From the Principal

 Hello Bluff Creek Families!

 Spring break is here! After this rather difficult winter, our school community will have a little time for rest and relaxation. Whether you go away on vacation or have a “staycation”, I hope you have time to enjoy the wonderful children you share with us each day.

 Students return to school on Monday, April 1st.  Parent Input forms for the 2019-20 school year will be available in the front office on Monday, April 1st and must be returned by April 18th.

 Let’s end this school year with success! We still have approximately 47 days left to this third trimester. There is still plenty of time for students to reach goals, change behavior and achieve significant strides in their academic skills and their work habits. It is also each child’s chance to show what they know on the MCA tests and the MAP Achievement tests which are coming up toward the end of the month.

 MCA Testing is coming! During MCA testing, we are mandated by the Minnesota Department of Education to monitor the individuals in testing spaces during testing, those who have access to students being tested and the manner and type of interruptions that can occur during the actual testing periods.

Visitors will not be permitted in the testing areas during testing and any students who arrive late to school and are scheduled to be tested will be addressed on a case by case basis.

Parents please remember…

If your child is in grades 3, 4 or 5, here are some ways to help your child do his or her best on these very important tests:

  • Make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep. Did you know that elementary age children need 9–11 hours of sleep if their brains’ are to function at their optimal level?
  • Feed your child protein on testing days. A high protein breakfast, lunch and snack are better brain food than foods that are high in carbohydrates.
  • Make sure your child is at school on testing days- try to avoid disrupting your child’s school schedule.
  • If you schedule an appointment during testing time, your child will have to make up the missed tests at a different time. If a large number of Bluff Creek students are absent and do not make up the tests, our school may be penalized. You will not be able to pull your child out of MCA testing to leave school once testing has started in their cluster.
  • Send your child to school with high confidence on testing days. Build your child up to feel he or she has the skill and the will to do a great job on the tests.

Please join us for Coffee and Conversation! I would like to invite interested parents to join my special guest, Parent Educator, Lisa Weir for an energetic, inspiring and informational discussion of the best seller, How to Raise an Adult, by Julie Lythcott-Haims.  In her book, Lythcott-Haims provides a thought provoking practical road-map to assist parents in raising, confident and competent “life-ready” kids.  In this two-part parent education session we will explore alternative ways to cultivate, resilience, resourcefulness and the determination necessary to be successful.

  • Bluff Creek Elementary School                                                                                                                   
  • Part 1:  Thursday, April 4th 1:30-3:00pm
  • Part 2:  Thursday, April 25th 1:30-3:00pm

We need interested families to RSVP to Joan MacDonald by contacting Jackie Schmidt at schmidtja@district112.org .

 Have a wonderful spring break!

Joan MacDonald