Welcome to the 4th quarter! We’re moving into the final weeks of a really fast and wonderful year. April and May are particularly busy months filled with special activities and programs. We are excited about our 8th grade final events which include our annual Showcase Day on May 23rd. This is when 8th grade students present portfolios of their best work to community panel members. We are always looking for additional interested 7th grade parents to participate. It’s a great way to see what your children will be gearing up for next year. If you’re available, please RSVP to Mrs. Jan Johnson in the office at extension #4. We will also celebrate their advancement to High School with a Luau and a Magic Mountain trip. Upcoming events for all students include the Band’s Spring Concert on May14th and the Choir Concert on May 17th. Many students will receive special recognition for their hard work at our Annual Awards Night on May 21st. For a complete list see the Important Dates to Remember in this issue and mark your calendars so you don’t miss out.
Our final PAC meeting of the year will be a luncheon held on May 6th at 12:00pm. We continue to seek 8th grade PAC scholarships donations of $500.00 each. If your business is interested in participating, please call my assistant, Mrs. Villa in the office at extension #7. High School counselors are coming to meet with our 8th graders and get them ready and registered for next fall. Spring is an invigorating time of the year for all of us. It is important that our students finish strong and keep “spring fever” to a minimum. We want all of our students to finish the year as successful as possible. Please encourage your child to stay focused and do their very best – right up to the end. Appropriate behavior and effective study skills are more important than ever this quarter.
STAR testing, our state standardized test, is coming up April 23rd, 24th and 25th. I’m asking you to discuss with your child the importance of the tests and that his/her scores are a part of their official transcript. Their results will affect their school placement and course offerings for next year. Not only is attendance critical during testing days, there are other common sense tips that can help parents maximize their child’s test results. A good night’s sleep, a healthy breakfast and a relaxing atmosphere at home will have a positive effect on your child’s performance. Thank you, in advance for helping us to create a positive and supportive attitude about the state testing.
As the year comes to a close we reflect with gratitude on the hard work of our students and staff. Congratulations to our eighth graders who have demonstrated good citizenship, continuous effort, respect for each other and have made Arroyo Seco a better place. We salute the dedicated work by our ASB students under the guiding eye of their advisor Ms. Brandy Brown. My sincerest thanks go out to all of our wonderful parent volunteers. You have been valued chaperones, ice cream sellers, eyes and ears, library helpers, book fair sellers, scholarship seekers, fundraisers and the best fan club in attendance at every school program and activity. We appreciate your support.