Getting To and From Home
With so many of our students walking and biking to school
this year, your child’s safety is of utmost importance to us at Skyline. To ensure this safety, we would like to
remind all parents to have conversations with your children about “Stranger
Danger” and how to safely get to and from school each day. Here are some suggestions that can help
guide these family discussions:
- Make sure your child is walking and/or riding to
and from school in a group and/or with an adult supervising.
- Remind your child to never talk to
strangers. If someone in a car asks them
for directions or approaches them in any way, they should not talk to the
person but immediately run to the school, nearest adult they know, neighbor’s
- Do not take shortcuts or different routes to or
from school. Have a plan and make sure
your children know you expect them to walk with friends using a certain route
- Report any unusual occurrences to the school
office. We have an extensive network
whereby we notify all other schools and they also notify our district so we can
keep our children safe.
- If you see a vehicle that looks “out of place”
or suspicious, write down the license number and a brief description of the car
and person. The police do follow-up on
this information and they need our help.
We encourage you to go over these safety expectations with
your children. Thank you for helping us keep our children
Math: Procedural Fluency is More Than
Memorizing Math Facts
With the emphasis on Common Core mathematics these days,
many parents are wondering how to help their children become successful
learners in this area. Our ultimate goal
is to have our children become mathematically fluent in their learning of
math. But what does that mean? Does it mean knowing a lot of math
facts? Does it mean being able to
quickly solve a math problem? It is
important for parents to understand that mathematical fluency truly involves a
child’s ability to have a deep understanding of mathematical concepts, which
results in their ability to efficiently and accurately access, compare, and
apply strategies, knowledge and skills in a variety of contexts. There is an abundance of research that will
tell you that teaching for mathematical speed and accuracy (e.g., math fact
drills) before children have developed the meaning of these ideas is, at best,
a waste of time. Research also indicates
that instruction which emphasizes growing mathematical meaning, also results in
speech and accuracy gains. If you are
interested in reading more, Dr. Jo Boaler, a mathematics professor at Stanford
University, has written an excellent article on this topic. (Fluency Without Fear: Research Evidence on the Best Ways to Learn Math Facts)
So what can parents do to support a goal of meaning-driven
- Engage your child in natural mathematical talk,
connecting mathematics to the world around us.
- Ask questions rather than providing the
solution. So often it is easier to
simply tell or explain the procedure for doing a math problem when your child
gets the wrong answer. Instead, ask your
child questions that begin with “how” and “why” to help better understand the
manner in which he/she is thinking about the problem.
- Suggest a strategy rather than compelling your
child to solve a problem in a certain way.
It can be useful, to share your own way of thinking about solving a
Certainly, efficiency and accuracy in mathematics are
important to learning, however, true mathematical fluency should be meaning-driven
which will result in speed and accuracy as students construct a stronger and
more connected understanding of mathematics.
Skyline’s Halloween Parade
Skyline will be hosting its annual Halloween Parade on Friday, October 31, 2014, beginning at 8:55 a.m. The parade will be held on the upper playfield, and parents are cordially invited to watch the parade. Students are encouraged to wear their Halloween costume to school. It is important that costumes adhere to Skyline’s dress code, and students are not allowed to bring toy guns, daggers/swords or other toy weapons. We ask that students not wear masks to school. Finally, if students are going to wear face makeup, we ask that they not wear fake blood or be too gory as it might scare the younger students. We look forward to a spooky Halloween parade.
The school year has began with a new acronym at our schools, and many parents want to know more about STREAM and the learning behind the letters. The District and the Foundation will provide a series of brief emails over the next few weeks, sharing information and providing additional resources for interested parents and students. Click here (http://www.smore.com/h8tvg ) to read the first newsletter, entitled STREAM ~ What Is It & Why Now?