ETES WEEKLY DIGITAL COMMUNICATION
Good evening everyone.
We have a few very important reminders to share. These have been past reminders but we feel as though we need to reiterate them again as we have received much feedback from parents and staff.
This year we have been closing our parent drop off gate at 9am and will continue to do so as courtesy to our families for the remainder of the year. Next year, however, our gate will close at 8:55am daily. Our student handbook clearly states that students should arrive between 8:45 and 8:55 in the morning and that any students arriving to classrooms after 9am are late for school. Please see the excerpt below from the handbook.
ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL TIME Tier Three Schools
Tier Three Students should arrive at school between 8:45 am and 8:55 am. Students who arrive at their classroom after 9:00 A.M. and are not transported by our bus company are late for school. Repeated tardiness is regarded as a serious problem that may affect a child's work habits and success at school. At the elementary grades parents are expected to ensure that their child arrives at school on time.
We would also like to remind everyone that students should not be bringing toys to school. This includes Pokemon Cards. As stated in the past, we are not responsible for lost or stolen items. Toys are often the cause of many peer conflicts that disrupt student learning. We would appreciate your support in ensuring that students are not bringing toys to school.
Bulldog Community Connections Clubs
This year during one of our School Council Meetings we reviewed parent survey data and discussed feedback regarding clubs and opportunities for our students after school. The team brainstormed ways to provide our students opportunities to engage in fun hobbies and activities after school. One idea was to request volunteers for clubs. We recently sent out communications regarding what we have established as our Bulldog Community Connections Clubs. We were extremely grateful that parents and caregivers expressed interest in volunteering their time to run a club after school for our students. We are happy to be able to offer a few clubs to get started with what we hope will be a great opportunity for our students and a wonderful way to collaborate with families and build community.
We would like to thank all of the volunteers who will be dedicating their time to provide fun and engaging activities after school to our students. Our goal is to offer more opportunities again this year in what we envision as a second round of clubs in the spring. The number of clubs and students accepted into clubs really does rely on the number of club leaders we get to volunteer! We hope to see more club offerings in the second round so please be on the lookout for these flyers in the upcoming weeks.
If your child was selected for an afterschool club, our session will run from the week of Monday, March 20th to the week of Monday, April 10th. Transportation must be provided by the family and students will need to be picked up at our main entrance promptly at 4pm. Any families who can not commit to the 4pm pick up time and are late for picking up students risk being allowed to participate in the club. Below are the list of clubs that begin next week and the days they are held.
*Arts and Crafts-
*Health and Science Club-
*Group Dance Club-
Students selected for clubs this round will not be considered for a club in the second round to provide more opportunities to more students. Students who have a parent or guardian running a club do get a slot in the club regardless of whether or not they have been in a club before.
HAPPENING THIS WEEK: March 13-17
- St. Patrick’s Day, Friday March 17th- Wear Green
- Mad Science Presentation Friday, March 17th - this is an in school assembly for grade 1-4.
- We are currently scheduling a spring assembly for PreK and K more information will be forthcoming
- PAWSome School Store- Week of March 20-24, Students can turn in their tickets for prizes
- Student of the Month for Respect, Monday, March 20th
- Silly Sock Day- Friday, March 24
- Twin Day- Friday, March 31
- MCAS testing will begin toward the end of March. This assessment is for third and fourth graders only. Please be sure that students are well rested and present for testing dates. Dates are confirmed as follows:
- ELA - Grade 4 - March 28 & 29
- ELA - Grade 3 - April 4 & 5
- Math - Grade 4 - May 2 & 3
- Math - Grade 3 - May 9 & 10
STUDENT OF THE MONTH CHARACTER TRAIT
For the month of March we will be discussing and learning about Courage. We will be working to teach students that being courageous means standing up for what you know is right – even when you are afraid and others do not stand with you. Children who have Courage, admit when they are wrong, make good choices when others do not, are kind to those who are unkind, and ask for help when they need it.
Students selected for February´s character trait for respect will be celebrated On Monday, March 20th. Teachers will be sharing virtual links and details in the upcoming days.
Our students will go out to recess as long as it is not raining or snowing and the windchill is not a factor. With that said, we want to remind families to dress students appropriately for outdoor play for their 30 minute outdoor recess. If your child is in need of a winter coat, please reach out to the school. We would be happy to help any students in need.
Lastly, please avoid any change of dismissal from occurring after 2:45pm. If you know that your student's dismissal plan will change on any given day or time of day, be sure to contact the office well before 2:45. Dismissal changes should be sent in writing to a classroom teacher if at all possible. We can not dismiss students from the office after 2:45pm. We appreciate your understanding.
There will be a PTO meeting, Wednesday, April 12 at 6:30 in our school library. We hope you can join us!
Mrs. Nichols, Principal
Mrs. Dalessio, Assistant Principal
Mrs. Emard, Assistant Principal