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Remember to wear your uniform every day! The uniform consists of dark blue bottoms and a white or dark blue top.

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Upcoming Dates

Tuesday, May 9      

NO early dismissal

Friday, May 12       

Family Movie Night, 5:30 p.m

Parents in Control Workshop, 8:30 a.m.

Tuesday, May 16          

NO early dismissal

Wednesday, May 17     

Urban Forest Clean Up, 8:00 a.m.

School Site Council Meeting, 2:45 p.m.

Thursday, May 18   

ELAC Meeting, 8:15 a.m.

Friday, May 19       

Parents in Control Workshop, 8:30 a.m.

May 22 -26           

Scholastic Book Fair in School Library

Wednesday, May 4   

Coffee with the Principal, 8:30 am

Friday, May 26       

Parents in Control Workshop, 8:30 a.m.

Monday, May 29      

NO SCHOOL:  Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 30       

NO early dismissal

June 1 – 2                   

Awards Assemblies for select students

Thursday, June 8        

5th Grade Culmination

Friday, June 9            

Last Day of School

Dismissal at 12:59 p.m.

June 12 – August 14   

Summer Vacation

Tuesday, August 15    

First Day of School for 2017-2018

State Testing Starts May 1st

All 3rd – 5th Grade students will take state assessments from May 1 to May 31.

 

Math SBAC                

3 days from May 1 to 8

Language Arts SBAC 

4 days from May 16 to 26

5th Grade Science     

May 31

 

Additionally, students in 2nd to 4th Grade Dual Language and students who have been in the United states less than a year will take the state Spanish test from May 10 to 12. 

 

Please take extra care to ensure your child is at school on time during testing.  Make-up testing will be given for any absent or tardy students.  However, your child’s regular teacher will not administer the make up test.  Keep in mind that students tend to do better when someone they know and feel comfortable with administers the test.

Spring Break

Summer Break is June 12 to August 14, 2017

 

The last day of the school year is Friday, June 9.  

Please note that on the last day of school there will be early dismissal at 12:59 p.m.


 

 

Students will return to school on Tuesday, August 15, 2017.  

 


 

 

School Dismissal

Please be reminded that for the safety of all students Main Street Elementary School is a closed campus, so as much as possible we minimize the number of adults on campus throughout the day.  At dismissal only parents of Kindergarten, Pre-Kindergarten and students in special education are allowed on campus.  

  • Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students are picked up from their classrooms.  Parents can enter the campus through the main gate on 53rd Street, and we ask that you wait until the dismissal bell rings to go to your child's class.
  • 1st through 5th grade students are dismissed through the gate on 52nd Street.  Parents can wait for them at the 52nd Street gate.

We appreciate your cooperation with this policy.  Thank you

Regular school dismissal is at 2:19 p.m.  Early dismissal on most Tuesday is at 1:19 p.m.  Please check the monthly parent newsletter for early dismissal and school holiday dates.

Three B's

Main Street Wizards follow the Three B's:


 

ETK

EXPANDED TRANSITIONAL

KINDERGARTEN

 (Kinder Transicional Extendido)

 


 

A 6 hour  preschool program

for children who turn 5 years old between

December 3, 2017 and June 30, 2018

 

 

Un  programa pre-escolar de 6 horas

  para niños que cumplen 5 años entre el

                          3 de diciembre del 2017 y el 30 de junio del 2018     

 


 

Space is limited!  Only 10 spots are left.

Pick up and return your application as soon as possible!

 

Espacio limitado.  Las clases se están llenando rápido. 

¡Recoja y regrese su aplicación lo antes posible!

Book Fair May 22-26

Make sure to stop by our Buy One, Get One Free Book Fair the week of May 22-26 in the school library. Summer time is coming, and now is the perfect time to begin putting together your child's summer reading list. Reading during the summer time is a fun way for children to spend some time, and it also keeps them practicing their reading fluency.    

 


 

No School on Monday, May 29, 2017

There will be no school on Monday, May 29, 2017, due to the Memorial Day Holiday.  Classes will resume on Tuesday, May 30th.  

Also, please note that students will get out at 12:59 p.m. on the last day of school, Friday, June 9th.

Coffee with the Principal

The next Coffee with the Principal will be on Thursday, May 25, 2017 

 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

at 8:30 a.m.

 

I apologize for the date change, but we are having guests on Thursday, May 25th, for a Day of Service when they will be working on our school murals.  In advance, thank you for your flexibility.

Attend til the End

As of May 1 there are only 29 days of school.  Please make every effort to bring your child to school every day and on time until the end of the school year. 

 

Our attendance rate for April of 2017 was 95.2%, and we lost $26,787 in revenue. In April of 2016 our attendance rate was 96.8%.  Meaning that this year we had more students miss out on instruction than we did last year. 

