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Principal's October 2014 Newsletter

 

            October 6, 2014

Dear Main Street School Families,

Pancake Breakfast- It was great fun to see so many of you at the Exeter Fall Festival this past Saturday. My pancake making skills were put to the test as I tried to create perfectly symmetrical round pancakes.  My successes at achieving this goal were hit and miss, but I hope they were still tasty.  This was a great opportunity for the PTO to raise some additional funds.  The money they provide to the Exeter School District helps our schools in many ways; including helping offset the cost of our fall field trips. If you are not already active in the PTO, I encourage you to join.  We are lucky to work with such a wonderful group of parents. 

Open House- On September 11th we held our Fall Open House.  The teachers and I were pleased to have the chance to share curriculum information with you and also give you the opportunity to get to know us a little better.  Each year I track the number of families who attend our Open House evenings and was surprised to see that we had a drop from about eighty percent last year to about seventy percent participation this year.  Given that we did not have a Kindergarten orientation on the first day of school this school year, I would have expected the opposite result.  The staff and I discussed this observation.  We wondered if we didn’t advertise as well, or if having it earlier in September created more conflicts.  We also talked about how we could improve the evening.  One suggestion I will try next year will be to include a brief Principal Presentation sharing our goals and news for the year.  If you have any suggestions on what we could do ensure a high level of participation, please feel free to e-mail me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 

Student Assemblies and Professional Learning Communities- This coming

Friday Ms. Cadorette and I are looking forward to hosting our second student

assembly with the first and second grade students.  Throughout the year we

hold monthly student assemblies.  The purpose of these assemblies is two fold.

They provide us an opportunity to meet curricular goals, such as the Social Studies curriculum goal of helping students learn to identify the lives and contributions of people associated with national holidays.  The topic of this Friday’s assembly will be Columbus Day.  These assemblies also provide classroom teachers the opportunity to meet with a small group of teachers in Professional Learning Communities where they can focus on student learning.  This year in their Professional Learning Community the teachers will be addressing four key questions about their students learning of literacy skills.  These questions include:                

         1) What literacy skills do we want each student to learn?

         2) How will we know when each student has learned it?

         3) How will we respond when a student experiences difficulty in learning?

         4) How will we respond when a student has learned it?

As part of the assembly on Friday we will also be focusing on the Open Circle lesson about cooperation.  Columbus would not have successfully sailed across the ocean without cooperation from his crew.  There will be a chance for some songs,  a movement activity,  and a few Columbus Day jokes.  You may want to ask your child, “What did George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Christopher Columbus all have in common?”                                                                                                Sincerely yours,

                                                                                                Steve Adler

 

Office note about Dogs- If you have a dog in the car during morning drop off, please make sure it is both friendly and fully under control.   It is important that when staff open car doors that they can do so safely.  Also, if you walk a dog to school during the afternoon pick up, we ask that you keep the dog on the grass island with the Main Street School sign to ensure both the safety and comfort of the children and adults leaving the school.  Thank you. 

 

 

 

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.  

Please make sure to return the "loaned" books to your child's "new" teacher by Friday, September 5, 2014 along with their completed summer reading calendar so that students will be acknowledged for their summer reading. 

MSS Family Math Night Resource Packet

MSS Family Math Night Resource Packet

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