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F R E D A S S A M E L E M E N TA RY —
B R A ND O N V A L L E Y S C H O O L D I S T R I C T
February, 2015
Assam Anchor
Important Reminders
Monday
February 9
Early Dismissal @ 1:00
MS Conferences
Tuesday
February 10
Early Dismissal @ 1:00
Elem/HS Conferences
Friday
February 13
NO SCHOOL
Monday
February 16
NO SCHOOL
F RED ASSAM
E L E ME N TA R Y —
Phone: 605-582-1500
Fax: 605-332-0947
7700 E. Willowwood Street
Sioux Falls, SD 57110
February 2: Will the groundhog make the right decision? If he sees his shadow;
we will have six more weeks of winter! Brrrrrrrr! We will probably have many
cold days ahead this month. We will have outdoor recess every day unless the
wind chill/temperature is 0 degrees or below. It is very important that every child
comes to school wearing winter coats, boots, hats, and mittens. If you need assistance with any of this clothing, please let us know.
Valentine’s Day is a favorite day in February. Students are looking forward to giving and receiving special Valentines from their friends. Student Council will be
selling Valentines/suckers again this year. Sales begin on Monday, Feb. 9 and continue through Thursday, Feb. 12. You can send a Valentine and sucker to anyone
for only 25 cents! Valentines will be delivered on Thursday afternoon, Feb. 12 to
all classrooms and other BV schools. Any Valentines for family members will be
sent home with the sending student. Valentines can also be bought from moms,
dads, grandmas, and grandpas to send to their students at Fred Assam Elementary.
Help us promote Acts of Kindness and support Ashley Johnson – RBE student who was recently diagnosed with cancer.
Conferences will be held on Tuesday, February 10. This is an exciting opportunity
to visit your child’s teacher and celebrate learning! Scheduled conference times
are short so if you find that you need additional time, please arrange another meeting with the teacher. We appreciate your patience on such a busy night! Our conference attendance is usually 94% - 97% because we have awesome parents ~ so
THANK-YOU, parents!
Fourth Grade students will be participating in the NAEP (National Assessment of
Educational Progress) testing on February 24. All results for math, reading, and
science are reported as a state – no individual, school, or district scores are available. This test measures what students across the entire country have learned in
school.
The elementary Science Fair will be held on Monday, March 9! If your student
has an interest in science and would like to participate, be sure to find the registration form included in this newsletter. Students from Fred Assam, Robert Bennis,
and Valley Springs elementary schools come together to display projects. If you
have any questions regarding the Science Fair, be sure to contact your child’s
teacher.
Susan Foster – proud principal Fred Assam Elementary School
Middle School parent teacher conferences will be held on Monday, February 9th,
1:30 - 5:30, and 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Elementary and High School conferences will be held on Tuesday, February 10th,
1:30 - 5:30, and 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
School will dismiss at 1:00 p.m. on both Monday and Tuesday, February 9 and 10th.
NO JR. KINDERGARTEN ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 10TH
Missing any clothing items? We have a large collection of
snow pants, boots, coats, sweatshirts, etc. in
our Lost and Found. Please stop by during
Conferences and check it out, or look under
the “Lost and Found” tab on our website.
