Wilbert Snow Elementary School
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January Calendar of Events
Principal’s Message for January 2015
The staff and I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year! The New Year is often a time for reflection. I know how thankful I am that we have a school community that strongly supports education and children’s learning and safety.
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 school by 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. Another important reminder is that when your children are absent from school, a written note from you is needed to excuse the absence. The note can be sent in to your child’s teacher.
The School Safety and Climate Committee will meet on Wednesday, January 7, at 6:00 pm to review emergency plans, safety protocols, and parent survey data. The data we collect is used to create school goals. All families are welcome to attend. Police Office Liseo and Fire Department Representative Gessaro will be present to share their ideas and feedback. Snow School will continue to practice lockdown and evacuation drills.
Dad’s Club: The Dad’s Club has been very busy this year. Our recent toy collection brought in over 75 presents that were then distributed to Snow School families. The winter clothing drive was also very successful, as over 20 huge bags of clothes were donated to help keep everyone warm over the holidays. We want to thank all of the families who gave donations and supported these worthwhile activities.
Our movie and popcorn event was very well-attended on December 23. We want to thank all of the fathers who came and volunteered and made this event successful.
Every year, the Dad’s Club hosts a Super Bowl Breakfast on Super Bowl Sunday from 9:00 am – noon at Snow School. This is a great event where families come together to enjoy a fantastic meal mostly prepared by the Dad’s Club. Admission is only $1 per person. We also do a canned or boxed soup collection so that we can donate to local shelters and food banks. Our breakfast will be held on February 1, 2015. We are looking for volunteers to help cook, organize, and plan the event.
The Dad’s Club will be having a planning meeting on Thursday, January 22, at 7:00 pm at Mondo Pizza on Main Street in Middletown. Any interested families can come and help us plan. We will be ordering SOME FREE PIZZA AND SOFT DRINKS, so come meet the Dad’s Club, help us plan our Super Bowl Breakfast, and enjoy a free dinner. I guarantee that you will have fun!
At Snow we love to recognize positive behaviors! We want children to learn to Never give up, Encourage others, and Do your best.
REACH (respect, effort, attitude, caring, honesty)
We want to congratulate the students who have recently been recognized:
Kindergarten: Ava, Julian, Caitlyn, Raymond, Matheias, Isabelle, Lily, Preston, Will, Flynn, Siya, Marcello, Irelan, Zianique, Michael, Shyazia, William, Jaxon, London, Lilly, Yadel, Tiffany, Brody
Grade 1: Zion, Mia, Jillian, Eli, Abigail, Gavin, Ta’Shawn, Victoria, Devin, Elijah, Da’Shawn, Jessale, Jaden, Mae, Hezekiah
Grade 2: Isabella, Ashley, Enoc, Ben, Samyiah, Sarina, Keith, Julius, Ian, Peter, Quest, Alyssa, Damarkus, Lindsay, Carley, Jaelyn, Simona, Natalee, Rishita, William, Javion, Caili, Annaliese, Matteo
Grade 3: Keyani, Georgia, Tyler, Gabriel, Olivia, Nathaniel, Gabe, Dahlia, Zachary, Kailey, Isabella, Levi, Jayden, Sarah, Jordan, Mario, Taviana, Ulijah, Obsidian, Tristan, Avianna, Shiaowei, Isaiah
Grade 4: Michael, Imani, Samantha, Amari, Devon, Kanushi, Sierra, Justin, Celina, Brandon, Caleb, Logan, Jaziah, Vanity
Grade 5: William, Lily, Allegra, Gabriel, Nelson, Tyler S., Skye, John, Cassandra, Tyler G., Grace, Ezequiel, Ethan, Clara, Ashanty, Isabella, Nicholas S., Zoey, Adam, Samantha
Specials Teachers and Support Staff also want to recognize many children for consistently demonstrating REACH. Please congratulate the following children.
Music: Flynn, Colton, Natalee, James, Sapphire, Allegra, Jaxon, Olivia M., Ailish, Georgia, Celina, Adam
Art: William N., Samantha G., Dahlia, Damarkus, Ava D., Elijah, Nabeel, Mae, Annaliese, Kaylee J., Nick S.
Physical Education: Angel, Irelan, Ava D., Nabeel, Tea, Carley, Natalee, Mirnes, Shavoy, Zachary, Ashley T, Colton, James, Audria, Nicholas S., Kaleb, Matteo, Michael C., Aiden
Mrs. Kline: Jaelyn, Sarina, Destini, Tiffany
Minds in Motion – March 14, 2015
Every year Snow School organizes a fun day for children across the state 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 14 with registration, being a helper in a class, or giving directions
- Join our committee to help plan the event and organize presenters and workshops
- Reach out to people in our community who could donate food for our presenters and volunteers or are interested in selling their products or food at the event
If you can help out or want more information, please contact Jim Gaudreau at firstname.lastname@example.org.
OUR NEXT PLANNING MEETING IS TUESDAY, JAN. 6, AT 5:30 PM AT SNOW. Please come to help or share ideas!
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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