March – 2017
Welcome back from the winter vacation. Weather certainly was warm the end of February into March, but who knows what will happen in March (we have had snow in past years, with cold winds returning as well). Please check to make sure your child(ren) are dressed correctly for what each day brings. As the temperature climbs the playground becomes soggy and sneakers can easily become wet – boots are still a good idea as we wait for more consistent and drier weather.
The annual 8th grade Silent & Live Auction takes place Friday, March 10th at The Loft in Oak Bluffs. Changing up the event a bit this year with a new venue, format and dancing with Johnny Hoy! Come out for a great night of fun while helping support students as they earn money toward their Washington DC trip.
Volleyball season is in full swing – check the website for the schedule of games.
Tuesday, March 14th is a half-day with all students dismissed at 12:00 noon.
Friday, March 24th is the annual PTA Pizza Bingo night – always a hit with families. Event takes place in the cafeteria from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 30th is Spring Individual Photo and 8th grade class picture day. Your child will be coming home with more information and you can also find information on the school’s website.
Looking ahead: MCAS dates are April 4th – 7th and May 15th – 19th. Information regarding which grades will be tested on which days will be available closer to these testing dates.
A reminder about arriving to school on time. There are two bells in the morning, one at 8:20 and one at 8:25 a.m. Students are considered tardy if they are not in their homerooms by the 8:20 am bell. The drop-off line generally gets busy around 8:14 with many cars stacked up waiting to move to the front door. To help – please encourage your child(ren) to get out of the car anytime after passing the crossing guard out front. This will enable more cars to move faster through the process. At the end of the day – students must wait in front of the school to be picked up.
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 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.
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.
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.
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
Holy Ghost/P.A. Annual Feast
Youth sports – help out younger children
Council on Aging organizations
Red Stocking Events
MVCS Early Childhood programs
Scouts – helping out younger children
After School Clubs – helping out younger children
MV Conservation programs
Relay for Life
Wild Food Challenge
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 email@example.com or calling 508-627-3316 ext 404.