Parent Teacher Conference Schedule
Between Building & Part-Time Teachers
Elementary & High School conferences are Tuesday
Feb. 10, 2015 from 1:30-5:30 and 6:30-9:00
Middle School conferences are Monday Feb. 9, 2015
from 1:30-5:30 and 6:30-9:00
Name
Berg, Shelly
Brandsrud, Teresa
Position
Feb. 10
MS-HS- Orchestra
HS 1:30-5:30
Feb. 9
MS 6:30-9:00
BE-MS Speech
BE 1:30-9:00
Mary Erickson
HS-MS-BE Librarian
HS 1:30-5:30
MS 6:30-9:00
Fode, Jeff
RBE-MS Music
RBE 1:30-7:00
MS 7:00-9:00
Jensen, Terri
District
BE 1:30-9:00
Naser, Shelly
VSE-FAE Speech
Gibbons, Randy
FAE-RBE Art
VSE 1:30-5:30 FAE 6:30-9:00
RBE 1:30-5:30 FAE 6:309:00
Gordon, Paula
FAE-VSE PE
VSE 1:30-5:30 FAE 6:30-9:00
Gullickson, Terry
MS-HS Vocal
Hubers, Del
BE/RBE/FAE Band
Miller, Jesse
VSE-HS Band
Ackerman, Jodi
BE & VSE Music
HS 1:30-5:30
MS 6:30-9:00
RBE 3:30-5:30 BE 1:30-3:15
FAE 6:30-9:00
VSE 1:30-4:00 HS 4:305:30/6:30-9:00
BE 1:30-5:30 1/2 time employee
Waterbury, Brenda
District Gifted Ed.
Rieff, Erin
BE - VSE Art
BE 6:30-9:00
VSE 1:30-5:30
9:00
MS 1:30-5:30
Megard, Randy
District Adpt PE/PE Tchr.
BE 1:30-9:00
Mork, Dianne
District PT
FAE 1:30-3:45
Mutschelknaus, Amy
District OT
BE 1:30-5:30; RBE 6:30 - 9:00
Murtha, Christine
District ESL
Nelson, Patti
RBE-FAE-BE-VSE Orchestra
Klenner, Pamela
RBE, VSE, FAE Librarian
FAE 1:30-9:00
FAE 1:30-5:30 VSE 6:309:00
VSE 3:30-5:30 RBE 1:30-3:15
FAE 6:30-9:00
Ralston, Annlee
District OT
Rozier, Danylle
VSE-RBE-BE Computer
Gile, Mary
FAE-BE Computer
FAE 1:30 - 3:45
VSE 1:30-5:30 RBE 6:309:00
BE 1:30-5:30
FAE 5:309:00
Rauk, Roxie
VSE & FAE Title
VSE 1:30-5:30 FAE 6:30-9:00
Rus, Elizabeth
FAE-VSE Guidance
VSE 1:30-5:30 FAE 6:30-9:00
Sewell, Marta
MS-HS Art
HS 6:30-9:00
MS 1:30-5:30
Chambers, Anne
HS & MS
HS 6:30-9:00
MS 1:30-5:30
VanHorn, Lila
District
RBE 1:30-5:30 VSE 6:30-9:00
Thompson, Lorelei
District PT
BE 1:30-9:00
BE 6:30-
Be My Valentine!
Sponsored by:
Student Council
Service project:
Proceeds go to RBE Student
Ashley Johnson.
Valentine/sucker sales begin on Monday, Feb. 9th and continue through Thursday, Feb. 12.
You can send a Valentine with a sucker ~ to anyone for only 25 cents! Valentines will be delivered on Thursday afternoon, Feb. 12 to all classrooms and other BV schools. Any Valentines for family members will be sent home with the sending student. Valentines can also be
bought from moms, dads, grandmas, and grandpas to send to their students at Fred Assam
Elementary.
Help us promote Acts of Kindness and support Ashley Johnson. Please call the office if you have
questions.
Use this paper to jot down Valentine names and grades! Purchase as many as you’d like!
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Please notify the school office if any of your contact information
changes during the school year.
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change in home address
Change in home phone number or cell phone
number
change in parents’ work phone numbers
Updated e-mail address
Please help us keep our contact information updated. This information is very important if we need to reach you in an emergency.
ELL January 2015
First semester has flown by and here we are a few days away from February. We
are continuing to grow across the district, as of today we are at 48 students!
