January 27th Open Circle Luncheon
Let it Go…….Let it Go……..Sound familiar? The students, pictured above, from Main Street School with the characters from Frozen are being honored for recognizing the feelings of others. “Feelings” is a theme that appears throughout the Open Circle curriculum. Students at Main Street School learn to recognize and express their own feelings in healthy and safe ways. They also learn how to recognize the feelings of others and help them when they can. Congratulations to our students honored during this special luncheon.
Principal's January 2016 Letter
January 12, 2016
Dear Main Street School Families,
This is the winter that is struggling to happen. I have my fingers crossed and am hoping that there will be some snow available to give students, who are signed up to try snow shoeing for our After School Enrichment starting on January 21st, an opportunity to try it.
Full Day Kindergarten- Many years of hard work and study about the possibility of full day Kindergarten are coming to fruition this budget year. After a great deal of study and deliberation the Exeter School Board anticipates that it will be putting forth a warrant article to raise $5,400, 000 to support the building of an eight room addition to MSS that will enable us to house Full Day Kindergarten for all of the students. The Exeter School District budget and any proposed warrant articles will be voted upon on March 8th. It is the vision of the Exeter School Board that implementation of a Full Day Kindergarten is a necessary part of a high-quality education program for all students and should be implemented in the Exeter School District as soon as possible.
There are many ways that we expect that having a Full Day Kindergarten program at MSS would be different for our Kindergarten students. It would give us more time to support foundational skills, while also allowing us to have a more unhurried day that meets the developmental needs of our students. This would include more opportunities for creative learning and opportunities for peer interaction and the application of social skills. There would be a chance to explore subjects such as science, social studies, the arts, and health in more depth. In addition we would be able to provide additional differentiation of instruction and flexible grouping of children according to their needs and interests.
If this warrant passes in March, the building process would begin during the 2016-2017 school year. The bulk of construction would take place during the 2017-2018 year and Full Day Kindergarten would start the fall of 2018.
If you are interested in learning more about Full Day Kindergarten, I will be sharing an update at the PTO meeting this month on Tuesday, January 19th at 7:00 pm in the MSS library. I also encourage anyone who is interested in this proposal to attend the deliberative budget session that will be held at Lincoln Street School on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 7:00 pm. This would be an important time to ask questions and share your input.
Health Office Reminder- To provide a healthy and safe environment for everyone in the school, we request that families make arrangements to keep their children home during communicable phases of illnesses. This includes but is not limited to the following:
· 24 Hours of antibiotic therapy, for diagnosed Strep Throat or Bacterial Conjunctivitis
· 24 Hours following fevers over 100.5 degrees without medication, vomiting or diarrhea
· Sore throat accompanied by headache, fever or swollen glands
· Coughs accompanied by colored phlegm or fever, undiagnosed rashes
We greatly appreciate your support in helping to keep everyone healthier.
Bulletins and Notices- Please find attached to this letter a flier about the 68 Hours program that was written in December. Any support that you can provide this program or donations that you can give to the local food bank at St Vincent De Paul Community Assistance Center in Exeter on Lincoln Street are needed and greatly appreciated.
I wish you a great start to the New Year.
Kindergarten Registration Night Feb. 18th
is KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION NIGHT for Kindergarten students that will be entering MSS in the Fall of 2016-2017: The time of the registration is . Please note that this registration event is for PARENTS/GUARDIANS only, children are discouraged from attending. School personnel including our principal, office staff, nurse, guidance counselor and teachers will be present to answer your questions and speak about the Kindergarten program. Registration packets can be picked up in our main office starting on . They will also be available during Registration Night. Children that are eligible to attend kindergarten in the Fall of 2016 must be Exeter residents, and age five (5) by. When returning the completed registration packet by the due date listed on the cover, you should also enclose the following required documents: a photocopy of your child's state issued Birth Certificate, his/her latest Physical Exam, his/her latest Immunizations, and proof of Exeter residency in the form of a recently dated utility bill that has been mailed to your address.
Principal's December Newsletter
December 7, 2015
Dear Main Street School Families,
Writing is a focus at MSS- Writing expert Ruth Culham stated, “When we write about things that matter to us, it provides us with the courage and momentum to keep going.” Writing has been a major focus of the curriculum work that teachers have been engaged in this year.
We continue to use the Picturing Writing program designed by Beth Olshansky to help students visualize and organize ideas for writing based upon student created collages. The combination of art and literacy helps students to use their creativity while developing their ideas. It also provides students with learning experiences that encourage students to use rich vocabulary in their written pieces.
Under the guidance of our curriculum director, Karla Putney, the teachers have worked together to choose resources and create rubrics that they felt were most appropriate for their grade levels. These rubrics support students writing in the three genres of narrative, informative, and persuasive writing. One of multiple expectations for a well-developed piece in Kindergarten includes using a combination of pictures and words to express an idea, while one of the expectations for a well-developed piece in second grade includes providing many rich details to create an image of the topic. These rubrics give teachers a common way to assess student writing and provide consistent feedback to students on their writing pieces.
