Brooks Harbor School News
Parent Teacher Conferences
Parent Teacher Conferences will be held Monday, October 18 and Tuesday, October 19th. Please login to the PTCFast.com website and schedule your conference time. You can call the school office at 701-356-8310 if you have any questions or need assistance scheduling conferences.
The deadline to sign-up on-line is October 10th at 12:00 AM.
Remember that we schedule one conference, for both parents to attend, per child due to limited time spots available. Conferences last a maximum of 15-minutes.
Please view the attached instructions on how to sign up for conferences using the PTCFast scheduling program.
Beanie Babies Needed
The Brooks Harbor PE teachers are taking donations of Beanie Babies! They are used in many activities during class. Any donations would be greatly appreciated!
Please have your child bring to Mr. Carlson or Mr. G in the PE office.
School pictures will be on Thursday, September 23rd. Picture order forms are being sent home with your child on 9/10/21. Please complete and return to your child's teacher prior to September 23rd.
Important Bus Information:
Federal law requires anyone using public transportation, which school buses are considered, to be masked while onboard. If a student boards the bus without a mask, one will be provided to them. If your student is a bus rider, please send them with a mask and/or encourage them to wear their mask consistently and correctly while on the bus. Since the driver is often the only adult onboard, your help in encouraging mask-wearing would be greatly appreciated!
West Fargo Public Schools is starting the school year as masks recommended for unvaccinated students and staff. If you would like your child to wear a mask during the day, please let your child’s teacher know. Our staff will work with your child to consistently and correctly wear their mask during the day, similar to how we work with students that need to wear glasses. If your child has difficulty wearing their mask consistently and correctly, or outright refuses, their teacher will setup a meeting with you to discuss how we can continue to best support your desire for your child to be masked while at school.
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 % of third grade students who missed nine days or fewer in both kindergarten and first grade were reading at grade level.
- Only 43 % of third graders who missed more than nine days both years were reading at grade level.
- Only 41 % 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 % 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.
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. 😊