Thank you to the many people who have donated Brandon Valley Lynx gear, every
Friday or Spirit Day we have a majority of our kids representing their school colors. The second half of the year we are busy preparing for the state tests. This
year many of our students will be participating in the NAEP, Smarter Balance, and
also the annual English language Proficiency test. A reminder to parents and kids
to make sure to get a good nights sleep, eat breakfast, and have those #2 pencils
sharpened. Wish us the best of luck on these next few months of testing!
Orchestra Notes:
Our orchestra students are continuing to learn new skills on their instruments. The
fourth grade students are working hard on bowing and creating a good sound on the
instrument. This is a skill that takes a good bit of work! A little bit every day
makes a big difference in the progress.
Fifth grade students are learning new bowing styles as well as new literature.
Both groups will perform at the Performing Arts Center on May 18. Keep practicing!
Patti Nelson
Brandon Valley District Elementary Orchestra
Brandon Elementary,
Robert Bennis Elementary
Fred Assam Elementary
Valley Springs Elementary
http://pn023.k12.sd.us/
Student Council delivered donations to the Humane Society. The students received a tour
of the newly remodeled facility
and spent time in the petting
rooms. The Fred Assam Elementary Student Council is also
featured in the Brandon Valley
School District Up Front newsletter on-line!
LITERACY & MATHEMATICAL SKILLS
In Junior Kindergarten
Counting with 1:1 correspondence
Matching numerals to sets
Identifying letters & sounds
Putting letters in alphabetic order
Remembering Martin
Luther King Jr.
“We are like a box of crayons each of us unique, but
when we get together the picture is complete. Now, if
we could just learn from this box of crayons this world
would be a much better place.”
-Shane DeRolf
We Are Bucket Fillers!
Mrs. Feenstra’s Kindergarten class is busy filling buckets! After reading the book
“Have You Filled A Bucket Today” we learned that everyone carries an invisible
bucket around. It is our job to always be a bucket filler by following the rules,
helping people out, using good manners, caring about others’ feelings, and smiling! We did an experiment where we squeezed all the toothpaste out of a tube
and compared it to unkind words or actions. Just like the toothpaste can’t be put
back in the tube, neither can our words or actions. We challenge you to be a
bucket filler too!
What’s Happening in 1Be?
We have been learning what persuasive
writing is and how to persuade someone in
our stories. Here are some of the
persuading ideas we will use to write letters to our parents with.
Bryce- an Ipod
Sylvia- Easy Bake Oven game
Addison- an Ipod
Adelyn- an Ipod
Talen- Xbox game Skylanders
Brek- Skylanders trap team
Raegan- ice cream
Alexa- Wild Water West pass
Malik- Wii U
Toby- PS4
Yahye- Mario game
Susanna- Barbie doll
Jackson- a guinea pig
William- trampoline
Claudia- a bird
Brody- a dog
Riley- Skylanders trap team
Calvin- toy airplane
Mrs. Bisbee’s 1st Grade
We have a new addition to our classroom! Miss
Osheim will be student teaching in our classroom
from now until the end of April! We are so excited
to have her here as part of our FAE family!
Miss Osheim is a student at South Dakota State University in Brookings. She is
originally from Brandon and comes from a family of teachers. Her mother and
both her sisters have been or currently are educators! If your student is in our
class, please feel free to contact me or Miss Osheim with any questions you may
have!
All students will learn about their community and how they can be a
good citizen, but the 2nd graders are getting a chance to learn in a VERY
fun way: Junior Achievement. After the students have participated in
hands-on learning activities over a course of five weeks, they will be
able to:
*Describe a community.
*Identify the variety of careers people have in a community and
how each job requires specific skills.
*Identify how business and government jobs help a community.
*Explain how taxation supports government services.
*Recognize voting as a way responsible citizens act.
*Describe the flow of money in a community's economy.
*Students are learning about the assembly line and working together to create a product.
*Students here are learning about how all businesses in a community help each other.
MRS. HUNSAID, MRS. JONES,
MRS.VANLEUR, AND MR. GANSCHOW
FEBRUARY 2015
Special points of interest:
 Spelling pre-tests are
Mondays and tests are
Fridays! Remember to
study your words at
home!
