, Moran School
733.3077 or 543.2438, tpoduska@tcsd.org

9/03/13 > Principal's Newsletter
Dear Moran School Families,
Welcome to the 2013-14 school year! We are excited to have the students back in school after what we hope was a fun and relaxing summer for all. A warm welcome to all students new to Moran School!

I am looking forward to another great year. Having the opportunity to work as a part of this excellent, small community school is truly an honor.

Tracy Poduska, Moran School Principal

Moran School Staff
We have a dedicated and talented teaching staff at Moran School. I’d like to welcome our new teachers and support staff:

Pier Trudelle – assistant principal
Brad Dickey – school psychologist
Nancy Brumsted – PEAK and music


School Leadership
Caroline Ryan will continue to serve as Lead Teacher at Moran School. Similar to last year, Caroline’s responsibility is to facilitate the daily operations of the school, outside of the classroom environment. She and I communicate regularly about all aspects of Moran School.

This year, Pier Trudelle is supporting outlying schools by serving as the assistant principal of Moran and Kelly Schools. Pier will be at Moran School on Fridays, and in addition to on-site support, she will also lead our school improvement and behavior support work.

Open House at Moran School
This year’s Open House is scheduled for Monday, September 16. Please join me in the project room at 6:00 for a short presentation. It will be a great opportunity for you to learn about the new school year, what teachers have been learning to improve their instruction, our processes for continuous improvement of student learning, and of course to address your questions.

Old Bill’s Fun Run – Saturday, September 7
This year, Teton County School District will receive Old Bill's funds through the Teton County Education Foundation (TCEF), an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to sustaining and extending the excellence of Teton County's public schools. With your support through Old Bill's Fun for Charities, the Teton County Education Foundation will continue to work cooperatively and collaboratively with the school district and schools to benefit local students.

Parents – you are able to designate your funds to Moran School when donating to the TCEF! This year, Moran School will use Old Bill’s donations to support extracurricular activities such as the ski program and field trips.

To make your gift at OldBills.org, select Teton County Education Foundation-Moran School from the list of nonprofits. These funds will directly benefit Moran School students, and the match will go to TCEF. Thanks for your support, & see you at Old Bill’s next Saturday, September 7!

Home-School Connection Newsletter
Attached is the September issue of the Home-School Connection newsletter. This monthly newsletter is filled with practical ideas to promote academic success, effective parenting, a solid home-and-school partnership, healthy habits, and positive character traits. I hope you find it a valuable resource! September’s issue includes information about establishing routines at home. At school, establishing and practicing routines is an important component of the first weeks of school. At the classroom open houses, you will learn about the daily routines that take place in your child’s classroom.

Communication Information
Please keep lines of communication open between home and school. We appreciate knowing about issues early on, and of course, hearing about what is working and going well is appreciated, too! You can always reach me or your child’s teacher by phone or email.

To conserve paper and backpack clutter, many flyers and informational items will be attached to the parent newsletter.
Attached flyers:
-September Home-School Connection newsletter

Upcoming Dates/Activities:
DIBELS and MAP testing in September
Wed., Sept. 4 Student handbook signature slip due
Mon., Sept. 16 6:00, Moran School Open House – see you there!

6/05/13 > Summer Learning Opportunities
Find a Book, Wyoming and the Summer Math Challenge

I’m pleased to announce two new programs from the Wyoming Department of Education designed to support student learning during the summer months. Wyoming Department of Education Interim Director Jim Rose is encouraging educators and families to help students engage in reading and mathematics practice during the summer in an effort to retain the academic skills they learned during the school year.

Students in Wyoming grow in their reading and mathematics abilities during the academic school year. However, like students across the nation, their skills may slip during the summer months. This phenomenon is called “summer learning loss,” and is well documented by researchers throughout the country. The Wyoming Department of Education, in partnership with MetaMetrics and the Council of Chief State School Officers, is trying to stop the negative effects of summer learning loss with two new summer learning initiatives: Find a Book, Wyoming and The Summer Math Challenge. These summer activities are FREE and each is described below.

Find a Book, Wyoming
Research shows that when students read high-interest, ability-appropriate books over the summer, they can actually grow and improve their reading ability. The Find a Book, Wyoming tool supports and facilitates this research based solution. Find a Book, Wyoming enables students, educators and parents to build custom reading lists based on their reading ability, i.e., Lexile® measure, as well as personal interests. The tool also enables students, parents and educators to check the availability of books at their local library, as well as submit a pledge to read this summer. To access the Find a Book, Wyoming tool, visit http://www.lexile.com/fab/WY/.

The Summer Math Challenge
The Summer Math Challenge is a math skills maintenance program based on grade-level state standards and Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. The program is targeted to students who have just completed 2nd through 5th grade and is designed to help them retain math skills learned during the previous school year. Parents who enroll their child will receive daily emails with targeted activities and resources to help children retain the math skills learned during the previous school year. The Summer Math Challenge runs from June 24-August 2. To find out more information about the Summer Math Challenge, visit http://quantiles.com/summer-math-challenge/dashboard/ .

