• Reading 20 Minutes at Home

    Posted by Sonia Alpers on 12/14/2017

    Principal’s Corner


    Why Should Students Read 20 Minutes at Home.


    A student who reads 20 minutes per day at home will have read 3,600 minutes per school year. That is 1,800,000 words per year. These students score in the 90th percentile on standardized tests.

    A student who reads 5 minutes per day at home will have read 900 minutes per school year. That is 282,000 words per year. These students score in the 50th percentile on standardized tests.

    A student who reads 1 minute per day at home will have read 180 minutes per school year. That is 8,000 words per year. These students score in the 10th percentile on standardized tests.

    If a student starts reading 20 minutes per night in Kindergarten, by the end of 6th grade, the Student will have read for the equivalent of 60 school days.

    If a student starts reading 5 minutes per night in Kindergarten, by the end of 6th grade, the Student will have read for the equivalent of 12 school days.

    If a student starts reading 1 minute per night in Kindergarten, by the end of 6th grade, the Student will have read for the equivalent of 3 school days.



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  • Reading With Your Child

    Posted by Sonia Alpers on 11/17/2017 7:00:00 AM

    Principal Corner

    Research shows that reading with your child - not to them - greatly increases children’s language and literacy and puts them on a path to grade level reading.

     In an effort to boost reading achievement, Michigan lawmakers passed Public Act 306 in October 2016. To help more students be proficient by the end of 3rd grade, the law requires extra support for K–3 students who are not reading at grade level. The law also states that a child may be retained in 3rd grade if they are one or more grade levels behind in reading at the end of 3rd grade.

    Rudyard Elementary is committed to helping all children become proficient, motivated readers. Our mission statement is “All students will be INDEPENDENT and CONFIDENT readers. We review constantly and give meaning to independent and confident.

    We begin monitoring reading progress in kindergarten. If your child’s reading is not progressing as expected, a plan for improvement is created. This plan includes:  Extra instruction or support in areas of need. Ongoing monitoring on reading progress. A read-at-home plan that encourages you and your child to read and write outside of the school day and throughout the summer.


    Your child will receive regular classroom instruction and additional reading support either from the classroom teacher or from one of our Reading Intervention Specialists. Starting in the 2019–2020 school year, in order to be promoted from 3rd to 4th grade, your child must score less than one year behind on the state reading assessment, or demonstrate a 3rd-grade reading level through an alternate test or portfolio of student work.


    If you are notified that your child may be retained, you have the right to meet with school officials and to request, within 30 days, an exemption if in the best interest of your child. The district will make the final decision. If you are concerned about your child’s reading development, talk to his or her teacher.


    This is what YOU can do to endure your child reads well:

    • Read with your child every day (even in the summer).
    • Listen to your child read.
    • Echo read (You read a line, then they repeat).
    • Choral read (Read together at the same time).
    • Reread or retell favorite stories.
    • Talk to your child about the stories you have read.

    As you read:

    • Ask your child to share what they remember.
    • Ask questions about the story.
    • Talk about your favorite parts, what you’ve learned, or who is in the book and what they do.
    • Talk about the pictures in the book, and how they connect to words on the page.
    • Help connect the stories to your child’s life or other books you’ve read.

    And, lastly:

    • Talk with your child often: Knowing more words helps kids to understand the words they read better.
    • Encourage writing: Let children write the sounds they hear. Spelling is developmental and a work in progress.

    Stay involved: Participate in your child’s education and support the reading plan if your child has one.


     Watch this video about how to “READ” with your child and try it at home: https://youtu.be/FjJD1UDwVKg


    Happy Reading,


    Mrs. Peterson

    Principal – Rudyard Elementary

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  • Behavior Program

    Posted by Sonia Alpers on 10/13/2017 2:00:00 PM


    Our behavior program at Rudyard Elementary follows the PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) philosophy. Our ultimate goal is to improve overall school climate and lay foundations for building relationships that will pay dividends in the future. Together, through consistency and positive relationships, we strive to improve the positive behaviors of all students.

    The expectations at our School follows DOGS: Demonstrating respect, Ownership of my actions, Getting ready to learn and Safe at all times. By concentrating on positive behaviors, we hope to create and maintain a positive and safe learning environment. Being consistent with addressing students when they do and do not meet our behavior expectations will increase compliance, provide them with greater structure, and clarify expected behavior.

    Teachers and administrators are responsible for acknowledging students by giving specific and positive feedback to students who are meeting building-wide expectations; these recognition programs are intended to complement this direct response to positive student behavior.


    We use Dog Catcher Tickets as our incentive program designed to recognize positive behaviors on a daily basis in those individuals found upholding The DOGS Expectations as well as those going beyond what is expected of them. Teachers, staff and administrators distribute Dog Catcher Tickets to students who meet and/or exceed the building-wide expectations each day. The Dog Catcher Tickets are used for a weekly drawing where students can win a small prize. One student from each class is chosen at each drawing. The names of the winning students are announced during the Monday Morning Assembly.

    Quarterly events/activities are provided for ALL students if the school-wide goal has been met.  Our 2017/2018 goal is 6000 Dog Catcher Tickets each marking period.


    Our Leadership team meets once a month. During this meeting, we review our school’s behavior data and success.  We look for areas that need improvement and adjustments. We provide behavior interventions to those students who are not meeting our behavior expectations. We

    If you would like more information on our PBIS program at Rudyard Elementary or would like to see other incentives, we are implementing, please stop by and visit. We also invite you to join in on one of our Monday Morning Assemblies at 8:30 am every Monday.