 Reading Selection Tests
are on Friday, also! Remember to study your vocabulary words at home.
Be sure to practice using
the words in sentences as
the vocabulary tests are
tough! Reread the story
online at Think Central!
 Check out the 3rd grade
websites at: http://
dj002.k12.sd.us/ and
http://cv033.k12.sd.us .
Vocabulary & Spelling
lists!
3rd Grade Review
F RE D A S S A M E L E ME N T ARY — B R AN D O N V AL L EY S C HO O L D I S T RI C T
Let the Adventure Continue!
For a creative writing project, students
picked their favorite winter activity
and created a snow globe scene writing
about their favorite activity.
Third graders enjoyed learning about the importance of Martin Luther King Jr and his work this month. We wrote our own
“Dreams” for the world and hope to live up to these dreams to make the world a
better place.
 As the weather turns
colder, please make sure
your student is dressed
appropriately!
 Keep working on reading
books for AR points! To
look up the level and
point amount for a book,
go online to
www.arbookfind.com. It’s
very easy to use!
 You can check your student’s AR goals and
points by logging onto the
FAE webpage and clicking on Students, WebLynx,
and Accelerated Reader.
The 2nd quarter Principal’s
Club winners were excited to
attend a magic show performed by the magician
Travis Nye.
3rd Grade Students are
working hard at mastering
fractions. We’ve identified, compared, ordered
and found equivalent fractions all while having fun
with our fraction kit
manipulatives.
Fourth Grade Students Expand their Accelerated
Reader Skills
Fred Assam Elementary fourth graders have begun working on a variety of nonfiction articles through the use of a new tool added to Accelerated Reader (AR).
Accelerated Reader 360 takes learning to a deeper level. It enables teachers to
balance independent reading practice at each student’s personal reading level
with instructional reading practice of grade level text. AR 360 is designed to fit
within the teacher’s existing reading block and it works in a whole group, small
group, or as an independent reading practice tool.
Our hope is that it motivates students to grow as readers of nonfiction. Through
this new tool, students learn to read closely with built-in instructional skills practice activities that give them the opportunity to read, cite, write, and quiz. Each
nonfiction article includes a highlight and tag activity and a “show you know”
writing prompt. Then, students complete an AR Quiz, moving comfortably, into
more complex texts and building the skills necessary for success in the content
areas such as science and social studies.
The Reading Dashboard from Renaissance (the creator of AR) brings independent
and instructional reading data together with key data from multiple Renaissance
products. Teachers will be able to view reports of progress in order to develop
growth plans and monitor progress to move students forward confidently.
What’s Up in 4 Harte?
In Mrs. Harte’s Reading class we are working on the novel
Crash, by Jerry Spinelli. It is about a boy named Crash and
his best buddy Mike, who can’t think of anything more hilarious than making Webb’s life miserable. However Crash
starts to realize that Webb may have something he may never
gain, no matter how many touchdowns on the football field
he makes.
Webb is also a Quaker, which was a new topic for many of
the students, so we took some time to research on the computers for a better understanding.
Minute to Win It Fun!!!
No Numbers in Math???
What?!?
To begin our unit on Geometry the fifth graders are working on Tessellations!
It’s hard to believe this is Math and not Art
class!
Please stop by the fifth grade wing to see our
finished products.
2nd Quarter
Principal’s
Club
Magician
Show!!
HEALTH NOTES FROM THE SCHOOL NURSE
Margie Hanson, RN
MEASLES
(rubeola, hard measles, red measles)
What is measles?
Measles is an acute, highly contagious viral disease capable of producing epidemics. Measles is
more common in winter and spring.
Who gets measles?
Although measles is usually considered a childhood disease, it can be contracted at any age. Generally, preschool children, adolescents, young adults and inadequately immunized individuals comprise
the majority of measles cases in the United States.
