We are heading into a few weeks of SBA testing (see Calendar of Events), so I just want to remind everyone to take good care of themselves. Getting plenty of sleep, coming to school rested and ready to learn, is important for students to perform at their best. Students are encouraged to have a water bottle and a healthy snack for before we begin. We will set a positive learning environment and remember to keep this in perspective - it is like any other test. These are some amazing kids, and a test doesn't change who they are or what they are capable of. The SBA shows what they currently understand for their grade level standards. While I want them to do their best and take the test seriously, I don't want them to become overly stressed and focused on this. As we learned in our health unit, stress actually makes thinking clearly very difficult. Please help your child to keep the testing in perspective so that they are more successful in showing all that they know and understand.

We have a lot of learning mixed into the testing that is starting, and we have fun activities coming as we end the school year. Thanks so much for all that you do to support your child and our school!

Please call or email if you have any questions or concerns.

Respectfully,

Michelle Avolio, NBCT
253-373-3279
michelle.avolio@kent.k12.wa.us