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We have completed the first quarter of school and our first round of conferences. We had an amazing turnout and I was so proud to see our students take more ownership in their conferences this year. I hope you were proud to see all the progress that they have made already. As you could see, our students are already looking to the future and set their goals for 2nd quarter. We appreciate the collaborative partnership in efforts to educate our children. Let us know if there is anything else you feel we can do to assist you at home to reach your goals for your child.
I would also like to say thank you so much for your overall support we have continued to see throughout the school year. There have been many exciting events over the past month with 2nd grade’s Pumpkin Market, Wild Animal Adventure, Turkey Trot, etc. I would like to extend a very special thank you to all of you who joined us for our Veterans Day Assembly. This was a very heartfelt event to remember the sacrifices of all those who have served and their families! Ron Mathias, our guest speaker, did an excellent job connecting to our students and sharing his experiences when he served. We cannot thank him enough for being a part of this special day! Last, but not least, our 3rd and 4th graders also did an outstanding job with their musical performance. I know this could not have taken place without the help and support from Mrs. Jeter and the other members of our exploratory team. Therefore, thank you also goes out to our students and staff for making this event so special!
As we near our Thanksgiving holiday, I would like to share a few of the key things that I am thankful for at Eugene Field Elementary!
I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving Holiday!
Thank you so much to the students and families who participated in our fundraiser last month. Due to your efforts, we were able to earn over $14,000 for Eugene Field! This money will be spent to invest in our students through technology in the classroom, as well as improvements to our playgrounds.
-Product pick-up is scheduled for Monday, November 24th. They can be picked up between 2:40-5:30 p.m.
-Final arrangements are being made for the limo ride for those who earned this prize. Information will go home with your child next week.
We appreciate all the hard work that went into teaching our children about honoring our Veterans. Check out this video that recaps our experiences at last Friday's assembly!
CALLING ALL DADS OF GREAT STUDENTS!!!
We're looking for some men (dads, step-dads, grandpas, and other male role models) to invest in the lives of our children at EFES through our Watch DOGS program. Click here to learn more!
Parents as Teachers Events
The next Conscious Discipline event is Nov. 20th. at NWMSU, Colden Hall 3500.
November Conscious Discipline Parent Night
Our GO program is always offering some fun and exciting events and opportunities for our students. If you haven't checked out their website or signed up for their Facebook page, you can visit it here.
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If you didn't get the chance to come out for our BRISK Turkey Trot this year, you missed out! Here are some great pictures from the event!
We really enjoyed the Halloween parade this year! We are always looking for costumes for students who may not have one each year. If you have costumes, still in good condition, in which you would like to donate to EFES for students to use, please send them in to our school office. Thank you so much for your help!
Keyboarding, like playing the piano, is a psycho-motor skill. In order to effectively learn to touch type, students need the sufficient hand size, finger dexterity, and hand-eye coordination. At Eugene Field, keyboarding is taught in the computer lab under the guidance of Mrs. Walker. Our students learn to use the keyboard at different phases, which are developmentally appropriate for their ages.
Keyboarding skills for students are increasingly important, as we prepare our children for their futures filled with technology and jobs that are not yet even created. Currently, our state exams require students in 3rd grade and above to complete extended writing responses in a single sitting. It is our goal at EFES to ensure that the mechanical skills required for these exams (i.e. keyboarding and familiarity with word processing programs) are effective in order for them to clearly communicate the knowledge they intend.
Keyboarding, like any learned skill, takes a lot of practice. Research has shown that it is more effective to practice in frequent, short blocks of time versus fewer, longer blocks. Students at EFES practice keyboarding once a week in class for 10-15 minutes. This guided practice ensures that positive habits are being developed. With this said, this one block of time per week in the computer lab just isn’t enough. Our students need more of those short blocks of time, therefore, I’m opening the lab before school on M, T, TH, and F mornings. With only 24 computers in the lab, I’m beginning with our 3rd and 4th grade students. The lab will be open from 7:25-7:50am. When the first bell rings, I’ll pack them up and send them to their classrooms. The lab will be available to the first 24 students, so if they miss out on an opportunity, they can always try the next day. Please encourage your child to stop by the lab for some extra keyboarding practice as we sharpen their keyboarding skills and prepare them for this important lifelong skill.
If your child is looking for some extra keyboarding practice at home, have them visit my website. http://www.efescomputers.maryville.k12.mo.us/ There are many sites to choose from. And, parents, do you need some tips??? Speed is NOT important!