Hello McKinley Families,
McKinley had a great first week of October that included the PTA blood drive, Iowa healthiest state walk and fall pictures. We have many more events coming up this month that are listed below. We encourage all families to encourage and support your child(ren) reading each night at home. Have them read aloud to you or a sibling which will help with their reading fluency. Other ways that families can support student learning:
- Attends school daily, arrives on time and is ready to learn
- Have your child read daily to develop a love for reading and continue to improve literacy skills.
- Utilize school technology resources: Accelerated Reader, LexiaCore5, and ST math
- Share school experiences with you so that you are aware of his/her school life
STmath @ home
With ST Math, students play computer games designed to teach math. They can play the games at home on devices with internet access. We encourage you to have your child play the games to review and practice the math skills learned in ST Math.Your child’s teacher may assign ST Math games for homework. Please make sure only the child with the ST Math account plays the games. Your child will access the program just as he or she does at school.In ST Math, the game puzzles start off simple and then get more challenging as the student progresses. When they reach a challenging problem, your child should attempt the problem and use the visual feedback provided to help them figure out why their answer did or did not work. The feedback provided with each puzzle will help students figure out how to solve the problems.If your child is struggling, help them by asking them questions about what they see happening on the screen. You should not give your child the correct answer to get them past the game with which they are struggling. The goal of ST Math is to promote problem solving.
Volunteers for Book Fair
The PTA is in need of some volunteers to help run the book for the week of October 15th-19th. Please follow the link if you are interested in helping. Thanks!!! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090845A5A828A1F49-fall1
DCSD Mobile App
Davenport Community Schools has a new mobile app called MyDCSD. The free app is available for Android and Apple IOS phones. Downloading the mobile app to your phone or other mobile device offers you a way to stay connected and access up-to-date information for each of your children’s schools. You’ll be able to select the school(s) you want to connect with and receive specific notifications. The app will offer access to calendars, sports schedules, lunch menus, and staff directories. You will also have district information that’s of general interest.
Here are the links to download your free app: Android download (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.relianceco.cma.DavenportCS) and Apple IOS (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/davenport-community-schools/id1350574638?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4). You can also open your store (iTunes or Google Play) and search for Davenport Community Schools app in Google Playstore or iTunes App Store. Simply install the app on your phone, open up the app and accept the user agreement.
Everyone will receive notifications from Davenport Community Schools. You can also choose the buildings you want to receive notifications from by going to “Settings”, “Select Schools”, and move the radio button from one side to the other. MyDCSD mobile app is designed to make it easier to keep up with information from the district, as well as the individual schools your students attend. Please download the app and check out some of the capabilities it offers
Run with the Bull Youth Relays
October 13th @ Modern Woodmen park 10am. Sign up for just $3 per person in teams of 4. Get a Pete Neck Gator, plus enjoy games and snacks. Schools who send 3 teams have a chance to win a free Ice Cream Party hosted by Pete!!! Register at school (attached) or online at www.petethebull.com
- October 11th PTA Meeting 6pm
- October 15-19 Book Fair
- October 16th Kindergarten Field Trip (Pride of the Wapsi)
- October 19th Donuts with Dad 7:00-7:35am in the cafe
- October 22nd No School Teacher In-Service
- October 26th End of 1st QTR 2 hour early dismissal (12:50pm)