Wilbert Snow Elementary School
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November Events Calendar (Printable PDF)
Principal’s Message for October 2013
We have had an exciting last few weeks as school has been busy with many fun activities and the children have been getting used to the routines. The teachers are very excited about their new classes, and quite appreciative of all of the families who prepared food or made donations for the Welcome Back to School breakfast! All of the teachers and I want to thank all of the families who helped with the Welcome Back to School breakfast. Your support means a lot to all of us!
Upcoming Opportunities for Families
Oct. 8 6:00 pm Internet Safety – Police Officer Knapp and District Technology Coordinator
Mike Skott will share strategies and ideas for protecting children
Free for all families – baby-sitting will be included
PTO Meeting will start after the Internet safety meeting – learn about school events & ways to volunteer – Grade 5 teachers
will be present to talk about what is happening in grade 5
Oct. 10 8:15 am Breakfast with the Principal – you can come with your child to our library
Enjoy light refreshments and informally talk with staff, we can help
with any questions or you can share any ideas
Oct. 17 6:30 pm The Climate and Parent Involvement Committee
Examine school data related to behavior, attendance & academics
As a committee, we make recommendations for positive changes in the school. All are invited to share ideas!
Families/School working together to best support education!
Oct. 24 7:00 pm Dad’s Club – looking for adult male role models from the home to get together
Plan activities for children and families and talk about ways we can help
All are invited to share ideas!
Important Dates for Activities
Oct. 9 Picture Day – please bring in forms on Oct. 9 if you wish to order pictures
Early October BOX TOPS Collection
Oct. 18 PIZZA BINGO pizza served from 5:30 – 6:30
BINGO starts at 6:30 pm – all children will win a prize
Children are encouraged to come dressed in costumes
Reminders about Children Arriving to School: School starts at 8:50 am every morning. Please drop your child off before 8:50 so he/she can walk to class on time. If your child arrives late to school, he/she must be signed in at the office. We are asking families to come into the office and sign their children in to school. Thank you!
Jim Gaudreau, principal
Setting Important Routines for Children
Encouraging your children to read every night is an important goal! Snow School teachers are working hard at helping your children learn to decode words, practice reading comprehension strategies, and be able to answer questions about what the children read. A very important part of reading is helping children find the books that will motivate them to want to read every night. If we put good books in their hands, the children will want to read. If your child tells you that they do not like reading or that reading is boring, please tell your child’s teacher. We can help them find the perfect book for them.
Here are a few suggestions for making reading time successful at your homes:
- Select a specific time each night for the 20-30 minutes of reading. Children love routines and set schedules.
- Let your child read in a quiet spot away from the television and possible distractions. It would be great to have the entire family all read at the same time so that you as parents can model the importance of reading.
- Young children love to be read to. As children get ready for bed, find some snuggle time to have your young child read books they are familiar with and to explore new books that you read to them.
- All children love to have something that is special to them! Have them start a mini library in their room on a bookshelf with their favorite books. Book stores and tag sales are often filled with affordable books for children, so add to the collection. Your children will love “owning” their own books.
Career Day – Promoting Children’s Goals
On Tuesday, Sept. 26, we held our third annual Career Day. Children were able to learn about at least 3 different jobs that families in our community have. The goal of Career Day is to inspire children to start thinking about their futures and different jobs they may want to have when they are older. I want to especially thank all the volunteers who helped organize the event and who volunteered to talk about their jobs! The children had a great experience!
Thank You … Laura Taft Shelly Goldblatt Kathleen Gioco
Renee Antonio James Janiszcak Jean LaRoche Jodi McCall
Linda Ferrer Wendy Berry Justine Quijada Joseph McCall
Corey Holmes Officer Anthony Knapp Firefighter Gary Gessaro Bret Kerr
Sade Blocker Martin Nosal Sade Blocker Dean Marston
Sue Wesoloski Anselmo Hernandez
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.
Pizza Bingo is around the corner!
October 18 (Pizza @ 5:30 Bingo @ 6:00)
Every child wins something and we need your help with donations of small, inexpensive prizes. Puzzles, balls, pencils, games, stickers, and playing cards are some examples.
If you own a business and can make a larger donation of a gift card or product we also have a raffle during the evening.
Please send items marked Pizza Bingo into school with your student.
Our year is off to a great start! Over 40 Snow Families have pledged to give 2 hours of their time this year to help however, and wherever, they can. None of us can do this alone and the PTO is a great place to meet other families, network, hear new ideas and build the Snow School community.
We are in the midst of planning one of the most fun nights of the year PIZZA BINGO. On October 18 you can come with your family, have a bite to eat, and cheer the kids on as they play Bingo. Everyone is a winner, and it’s a lot of fun. If you can volunteer to help the night of Bingo, please contact the school.
On Tuesday, October 8 Officer Anthony Knapp, Mr. Bill Oliver and Mr. Mike Skott will hold a panel discussion about Internet Safety. It is so important to be aware of how our kids are using technology and how we can teach them to use it responsibly. There will be an opportunity for questions and answers after the presentation. We will hold a brief PTO board meeting afterward, so if you are interested in what we are talking about and planning, this is a gentle introduction. The Parent Forum on Internet Safety will be held in the auditorium at 6pm.
Do you know a really great musical group or author or storyteller that you think students would like to hear? We are looking for opportunities to provide cultural and artistic experiences for Snow students throughout the year. Please let us know by emailing the name and contact information, if you have it, to email@example.com. We’ll take it from there.
The year’s PTO meeting dates are listed on the October Save the Date that just came home. We meet at 6pm in the Media Center, and try to keep the meetings fast-paced and informative. We are always looking for ways to improve, ways to help and support our teachers, and build our community. You are an important member of the team. Please join us for the next meeting, October 8.
The Snow School Community Garden is almost done for the year. It’s located on the corner of Long Lane Road and Long Hill Road. A BIG thank you to all of the families that helped get the garden growing and keeping it productive. It’s been a learning year as we try and reflect and try again to make the garden useful to as many people as possible. If gardening is a passion of yours and you’d like to help put it sleep for the winter and plan for next year, please Raise Your Hand! We could use some coordination and strategies as we think about next year’s crop.
Rebecca Cochrane, Co-President
Jeri McMakin, Co-President
Tammy Czaja, Vice President
Heather Holmes, Secretary
Melanie Czerwonka, Treasurer
Facebook: Wilbert Snow PTO
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.
Read the detailed monthly school reports found on the website under Teaching & Learning, data teams. You can scroll down to view Snow School’s monthly data team reports.
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