Principal Update February 6, 2019

  1. It has been a quick six weeks since the new year.  We have been lucky with the weather, and the consistency of consecutive school days.  This helps with the learning and teaching momentum for our students.  As I mentioned in a previous post, the learning starts to accelerate during the second half of the school year.
  2. We concluded our second round of our IReady Assessments for our 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders.  This is an on-line assessment that gives us valuable information on our students in reading and math. It reports on the academic level and growth of our students.  It is beneficial for our staff, as it helps them monitor their students individually and focus on areas of strength and weaknesses.
  3. Our 4th Grade play this spring will be “Willy Wonka Junior”.  Any 4th grader interested in participating should fill out the registration form that was sent home a couple of weeks ago.  The auditions begin on February 13th.  Any questions about the play, please contact our main office.
  4. During our last half-day, our teachers participated in a very informative professional development on student anxiety.  Jessica Minahan, who is wrote a couple of books on the topic and works with many schools, facilitated the discussion.  She shared excellent information on the increasing amount of children who are experiencing anxiety.  She also was very helpful with simple strategies teachers can utilize in the classroom to assist students who may be showing signs of anxiety.
  5. Our spring MCAS dates have been finalized for our 3rd and 4th graders.  I e-mailed a detailed schedule last week, and I will continue to send out reminders as we get closer to the testing days. Please let me know if you have any questions regarding this assessment.
  6. Our Kindergarten Orientation will be on Thursday, February 28th at 6:30.  It will take place in our cafeteria.  Incoming students need to turn 5 before September 1, 2019.  Please visit our website and under the About tab, click on registration and scroll down to Kindergarten registration.  The latest information and timeline is available.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call our office.