Around Our School

A Note From The Principal
This is our first newsletter of 2020, and I hope this finds you well.  I’ll begin by wishing everyone a Happy New Year!  I hope the holidays provided much needed family time for each of you!  I am looking forward to all the wonderful things ahead in 2020 for our students and school.   It’s hard to believe we’re finishing up our first semester and looking toward the second half of the school year.  Our pace tends to pick up a bit during the second semester as our students continue to learn new concepts, but also dig deeper in application of skills learned.  If you do not have a designated daily family reading time, the new year is a great opportunity to make this a habit for your family.  Research tells us that by increasing opportunities with print/books, students benefit in all academic areas of the curriculum.  An area of weakness sometimes noted in elementary students is a lack of vocabulary depth.  This is acquired through spoken language, but also developed greatly through reading.   There are SO many reasons to pick up a good book! If you aren’t already, I encourage you to make 2020 the year your family commits to read, read, read!  On another note, it’s a new year, but still the same policy, if I may be of assistance to you in any way, my door is always open!

 

Kids Heart Challenge (Jump Rope For Heart) February 20 and 21

It's time to begin preparing for the Kids Heart Challenge and it's time for Scott Teays to reclaim its title as the #1 school in the state!  Our school-wide kickoff program will take place on February 7th. Scott Teays has a long history of contributing to the American Heart Association.   Our contributions help fund research for heart disease and strokes.  It also funds programs to teach our children the importance of staying fit and eating healthy. 

Our school receives educational materials, jump ropes, and gift certificates for P.E. equipment based on how much we raise.  This event is especially important in building school spirit and it helps teach our children the importance of volunteering and giving back to the community.  

All we ask is that your child brings in at least a $5.00 contribution to participate.  Checks should be made payable to The American Heart Association, or AHA.  Donations can also be made online by following the instructions on the collection envelope.  Students receive prizes based on the amount of donations they collect.

 

This Year the AMHA is offering $25 Amazon gift cards (for classroom supplies) to (4) teachers with the greatest number of online sign-ups. 

 

Putnam County Schools Pre-K Registration

Beginning January 21, you may go to the Pre-K website at www.putnamcountyschools.com and click on the “parent” tab to start the registration process by filling out the questionnaire.  If you do not have internet at home, please visit your local branch library to use a computer. Librarians have been trained to assist you with this process.  You may also visit the central office of Putnam County Schools or any elementary school in the county and someone will assist you with the online registration.  Children must reside in Putnam County and turn 4 before July 1, 2020 to be eligible.  More information about FREE Putnam County Pre-K can be found on the website or by contacting Elizabeth Hoh or Nancy Joplin at 304-586-0500 ext. 1122 or 1133.

 

WV General Summative Assessment Testing Dates

In planning ahead for our required state testing, we ask that you make note of the following dates and request that our students in grades 3-5 avoid scheduling appointments on testing days if possible.

4th Grade:  April 27-May 1

5th Grade:  May 4-May 8

3rd Grade: May 11-May 15

 

Inclement Weather/School Closing and Delays

In the event of a school delay, school closing, or early departure, the School Messenger calling system will be activated.  PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE SCHOOL to ask about school closings.  Our lines need to be kept open for emergencies.  You will receive a personal call from School Messenger if we have ANY change of plans.  The following media sites update school closings and delays:

 

•             Putnam County Schools Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter

•             https://wvde.state.wv.us/closings/

•             Local news channels

 

In the event of an early departure, teachers will follow the emergency plan you provided them at the beginning of the school year.  If you no longer remember what that is, please contact your child’s teacher.  Please note:  in the event of an early departure, the YMCA after school program is NOT open. 

 

Illness and the Spread of Infection

We’ve entered the season of colds, flu, viruses, and bugs!  Please keep your child home if they have thrown up, had diarrhea, or a fever of 100 or higher during the past 24 hours.  Thank you for helping us stay healthy!

 

Making a Difference in our Community 

Scott Teays was pleased to support local law enforcement agencies, the Putnam County Animal Shelter, our local food pantry, and the Davis Child Shelter during the month of December.  We appreciate our Kindergarten, Second, and Fourth Grade classrooms organizing these community outreach projects.  Our school-wide commitment to supporting those in need of food assistance in our local area is also really making a difference! 

 

Yearbook-To help our yearbook be the very best it can be, parents, grandparents, and family members can upload candid photo images for consideration in our yearbook (class parties, field trips, etc.)  You can upload images through the Shutterfly App or by visiting Scottteaysyearbook.shutterfly.com.  You can also email your pictures to joshua.sharp@k12.wv.us.  The more kids in the photo the better!

 

Yearbook order forms will be coming home soon!  The cost of the yearbook will be $20 for the soft cover and $25 for the hard cover.  This year, all yearbook orders will be online only!  Please do not send cash or check payments to the school.  Please visit the website ybpay.lifetouch.com and use the yearbook code 4494220.  The order deadline is 3/20/20.