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Tuesday, March 13, 2012
As the weather turns warmer, while studentsí thoughts turn towards the longer days of spring time, our thoughts turn to planning for the 2012-2013 school year. One of the major components of our planning process is the creation of classes. Our overarching goal is to create balanced communities of learners that are ready and primed to meet with success. We approach this responsibility carefully and thoughtfully.
To best meet the needs of each child, we take into account many factors when making this important decision: input from staff, a studentís academic, social and emotional profile as well as past school experiences. Please know that the placement team works very hard to meet the needs of all of our learners.
If you have concerns regarding placement or feel there is something about your childís profile that needs to be shared with the placement team, I encourage you to write a letter to my attention. All letters need to be returned by Friday, March 30th. It is not recommended that you write a letter unless there are significant concerns.
If you are the parent/guardian of twins or triplets, I encourage you to write a letter as to whether you would like your children placed separately or in the same class. If you need help making that decision please feel free to call me or your childrenís classroom teacher as we are here to assist you.
Please note that your placement letter is not meant to be a forum to request a specific teacher. Should a request be made, the letter will not be forwarded to the placement team. Though I know these requests are only made because families had positive experiences with other siblings, I have great confidence in and respect for each member of our faculty as each teacher works tirelessly to help all students be successful, confident learners.
I look forward to seeing many of you at Parent Conferences this coming Thursday or Friday. These conferences are meant to be a time for you to discuss your childís academic progress. I respectfully request that you not make this a discussion about placement for next year. The appropriate forum for you to share your input in this process is through the above mentioned process.
Should you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact me.
Julie A. Vincentsen
Helen Keller Elementary School
"The purpose of learning is growth, and our minds can continue growing as we continue to live." ~Mortimer Adler
Upcoming March Keller Events: (The dates of new events are in color)
March lunch menu
Week of March 12: Book Fair
***TOMORROW*** March 14: Walk to School Day, 7:50, Dacey Field
March 15: Early Release, 11:40, Parent Teacher Conferences
March 16: Early Release, 11:40, Parent Teacher Conferences
March 20: MCAS, Grade 4, Long Composition
March 21: Keller Banking
March 21: MCAS, Grade 3, ELA
March 22: MCAS, Grade 3, ELA
March 23: Early Release, 11:40, Professional Development
March 26: MCAS, Grade 4, ELA
March 27: MCAS, Grade 4, ELA
March 27: Kindergarten Registration, 4:00-8:00, HMMS
March 27: Special Town Election, FHS Debt Exclusion Vote
March 28: MCAS, Grade 5, ELA
March 28: Science Night, K-2, 6:00-8:30 (See more information below)
March 29: MCAS, Grade 5, ELA
March 29: Kindergarten Registration, 4:00-8:00, HMMS
March 29: Science Night, 3-5, 6:00-8:30 (See more information below)
March 30: Author Visit, Suzy Kline, Grade 2
Keller Updates: (The titles of new information are in color)
Hands-on-Science Night: Sign up your child to enjoy the fun of science! Is it magic? How did that happen? Come investigate cool and clever experiments geared for our students. We will have different centers of simple experiments for the kids to get their hands on. It is fun and exciting to guess what will happen. So join the mad scientists and experience how fun SCIENCE is!
While the K-2 night is presently full, there are still some spots open for the 3-5 night. You will need to print and fill out a registration form. Click here for the 3-5 form. Be sure to send in your payment of $5/per student along with the registration form.
If you have any questions, please contact any of these mad scientists: Lois Eppihimer firstname.lastname@example.org and Tim Cook email@example.com
The Circus is coming to town!: Mark your calendars now for Keller's night at the circus on Saturday, May 5th. Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus is coming to Providence and the PCC will be organizing a Keller Night with reduced priced tickets. Stay tuned for more information!
Spirit Wear: When you are in school next, check out the bulletin board outide of the music rooms where our new spirit wear is displayed! A flyer will be coming home after conferences as we will be doing another order this spring.
Coins for Keller is coming again in May - start collecting now!
Safety First: We have noticed an increase in the number of children who arrive prior to 8:15. Please remember that school does not begin until 8:15. Students should not be dropped off prior to this time as no supervision is available until 8:15. Thank you for your support as we work to make sure all children arrive safely to their classroom communities.
Help us to Spread the Word! - Kindergarten Information Night Date Change: Do you know a parent of an incoming kindergartener? If so, please share this link which will help them with the registration process which will take place on March 27th, 29th and April 2nd from 4:00-8:00 at HMMS. There is also a link to this page from our website. We will hold our annual parent information night for incoming Kindergarten families on Thursday, May 24th beginning at 6:00. This is a change from the original date of Thursday, May 17th.
5th Grade parents - save the date!: On Thursday, April 12th Annie Sullivan Middle School will be holding their annual parent information night for incoming 6th grade families.
Are you aware of this opportunity to raise money for Keller? Did you know you can earn Box Tops for Keller by shopping online? Click here to learn more information!
Another Box Tops Opportunity: Please visit Growing Local Learning's website for a number of box top fundraising options; they also have a Facebook page. If families choose to, they can "like" Growing Local Learning on Facebook to receive updates of savings opportunities at Shaw's. There are currently two offers to earn bonus box tops with the purchase of General Mills products as well as to save $$ purchasing a combination of 5 GM products.
FPS Updates: (The titles of new information are in color)
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