Monthly School Newsletter

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October 2021 School Newsletter

Important Dates This Month:


·  October 7 - Individual Pictures


·  October 22 - Teacher In-service Day

                  (NO SCHOOL)


·  October 31 - Happy Halloween 



Principal's Corner

Every Day All Day

 It was great to start day one with kids in the classroom!  It has been 2 years since we have been able to do that.  Yes, masks are still required inside the building and there still must be some spacing between desks and while eating, but it’s the closest to normal we have had for a long time.

 I really do feel blessed to be working in this school with your kids.  We have teachers in every classroom, classified staff in every position and a way to transport the kids to and from school.  We are in a much better place than many other schools across the state and the country.

 This year, teachers are really focusing on meeting the various academic needs of the kids.  With kids missing about one year of in person learning due to COVID restrictions, there are definite gaps in knowledge.  The name of this focus is MTSS or Multi-Tiered System of Supports.  So, what does this look like?

 The first focus is really making the main or core instruction in reading and math strong.  Through information gathering, teachers will be able to discern which kids are struggling with certain topics or concepts.  Once identified, teachers or classroom para-educators will be able to provide small group or one on one instruction to help with understanding.   These small groups can change as topics change and/or understanding increases.

 BFG – October 4th our One School One Book begins.  We will be reading the story “The BFG” by Roald Dahl.  You and your family can always listen to the story on the website  I hope you enjoy this book as much as the others. 

 Let’s make this another great year at Finley Elementary!

 Pam Kinne