How is measles spread?
Measles is spread by direct contact with nasal or throat secretions of infected people or, less frequently, by airborne transmission. Measles is one of the most readily transmitted communicable diseases.
What are the symptoms of measles?
Measles symptoms generally appear in two stages. In the first stage, the individual may have a runny nose, cough and a slight fever. The eyes may become reddened and sensitive to light while the
fever consistently rises each day. The second stage begins on the third to seventh day and consists
of a temperature of 103-105 F, and a red blotchy rash lasting four to seven days. The rash usually
begins on the face and then spreads over the entire body. Koplik spots (little white spots) may also
appear on the gums and inside of the cheeks.
How soon do symptoms appear?
Early symptoms like fever usually appear 10 days after exposure (range 7-12 days) and rash appears after 14 days (range 7-21 days).
When and for how long is a person able to spread measles?
An individual is able to transmit measles from four days before onset of rash and until four days after
rash onset.
Does past infection make a person immune?
Yes. Permanent immunity is acquired after contracting the disease.
What is the treatment for measles?
There is no specific treatment for measles.
What are the complications associated with measles?
Pneumonia occurs in up to 6 percent of reported cases and amounts for 60 percent of deaths attributed to measles. Encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) may also occur. Other complications include middle ear infection and convulsions. Measles is more severe in infants and adults.
How can measles be prevented?
Maintaining the highest level of immunization against measles is the best preventive measure. Measles vaccine (MMR) may be given at 12-15 months of age. The second dose of MMR is given at 4-6
years of age. The vaccine is highly effective and two MMR shots usually produce lifelong immunity.
South Dakota Dept. of Health - Office of Disease Prevention - 605-773-3737 (1-800-592-1861 SD only)
This material is provided for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical care. We are not able to answer personal medical questions. Please see your health care provider concerning appropriate care, treatment or other
medical advice.
Reading With Your Child
When you think you’re done, you’ve just begun!
Get the conversation started!
After enjoying a book with your child, whether they
read to you or you read to them,
continue the experience by asking:
*What did you notice about the story?
*Does this book remind you of anything?
*What have you been wondering as you read?
*Does this book make you think of another book
you’ve read?
*What was your favorite part?
*Were there any parts that surprised you?
*What are you going to read next?
Ideas taken from “Catching Readers Before They Fall!” by Johnson and Keier
NFL Fuel Up to Play 60 has partnered with Brandon Valley School
District to promote healthy lifestyles! Students in each elementary
building participated in an essay
contest promoting breakfast. Twelve winning essays were
selected in each building – two at
each grade level. Canvas photos will
feature these students making positive and healthy lifestyle choices. These photos will be displayed
in the lunchroom area at Fred Assam
Elementary. Congratulations to the
selected writers as well as all students who participated in the writing contest.
2015 BRANDON VALLEY COMMUNITY HEALTH FAIR
Planning is under way for the Brandon Valley Community Health Fair! There are
new activities, events and exhibits being planned! A few of the highlights include:
♥ Sanford Health’s MEGA heart exhibit – An inflatable, walk-through heart that allows you to explore the heart, learn about cardiovascular functions and observe examples of various types of heart disease.
♥ Heart Screenings – Blood Pressure, Cholesterol check, BMI, Framingham, EKG,
and a CT (calcium score). Results provided that day except for the EKG (must be read
by a physician). Cost of screening is $50. Participants must schedule their screening.
More information to come.
♥ Healthy Cooking Demonstration
♥ A Great assortment of prizes for adults and children
SAVE THE DATE!
