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Parent Bulletin: May 1, 2017
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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Council Traditional School

Parent Bulletin

May 1, 2017


IB Profile: Reflective students and adults give thought and consideration to their own learning and analyze their personal strengths and weaknesses in a constructive manner. They consider what they have learned and give ways they can improve. Reflective students are aware that their actions and words affect others. They learn from their mistakes and make changes to become a better person.

Academic Focus: Teachers and students will be completing their last IB units in the month of May. The units for each grade level are as follows: K-Where we are in place and time: Going Places, 1-Where we are in place and time: Great Ideas, 2- Sharing the Planet: Life on Earth, 3-How we organize ourselves: Are You Prepared? 4-How the world works: Energy in Our World, and 5-How we organize ourselves: Exhibition-Innovation.

The 5th grade planned, researched and are in the process of preparing their oral presentations for the public during Exhibition on May 9, 2017. This event will start at 5 p.m. and end around        7 p.m. The theme this year: Important contributions to the advancement of science have been made by people from a range of cultures and diversities. The IB units are relevant, challenging and enjoyable learning opportunities for the students.

Students’ Progress: All students received their progress reports for the 4th quarter the last week of April. Teachers please make sure that you monitor your children’s progress all the way to the end of the year. We all have the tendency to become relaxed this time of the year. However, teachers are the key to keeping students motivated and encouraged. Please make sure that you remind students about their behavior at school in every class including P.E. Sometimes the activities get to be very competitive and students get overly excited. Remind students that they must follow school rules in every class all day, every day. Thank you for your cooperation as we move towards a positive end to this school year.

Library Books

All library books are due for our end-of-year inventory by May 17, 2017.  Notices will go home on May 18, 2017 for any student still needing to return or pay for a book.  All payments for library books need to be made by June 2, 2017 to ensure your student is cleared to check out books next year at any MCPSS school he or she may attend.  The library will close for the year on May 19, 2017, which means that this will be the last day of library classes. Inventory will begin that day as well.

Congratulations: Mrs. Robin Dorsett has been selected as Council’s “Teacher of the Year”. Mrs. Dorsett has been a teacher at Council School for many years. She presently serves the school as the IB Coordinator for the Primary Years Program. Mrs. Dorsett wears many hats around the school, and she has been an outstanding leader and teacher. We are proud that she represents Council as the 2016-2017 “Teacher of the Year”. Mrs. Dorsett will be recognized at Murphy High School on Thursday, April 27 at 6:30 p.m. along with other MCPSS teachers representing their respective schools.

Emily Dickson: Emily is a 5th grader in Mrs. Lyman’s class. Emily will be recognized as Council’s outstanding 5th grader on April 27, 2017 at Murphy High School. Emily is the Student Council President this year. She has served the community by using her talents as a soloist for many occasions. This past year she served as a soloist for the inauguration of our local Government City Council Program. We are proud of Emily, and she is just one of so many of our talented students this year. She will receive the “It Starts With Me” award at Murphy High School during Mobile County Public School Systems spotlight on excellence ceremony at      6:30 p.m.

Note From: CTS - PTA

Teacher Appreciation Week is

May 1st – 5th

Dear Parents,


This year Teacher Appreciation is going to look a little different than in years past. EXCEPT ON MONDAY, all items will be sent in to the front office where PTA volunteers will be there to collect the items and put them together for all the teachers and staff to enjoy. By doing this, all the teachers and staff will be recipients of our appreciation. Please see below:

Monday: The PTA will provide a Chic-fil-A breakfast and gift cards to Olive Garden for our teachers.

Tuesday: Snack Bar: Please send in a salty snack OR a sweet snack OR drinks into the office (all snacks should be individually wrapped in quantities of 12 or more i.e. crackers, bags of chips, popcorn, granola bars, protein bars, mini candy bars, bags of cookies, 12 pack of any soft drink, bottled tea or bottled water). Please have your child bring the items to the office during morning carpool drop-off. We will collect all the items and set up a “snack bar” in the Teacher’s Workroom for everyone to enjoy!


