Principal's March 2015 Newsletter
March 6, 2015
Dear Main Street School Families,
I hope you all had a wonderful vacation week enjoying the snow here in New Hampshire or finding a warm location to visit. We have a number of exciting events coming up this month.
Read Across America- Once again this March we will be enjoying participating in the NEA's Read Across America. Read Across America is an annual motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community in the United States to celebrate reading on Dr. Seuss’s birthday on March 2nd. This year we will be celebrating this special week by decorating our classroom doors to represent a Dr. Seuss book. Guest readers will be coming to the library, second graders will participate in the Stop, Drop, and Read program that is coordinated with the Exeter Fire Department, and we will be having a Family Story Hour on Friday, March 6th at 6:00 pm in the Main Street School gym.
Picture books, such as those created by Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel), are valuable to share with children for many reasons. The pictures and story are motivating and help to develop children’s interest in reading. They are also an excellent way to elevate the level of vocabulary young children hear. Picture books provide a variety of words that may not typically occur in family conversation. The early acquisition of words is an important way to enhance a child’s education and create interest in the meaning of words. Have fun reading with your child at home.
Exeter Developmental Preschool (EDP) Open House- The EDP will be hosting an open house for interested parents on Wednesday, March 11th from 1:00-2:30 pm at the Farrell Building on 13 School Street. The EDP provides a preschool education for students that have both typical and specialized learning needs. It utilizes the Creative Curriculum, an exceptional standard of teaching that is designed to develop preschoolers cognitive, physical, language, and emotional skills. Theme based activities are used to support student learning in each of these areas. Opportunities for self-selected and teacher directed activities are provided. Families are kept well informed of their child’s progress and parents are provided activities to extend their children’s learning at home.
Well-qualified staff, including teachers certified in Early Childhood and Special Education and Paraprofessionals, teach at the EDP. We offer openings in our two-day a week program and have several options available. Options include morning and afternoon times on Mondays and Thursdays or Tuesday and Fridays. Tuition is $100 per month.
If you are interested in learning more about our preschool and/or getting an application, please call Karen Ringuette at 775-8466 for more information.
Report Cards-Due to the six snow days that we have had this third quarter, report cards will be issued one week later on Friday, April 10th.
March 2015 Open Circle Luncheon
The Cat In the Hat
Check out these students, and the Cat in the Hat, who were honored during our Open Circle Luncheon held on Wednesday, March 4th at Main Street School!
Stop, Drop & Read!
The Exeter Fire Department has joined with the Main Street School teachers to encourage our second graders to read throughout the month of March. Stop, Drop, and Read is a reading incentive program sponsored by fire departments throughout the country. The Exeter Fire Department is bringing this program to the second graders in order to help students make reading part of their daily schedule. Please encourage students to participate and continue to read every day. A big thank you to the Exeter Firefighters for visiting Main Street School’s second graders on Tuesday, March 3rd to kick-off the program.
Elaine Thurston and Carmen Antal Honored for 30+ Years of Service!
Main Street School students and staff were pleased to honor two special cafeteria staff members on Wednesday, January 4th for their 30+ years of service to the district. A BIG thank you to Carmen Antal and Elaine Thurston for their many years of service as well as their dedication and support to the students of Main Street School. These ladies go above and beyond to help make Main Street such a special place!
UPDATED: New Incoming Grade 1&2 Students Registration Night
Registration Night for parents of NEW incoming Grade 1 & 2 students (2015-2016)
Parents and guardians of NEW incoming 1st or 2nd graders for the fall of 2015 are invited to call MSS in March and set up a visit of the school with either Principal Steve Adler or Assistant Principal Beth Cadorette. This tour will be in place of the Orientation Meeting set up for March 18th, which is now cancelled.
Registration packets will be available in our main office starting on March 9th. These packets should be completed and returned to our office along with a copy of your child’s birth certificate, latest immunization/physical exam records, and a recently dated utility bill to showing Exeter residency.
If you have any questions about the registration process, please contact us at (603) 775-8900.