February 7, 2014
We are deeply saddened by the unexpected death of a Newton South High School student. Our thoughts are with the student's family. I know that Superintendent David Fleishman has sent a letter to the community and I urge you to read it as it contains more information and a list of resources. We have been made aware that the student was a camp counselor in Newton and there is a possibility that some children may have known him. Feel free to have your child check in with either Susan Kass or Ivonne Borrero if he or she has been particularly impacted by this tragedy. We will keep a close eye on the children and monitor their social-emotional well-being and general conversation about this event. If there is anything more we can do, please let us know.
We are allowing children to use the snow pile that is near the play structure as long as they have boots and snow pants. We are restricting access to the piles against the fence since they pose a risk of falling.
The kindergarten information night is scheduled for Feb. 12th starting at 6:00. Please spread the word to neighbors and relatives who may have an incoming kindergarten student. Our list is not always complete.
The parking and driving situation has been worsened by the snow piles. Again, there is no parking in the faculty lot and no picking up children on Bridge St. These rules have been established by the School Committee and the Newton Police and they are for your children’s safety.
Please join us on Feb. 13 at arrival time for an hour of math! You will have an opportunity to see math in action in classrooms and meet with our math coach, Meran Ellis and the math coordinator, Jen Shore.
On Feb. 13, we are conducting a trial MCAS session to acquaint children with the demands of the upcoming test. We have been taking a low key approach to preparing for the upcoming MCAS; hopefully, most of our curriculum reflects the Common Core that will be tapped on the MCAS. Despite this, we feel it is useful for children to have an initial session where they see the test structure, timing and rigor. In addition, they become familiar with the lack of help that we are allowed to give during the test which is unique for them!
A reminder that progress reports have gone live. You should have received directions on how to access your child’s report. If you did not, feel free to call us.
Enjoy the weekend.