We're having a wonderful time in the library!

We’re off to a busy month of November! We welcomed the month with our first Night at the Library. Our Campus High School International Baccalaureate students put together a wonderful evening to celebrate Fall and Thanksgiving. We also added some of our STEM activities and that will continue for our future Night at the Library.

STEAM

Our next Night at the Library is scheduled for December 7th from 6:00 to 7:30 pm in connection with our Winter Book Fair. But this Night at the Library will be a little different – it will be a STEAM event. What’s a STEAM event? The Night will be filled with some of our special activities and goodies like our SnapCircuits, MiPosaur, Virtual Reality, Legos, and some challenges based on science, technology, engineering, art, and math. We’ll be building things using everyday objects created from some fun engineering challenges. Come check out this special Night at the Library on December 7th.

Scholastic Book Fair

The Book Fair will be open on December 4 and run through December 8. We’ve got the following special events lined up for our Falcons to enjoy:

  • Tuesday, December 5: Music and Books from 5:00 to 8:00 pm
  • Wednesday, December 6: GRAND Round Up Breakfast from 7:00 to 8:30 am
  • Thursday, December 7: Night at the Library STEAM Event from 6:00 to 7:30 pm

We hope you’ll join us for this wonderful event that supports our library and our Full STEAM Ahead! MakerSpaces. All purchases made by our Freeman families comes back to the library. We receive 55% of total sales in merchandise from Scholastic. It’s a wonderful way to get some great reading material for your family and help your child’s library. Watch for the Book Fair flyer soon as an online Book Fair is available from November 20 through December 8. A great place to get some Christmas shopping done without ever leaving home!

Mark Your Calendars

November 10: No School - Veterans Day

November 22-24: No School - Thanksgiving Holiday

Let's Give!

Freeman Food Drive

Freeman Elementary will be partnering with the Haysville Community Outreach to host our annual Freeman Food Drive. We will be collecting boxed and canned foods to assist Haysville families this Winter. Last year 1631 food items were donated to the cause with your support. We hope to reach our goal of 1700 food items this year. Thank you for your continued support with this charitable endeavor.

On the Calendar

  • DECEMBER 5: 2nd-3rd Grade Music Concert @ 6:30pm in the gym
  • JANUARY 24: Wichita Symphony Young People's Concert for 4th grade – more info to come
  • FEBRUARY 13: Fifth Grade Drummers CHS Boys’ Basketball Half-time Performance
  • MARCH 13: 4th and 5th grade music concert @ 6:30pm in the gym
  • APRIL 24: 1st and 2nd grade music concert @ 6:30pm in the gym
  • MAY 14: Talent show for Grade 4 & 5.

Other performances may be added and additional information on all these events will be provided as we get closer to the event.

News

Our school was honored to host master African drummer Sowah Mensah on Friday, November 3rd. Mr. Mensah presented an assembly for our whole school (K-5) and did a mini drumming workshop with our 5th grade students as well. It was quite a treat to have him here and the students really enjoyed working with him and learning about the music of Ghana.

Grades K-1 continue developing their basic music skills such as steady beat and various rhythmic concepts. Soon they will begin learning songs for the annual Freeman sing-a-long scheduled for next month.

Freeman Elementary is a Girls on the Run Site

This is a program just for Freeman girls to help them stay active and make friends while developing healthy lifestyles. Freeman is lucky to have six coaches for its program: Natalie Johnson, Head Coach, who has run numerous half marathons including the challenging Oklahoma City Marathon. Nicole Harkins (Freeman 5th Grade Teacher) Assistant Coach, who likes running 5K races and is the Assistant Girls’ Soccer Coach at Campus High. Chelsea Darling (Freeman Kindergarten Teacher) Assistant Coach, who is a former college athlete that is looking forward to running a 5K. Bonnie Lane (Freeman Kindergarten Teacher) Assistant Coach, who is new to running and is very excited about coaching Girls On the Run. Jacqueline Solis (Campus High Secretary), Assistant Coach who can be seen running all over Haysville. Christina Woodson (Prairie Para Educator), Assistant Coach who has ran the challenging Oklahoma City Marathon last Spring.

Let Us Know What You Think

Parent Survey

Freeman Elementary School Recognized as a Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase School.

Capturing Kids' HeartsIt's Official! Freeman Elementary School has been awarded 2016-17 Capturing Kids' Hearts National Showcase School Award. Our campus was one of four Haysville schools selected this year for this award. The selection process was from thousands of campuses across the country who have implemented Capturing Kids’ Hearts, but with fidelity and commitment to winning their hearts and leading them to achieve their personal best did Freeman jump out ahead of other schools.

We are happy to begin our new school year being recognized as a National CKH Showcase School. And with
this honor, expectations and procedures are important components for all students, new and old, to learn or
revisit. We spent our first 7 days of school learning, practicing, and applying our procedures and expectations. We believe the time we spend at the start of school to learn these acceptable behaviors is time well spent. Ask your child about their class Social Contract!

