Adeline C. Marston January Parent Newsletter
A Message from the Principals
Dear Marston School Families,
It is hard to believe that the holiday season and the end of 2016 is here. During December, we have been trying to maintain a balance between students’ continued learning schedules at school and the enthusiasm that they have for the holiday season. As the final days approach before the December break, we know that the enthusiasm for the season will win out so teachers are cleverly weaving learning objectives with holiday activities. We want to also extend our sincere thanks and gratitude to everyone who contributed to our Lend-a-Hand Giving Baskets, GOTR Community Drives, Library without Walls Book Drive, Dress for School Success, and Coat Drive. These opportunities directly benefit our local families, and are greatly appreciated.
If you have not already, you will be receiving a copy of our delayed opening and early dismissal procedures. On occasion, school opening will be delayed for two hours for safety reasons. The school day then will begin at 10:35 AM instead of 8:35 AM. Also early dismissal means the school day ends at 12:00 PM instead of 2:52 PM. A complete copy of the inclement weather procedure can be found on our school web site, www.sau90.org/marston. During these seasonable winter days, we would like to remind all parents to be sure to adhere to our traffic patterns during drop off in the morning and afternoon dismissal.
Our fifth grade holiday performance was held to a very full auditorium at Winnacunnet High School on Wednesday, December 21. All Marston School students got to enjoy the concert in our gymnasium on Tuesday. We wish to thank Mr. Carlson, Mrs. Sullivan, the fifth grade teachers, and our fifth grade students for working so hard to make this another performance extraordinaire. It was another proud moment for our school as we watched this musical come together in celebration of the season.
Report cards were sent home at the beginning of the month. Please keep in mind that the home-school communication is an essential link to your child’s success. If you need to speak with your child’s teacher at any time, please feel free to contact them at Marston School. Please be sure to update your child’s emergency card and contact information. It is essential to have this information on file. Our system interfaces directly with our BlackBoard Connect messaging system which allows you to receive emails and phone calls with updates and reminders.
We have over one-hundred students participating in our Learn to Ski/Snowboard program. Thank you to everyone for promptly returning all of the required paperwork and payments. We anticipate receiving our ski tags prior to our first trip. On Friday, January 6, we will be having a meeting for all chaperones at 2:15 PM in the cafeteria annex. As a reminder, parents can drop off ski equipment in the annex on the mornings of Ski Club. Please remember to label everything! Special thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Westergren for coordinating this popular event.
Our students do go outside for recess as long as the temperature is over 20° F with consideration of the wind chill factor. It is important that students dress appropriately with snow pants, warm jackets, hats, gloves/mittens, and waterproof boots during the cold winter months. The weather can change over the course of the day so we want to be sure that our students are dressed appropriately to enjoy outside recess.
We are pleased to offer students healthy lunch, breakfast, and snack options from our Food Service Program including a salad bar, fruit and vegetable bar, and healthy snacks. Please consider these nutritious options should you have interest or need. We would also like to remind you that Marston School participates in the healthy children’s lunch program, should you need financial assistance at any time throughout the school year. You are welcome to contact our Food Service Director, Mary Borg or our Outreach Worker, Janine Richards. They can be reached by calling our school.
As a reminder, it is essential that all parents follow the traffic pattern during drop-off and pick up times. Given the inclement weather and high snow banks, visibility can be impaired and traffic can become congested. Therefore, parents should stay in their cars and keep moving. If you need to enter the building for any reason, you should park your car in the lot directly across from the flag pole. Please keep in mind, your patience, caution, and attention during these times is essential to the safety of all our students.
Finally, we would like to thank those of you who completed the My Voice Survey. We will be using the feedback from students, staff, and parents to set goals for improving our school in 2017. On behalf of the Marston Staff, best wishes to your family for a joyous and restful Holiday Season and a Happy New Year. As the New Year begins, we look forward to continuing our partnership as we strive for educational excellence.
Dr. Lois Costa, Principal
Nathan Saddler, Assistant Principal