Brooks Harbor School News
CHAMPS Double Bingo Principal Party Winners
The end of the 1st Semester is January 17th. If you would like to have your child continue to receive milk during their snack break, please submit $36.00 to Brooks Harbor for the remainder of the year. You can send a check, cash or pay directly on your MySchool Bucks account if you have one. If you need assistance, please call our office at 701-356-8310.
Brooks Harbor Staff Ugly Christmas Sweater Day
Brooks Harbor Featured Artists
Skylar, Chase, Emina, Anna, Jayden, Lauren and Parker
Why Regular Attendance Matters
Research shows school absences can have a lasting impact on learning. One study on third grade reading level found the following:
Only 64 percent of third grade students who missed nine days or fewer in both kindergarten and first grade were reading at grade level.
Only 43 percent of third graders who missed more than nine days both years were reading at grade level.
Only 41 percent of students who were absent 18 or more days in either kindergarten or first grade could read at grade level. (Chronic Absence)
Of the students who missed 18 or more days in consecutive years, only 17 percent were reading at grade level. (Chronic Absence)
All school absences have a negative impact on learning, the effects of which can be particularly hard to overcome for student with pre-existing barriers to learning. Students with disabilities, English Learners, students from low income families, students in foster care, homeless students and students who have experienced trauma are all likely to have incurred gaps in their learning. Absences from school, excused and unexcused, only add to these losses. Among middle and high school pupils, poor attendance is one of the key early warning signs that a student is becoming disengaged from school and is at high risk for dropping out. One study found that a student who is chronically absent any year between eighth and 12th grade is 7.4 times more likely to drop out of school. Unfortunately, many schools, including WFPS schools don’t know if they have a problem with chronic absenteeism. Schools typically focus on Average Daily Attendance (ADA) figures and track truancy when children miss school due to unexcused absences. Both of these responses to absenteeism allow chronic absence to remain hidden. WFPS has average attendance rates over 94%, but absences are not spread equally among the 10,000 students.
December Kindergarten Students of the Month
Cammy B., Liam L., and Kylee B.
December 1st Grade Students of the Month
Quinn K., Renny M. and Beckett H.
December 2nd Grade Students of the Month
Holden L., Dylan A. and Brecken F.
December 3rd Grade Students of the Month
Skylar F. and Dakota F.
December 4th Grade Students of the Month
Harrison L. and Riley C.
December 5th Grade Students of the Month
McKenna S. and Kia R.
CHAMPS in the Lunchroom:
CHAMPS is our schoolwide Positive Behavior Support Plan that is implemented in our common areas of Brooks Harbor including the hallways, lunchroom, recess and also in classrooms.
CHAMPS Stands for: C-Conversation (voice levels)
H-Help (how to receive help when needed example raise your hand, ask 3 before the teacher, etc.)
A-Activity (what the students task is at the time, for ex. Eating lunch)
M-Movement (where the students should be or remain)
P- Participation (how the students actively participate in the task)
S-Success (when the students follow the above expectations they have success! 😊)
Our students have 20 min. for lunch and 20 min. for recess each day. With this tight schedule, we want to ensure all students have enough time to eat and finish their food. In order to help with this, once students go through the lunch line, we have them sit down and start eating right away at a level 0 which means voices are off. Once all students are seated and have had 5 or so minutes to start eating, we allow the students to move to a voice level 1 which is a whisper. Students can then still have time to eat, but an opportunity to also visit with their classmates. We do encourage students to eat and finish their food first. After about 5 more minutes, we allow students to move to a voice level 2 which is a conversation voice level. We then start dismissing tables, starting with the students that sat down first so all students get the same amount of time to eat.
We feel that the lunch routine is getting smoother and smoother as time goes on and students are getting more time to eat now that they are familiar with the routine and procedures. 😊
Parents please remember to review our pick-up and drop-off procedures and our attendance procedures on a regular basis.
District News & Updates
Impacted by the Government Shutdown?
New guidance from the US Department of Agriculture provides support for families impacted by the shutdown of the federal government. If your family’s income has been cut off due to the shutdown, you are eligible to apply for Free & Reduced Lunch. Information about the Free & Reduced Lunch program, including how to apply, can be found on our website.
There is no school on Monday, January 21, 2019.
Student Success Forum: Social Media
The third session of a four-part series on student success is scheduled for Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 7:00PM - 8:30PM at Cheney Middle School.
Join West Fargo Public Schools' administrators and students, West Fargo Police Department, and representatives from various community agencies to get an inside look at how social media impacts the lives of our students and children today. Resources will be shared that will allow families to better understand the risks of the online world and best practices for responsible digital citizenship. Moderated and live broadcasted by AM 1100 The Flag WZFG.
It is that time of year again when weather can alter school day plans. Please review the district's weather procedures to better prepare in the event of a late start, early dismissal, or no school day. In the event of a weather-related closure, all evening activities and facility rentals will be cancelled and the West Fargo Sports Arena and Hulbert Aquatic Center will close.
FEET Parent Trainings
Families of students receiving special education services are invited to attend the following West Fargo Public School's Family Educator Enhancement Trainings (FEET):
- Introduction to Functional Behavior Assessment & Positive Behavior Support Plans - Thursday, December 6 from 6:00PM - 7:30PM CANCELLED
- Picture Communication - Thursday, February 26 from 6:00PM - 7:30PM
All three trainings will be held at the Leidal Education Center (Room #133), 207 W Main Ave, West Fargo, ND 58078. The Family Educator Enhancement Team (FEET) is designed to assist families who have children with special needs by connecting them to available educational partners. If you wish to attend, please RSVP one week prior to the event. Childcare will be provided.