Wow! This year surely has flown by! We can hardly believe it’s the last week. It has been such a privelege to teach your child. We are so proud of all of the hard work our students have put in this year. To those students we see on a regular basis, we will be sending home ELL REPORT CARDS this week. Be careful not to confuse them with your child’s report card from his or her class teacher. We will also send a list of ideas of things to practice this summer and here is a link to for some fun ideas around Grand Rapids http://grkids.com/. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if there is anything we can do for you. Happy Summer!
Mrs. Cooley and Miss Smith
Georgetown Parents: Don’t forget open library this summer from 10-12 on Tuesdays. Mrs. Cooley will be there June 17.
We want to make you aware of an academic program available through Grand Rapids Public Schools. The program is called GRASP, and there are currently 20,000 students from all over the United States that are enrolled! The program follows common core curriculum in math and reading and lasts for 9 weeks. You can choose to do the program online (grades 4-8) or mail the lessons with the provided packets. Students receive rewards for the number of lessons completed.
It was wonderful to see all of you at conferences the past two weeks. We enjoyed getting to meet with you and celebrate in your child’s progress. We are also celebrating that we have finished our state ELL testing- W.I.D.A. Access. Our students worked very hard and did their best to finish this difficult test. We will send off the results as soon as they are in and this will help us determine your child’s ELL support for next fall. We will send one more report card home in June but don’t hesitate to contact us before then if you have any questions or concerns for your child. Have a great week!
Starting February 10 and lasting through March 28, we will be giving our state ELL test (now called WIDA, World Class Instructional Design and Assessment ). This test is given k-12 and is divided into 4 sections: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. In some instances we will be able to pull small groups and will also need to work one-on-one with all students to complete the speaking section. We are anticipating we will be able to finish the testing in 3, 60-minute sessions per student/group. (K is done in one 45 minute session.) This test is done paper/pencil. Results will be mailed home over the summer and will help to determine your child’s language proficiency level and eligibility for ELL services next school year. Unfortunately, during testing time, we will work our students on a limited basis. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.
ELL Report Cards will be sent home in the next few weeks. ELL report cards are sent home in January and June. The reason we wait until January is that many of our students with low English proficiency need time before getting an official report card grade. Report cards will only be sent home with the students currently receiving ELL services on a weekly basis. If your student is being monitored, he/she will not receive a report card for ELL. Each report card has 3 levels on it– your student is only graded on one level based on their language proficiency (determined from the ELPA test taken in the spring). Therefore, one level will have grades on it, and the other 2 levels will be left blank.
If a standard is blank on your student’s graded level, do not worry. That just means we did not work on that standard together during ELL time, or it was never noticed when working with your student. Hopefully by the end of the year, all of the standards will be met and graded. The scores on the report card are from 1-3, with 3 being at mastery level.
If you have any questions, please let us know! We are so excited about the progress our students are making!
Victoria Cooley (for Esther VanHaitsma and Lindsey Smith)
We are happy to announce the birth of Truman Edward Van Haitsma. Mrs. Van Haitsma’s son was born Tuesday morning and was 7 lbs. 11 oz. and 21 inches long! We’ll miss Mrs. Van Haitsma but are happy she’ll be home spending time with her new baby. We are happy to welcome Ms. Lindsey Smith who will be Mrs. Van Haitsma’s long term sub. Ms. Smith will start after the break and we look forward to introducing her to you! We will also have a new ELL paraprofessional Ty Jansma starting as well. Lots to look forward to in the New Year. Happy Holidays!
We have enjoyed meeting with many of you this week for conferences and look forward to seeing some of you next week as well! At your child’s conference, we will give you a progress monitoring form that will let you know what type of ELL services your student is receiving this year. As a reminder, ELL report cards are only sent home twice a year – in January and June.
If you have more questions about ELL services, or would like to schedule a separate conference time, please let us know. We’d be happy to set up another time to talk with you!
Thanks for all of your support. Be sure to check out the “links for students” on the right side of this page for plenty of activities to work on at home!
2 years ago we suggested some free iPad apps for English Language Learners (click here if you missed it). We just found another helpful website with more free iPad apps that we hope you will enjoy. We know that our students are very motivated by technology and think this is a great list (we use a lot of them already)! Go here and check it out now!
Have a great day! -Mrs. Cooley and Mrs. VanHaitsma