Students who have entered PreKindergarten and Kindergarten are required to participate in a school screening, usually done within the first few weeks of the school year. This year, screening will take place during the school day on Thursday and Friday, October 7th and 8th, 2021. Make up dates will be available as needed.
The results of this screening are one of the measures used to help identify young children who need further testing or help with academic skills. Please find questions and answers to the most commonly asked questions about the screening below.
Will this screening tell me if my child is ready for PreKindergarten or Kindergarten (depending on which grade they are entering)?
The DIAL-4 is not a readiness, diagnostic, or intelligence test, nor will it determine whether or not your child goes to PreKindergarten or Kindergarten. It is a screening tool that is designed to identify young children who need further testing or help with academic skills. The best person to discuss your child's readiness for PreKindergarten or Kindergarten is your child's teacher and your pediatrician.
What screening tool is used?
The DIAL-4 is the developmental screening used by Alexander Elementary. It is designed to measure the most fundamental or basic concepts that are acquired by young children.
What areas does the screening examine?
The DIAL -4 examines three major areas as follows:
Motor: Catching, jumping, hopping, skipping, building, thumb and finger motor skills, cutting, copying and name writing.
Concepts: Identification of body parts, colors, rapid color naming, counting, positions, concepts (big/little), and shapes
Language: Personal data, articulation, objects and actions, letters and sounds, rhyming and I spy, problem solving, and intelligibility.
Does the screening examine any other areas?
Yes. The screening operators take behavioral notes. These observations may be used to explain individual variations in the way children approach the tasks given in the screening.
Operators also note if the child has English as a second language or if they exhibit speech patterns that may need to be examined more closely.
Does my child need to wear anything special for the screening?
Yes. Each child should wear loose, comfortable clothing. They should wear sneakers because they will be asked to hop and jump; this is difficult to do in other types of footwear.
How long will the screening take?
The screening takes approximately 45 minutes - 1 hour in total.
Who are the Screening operators?
Alexander Elementary PreKindergarten/Kindergarten Teacher and Staff.
When will I hear the results of the screening?
We hope to send the results of the screening home by US mail in the next few weeks following the screening.
Is there anything that I need to do?
Yes, we ask that the parents/guardians of all PreKindergarten and Kindergarten students please complete the attached questionnaire about their children and return it to the school as soon as possible.
FRIDAY ANNOUNCEMENTS Friday, September 17, 2021
Ø The first Cross Country Practice will be on Monday, September 20th from 2:30 - 3:30pm. Runners should come prepared with water bottles and appropriate footwear and clothing. If you need to have your updated physical faxed to the school the number is 454-7760. First meet of the season is on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 in Calais at 4:00 p.m. Bus will leave AES at 3:00 p.m.
Ø A reminder to please complete your Free/Reduced Lunch form and return to school by the end of next week. While all students eat for free this year, and even if you think your family will not qualify for free/reduced lunches, it is important to complete and return the forms! This helps the State and Federal government forecast and calculate funding that goes directly toward our school.
Ø Please remember to send in all forms that were sent home it’s important to have updated information for your children.
ØWeareincludingsomeinformationaboutreturningtoschoolafteranillness. If you have any further questions regarding this plan it has been updated on the school website.
Ø Remind you children about wearing their masks on the bus. And to send in extra masks as needed.
Ø Lunch Menu for Tuesday will be Baked Ham instead of Baked Chicken.
Ø Stay up to date with news and more on our school website
at alexanderelementary.org OR download the official Alexander Elementary School app on Apple and Google Play app stores.
Parents/Guardians - the School Department's COVID Opening Plan for SY 21-22 has been updated with the following changes:
a. Added clarity to When Should Students Return to School After an Illness section. This is to better reflect MDOE heath information for schools.
b. Added additional information for Close Contacts to inform contact tracing. This is to reflect the updated MCDC information for schools provided on 9/13/21.
Cross Country sign ups are now available for students grades 2-8. Permission
forms are being sent home to parents/guardians today. Permission forms, guidelines, and meet schedules are all available online at alexanderelementary.org/athletics. We are seeking volunteers to help at the
home track meets, please contact the school if you are able to help out.
Sports Physicals: students wishing to participate in athletics must have an
updated sports physical on file with the school office before the official start date of the season. Physicals are valid for one calendar year.
The first Cross Country Practice will be on Monday, September 20th from 2:30 - 3:30pm. Runners should come prepared with water bottles and appropriate footwear and clothing.
A reminder to please complete your Free/Reduced Lunch form and return to school by the end of next week. While all students eat for free this year, and even if you think your family will not qualify for free/reduced lunches, it is important to complete and return the forms! This helps the State and Federal government forecast and calculate funding that goes directly toward our school.
Please remember to send in all forms that were sent home it’s important to have updated information for your children.
Remind you children about wearing their masks on the bus. And to send in extra masks as needed.
There will be an Early Release day for students on Wednesday, September 15th. Students will be dismissed starting at 11:15AM.
A reminder that Student Picture Day will be on Monday, September 13th at 8:30 AM. Please return order forms or complete online orders at: mylifetouch.com using the school code EVTB82D2D.
Stay up to date with news and more on our school website at alexanderelementary.org OR download the official Alexander Elementary
School app on Apple and Google Play app stores.
September 10, 2021
We are pleased to announce that Cross Country season will return for the Fall of 2021, with some changes. Schools in the league will be running head-to-head races against the other schools in their division, with only two schools present at each meet. Each school will also have a bye week to balance the schedule. There are no League Championships or Divisional qualifying meets this year.
Sign up sheets are posted at school and permission slips are being sent home with students on Friday Sept. 10. Permission forms, guidelines, and more are available in the Athletics section of the school website.
PLEASE NOTE: Any student wanting to participate in school athletics must have an up-to-date physical exam from his/her primary care provider. The physical must be submitted to the school office no later than the start date of the sports season. Students will be allowed to participate in school athletics upon receipt of the updated physical.
This year’s schedule is as follows:
All meets start at 4:00 PM
*Meets that are cancelled due to weather or COVID will not be rescheduled
See the next page for more important Cross Country League information:
What: COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic administered by Eastport Health Care
When: September 23 and October 14 2021
Where: Shead High School, Eastport
Who: For eligible students age 12+
Other: First dose of the Pfizer vaccine will be given on 9/23, with the second dose given on 10/14. AES will not be able to provide transportation to the clinic on this day, however, students will be excused from classes to attend.
If you wish to have your child vaccinated against COVID-19, Click here to download the consent form. Return the consent form to your school no later than 09/17/2021.
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