Thursday, May 10, 2018

May 11

Dear Fireside Falcons!
It's been an exciting close to our school year with so many culminating events including field trips, field day and plowing the fields of our Fireside garden. There isn't a day that goes by when I don't stop and give thanks for this amazing home for learning, exploration, and the safe spaces we've created to nuture habits for learning. 

While the staff plays a critical role in our success, it's also our strong volunteer base, as well as the trust and support of our families that makes Fireside truly shine. Speaking of which, the staff was touched by all the creative expressions for staff appreciation week. Thank you Lee Hamiliton and Kate King for coordinating the week! 

Proud of our Destination Imagination Team! 

We hope to see parents at our Volunteer Reception on Tuesday, May 15 from 5:30-6pm for an informal gathering. Please join us for light hors d'oeuvres and a social in the libary at Fireside. RSVP here
We are also appreciative of our community weekend warriors-Dan Wizotsky, Tom Swett, Aidan Swett, Jim Van Nelson, Sebi Van Nelson, Mike Sarver, Isaac Sarver, Gary Norman, Drew Beckwith, Macy Beckwith, Veran Radebaugh and Xixi Shen for their help cleaning up and beautifying Fireside over the Earth Day weekend. They moved branches, raked pine needles and built stairs to the primary playground. 
As we close out the school year, I often try to push the "pause" button during the day, even if for a moment, to truly take in the buzz of learning throughout our school. It's also a time when I reflect on the year, listen to new ideas, and plant seeds for the year to come. 
Over the coming days, I hope all of us take a moment to step back and reflect on the past year, ask your child about their memorable moments and acknowledge their accomplisments.
I am so proud to be a Fireside Falcon and my greatest hope is that every student embodies  the same spirit of Fireside PRIDE.
Proud Falcon,
Mrs. Keppler

Friday, March 9, 2018

March 9

Dear Fireside Families,
It's been a week of inspired literacy, from our guest author on Monday, Gary Hogg, reminding students about "finding their voice as writers" to students exploring their world near and far during writing time. I had a chance to  share stories with students about my time in Ugandan schools teaching Fireside Falcons about the cultural differences, and most of all- our commanalities- the "strong desire to learn." Our literacy events culminated with a "Stop, Drop and Swap" on Friday afternoon where teachers swapped classrooms for read aloud, and we ended the day with a drawing and Kindle giveaway. Our literacy week wouldn't have been possible without the support of our community, staff and planning committee. A special thanks to Chrissie Burg and Rachel Setzke our co-chairs! Our goal at Fireside is to inspire a joy for reading and writing- this was seen and felt throughout the week. Let's maintain the momentum- share stories as a family, engage in a family read aloud, or take a moment to pause and write a "Top 10 list" when you're exploring your world! 
International Potluck- a celebration of our diversity!

Safety continues to be a top priority for us as a school and district. Here is district information regarding steps taken and resources to support safety discussions at home:  Be Ready- District Safety Training
Let's all do our part in protecting the safety of our students and volunteer crossing guards by driving slowly, avoiding illegal u-turns, and being attentive at the start and end of the school day. We are working in partnership with the City of Louisville to remind drivers that "We love our town, please slow down." 
During our School Accountability Meeting Thursday night, our School Counselor, Mrs. Wiilson, shared important tips and information about how we're teaching self-regulation skills to students at Fireside. For more information view the slides from her presentation: The Importance of Emotional Intelligence

The spirit of community is alive and well here at Fireside! Thanks for your support, partnership, and trusting us with your amazing kids. 

Now.....go exploring....onward to next week's Science Fair! 

