This past week I was able to contribute an important ingredient to our school compost program. As many of you know, Lindsey Putnam is an amazing resource to our school. She takes the lead on organizing and co-teaching the environmental education program (LEEP). As I was heading home last Friday, Lindsey asked if I would be able to bring a bucket of chicken manure to use in our compost system. This was the first time I have ever had this request! I readily complied and am happy to report that my chickens are thrilled to contribute to our composting efforts!
In other news, this was a terrific second week of school. I continue to admire the support and positive energy of students, teachers, and families. If you have not heard, we are working on dismissal to make it a bit safer. There is a lot going on at dismissal time. MCS is fortunate to have many, many families who pick up children. We also have several after school activities, walkers, and bus pick up. A lot happens in a very short amount of time and in a small space.
Here are a few requests to help us keep everyone safe…
1. Please do not park in the bus lane. The bus lane is off limits during morning drop off and afternoon pick up times.
2. Please cross at the cross walks. It is tempting to step out in front of or in between buses. If you are parking at the church, please use the cross walk that is located near the church parking lot.
3. Please let the school know what the after school plans are for your child(ren). We want to make certain that every child makes it safely to his or her destination.
4. Please help monitor your child after in your care. There is a lot going on at the playground.
The MCS dismissal is much different and much less structured than I am accustomed. I take seriously the safety of all 309 MCS students and am finding dismissal to be a stressful part of my day. I am working with the staff to make some adjustments on our end that will make it a safer scene. Thank you for your patience with me as I adjust to my new surroundings!
September 16 – 5:00-6:00, K-2 Curriculum Night
September 17 – 5:00-6:00, 3rd and 4th Curriculum Night
September 17 – 5:45-7:15, 5th & 6th Curriculum Night
September 24 – Picture Day!
October 2 – Bike to School Day!
October 16 – 4:30-5:30, Open House
Educational Support Team (EST)
Each week teams of teachers gather to discuss student progress at our school. This is through our EST process. You might ask, what does an EST do and how does that work benefit our students? This statement is what we have decided our purpose to be:
EST is a process for teachers to work collaboratively to increase learning for all students.
Each week teams of classroom teachers meet to talk about student progress. Participants include: the school guidance counselor, special educators, school nurse, classroom teachers, student support coordinator, related service providers, education assistants, and the school principal. We address these questions as a team:
- What are the strengths of this student?
- What questions/concerns do we have about this student?
- What strategies have we tried? What is the level of success?
- What is a goal we would like the student to accomplish?
- What are our action steps moving forward?
The EST brainstorms strategies and suggestions to help the student grow. In a specified number of weeks, when the group reconvenes, staff shares progress. Our goal is to address the individual needs of each student.
You are welcome to be a part of this process. If you would like to be invited to participate in your child’s EST meetings please inform your child’s classroom teacher. Please note, that we spend about 15 minutes on each child, so this is not meant to be a lengthy process.
Music News from Mr. Ramsey
Does your child play violin, viola, or cello? If so, they should sign up for orchestra! Orchestra meets every Monday morning in the music room from 7:30-8:00. Generally, students who have a few years playing experience, are taking private lessons, and can read music a little bit have the most success. This is usually students in 2nd grade or older but younger students are welcome to try it out, too.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested! Our first meeting will be this Monday, September 9.
Where is the Swing Set?
Many of you have asked about the removal of the swing set in the front of the school. The swing set had support beams that were broken beyond repair. After consulting with the maintenance department we decided to hold off on installing a new swing set until we learn about the septic project, which has potential for digging up a large portion of the playground. This does offer an opportunity to form a playground committee to take a look at our overall playground and make recommendations for equipment. If you have an interest in being part of this committee please let me know. My plan is to have students, parents, teachers, community, and the facilities director join the team.
MCS Spirit Wear Deadline…
…is fast approaching. If you would like to order MCS gear please go to https://marioncross.itemorder.com. Once there you can learn about the items offered. The deadline is Thursdays, September 12th. Unfortunately, there is not an opportunity to order if you miss the deadline.
Ford Sayre Ski Program
Alpine, Nordic, Recreation, and Jumping
Question and Answer Session
When: Sunday September 15
Where: Howe Library, Hanover NH
Please join us to get your questions answered by Ford Sayre Coaches and Athletes.
From the Norwich Public Library
Hope your start to the school year has been a good one. Here at the Library we’ve made a few changes to make the library experience a pleasurable one for all ages.
Please note: our unattended child policy states that children in 5th grade and up may come to the library without a parent or guardian. But children under that age are welcome to come to the library with an adult caregiver. For more information, please visit the policy on our website: http://www.norwichlibrary.org/child-safety-policy/
While you are here there are a variety of places to sit, either by yourself or with friends. Of course, there’s always the Children’s Room, which has had a tiny redesign. (Let us know if you have any feedback about the new layout.) In the Fiction room we have a few chairs. And we’ve established a quiet study area in the Front room, which is where the adult non-fiction is kept. We found that it’s helpful to give those patrons doing homework and research a place to focus on their projects.
We are still trying to keep the stone wall near the main entrance free of backpacks and other items. This will hopefully mean less congregating there and a much easier time for people to enter and leave the Library.
If you’re looking for someplace to sit outside, there are the benches and stone table near Hazen Street, as well as the benches on the front lawn. In the back we have a picnic table and a few other benches, out past the parking lot. And there are also the benches in the garden. There are still some flowers in bloom, and it’s a beautiful place to sit, chat and relax.
And lastly, as season winds down, we here at the Library are very interested in hearing about what you read and listened to this summer. Let us know what captured your attention.
We managed to exceed our goal of reading 2019 books this summer—thanks to everyone who participated!
Hope to see you soon,
~Kate and Beth
The Downstairs Duo