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October School Newsletter
October School Newsletter
Kathy Chadwell
Monday, October 12, 2020

From The Principal,

We are well into our first month of instruction and just as we anticipated, it has been an eventful start.  Recognizing that Covid-19 will continue to be a fluid situation over the next several months, I want to reassure you that our staff will remain steadfast in our approach and commitment to our students and families.  

In the same way we strive for excellence, we expect our students to strive for excellence in all they do. We trust you will join us in encouraging your child to be the best he or she can be this school year. Arriving on time and prepared, giving maximum effort, and being committed to working hard in the classroom goes a long way.

We promote and encourage a growth mindset at Scott Teays.  Learners with a growth mindset believe that with effort, perseverance, resiliency, and a variety of strategies, they can learn and improve.  They will experience struggle and even experience failure along the way, but they understand that they CAN succeed.  They also understand that mistakes are part of learning and that embracing challenges brings growth.  The brain-based research supporting growth mindset links student mindset to future achievement.  We talk a lot about the Power of Yet... I can’t do this... YET; I don’t know...YET; It doesn’t make sense...YET; I don’t get this...YET; I’m not good at this... YET.  The Power of YET keeps us focused on never giving up!  I am extremely proud of the job our students are doing so far and look forward to them accomplishing amazing things this school year!  

~Mrs. Isaacs

Welcome Mr. McDerment and New Staff Members

We are excited to welcome Mr. Chris McDerment as our assistant principal.  Our assistant principal position is now a half time position rather than full-time, so we share Mr. McDerment with Conner Street Elementary.  He is with us on Tuesday, Thursday, and every other Friday.  We are thrilled to add Mr. McDerment to our staff and Tiger family!

We also welcome Cory Atwood as our PE teacher, Trish White as our virtual Kindergarten teacher, Autumn MacLeery as the kindergarten assistant in Mrs. Chadwell’s classroom, Mic Rayburn, Matt Thornton, and Carl Douglas to our custodial staff, and Missy Diehl to our kitchen staff. Welcome to the Scott Teays family!

Schoology 

Schoology is the new learning management system Putnam County Schools is using to communicate with students and parents.  In addition to assignments, grades for students in first through fifth grade will be posted in Schoology.  Please check your child’s grades often to stay abreast of their progress.  If you have not activated your parent account via the code mailed to your home, please do so today.  If you did not receive a code, please call the office for assistance. 

Communication 

Communication between home and school is crucial to your child’s success.  Please check Schoology, classroom newsletters, email, and notification apps (if your child’s teacher uses an app) to stay informed.   

Fall Costume Party/Costume Day 

Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 restrictions we are unable to continue the long-standing STE tradition of inviting families to our fall party and costume parade this year.  We will continue our party tradition by having a fall party for students on Friday, October 30th and invite students to wear a costume to school on this day. (Costume weapons will not be allowed).   

Student Drop Off  

If you choose to transport your child in the mornings, be sure to ONLY use our parent/student drop off lane located behind our building or park along Scott Lane and use the sidewalk leading to the back door.  Please remain in your vehicle and follow the direction of our staff members on duty in pulling forward to unload.  Staff members are on duty to make sure your child makes it safely to the door and other supervising adults are positioned in the hallways for student safety.  We do ask that you TURN RIGHT when exiting STE property at the Dairy Queen.  Turning right keeps our traffic moving.  On the days when traffic backs up, the biggest contributing factor is vehicles waiting to turn left, and as a result, our circle becomes gridlocked.  

 Covid- 19 Health Check 

Please complete the health assessment you received at the beginning of the school year prior to sending your child to school.  If your child has a fever or other symptom of Covid-19, he or she must stay home.   

T-Shirts 

Class t-shirt order forms will be coming home with your child today.  Order forms and payment are due on Wednesday, October 21.  We want all students to have a class t-shirt to wear on special days throughout the year.  Please let your child’s teacher know or call the school if financial assistance is needed.  All proceeds go toward the purchase of t-shirts including t-shirts and other items for students having a financial need.

I-Pad and Laptop Insurance 

The deadline to purchase insurance to protect your child’s device is October 30th. Insurance is $39.00 for I-Pads and $49 for laptops.   

 Putnam County Schools Covid 19 Procedure Reminders: 

              *The office cannot accept deliveries.  This includes forgotten backpacks, homework, water bottles, gym shoes, etc.

                *Students who are checked out during the day are not permitted to return without permission from the principal.  

 Water Bottles 

Please help your child protect his or her device.  In order to avoid unnecessary damage, we are suggesting students not carry filled water bottles inside their backpack with their devices.  Students are encouraged to bring water bottles to school empty and use our water bottle filling stations or bring them filled and carry them outside their backpack.  

Christmas Assistance 2020

If you are in need of Christmas assistance, please see the flyer from our counselor, Mrs. Rumer, that is being sent home with your student today.  If you have any questions, you can contact Mrs. Rumer by calling the school

304-757-7279 ext. 3120.

2019-2020 Yearbooks

We have extra 2019-2020 yearbooks for sale.  If interested, please call the office at 304-757-7279.  Softcover is available for $20.00.