October 10, 2018
Dear Meadow Pond Families,
Believe it or not, school has been in session for twenty two days as of today. Our students have been settling into new routines, reconnecting with old friends and forging relationships with new ones. As we visit classrooms throughout the building we are seeing students who are happy to be here and who are engaging in problem solving, making inquiries in science and social studies, reading for information and for pleasure, writing about things they are passionate about and learning how to be a good classmate and community member.
As the cooler weather approaches, let us remind you that writing your child’s name on his/her belongings will make finding lost items much easier. At this time of year, our lost and found starts to expand as students may start the day with a jacket/sweatshirt and as the temperature warms up, the jacket is removed and may be left behind.
Harvest and Soup Day
Thanks to the hard work of many volunteers, teachers and the PTA, our students have harvested and prepared vegetables for a soup that will be enjoyed by the entire school. We are always amazed at how many of our students go back for seconds when this delicious soup is served at lunch.
Halloween is quickly approaching. Please encourage your children to wear orange and black to school for our Town Meeting on Thursday, October 25th and again, on Halloween, Wednesday, October 31st. If you are planning to attend the PTA sponsored evening Spooktacular on Friday, October 26th, remember that you need to pre-register. There are two sessions: 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Registration fills up quickly, so don’t delay! Remember you cannot buy tickets at the door. Costumes are welcomed, but masks, weapons and/or replicas are not permitted.
As of today, we have had two fire evacuation drills, one lock down drill and one lock out drill. Before the winter sets in, we will also conduct an offsite sheltering drill. Practicing these drills is an important part of our plan for keeping our students and staff safe.
Last week we conducted a District Emergency Early Dismissal Drill. Our students and staff evacuated the building safely and in an orderly manner and students were dismissed in accordance to their emergency plans.
As you plan your calendar for the upcoming weeks, please keep the following dates in mind:
Tuesday, October 9th Bus Safety Week
Thursday, October 11th Superintendent’s Learning Café: sign up online
Monday, October 22nd Fire Safety Week begins
Tuesday, October 23th Red Ribbon Week begins
Thursday, October 25th Black and Orange Day for our Town Meeting
Friday, October 26th PTA Spooktacular: preregistration required
Tuesday, October 30th Elementary Progress Report Parent Portal Opens
Wednesday, October 31st Black and Orange Day for Halloween Celebrations
Thursday, November 1st 12:15 PM Dismissal; Conferences 6:00-8:00 PM
Tuesday, November 6th Election Day/Supt. Conference Day - no students
Thursday, November 8th 12:15 PM Dismissal; Conferences 6:00-8:00 PM
Monday, November 12th Veterans Day - no school
Tuesday, November 13th 12:15 PM Dismissal; Conferences 1:00-3:00 PM
Thurs.& Friday, November 22nd-23rd No School – Thanksgiving Day Holiday
Tuesday, November 27th Pre-K Panel at IMES
Wednesday, November 28th Differences Day at Meadow Pond
Thank you for your support and collaboration as we help our students be Kind, Respectful, Responsible and Safe. If you have any questions, please contact the main office.
Carolann Castellano and Dawn Pomeroy