Friendship Valley Elementary School

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The P.R.I.D.E. Program

An elementary alternative general education program

Located At:

Friendship Valley Elementary Campus

1100 Gist Road

Westminster, Maryland 21157


 PRIDE Brochure 2014

Michael Scalzi, Alternative Intervention Specialist



PRIDE STAFF: 2014 - 2015

Dannielle Midkiff,  Humanities, Grades 2 to 5

Cindy Reed, STEM (Math/Science), Grades 2 to 5

Jennifer McClay, Grades K to 1


Kim Muniz,  Supervisior Student Services and Special Programs



Winter PRIDE News 


 Reading Readiness :   

Standard we are teaching this month in PRIDE:

• Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, refer explicitly to the text as a basis for the answers.

What you can do at home to support this standard:

• Read holiday and winters stories together. Have your child come up with 5 quiz questions that he or she can ask you to answer afterwards to see if you understood the story. It's a great way to make sure your child understood the story and a great way for your child to have fun being the "teacher". 


 Writing Wonders:

Standard we are teaching in PRIDE this month:

• Using sequential words in their writing like first, next, then and finally.

What you can do at home to support this standard:

• The holidays and winter are a great time for families to do fun things together. After one of those fun times have your child tell you about it and encourage them to sequence the events. You could even make a scrapbooking page where your child writes a short account of the even and includes pictures.

 Math Minutes

Standard we are working on in PRIDE during this month:

• Recognize and draw shapes having special attributes.  

What you can do to help support this standard at home:

• Have fun with shapes. Have your child draw a snowman using only equilateral triangles or quadrilaterals. Have them use a combination of shapes to draw a winter scene.


Behavior Beat: 

Reward Positive Behavior 

*Students often need something to work towards. A great way to do this at home is to reward your child for good behavior. Draw a picture with dots of something your child would like to do. A slide for time at the playground, a T.V. for extra television time, a pizza for a dinner of their choice. Once you have drawn the picture in dots explain to your child that every time he or she exhibits the behavior you are looking for, you will connect a dot. Once all the dots are connected then your child will earn that special treat.

Here is a quick example of how to use this. If your child often argues when told no you could draw a pizza with dots. Each time your child is told no and doesn't argue you would praise your child, say great job and connect one of the dots on his or her pizza picture. Once all the dots are connected you would have a celebration dinner and let your child pick a pizza place to order from.

This is a great way to make the holidays and all the indoor time during winter more enjoyable for everyone!