Teachers have engaged in a great deal of professional development this year on the topic of writing. We were pleased to welcome back Beth Olshansky, who trained staff new to MSS on the Picturing Writing process. In addition, nationally know writing expert Laureen Reynolds met with teachers to share information about best practices for teaching writing and to connect those practices to the Common Core Standards for writing. She commended the MSS teachers for the high quality of the rubrics they had created. Laureen talked about the importance of conversation and sharing as part of the writing process. She also talked about many creative ways to engage students in writing and described fun ways to use different types of material to promote writing. The MSS staff book group has been reading The Writing Thief by Ruth Culham. Culham’s book emphasizes the importance of using model texts that use reading to teach about writing. Lastly, teachers are able to share the ideas they are doing with writing in their regular Professional Learning Community meetings. The impact of all this work is visible in the hallway where some wonderful student writing has been displayed.
Saftey Update- We need your help to keep our arrival procedures safe when using our valet drop off service. Please make sure that the children get out on the sidewalk side of the car. Adults should stay in the car and wait for a staff valet person to let the child out of the car. Lastly, please don’t pass cars who are in line for valet drop off.
Wellness Update by PE teacher Katie Kearns
"5-2-1-0 Healthy NH" is a statewide public education campaign to bring awareness to daily recommendations for nutrition and physical activity. Its message is simple and clear and represents some of the most important steps families can take to prevent childhood obesity:
Fruits and vegetables…more matters! Eat fruits and vegetables at least 5 times a day. Limit 100% fruit juice.
Cut screen time to 2 hours or less a day.
Participate in at least one hour of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day.
Restrict soda and sugar-sweetened sports and fruit drinks. Drink water and fat-free/skim or 1% milk instead.
In support of the 5210 wellness program, Main Street School and Lincoln Street School are recognizing each component of the program throughout the school year. Over the months of November and December, our schools are promoting the "1" in 5210, which represents "1 hour or more of daily physical activity." With the holidays and cold weather approaching, it is even more important to get outside and play. Something as simple as taking a walk with family, going for a bike ride, or turning on some music to dance in the living room, if the weather is bad, are excellent ways to stay active and healthy.
Students in PE class at Main Street School are learning about fitness exercises they can do at home including participating in the "Jammin Minute" weekly exercise break to start the day and the "Just Dance Kids" program that can done on the video game system "Wii." All of these activities are great options to engage in on weekends or during school vacations.
There are also several community programs available such as the Exeter Recreation Department, Exeter Bowling Lanes, Karate International, skating at Exeter Rinks or the outdoor Puddle Dock Pond in Portsmouth, The Rye Airfield Indoor Skate park, Blitz trampoline gym, and programs available through the Exeter YMCA. Whatever your preferred activity is, we encourage students and their families to get outside, or stay inside, to play with family and friends during the month of December. We hope all of our students and their families find lots of ways to move during this Winter season.
Truly Wonderful Thanksgiving
Truly Wonderful Thanksgiving
The members of the EHS Martha LaPerle Outreach Program would like to extend a heart-felt thank you to everyone in our SAU community for the amazing support received over the last few weeks. Because of your generosity, 190 baskets were delivered to families in need. Your donations of food and gift cards are helping to brighten the holidays for so many; Families with a sick child or parent, one who may have lost a mom or dad, others who may be struggling financially, or for other reasons is on a difficult journey this year.
We would like to thank the many local businesses, neighborhoods, groups, families and individuals who made up food baskets, donated gift cards or made monetary donations directly to the EHS Martha LaPerle Outreach Program. (Too many to name individually. See EHS web page-resources-nurse-Martha LaPerle). Every single donation is instrumental in helping to make the holidays a little brighter for someone. Thank you all!
It truly does take a village!
A village we are so very thankful to be a part of.
If you would like to donate The EHS Martha LaPerle Outreach Program, we will graciously accept the following donations: Local supermarket gift cards, gas cards, Walmart and Target gift cards and cash. (Checks made out to the EHS Martha LaPerle Outreach) Send to EHS Blue Hawk Drive, Exeter, NH 03885 C/o EHS Health Office.
Our biggest outreach is at the holidays however, we do provide assistance to SAU 16 students and families throughout the year.
Again, on behalf to the students throughout SAU 16, we thank you all for your past and future support.
Meg Laverty, RN
Rose Love, RN
EHS Student Senate
Parents please open this webinar to hear Rose Colby give an overview of what Competency Based Education is all about!
Rose is a Competency-Based Learning and Assessment Specialist assisting schools throughout the United States in designing high quality competency, assessment and grading systems. A New Hampshire resident, Rose is a motivational speaker and presenter in the areas of competency-based learning, digital learners, differentiation, and school leadership. She is an author, a consultant to the NH Department of Education, an Adjunct Professor in Educational Leadership at Plymouth State University, has been a partner in the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, and has served as Principal in Residence for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Currently she is working with SAU 16 schools to support our efforts as we move toward implementing competency based education for all of our students. Please click here to watch the video.