 

Coming to school until the end of the school year is just as important as coming to school in the beginning, yet it is a common trend for attendance to decrease as the end of the year approaches.  Help us break this trend and bring your child to school every day and on time!  Thank you.

7 Habits of Happy Kids: Habit 5 - Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood

As part of our Best Behavior Assemblies we introduce Covey's 7 Habits of Happy Kids.  The following three habits have already been introduced:

 

  1. Be proactive
  2. Begin with the end in mind
  3. First things first
  4. Think Win-Win
  5. Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood

Students have also learned how to STEP when they encounter conflict.  STEP is a 4-step process for solving problems:


 

  1. S- Say the problem without blame
  2. T- Think of solutions that are safe and respectful
  3. E- Explore consequences
  4. P – Pick the solution where everyone wins

Before using the STEP process to solve a problem it is very important for children to be calm.  One way to help students calm down is to have them:

 

1) Stop,

2) Say how they feel, and

3) use a calming down strategy,

 


 

 

Some calming down strategies are breathing, counting to 10, or using positive talk.  Positive talk might sound like, “I can solve this problem” or “Everything is going to be okay.”

 

Calming down and solving problems is not something students automatically know how to do.  We have to teach them and give them opportunity to practice often. When your child has a conflict with someone outside of school, please help them practice calming down and using the STEP process to solve the problem.

Learning to solve conflict is an important life skill students can use now and forever! 

Benefits of Higher Education

At the November Coffee with the Principal we discussed the correlation between level of education and unemployment rates and earnings.  Below you will find one of the charts I shared with parents, and they suggested I share with everyone.

 

In the center of the chart, you see the level of education; to the right you see how much someone with that level of education makes on average in a week; and to the left you see the average unemployment rate for people with that level of education. 

 

In general, the higher the educational level someone has the more money they make and the less likely they are to be unemployed.  For example, someone without a high school diploma on average will make $444 per week and have, on average, a 15% chance of being unemployed. Yet, someone with a high school diploma will make on average $626 per week and have, on average, a 10.3% chance of not having a job. 

 

Decreasing the potential for unemployment and increasing earning potential are not the only reasons to encourage students to graduate high school and go on to college, but they are 2  very practical ones.

 

It is incredibly important to remember that the path to college starts as early as elementary school.  At the most basic level, it begins with good attendance.  Students need to be present in order to learn all the foundational skills and concepts they need in order to graduate high school and be college ready.

 

If you have not done so already, begin to speak to your child about college and teach them about different colleges.  You can research different colleges on the internet or you might even decide to visit a local college campus like USC, Loyola Marymount, or UCLA.

 


 

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Attendance Matters

One of the most important ways in which you can help us is in making sure your child has good attendance. Our goal is that every student be in school at least 96% of the year. This means no student should miss school more than 7 days throughout the year.

 

  • Perfect Attendance 0 Absences
  • Good Attendance 1-7 Absences
  • At Risk Attendance 8 – 14 Absences
  • Poor Attendance 15 or more Absences

 

Also, please remember that 3 tardies are the same as 1 absence. Students with good attendance learn more and are more likely to graduate from high school. So, please bring your child to school every day and on time.  If you have questions feel free to call 323-232-4856 or send a message via email to Elizabeth.Bernal@lausd.net.

Free Online Tutoring

Great news!  The Los Angeles Public Library is offering free tutoring for students in Kindergarten - 12th Grade.  If you want to get online tutoring from home all you need is a valid Los Angeles Public Library.  

Online tutors are available on demand every day from 3 to 10 p.m. for one-to-one help with homework, skills building and test prep.  Professionally trained and experienced tutors will help students in Kindergarten through 12th grades, and adult learners, with math, science, English and social studies. 

The student and tutor communicate in a virtual classroom with chat and two-way white boards.  Live Homework Help also offers help for Spanish speaking students in the subjects of math, science and social science.

You can use the service from Los Angeles Public Library Internet Access computers, or, with your LAPL library card, from your own computer.  If you are logging in from your home computer follow these steps to access the online tutoring:

  1. Go to www.LAPL.org
  2. On the left hand side, click on "Kids" 
  3. Click on "Live Homework Help"
  4. Click on "Connect Now"
  5. Use your library card bar code number and the last digits of your phone number to sign in and follow the given directions

Job Preparation for 14 - 24 Year Olds

Mayor Eric Garcetti, in partnership with the L.A. City Council, the City’s Workforce Development System, the Community College District, the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and community businesses and organizations, is committed to providing 15,000 summer jobs to the city’s young people ages 14 - 24.

 

L.A. Youth at Work has partnered with HIRE-LA Youth and the City of Los Angeles to prepare young adults for internships and entry-level jobs by teaching them how to write their resume, prepare for an interview, do well on the job and more.  For more information make sure to contact L.A. Youth at Work.:

 

Contact L.A. Youth Work at:

Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
350 S Bixel St.
Los Angeles, CA 90017

http://hirelayouth.com/intro.html