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  • A Great Start We are off to a great start to the school year at Pence Elementary. The students, teachers, staff, and families really make Pence a wonderful place to be. I would also like to say thank you to the Pence Community for the warm welcome you have offered the new Pence Teachers and myself, thank you.

    September is one of my favorite months. As a young student I can recall the cool morning walks to the bus stop along with the cool first morning recess. The air was always so brisk and clear. Of course this is Iowa and I can also remember the afternoons getting hot and the walk home being a bit sweaty. The same holds true for September in 2011. It is the time of year to start dressing our students in layers to account for the changing temperatures.

    Thanks again for a wonderful start to the year. Also, I will be sending a newsletter out at the top of every month. Please watch for it in your email or child’s back pack.

    continued on page 2

    After school is a wonderful time for our students and their families. Students get to share their day with their families, and families get to share their students enthusiasm for school. As a parent I love to hear my children explain their day and all the great things that they learned or that happened.

    My primary goal as a building leader to ensure that your student returns to you in as good as shape as you sent them to us in. That means that student safety is my primary goal.

    (Continued on pg. 2)

    After School Procedures

    DAEVIKA: FOOD: PASTA, ACTIVITY: KICK BALL BOOK: DIARY OF A WIMPY KID

    PENCE PAPERS PENCE ELEMENTARY SEPTEMBER, 2011

    FAIRFIELD COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT: DREAM, THINK, LEAD, ACT

    SUMMER: FOOD: PIZZA, ACTIVITY: TRAMPOLINE MOVIE: JEEPERS CREEPERS 1

    JAYA: FOOD: PASTA, ACTIVITY: BASKETBALL BOOK: DIARY OF A WIMPY KID

  • After School Procedures, Cont. from pg. 1

    To continue to support a safe school for all of our students, I would like to adjust our dismissal procedures. To ensure a smooth transition for our students we will be dismissing according to this schedule:

    3:25-Bus Students

    3:30-Parent Pick up Students

    3:35-Walking Students

    We will continue to exit the building using the same doors we have in the past. If you have a student who is walking, please be prepared for them to arrive five minutes later than expected.

    My hope is that a majority of the vehicles will be leaving or already gone from our parking lot by the time our students who walk home, leave. I know this may delay some after school plans, but I want to ensure that each of our students arrive home safely.

    Safety Patrol

    Several students have been asking about Safety Patrol. Safety Patrol is a group of students who take turns helping other students cross the busy intersections in front of Pence and by the Middle School. These students wear safety vests and carry stop signs. All students will receive

    instruction on safety procedures, and will be guided by an adult.

    If your child is in 4th grade, look for more information to arrive home soon. Every student who wishes to be apart of Safety Patrol must have a signed parent permission form on file prior to the students’ participation.

    TEACHERS BLOG: HOW TO CONNECT.

    AROUND CAMPUS

    THIS IS KIERRA. SHE IS IN 4TH GRADE AND LIKES TACOS, JUMPING ON THE TRAMPOLINE AND THE MOVIE JEEPERS CREEPERS 1.

    Pence Elementary teachers are blogging! Every Friday, teachers will have updated his/her blog with current happenings, future events, and insight into how you can continue to support your students learning. So, how can you connect to the teachers’ blog? The first way is to look up the teacher on the Fairfield Schools website at: www.fairfieldsfuture.org. The second way is to connect to my blog and find the teachers’ blogs from my page at:www.principalwelch.blogspot.com. Please feel free to follow the teachers blog and leave comments and connect digitally to your child’s class and school. -Mr. Welch

    http://www.fairfieldsfuture.org http://www.fairfieldsfuture.org http://www.principalwelch.blogspot.com http://www.principalwelch.blogspot.com

  • We have a lot happening in September. From fund raising, school photos and rain forest animals, we have it all at Pence. Families of Pence are always encouraged to attend our events.

    Last Friday, we had a Chip Shoppe Kick Off, in the Pence gym. This is our annual fundraiser that provides funding for multiple events and teaching and learning supplies throughout the year at Pence.

    This week, we will begin our school participation in the U.S. Cellular Fall School Giveaway! All you need to do is go into your local U.S. Cellular and pick up a voting card. You may call in to the voting center once a day to vote for your school. There will be 17 winning schools throughout the U.S. !

    On the 13th of September we will have Rainforest Animals visiting Pence at 8:45 am. and IPTV’s Dan Wardell at 1:30! Families are encouraged to attend.

    As I am sure you have heard, the Chip Shoppe fundraiser is back in action and the orders are due on the 22nd. Also on the 22nd is School Photo Day! Be sure to dress appropriately!

    Finally, September 29-30 the Pick a Better Snack program will be creating snacks and teaching our students about health and exercise.

    Look for some easy and healthy recipes to come home as well.

    September Calendar September 2011

    9.

    Chip Shoppe Kick Off

    U.S. Cellular Give Away (Start)

    13.

    Rain Forest Animal Assembly (Starts at 8:45)

    Dan Wardell, IPTV, 1:30 r e a d i n g t o 3 - 4 t h g r a d e students.

    22. Chip Shoppe Orders are due.

    SCHOOL PHOTO DAY!

    29-30. Pick a Better Snack

    30. Homecoming!

    FROM THE EDITORReading. Often I am asked how

    students can become better readers. My answer, read. Read to

    your kids, let your kids see you read, ask questions about what you

    read. Share what you are thinking about when you read. Gossie is a

    beginner book about a gosling who learns to share. My think aloud

    question is, “When have you had the chance to share?” Share a good

    book with your student(s) tonight. -Mr. Welch

    PENCE PALS The first Pence Pals meeting will be held at 7:45A.M. in the school library on September 19th. Pence Pals is our school family organization that helps build the Pence community and assist in fundraising focused on student achievement and wellbeing.