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Litchfield ElEmEntary PrinciPal’s rEPort NAME: Cherie Kluender SCHOOL: Litchfield Public Schools CLASS: K-12 School Counselor SCHOOL PHONE: (308)-446-2244 Ext. 423 Email: March Elementary Principal Report Cherie Kluender March 9, 2016 Litchfield Public Schools Preschool Accepting Applications The Litchfield Public Schools Preschool is accepting applications for the 2016-2017 school year. If your child turns three by July 31 of this year and is developmentally ready your child is eligible to attend preschool at Litchfield Public School. The Litchfield Public Schools Preschool offers a quality educational setting for 3 and 4-year-old children with meaningful learning and play experiences guided by certified teachers who have specialized training in early childhood development and teaching. The ageappropriate curriculum focuses on the academic, language, social/emotional, and physical development of children. Small class sizes and desirable adult-to-child ratios are essential components of the early childhood program. The Litchfield Public Schools Preschool is offered to parents free of charge. Litchfield Public Schools Kindergarten Registration Litchfield Public Schools is seeking to identify children who are eligible for kindergarten during the 2016-2017 school year. If you have a child who will be five years of age on or before July 31, 2016 who will be attending Kindergarten next year, and is not currently in the preschool please fill out the New Student Enrollment form that can be accessed from our school website or call the school and ask it to be sent (either by e-mail or U.S. postal service). The new student enrollment form can also be picked up in the school office. Return this form to the school’s office as soon as possible. This will allow us to make arrangements for the number of students attending. There will not be an official Kindergarten Round Up this Spring. Instead we are having 3 Transition Move Up Days. The Move Up Days will be on Wednesday March 2, Wednesday April 6, and during the Elementary Play Day in May. The Move Up Days are to link the preschool to the district’s Kindergarten program through activities that are planned to assist in the consistent flow of progression as the students move from Preschool to Kindergarten. Through these Move Up Days the Preschool Students will get a feel for Kindergarten and get to know the teacher better. I attended the SPED Workshop for Administrators on March 07 at the ESU that was for superintendents and principals given by Karen Haase it provided important information to help our school district avoid legal problems. Special education law is complex but Karen offered concrete suggestions in understandable terms. The main issue she we discussed were child find, evaluation RTI/MTSS, and IEP meeting basics. We had Adolescent Literacy Project (ALP) Learning Walks on March 9. The Adolescent Literacy Project is research-based literacy strategies that will increase student achievement for adolescent learners in all classrooms. The project focuses on four research-based recommendations for improving adolescent literacy. The recommendations are to:  Provide explicit vocabulary instruction  Provide direct and explicit comprehension strategy instruction  Provide opportunities for extended discussion of text meaning and interpretation  Increase student motivation and engagement in literacy learning In February, Hoops for Hearts has been a huge success at the elementary. The mission of Hoops for Hearts is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Meghan Kratzer spoke to the elementary students about her heart condition and she urged the students to join together in helping other kids with hearts disease. Thanks to Mr. Blauvelt and to Meghan for telling her personal story. The elementary students raised 2,858 dollars for the American Heart Association! 11