Our first trimester is behind us. This fall has been a busy one with fundraisers and events. It is truly a privilege to be a part of such an inclusive community. Parent/Teacher conferences take place this week and your child’s report card comes home tonight. Please remember that Tuesday and Thursday are half-days for conferences and there will be no after school day care on these days since teachers will be in conferences.
This week is not only Parent/Teacher conferences but also our winter book fair. Students are filling out wish lists for books they find at the book fair. These wish lists will come home to you and you can bring them with you to parent/teacher conferences or the story night scheduled this Wednesday. The book fair will be open all three evenings. If you choose to send money with your child’s wish list, the book fair ladies will fill those, but please do not send general amounts of money for students to “shop” the book fair. The students may add a book to their wish list if they find a book they like during the week.
I want to take a moment and brag on our students. For the last few months, we have had monthly safety drills. This last week we had the Barnstable Fire Department here to run a fire drill. The students are all following procedures excellently. During this last drill, the firemen even blocked an exit, to imitate an exit blocked by fire, and the students followed teacher directions to another exit right away. We will continue with monthly variations of our safety drills throughout the year. Please congratulate your students at home for us. I want to thank the teachers and staff that have made this a priority and taught the students how to respond to emergencies.
As the weather changes please remember to send students with appropriate attire for outside activity. We do send students outside when snow is on the ground and they will need appropriate coats, boots, earmuffs, gloves/mittens and the like. We do not send the students out if it too cold or precipitating, but we all need the fresh air and exercise when we can get it.
I am amazed at the mammoth effort put into our playground initiatives. The school community has raised over $40,000 to go toward the playground. We are now working with the school district and the School Committee for remaining needs. I am thankful to work with a district and School Committee so committed to the well-being and safety of the students in our schools. The next step will be to present the raised funds and the proposal for remaining funds to School Committee at an upcoming meeting.
We have a lot going on in the few days we have before Winter Break. Please note the dates and events below.
Monday 12-9-13: Report Cards come home
Tuesday 12-10-13: HALF-DAY for Parent/Teacher Conferences. School ends at 12:00pm
Wednesday 12-11-13: PTO Story Night
Thursday 12-12-13: HALF-DAY for Parent/Teacher Conferences. School ends at 12:00pm
Friday 12-13-13: Last day for book fair