    Yours in Education,

    Wendy Peterson


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  • School Attendance

    Posted by Sonia Alpers on 9/22/2017



    Out of 660 schools in the state of Michigan, more than 30% of the students are chronically absent 

    This high level of absenteeism is affecting not only the kids who are chronically absent, but it is also affecting the ability of the school and the teacher to create a meaningful educational experience.

    It is imperative that you child attend each school day in order not to miss a significant portion of his/her education. Important learning results from active participation in classroom, which cannot be replaced by individual study. We ask that you send your child to school every day unless s/he is sick.

    A growing and compelling body of research demonstrates that chronic absence from school— typically defined as missing at least 10 percent of school days (18 days for 18-0 day year) in a year for any reason, excused or unexcused—is a primary cause of low academic achievement and a powerful predictor of which students will eventually drop out of school.

    During the early elementary years, children are gaining basic social and academic skills critical to ongoing academic success. Unless students attain these essential skills by third grade, they require extra help to catch up and are at grave risk for eventually dropping out of school. Common sense and research suggest that being in school consistently is important to ensuring children gain a strong foundation for subsequent learning. Research shows that children, regardless of gender, socioeconomic status or ethnicity, lose out when they are chronically absent. Chronic absence in kindergarten predicts the lowest levels of educational achievement at the end of fifth grade.

    When chronic early absence occurs, everyone pays. The educational experiences of children who attend school regularly can be diminished when teachers must divert their attention to meet the learning and social needs of children who miss substantial amounts of school. By working together to ensure all children attend school consistently, schools and communities make it more possible for teachers to teach and children to learn.

    Where does your child(ren) fit in attendance?


    When your child is going to be absent from school, please phone the school office prior to or on the first day of the absence. If a call cannot be made, the student must present a note signed by the parents/guardian to the office no later than 8:45 A.M. on the day the student returns to school. This note must include the date and reason for the absence. If one of the above is not done the student will receive an unexcused absence.

    Excused Absences

    Students receive an excused absence when they are absent for the following reasons: Illness reported by parents/guardian, death in the family, family emergencies, medical appointments which cannot be scheduled outside of the school day, court appearances and other legal business, observance of religious holidays (any student shall be excused for the purpose of observing a religious holiday consistent with his/her creed or belief), and such other good cause as may be acceptable to the superintendent or his designee. When excused absences reach 10 days, we may request a doctor note for any further absences to be excused.

    Unexcused Absences

    Any student who is absent from school for all or any part of the day without a legitimate excuse, and without parent contact to the school by telephone call prior to returning to school or note when returning to school, shall be considered truant and the student and his/her parents shall be subject to the Chippewa County Truancy Protocol

    A student who is not in his/her assigned location by 8:20 a.m. will be considered tardy;   Students who are habitually tardy shall be disciplined according to the Chippewa County Truancy Protocol. Three unexcused tardies will equal one-half day unexcused absence.


    A tardy becomes an absence if the child is not here by 9:10 in the morning and leaves by 2:10 for the afternoon.  Three unexcused days of being tardy will equal a half day unexcused absence.


    Please do your part and have your child attend school every day unless sick. Thank you


    Yours in Education,



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  • Communication

    Posted by Sonia Alpers on 9/8/2017 8:00:00 AM

    Home-School Communication

    Rudyard Elementary will strive to build solid relationships with students and parents through open communication. This open communication is paramount for student success. Research shows that parental involvement in a child’s education benefits the child. These benefits are higher levels of academic achievement, positive attitudes, and greater maturity and responsibility. In other words, children whose parents and families are involved in their education, are more successful in school and have higher academic goals. Because the benefits are so solid, I urge you become involved as much as possible in the life of our school. This involvement not only includes participating in your child’s school fundraiser or attending his or her performances and athletic events, but also means partnering with your child’s school to support learning at home.

    Rudyard Elementary has an open door policy to all parents and/or guardians. We encourage you to get involved and stay involved. As with any partnership, communication is the key to success. The first step is to sign up for our Parent Portal in Illuminate. This will help you monitor your child’s grades and assignment completion. If you have not met your child’s teacher, please do so as soon as possible. Make sure to attend our Open House on Friday, September 15th from 5:00 -7:00. We also have a school carnival coming up to attend. Get involved! Stay Connected! Become Engaged! We look forward to seeing all our Rudyard Elementary families+

    Here are some suggestions on how to get started

    • Take your child to school on the first day
    • Let your child know that school is important. Be sure to ask questions about homework and set up a quiet place for your child to work.
    • Read everything that is sent home from school: report cards, homework assignments, school lunch plans, and vacation and bus schedules. Show your child that you are well informed.
    • Get to know your child’s teachers and school principal by attending school meetings and parent-teacher conferences.
    • Ask for copies of school policies (e.g., attendance and discipline). If there is something you do not understand, ask questions.
    • Volunteer to help with school activities. Attend sports events, assist with fundraisers, or volunteer to work in the school office.
    • Visit your child’s classroom when class is in session, not just at parent- teacher conferences. Set this up in advance with the school office and the teacher.
    • Talk to other parents. Join our Parent Teacher Organization.
    • Encourage your child to read at home. Visit local libraries or used book mobiles, school libraries, or book fairs to pick out books together. Pick out books to read together and talk about them.
    • Being involved in a child’s education is just as important for step-parents, grandparents, and other adults who care for a child. Invite people who care for your child to participate in school activities.
    • Your actions, not just your words, make an impression that will last a lifetime.



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