November 5, 2013
It has been a busy and productive fall in our school.
Parent conferences have begun. If your child’s teacher has not scheduled a conference with you, you should receive an invitation soon. We offer three formal opportunities to conference with teachers. Remember that you should contact your child’s teachers any time during the year if you have questions or information to share regarding your child’s progress. We value your partnership with us. Once your meeting is scheduled, please make every effort to remember the conference date and time. The teachers are working very hard to accommodate the needs of all families, and rescheduling is a challenge. We appreciate and thank all of you for your partnership.
On October 30, the school gathered in the gym for our second Community Meeting of the year. Mrs. Melevsky’s and Mrs. Lemay’s classes planned the Halloween meeting for the rest of the school. It was a special gathering and a fun celebration of the day.
Playground coverage does not begin until 8:05. If you choose to bring your child to school prior to this time, you are responsible for supervision. Other parents on the playground are not responsible for children other than their own. Parents have mentioned that the “drop off” area is getting clogged with empty cars at drop off time in the mornings. This area is for short-term parking only. Walk your child quickly to the playground and then drive off. If you are staying longer than a couple of minutes, you must park in the parking lot.
We have made some changes to our drop-off/pick-up procedures. At the beginning of the year, we asked that, for safety, parents and siblings not enter the playground area during school hours of 8:05 AM-3:25 PM. Thank you for respecting this arrangement. We are finding it much easier to canvas the playground and monitor behaviors this way, and we appreciate your cooperation. Last week we made another adjustment to the pick-up procedure at dismissal. If you are picking your child up at the end of the day, your child will go out on the playground with the rest of the class, drop the backpack off on the “dismissal line” by the recess door, and play until the bell rings at 3:05. At that time, all children who are being picked up will line up, and Mrs. Olson will lead them into the corridor where they will meet you. Sign out in the office should be done before greeting your child. Please speak to Mrs. Olson so she will know your child is safely with an adult.
Common Sense Media is a great resource that can help families navigate the media environment. Here are some tips designed for families of elementary age children:
1. Set limits.
On time and place, and choose age-appropriate TV, movies, music and games.
2. Make rules.
Cell phones belong outside the classroom and away from the dinner table. If your kids wouldn’t say something to someone’s face, they shouldn’t text it either.
3. Discuss safety.
Tell them what kind of photos, videos and information are okay to post online.
4. Be a media critic.
Teach your kids not to believe everything they see or hear. Online, in the movies or on TV. Talk to them about media messages, what you agree with and what you don’t.
5. Join the fun.
Watch, listen and play with your kids. Ask their opinions and embrace their world!
· Common Sense Media
· NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children
Please check Lost and Found in the gym. Prior to the Thanksgiving break, we will clear the cubbies and send everything to Goodwill.
If you are clearing out closets for outgrown clothes, might you consider contributing to our “borrow box”? At this point we have no pants, a few shirts, and no socks. Thank you for considering.
Please note the following upcoming dates. Also check our website at http://www.yarmouthschools.org for on-going school information.
Nov. 11 Veterans Day Celebrated - No School
Nov. 27-29 No School on Wednesday-Friday
As we approach the season of giving thanks, I want to thank you for the honor of working with your children each and every day.
Ellen Honan, Principal