Early Dismissal, Winter Holiday Recess December 22, 11:15
No School, Winter Holiday Recess December 25-January 1
No School, MLK, Jr. Day January 15
Students will be dismissed at 11:15am this Friday for Winter Holiday Recess. No lunch will be served. School will reopen on January 2!
Each year, we set aside four or five mornings to bring together our entire school to share our writing and complete community service projects. This Wednesday, December 20, our students will gather for our first community group meeting this school year. We have organized over 30 groups of students, with kindergarteners through fifth graders, matched with staff members that will meet throughout the school for about an hour on Wednesday morning. This has grown into one of our favorite school traditions, as we witness the kindergarten students sharing their first works at this time of year, most likely heavy on the illustrations and light on the written text. Older students are overwhelmingly encouraging and complimentary of these youngest writers, asking them about the important details in their drawings. Confident fifth graders will share pieces that leave the younger students in awe with their humor and descriptions. When these groups meet again at the end of the year, we are always amazed at the growth of all the students, especially the youngest ones who rapidly grow their writing skills through the spring. This time is an important way to honor the writing workshop work that students and teachers have been focusing on since the fall. Conferencing with teachers leads to rich discussions about word choice, descriptions, topic development, and voice that are reflected in the conversations that students have with each other. Be sure to ask your child about it on Wednesday!
With the upcoming holidays, a reminder that if you are aware of your student’s planned absence and notifying teachers, please also inform the nurse via the safe arrival line (978)468-8472. The nurse is responsible for attendance and absence investigation. Ensuring the nurse is informed of planned (and unplanned) absences will prevent any calls home to you to check on the safety of your student. Thank you for your help with this!
Free Money: Be on the look out for a new collection sheet for Box Tops that will be coming home in backpacks this week! This is a super fun way to include the kids in the prep and counting of box tops throughout the winter. We will of course still accept them in any form (baggies) but this new organizational method should be engaging and fun!