Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Dear MSES Community,
Autumn officially arrives in ten days on Saturday, September 22nd. Paired with the arrival of cooler weather, school routines “fall” into place.
Social Emotional Learning
This year the district is focusing our professional development afternoons on Social Emotional Learning Skills. The five identified SEL skills are Social Awareness, Relationship Skills, Responsible Decision-Making, Self-Management, and Self-Awareness. These skills support the development of motivation, perseverance, and self-regulation which are positive influences linked to academic achievement. These “soft” skills or social and emotional behaviors can be developed through classroom routines, classroom climates, and instructional practices.
If you would like to learn more about Social and Emotional Learning two excellent websites to explore are CASEL: Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (www.casel.org) and SEL4MA: Social-Emotional Learning Alliance for Massachusetts (www.sel4ma.org).
Student drop-off in the morning has been going very well! Thank you of being mindful of pedestrians using the crosswalk from the parking lot. Remember to remain in the car while your children hop out in order to keep the drop off line flowing.
The fire department has requested that there be no parking in the fire lane in front of the school. No parking signs designate this area. Please use the side lots if you are parking for an extending period of time (volunteering, conferences, meetings, etc.) You may park briefly by the flagpole if you are dropping off a tardy child or gathering a sick child from the nurses’ office. Thank you for adhering to this.
Last call for updating contact information, emails and emergency contacts on your child’s Power School account via the Parent Portal. It is crucial that this information is current.
MSES parent Erin Baniukiewicz looking forward to bring BOKs back in the fall! She is seeking interested parents interested in becoming BOKs trained and helping to out! BOKs is a before school physical activity program that improves our children physically, mentally and socially by strengthening their minds and bodies through movement. Interested parents can reach out to Erin via email. email@example.com
We do our best to send any fliers, notices, etc. on Wednesdays so students and parents are not inundated with papers. Please look for the big white envelope of school & community-based communication on Wednesdays. The Principal’s Pen is always sent electronically, posted on the school website and linked on the Facebook page. We will be posting community notices and fliers sent electronically on the school webpage under “Announcements”.
November Read – a – Thon
SG-PTO is planning a Read-a-Thon fundraiser for November. This will be a two-week long reading at home program of which students log their minutes and collect pledges for the minutes they read. We are seeking parents who would like to be part of the planning for the Read – a – Thon. If you are interested, please contact me either via email or calling the school office. We will begin planning in early October.
Please remember that your child’s teachers and the administration at MSES are committed to partnering with you to ensure your child has a fun, fulfilling and academically successful school year. Please do not hesitate to reach out for support, share concerns and/or ask questions. We encourage you to become involved in your child’s educational experience at Millbury Street School. Not sure how? Just ask!
September 18 – Student Picture Day
September 19 - Instrument Rental Night 6:30 pm Cafeteria
September 20 – Special Education Parent Advisory Council 6:30 pm @ MSES
September 25 – School Committee Meeting 7 pm @ Municipal Center
September 28 – Half Day – Dismissal @ 11:25 am
MSES School Improvement Plan On the evening of Tuesday, March 27th MSES presented the 2017 - 2020 School Improvement Plan to the School Committee. We also shared our yearlong professional development around Authentic Learning and Mathematics. Click HERE to read the MSES School Improvement Plan. Click HERE to view the slide presentation. We are very appreciative for those members who serve on our School Advisory Council - Parent Cathy Lazo, Parent Jody Simpson, Parent - Katera Lazaren, Parent - Diane Silver, Teacher - Tracy Estaphan, Teacher - Kathy Demartini, Teacher - Heidi Shorr and Asst. Principal - Michael Tucker.
The school office is open from 7:45 am – 3:45 pm. Please know that we are here to help. If you have any questions or need assistance with anything, do not hesitate to contact us.
Millbury Street Elementary School participates in Save for America, the School Savings Program, sponsored by Homefield Credit Union. The voluntary program gives students the opportunity to open and maintain a savings account while at school. Students will learn the principles of saving, how to manage money and the importance of investing money for a return. The Homefield Credit Union will begin new accounts with a $5.00 balance. Students with new or existing accounts will be allowed to make deposits to their accounts on Wednesday mornings each week. Accounts from both North and South Grafton Elementary will be transferred to Millbury Street Elementary School.
MSES staff and students can nominate a school community member for a CARES certificate when they have witnessed a deliberate act that exemplifies the core values of: Cooperation, Assertiveness, Responsibility, Empathy, and Self-control. Mrs. Coakley, Mr. Tucker or Mrs. Stocklin presents the certificate to the nominated student in their classroom so everyone can show appreciation for their kind act. Already this school year we have presented over 45 certificates!
Lunch menus are no longer being printed for every student. It can be accessed from the web page under Food Services. Families who are in need of a hard copy can request one through their child’s teacher. Free and Reduced lunch forms are available in hard copy from the school office or online.
Friendly Reminder! Student Morning Drop Off
Please do not drop children off at the school’s main entrance in the morning. Only buses may use this drive. If your child is being dropped off in the morning please pull into the main parking lot and drop your child off curbside at the side entrance to the building. Please try to have your child hop out of the car on the sidewalk and avoid pulling out from the curb and passing cars that children are exiting. Children may begin to enter the building at 8:10 AM. The instructional day begins at 8:25 AM. Any child arriving after that time is tardy and must check into to the office with the adult dropping them off. Thank you for your help!
Reminder - Walking to School Wednesdays now until December and MSES Spirit Wear Days are held the last Friday of every month!