Weekly Update 12/12

Good afternoon families! We’re gearing up for some fun events in the next few weeks! A few updates and reminders for you today.

Headphones/Chromebooks
We have been able to provide each student with a pair of headphones. We are seeing an uptick in broken headphones and/or chromebooks. We encourage all students to keep their chromebooks in the case provided and properly secure their headphones in the case or in a bag to protect them as much as possible. We will continue to provide students with headphones, but will be asking for $5 to replace them should they become lost or damaged. Students are able to bring and use their own headphones if they so choose. Sometimes students prefer more cushioned/supportive headphones. Many of our learning apps will give directions or read problems to students and having the headphones allows students do listen without disrupting others.

Holiday Concert
Our Holiday Concert will be on Tuesday, December 20th at 6:00. Forms will be going home for you to RSVP so we can plan our seating. We are excited to put on our first Holiday Show!

Attendance
We have seen some great improvements with attendance this month, and we are also seeing an uptick in colds and flu. Our custodians diligently clean all high touch surfaces throughout the day and night. We will be reminding students about good hand hygiene and remembering to cough/sneeze into their elbows. If your child will be out, please be sure to call the main office and if you have doctor’s notes, please send those in as well.

Upcoming Assessments
This week we will begin completing our Reading Benchmark assessments. Once we return from Christmas Break we will finish any remaining benchmarks. Our Multi-Lingual learners will begin ACCESS testing the week of January 9th. The ACCESS test will assess students reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills to determine their overall English proficiency. We will be holding a virtual assembly ahead of the testing to support and encourage our students to do their best and cheer them on. Our iReady benchmark assessments will be given in late January/Early February. After the Christmas Break I will share out the MCAS testing schedule for students.

Holiday Spirit Week
December 19-23 will be celebrate with a Spirit Week. The days/themes are as follows:

Monday 12/19: Holiday Hat/Headband day-Wear a festive hat, ears, headband etc
Tuesday 12/20: Holiday Best-How fancy can you be?
Wednesday 12/21: Red/Green Grinch day
Thursday 12/22: Pajama Day! Wear your favorite pair of pajamas
Friday 12/23: Festive Friday! Wear red, green, blue-anything festive!!

Important Dates
12/13: Band Concert @ 6:00 @ Hunking
12/14: Early Release-Dismissal at 11:55
12/19-12/23: Spirit Week
12/20: Holiday Concert @ 6:00
12/23: Early Release-Dismissal at 11:05
12/24-1/3: Christmas Break
1/4:School Resumes on Wednesday January 4th

Hope you are all staying warm on this chilly Sunday! Have a great night!
Mrs. Mackay