Wilbert Snow Elementary School
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Mark Proffitt, Interim Principal
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June 2015 Calendar of Events
Principal’s Newsletter for June 2015
This has been another amazing year filled with dozens of examples of what a special community we have here at Snow! The children have worked extremely hard to meet grade level standards in reading, writing, and math. The teachers have consistently planned lessons to support students in reaching their potentials, and the relationships and rapport between teachers and students continues to be strong and positive. Families are supporting their children’s education by encouraging children to practice reading, sight words, math facts, and fluency. With all of us (families, teachers, students) working together, great gains are made!
As a school staff and as a parent involvement committee, we look at student achievement data from across the school year. Here are some of our end of year celebrations:
98% of kindergarteners and 93% of first graders met end of the year goals on the Fountas & Pinnel Reading Comprehension Test (Level C or higher)
82% of 5th graders, 89% of 4th graders, 64% of 3rd graders, and 83% of 2nd graders met grade level expectations of Aimsweb – RCBM (timed reading fluency test).
Almost every student in grades 2-5 made more than a year’s growth on their timed reading and math facts Aimsweb tests. This shows that regardless of a child’s score in the fall, children are making more than a year’s growth in these two important areas.
AVOID THE SUMMER SLIDE: every year we celebrate how much progress students have made throughout the school year. One of the reasons children make so much growth is the daily support and intervention that children receive. For many students, it is critically important that they keep up with their reading, writing, and math over the summer.
Teachers are creating summer packets for many children to work on over the summer. Fifth graders will be reading Wonder in preparation for 6th grade at Keigwin Middle School. If you would like some extra work for your child to practice over the summer, please contact your child’s teacher.
My advice to all children is to practice their daily reading, math facts (+, -, x, division), and sight word lists. In addition, I am sending home a list of fantastic reading comprehension questions that you can ask your child after reading. The questions come from Closer Reading by Nancy Boyles and are aligned to the new common core state standards. The students can also write written responses to some of the questions. Many children need this consistent practice, so your help with this is appreciated!
Please use the materials in the purple/green folders that were given to children on Friday, June 12. Inside the folders are some great activities and incentives for all children!
Earn mini ducks by completing reading and writing activities and by attending summer events
Participate in our 4 summer events at Snow School (sponsored by our amazing PTO), where children can get free books and mini ducks by attending
Book Mobile Schedule – I am driving the van filled with books on July 29! Come say hello! J
Bookmark with comprehension questions
Mrs. Fitzpatrick’s reading challenge
Another celebration is Snow School’s fantastic ATTENDANCE! I want to celebrate that Snow School students in K-5 have the best attendance throughout all 11 schools in Middletown. Only 4% of our students are considered chronically absent, which is a big improvement. I want to thank all of the families who value the importance of children being in school every day. Because most children come to school regularly, teachers are able to work consistently with children on their skills. I want to specifically thank the families and children who have improved their attendance throughout the year. Your support is greatly appreciated!
Perfect Attendance for 2014 – 2015 – congratulations
Nelson R. Ava D. Elias B. Amina E. Wilhelm N. Micaela S. Emily Z.
Diya P. Isabella S. Carley C. Taliq P. Kanushi N. William B. Siya P.
Grace L. (these are the most students we have had in over 10 years) J
Another exciting celebration is the incredible improvements we have made with TECHNOLOGY. I am happy to announce that by the Fall of 2015, every kindergarten – grade 5 classroom will have a working projector, an interactive whiteboard or Smart Board, and a document camera. This has been a long term goal of mine to accomplish, and we have met this goal due to many wonderful community partners.
Snow School PTO (money raised from Walk-a-thons and fund-raisers)
Minds in Motion (percentage of money raised goes directly to technology)
Board of Education budget, which has recently increased funds to schools for technology
Snow School budget (for years, a portion went to support technology)
Another amazing aspect to Snow School are the wonderful GRANTS and Community Resources that have recently been implemented. By working closely with many community partners, children’s educational experiences are broadened and families are supported.
Rockfall Foundation awarded a grant for outdoor explorations for kindergartners, grade 1, grade 4
Middlesex County Community Foundation partnered with the Wadsworth Mansion for nature walks and an exploration of the living world around Snow School for third graders
Exxon Mobil on Washington Street and Target Dept. Stores awarded grants to staff for projects
YMCA, Connecticut Food Bank, and Wesleyan University provide wrap around services, food, and many volunteers to help with tutoring, exploring science, providing bread to families, and before/after school care
Community Health Center is providing a certified behavioral specialist to help families
Family School Connection is providing a liaison between families and the school for support
Mobile Dental provides teeth cleaning to dozens of children twice a year
School Readiness Grant opens dozens of slots for children to enroll in preschool
Our school benefits tremendously from these grants and services! Thank you to everyone who supports us!
