Professional Learning Days

  Next Wednesday will be our first Professional Learning (PL) Day. On these Wednesdays throughout the year, students are released at 1:50 p.m. and teachers will use that time to collaborate with colleagues on strategies for increasing student engagement and learning. All of the PL days are listed on the school calendar that was in the packet and is on the website. PL days will also be listed in the newsletter. There is free after-school child care available on PL days from 1:50-3:20 pm.  We ask that if you plan to have your student stay during that time that you let the school know by phone, email or note by Wednesday morning.  If they are staying, please send your student to school with appropriate clothing and footwear to go outside and a water bottle.

   Please remember that our school day starts at 8:25. Thank you to everyone who is getting their students here by that time. If your student arrives after that, they are missing important time in the classroom that will help start their day off well, and are disrupting the work of those students who are already here when they arrive late. Students will be marked tardy if they arrive after 8:25. Please do what you can to get your student here on time, for everyone’s benefit.

   Those families that pick their student up at school, thank you for your patience as you wait for students to board the bus. Even though it is the law to wait while the red lights are flashing on a school bus, that doesn’t make it any easier to wait at the end of the school day. And thank you as well for following the one-way rule in our parking lot.

   Our Open House is scheduled on Tuesday, 9/25, from 6:30-7:30 pm. Please come see what’s happening in your student’s classroom, meet the teachers and have a chance to ask questions. I know you’re going to like what you see.

   Specials are in full swing: Art, Spanish, PE and Music are happening for all grades. Ask your student about what they’re doing!

   Here’s a link to a story about how to kick-start your child’s school year. I hope you find it useful: https://www.scholastic.com/parents/school-success/school-life/back-to-school/10-teachers-tips-kick-starting-new-school-year.html