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Preschool Sign Ups

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Oregon Davis Elementary will be accepting signups for preschool throughout the rest of the school year for the 2017-18 school year. Please stop by the elementary office to fill out a brief information sheet and bring your child’s birth certificate and immunization records. A child is eligible to attend preschool if he or she is 4 or 5 years old and will be entering kindergarten during the 2017-18 or 2018-19 school year.

The Benefits of Reading Books

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It is our goal that every student develops a passion for reading. We provide many opportunities on a daily basis for students to be exposed to a variety of texts. Every once and awhile we are faced with the question, “Why do we have to read?”  Here are a variety of ways to answer this question.

  1.      Reading exercises your brain.
  2.      Reading increases your ability to empathize with others.
  3.      Reading improves concentration and focus.
  4.      Reading helps develop creativity.
  5.      Reading is entertaining.
  6.      Reading provides knowledge and information.
  7.      Reading enriches language and vocabulary.
  8.      Reading reduces stress and puts you in a better mood.

Kindergarten Roundup

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Oregon Davis Elementary is calling all parents of children who will be 5 years old on or before Aug. 1, 2017! Please join us Tuesday, April 11 from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. for Kindergarten Roundup. Make sure to bring your child’s birth certificate and their immunization records. Roundup will consist of touring the building, visiting classrooms, watching a video about a day in Kindergarten, refreshments and a goodie bag! For more questions and to reserve a spot, call (574) 867-2711.

March is Reading Month

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Reading is celebrated across the nation during the month of March. Oregon-Davis has many activities planned in our buildings, but you can also celebrate at home with your student. Here are some great ways to incorporate reading into the month of March, and beyond.

  1.      Go Book Shopping. This can be done anywhere from Barnes & Noble, Amazon or the library. Ask friends, librarians and teachers for some great book recommendations.
  2.      Get Comfortable. Designate a special spot in your house for reading. Fill it with pillows, blankets and books. It doesn’t have to be big.
  3.      Set Aside Family Reading Time. It is a lot easier to get everyone reading if everyone is doing it together. Set aside a designated amount of time each night. This may include reading a book as a family or everyone reading on their own.

4.      Celebrate With a Movie. As a family you can choose a book that also has a movie. After you read the book together, you can all settle in and watch the movie together. You can even have a discussion about which one you thought was better and why.

This Month Students will Take the ISTEP+

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This month students will be taking the ISTEP+ assessment. While teachers have been dedicated to preparing students academically for this test, parents have a role in the test taking process as well. Please make sure your child receives the following on test days:

*Make sure your child gets enough sleep on the night before the test

*Make sure your child eats a healthy breakfast

*Keep a positive attitude about assessments

*Talk about the assessment with your child, as this can reduce stress

*Encourage your child to do their best

We wish the best of luck to all students taking the ISTEP+ this month.