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9:30 – 10:30 A.M.
FOR CHILDREN 3YR – 5TH GRADE
– just follow the signs for the classroom assignments! Don’t forget to watch for information on upcoming special events!
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CONTACT
MRS. KOENIG

 

 

CONTACT THE ESM (ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MINISTRY)
REMINDERS
FRIDAY, 2/3 – CULVER’S LUNCH
SATURDAY, 2/4
KINDERGARTEN
SINGS 5PM SERVICE
WEDNESDAY, 2/8
1ST SHOW & TELL
THURSDAY, 2/9
PRE-SCHOOL P/T CONFERENCES
NO PRE-SCHOOL CLASSES
FRIDAY, 2/10
PRE-SCHOOL P/T CONFERENCES NO PRE-SCHOOL CLASSES
SATURDAY, 2/11
CONFIRMATION COMMUNION TRAINING
9-12:30

KOENIG CORNER
We are finishing up our regularly scheduled MAP testing (make up tests will be completed this week). This can be a very confusing time for students and parents because of the numbers, the way the test is laid out, and confusion as to what it all means. After our last testing period, the teachers went through some training to help interpret and better use MAP scores. I have researched and put together some information on MAP testing that can be helpful.
“What is MAP and what does it measure? You may be familiar with paper and pencil tests where all students are asked the same questions and spend a fixed amount of time taking the test. MAP is different. MAP is a computer adaptive test, which means every student gets a unique set of test questions based on responses to previous questions. As the student answers correctly, questions get harder. If the student answers incorrectly, the questions get easier. By the end of the test, most students will answer about half the questions correctly. MAP can follow students wherever they are starting from, regardless of the grade they are in. For instance, if a third grader is actually reading like a fifth grader, MAP will be able to identify that. Or, if a fifth grader is doing math like a third grader, MAP will identify that. Both things are incredibly important for a teacher to know, so that they can plan instruction efficiently. MAP covers reading, language usage, and math. Some schools also use the MAP Science test to measure student achievement and growth in science.”
– Jean Fleming (Aug. article on MAP scores)
Trinity does take the Science portion of the MAP test in some of the grades.
So what is a RIT score? When students finish, they receive a score – a number – called a RIT (Rasch Unit) score. This score represents a student’s achievement level at a given moment in the school year, when the test is given. Taken over time, the scores can compute a student’s academic growth. Comparing scores at a certain time of year, for example tracking their scores over time in the Winter, can show a better representation of their growth than tracking it from Fall, to Winter, to Spring. It is important to take into account many different aspects of their test day also. For example, their mood, the temperature, nutrition, alertness can all play into how they score. So if students are mad, sad, or not feeling well their test scores can be skewed.
As teachers continue to work on ways to use each students MAP results to plan lessons for all students, there is something you can do as a parent. If you google RIT scores for more information there is a lot to learn. Things are much different than when we took the standardized tests “Back in the Day”.  You can also google your child’s specific RIT # and it will give you suggestions for helping your child grow.
It is my goal that we are able to use this type of testing to help each child to grow and develop, rather than as a threat to the child or teacher that the scores are not high enough. Another thing that I found interesting was that as the student score gets higher and higher you will see less growth because of the complexity involved in the questions.
If you have questions, please feel free to come in and talk with the teacher or myself.
Growing alongside you,
Dawn Koenig

A LETTER FROM
Hi Trinity Families! We just want to give Trinity a shout out and let you know how much we enjoy being your lunch provider! We are always impressed by the level of kindness and professionalism that we encounter at your school – from the kids, parents, to the volunteers and school staff. Thank you!
Please use the coupon code $1off on your next order as our way of saying thank you.
Keep your eyes out for upcoming menus in our weekly message, as well as recipe ideas and healthy eating tips in the WT Café newsletters and blog.  And if you haven’t already, be sure to like us on Facebook for even more ideas!
Have a great rest of your week,
Matt & Mimi Tolkin
Questions? Contact us anytime: Naperville@wtcafe.com or 630-785-8495

TRINITY 
SHOW & TELL
INVITE A FRIEND!
Beginning next week on February 8th, every Wednesday and Thursday morning between 9 – 11 a.m. during the months of February and March, Trinity Lutheran School will be opening the doors for tours of our facility to new families interested in sending their children.  We are currently looking for advocates that would like to serve as “tour guides”.  This position would include meeting new people, telling your Trinity stories, answering questions and walking families around the school showing our classrooms in progress.
To volunteer, you need not be a parent of a current student – just someone who loves Trinity!  If you, or someone you know, would be interested in filling this role, please contact the school office or Mrs. Koenig as soon as possible.
Why not invite a friend? Flyers are available at the front desk or through the school office.