Thursday, March 26, 2015
3:00 – 7:00pm
Brandon Valley High School Commons
Physical Education at FAE
The month of January has been filled with many fun and exciting fitness movements in PE. We
started the New Year by focusing on the following two words: Challenge and Encourage. We implemented the PE Central Cooperative Fitness Challenges to FAE. Our students participated in fitness challenges that were specific to their grade level. While students were participating in these
challenges, the students worked incredibly hard at encouraging each other. We hope that these
words can become part of their daily vocabulary and transfer to all areas of their lives. Below are
a few of the challenges that your son/daughter participated in. Maybe you would even like to
challenge your student to an activity. Click on the link below for a video demonstration of the fitness challenges. Lastly, please help your students remember that they need to have
proper footwear to participate in PE. It’s really hard for students to be successful in
their winter/fashion boots!
Cooperative Fitness Challenge
The six tasks that form the Cooperative Fitness Challenge are listed below. Click on the
website below will allow you to view these challenges. http://www.pecentral.org/fc/
challenges/challengelist.html
The 6 Cooperative Fitness Challenge Tasks
Crab Walk Bean Bag Pick Up
The Frogger
Partner Plank Taps
Partner Jumping Jacks
Partner Sit Up Throw and
Catch
On the Move Throw and Catch
Notes from the
Band Room
The 5th grade band is off to an excellent start of our second semester. I have been
very pleased with their diligence in practicing over the Winter/Christmas break!
Many of them came to their first lesson after the break very well prepared. It is exciting to see the student’s enthusiasm for instrumental music!
As we continue to work together during January and February, we will be focusing
the majority of our time on fundamental techniques found in our ‘Tradition of Excellence’ book. The individual practice time is very important in reinforcing these
new concepts, so please continue to encourage your child with his/her practicing.
Combined 5th/6th grade band concert!!
We are excited to remind you to put Monday, Mar. 16, on your calendars! The students from our 5th and 6th grade bands will be joining forces to perform a combined concert for you. Each band will perform a few individual selections and
then will join together to perform two works. This will be an exciting collaboration between our young players and we are looking forward to learning the new
music for this concert. The performance will take place in the High School Auxiliary gym at 7:00pm that evening. Please mark your calendars for this fun evening
of instrumental music!
As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s progress. ([email protected])
Until next month, keep practicing…..
Mr. Hubers
MUSIC NEWS!
February 2015
Ask your
Child:
To sing
for you!
Mrs. Verburg, Teacher
CONCERTS!
National Standards
for Music Education
In the PAC –High School
th
March 17 -1st grade @7pm
April 14th -5th grade @ 7pm
It’s been a busy first half of the year
in the music room!
*1st grade will be wor king on their concer t
songs which are all about WATER! Please
have your first grader at the PAC on March
17th at 6:30pm for their concert! I will send
out more information later about the concert!
*5th grade will be wor king on an instr ument
unit, and starting our concert songs.
*3rd grade will lear n about the Per cussion
Family
4th grade has star ted to play their
recorders!
*2rd grade is continuing to wor k on
their rhythms for their SLO
*JK and K –We are singing and
dancing to many fun songs!
1. Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music. 2. Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a
varied repertoire of music. 3.
Improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments. 4.
Composing and arranging music within specified guidelines.
5. Reading and notating music.
6. Listening to, analyzing, and
describing music. 7. Evaluating music and music performances. 8. Understanding relationships between music, the
other arts, and disciplines outside the arts.
9. Understanding music in relation to history and culture.
February 2015
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PTA
Meeting
@ 6:30 pm
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10
Early dismissal
At 1:00 p.m.
MS Conferences
Early dismissal
At 1:00 p.m.
HS and Elem.
Conferences
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2014—2015 School Calendar
February 9
February 10
February 13
February 16
March 13
March 19
March 20
April 3
April 6
May 20
Early Dismissal at 1:00—MS
Conferences
Early Dismissal at 1:00
Elementary/HS Conferences
NO SCHOOL
President’s Day - NO SCHOOL
School IN SESSION
Snow Day-NO School if unused
Inservice Day—NO SCHOOL
NO SCHOOL - spring break
NO SCHOOL - spring break
Last Day of School
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