In addition to developing our class Social Contracts, teachers have also been engaged in fun activities to get
to know your child. Building relationships is a key component to our success and nomination for CKH showcase school. Teachers and students have worked together to create unique student artwork that will hang in the vestibule of our school. All artwork will be available for you to see right after the Labor Day holiday.

 

In Topeka for Capturing Kids' Hearts

Capturing Kids Hearts Recognition in Topeka

Freeman will be having Pride Assemblies on the last Friday or date closest to, of each month. These assemblies are to celebrate the great things our students are doing at school. Teachers will be handing out individual awards and classroom awards will be given by our Specials teachers. Parents are welcome to attend these wonderful award assemblies.

Dismissal Procedures

School Sign

The most important part of our procedures is for parents to use the crosswalk at all times. Not only is the crosswalk the right thing to do, it is the safe thing to do. Please don’t ask your child to cut between cars, even if you are walking with them!

Our dismissal procedure will ask that you chose either to remain in your car and follow the car pool lane where an adult will assist your child in getting in your car…. OR you can park your car in the parking lot and walk across the cross walk and get your child. Adult monitors will be at the front entrance crosswalk, to assist with traffic control. Either way, car pool students will come out the front entrance! We recognize either choice you make, we require some adjustment, but we sincerely hope that this will eliminate students running out into traffic.

Kansas regulations now require that we provide all parents with notice of policies regarding Emergency Safety Interventions ("ESI''). The State of Kansas policy is available on our website and in our student handbooks. In addition, we will provide a copy of the policy at any time upon request.

Latchkey before school is provided through the Haysville Activity Center (HAC). For information to sign up your child for morning latchkey or for drop in care for your kids on days in which school is out.

Call the school if you are interested in becoming a teacher helper, tutor, field trip monitor, etc. The students need YOU!

Literacy First

November Update!

What does retelling, summarizing, main idea, predicting, clarifying and questioning all have in common? These are essential comprehension skills that every child needs in order to understand the text that they read.

Teachers use a variety of tools to help your child comprehend such as graphic organizers, modeling ‘think-alouds’ while reading, activating their prior knowledge to help ‘hook’ your child to the text and asking higher-level thinking questions. Some ways you can help your child comprehend the text or passages they are reading are to start with that emotional hook. Ask your child why they chose the book they picked out at the library or MIRP. What do they know about the topic or some key vocabulary words? Model a ‘think-aloud’ such as ‘I’m wondering why there is an empty lake on the front cover…” Ask your child to identify some words that they might need clarified. Have them predict what will happen before they start the next chapter.

Showing an interest and engaging in your child’s reading will help cement those comprehension skills and instill a love for reading.

Each month I will post information regarding literacy strategies or skills that might be helpful for you and your child at home. If you have any questions about Literacy First, please feel free to contact your child's teacher, or call me at 554-2265 or email thaight@usd261.com. Check out the official Literacy First Website at www.literacyfirst.com

P.R.I.D.E.

Preparation - Respect - Integrity - Discipline - Excellence

School Facts

Student Enrollment: 294

Grade Levels: Pre-K thru 5th

School Colors: Red and Black

Mascot: Falcon

Motto: I Can, I Will, I Do

Principal: Dr. Donna Ferguson



School Hours

Kdg - 5th
8:25 AM - 3:50 PM
AM Pre-K
8:25 AM - 11:25 PM
PM Pre-K
12:50 PM - 3:50 PM

Office Hours
7:45 AM - 4:15 PM
Freeman Elementary School

Making every child's potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.

Membership

Freeman PTA always accepts new members. The membership cost is $5.00 per person and you will receive a membership card that will earn you discounts at Barnes and Noble, Haysville Sonic, T-Mobile, and many more places.

 

Meeting Dates:

Third Thursday of the Month at 6:00 PM

What does P.T.A. do?

Watch D.O.G.S., Back-to-School Bash, Anti-bullying T-shirts, Freeman Apparel, Box Tops for Education, Campbell Soup Labels, Pastries with Parents, Fundraisers, Holiday Shop, Yearbook, Popcorn Fridays, Field Day, 5th Grade vs Staff game, Surprise Supplies, 5th Grade Farewell, Staff Appreciation, Help with Red Ribbon Week and much more!

 

Join Freeman PTA!

2017-18 Officers

President: Bonnie Lane
Vice Pres: Chelsea Darling
Secretary: Misty Kesterson
Co-Treasurer: Trisha Dodson
Co-Treasurer: Dalen Rosiere

Contact P.T.A.

Dr. Donna Ferguson

Dr. Donna Ferguson

Principal

email: dferguson@usd261.com

In the Office

Jerri Clagg
Secretary

email: jclagg@usd261.com

 

Ashley Mallett
Attendance Secretary

email: amallett@usd261.com


Freeman Elementary School
7303 S. Meridian
Haysville, KS 67060
P: (316) 554-2265
F: (316) 554-2295
Office Hours:
7:45 AM - 4:15 PM

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