Wilbert Snow Elementary School
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Principal’s Corner for November
November is my favorite month of the year! It is a time to think about all of the people and things that we are thankful for in our lives. I know that I am thankful to be able to work in a school with such a loving community, dedicated staff, and wonderful children. Showing our appreciation to others is a positive theme that will be reinforced throughout many of the activities here at school.
Our school community has been consistently showing how giving we are by participating in a variety of recent activities. We are always looking for a project or activity that we could organize as a school that will help someone, a group of people, or a charity. Here are some recent activities.
Warm the Children: families go shopping for winter clothing
School-wide winter clothing drive, which benefits many families in our community
Fall Clean Up organized by the Dad’s Club; raking leaves and clearing the grounds
Collect new, unwrapped toys for the upcoming holidays (this is still ongoing until Nov. 25)
Donate money to the United Way Campaign, which a huge majority of staff participated in
Thank you to all of our families and teachers who participated in these activities! These are all wonderful ideas and do make a difference in families’ lives. Please share any more ideas at upcoming PTO Meetings, Dad’s Club meetings, or e-mail me at email@example.com.
Giving Thanks – FREE Family Potluck Dinner at Snow School on Thursday, November 20, starting at 6:30 p.m.!
We are asking families to join us in the cafeteria from 6:30 – 7:15 p.m. for a wonderful meal where we can all be thankful for the great community and school that we have here in Middletown. Please bring a food item, dessert, or drinks for all to share. After dinner, we will move to the auditorium for a short movie about giving thanks. This special free night is being organized by the Dad’s Club! Please join me in thanking them for their creativity and dedication to our school.
Attention all Fathers and Male Role Models for Snow School’s Children! Our FATHER’S CLUB is up and running again and we are looking for men to volunteer. The purpose of the club is to show the importance of father figures in children’s lives and for us to organize some fun and creative activities for children that emphasize that special bond. Please come to our potluck dinner on Thursday, November 20, to meet some of the members. We would like to hear your ideas, so please try and attend our next meeting in December (date and time to be determined). You can call me at (860) 347-2579 for questions. Jim J
I want to especially thank the following fathers for their current involvement in the club: Bret Kerr, Andy Harlan, James Taft, Corey Holmes, Jason Czaja, Michael Vardal, James Fowler, Giuseppe DiPietro, Police Officer Anthony Knapp, and Anselmo Hernandez (thank you for taking over the turtle tank responsibilities)
School Uniforms? What do you think?
The Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Pat Charles, will be visiting Snow School on Tuesday, November 25, starting at 6:00 pm to hear families’ opinions about the possibility of requiring school uniforms for children next school year.
She has been visiting area schools and wants to hear your thoughts. Please join us if you can!
Parent Conferences are fast approaching! That means that children will be receiving their first report cards soon! On Wednesday, December 3, Thursday, December 4, and Friday, December 5, parent conferences will be held for preschool, kindergarten, and grades 1- 5 so families can see how much progress their children have been making. We will have early dismissal each of those days; children will be dismissed at 1:15 p.m. Preschool students will have their normal schedules.
I want to strongly encourage every Snow School family to attend the parent conferences. This is the perfect opportunity to talk to the teachers about your concerns, questions, or your goals for your children. The teachers have a lot of experience and ideas to share. The teachers can share tips on how to help your children at home with homework, reading, and math. It is also important for your children to share their goals with you. We recommend children attend part of the conference so that they can share their progress with you.
Snow School’s Annual Book Fair will be held from December 1-5. You can drop by to shop before or after your child’s conference. We even will have evening hours for families to shop. We are looking for volunteers to help during the school day as children shop. Please contact the principal if you can volunteer any day during the week. You can reach Jim at firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-347-2579.
Please come by and support our book fair.
MUSIC CONCERTS AT SNOW
COME AND ENJOY YOUR CHILDREN’S TALENTED VOICES AND HARD WORK! We have two concerts in December to get everyone in the winter and holiday mood! We hope all families can attend their children’s concerts.
Thursday, Dec. 18 at 9:30 a.m.: Kindergarten and Grades 1-2 Choral Concert
Thursday, Dec. 18 at 11:00 a.m.: Grades 3-5 Band & Choral Concert
Are you interested in being a duty aide in the lunchroom?
We are looking to hire a new duty aide who would work daily from 11:30 am – 2:00 pm. If you are interested, please contact me at 860-347-2579 or email@example.com.
Have you had your bucket filled today?
Snow School staff shared with all of the children a great story about how each person has an invisible bucket around them. Each day, our buckets can be filled with compliments, good news, and helpful actions. The goal is to fill everyone’s buckets with nice words and actions every day. This is a creative way to remind children about the power of our words and actions. We can either make a child or friend feel good about themselves or we can dip and spill a bucket with mean comments or actions. Let’s fill everyone’s buckets with kindness!
Jim Gaudreau, Principal
United States Environmental Protection Agency’s SunWise Program
The SunWise Program will be implemented in the Middletown Public Schools 4th and 5th grades. The program, designed to meet the diverse needs of schools and communities nationwide, helps students learn about the science of the sun, the risks of overexposure to the sun, and what can be done to protect themselves from the sun’s harmful UV rays. The curriculum is based on the SunWise Tool Kit and involves activities that are standards-based, cross-curricular, and innovative in their design.
• The program encourages students to explore, assess, and understand their natural environment and those factors that affect their health.
• Children will enhance their creativity, critical thinking, reading, problem solving, decision-making, and communication skills.
• The program encourages students to be physically active, while protecting them from UV radiation at the same time.
• “No Fry Day” – Friday, May 22, 2015
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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