Attached to this email are information sheets for both the reading and math program. I hope you and your students find these fun and helpful tools this summer!

Sincerely,
Tracy

5/16/13 > Principal Newsletter, 5.16.13
Kelly Elementary School
Tracy Poduska, Principal
May 16, 2013

Kelly School: COMMUNITY + LEARNING = SUCCESS

Thank you to the many families, parents, and students for your thoughtful gifts, cards, and notes during Teacher Appreciation Week!

Garage Sale Thanks!
Many thanks to Cheri Healy for taking the lead with last weekend’s garage sale, and to all families and staff for their donations and volunteer time! The sale was a huge success – it raised over $2000. Funds will be used to support this year’s 4th/5th field trip, as well as other student learning opportunities. We appreciate your support!

Personnel Updates
As the school year approaches its end, it's not uncommon for some of our staff to say good-bye to Kelly School. This year, we will be saying good-bye to three teachers.

Music teacher Doug Starks will not be returning to Alta School next year. Thanks to Doug for his years of creativity and inspiration with students and music, and his support of the musical aspects of our school-wide projects and plays. We are fortunate to have Nancy Brumsted as our new music teacher. Nancy has worked in TCSD #1 for many years as a gifted education teacher. She is a talented teacher with much enthusiasm for student learning and enjoyment with music!

Home-School Connection Newsletter
Attached is the May issue of Home-School connection. Just in time for nice spring weather, it includes some great ideas for outdoor learning and activities. It also includes helpful suggestions for building confidence through praise, trust, and mistake-making. This is the last issue of this school year – enjoy!

Kelly School PTO
Thanks to Kim Albright, Celia Green, and Pamm Valdez for their work in beginning at PTO here at Kelly School. Please contact me or one of these ladies if you are interested in being a part of the PTO.

Attached to this newsletter:

May Home-School connection newsletter


Dates to Remember:
May 13-17 Interest groups, grades K-5
May 6 – 24 K-6 students participate in MAP testing – teacher newsletters will provide exact dates and times.
May 20-24 DIBELS testing
Mon., May 20 Tracy at Kelly
Community Pride Day – JHHS students visit to volunteer at our school
Wed., May 22 Kelly School 2nd and 3rd graders visit Alta for Space Day. This day includes a visit to a portable planetarium and the construction of a space station!
May 22-24 4th and 5th grade field trip
Mon., May 27 Memorial Day holiday – no school
Wed., June 5 5th grade promotion celebration/spring program
Fri., June 7 Last student day – early release at 1:10

4/19/13 > Systems of Education Summer Programs
Hi Parents,
Attached are 2 important informational items. One is a flyer advertising a parent outreach event at Colter School. The second is a summer guide, from Systems of Education. I hope you find them helpful!
Have a nice weekend,
Tracy

Systems of Education Summer Guide Available

From Isabel Zumel - Asst. Director, Teton County Library

Dear Parents - On behalf of Systems of Education, attached is our 2013 Guide to Summer Camps, Programs & Internships. I'm continuing to receive information from camps and programs, but here is the latest draft since many of you are starting to plan your child's summer. Please check our website, www.tclib.org/education, as we will continue to update the online version as we get more program entries.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions: 733. 2164, Ext. 101

4/08/13 > Principal's Note, 4.8.13
Dear Parents,
Welcome back from what I hope was a fun and relaxing Spring Break!

It’s Still Big 5 Season!
Ahh, springtime in the Rockies! Just a reminder that the Big 5 is required anytime there is snow on the ground. Please be sure your child is equipped with the appropriate outerwear each day. Thanks!
Home-School Connection Newsletter
Attached is this month’s issue, which focuses on helping students develop as well-rounded readers, family meals, and recycling. Enjoy!

Also attached to this newsletter:
-JH Safe Phone Contest Flyer

3/15/13 > Systems of Education + Flyers
Below is important information regarding "Systems of Education" in Teton County. This is a fabulous resource for staying in the know about opportunities for your student.
Attached to this email are flyers regarding spring and summer soccer.
Have a wonderful spring break,
Tracy

Dear Parents - Systems of Education is offering two resources that may be of interest for planning your child's summer.