Wednesday: Pamper Yourself Bar: Please send in one (or more) of the following items to the office in the morning. We will set up a “Pamper Yourself Bar” in the Teacher Workroom. All teachers and staff will be able to pick 2 items from the bar to enjoy. Pamper items: emery boards, nail polish, lotions, candles, hair ties, hand sanitizer, nail polish remover or anything that falls into this category.


Thursday:  Wish List Bar: Please send in essential teacher supplies to the office on Thursday morning. We will set up a supply bar in the Teacher Workroom so they can pick the items they need for their classroom or office. Some suggestions include: Copy paper, paper clips, staples, rubber bands, post-its, mechanical pencils, colored pens, paper towels, tissues, hand sanitizer, colored paper or anything else that falls into this category. We will be compiling a “Wish List” with input from the teachers next week.


Friday: Words from the heart: Please have your child write a note a thanks or encouragement to their classroom teacher as well as any of the specials (art, music, computer, IB coordinator, school nurse, administrators, Spanish teachers, custodians or support staff). You may send in a flower or apple with the note if you like. They can take these notes directly to their teacher.

PTA Meeting/ Fashion Show: The last PTA Meeting will be the election of new officers. This will be on Thursday, May 11, starting at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be followed by a fashion show. This promises to be a fun event. Please join us!

PTA 2017-2018 Nomination Process: Please see the school’s website and/or the PTA Facebook page if you are interested in running for a PTA office for the next school term.


Dates to Remember

Universal Screening and DIBELS (end of the year benchmark testing will be conducted throughout the month)



All Students


New Requirement à

May 1-31

2nd - 5th grade students entering and moving on into magnet schools must show Universal Screening results to show they are on grade level year. This is new!


DIBELS will be conducted on May 4-17.

Parent Appreciation

8:30 a.m. (cafeteria)

May 5

Math Team Competition

8:00 a.m. (Clark-Shaw Magnet)

May 6

5th grade Exhibition

5-7 p.m. (gym)

May 9

PTA meeting

Elections/ Fashion Show

May 11 @ 6:30p.m.

End of Quarter Tests

5th grade May 24th Reading

5th Grade May 25th Math

End of Quarter Tests

Reading K-4

May 30

End of Quarter Tests

Math K-4

May 31

End of Quarter Tests

Science 3rd and 4th

May 31

No School

Memorial Day

May 29

School End of the Year Parties

Grades K-4

June 1

 5th grade

Fun Day Sponsored by Mobile Gas

May 31

5th grade

Honors Day

June 1

Last Day of School for all students

Pre K-5

June 2


Mobile Public Library Chess Club: The Chess club meets every Tuesday from 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Ben May Main Library. They cater to ages 8 and above. Beginners and experienced players are welcome. For more information, call the Children's Department at 208-7086 or email Below are a couple of quotes stating the benefits of chess for students. One is from a staff writer for The Washington Times, and the other is a quote from an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education: 

"Learning chess can be a fun pastime, but many educational professionals believe the activity can also improve a person's critical-thinking abilities, math skills, and language expertise. The competition also can teach life lessons." -- Jen Waters staff writer for The Washington Times.

"Many lessons of life can be found on a chessboard, says Alexey W. Root, a senior lecturer in education at the University of Texas at Dallas. Sometimes sacrificing a piece is painful but ultimately may win the game, for instance. And it's a good idea to pay attention to pawns, because any one of them may travel across the board and become a queen.

Ms. Root also says studies have shown that children gain cognitive skills and improve reading comprehension when they learn to play chess. Children can use chess to improve a range of things, including spatial intelligence and self-esteem, she says." -- Chronicle of Higher Education, 00095982, 9/21/2001, Vol. 48, Issue 4



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