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February 2020

Smile and be kind.



Friday, February 7th, Marine Lab leaves for the weekend and Interims go home.


Monday, February 10th, In-Service day for teachers, No School.


Thursday, February 13th, Book Fair begins and Art Show.


Friday, February 14th, Happy Valentine’s Day and Jump Rope for Heart.


Monday, February 17th, Presidents Day, No School.


Friday, February 28th Movie on the lawn.


Saturday, February 29th, State OM Tournament.




We have some SUPER exciting rewards and incentives in place for meeting their A.R. goal!


What is A.R?


AR stands for Accelerated Reader, which is a software program created by the company Reading Renaissance.  AR is essentially a program that allows for individualized reading and testing based on your child’s independent reading level.  The program allows for the students (and teaches) how to select books for themselves on their level, that interests them as well as challenges them, and best of all…teaches them a lot of independence.  Students love the fact that they get to choose their own books.  As they check out, read, and test on books, we are constantly monitoring their progress and average percentage.  Each student is given a point goal as well as an average percent that they need to maintain.  As the student reaches a point where their color (reading level) is too easy, they are moved up to the next color.  Please encourage your child to read EVERY NIGHT. You can monitor their progression toward their goal by logging in to your child’s Renaissance account.  Please let us know if you need the directions on how to do that sent home again. If your child does not reach their goal for the quarter, they will have an opportunity to “get a jump” on the following quarter’s goal by reading during the celebration. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s point goal, please contact us. It is going to be a great year!!




If your child meets their individual quarterly goal, and maintains their average percent correct goal, by the deadline dates below, they can attend the quarterly A.R. celebration. Those celebrations are as follows:



Quarter               Celebration


1st Quarter          AR Party


2nd Quarter          AR Party


3rd Quarter           AR Party


4th Quarter           AR Party







       LEADER IN ME!!!!!!


I am very excited because this is our second year as a  “Leader in Me” School! Based on a program created by Franklin Covey, I will be teaching your child the 7 habits of highly effective people.  You might hear your child referring to them at home.  Our entire school will be involved in this effort, and it will become a part of Trafalgar’s values and core beliefs that EVERY child can be a LEADER!!  We will help your child find their strengths and empower them to SHINE! 




The 7 Habits are as follows: 


                     Habit #1     BE PROACTIVE   


                    I am in charge! I am a responsible person. I do not blame others for my


                    wrong actions. I take initiative. I choose


                    my actions, attitudes, and moods. 


                    Habit #2     BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND


                    I have a plan!  I plan ahead and set goals. I look for ways to be a good


                    citizen. I do things that have meaning and make a difference. I am


                    an important part of my classroom and contribute to my school's


                    mission and vision. 


                     Habit #3     PUT FIRST THINGS FIRST


                     I work first, then play. I spend my time on things that are most                      important.


                    This means I say "no" to things I know I should not do. I am


                    disciplined and organized. I set priorities, make a schedule,


                     and follow my plan.


                     Habit #4    THINK WIN-WIN


                    Everyone can win! I balance courage for what I want with


                     consideration for what others' want. I make deposits in others'


                     Emotional Bank Accounts. When conflicts arise, I look for a third




                     Habit #5     SEEK FIRST TO UNDERSTAND, THEN TO BE                    UNDERSTOOD


                     I listen before I talk! I listen to others without interrupting. I listen to


                    other people's ideas and feelings. I try to see things from their point


                    of view. I am confident in voicing my ideas. I look people in


                    the eye when talking. 


                     Habit #6     SYNERGIZE


                     Together is better! I value other people's strength's and learn from                      them.


                     I get along with others, even people who are different from me.


                     I am humble. I work well in groups. I seek out others ideas to


                     solve problems because I know by teaming up with others, we


                     can create better solutions than anyone of us alone. 


                     Habit #7      SHARPEN THE SAW


                     Balance feels best! I spend time with my family and friends. I learn in


                     lots of ways and lots of places, not just at school. I find meaningful


                     ways to help others. I take care of my body by eating right, exercising


                     and getting sleep.



We will focus on one habit at a time.  You can visit to learn more, and read some ways you can help encourage your child to be a LEADER! 







Homework and helping to guide your child's progress:





 Second, Third and Fourth Grade Homework

Monday-Thursday Daily Math Review and Reading Practice

Please Encourage Your Child to Complete the Weekly "Family Times" Homework Package for grammar and spelling

Monday-Thursday Spelling/Vocabulary Practice








Educational Websites used in the classroom Great ideas to help parents at home



Center for Autism & Related Disabilities (CARD)

Card Learning Curve Website

The following page to view general ideas for developing partnerships with families and the community:

Autistic children get trial run for air travel

Florida’ s Positive Behavior Support Project website

Read the following fact sheet developed by the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) for basic information related to reinforcement:

Red the following for The Leader in Me