1. 2013 Guide to Summer Camps & Programs: Last year, we compiled a guide in English and Spanish of the summer camps and programs in the Jackson Hole area. Information included brief program descriptions, dates and times, and prices. We will be producing the guide for release after spring break. If you'd like to receive an email notification of when the guide is available, please contact me at izumel@tclib.org or 307-733-2164, ext. 101

2. Systems of Education/Teton 10 Summer Sampler Program: Thanks to major community collaboration, Systems of Education and Teton 10 will be offering a 3 week all-day summer program that will run 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. from June 10-28. Camp JOY, Jackson Hole Children's Museum and Teton Science Schools will be leading the experience to engage entering 2nd through entering 6th graders in a variety of enriching activities. The objective is to introduce youth to several quality programs at an affordable rate so that families can enroll on their own in programs that appeal most to their children. The cost for the three weeks is $300. Applications are available at Teton County Library's Youth Desk, or online at www.tclib.org/education. Applications are due Wed., April 10 to the Teton County Library Youth Desk.

Please feel free to contact me with questions or ideas! Email: izumel@tclib.org. Phone: 307-733-2164, ext. 101

Thanks!
Isabel Zumel
2/04/13 > Principal's Newsletter 3.6.13
Moran Elementary School
Tracy Poduska, Principal
March 6, 2013

Moran School Vision: Moran Elementary School is a small community of learners who work hard to Accept differences Be Responsible, and Challenge ourselves.

Thanks to all parents for attending conferences last week! Conferences are an important opportunity for parents and teachers to communicate about and discuss academic progress. We typically have 100% attendance at conferences, and appreciate your commitment to strengthening the school-home connection!
Sincerely,
Mrs. P

PAWS Testing for 3rd – 5th graders
Our 4th and 5th grade students will be PAWS testing every day next week. PAWS is Wyoming’s test to assess a student’s proficiency on the learning standards in reading, math, and science (4th grade only) and we feel the students are well prepared and ready to take it! Results are typically ready in late summer, so expect to receive your child’s PAWS scores early in the school year.

Your child’s specific PAWS schedule will be sent in classroom teachers’ newsletters. We appreciate your support at home by ensuring a good night’s rest and a nutritious breakfast! For more information on PAWS, visit http://edu.wyoming.gov/Programs/statewide_assessment_system/paws.aspx.
Also, the attached Home-School Connection newsletter has helpful test-taking tips.

Social-Emotional Learning
One aspect of a strong foundation for student success in both behavior and academics is a social-emotional learning (SEL) curriculum. At Moran School, Second Step, a research-based SEL curriculum, is taught to all students by Nial Overbay, our school counselor.

Second Step focuses on emotions management, empathy, problem solving, and skills for learning. It is proven that students who learn the types of social and emotional skills taught in Second Step have improved academic achievement. Another benefit of Second Step is the common language all students and staff at Moran School utilize when solving problems, expressing emotions, and showing empathy. For more information, visit www.secondstep.org.

Parent-Teacher Organization
We are looking for any interested parents in continuing the work Dave McIlwraith did in establishing the Moran School PTO. The framework of the organization is developed thanks to Dave! If you are interested, contact me or let one of the teachers know.

Attached to this Parent Newsletter:
Home-School Connection newsletter – March issue
Flyer – What Makes Girls Thrive


Upcoming Dates/Activities
Mon., March 11 PAWS window opens for 3rd – 5th graders
Wed., March 13 Tracy at Moran School
March 25 – April 5 No School – enjoy your Spring Break!

12/19/12 > Principal's Newsletter 12.19.12
Moran Elementary School
Tracy Poduska, Principal
December 19, 2012

Moran School Vision: Moran Elementary School is a small community of learners who
work hard to
Accept differences
Be Responsible, and
Challenge ourselves.
Dear Parents,
Winter Greetings! It sounds like I missed a fantastic holiday performance on Monday night, and was appreciative when Mrs. Ryan sent a video of at least part of it! The tummy bug and head cold has hit the Poduska household L
To all families, have a wonderful holiday and break, and Happy New Year! To the MacIlwraith’s, best wishes on your new adventure in California, we will miss you.
Sincerely,
Tracy, aka “Mrs. P.”

Classroom Configurations
Moran School now has 8 students. Caroline, Niki, and I have worked together to configure the classrooms to best meet the needs of our K-5 students given our small population. We decided we are going to reconfigure the classrooms so that Caroline is teaching our K and 1st grade students, and Niki will teach our 2nd, 4th, and 5th graders. Making this shift will balance the class sizes, and enable the teachers to better plan differentiated and grade-appropriate lessons. If you have any questions regarding this change, please contact me or one of the teachers.

Mid-Year Testing
During January, students will take the DIBELS test (a reading screener assessment) and the MAP test (an achievement test in reading and math). Niki and Caroline will keep you posted on the test dates, so you can help at home by ensuring good sleep and a healthy breakfast. The mid-year assessments are formative, and designed to inform instruction for the 2nd half of the year.

