From the Desk of the NH Fire Marshall
PTO Needs You!
We are actively seeking volunteers. You can help out at one of our community or fundraising events, help us directly raise money, and / or assist on one of our committees. Plus, we're always
looking for more ideas, and people to help make those ideas come to life!
Questions? Want to volunteer? Unsure where you can help?
Contact one of our Volunteer Coordinators:
Open PTO Board Positions for 2014/2015, please inquire for details.
PTO Volunteers Wanted: Help needed in varying capacities with various events throughout the school
year such as the Get Fit In May Road Race, Boys/Girls Night Out, MSS Thanksgiving Feast, Dental Van, baking for PTO functions, and more.
To volunteer in the classroom or become a room parent, please contact your child’s teacher directly.
Other School-wide Volunteer Opportunities:
Library Aide: Complete various tasks at MSS or LSS libraries for the library staff, including re-shelving
books, making bulletin boards and assistance with book fairs.
Art: Assist art teacher as needed.
Music: Offer a performance or showcase a special talent.
Contact a volunteer coordinator to find out how. No amount of time is too small!
Principal's September 2014 Newsletter
September 2, 2014
Dear MSS Families,
Thank you for sharing your children with us. It was a pleasure to welcome them to school last week. We are working hard to get to know each one of them, help them connect with other children, and become familiar with the routines of school. This fall I was especially struck by the similarity of sending a child to kindergarten and sending a child off to their first year of college, as my eighteen-year old son has left home. I found myself wondering many of the same questions I remember thinking about when he went to Kindergarten. Will he make friends and what will they be like? Will he like his teachers? How will he handle this new level of independence? When I ask him about his day, will I get more than a one-word answer? I’m reminded of the degree of trust and faith it takes to see your child head off into a new venture. It’s an exciting time and I look forward to a great school year.
You will have noticed that not all of the facility work we anticipated taking place at MSS this summer was started. We were pleased to see some exciting changes to the classrooms on the first floor. Walls were painted and new carpet was installed. We did not however begin the construction of a new parking lot and playground. The plans and necessary permits are in place to improve parking, relocate the bus lane, and move the playground closer to the school. We had hoped to begin work on the project in early August but the lowest bid we received was significantly over the reserve we have on hand for the project. As a result we will not be moving forward with the playground project this fall. We are exploring adjustments to the scope of the project as well as looking for new funding sources. Once more information and a revised timeline are available, further updates will be provided.
This summer we were pleased to welcome a number of new staff. In addition to three new classroom teachers Lauren Barrett, Shannon Doherty, and Susan Mills who were introduced in my June newsletters, we have seven new faces at MSS. Debbie Ambrose, an experienced teacher who has worked a number of years as both a substitute and aide in SAU 16, has been hired to be the long-term substitute for Marcia Taylor in second grade. Jendiss Frizzell, who was a classroom teacher at Swazey School before staying home to take care of her children, has been hired as a Kindergarten aide. Candidates with teaching backgrounds filled three literacy aide positions. Colleen Lightner had five years of experience as a classroom teacher in Windham, NH. Jennifer Welch interned last year at MSS in first grade, and Sherry Kostenbader came to MSS with four years of teaching experience in Florida. Two special education aides were hired. Jodi Oliver worked as a long-term sub in our preschool last year and Benjamin Phinney, a former MSS student, is currently enrolled in the Masters program at Southern New Hampshire University. In the lunchroom we are pleased to welcome Sam Cousins, who was an active volunteer at MSS for the past three years and is a graduate of the Seacoast School of Technology.
Having a strong partnership with our students’ parents is very important to us. We are proud of the active support our PTO provides the school and for being a Blue Ribbon School for an active volunteer program. You are invited to attend our volunteer training at 6:30 pm and join the first PTO meeting at 7:00 pm in our library on September 16th.
If any of you like to go to yard sales, please know that we could always use more plastic trucks and bulldozers for our sandboxes, as these get extensive wear and tear. If you would like to make a donation, please let us know.
The staff and I truly appreciate the opportunity we have to teach your children and look forward to a great year working with you.
Office Notice: Internet Essentials offers affordable internet for $9.95 per month to eligible students who participate in the National School Lunch Program. Effective immediately new eligible students who sign up before Sept. 20th to the IE initiative will receive the first six months free. If you are interested in learning more about this offer please call 1-855-846-8376.