Weekly Family Newsletter – May 14, 2017

For the Week of May 14th through May 20th, 2017. 

A tremendous thank you to all the parents who supported our Spring Book Fair last week! A special thank you to Kristen Bonstein (K1 and 2nd grade parent) who organized the event, volunteers, and classroom signups!

Math MCAS THIS WEEK

This week our students in Grades 3-5 will be taking the Math MCAS. All testing will begin at 10:00am and students may not enter the testing rooms if they arrive after that. Late students will have to take the MCAS at a later time separate from their class.  Students who are absent will take the assessment during planned makeup times.

Please reach out with questions and thank you for making sure students are present and on time during MCAS testing.

Talent Show Permission Slips

Monday May 15th is the last day for students to turn in permission slips to audition for and participate in the talent show! We are hoping more students are able to participate. The talent show is open to every student in the school (an earlier voice message accidentally said Grades 3-5).

Fidget Spinners – BANNED

Recently, fidget spinners (pictured below) have become a popular trend with students. As an inclusion school, we recognize the needs of some students to occupy their hands as a strategy to keep their attention on learning. Unfortunately, this particular tools has caused distractions and, in some cases, conflicts between students. As a result, we are no longer permitting students to bring fidget spinners to school. Should a teacher see a student with a fidget spinner, he/she will confiscate it and return it to the student at the end of the day. If the student brings it a second time, a parent/guardian will have to come to school to pick it up. Please contact the school with questions. 

Fidget
Please do not allow your child to bring fidget spinners to school. They will be confiscated.

Parent Climate Survey

It is that time again for our School Climate Survey for Parents. We have been using these results to reflect on and examine our own practice and to determine how to better support you. In addition, the district is using these results to measure the quality of schools for prospective parents so it is really important to have a strong response rate.

We had a GREAT response rate last year, 45% of our parents returned the survey. This year we are hoping increase that number to 65%.

This year, the survey is ONLY online. We ask that you please complete the survey and send the slip at the bottom of this letter to school withy our child. We will also have a room at Fox Fest on Saturday where you can complete the survey.

http://www.bostonpublicschools.org/climatesurvey

To help you and the students remember, we would like to offer a popsicle and play period for the class with the HIGHEST number of returns.

If you completed the survey on-line, can you please send in the form below so we can count your response. You DO NOT need to do both, please ONLY complete one, the paper copy OR the on-line survey. Please complete by Monday MAY 14th.

Field Day

Please mark your calendars for two important end-of-year events! Our annual Field Day will be on Friday, June 23rd. We will reach out soon to ask for volunteers.

Upcoming Dates

May 15-18 – Math MCAS

May 19 – Talent Show Tryouts

June 2 – Talent Show

June 12 – SPC/SSC Meeting 

June 26 – 5th Grade Promotion (10am at the Roslindale House)

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