FIFTH GRADE GRADUATION: Our talented fifth graders will be graduating on Tuesday, June 16. To celebrate their hard work, we will hold a graduation assembly at 11:00 am on June 16. The graduation will be followed by a cake reception organized by parent volunteers! Please join us in celebrating our fifth graders!
YEARBOOKS ARE STILL ON SALE: If you would like to purchase a yearbook, there are still some on sale for $10. You or your child can bring the $10 to the office. I want to give a huge thank you to Parent Tammy Czaja for organizing the yearbook this year. Running the yearbook is a huge task, and the quality of what Tammy put together is amazing!!!!! I also want to thank many of you who took pictures at different events and trips throughout the year.
Teacher Assignments for the 2014-2015 school year will be mailed home to all families the week of August 17, 2015. All families will have an opportunity to meet their children’s teachers on the evening of August 24, 2015, for our Open House – more details to follow.
TALENT SHOW was a huge success! It always amazes me to see how many children can get up on stage and sing, dance, or perform in front of a large audience. We are all so proud of the children! The Talent Show would not be possible without the help from some very dedicated parents. Please join me in thanking Mrs. Cochrane, Mrs. Czaja, Mrs. Czerwonka, the Kline Family, our custodial staff, and Ms. Polewacz. In addition, our amazing DJ’s and emcee should be applauded for all of their hard work and flexibility. Parents Wendy Berry and John Corvo do an excellent job of playing music and organizing the event. Their experience and professionalism are incredible! They also are part of Stay Tuned, a piano and vocals duo (sometimes a trio) that plays a mix of adult contemporary music from the 60’s through today. Stay Tuned is bound to get you singing along to all your favorite new and old popular hits. More info contact: John Corvo or Wendy Berry 860-601-1407 or visit our Facebook https://www.facebook.com/staytunedduo
FREE LUNCH THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER! Please read the flyer in the Tuesday folder about free lunch for any child in Middletown. Thanks to the Community Renewal Team, there will be three locations that will serve lunch from Monday – Friday, June 22 – August 21. For more information, call 860-347-4465.
Middlesex County Historical Society is pleased to announce that several of our third graders submitted prize-winning entries in the 2014 William E. Sheedy Memorial History Contest. Please join in congratulating …
Diya P., Obsidian R., Isabella L., Dahlia G., Elise K.
Your teachers and I are very proud of you and for all of your classmates for your efforts and writing talents! Enjoy your summer! Jim Gaudreau, Principal
Snow School teachers want to recognize and Celebrate all of the children who met their reading goals. Encouraging reading on a daily basis is important, and many children rose to the reading goal challenge. Congratulations! We want to thank Mrs. Fitzpatrick, Ms. Breslin, Ms. Rafala, and our parent volunteers for helping to set up this special day!
Students Who reached King or Queen status during the Royal Read-a-thon
Kindergarten Grade 1 Grade 2
Brody Jillian Elias Michael
Anya Tea Mia Carley
William F Colton Lindsey Isabella
Jaxon Eli Olivia Marc
Nabeel Abby Zuzanna Ailish Zion Elijah Ben
Ava Rishita Lily
Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5
Alex Amari Allegra
Vanessa Cooper Josh
Jenna Sierra Gabe
Sarah Michael Melanie
Carter Wilhelm Leukana
Nathan Justin Skye
Samantha Samantha John
Olivia Lindsay Dayanara
Karry Miles Jayda
Shiaowei Micaela Nelson
Diya Yasmine Nicholas S
Ulijah Chelsie Grace
Jordyn Sapphire Isabella
Zachary Jackson Clara
Taliq Emily Jordan
Dylan Logan Ashanty
Megan Celina Samantha
Elise Kanushi Aiden
Connecticut State Department of Education Smarter Balanced Portal
The CSDE Smarter Balanced Assessment Portal is now available. It will house all test administration resources for Test Coordinators, Test Administrators, Technology Coordinators, as well as for parents and families. The portal also displays Recent Annoucements and allows users to register for E-mail Alerts when new resources and announcements are added to the portal. The 2014 Field Test Portal will not be functioning for the operational test so it should not be utilized anymore.
High School Students Working with Preschool
At Middletown High School a Family & Consumer Science class is offered that allows high school students to work with preschoolers. For the class, the students are planning lessons that are appropriate for children 3-5 years old. From the end of October to June, the students will be running the preschool program. If you need any other information please feel free to email Kristen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Statement of Non-Discrimination
The Middletown Board of Education is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, and it does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age, marital status, civil union, military or veteran status, national origin, sex, ancestry, sexual orientation, or past or present physical or mental disability in any of its education programs, activities, or employment policies. All educational programs and offerings, including vocational education and extracurricular activities, subscribe to this policy.
If any families know of any great activities, academic websites, or apps that you think would be fun for other children, please write them down and share with your child’s teacher or Mr. Gaudreau. We will compile a list based on what we receive. We will also distribute a list of books that children recommend for summer reading.
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