Just a reminder - Illness Guidelines
‘Tis the season for tummy bugs, colds, and flu. Be considerate of others and help reduce the spread of illnesses. These guidelines should be used to help you decide whether or not your child should come to school. We also ask that you:
Keep the school office updated with current phone number and contact information
Make arrangements in advance for home care of your child if he becomes ill at school

Illness Guidelines: When to Keep Your Child Home
* Children with severe cold symptoms should not attend school.
Cold symptoms may include: a constant runny nose, especially with abnormal color or consistency (this is especially important if your child is unable to use a kleenex by him(her)self), nasal or lung/chest congestion, coughing that is constant or persistent, or recurrent sneezing that is not allergy related.

* Do not send a child to school with an abnormal temperature- any temperature over 100 degrees F. Symptoms to watch for might be a flushed face, chills, paleness or skin abnormally warm to the touch. One or all of these symptoms might be present. If in doubt at all, please take your child’s temperature. Please keep an obviously sick child at home. A child with a temperature needs to stay home for at least 24 hours. Remember, if you reduce your child’s fever with medication like Tylenol, your child is STILL ill. Please do not medicate your child and send them to school. Children spread their illness most during the time they have a fever.

* Do not send a child to school that has been vomiting within the last 12 hours.
* Do not send a child to school that has had diarrhea in the last 12 hours.
* Flu symptoms: fever over 100 degrees (usually high) and one or more of the following body aches, sore throat, cough, headache. Do not send your child back to school until he has had no symptoms for at least 24 hours without the use of medications.

Guidelines on keeping your child healthy
* Wash hands using soap and warm water for 15-20 seconds (sing the ABC song once).
Wash before eating, after using the bathroom, after playing outside, after using a tissue.
If you are not where you can wash your hands properly, use hand sanitizer.
* Cover cough /sneeze into your sleeve. If a tissue is used, throw away tissue and wash hands.
* Sleep 8+ hours per night
* Healthy eating habits
* Get flu shots when available.


Upcoming Dates/Activities
Dec. 24 – Jan. 1 Holiday break, dates inclusive
Fri., Jan. 18 Ski lessons begin
Mon., Jan. 21 No School, teacher in-service day
10/25/12 > Principal's Newsletter 10.25.12
Dear Moran School Families,
I hope this note finds you enjoying our newly fallen snow. I’m looking forward to seeing all of you this weekend at the annual Moran Fall Festival! Many thanks to the Moran School staff and families for your tremendous work to make the festival a fun family event! Its success as a fundraiser supports numerous student activities.

Stranger Danger Presentation
Hopefully you’d had a chance to speak with your student about School Resource Officer Matt Carr’s discussion last week about staying safe around strangers. If you would like more information, or additional resources, visit the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children – www.missingkids.com.
Here are a few key points Officer Carr discussed with the students in an age-appropriate way:
Strangers can be good or bad, and it’s hard to tell by looks and how they act.
If you feel uncomfortable or unsure around a stranger, find a safe adult - this could be an officer, a parent, a teacher, a person in a store with a name tag.
Don't help an adult stranger who asks for help. Adults should only ask other adults for help.
Don't get in or near a car of a stranger, ever.
Trick or Treat in a group, and especially for younger students, go with an adult.
Ask you parents to point out the safe places you can ask for help.

Home School Connection Newsletter
Attached is the October issue of the Home-School Connection newsletter. This monthly newsletter is filled with practical ideas to promote academic success, effective parenting, a solid home-and-school partnership, healthy habits, and positive character traits. I hope you find it a valuable resource!

Swimming Program
This week, students had the opportunity to develop the life-long skill of swimming by participating in lessons at the Jackson/Teton Co. Recreation Center. Proceeds from the Moran Fall Festival enable the students to participate in the lessons at no cost to families. Students had a blast, so thank you parents for your work at home to send them prepared each day!

Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award
You are invited to nominate a teacher who has truly made a difference in your child’s life! Nominations are open through January 7, 2013; go to http://www.archcoal.com/community/teacherawards.aspx

Sincerely,
Tracy Poduska
Principal, Moran School
733.3077 or 543.2438, tpoduska@tcsd.org


Attached Flyers:
-Cell Phone Safety Awareness flyer
-October Home-School Connection newsletter
-Harvest on the Hill – NMWA event

Upcoming Dates/Activities:
Sat., Oct. 27 Moran Fall Festival – 5:30
Mon., Oct. 29 Teacher In-service Day – no school for students
November 5-8 Parent-Teacher conference week
Tues., Nov. 6 Tracy at Moran
Fri., Nov. 9 No School for students or teachers
Tues., Nov. 13 Tracy at Alta
Nov. 19 or 20 Moran teachers attend a one-day literacy professional development “studio”
Wed., Nov. 21 Early release for students
Nov. 22-23 No School – enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday!
Wed., Nov. 28 Tracy at Moran
Thurs., Dec. 13 Tracy at Moran
Thurs., Dec. 20 Moran Holiday Performance, 6:00

10/29/11 > Moran School Fall Festival

Moran School Fall Festival and Bingo Night