Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Dear MSES Community Members,
Last night’s unpredictable weather was a good reminder to be sure that contact information is current in Power School in the case of an early dismissal, delayed opening or closing. Parents can update this information through the Parent Portal of Power School. Grafton Public Schools sends automated phone messages to announce school closings and delayed openings.
Teachers and reading specialists will be completing mid year reading assessments in early February. Winter instructional levels are collected in comprehension and oral reading fluency. These instructional levels will be used by teachers to determine if students are making adequate progress in reading as well as inform instructional planning. If you have any questions or concerns in regards to your child’s reading progress, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher.
Is Your Child Too Sick for School?
No parent wants their child to miss school, but neither do you want to send a sick child to school and expose him or her to other children and staff. When should your child stay home from school? Here are a few guidelines you might want to follow:
1.) A runny nose is the way many children respond to dust, pollen, or simply a change of season. If it isn't a common cold, then it's an allergy and allergies are not contagious. You do not need to keep the child home.
2.) A bad cough or cold symptoms can indicate a severe cold, bronchitis, flu or even pneumonia. Some children suffer one cold after another all winter long, and an ordinary cold should not be a reason to miss school. But if your child is not acting right, has a fever, difficulty breathing or is dehydrated, it could be serious. Check with your pediatrician.
3.) Diarrhea and vomiting may be symptoms of a contagious stomach virus. These symptoms make children very uncomfortable, and being near a bathroom is a priority. If your child has repeated episodes of diarrhea and/or vomiting, with or without a fever, rash or general weakness, consult your pediatrician and keep your child home during the illness, and for at least 24 hours after the symptoms pass.
4.) Fever is an important symptom. When it occurs with a sore throat, nausea, lethargy or a rash your child may be contagious. Most pediatricians advise parents to keep children home during the course of a fever and for an additional 24 hours after the fever has passed. Please inform the nurse if your child has seen the pediatrician for a contagious illness such as strep throat, pneumonia, etc.
Fall 2017 Kindergarten registration is scheduled for March 7th & 8th at North Grafton and South Grafton Elementary Schools. Information is available on the district website as well as the MSES website under ‘Announcements’. www.graftonps.org/mses
Six Flag’s Read to Succeed logs are due next Friday, January 27th. It is not too late to log six hours of reading to earn a pass to the park! Logs are available on the school website under ‘Announcements’.
The last Friday of every month is ‘Spirit Wear Day’! Students and staff are encouraged to wear their MSES spirit wear and Grafton green.
Looking ahead Winter Break is scheduled for February 20 – 24.
The Spring 2017 MCAS testing window is from April 3rd – May 18th. Specific grade level dates will be forthcoming once confirmed.
Medicines If your child takes medicine during the school day it needs to be delivered to the school nurses by a parent with the prescription label attached.
Parent Pick-up If you will be picking up your child from school you must park your car and enter the building from the large parking lot by the cafeteria. Parents will be able to enter the building at 2:50pm. The students are dismissed from the cafeteria by staff on duty. Please form a line to sign out your child. Parents are not permitted to enter the cafeteria during parent pick up.
If your child will be a regular parent pick up please send in a note the first day of school stating the days you will picking them up. If you need to place your child on the Parent Pick up List for a specific afternoon please send in a note that morning so we can add them to the sign out sheet. You may not pick up a child other than your own unless we have written permission of the parent.
There is no parking in the fire lane in the front of the school during the school year. Please use the side lots and enter though the main entrance in front of the flagpoles.