With the primary focus on what is in the best interest of students, the Santa Ana Unified School District Board of Education approved a start date of August 14th, 2017, for students to begin the 2017-18 school year. The last day of school for students is May 31st, 2018. Students will have a two-week break during the Winter Recess.
MAP test will be administered again to kindergarten through fifth graders starting the week of January 23rd in order to measure your child's academic growth over the course of the school year in the areas of mathematics, reading, and language usage. Read more ...
Computer Science Education week is an annual event program dedicated to inspire K-12 students to take interest in computer science. All students and parents are welcome to participate in an Hour of Code.
Learning to use the internet safely and responsibly with ethical use of information is the key to being Cyber Savvy all year! During the week, students will participate in daily learning activities about Digital Citizenship and internet safety.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!
“Celebrating SUCCESS in February!”
February Greetings Parents,
As we leap into 2017, I wanted to take this opportunity to recap a few of the events and learning experiences at Garfield Elementary this December & January. Gators continued to develop their growth mindsets, by focusing on learning to celebrate and learn from the success of others. We want our students to celebrate the success of others. In addition, students must also learn from what their peers and what enabled them to succeed. “We were all sent here to shine. We all shine brighter when we work together!”
First of all, I would like to thank PTA for their diligent efforts in making our annual Winter Wonderland a huge success! We raised the most money ever from our annual event. Your support and participation of this event helped to raise money for Meet the Masters and filed trip experiences.
In addition, Kindergarten and first grade Gators “Raised the Roof” during their Winter Pageant performances. Fourth and fifth grade musicians and choir performed holiday music while Gators enjoyed their lunches. Fourth and fifth grade Gators were taught how to create lyrics, accentuating the positive by an actual lyricist. Third grade students will be the next group of Gators to receive this additional instruction in the arts.
While most Gators were on break, other students had the opportunity to participate in ELA and Math intersession during our winter break. This winter intersession focused students on mastering in response to literature standards and specific math standards. Please continue to take advantage of tutoring when your child is invited. Garfield is working hard to support all levels of students, so they will excel academically.
During our December Parent Meeting, participants were given the opportunity to give input towards our LCAP goals. Parents shared ideas about what they would like to continue to see funded at Garfield. They were also given the opportunity to share what they would like to bring to Garfield to make it even better. Our January parent meeting consisted of investigating our Next Generation Science and Engineering Standards (NGSS). Parents dove head first into the 7 Cross-Cutting Concepts. In addition, they also experimented with sound waves and cause and effect. All parents are welcome to join in more science and engineering fun in February!
Our Gators continued exploring engineering. Second grade Gators built mini ice chests demonstrating their knowledge of properties of matter. Third grade studied stability and motion, while exploring the science of flight. Fourth grade engineers developed vehicle restraint systems, as they learned about energy and collisions. Fifth grade students experienced robotics first hand. On Saturdays, Ms. Olivas and Mr. Marx continued to lead Engineering is Elementary classes for 4th and 5th grade students. This group of engineers will be given an opportunity to attend an engineering field trip in Spring
In January, first and third grade students took field trips to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. These experiences have broadened student knowledge and exposure to hands-on life science. It has also given them many relevant and motivating topics to write about and to explore. Second grade Gators were given the opportunity to watch the Disneyland band perform. They were even surprised by a famous visitor, Mickey Mouse himself.
I would like to thank all of the Garfield families for supporting our students, teachers, and staff. Your support and teamwork has helped to enrich the education of our students!
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