Is October really over already? As the old cliché goes, “Time flies when you’re having fun!” It doesn’t feel more accurate than it does right now. The first couple months of school have been amazing!
We have been busy learning how to read, write, master math facts and enjoy the arts, P.E., and music. Many fifth-graders are learning band basics with their instruments under the direction of Mrs. Hanna.
The Naples Chess Club, launched in September by Ms. Jennifer, Michael Cardinal from Bonners Ferry High School, and Sheila Lavala, grew leaps and bounds in just a few weeks. Six new chess boards were purchased to make room for more teams. Most of fourth and fifth grade are now participating in this game of strategy each week.
K-3 has completed their fall benchmark reading assessment. Mid-trimester progress reports have gone home with students. We have conducted a fire drill, an (unexpected) emergency helicopter lockdown and an earthquake drill.
Fifth grade is beginning to dive into the first courses of Microsoft Academy. It should be noted Naples Elementary is currently the ONLY elementary school in the state of Idaho participating in this remarkable training. Most students in Idaho begin in middle or high school. In search of a technology challenge for our students, and knowing they are all capable, we went for it! I want to give a gracious thank you to Ms. Jennifer for helping “boot up” this academy. Miss Sam has now taken over the instruction. It’s going to be amazing when our fifth-graders walk out of Naples in June certified in Microsoft applications.
We recognized our first Students of the Month, selected by their teachers for consistently being Safe, Civil and Productive. These students included: Milica Gatto, Colton Alderman, Kinzie Bradley, Couper Hart, Tatem Ramirez, Dahlia Wood, Christian Carson, Aspen Haver, Baby Willow DeFalco, Brody Atkins, Jordan Larson and Hannah Gardner. This month, our support staff will also be selecting Students of the Month. We value the support you give your children at home in becoming Safe, Civil, and Productive citizens at school, home, and in their community. It shows here at school!
On Nov. 16, Naples students will participate in their first HATS event for the year. They will have the opportunity to select one two-hour course to immerse themselves in an activity rooted in the Humanities, Arts, Technology and/or Science. We would like to invite parents and community to support the program by volunteering to instruct a course or come and lend an extra set of hands. Please call 208-267-2956 or email Robin at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.