Thank you for your partnership in being involved with Parent/Teacher conferences. Thank you for taking time and strengthening the relationship between school and family. Partnership or community is an important piece of the Ledger Way.
Halloween is right around the corner. On October 29th we’ll be inviting students in grades P3 – grade five to participate in afternoon classroom Halloween parties. Students are asked to bring in their customs and will change into them in the afternoon. Grades six through eight will be having a Halloween dance on October 29th from 4:00pm until 6:00pm. Look for communication from the classroom/homeroom teachers for more information regarding the festivities.
The first quarter comes to a completion on Friday, November 5, 2021. Please be mindful of Skyward as our avenue to communicate student progress throughout the quarter and school year between home and school. It has features to get alerts right to your cell phone as you see fit for your family.
Thank you for your continued partnership with SMSA . Together we will create a path for tomorrow’s children to achieve amazing dreams.
Elementary Principal, SMSA
Catholic Social Responsibility Guidebook
Last week, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee released a new publication for school leaders, reinforcing Catholic Social Teachings and other key resources of the Church in light of their importance to Catholic education. Specifically, this valuable new resource focuses on four main contemporary challenges and their relevance for Catholic schools today: culture, racism, civic participation for the common good, and economics. The Guidebook is designed to provide educators with clear guiding principles for Catholic social responsibility, Catholic theological resources that correspond to the four contemporary challenges, and alignment of Catholic Social Teachings to current Archdiocesan curriculum, policies, and accreditation standards.
In each age, the Church and its schools have responded to the signs of the times with a renewed proclamation of the Gospel, often adapted to the language and needs of the era. Parents are invited to review this document, now uploaded to the SMSA Website. The Catholic Social Responsibility Guidebook will provide all teachers with one stop shopping and the appropriate context for living out their vocation as educators in a Catholic school. CatholicSocialResponsibilityGuidebookforCatholicSchoolsFinal9.22.21.pdf
First Lego League: Below you will find a letter from Sany Schwoerer
Hello from FIRST Lego League!
I am Sandy Schwoerer, SMSA parent of a 5th and 6th grader. I, along with my co-coach Mary Jo Rammer, started a new Lego League team of 5th and 6th graders. During this Lego League season, teams are given two missions: 1) build and program a robot to complete lego missions, and 2) conduct research on a topic (this year’s topic is transportation), discover a problem that can be improved, and come up with an invention to help solve the problem.
While Mary Jo and I are comfortable with research, we are not well versed in coding and programming. We are looking for someone who might want to help the students in this area. The time commitment is flexible: anywhere from coming to one meeting, to coming to all our meetings. Anyone looking to help may want to just be available to the students to answer questions and give suggestions on what they are working on, or teach them a specific skill that will help them in their mission.
Anyone interested in learning about our team, our needs, and ways to help, please email email@example.com.
Thank you so much for considering this!
October 29th – Afternoon Halloween classroom parties
October 29th – Halloween MS dance 4:00 – 6:00 in Baker gym
November 1 – All Saints Day
November 5 – End of the First quarter
November 8 – No School, Teacher in-service
Standards Based Grading
The objective of the video series is to educate parents in short videos to unpack Standard Based Grading. The series intends to deliver an education and mindshift to understand Standards Based Grading, why Standards Based Grading is best practice, and how Standards Based Grading functions with the parent and teacher supporting the student’s journey.
Please select the following six links to see the box set of SBG at SMSA.