It’s always encouraging to see so many families join us for conferences, it’s an important time for parents, guardians, and teachers to work together to figure out how best to help our students as learners both at school and at home.

We’re doing Blizzard Bags again this year. Please let me or your student’s teacher know if you have questions. More information will be coming home soon.

We’re starting the work in each classroom, and in our specials classes, to learn more about the culture, art, music, geography, and history of Poland. An expert in Polish history visited the school this week, and a Polish paper artist will join us next week. We will be visiting the Polish Center for Discovery and Learning in Chicopee later this month. This year’s performance will be Thursday, December 13th – save the date! Ask your student what they are learning about Poland.  You might be surprised at what you learn!

There was a lot to digest in the materials that went home regarding the MCAS results for students who took the tests last spring. Let me know if you have any questions.

I came across this article last week, and it got me thinking about why we use relevant consequences in our school and not punishment, and why we work so hard on respectful language in conversations with the students. I hope you find it interesting: