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March 12, 2018
Dear Meadow Pond Families,
In a recent lesson, our kindergarten students learned that March can “come in like a lion.” This year, that was certainly a true statement! Hopefully you are reading this letter in your safe, comfortable and warm home. Despite the snow, snow days, delayed openings and early closings, our teachers have done their best to maintain a sense of routine and continuity for our students.
During the month of February, as a school community, we celebrated Presidents’ Day and Black History Month. Each grade level recognized people and events in an age appropriate way, learned important related concepts and wrote about their new or renewed learning. As an example of learning about Presidents, local story teller, Lou Del Bianco, visited Meadow Pond as our 16th President, Abraham Lincoln. An example of Black History Month studies would include reading “Henry’s Freedom Box” which is the story of Henry Brown who escaped slavery by shipping himself in a box. Additionally, some students have been working on a Biography Unit and creating a “trading card” for a notable person they have chosen to research.
On Meadow Pond Live, we’ve been having Throwback Thursdays and Fun Fact Fridays about African Americans from various professions and fields. Also, through reading Scholastic News and Story Works Magazine and writing about what they have learned, students have studied key people such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, George Washington Carver, Jackie Robinson, Harriet Tubman and Ruby Bridges. Additionally, some students have discussed how they might spread peace at school or at home.
We are currently celebrating P.A.R.P. which is a PTA sponsored activity. This year the theme is “Reading is Emojional.” Students are focused on reading and the emotions we experience through reading. During Pasta Night last week, students and their families had a special opportunity to visit the library and check out an extra book. Many students took advantage of that opportunity! Pick a Reading Partner is in full swing and will culminate with a special performance by Drama students from JJHS. They will perform their adaptation of several children’s stories.
Please note that, this year, ELA and Math State Testing will be taking place over TWO days, not three. The ELA testing will take place on April 11th and 12th. Math will be administered on May 1st and 2nd. There have been no changes in Science administration.
SLIME AND/OR GOO:
lease note that students are not permitted to have “slime” or any gooey substance at school whether homemade or store bought. This substance can get into their hair, and the homemade variety may contain ingredients that are harmful. Please work with us to insure that students do not come to school with these items.
If a student is absent for a day or two, a classmate may keep him/her informed of homework or other assignments. If a student is absent for several consecutive days, you may wish to request homework from the teacher. That request should be made in writing first thing in the morning and picked up at the end of the school day. Please do not make a special request if you are unable to arrange to have it picked up.
As stated in our Family Handbook, without a note stating otherwise, children will ride their assigned buses. For changes in your child’s dismissal instructions, please send your child to school with a note. Students going home with other students for a play date must come to school with a bus note. Changes to dismissal will not be accepted after 12 NOON and MUST BE IN WRITING (via email to email@example.com or fax to 763-7986). Please do not call the school with dismissal changes unless it is an emergency.
CODE OF CONDUCT:
This is a second reminder regarding the updates to the District Code of Conduct. Please remember to take time to review and sign it along with your child (children). The updates address vaping and related issues. Although you may think that these updates seem to apply more to middle school and high school, it is not too early to make connections with your children and discuss these issues. Please formally acknowledge these changes through the parent portal if you have not done so already.
At this time, I would like to share some upcoming events with you so that you can update your calendar as needed:
Monday, March 12th Portal Opens for Elementary Progress Report #2
Wednesday, March 14th Principal’s Coffee and PTA Meeting 9:00 a.m.
Thursday, March 15th BOE Meeting at JJHS Budget 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 22nd BOE Meeting at JJHS Budget 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 29th School is in Session - Weather Reserve Day #2
Friday, March 30th Spring Break
Monday –Friday, April 2nd-6th Spring Break
Wednesday, April 11th NYS ELA Assessment
Thursday, April 12th NYS ELA Assessment
Tuesday, April 17th MPES Science Fair
If you have any questions, please contact the main office.
Carolann Castellano Dawn Pomeroy
Principal Assistant Principal