Ballard Elementary School

Niles Vikings

Dynamic Learners * Diverse Opportunities * Driven to Succeed

October 28, 2016

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Teachers are looking forward to meeting with parents during conferences on Wednesday, November 16 and Thursday, November 17. There are half days of school for students on these two days. On Friday, November 18, there is NO SCHOOL for students. Conferences provide a great opportunity for teachers and parents to communicate about a child's academic strengths as well as areas for growth during the rest of the school year. During conferences teachers will provide parents with their child's report card and most recent NWEA scores. (NWEA stands for the Northwest Evaluation Association computerized adaptive assessments that students take in the areas of reading and math twice a year.) If you did not receive a note to sign up for conferences please contact your child's teacher. Confirmation notes for conferences will be sent home in next week's Friday folder (Nov. 4).


This year regular attendance is a goal here at Ballard and throughout the district. We have set an ambitious goal of an average daily attendance rate of 98% by the end of the 2016-17 school year. Ballard's average daily attendance rate (year to date) is 96.3%, which means we are averaging 22 students absent per day. A shout out to the fourth grade, they have an average daily attendance rate of 96.88%. Please make sure your student is at school each and every day.

Miss Newhouse's class won our attendance incentive for the months of September and October. For the months of November and December our incentive is “the fish bowl”. Each week a class has everyone in attendance the class may place a fish in the fish bowl on the bulletin board across from the office. Each student in the class with the most fish in the bowl on January 12, 2017 will receive a prize from our Pathways to Potential (P2P)Success Coach. Remember every student with perfect attendance from the start of the school year through December 16th has a chance to win a bike through another P2P attendance incentive.

PTO News

Mark your calendars to join us for this year's first Family Fun Night on Thursday, November 10th at 6:00 pm for Bingo. This is a lot of fun! Students love playing and trying to win the fun prizes.

Great Lakes Fundraiser product was delivered Tuesday, October 25th. All money is due by Friday, November 4. Prizes are distributed all at once after the Limo Ride is over.

We had a very close competition this month with our Box Top Collection. Mrs Lyle's classroom brought in 241, Ms. Westgate's room collected 236, and Mrs. Dwyer's class had 227. The next Box Top Collection is November 17th.

We hope to see you at next week's PTO meeting on Thursday, November 3, at 4:00 in the library.

Music Class Update

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! The 4th & 5th grade classes will present their Holiday Winter Music Performance on TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13 at 7pm in the Ballard Gymnasium. More detailed information will be sent home in December. Grades 1-3 will be scheduled in the spring. In preparation for the 4th and 5th grade performance, Mr. Gruver is asking for donations of the following items: large appliance boxes and wrapping paper. If you wish to donate any of these items you can drop them off at Ballard's office, or while you are here for conferences in November.

Library News

The Ballard Library will be hosting the Scholastic Book Fair the week of November 14-17 during school hours and conference hours (16th & 17th). This company has a great selection of fiction and non-fiction books in a variety of price ranges. Please stop in the Library before or after your student's conference to browse and support Ballard's Library. All proceeds will go for the purchase of new books. Remember books make great gifts. We accept cash, credit or checks. Hope to see you at the fair!

InterCare Dental Van

The Dental Van is going to be at Ballard on November 28th -30th & December 1st. Dental forms were sent home last week in Friday folders. Please return the dental form back to school if you are interested in their dental services.

“Spirit Day Run”

We had a great race last week, with over 200 runners. All those who completed the run were awarded a race shirt. We are very pleased to recognize the top five runners in grades 3 and 4, and top six in grade 5.

Grade 3:                                                                            Grade 4:

                   Boys                        Girls                                       Boys                           Girls

First        Aiden Brazo          Brianna Brown                       Quinton King               Payton Hirata

Second    Corbin Chism       Norah Rodgers                        Gary Grady                   Izabel Hoskin

Third      Devin Rock           Allison Tomsheck                  Aiden Fawcett               Elise Morse

Fourth    Walt Cheney          Kayshawna Frazier                 Daniel Morrison            Jatzity Suasto

Fifth        Bryce Young        Taylor Gurley                          Jordan Hunt                   Joanna Morales

Grade 5

                    Boys                                           Girls

First       Julian Means-Flewellen                 Zyon Brazo

Second   Talon Brawley                             Janiyah Wade

Third      Drew George                                 Amelia Rodgers

Fourth     Jesus Suasto                               Lindsey Lenox

Fifth        Levi Haboush                              Janelle Watts

A Special thanks to our sponsors!

Campbell Ford-Lincoln, Cavanaugh Construction, Citywide Commercial Services, Clark's Service, DeVos Family, Ferguson Equipment, Millin Automotive, Niles Daily Star, Niles Vision Clinic, PTO, Schrader Steel Fabricating, Sun Services, Tyler Automotive, and Wolverine Electrical Contracting, Inc.

The support of these sponsors helps make our Spirit Day Cross Country Run a memorable experience for many students. Thank you for your support!!


November 1 Picture Re-takes

November 3 PTO Meeting in the library at 4:00

November 4 End of marking period

November 10 Fourth Grade trip to HealthWorks (PA,SW); Family Fun Bingo Night 6:00-7:30

November 11 Fourth Grade trip to HealthWorks (KS,DS)

November 15 Berrien County Parents as Teachers Playgroup, 6:30-7:30 pm in Cafeteria

November 16 Parent Teacher Conferences, 1:15–8:15 pm (Half day for students-AM)

November 17 Box Tops Collected; Parent Teacher Conferences 1:15–8:15 pm

Half day for students-AM

November 18 No School for students; Professional Development for teachers;

November 21 Board of Education Meeting @ 6:00 pm

November 23 Thanksgiving vacation-half day of school for students and staff-

dismiss @ 11:58 (Please make arrangements for the earlier dismissal.)

November 24,25 Thanksgiving vacation-No school for students

November 28-30 InterCare Dental Van here.

December 1 Grade 1 to Christopher's Christmas Performance at St. Mary's College;

InterCare Dental Van here; PTO Meeting at 4:00 pm in library

December 2 Ballard Reward Store