Wilbert Snow Elementary School
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Principal’s Message for January 2014
I want to thank all Snow School families who supported our Annual Book Fair in December. I love to see children excited about books and reading. Reading is truly the center of a child’s education, and your support in encouraging reading is important! I want to give a special thank you to Parent Coordinator Tami Kapacziewski, who has successfully chaired this project for several years. I also want to thank all of the parents and teachers who volunteered their time to set up, create decorations (an amazing camel J), and help children pick out and pay for books. We could not have done this without you.
I want to thank all of the families who attended our winter concerts to see our talented students. I was very impressed with the excellent attendance. I am so proud of the children for working hard to remember all of their songs and for how focused they were on their musical instruments. It was a fantastic event that truly emphasized the positive mood of the holidays. I want to thank our two amazing music teachers, Mrs. Sorensen and Mrs. Chrzanowski, for all of their hard work.
Super Bowl Sunday is coming up on Sunday, February 2, 2014. That means it is time for our annual Super Bowl Breakfast organized by our amazing Dad’s Club!
From 10:00 am – noon, breakfast will be served in the main lobby in front of the gym. After breakfast, families can participate in fun football (throwing, passing, etc.) related games and activities. We will even play our annual parents vs kids football game.
To make this day a success, we are asking for your support! You can help us by …
- Bringing your family to the breakfast – celebrate our wonderful community. It only costs $1 for each member of your family.
- Donate breakfast type food or drinks
- Volunteer to help cook, pass out food, or set up/clean up (you can contact Jim Gaudreau at firstname.lastname@example.org or attend our next meeting on Wednesday, January 22, at 6 pm)
- Volunteer to help organize the games in the gym (11:30 am will start the parents vs kids football game)
- It would be souper if each family that attends could bring a can of soup with them to the Souper Bowl breakfast. The Dad’s Club will be organizing a canned soup drive to support this event. The soup will be delivered to a local shelter/soup kitchen.
Please support this wonderful annual event. I am extremely proud of all of the members of the Dad’s Club for their enthusiasm and commitment to organizing events for families. Again, the soup collection also helps to support families in our community. I hope to see you on Sunday, February 2, 2014.
Jim Gaudreau (860) 347-2579
PROMOTING REACH: children recognized for Nov. & Dec. 2013
At Snow we love to recognize positive behaviors! We want children to learn to Never give up, Encourage others, and Do your best. We talk a lot about REACH: respect, effort, attitude, caring, honesty
Kindergarten: Alex, Kairese, Julianna, Jillian, Jaden, Jessale, Skalferd, Jacob, Aubrey, Xiomara, Colton, Eli, Lexus
Grade 1: Alyssa, Zuzanna, Matteo, Carley, Isabella, Annaliese, Natalee, Caili, Maya, Hezekiah, Jahnear, Eva, Ailish, Michael, Andriana, Kaylee, Mia, Ian, Douglas
Grade 2: Angelyna, Karry, Taliq, Joshua, Carter, Keon, Mario, Georgia, James, Nathan, Vanessa, Jenna, Jayden, Avianna, Matthew
Grade 3: Yasmine, Faith, Lindsay, Devon, Celina, Michael, Leilani, Caleb, Christopher, Laniya, Logan, Yariel, Micaela, Jalen, Justin, Jackson
Grade 4: Adam, Melanie, Clara, Ashley, Tyler, William
Grade 5: Cole, Kobe, Seth, Ashley, Ava, Andre, Jewel, Lillian, Jada, Elizabeth, Rasheed, Daniel, Amelia, Jennah, Isabella
Minds in Motion – March 8, 2014
Every year Snow School organizes a fun day for children to explore their creativity and to challenge their thinking. Dozens of workshops are planned to engage children in hands-on activities on topics such as science, math, problem solving, and the arts!
We need your help to make this a success!!!!!
We are looking for volunteers for any of the following:
- Help out on March 8 with registration, being a helper in a class, or giving directions
- Help us find high school age volunteers (community service hours available) to assist
- Reach out to people in our community who could be vendors or are interested in selling their products or food at the event
- Help find local businesses that can donate food for the event (presenters’ & volunteers’ lunch)
- Help set up or clean up before and after the event (11:00 – 1:00 or 4:00 – 6:00 pm on March 8)
If you can help out or want more information, please contact Parent Laura Driscoll at email@example.com or Jim Gaudreau at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Goal Setting is a very important and purposeful activity that we want all children to do. We want the children to learn that once you create a goal, there are specific things that they can do to achieve the goal. Effort and a great attitude help children reach their goals.
Here are some simple things you can do at home to help with the development of this skill:
- Talk to your children about the goals they have for themselves. Talk about what they need to do in order to meet their goals. (Example – if your child wants to be a better writer, what do they need to do in their writing to make it better? It could be adding more specific details, using the 5 senses in their writing, or rereading their work more carefully for spelling and punctuation errors.)
- Share with your child the goals that you have or had. Talk with them about how you met your goal and how that made you feel. Children usually look to their families as positive role models, so discussing your goals will help them with their goals.
Another good goal for some children is to attend school every day and to be on time. The children need to be in their seats at 8:50 am. When children are absent too often or are late to school, they are missing valuable instruction and many are not making the progress that other children are making. Children who come late to class disrupt the learning that has already started and many miss important instruction and practice. I notice that most of the children who are tardy are children who are dropped off at school in the morning by their families. I AM ASKING ALL FAMILIES WHO DROP OFF THEIR CHILDREN IN THE MORNING TO PLEASE DROP OFF BY 8:45 AM. This will enable your child to walk to class and be in their seats by 8:50, the start of the school day.
Parent Involvement Committee
The next meeting for the committee is Thursday, January 23, 2014, starting at 6:00 pm in the library. We can continue to discuss data related to absences, tardiness, suspensions, and bullying. As always, we welcome any parents in our school to attend to share their ideas and ways to help support the school’s climate. There will be a baby-sitter available and a light snack. PLEASE JOIN US!
CULTURAL ACTIVITIES AND ASSEMBLIES
Snow School is looking for some new ideas on presenters or assemblies that can be organized for the children to broaden their cultural experiences. We are specifically looking for children to learn more about cultures and experiences. If you have any ideas, please contact Jim Gaudreau at email@example.com. Thank you.
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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, gender identity or expression, 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. Elizabeth K. Nocera, Director of Grant Services, has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the district non-discrimination policies and may be reached at 311 Hunting Hill Avenue, Middletown, CT 06457; phone (860) 638-1414.
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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