Route 40

Elementary School

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Monthly Newsletter

March 2018 Newsletter

March 9 Professional Day

We have a noon dismissal on March 9 in order for our staff to receive training. We will be creating math assessments or receive training in Orton-Gillingham for reading.

Blood Drive

We are sponsoring a Blood Drive on March 22, 2018 from 12:30 – 6:00. Please contact the school and share with your friends to gain participation.

Grade 5 Science Testing

Grade 5 Maryland Science testing will be on March 14 and 15 for grade 5. We start testing at 9:00 a.m. Please make sure that your child is here in order to start with their group. Children will have to make-up sessions if they are not present when we begin. Please avoid missing any time during testing.

Spring and Class Pictures

Spring and class pictures will be taken on Friday, March 9, 2018. Please make sure your child is ready and review the information that was sent home.

Variety Show

We will be hosting our annual Variety Show on Tuesday, March 27 at 6:00 p.m. In order to make this program a success, we are looking for someone with experience with sound equipment. If you would like to volunteer, please email Mrs. Maust at or call the school at 301-689-6132. Please watch for more information if your child would like to participate.

Applelicious Delivery

Applelicious orders will be delivered March 29, 2018. Please make arrangements to pick up your orders in the afternoon.

Wolf Wear Orders

Order forms have been sent out for Wolf Wear. This is NOT a fundraiser. It is just for those interested in having Route 40 Wolf Wear. Please make sure all orders and money are turned in by March 16.

Book Fair

The Book Fair will be open to parents on March 26 during parent conferences and March 27-30 from 3:30 – 4:00 p.m. Students will be permitted to visit during the day if they have money. Please make sure money comes to school marked with your child’s name and amount.

Love and Logic Tip

I watched a child giving his mother fits in a store. When Mom noticed the boy’s behavior was drawing attention, she lost what control she had and screamed, “That does it! I’ve had it with you! Now I’m not buying you anything!” In a feeble attempt to emphasize her power, she added, “And I mean it!”
Sensing that his mom was now at the end of her rope, he looked right into her eyes and yelled, “I hate you and you’re not going to tell me what to do.”
As I watched, I was filled with sadness for both the child and his mother. I managed to get next to this mother in the checkout line. I handed her my card with a note on the back to send it to the Love and Logic Institute for a free copy of one of my audios. I received a wonderful letter a few months later telling me all about the success she was having with her son.

After listening to
Love Me Enough to Set Some Limits, Mom created a plan for dealing with Zachary and his acting out at the store. The very next day they went shopping. True to form, Zachary started begging for things. In her calm, rehearsed voice, Mom said, “Not a good idea, Zachary. I have to shop without listening to that.”

“All the other kids get stuff when they go to the store!” he yelled. He then grabbed two toys off the shelf and threw them into her cart.

Mom whispered, “That was a really bad decision, Zachary. I’m going to have to do something about that, but not here in the store. Try not to worry about it now.”

A concept Mom learned from Love Me Enough to Set Some Limits:
Warning kids of a consequence reduces

the power of the consequence.

This idea helped her while she implemented the rest of the plan. She phoned a friend who could serve as a rather boring… yet humane babysitter. Mom did not tell Zachary what was going to happen.
At 10 a.m., her friend came to the door. Mom said, “Zachary, I’m going to finish my shopping. It’s going to be a great day. This is so sad. I don’t have the energy to listen to begging and arguing. That’s why you’ll be staying with Jenny. You will need to decide how you are going to pay her for her time. I know you don’t have any money, so you will need to bargain to see which toys she’ll accept for payment."
Mom had a wonderful time shopping, making sure that she was eating an ice cream bar as she walked in the door. “Hi Zachary. How did it go?"
“She made me pay with my remote control car and it’s new!”
A few days later, Zachary started throwing a fit about not getting a Happy Meal in the restaurant. Mom looked at him and sang, “Uh, oh, Zachary. Do you think that might be a bad decision?” Zachary’s eyes got very wide. He became unusually quiet and stopped complaining.
Mom ended her letter by saying, “Thanks for making my life a whole lot easier!”


Thanks for reading!

Jim Fay


March Events

8 Grade 1 Hickory Trip

9 Noon Dismissal

Picture Day

13 PTO Meeting 6:00

14 Grade 5 Science Testing

15 Grade 5 Science Testing

PK and Kindergarten Hickory Trip

4-H 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

16 Wolf Wear Orders and Money due

22 Blood Drive 12:30 – 6

26 No School Parent Conferences

26-30 Book Fair

27 Variety Show 6:00 p.m.

29 Applelicious Delivery

30 No School Good Friday

Important Upcoming Dates

April 30 – May 4 PARCC Testing Grades 3,4 & 5
May 23 Student Exhibition 5 – 7