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December 2017

                December is a month of wonder and delight for many children (and adults) and a month that can be hard to hold that excitement in-check.  Help your child(ren) stay focused on school, class work and homework through conversations about “right time – right place”.  This saying is a wonderful way of letting children know that showing joy and excitement about the season is great and there is a time and place to everything.  School needs to remain a place to focus on learning – not a place to daydream about what is coming or be so excited that they forget to follow procedures and get work completed.   Another phrase is “expected and unexpected behaviors”; we expect children to be excited but it would be unexpected to let this excitement become so all-encompassing that they forget to follow rules, get their homework completed/handed in and participate in learning. 

                This season is also about giving and we have two events at school that provide children with an example and chance to give.  Our Red Stocking food drive to fill baskets with food for needy families is one way and our Red Stocking Bazaar is another.  Talk to your child(ren) about these events and how everyone comes together, giving their share to spread joy to those in need.  Your children can also help by shopping for the food items and going through some of their books and toys – finding ones they no longer play with but are still in good shape.  Together, we can make a difference in the lives of others.   

                I wish each and every one of you a holiday season full of laughter, memories and time with family and friends.  Happy New Year in 2018.  October 2017

 

Parking News 

During morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up – Please do not park along the right side of the entrance drive (against the tall evergreens).  It is very hard for cars rounding the corner to see anyone crossing the drive – and I have had many parents approach me about this safety concern.

                           

    School Attendance

School attendance is very important.  The more your child attends school, the more opportunity your child has to learn.  As a result, we encourage students and parents to strive for perfect attendance and to make as many non-emergency appointments with doctors, dentists, etc. after school hours.

Tardiness

Students are considered tardy when they arrive to school between 8:20 A.M. and 11:30 A.M.  Tardy student arriving to school between 8:20 and 8:25 A.M. should report directly to their homerooms.  Tardy students who arrive to school after 8:25 A.M. must report to the office and sign-in before reporting to class.  Parents must notify the office of the reason for being late or it will be considered an unexcused tardy. 

Within a quarter (generally 45 school days) when a student has accumulated 4 tardy arrivals, a letter will be sent home to the parents.  When a student has accumulated 6 tardy arrivals, a meeting will be scheduled with the assistant principal, parent/guardian and student.   A pattern of 8+ tardy arrivals in more than one quarter could result in the school taking further action. 

Absence

When a child is absent from school, parents should call the school before 9:00 A.M. on the day of the absence to inform the school. 

Students will be considered absent when arriving after 11:30 A.M. on full days and after 10:30 A.M. on half days and/or they leave school for the remainder of the day before 11:30 A.M. on full days and 10:30 A.M. on half days for the purpose of special awards, after school activities and extra-curricular events.  Parents are asked to notify the office if there are extenuating circumstances which affect the student’s attendance.  

Within a quarter (generally 45 school days) when a student has accumulated 4 absences, a letter will be sent home to the parents.  When a student has accumulated 6 absences, a meeting will be scheduled with the assistant principal, parent/guardian and student.   A pattern of 8+ absences in more than one quarter could result in the school taking further action.  

A letter will go home to parents whose student accumulates 5 or more unexcused absences in a school year. 

For extended or reoccurring absences a note from the student’s physician maybe required by the school. 

Students that miss more than 30 school days in one year may be retained unless extenuating circumstances exist. 

 

 

                  Bus Safety

Please discuss with your child(ren) the following bus safety procedures:

               Always walk to and from the bus on the sidewalk; if no sidewalk is available then children

                                should walk on the left side of the road(going toward oncoming traffic).

                Never go into the road for any reason.

                Always wait until the bus has come to a stop and the door is open before boarding the bus.

                Wait until the bus has come to a stop before getting out of your seat for any reasons.

                Never eat or share food on the bus.  Some students have food allegories and sharing or

                                eating food on the bus puts these students in danger.  Eating on the bus can also

                                be a choking hazard, due to the stopping/starting and chatting with other students.

 

                            Parent/Athlete Concussion Training

In an effort to keep all students safe, the State of Massachusetts is requiring all students, coaches, school nurses, doctors, athletic directors, volunteers involved in Jr. High sporting events as well as allparents/guardians of students who participate in sports to complete Concussion Training. 

The following link will take you to the Parent/Athlete Concussion Information Sheet.  The state is requiring all parents/guardians complete this training at the start of each sports season, sign the bottom of page 2 and return the signed form to your childs school.  The student participating in the sport must also sign.  The Edgartown School is further required to keep the signed sheets on record.  The quiz and Fact Sheet as well as the first page of theinformation are yours to keep.  [Link]http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/headsup/pdf/Parent_Athlete_Info_Sheet-a.pdf

 

Arriving to School On Time

Help your child(ren) start their school day on the right foot by arriving to school on time.  5th - 8th grade students can enter the building at 8:10 a.m. go to their locker and prepare for the day.  Kindergarten - 4th grade students can enter the building at 8:15 am and go straight to their homerooms.  All students should be in their homerooms by 8:20 am; arriving after this time they are tardy.  

Community Service Hours

Community Service is an opportunity for students to give back for the gift of education.  Students can give of their time to any non-profit organization or individuals not in their family and earn community serivce hours.  Students can start accumulated hours in 6th grade and continue through graduating in 8th grade. 

How Can You Earn Hours ……

Volunteer to help at …

 The Boys & Girls Club

A Church or Religious Organization

PTA sponsored events

School Banking on Thursdays

School events such as Open House, Health Fair, Book Fair or in the

            Garden

Holy Ghost/P.A. Annual Feast

Youth sports – help out younger children

Council on Aging organizations

Public Library

Red Stocking Events

Food Pantry

MVCS Early Childhood programs

Scouts – helping out younger children

Food Bank

After School Clubs – helping out younger children

MV Conservation programs

Pre-schools

Relay for Life

Featherstone

Animal Shelters

Wild Food Challenge

Farm Institute

Vineyard Conservation

Yard work for someone unable (elderly, handicapped, sick)

 

Hours can be earned for helping out any non-profit organization or non-family member who is unable to perform a task without assistance. Volunteer your energy and time – remember services are provided without receiving payment of any form. 

If I can be of any help to you or your child(ren) please contact me either through my email at afligor@mvyps.org or calling 508-627-3316 ext 404.  

 

 

 

   


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