Don't forget about the Education Fair coming up! There is still time for your students to start their projects! Students can pick and research a project from the following categories: Math, Science, Language Arts and Social Studies. The schedule for the Education Fair is as follows:
Monday March 21st: Language Arts submissions are due in the office.
Monday, March 28th: Sign up to speak with the judges (sign ups are in the office)
Tuesday, March 29th: All projects are due in the office. If your student would like to practice their presentation with Mrs. DeGraffenried, they may sign up to do that in the office. If your student needs a display board for their project, we have some available at the office for $2.50. These are available on a first come, first served basis.
Wednesday, March 30:
9:00-11:30 am: Judging. This will be done during school, and parents are NOT allowed to be with the student during judging. Students should wear their best dress. They may bring clothes to change in to after their judging is finished.
6:00 pm: Parents and students may walk through the displays. This will be in the gym at the school. ***The book fair will also be open during this time on the stage***
7:00 pm: Awards Assembly
Please don't forget to sign up for SEP's! This will be the last SEP of the year. They will be held tomorrow night (Wednesday, March 16th). The link for sign ups are below. It's important to sign up for a time and not just to show up, so you are guaranteed a time to sit with the teacher.
This week at Goshen Elementary is Kindness Week. Each day, students may dress up according to the day's theme:
- Monday: Crazy Hair Day--Crazy your hair up, not your attitude. Be postitive even when you don't want to . Look on the bright side, don't complain, be happy with what you have.
- Tuesday: Cowboy Up Day--Be patient. Wait for someone to get done before speaking, be respectuful to adults and be patient with yourself.
- Wednesday: Hat Day--Put a cap on bullies. If you see a bully, tell an adult. Stop yourself from being mean. Think before you speak. Take care of your own actions. Admit when you do something wrong.
- Thursday: Favorite Character Day--Dress like your favorite character. Treat others the way you would treat your favorite character. Treat others with respect. Listen when an adult is talking, respect the principal and teachers decisions, follow the rules.
Carrie Norton was nominated and voted by her colleagues to be 2015-2016 Teacher of the Year. She teaches 4th grade and has been at Goshen Elementary for 8 years. When asked why Mrs. Norton received this honor, Mrs. DeGraffenried, our pricipal stated:
"Carrie persistently reflects on how to improve not only her ability to teach, but how to help her students advance their academic pursuits. Her passion for learning and teaching is evident in everything she does. She is always asking the question, “What is best for my students?” She is thoughtful in her preparation for any subject."
When parents of her students were asked to tell us something about her, they only sang praises.
One parent said that “Mrs. Norton has been such a role model for my daughter. Her good attitude and ability to connect with her students show through my daughter’s attitude. Her teaching is very hands on and enthusiastic.”
Another parent shared, “When my son entered her classroom, he had no drive to be the best - no real desire to read, or to ace his math. Not only did Mrs. Norton see his potential, she was able to make HIM see his potential and that made all the difference.”
A mother shared, “Carrie Norton is always positive. I have never heard her complain about not having resources to teach with, but instead she uses her creativity and resourcefulness to form a class which almost every one of the students says is their favorite class. She stays upbeat and positive while encouraging her students to participate and better themselves.”
We are so fortunate to have Mrs. Norton teaching at Goshen Elementary. She's always willing to share ideas, and she truly cares about her students and their well being.
Goshen students participated in the Read Across America read-a-thon on Wednesday. All classes took an hour out of their day to give the kids some time to read. Some classes came in their comfy pajama's, some brought their pillows and blankets to relax on and some brought treats to enjoy while they read.
In celebration of Dr. Seuss' birthday, Goshen students dressed up as their favorite Dr. Seuss character. We had lots of Cat in the Hats, some Things One and Twos and even some Cindy Lou Whos. Mrs. DeGraffenried even came to school as the Cat in the Hat. Some of our classes made Cat in the Hat masks, made their own Sneetch, and played pin the heart on The Grinch. Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! Thank you for all of the imagination building stories you gave us!