Wilbert Snow Elementary School
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March 2015 Calendar of Events
Principal’s Newsletter for March 2015
Parent Conferences are right around the corner on Wednesday, March 25, Thursday, March 26, and Friday, March 27. I want to strongly encourage all families to either attend the parent conferences or conduct a phone conference with your child’s teacher. This is a great opportunity to hear how your child is doing and to work with the teacher on how to help your child improve. There will be early dismissal at 1:15 p.m. on those days and lunch will be served.
We are encouraging all children to attend the conferences with their families. Your child can describe his/her goals and can show you the progress they have made in their actual work. The teachers work very hard at challenging children and differentiating their instruction so children whom need extra help receive it in school. If you have any questions or concerns, communicating with the teacher is the best way to address any issues.
When you come for the conferences, there will be lap tops set up in the main hallway so that you can complete a parent survey for us. We are kindly asking if all families can take a few minutes to complete the online surveys. We want to hear your feedback and opinions and want to know what you like about Snow School and what can be improved. The surveys for all eight elementary schools in Middletown are identical. The surveys can be found at www.middletownschools.org and all survey responses are anonymous. The surveys will be available for your completion until March 31, 2015.
Butter Braid fundraiser is due by this Friday, March 6. Any orders after that will not be accepted. If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Vice-President of the PTO, Tammy Czaja, at 860-301-1150 or email her at email@example.com. Delivery will be on March 20!
DAD’S CLUB: Our next Dad’s Club meeting is Thursday, March 19, at 7:00 pm at Mondo Pizza, Main Street, Middletown. We will be sharing ideas on possible upcoming activities and events. In the past, we have celebrated earth day and organized an outdoor spring cleaning event. New ideas are always appreciated! All families are welcome to attend and participate - the more, the merrier!
Minds in Motion, March 14, 2015 1-4 pm
We have extended the registration deadline for MIM to Saturday, March 7. (It was originally March 2). A few workshops are full, but there is still space in many of our exciting workshops.
Minds in Motion is a fun state-wide event held annually at Snow School. Children participate in creative, hands-on activities and engage in activities usually not focused on in school. Parents get to participate in free workshops while the children are in classrooms. It is a fun day for all. Food and vendors are also there. Minds in Motion is co-sponsored by the Connecticut Association for the Gifted.
We are looking for lunch donations for our generous Minds in Motion presenters for Saturday 3/14. Any non- perishable items can be dropped off to Snow School anytime, but no later than noon on 3/14 Thank you.
Snow School’s Minute to Win It
On Friday, March 27, starting at 6:30 pm, we will have a fun family event! If you have ever seen the game show, A Minute to Win It, you will enjoy laughing and having fun as children, families, and teachers are given one minute to complete unusual tasks. This will be a fund-raiser for the school, as the basket raffle will also take place. Last year’s event was filled with laughter and many memorable moments. WE HOPE YOU CAN COME WITH YOUR FAMILY!!!!!
Please join us for fun! If you would like to volunteer to help organize the event, please contact the principal at 860-347-2579 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Preschool Open House – check out our amazing program
Middletown Public Schools Preschool Program will be having an Open House on Thursday, March 19, from 4:00-4:45 at Snow School. All 3 and 4 year old Middletown children and their parents are encouraged to come visit the program and learn about the 2015-2016 openings! You will be able to visit classrooms and learn about what your children will engage with in preschool.
District Climate Committee Meeting
Tuesday, March 24, 4:00 – 6:00pm
Woodrow Wilson Middle School, 370 Hunting Hill Ave.
Early Release Mondays
At a recent PTO meeting, some families asked what the teachers do during the early release Mondays. Here is a summary of the types of activities the teachers engage in:
- Lesson planning and collaborative team meetings (with the new common core state standards and the new math resource, Envisions, the teachers need time to plan together)
- Participate in professional development on research-based practices (close reading, math talks, etc.)
- Participate in data team meetings and intervention meetings where they analyze student data and meet with support staff on specific students and their plans
- Attend workshops and meetings connected to state requirements
The time is spent well and the teachers truly value the time. There is so much on teachers’ plates today, that these early release Mondays truly help.
Jim Gaudreau, Principal 860-347-2579
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 email@example.com.
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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