From the Principal
by Gretchen Fisher
Welcome to the 2016-17 school year! It is a pleasure to partner with you all in the education of students at Zimmerman Elementary. This year holds many adventures, brand new learning and the making of memories for students, staff and families at ZES.
It is hard to believe that we are already nearing the end of our second month of school! There are many exciting opportunities, events, and information contained in this newsletter. Thank You for sharing your children with us!
We had a great (blustery) Walk-a-Thon! Thank you to all the volunteers, American Legion, Zimmerman Fire Department and ZHS band students for their time and energy making today a huge success.
Thank you, parents and families, for supporting this great event!
Watch D.O.G.S. Program
On Tuesday, October 18 from 6-7 PM at Zimmerman Elementary, we will be having an Ice Cream Social for both Zimmerman and Westwood Elementary Schools. Please RSVP here, thanks, see you there!
Communication between parents and school is extremely important. Information about the school and upcoming events is posted on the school Web Site. Your child’s teacher also has a Web Site which includes weekly classroom information. Please check the Zebra Folder for other important school news.
Feel free to call the school office if you have any questions regarding the information sent home with the student. You may also call the school office and request to leave a voicemail for the teacher. Email is a wonderful communication tool for contacting any of the school staff. Emails will be reviewed and answered within two school days.
Schoolwide Positive Behavior Interventions and Support Program (PBIS)
Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) is a systematic approach focusing on teaching and supporting appropriate school behavior for all students in the school. Instead of a variety of behavior management plans, we have a schoolwide discipline system that addresses the entire school, the classrooms, areas outside of the classroom, and individual student behavior. The result is a continuum of positive behavior support for all students, where:
- Behavioral Expectations are Defined
- Behavioral Expectations are Taught
- Appropriate Behaviors are Acknowledged
- Behavioral Errors are Corrected Proactively
At Zimmerman Elementary School students practice Zebra Pride. To show Zebra pride is to:
- Respect Ourselves
- Respect Others
- Respect Property
- Respect Community
Free and Reduced Meal Applications
Sodexo, the ISD 728 food service provider, provides the confidential application for the Free and Reduced program. It is available by clicking here.
ISD 728 families experiencing financial challenges are encouraged to apply for this benefit program. This confidential program is designed to help families meet the nutritional needs of children enrolled in ISD 728 schools. The program provides free breakfast daily and free or reduced price lunch meals.
The process is simple, can be done anywhere Internet service is available and takes less than five minutes to complete. Applicants approved for the program will be notified in writing within 10 working days; approval is valid for one school year. Applicants not initially meeting the criteria are encouraged to reapply if they have a change in income or family status at any time during the school year.
Now that we are entering flu (influenza) season (October-April), the single best way to protect your children from illness is to get them vaccinated each year. Since it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body that protect against influenza virus infection, it is best to get your child vaccinated now, so they are protected before influenza begins spreading in the community.
Prevent the spread of illness in school by getting your child a flu shot and following the guidelines below.
Does Your Child Have?
- A fever of 100 degrees or more? Your child should stay home for 24 hours after the temperature returns to normal and remains normal without fever-reducing medication.
- Diarrhea or vomiting? Your child should stay home until 24 hours after the last episode.
- A rash that may be disease-related or the cause is unknown? Check with your healthcare provider before sending your child to school.
If uncertain if your child is well enough for school, please contact the health office (763) 241-3400 ext. 5803.
The health office is in need of boys clothing (long sleeve shirts, pants) size 6 thru 8. Please send clothing to be donated to the health office.
Over 30 parents attended our Math In Focus Parent Night! Attendees received an overview of Math In Focus techniques, given by Lisa Willman, Teaching and Learning Curriculum Specialist.
Upcoming family events!
Title 1 Parent Night - October 27th, 5-6:30 - This is an event held for our Title 1 Families. Please watch your child’s Zebra folder for more information.
Fall Parade - October 31st, 2PM - Watch your child’s Zebra Folder for important information regarding this great event!
Math in Focus Parent Night - November 7, 6-7:30 PM - Do you have questions regarding your child’s math work and why it is so different from the way you learned math? Come to this informational parent event, held by Lisa Willman, Curriculum Specialist, to learn more and experience hands-on activities. Watch your child’s Zebra Folder for more important information.
Parent Liason NewsShoparoo:
Shoparoo is a hassle-free fundraising program. It is a mobile app that turns grocery receipts into cash donations for our school. We can raise thousands dollars for our school without buying, selling or collecting anything. Shop for groceries anywhere, buy anything. Take a picture of the receipt with the app. We earn money for each receipt image.Click here to see other opportunities for us to earn money. Thank you.
School Hours and Drop Off
Students may be dropped off at Zimmerman Elementary beginning at 8:25 am each school morning. Please do not drop your child off before 8:25 as there is no student supervision. Thank you.
The Zimmerman Elementary school day runs from 8:45-3:15.
Please do not use your cell phone as you are driving/dropping your child off in the morning. Safety of students and staff (and family members) is our top priority. Thank you for your cooperation.
During the year, students may occasionally be going on local field trips. We want parents to be aware of this and give permission for this school activity. By signing the Elementary Student Permission Form, you are giving permission for your child to participate in these walking trips. Examples include a walking trip to a local bank, a local bakery, the fire hall, the local park, or the Senior Center. Any extended field trip (requiring busing) will be handled separately with more detailed information and special permission forms.
If the cost of our school field trips presents a hardship for families, parents should communicate with their child’s teacher. We would like all students to attend these valuable learning experiences!
Title I Parents Right to Know
Federal law requires that all schools receiving Title I funds must inform parents of their right to ask schools about the qualifications of their child’s teachers. The law requires that all teachers who teach in core content areas must meet a specific legal definition of “highly qualified” in order to teach in a Title I funded school. Zimmerman Elementary does receive Title I funding. We are happy to share this information with you at your request. We believe in having well-prepared and highly qualified teachers.
For many years Zimmerman staff have worked hard and creatively to host ZeBest Carnival. After much thought, discussion and reflection, we have decided to take a break from hosting this event. This break allows staff to dedicate time to instruction, connecting with kids and supporting other family opportunities at Zimmerman Elementary.
We are in need of a Carnival Chair and committee members for next year! If interested, please contact Marie Johnson, ZES/WWE PAC Chair email@example.com
First Sergeant Brian Micheal Martin, Purple Heart Recipient, spoke to students on Veteran's day. He served our Country for 12 years, two in Iraq. The Zimmerman American Legion Color Guard was also a part of our whole school ceremony. Thank you to all who have and continue to serve our great country!