February Newsletter

Afton Elementary Newsletter

February 2021

Coming Events

Feb. 2…… Goundhog Day

Feb. 5…… No School

Feb. 12….. No School

Feb. 14….. Valentine’s Day

Feb. 15…..President’s Day – No

Feb. 26….. No School


Principal's Message

Happy 100th Day of School! We are so happy to have made it past this milestone this year! This important time has caused me to reflect. I remember back in August, there was quite a lot of uncertainty as to how long we would be able to stay open as a school. We had many questions and were hoping that our plans would be successful to keep our students coming to school in person. In the midst of all of this extra stress, I remember that I was so impressed how our students, parents, and teachers were so ready and willing to do what needed to be done to have in-person school again. The uncertainty and stress were overshadowed by excitement to be together and learning, something we had all missed dearly for many months! Since then, I have walked these halls and sat in our classrooms every day and I have seen our great teachers and students keep this excitement to be here learning. The support and trust parents have had in our educational process has also been amazing and so very helpful. With all that goes on in our world, it is important to remember that we live in a very special place. One where overall, we have been unified in the importance of educating our children. We have plenty of work left to do and I am so excited to have the opportunity to continue moving forward!

Thank You
Principal Robinson

Learning Update

Kindergarten                                                                                                                                                       Wahoo! We made it to 100 days of Kindergarten! We will be celebrating 100 Days on February 4th! We are so proud of our Kindergarteners and how much they have grown!!                                                                                                                                                                       In Reading, we will keep working on building reading skills by bringing home our “red” books, workin on our SNAP (sight) words, and using our SUPER READER POWERS when we read! A few of our Super Powers are: pointer power, picture power, snap word power, and sound power! Watch for these SUPER skills to grow as the year progresses!                                                                                                                                                        In writing, we will continue to write All About things we know a lot about! You would be amazed at how knowledgeable 5 and 6 year olds are.                                                                                                                       In Math, we will be starting our Geometry unit.  We will be learning about 2D and 3D shapes and using positional words to describe where these shapes are in the world around us.

1st Grade
In First Grade, this is the time of year our students explode in their learning!  Our students are deeply involved in their non-fiction reading and writing.  They love learning and becoming experts on so many fantastic topics. This learning transfers to their non fiction writing.  We will have our district assessment on Informational writing the first week of February. Then we will explore other writing options until we reach our opinion unit in the spring.  Please work with your student on proper formation of letters and general handwriting practice.  We have also started the Accelerated Reader program and are shooting to get what we call an Independent level. That requires ten AR points from reading and taking tests. Look for a giant sized balloon to come home as your student achieves their “Independent” status!  In math, we rocked 2-D and 3-D shapes and are moving onto our next unit, Counting to 40.  In this unit, your student will focus on base ten values.  You can practice at home choosing a number from 1-40.  Then ask your student to show you how many tens and ones are in the number.  We also are beginning the Mr. Robinson Math timings for addition, subtraction, and mixed addition and subtraction.  When your student passes each of these, they will get a chocolate dollar from Mr. Robinson.  When they pass both addition and subtraction, they earn a real gold dollar!  Practice those math facts at home, especially the number bonds!

2nd Grade
This month in 2nd grade we will continue to practice adding and subtracting 2-digit numbers with regrouping and borrowing. This practice will help us to add and subtract 3-digit numbers. We are taking the district writing assessment on Feb. 4th. Afterwards, we will begin to write Fairy Tales. In reading we will focus on point of view and main purpose of a story.

3rd Grade
 Third grade has been busy rounding,  adding and subtracting 3 and 4 digit numbers. We are also working on finding the perimeter of polygons. You can help at home by showing your students real life situations where you might need to find the perimeter or area of a project you are working on, such as a picture frame, or painting a wall. In reading we have had fun finding the meaning of non-literal words and phrases and looking more closely at poems, plays and other types of literature. Everything we learn is leading up to our WyTopp tests coming up this Spring. We are getting excited!


Other News

Attention Parents
Parents, on the days that your student has P.E. please make sure that they bring gym shoes.  A lot of our students are wearing their snow boots to P.E. and the boots scuff up the gym floor. If they take them off and just wear their socks they slip and slide and may get hurt.

