Principal's June 2014 Newsletter
MAIN STREET SCHOOL /EXETER DEVELOPMENTAL PRESCHOOL
40 Main Street
Exeter, New Hampshire 03833
Steve Adler ph: (603) 775-8946 Beth Cadorette
Principal fx: (603) 775-8964 Assistant Principal
June 9, 2014
Dear MSS Families,
B.B. King said, “The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.” Thank you for sharing your wonderful children with us. We learn from them everyday. It truly has been a pleasure to serve you and your children and work with the talented, caring, and hard working staff of Main Street School.
Last Day for Students-
June 11th- Last day for Kindergarten and Preschool
June 17th- Last day for Grades 1 and 2
New Parking Lot and Playground –
This past month the School Board approved the building of a new playground and parking lot for Main Street School that we anticipate will go under construction this summer. The decision making process that took place to create a conceptual design for this change exemplifies the outstanding quality of the leadership that the Exeter School Board and SAU 16 Central Office provides. I thank them for their strong commitment to the schools and community.
We have needed a new parking lot and playground for a long time. The current design has children crossing the parking lot to get to the playground and requires significant staff supervision to ensure student safety. In addition we have not had enough parking available for staff, volunteers, and visitors.
A large number of plans were created to address these safety and parking problems. The best design was to move the parking lot and bus route along the perimeter and take over Walsh Field, which is currently used by the Exeter Junior Baseball League. The field is owned by the Exeter School Department and the school board could have simply told the baseball league that they would no longer be able to provide them the field space. Instead, the board has approved a plan that creates forty to fifty more parking spots, has a safer playground, and is committed to recreating the Walsh Field on the Lincoln Street School site. There is an existing capital fund that will be used to pay for the construction of the new playground and parking lot.
I thank Mr. Gilbert and Mr. Morrisette from the Exeter Junior Baseball League and the Walsh family for the diplomatic way they worked with the school board and school department for supporting a plan that best meets everyone’s needs.
Summer Skills Packet- We are again sending home a comprehensive summer math and literacy packet that includes a common reading text and that will enable you to extend your children’s learning throughout the summer in a fun and enjoyable manner. Many children lose academic skills over the summer and we hope that this summer packet will help children sustain the skills they have worked so hard to learn.
New Classroom Teachers- This spring we completed an extensive job search for classroom openings in kindergarten and first grade. I am very pleased to be welcoming three talented new teachers to Main Street School. Their names and a little bit of background about each one is shared below.
Lauren Barrett has been hired as a kindergarten teacher. Lauren has been working as a Special Education Teacher for the past two years in East Rochester for Kindergarten, First, and Second Grade. She has taught in our summer reading camp, and was a long-term sub in first grade at MSS. She also was an intern here when she completed her M.Ed. at Southern New Hampshire University.
Shannon Doherty has been hired as a kindergarten teacher. Shannon has worked at the Deerfield Community School for two years as a special education teacher with preschool to second grade students. She also was an intern in a kindergarten classroom in Deerfield where she completed her M.Ed. from the University of New Hampshire.
Susan Mills has been hired as a first grade teacher. This past year Susan worked for MSS as a Literacy Aide and has been an active member of our PTO. Susan worked for eight years as a first grade teacher and two years as a second grade teacher in Dover, NH and in Massachusetts. She has a M.Ed. in Reading from Lesley University.
I wish all of our second grade families a wonderful school year in third grade at LSS. I have truly enjoyed having you as members of MSS and look forward to seeing our returning Kindergarten and First Grade students in the fall.
Summer Skills Packet
Summer Skills Packet- Each student at Main Street School will be coming home with a comprehensive summer math and literacy packet that includes a common reading text and that will enable you to extend your children’s learning throughout the summer in a fun and enjoyable manner. Many children lose academic skills over the summer and we hope that this summer packet will help children sustain the skills they have worked so hard to learn.
MSS & LSS Volunteer Breakfast
A volunteer appreciation breakfast was held on Friday, June 6th to thank all of Main Street School and Lincoln Street School volunteers for their dedication and support for our students and teachers throughout the school year. Thanks for all that you do!
Author Jarrett Krosoczka Visits MSS
Main Street School students had the opportunity to meet author and illustrator, Jarrett Krosoczka. Jarrett visited Main Street school on Friday, May 23rd, sharing his story of how he became an author and illustrator of twenty-three children’s books, and explaining how he turned his ideas into stories. We also celebrated “Lunch Lady Hero Day,” where our lunch ladies were recognized for all of their time and effort into preparing healthy school meals. Pictured here are author, Jarrett Krosoczka, and our lunch lady heroes Elaine Thurston, Sharon Olofson, and food service extraordinaire, Jean Michno.
Johnny the K!