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Sonnesyn Elementary

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When your student is not at school, please make sure you are calling the attendance line.  We care about your student!

 

Attendance Line: 763-504-7610

Join us in celebrating Black History Month

Students, families and community members are invited to the upcoming Black History Month Celebration. The free event takes place from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 8, at FAIR School Crystal, located at 3915 Adair Ave N. 

 

The celebration includes performances by the FAIR Crystal choir, the Armstrong High School (AHS) African Empire Dancers, the Cooper High School (CHS) Pan African Dance team, spoken word acts from students representing different schools, and live music from the Jaja Band. Dinner will also be provided. Learn more by checking out the story published Jan. 19 in We R All In.

All are invited to a winter storytelling event

Native American cultures, storytelling is a time-honored tradition and an art form. So is lending a helping hand.

The Robbinsdale Area Schools (Rdale) American Indian Education Program will do both next month, when it partners with the Edina Public Schools American Indian Education program to host a winter storytelling event. 

Beth Tepper, director of achievement and integration, notes that Edina’s American Indian Education program is relatively small compared to Rdale's. “We share the same work. Their district is close to ours,” she says, “and some of our staff are involved with their parent advisory committee. Connecting our students and families seems like the right thing to do as we practice the Dakota value of wauƞṡida, showing compassion with each other by being a good relative."  

The free event is open to the public and takes place at 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17, at FAIR School Crystal, 3915 Adair Ave. N.

 

Storytellers include:

  • Hope Flanagan, Turtle Clan of the Seneca Nation of Indians
  • Jerry Dearly, Oglala Lakota Nation

Children can enjoy crafts during the event. Powwow Grounds will provide cedar berry tea and three sisters soup for all to enjoy.

Upcoming State and District Assessments

Our next testing window is quickly approaching in January. FASTbridge testing will occur during the month of January.

FASTBridge Testing is a screening based assessment for students in Grades K - 5. The FastBridge system guides the general process of identifying students in need of additional support through screening and documenting the effects of those supports over time through progress monitoring.

Students in Grades K - 5 participate in the following assessments:

Kindergarten and Grade 1: 

Early Reading - The earlyReading English/Spanish assessment suite allows teachers to screen and monitor a student's progress in developing reading skills. Teachers work with a student individually to complete four assessment. Kindergarten: English Assessments: Onset, Letter Sounds, Word Segmenting, Nonsense Words. Spanish Assessments: Letter Sounds and Syllables.

Grade 1: English Assessments: Word Segmenting, Nonsense, Sight Words 150, CBM Reading. Spanish Assessments: Syllables and CBM Spanish.

CBM (Grade 1 only) - Curriculum Based Measurement for Reading (CBMreading) is an efficient and effective way to screen and monitor student reading progress. A teacher listens to a student read aloud from a grade-level passage for 1 minute while recording student errors.

Early Math - The suite of earlyMath measures allows teachers to screen and monitor a student's progress in developing math skills. Teachers work with a student individually to complete each assessment. (Kindergarten: Number Identification, Decomposing Numbers, Number Sequencing. Grade 1: Place Value, Decomposing, and Number Sequencing)

Grades 2 - 5:

aReading - aReading is a computer-adaptive test and students respond to between 30 and 60 questions on each testing occasion.

AMath - aMath is a computer-adaptive test, and most students respond to 30 questions on each testing occasion. Some students may receive up to 60 questions in order to accurately pinpoint their present level of performance.

CBM: (English/Spanish) Curriculum Based Measurement for Reading (CBMreading) is an efficient and effective way to screen and monitor student reading progress. A teacher listens to a student read aloud from a grade-level passage for 1 minute while recording student errors.

SAEBRS - The Social, Academic, and Emotional Behavior Risk Screener (mySAEBRS) is a 20 item rating scale that students complete about their social, academic, and emotional behaviors. It is grounded in a conceptual model which states that school success is predicated not just upon academic achievement, but also success within multiple inter-related behavioral domains. The mySAEBRSassessment is designed to evaluate student functioning in terms of overall general behavior (Total Behavior; 20 items), as well as Social Behavior (7 items), Academic Behavior (6 items), and Emotional Behavior (7 items).

ACCESS Testing - this is for our students who receive EL service

Testing helps teachers understand whether students have the language skills they need to fully participate in the classroom. Your child’s teachers use ACCESS for ELLs test scores as they decide how best to teach your child.

Test scores also help teachers track your child’s progress in learning academic English and help schools decide what English language support services to provide. The testing for the components will include the following dates (Please note the dates may fluctuate due to testing durations)

Sonnesyn Elementary's Family S.T.E.M Night

Join us on February 2nd from 5:00 - 6:30 pm for Sonnesyn Elementary's Family S.T.E.M Night!

There will be 

  • Science Fair

  • Fun Math Activities & Games

  • Computer Coding

  • Engineering Projects

  • Live Bird Presentation from the MN Raptor Center

  • Guest Scientists

  • Snacks 

Math and Science are everywhere and we want our Sonnesyn students to be excited about discovering and exploring the world around them. This is an effort that begins at school, but continues at home. We can all work together to make sure that all of our students achieve great things. There have been many changes in elementary level math in the last few years, and Family STEM Night is a great opportunity to connect with teachers and learn about what’s new. You can also collect ideas for games, activities or even quick conversations with your kids that will reinforce math learning at home, at the grocery store or even in the car! Please come and show your kids that math can be fun! This is not a drop-off event, but it is open for kids to come with Aunt’s, Uncles, “Grandfriends” and adult siblings.

Winter Clothing

Winter has arrived. Our school policy is to have outdoor recess until the temperature is below 0 degrees or the windchill is below -10 degrees.

Please ensure the children have: boots, winter coats, hats, gloves, scarves, and snow pants. This helps us all have fun outside!

Black History Month celebration

Students, families and community members are invited to the upcoming Black History Month Celebration. The free event takes place from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 8, at FAIR School Crystal, located at 3915 Adair Ave N. 

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With ACCESS testing happening at the end of January, here is a reminder of testing expectations. Each student is asked to follow all state and district policies for test administration.

American Indian Ed Winter Storytelling Event

Robbinsdale Area Schools American Indian Education Program partnered with Edina Public Schools American Indian Education program to host a winter storytelling event at 6-8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 17.  The no-cost event will be held at FAIR School Crystal, 3915 Adair Ave. N. 

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Two Mondays, Jan. 23 and Feb. 27, are non-school days. School will not be in session, but district offices are open. The 2023-24 school calendar is also available.

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All are invited to the upcoming InterSchool Council (ISC) meeting at 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023. ISC is a collaboration between parent representatives and district staff.

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Visit our kindergarten page to learn more about important dates and deadlines, explore our elementary schools, learn about needed immunizations, review options for before and after school care, and enroll for the 2023-24 school year.

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