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Parent Bulletin: May 15, 2017
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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Council Traditional School

Parent Bulletin

May 15, 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.

After months of planning, researching, and preparing oral presentations, the 5th graders wowed the public during Exhibition on May 9, 2017. 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. Parents 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, parents 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.

Congratulations to Council’s Math Team: Council’s Math Team participated in the Mobile County Public School System’s 5th Grade Math Competition on Saturday, May 6, 2017, at Clark-Shaw Magnet School. There were two areas of competition, which included a written test and a ciphering round. All students took the written test, while only five were allowed to participate in the ciphering round. The top ten individual winners were selected based on their performance on the written test. Four of Council’s students were among the top ten, and our ciphering team came in 4th place. Overall school performance was based on both rounds of the competition. Council came in 1st place in overall school performance! The team was sponsored by Mrs. Bright, Mrs. Lyman, and Ms. Raines-Langham. We are so proud of our math team! The team members are listed below:

Stan Blejwas – 3rd place (Ciphering Team member)

Kelvin Edwards

Elizabeth Gaines

Molly Guarino

Zaria Houston

Jalyn Johnson

Shahir Latif – 2nd place (Ciphering Team member)

Andrew McCarthy

Michael McElroy

Jiya Patel

Jemarion Reynolds – 3rd place (Ciphering Team member)

Aryan Srivastiva – 1st place (Ciphering Team member)

Graham West (Ciphering Team member)


Congratulations to the following teachers that will be retiring at the end of this year:

Mrs. Ashley Smith- 1st Grade

Mrs. Allene Foster – Kindergarten

Mrs. Rhonda Essary- Kindergarten

Mrs. Robin Dorsett-IB Coordinator


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.

Students Classroom Placement for the Next School Year:

Teachers put each of their students on an individual index card. They meet and divide the students up according to the number of teachers that the next grade level will have for the next school year. A few days before school opens (officially) and the school is fully staffed, the school’s administration will place the name of a teacher per class –set. The names will be posted for meet the teacher morning.

Meeting the Teacher (New)

“Meet the Teacher” will be held on August 7, 2017 from 7:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The first day of school is August 8, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

Contents of Report Card:

·         Your child’s report card

·         Reading/Supply List

·         Math Requirements

·         Uniform: New Requirements/ Please take note.

Parents, will you kindly try to keep up with these items this year. The reading/supply list will be placed on the school’s website. The staff will be limited in the summer.


Dates to Remember

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



All Students


New Requirement

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.

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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