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Picture this
 Good readers form mental pictures as they read. To improve your child's comprehension, read a book without letting him see it. Then, ask him to guess what the illustrations look like, Examples: How are the characters dressed? Is the setting bright or gloomy?




Be there! Regular attendance in elementary school sets up a good pattern for your youngster's entire school career. Show your child that school comes first by trying to keep days off for illnesses and family emergencies. Also, schedule routine doctor and dentist appointments for after school or over school breaks.



Line them up Sometimes kids get math problems wrong simply because they haven't lined up the numbers correctly. Try this. Have your child work problems on graph paper, using one box per number. Once she gets used to this system, she'll be able to transfer her lining-up skills to regular paper.



Worth quoting:

Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much.” Blaise Pascal


If you have any questions about anything at Brownstown Elementary, please email me or call me directly at (812) 358-3680.


Brownstown Elementary – Where Learning Begins, Building a Better World One Student at a Time!!



Have a great week,

Mr. McCool




12/15

Show your child how important reading is to your entire family



Reading shouldn't always be a solo act! Involve your whole family in preparing your child to be a reader. To make language learning a family affair:

*Share family history.

Ask siblings, aunts, uncles, grandparents and cousins to tell your child

stories about your family's past.

*Create a reading nook.

Set aside a comfy spot at home where everyone can plop down with a book. Have a family reading time a least once a week- everyone gets together and reads!

*Read all day long.

Look at street signs. While grocery shopping, ask your child to help you find specific products. Even if he can't read yet, he can look for the in ketchup or the b in bread.




“The things I want to know are in books.” - Abraham Lincoln



If you have any questions about anything at Brownstown Elementary, please email me or call me directly at (812) 358-3680.


Brownstown Elementary – Where Learning Begins, Building a Better World One Student at a Time!!



Have a great week,

Mr. McCool







11/23

Thanksgiving is a time we give thanks for all that we have: the clothes that we wear, the food that we eat and the school our children attend.
This Thanksgiving, be thankful for the good in your life, the good you can share and the good that is yet to come.

I truly wish each and everyone of you a Happy Thanksgiving!


Mr. McCool


11/16

Writing and reading are connected:

Your child is advancing through school, which means they are using writing more often to illustrate their understanding of reading.  For example, they might have to write a report after reading a book.  As your child’s reading and writing matures, they will be expected to:

  • Write about reading assignments in order to think more deeply about them.

  • Focus on forming ideas rather than simply forming letters.

  • Revise and edit work so it makes sense and includes descriptive words.

  • Continue improving spelling and grammar.

Your child always benefits from your support.  Remember to give compliments and display their work proudly!

Here is a question from the “Reading Advisor” 



Question:  My child gets frustrated when they can’t read unfamiliar words.  What can I do?

Answer:  Help them read the word slowly to identify the sounds of the word.  Then ask, “What word would make sense in the story?”  A guess based on context may be correct.  Be available for your child when they need help.  This lets them feel more in control of their reading process.



If you have any questions about anything at Brownstown Elementary, please email me or call me directly.



Brownstown Elementary – Where Learning Begins, Building a Better World One Student at a Time!!



Have a great week,



Mr. McCool




 

11/10

We had 93% of our parents attend parent/teacher conferences this year.  If you missed a conference, please contact your child’s teacher to reschedule.  It is very important to keep in contact with your child’s teacher.

I want to thank the parents for being so creative in bringing in healthy snacks for birthdays and classroom celebrations.  Remember to call the office when you want to eat lunch with your child on their birthday.

Important Date:  This Wednesday, November 4th is picture retake day.



If you have any questions about anything at Brownstown Elementary, please email me or call me directly.


Brownstown Elementary – Where Learning Begins, Building a Better World One Student at a Time!!



Have a great week,

Mr. McCool



10/20

I just want to remind all parents and guardians that Parent/Teacher Conferences will be taking place at Brownstown Elementary School next week on Monday, October 12th and Tuesday, October 13th.  Our PTO will also be running a book fair in our school’s cafeteria each evening of Parent/Teacher Conferences.

The essential foundation of school-community cooperation has always been – and always will be – the parent-school partnership.  Nobody knows your child as well as you do.  This is why taking part in parent-teacher conferences is one of the most important ways you can help your child succeed in school.

Conferences help you monitor your child’s progress in school.  They help nip problems in the bud.  They help parents truly get acquainted with the school and the teacher.  The resulting home-school alliance helps the child build self-esteem and learn to value doing well in school.

