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13555 Chaney Thompson Rd. SE
Blue Ribbon School

September News from Dr. Wallace

It is amazing how quickly the time has flown since school started. In the folders today is the first progress report of the year. We also just had our first club day and our first Eagle Time. Lots of first happening at this point in the year.

After looking over the progress reports for all students, I can see a couple of things that may help you. When students are earning a D or F, it generally means they have not turned in work. Students are allowed to make up late work, but at a lower score. All classrooms have a system in place to turn in work. Please check with your student to make sure they understand the importance of turning in work on time and in the correct place. You will also find a blue section of paper in the folder that is VERY IMPORTANT. If you do not receive a login and password, please contact the office. This is the student log in to see your child’s grades in INow. I recommend you save this paper and access the grades once a week. Teachers are required to post two grades per subject each week. They will keep you updated on any changes or delays, but generally you should see two scores per subject each week. I also recommend 4th & 5th graders check their grades on a weekly basis as well, so that they can celebrate how much they are learning!

We had a great first club time last Friday! All first through fifth graders are part of a club that takes place on a monthly basis. The club dates are located on the PTA calendar you were given at the first of the year. I know our students really look forward to clubs, so please check the calendar before making appointments or checking out early.

Eagle Time has started! Eagle Time is for all second through fifth graders. This time is set aside daily for extra intervention, practice and enrichment for students who are ability grouped for 30 minutes a day across the grade level. Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:05-8:35 we focus on reading, and Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 2:00-2:25 our focus is math. Your child may travel to another grade level classroom at this time of day to work on extra reading and math practice. We credit this extra practice with helping us move our school wide report card score from a C to possibly a B this year. Thank you in advance for helping your child by getting them to school on time and making sure they stay all day every day so they don’t miss this important instruction. We also encourage you to read together every night and practice those math fluency facts. Of course, we are striving for an A in the year to come and with your help we’ll make it!

We have a VAKS Flu clinic scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 18. Please see the following information and find the clinic form in the Wednesday folder this week.

Vaccinating Alabama Kids in Schools (VAKS), a subsidiary of Huntsville Pediatric Associates, will be conducting in-school flu vaccination clinics in the Fall of 2020 at each school in the Huntsville City School district.  Challenger Elementary is scheduled for Wednesday, 9/18/19 from 9:45-10:45 AM.  The in-school flu vaccination clinics are voluntary and will be offered to all students within Huntsville City Schools at no cost to the student, parent/guardian or school system.  Each clinic will take approximately one hour to conduct and be staffed by local Board-certified pediatricians. 

For a student to receive the in-school flu vaccine, the parent/guardian must sign a completed consent form which will be sent home the week of 9/3/19.  Students with PEEHIP insurance are not eligible to participate.  Students' teachers will retain their completed form as their "hall pass" to present to the VAKS staff.  The flu vaccine will not be given to students who do not present a signed consent form. 

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Happy Fall Y’all,

Dr. Wallace