Message From The Principal
What an exciting week was had at MCS! This week Mr. Bagnato and I were able to interact with families during two events. Early in the week we hosted our first Coffee Talk, sponsored by the PTO and organized by our fantastic volunteer coordinator, Emma Cottage. We were thrilled to have 14 parents participate. This is an informal event where any family or community member is free to come and ask questions. This week we had questions about the hot lunch program, status of the Milt Frye Nature Area, status of the septic system, covid protocols, and much more! Thank you to the families who were able to participate. Also remember, you can always email questions or comments to me or Greg.
Later in the week we had the opportunity to participate in New Parent Night sponsored again by the PTO. It was heartwarming to see the great turnout for this event. Participants were able to learn a bit about the school, PTO, Recreation Department, School Board, and ask any questions that were on their minds. An added benefit was a school tour for new families. For most all, this was the first time walking through our school building.
Also, I had the opportunity to meet with a group of parents who are invested in bringing more outdoor learning spaces and opportunities to students at our school. I left feeling hopeful that we will be able to create a space on our school property that will allow outdoor experiences for our students. MCS is fortunate to have involved families who are willing to go above and beyond to benefit students.
As questions were being asked this week, it reminded me to remind all of you about the budget process. Believe it or not, I have already begun to work with our business manager and school board to craft a budget for next school year. Among the questions asked were some related to playground equipment to put in the budget, a school-based hot lunch program, maintaining small class sizes, the septic system, and other assorted topics. The Norwich School Board is composed of board members who love to hear from the community about what would make our school a better place for children to learn and grow. I encourage you to attend the next school board meeting on October 6th at 6:30pm, and share your ideas and wishes. This is the perfect time.
Have a lovely weekend,
WHAT IS PBIS?
You may have heard that Marion Cross is a PBiS School. PBiS stands for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports which is an approach to teaching and supporting positive behaviors and meeting the needs of ALL students. It is commonly used in many schools nationwide.
This school-wide approach focuses on building a safe and positive environment in which all students can learn. The foundation of PBIS at Marion Cross School is the four building-wide expectations or “Who’s Wise Words.”
In our community, we will be:
In addition to these building-wide expectations, we:
You can you reinforce positive behavior at home by:
Welcome to the Principal's Corner. My name is Shawn Gonyaw, Principal of Marion Cross School. Each week I post a message here to keep you updated on important topics that are happening at our school.
My weekly posts can also be found in the weekly Cross Words newsletter which I highly encourage you to view. I hope you find all this information helpful, informative and fun.