Thursday, February 15, 2018

February 16

Dear Fireside Families,
     Thank you for attending conferences and for being a partner in your child's learning. Please contact your child's teacher to reschedule if you were unable to attend. A big thank you to our volunteers for providing meals during conference nights. It is such a gift and one we don't take for granted.
     This week I was reminded of why I truly LOVE Fireside- it is the love we all have for our children and the joy they bring to our lives. Expressions of love flowed throughout the school during Valentine's Day, everything from a "love" musical playlist coming from music to love poems, love affirmations and student's artistic expresssions of love on our community chalk art board (thanks to Ms. Sehnert). Read a love poem written by Lynley Sylvan here

In the wake of tragedy, love is what we return to and need to be reminded of. As a parent, should you need any support with discussing safety or the recent school shooting in Florida with your child, here are a few resources:
Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers
How to talk to children about difficult news 

Fireside Community Literacy Week is coming soon! We are excited about launching this year's theme:  “Explore Your World”:  New this year…Fireside students will become a Travel Writer for a Day!  Please see the Family Writing Project for K-2nd graders  and 3rd to 5th-graders for the opportunity to have your child begin exploring at home.
Help your student(s) fill in the Family Writing Project worksheet prior to Community Literacy Week, March 5-9, 2018.  Students will turn the notes they take with their families into a finished piece.  Our aim is to inspire writers of all ability levels to be observant of their surroundings. Join in on the fun!

 A big thank you to all the parents who volunteered to support our free book giveaway during conferences. There's no better way to develop young readers than for students to practice reading books at their independent level. All books that weren't claimed will be donated to support students at schools in Uganda, Africa. To learn more about the non-profit organization started by a teacher, visit Mwebaza Foundation

Friday, February 9, 2018

Feb. 9

Dear Fireside Families,
Thank you for attending conferences this week. Our last night of conferences will be Monday evening, Feb. 12th. Please contact your child's teacher if you still need to schedule your child's conference. Thank you for supporting our goal of 100% attendance- your participation and partnership matter.
Congratulations to our Fireside Falcon spelling champ, 3rd grader, Lila Sannes! She will represent Fireside at tomorrow's regional spelling bee at Platt MS. We wish you all the best Lila! Thanks for making Fireside proud.
School Safety:
As most have heard by now, the BVSD security and communications departments have partnered to implement a new system to keep parents informed during a crisis. When a school is placed in lockout, lockdown, evacuation or shelter in place, an Emergency Alert via phone, text and email messaging will be sent to families. These alerts will be short in order to help inform our parents of the situation. This alert will not include regularly practiced school drills. We request families to be sure contact information, including phone number and email addresses, are updated in Infinite Campus. Once all the contact information in IC is correct, parents can set up an account in SchoolMessenger to set preferences for how they receive communications sent through the system.
To learn more about BVSD district practices Should families choose to opt in for text messaging click here

Friday, February 2, 2018

Febraruy 2nd

Dear Fireside Falcons, 
It was a spirited week indeed thanks to our student council for planning a different costume theme each day. 
Exiciting learning taking place as well in all grades. I happened to listen and learn alongside 5th graders Skyping with a scientist in Antarctica on Monday and learned about famous Coloradoans during today's 4th grade convention. Great to see our students engaged in authentic, meaningful learning experiences! 

We look forward to welcoming parents over the next two weeks at conferences. As a reminder, for grades 3-5 conferences, students are asked to attend and participate. 

As always, thank you for your partnership in learning!

Friday, January 12, 2018

January 12

Dear Fireside Families,
We had a spirited PRIDE assembly today incorporating movement, the 5th grade PRIDE Advisory Team provided examples of "Showing Fireside PRIDE", our counselor, Ms. Wilson, reinforced self-regulation skills, and we announced the return of Fireside's talent show. Coming together as a community provided a strong start to 2018! 

Here are slides from Ms. Wilson's presentation and the Zones of Regulationwebsite should families wish to discuss the framework or learn more about fostering self-regulation and emotional control with their child/ren. I encourage families to consider designating a calming corner at home and incorporating some of the strategies we are using at school. 

Community members may have heard about the loss of a former Fireside student, Will McDonald. We have many fond memories of Will. Our prayers and thoughts are with his family at this very difficult time.  

Blessings to you and your family. 
Enjoy the three day weekend and thanks to each of you for making Fireside an amazing place to learn and grow together!

Friday, December 22, 2017

December 22

Dear Fireside Families,
It is such an honor to be part of this community- we are a family who truly cares about one another. The Food Drive, Giving Tree, Share a Gift and other class organized service projects, are just a few examples of how we pull together to lend a helping hand or support others in need. Thanks to all of you for making Fireside an exceptional place to learn, grow, discover and embrace the true joy of learning! I wish you all the happiest of holidays with loved ones.