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October News from the Principal!

posted Oct 2, 2013, 11:15 AM by jhenderson@rsu20.org

October News from Mrs. Henderson!

October 1, 2013


Dear Families,


It is just amazing that the month of September has flown by so quickly! I hope everyone was able to enjoy the weekend weather! Could that have been our last taste of summer?? I am sure the fall will bring us beautiful colors and yummy apples!

AM & PM Drop Off: Please do not park in the drop off area. Students who are being dropped off should be getting out of the car on the side that faces the curb. Students exiting the car on the other side could be challenged by a passing car. It is important that we keep this area safe.

Students in grades 3-5 will be taking the New England Common Assessment Program also known as NECAP. This is our state assessment that assesses reading and math in grades 3 & 4 and in grade 5 reading, math and writing. In the spring our grade 5 students are assessed in science. There is no studying that can be done. It is really an assessment of how well our curriculums are doing and how students are progressing with the standards of the Common Core. Students need to have a good night's rest and a healthy breakfast. If you have any questions feel free to call me. NECAP results are sent back to the school by the end of January/beginning of February.

Thanks to all our families for keeping up with breakfast and lunch payments. That really helps the cafeteria folks and eliminates a phone call from your friendly principal!

Our food menu can be found on the website if you are ever searching for it.

The weather will be changing and it is important to remember that students have a ½ hour recess each day. Before we know it, students will need a warm jacket for recess. When the snow comes, all students will need boots, hats, mittens, gloves, snow pants and a winter jacket. We do have some items to borrow if hats are lost or forgotten. Please take the time to talk with your child to NOT borrow a hat from another student and that there are clean hats available in the office.


IMPORTANT DATES:

Monday, October 7 PTG Meeting 6 pm

Friday, October 11 Progress Notes Go Home

Monday, Oct. 14 Columbus Day

Tuesday, October 15 Early Release- Student pick up @ 12:30 pm

Monday, November 4 PTG Meeting

Monday, November 11 Veteran's Day



We practiced two fire drills last week and classrooms will be practicing lockdowns. I will have two practice lockdowns this year and will send home a note on the days we practice our lockdown. It is always helpful to reinforce how important it is to listen to your teacher and follow all directions.


Thanks for all the help with dismissals and notification of dismissal changes. It would help us to hear from you before 2:30 pm if there are going to be dismissal changes. This will give us time to adjust lists and make sure the change is announced.


Thanks for going to floor meetings, voting polls and being involved in the budget process. It is important that you continue to be involved and aware of educational happenings in the RSU 20. The board meetings and the minutes are all posted on the RSU 20 website.


Again, any questions or concerns please call. I will do my best to address issues as quickly as we can. The important thing is that we need to know there is an issue. There is always a great solution just around the corner!





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