March 7, 2014
Dear Rowe School Families,
Our 100th day celebration on February 12 was quite a party involving the entire school. At our Community Meeting, Mrs. Warren’s class and Mrs. Miller’s class planned wonderful activities for us for the 100th day and Valentine’s Day. It has become our tradition to ask children to bring in 100 pennies, which we donate to a charity or organization in need. As you know, this year we supported the Coastal Humane Society in Brunswick. Each classroom counted the pennies. Each collection of 100 was converted to a construction paper dollar bill and glued onto a school-wide money poster. At the Community Meeting, we counted the dollars which totaled $175 that was delivered to the Coastal Humane Society.
March 2 was Dr. Seuss’ birthday! We celebrated on Monday, March 3, with a festive Community Meeting organized and presented by the students in Mrs. Lincoln’s and Ms.Berry’s first grade classrooms. The Cat in the Hat Came Back…..to Rowe!
Parent conferences were completed this past week. This mid-year conference is intended to help you understand the academic and social progress your child has made this year. Though we know children develop at different rates, we have clear learning expectations for children at each grade level. The conference is also intended to give you a better understanding of where your child stands in regard to these expectations.
Although it may seem early to mention this, we will begin preliminary placement conversations at the end of this month. Over the next several months those adults who know your students very well expend extraordinary amounts of time, care, and thought in placement discussions, as it is essential that balanced groupings be created to provide equal opportunities for all students. We, therefore, do not honor specific placement requests. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
On March 13 and 14, the Rowe Staff will be involved in Effective Responsive Classroom Practices with Andy Dousis, a Responsive Classroom presenter and former mentor to our own Amber Gross. This is our fifth year of being a Responsive Classroom school and the second year we have worked with Andy on improving our proactive and reactive strategies for addressing disruptive and challenging behaviors. On Thursday, March 13, Andy and colleague Susan Lessard, will be in our school observing us at work as well as teaching lessons for us to observe. On March 14 we will receive feedback on our work as well as deepen our knowledge base of effective strategies to help all children learn and grow.
As a staff, we have been reading chapters from Teaching Children to Care by Ruth Sidney Charney. Specifically, we have focused our reading on helping children stop disruptive behaviors through a considered and consistent approach to discipline.
A Few Reminders
Playground coverage in the morning begins at 8:05 AM. Please do not drop your child off prior to that time.
Dismissal is at 3:10. When picking up your child, please abide by our recess rules:
Snow and ice needs to stay on the ground and children are not to be on the stone wall or in the trees.
Important dates and upcoming events to note:
Ongoing Kindergarten Registration for 2014-2015
March 14 Teacher In Service Day – NO SCHOOL for students
March 20 Maine author and illustrator, Chris Van Dusen, will be here for an all day visit
March 24 K-4 Parent Evening sponsored by the PTO. My Brain Made Me Do It: A Parent's Guide to the Neurology of Negative Emotions/Problem Behaviors and Effective Intervention Strategies presented by Dr. Chris Kaufmann
6:00-8:00 PM at Yarmouth Elementary School
April 2 Kindergarten Information Night for parents of incoming kindergarten students
7:00 p.m. at Rowe School
March will be a busy month!
All the best,
Ellen Honan, Principal