From the Principal

Dear Steele Families,

Our DPS Department of Safety would like to invite Steele parents to a community meeting being held at Asbury Elementary School at 6:30 pm on March 1. They will share information on lockdowns, lockouts, evacuations, Safe2Tell, access control and traffic safety surrounding our school. Please RSVP through this Signup Genius link.

This may seem early to be thinking about PARCC/CMAS; however, our 5th graders will take the CMAS Science assessment in just about 6 weeks and students in grades 3-5 will be taking the PARCC English Language Arts and Math in 7-8 weeks! Here is a link to our 2018 PARCC/CMAS schedule.

When I presented our 2017 SPF results in the fall, one of the questions I was asked by a Steele Dad was, “What can parents do to support their child when it comes to doing their best in school, as well as on the PARCC/CMAS assessment?” Here are a few ways you can help:

Talk with your child about what is going well and what is a struggle when it comes to learning at school.

  • We want our students to be able to articulate their strengths and areas for growth.
  • Help your child brainstorm what he/she can do to improve and if they need help. Who might he/she ask for help?
  • Celebrate successes and offer words of encouragement when it comes to your child’s struggles. Students need to know it’s okay to struggle as long as they keep working hard to overcome challenges. They need to know we believe when they put forth strong effort, they will make progress toward achieving their goals.

Speaking of goals, encourage your child to set academic goals, then check in with him/her on their progress. Have your child demonstrate his/her learning – not just tell you about it. Give honest feedback on how your child is doing. Be specific in your praise by expressing exactly what he/she did well and why it matters. Giving praise when praise isn’t due might more damaging than we think!

Make sure your child gets plenty of sleep each night. A range of research studies suggests that elementary age children need between 9-12 hours of sleep each night. Students need to give their brains this time to download and recharge in order to be emotionally and physically ready for school each day. Lack of sleep can contribute to moodiness, poor behavior, attention and focus issues, poor eating habits, as well as fatigue.

Thank you for your support!