TLS ANNUAL PARENT MEETING
Thank you to all that were able to make it out to one of the recent Parent Meetings. Your participation in these meetings, as well as a continued partnership in communication between parents, faculty and staff, is an integral part of what makes Trinity Lutheran School a great place!
For those of you who were not able to make it to either of the meetings, we are including the video of the School Parent Meeting recorded on Thursday, January 19.  This meeting covered the same content as the School Parent Meeting on Sunday, January 22. Principal Dawn Koenig leads a presentation about Trinity Accreditation and tuition plans for the coming school year, 2017-2018.

WINTER
PRE-SCHOOL CONFERENCES
Parent Teacher conferences are scheduled for our pre-school families on Thursday, February 9th and Friday, February 10th. To schedule a time to meet with your teacher, please click here.

SAVE THE DATE:
Friday, March 10th
Now is the time to invite your child’s grandparents (or special adult) to a be a part of our annual Grandparents’ Day on March 10th.
Grandparents will be able to spend the entire morning at school as they experience a special time with their favorite Trinity student(s).
More details will follow soon.  Stay tuned…..

APRIL FOOLS 5K
Saturday, April 1st
9:00am 5K Timed Run

8:45am 400 meter Kids

Dash 
Mallard Lake Forest Preserve, Bloomingdale, IL 60108 (Behind Meijer)
The April Fools 5K Run is the #1 Suburban Early Spring 5K with a finishers medal, tech shirt and 400m Kids Dash.
Run along the path that surrounds the naturally beautiful waterfront in Mallard Lake Forest Preserve and show off your finisher’s medal to your friends!
For more information, or to sign up, go to run/walk www.aprilfools5k.com.

Don’t want to run but still want to be involved? Help is needed with set up and registration. Contact Deaconess Rogene or Dawn Koenig to see how you can be of service.

TRINITY AUCTION
Saturday, March 11, 2017

EARLY BIRD PRICING AVAILABLE UNTIL THIS FRIDAY – FEBRUARY 3RD! Mark your calendars and join us for“The Tiger Ball” .

Invitations were sent via email last week Monday, January 23rd.  If you did not receive your invitation, please contact the school office as soon as possible, or click here to register online so that you do not miss out on the early bird registration discount!

The Auction Committee is meeting this Wednesday, February 1st at 7pm in room 110 (Activity Room).  You are welcome to join us!
We are still welcoming donations of an item or two for the auction. Some of the needed items include Restaurant gift cards, 6 packs of beer, bottles of your favorite wine…use your imagination – the sky is the limit and no item is ever too small (or too big)! Perhaps your company would like to donate? Just stop in or email the school office and we will be happy to send you a donor letter and form (or feel free to print from the links provided).  Donations should be dropped in the school office.
We can also use assistance behind the scenes with pick up of donated items, administration for the event, and putting together the invitations for mailing.
**REMINDER:  CLASSROOM AUCTION BASKETS ARE DUE BY THIS FRIDAY – FEBRUARY 3RD.  PLEASE DROP OFF IN THE SCHOOL OFFICE.**

SHARE YOUR PRAYERS –
A Weekly Prayer Guide
So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
Colossians 2:6-7
My faith seems to be so weak as I face this new hurdle. I do not know if I have enough faith to get through this even though you promise that I need faith only the size of a mustard seed. I know that solving problems is not all up to me, but too often I try everything I can think of before I turn my concerns over to you.
Lord, increase my mustard seed-sized faith and my trust in you. I know you love me and have my best interests in mind. I know these trusts in my head, help my heart to understand them also. May I always lean on your grace and mercy.
This week we pray for our 1st graders, their families, and Mrs. Berdis. Please let us know if there is something specific we can pray for.
If you would like a member of our Pastoral Care team to call on you, please call our church office and we will be happy to put you in touch with someone.  Be assured, all correspondence and communications are, and will continue to be, kept in the strictest of confidence.

TRINITY LUTHERAN SCHOOL MARKETING
BE SURE TO SEND YOURS IN!
We are working on a marketing booklet and would like to include, former student, parent, grandparent etc. testimonies. If you would have a 2 or 3 sentence statement about you, or your child’s education, teacher, experience etc. please send it to Mrs. Koenig. Thank you for your time and effort as we look for more ways to share our experiences and love for Trinity Lutheran School!

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