Hello STEM Parents/Guardians and Families,
This week it was great to see 201 families at STEM, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights. This is 95% of STEM families. There was perfect attendance for K, 2, 3, 4th and 5th grade. Middle school teachers even stayed an extra night to offer more slots for STEM Academy families to attend conferences. Tuesday seven STEM teachers ventured to the Kellogg Biological Station for professional development. They came back full of ideas and excited about teaching science to our STEM students.
This week, the family homework is to check out the character lab link and talk about showing gratitude. The character lab website gives this helpful tip: “Ask students to list five things for which they are grateful. Encourage them to think broadly—relationships, nature, belongings, experiences—but also to be specific about the details.” This is a great time of year to focus on gratitude. Many grades are keeping gratitude journals. Ask your student what they have been writing in theirs.
In box top news, it looks like 2nd grade ran away with it again and raised the top total amount in October with Box Tops and Labels for Education--$37.16. Way to go 2nd graders! In total, STEM Academy pulled in $166.53 in October, which is a feat considering we just turned in nearly $400 with our Back to School campaign. We just mailed off a large box to the Box Tops for Education and Labels for Education programs the last week of October to meet their Fall submission deadline. Between those collected this year so far, and what was left after the end of school last year, our library should be seeing a checks totaling over $800 in the next few weeks! Mrs. Finnup is able to buy 150 books with this money! Remember to keep saving those box tops and labels, and get them in to your child's classroom. Every 10¢ counts! Holiday shopping is a great time to watch for bonus box top opportunities at your favorite grocery store, and you can always find sweepstakes and coupons online.
We are starting a chess club for STEM students after school on Thursdays. Download the flyer for more info.
Starting Monday we are doing our Kalamazoo Animal Rescue and Comstock Community Center Holiday food drive. You should have received a red letter from your students providing more information. The drive starts November 16.
REMINDER: There is no school on Wednesday November 25th, the day before Thanksgiving break.
Go Colts! Go STEM!
Director, Comstock STEM Academy