Here are some quick tips on how to make the most of your conferences with the teacher: 

1.       Plan the time

2.       Make a list of questions

3.       Share information

4.       Take a cooperative attitude

If you have any questions about anything at Brownstown Elementary, please email me or call me directly.

Brownstown Elementary – Where Learning Begins, Building a Better World One Student at a Time!!


Have a great week,


Mr. McCool







9/28


I just want to remind all parents and guardians that the PTO is selling the McDonald’s drink cards.  You can purchase the cards for $10.00 in the school’s office.  The drinks on the cards are the same as last year.  The first day to use the new cards will be Monday, September 28th.  We have 500 of the cards to sell.  I want to thank McDonald’s and our community for supporting our students at Brownstown Elementary.

Short Notes from the Principal:

Excellent Attendance

Being in school every day means your child won’t miss out on learning.  Try to schedule appointments and family trips outside of school hours.  If they ask to stay home “just because,” remind them of what they will miss, such as their reading group or art class.  Explain that they can be absent only if they are sick or it there is a family emergency.

Eat Meals Together

You may have heard that it’s important for families to eat dinner together.  But other meals count, too.  If you work in the evenings, maybe you could make time for a family breakfast.  On a weekend, try a picnic lunch! Research shows that children who regularly eat meals with their families tend to do better in school.

If you have any questions about anything at Brownstown Elementary, please email me or call me directly.

Brownstown Elementary – Where Learning Begins, Building a Better World One Student at a Time!!

Have a great week,

Mr. McCool


9/14


I just want to remind all parents and guardians that the KID’S Klub Surveys are due Monday, September 14th and our PTO’s fundraiser will end on Tuesday, September 15th.  School picture day will be Wednesday, September 23rd. 

Homework solutions that work:

Like an actor rehearsing their lines or a batter working on their swing, your child does homework to practice what they have learned in school.  And if they are like most youngsters, homework brings occasional challenges.  Here are some solutions to common problems they might face:

Getting started:  When your child gets home from school they might want to relax for a little while, or they might want to jump right in and work.  Develop a routine that works for your child and try to stick to that routine.

Staying motivated:  Does your youngster ever feel restless when they are doing their homework?  Suggest that they get up and move to a new spot.  A planned break can also give them a second wind.

Solving problems:  Help your child to make a list of strategies they can use when they get stuck.  Examples might include using a dictionary or rereading a paragraph.

If you have any questions about anything at Brownstown Elementary, please email me or call me directly.

Brownstown Elementary – Where Learning Begins, Building a Better World One Student at a Time!!


Have a great week,


Mr. McCool

9/8

I want to welcome you to my blog and the newest way to relate information and happenings at Brownstown Elementary.  I will be updating this blog each week.  If you have any questions about anything at Brownstown Elementary, please email me or call me directly.

 Tips for Reading Success:

Want to spend time with your youngster, build their reading skills and help them love books?  You can do all three when you read aloud to them.  Here are some suggestions:  read to your child every day at bedtime, during a sibling’s practice or when you get home from work.

Parents- look for information coming home dealing with the PTO’s fundraiser and a KID’s Klub Survey.

Brownstown Elementary – Where Learning Begins, Building a Better World One Student at a Time!!

Have a great week,


Mr. McCool

9/14


I just want to remind all parents and guardians that the KID’S Klub Surveys are due Monday, September 14th and our PTO’s fundraiser will end on Tuesday, September 15th.  School picture day will be Wednesday, September 23rd. 

Homework solutions that work:

Like an actor rehearsing their lines or a batter working on their swing, your child does homework to practice what they have learned in school.  And if they are like most youngsters, homework brings occasional challenges.  Here are some solutions to common problems they might face:

Getting started:  When your child gets home from school they might want to relax for a little while, or they might want to jump right in and work.  Develop a routine that works for your child and try to stick to that routine.

Staying motivated:  Does your youngster ever feel restless when they are doing their homework?  Suggest that they get up and move to a new spot.  A planned break can also give them a second wind.

Solving problems:  Help your child to make a list of strategies they can use when they get stuck.  Examples might include using a dictionary or rereading a paragraph.

If you have any questions about anything at Brownstown Elementary, please email me or call me directly.

Brownstown Elementary – Where Learning Begins, Building a Better World One Student at a Time!!


Have a great week,


Mr. McCool






 

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Brownstown Elementary School
Mr. Tom McCool, Principal
Mr. Mike Kelley, Ass't. Principal
612 S. Base Road
Brownstown, IN  47220

Voice:  812-358-3680