Ballard Elementary School

Niles Vikings

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February 3, 2017

You should have received your child's report card, and a note regarding spring conferences in his/her Friday Folder this week. If you have any questions regarding the report card please feel free to contact your child's teacher.

Conferences are scheduled on Wednesday, March 1 (evening only-students have a full day of school), and Thursday, March 2 (afternoon and evening). Students have a half day of school on Thursday and Friday that week. Dismissal on half days is at 11:58 am.

No School in February

There is a half day of school for students on Friday, February 10th. School dismisses at 11:58 am. On Monday, February 20th there is NO SCHOOL for students. Teachers have professional development on both those days. Remember that the YMCA offers an extended day program to parents who need day care when there is a half day of school. Contact the YMCA at 269-683-1552 for more information. There are registration forms in the office at Ballard.

A Reminder to Fifth Grade Parents About Grade 5 Human Growth Health Education

HealthWorks Kids' Museum will be presenting the reproductive health education classes to our fifth grade students on Wednesday, March 1 from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon. A note was sent home in last week's Friday folders with a permission slip that must be signed in order for the child to attend. If you need another form, please let your child's teacher know.

Spring Pictures

Lifetouch will be here on Thursday, March 2, in the morning to take spring pictures. This is a half day of school for students, but there will be plenty of time for pictures to be taken. The photographer will begin at the start of school around 9:00 am. An order form will be sent home soon. Only students that pay ahead will have their picture taken.

Niles Community Schools Kindergarten and Preschool Registration

Northside Child Development Center, 2020 North 5th Street, will hold its annual Preschool registration on Thursday, March 9th at 6:00 pm, Friday, March 24 at 10:00 am, and again on Tuesday, April 25 at 6:00 pm at Northside School. Children who will be age 4 on or before September 1, 2017 are eligible for preschool. For more information, please call 269-683-1982.

Kindergarten registration is on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 6:00 pm, and again on Friday, April 14th at 1:30 pm at Northside. Parents may choose to attend any of these sessions. Children who will be age 5 on or before December 1, 2017, are eligible for kindergarten.

PE Class Update from Mr. Payne

Students will be graded three ways for marking period three and four. Each student will receive three points each week. 1 point for participation, 1 point for wearing tennis shoes, and 1 point for having acceptable behavior (following all the Ballard B's and the classroom norms).This means in order to receive an ES or an A, students may only miss two points for the marking period. If a child is absent from class, then this week's grade will be marked exempt and will not count in their final grade. It is really important that each student comes prepared and ready to learn. Thank You, Mr. Payne

PTO News

Thank you to everyone that came out to Family Fun Night on January 31st. We had a terrific turn out! Families have a fun time, and love to win the prizes.

With Parent-Teacher Conferences coming up in March, PTO will help put together a luncheon for the teachers and staff on Wednesday, March 1st. If you would like to help by bringing a dish, helping serve, set-up, or clean-up, please let Donna Laboda, or someone from PTO know.

The box top winner for January is Mrs. Lyle's classroom with 187 turned in, second place is Mrs. Lee's class with 185, and in third place is Mrs. Ripley's class with 97! The more you clip box tops, the more money the PTO can give back to Ballard. Each box top clipped is $.10. Please keep on sending in those box tops. Don’t hang on to them for a long time because they do expire. Ask family, friends, and neighbors to clip them and give them to your student to turn in. Plus, the classes have a friendly competition to see which class brings in the most box tops. The winning class for February will earn an ice cream party. We collect box tops the third Thursday of the month. The next box top collection is February 16th.

We are going to try out a new fundraiser starting in March. Look for details coming home soon. Our next PTO meeting will be held on Thursday, March 9, at 4:00 pm in the library.

Below are important dates for the month for you to remember. You can also see these calendar items on Ballard's web page at - click on Ballard School under the “Select a School” tab at the top. For more information you can also like us on Facebook. Search for the Ballard PTO page.

Upcoming Dates

February 8 Count Day – Student attendance is very important on this day

February 10 Half day for students – dismissal at 11:58; PD for teachers

February 14 Second grade trip to Five Pines from 9:00 – 2:30;

Valentine's Day Parties in the afternoon

February 16 Box Tops Collected

February 20 No School for students; Board of Education Meeting at Westside at 6:00 pm

February 21 Preschool playgroup “Parents as Teachers” meets in cafeteria at 6:30 pm

March 1 Full day of school. Conferences in the evening only.

March 2 Picture Day (Prepay only); Conferences (afternoon/evening); Half day of

school for students – dismiss at 11:58 am

March 3 Half day of school for students – dismiss at 11:58 am