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September 2017

WELCOME BACK!

 

As September rolls around and another school year begins, I hope everyone had a great summer, found time to relax, partake in some fun and catch up with family and friends.  Summer is a great time to re-boot and get ready for another school year.  Taking about getting ready – the custodians worked all summer and the school is clean top to bottom.  We are blessed with dedicated custodian staff who take pride in keeping the school in top shape. 

Teaching staff have been unpacking and putting away supplies, planning for the first days of school and a new classroom of students.  Each year excitement builds as classrooms are made ready for a new year full of promise and learning.

If your student is riding a bus to school, you can find the routes posted on the school’s website.  If you have questions about routes, contact the transportation office at the high school.  Discipline issues are directed to the Edgartown School.

Getting to school on time and each day is one way to start and keep the year going in a positive fashion. Establishing a morning routine and time to be ready to either met the bus or get in the car and then sticking to that routine can help make sure students are at school on time.  K students enter the building when they arrive, 1st – 4th grade students enter at 8:15 and then K-4 all head to their homerooms at that time.  5-8th grade students can enter the link or gym at 8:00 and then head to their lockers and homeroom at 8:15.  Also make sure your child(ren) are ready for learning by getting a good night’s sleep and eating a healthy breakfast and checking to make sure they have everything needed for the school day.   Check in with your child each night, ask some questions about their day and check their homework.  Help establish a schedule for after school each day that includes time and space to complete school assignments, reading for pleasure or school and time to talk about their school day.   And, if you have any questions, please contact the teachers, guidance or administration so we can help this year be the best.

The school’s website is a wonderful resource for information and will be a prime place to find out what is happening each day, week and month.  This is also a connection to what is happening and expected in each class, both academics and specials will be using their web-page to provide homework assignments, notices and other important information. 

Throughout the year, 6th – 8th grade students will have opportunities to participate in after school events such as sports and musical performances.  Staying academically and behaviorally eligible is important and crucial to participating.   Eligibility guidelines are available on the school’s website within the Student/Parent Handbook. 

After school homework clubs will also begin for students in 3rd through 8th grade.  If you notice your child struggling with homework or having a hard time finding time to complete it once they get home – encourage them to stay for homework club where they will receive guidance/support to complete assignments.

If I can be of any assistance throughout the year, please contact me either through my email address, in person or over the phone.  I am committed to helping your child and you have a great year.

 

  

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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