Margaret White Elementary School
610 N. Broadway
Blythe CA, 92225

Phone: 760-922-5159
Fax: 760-922-1367

Principal: April Smith

Archive for March, 2013

McStaff Night

Thank you parents, students, teachers and McDonald’s Staff for a great night out. A special “shout out” goes to Fernando (McDonalds Manager), Ms. Loveland and Ms. Laurin for their organization and support of this event.

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State Testing

How Family Members Can Help Their Children With State Testing

State testing is right around the corner and there are many ways that parents and family members can help their children be prepared. Below 8 “it” tips to prepare your kids

  1. Eat it: During testing week, make sure children are eating hearty meals both at night and in the morning. Meals high in protein will help students feel full through the morning so that they’re able to concentrate better on the test.
  2. Sleep on it: Making sure your child gets a good night’s rest will help them better focus on materials and think more clearly through test questions.
  3. Make it a routine: A week or so before testing begins, get your children on a routine. Eat dinner at a regular time, get them to bed earlier at a consistent time and then get them to school just a little earlier in the morning. Carry that through test week. With a routine in place, test week will seem less intense for both you and your child.
  4. Talk about it: Talking to your child about the testing and what it involves can help relieve some of the stress inherent to the process.
  5. Not a know-it-all: Reassure your children that they’re not expected to know everything that appears on the test. Encourage them to simply to do their  best and work hard through the testing.
  6. Show it off: While they may not know all the answers, tell the kids the standardized test is a great chance for them to show off just what they do know.  Help them to see it as a chance to shine rather than a chore to endure.
  7. Practice it: Standardized tests are designed to be comprehensive, so cramming the night before won’t do much good. However, parents can give their kids test-like practice questions or writing assignments to work through at home. That way they’ll be more familiar with the test’s format and more confident going into it.
  8. Make it fun: Surprise your child with something to boost morale or to alleviate stress, like a testing survival kit – a small package of goodies your child can take to school.

Student of the Month

Dear Parents,
Beginning in March, our “Student of the Month” program will take on a new look and feel. Each month a “Student of the Month” theme will be selected and will  focus on a specific positive characteristic, attribute or skill that will help our students develop into adults who shape our society in future years. And while it is  important that we graduate intellectually educated students, the value of our students becoming citizens who interact in the world with kindness, respect,  integrity, and moral behavior is perhaps even more important. The theme for this month is “Show What You Know”. The purpose of this theme is to help students  understand the importance of always making their best efforts at everything they do; why realistic goal setting is important; how to set long term goals,  short term goals and how to set SMART Goals. As we implement this program, I encourage you to talk with your children about what they want to be as they  grow up, and what it will take to make these dreams a reality.

Kindergarten Round Up

The Palo Verde Unified School District Kindergarten Round Up will be held on March 11 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Margaret White Elementary School. All  elementary schools will be there along with information from: Nutrition Services, Transportation, Health Services, Special Education, Transitional Kindergarten, Kindergarten Readiness and Intra-District Transfers. It is important that parents register children early, so that they may attend their “home” school (the area for which they are zoned). There will be tables available to complete the registration packet. Parents will need to bring the child’s birth certificate, immunization record, proof of dental exam and proof of address. In order for a child to attend Kindergarten, he/she must be five years old by Sept. 1, 2013.

School Site Safety Plan

At the last PVUSD School Board Meeting, our school’s safety plan was approved. Parents are invited to attend a principal’s chat on March 20th, @ 6:00pm. The intent is to provide an opportunity for you to learn about the emergency and crisis procedures that have been adopted by the school and district to keep your children safe while at school. We look forward to chatting with our families about this important subject and answering any questions you may have related to school safety.