Wrangler Round-Up Ranch Heights Elementary

Third Quarter Issue 2017-2018

Winter at the Ranch

The B.E.S.T. in all the West!

PTO Family Skate Night, Family Test Prep Night, Valentine’s Day and the Long Haul

We continue our focus on this year’s school wide theme which comes from a line in our school song. It’s as true as it can be. Our theme: “The B.E.S.T. in all the West!” has great meaning and purpose. Last quarter we focused on the Great Eight, our Great Expectations. This quarter we will focus on the “S” for SERVICE.

Mrs. Myers Principal - Ranch Heights Elementary This is the time of year, the third quarter, which can seem to be so very long! There aren’t many days off, the weather is cold and dreary, and the monotony of every day peaks and holds. I have a different idea of what this time of year holds: uninterrupted learning and focused instruction. For me, this time of year is priceless! The interim between the fractured fall schedule and the spilling-over-busy spring schedule is the waste-no-time winter schedule. It is now that our students will be able to absorb and retain a vast amount of knowledge. Make sure they’re here each school day – we have no time like the present!

Sometime during the third quarter each class or grade level will be doing an act of service for someone or for an organization in our community. Our school is so very blessed with the service toward us that we want to show that we, too, are willing to serve those in our community. This will be a special time in our school – we invite you to join us!

However, we can’t have a long winter quarter without reprieve. There isn’t any school on MLK Day, January 15th. The PTO Family Skate Night will be held at the end of January. This is one of our most fun days of the year – don’t miss it! Testing is just a few months away, so the beginning of February will hold a 3rd-5th Family Test Prep Night. February will bring us lots of fun and love on the 14th with class parties!

B – Belong (We want EVERY single student to feel, know and believe they are a part of something special at our school.) E – Eight Expectations (We are a model GE school! We are going to focus on practicing our expectations.)

It’s tempting to stay home and cuddle on extra cold days, so that brings me to a very important new bit of information I want to share with you all. Please continue reading…

S – Service (We want to show that we can do for others – this will be an amazing third quarter!)

What is Chronic Absenteeism?

T – Team (We must work together, cheer each other on and support one another that last school quarter!)

Chronic Absenteeism is a new buzz phrase you will be hearing in regards to the new school report card given out each year by the State Department of Education. There is a lot of research that shows students who miss an exorbitant amount of school days do poorly academically. Eighteen days or more is considered excessive.

Remind App

The state department has determined that there will be a consequence to schools with chronic student absenteeism: For each student that misses 18 days or more each school year there will be a “ding” or a count against our school’s report card.

Parents, there is much information and many reminders that go home through the Remind announcements. Please text @Ranchheig to 81010 to sign up.

Please make sure your child is at school each day.

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Third Quarter and Upcoming Dates

Guidance News

Back To School! Wednesday, January 3rd

Included in the Bartlesville Public Schools guidance curriculum are developmentally appropriate lessons on personal safety to help students learn about strangers and appropriate/inappropriate touches. These lessons are intended to complement and reinforce the instruction students receive from their parents at home. Parents are welcome to preview the curriculum at school and/or attend the lesson with their child’s class. These lessons will be presented during classroom guidance February 12th-23rd. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact Rhonda Willcox, Ranch Heights Counselor.

Report Cards Mailed Friday, January 12th No School – MLK Day Monday, January 15th PTO Family Skate Night Saturday, January 27th 3:30 – 7:30 $5/Family to Enter $5/Wristband to Skate Lots of FUN!!

Yearbook Orders Yearbook orders can be made online at: www.Jostensyearbooks.com

3rd-5th Family Test Prep Night Thursday, February 1st 6:00-7:30

No cash orders this year.

Valentine’s Day Parties Wednesday, February 14th

Monthly Calendars/Menus Monthly Calendars are sent home via an attachment on a Remind Announcement. Hard copies are available in the office. You may also visit our school website to view/download a copy. Menus are available on the school website as well: www.bps-ok.org/ranchheights

District Wide Science Fair February 23rd End of 3rd Nine Weeks Friday, March 9th

School Start/End Times School begins each day at 8:45 a.m. School doors open at 8:25 a.m. Breakfast begins at 8:15 a.m. The final bell rings at 3:40 p.m.

Parent Teacher Conferences Thursday PM and Friday AM March 15th and 16th No School - P/T Teacher Conference Friday, March 16th

Snow Days/Increment Weather If we are not having school due to increment weather you will be notified by the district wide School Messenger through an automated phone call, a REMIND notification from myself, and by watching the local television stations.

No School - Spring Break March 19th – 23rd No School - Good Friday Friday, March 30th

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Testing is just a few months away, so the beginning of February will hold a 3rd-5th Family. Test Prep Night. February will bring us lots of fun and love on the 14th with class parties! It's tempting to stay home and cuddle on extra cold days, so that brings me to a very important new bit of information I want to share with you all.

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