CENTERVILLE ELEMENTARY MARCH NEWSLETTER
March 17, 2015
Dear Centerville Families,
It is nice to see all of the green on our students today! Hopefully within the next week we will be seeing the green grass and leaves as well! It has been a long winter, and we are all eager to have outdoor recess.
There have been some fantastic events here at Centerville over the last month. We kicked off March with our Dr. Seuss Read Across America event. This was followed by our Kindergarten Reads Night with our own second grade author, Aleah, reading her book to our kindergarten students. This past week we had our Third Grade Moon Party which was out of this world. All of these things could not be done without the hard work and dedication of our staff and parents. A terrific job by all of you!
Because our new dismissal process of parents picking up their children outside in our loop-not coming in to school-is so successful, we are continuing with dismissal to vehicles for the rest of the school year. PLEASE DO NOT SWITCH LANES! Dismissal is not a race! It is about safely getting our students into vehicles. I have also changed drop off in the morning. If you are directed to the large loop by a staff member, please drop of your child in the large loop. Do not go around busses if they are in the loop. If nobody is there to point you into the large loop, please do not enter. This has cut down significantly on traffic jams that occur in the mornings. As always, we appreciate you following the directions of the staff.
Unfortunately attendance is becoming a growing concern. The school is held accountable for student attendance by the state. We are seeing too many children out of school for reasons not related to illness. Massachusetts’ Law requires that students miss no more than seven days in a six month period. Dismissals and tardiness also counts as absences if there are too many. Our students are expected to be in school from 9:00 – 3:20. It is always best if your child is in school so that they are receiving his/her education. Otherwise, there will be gaps in his/her learning. As always, please contact the school nurse, 508-790-9892, if your child is going to be absent from school.
If you are a third grade student going to fourth grade, you are required to have a physical by August 25th for your child to enter grade four. If your child has already had his/her physical, please get this information to our school nurse, Mrs. Mayers, so that they will be able to begin on time.
I am very excited to announce that we will be conducting our second Student Police Academy in May and June. Our school resource officer, Officer Desrusseaux , is planning on a six week course with support from his Barnstable Police Department colleagues. This course is open to students in the third grade, with a priority given to students who did not attend the academy last year. There will be a flyer coming home soon.
Centerville Elementary School is a safe environment in which all individuals are treated with dignity and respect. Students are educated using a standards based curriculum. Our instruction utilizes best practices to meet the individual needs of all of our students academically, socially and emotionally. Staff is accountable for ensuring that all students demonstrate progress as evidenced by common grade level, district, state assessments, and individual education programs.