The following students have passed the math facts for their grade.

Addition:  Mason Bagley and Grant McClure,

Subtraction:  Grant McClure

Nurse's Message

 February is Heart Health Awareness Month!
February is American Heart Month, the perfect time to learn about your risk for heart disease and the steps you need to take now to help your heart.
To help prevent heart disease, you can:
Eat healthy.
Get active.
Stay at a healthy weight.
Stay away from secondhand smoke.
Control your cholesterol and blood pressure.
Manage stress.
National Wear Red Day®, celebrated each year on the first Friday in February, to bring greater attention to heart disease as a leading cause of death for Americans.
Heart diseases include: Blood vessel disease, such as coronary artery disease. Heart rhythm problems (arrhythmias) Heart defects you’re born with (congenital heart defects)
In the U.S., the average age for a first heart attack in men is 65. That’s why coronary artery disease is labeled a disease of senior citizens. But as many as 4% to 10% of all heart attacks occur before age 45, and most of these strike men.

How can you Be Heart Healthy During February?
1. Be active with family/friends.
2. Snack wisely.
3. Watch your portion sizes.
4. Practice mindful eating.
5. Get plenty of sleep.
6. Control your stress levels.
7. Balance meals with protein.
8. Focus on fiber.
9. Cut back on taste testing.
10. Bring a healthy dish to share.
11. Limit your dessert intake.
12. Limit liquid calories.
13. Use a smaller plate.
14. Modify your recipes.
15. Weigh yourself regularly.
16. Use the buddy system.
17. Avoid processed foods.
18. Plan ahead.
19. Skip seconds.
20. Set limits and stick with it.

Heart Healthy Foods!
1. Salmon
2. Nuts
3. Berries
4. Flaxseed
5. Oatmeal
6. Beans
7. Tofu
8. Carrots
9. Sweet Potatoes
10. Red Bell Peppers
11. Spinach
12. Citrus Fruits
13. Asparagus
14. Tomatoes
15. Dark Chocolate
16. Broccoli
17. Chickpeas
18. Avocados
19. Red Grapes
20. Olive Oil
21. Pomegranate

Chris Simpson BSN, RN
School Nurse
Lincoln County School District 2
307-885-8002 ext 7477

Parents and caregivers can have a big impact on their children’s education. By providing learning opportunities and support at home you can help encourage learning from an early age, right through to high school.
Here are some fantastic literacy tips and inspiring ways parents and caregivers can be more involved in children’s learning.
1. Make books important
Turn off the TV and devices and read for half an hour. Talk about what you are reading and/or read with your child, depending on the age group. Sitting in the same room and reading independently can send strong messages about enjoying books.
2. Visit the library
Help your children borrow books and borrow yourself. Talk about your choices (authors, topics, book types) on the way home.
3. Make books available
Have a range of books available in your home to read anytime.  

4. Write together
Compose greetings together for birthdays and other special occasions, whether a card, letter, email or a puppet play.  Read what your older children are writing for their classes.  Talk about the importance of expressing ourselves well through written word.
5. Set up some correspondence
Penpals are not just a thing of the past.  Arrange for a family member or friend living away from you to correspond with your child via mail or email. Even young children who may need help reading the letters/emails will enjoy receiving and sending correspondence. Friends and family will love receiving a return letter or email from your child!
6. Discuss the news, focus on those making a positive impact in their community
Talk to your children about family events, trips, and local and national news events that are appropriate for their age. A strong vocabulary is important for oral language, reading and writing.
7. Help your child with homework
You don’t need to be an expert on each task. Just being there, expressing an interest and saying you want to help can make your child feel supported.

8. Be selective about TV programs and video games
Try to have a family night and watch something suitable together and talk about the show afterwards. The program might create an interest for future reading or research into a topic.  Play games with your child, video or old school.  If your child expresses heightened anxiety or frustration, maybe it would benefit them by taking a break.
10. Do things together – Set goals and plan together
There can be lots of talking, reading and writing involved when planning and participating in family events. These include bike rides, cooking, shopping trips, researching for a day out, working in the garden, visiting friends or family, or planning an outing to a movie, museum or public event. Get your children involved in the process