Adeline C. Marston School
May 2015 Parent Newsletter
April 24, 2015
Dear Marston Families,
When we return from the spring break, we will be in the home-stretch of the school year. During this time, there will be many activities, field trips, and special events that will be added to our busy schedules. We kindly ask that you spend some time reinforcing appropriate school behavior as we strive to maintain an academic focus until the very last day of school. Establishing routines around homework and bedtimes will be especially important. We thank you in advance for partnering with the school on ensuring the children’s wellbeing in their academic journey.
We are very proud to say another year of Homework Club has been a huge success. The Homework Club met for the last time this past week. The success and progress of the students who participated was obvious. We were quite pleased and are thankful to Mrs. Antico and our staff for coordinating this extended learning opportunity that benefits so many of our students. We would also like to thank Mr. Carlson and Mrs. Guay for providing our fifth graders exposure to instrument lessons. This is a great introductory to the music programs offered at Hampton Academy. Remember, while the club may be over, the homework will continue. We encourage you to continue to create a strong environment for your child to succeed in their homework and grow.
In the month of May, in keeping with our expectation of safety, the students will have the opportunity to take part in a bus evacuation drill. This drill will take place in the morning and all students will participate, regardless of whether they ride the bus regularly or not. Also, our safety drills will continue during the month of May.
When we return from the break, all students will be participating in the Northwest Educational Association/Measures of Academic Progress. These online assessments were administered in the fall also and the results of both will be used to gauge student progress. Students will participate in two one-hour tests that focus on reading and math. It is important for students to eat a healthy breakfast, get a good night’s sleep, and arrive to school on time in order to perform at their best. If you would like further information, please log on to the NWEA web site at www.nwea.org or you may contact your child’s teacher or administration for further information.
On Wednesday, May 6, Marston School will participate in National Walk to School Day. We will gather at Hampton Academy at 8:00 AM where refreshments will be served. We are hoping for spring weather, and a great turn out for this healthy opportunity. As a reminder, if your child is planning to ride their bikes to school, they should be registered with the Hampton Police and locked during the school day. All students should be wearing bicycle helmets!
On Friday, May 15, our fourth grade students will participate in Science Exploration Day. This will be followed with our state-wide Science NECAPS which will be administered May 19 through May 21. There will be three testing sessions, to take place on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. During this assessment week, it is important for students to eat a good breakfast, arrive to school on time, and get a good night’s sleep. Your support and your child’s attendance positively impact these benchmark tests. If you have any questions regarding these assessments, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher or one of us. Results will be sent home as soon as they are available.
Our school will participate in a Memorial Day assembly scheduled the morning of May 22. Hampton Veterans will be our honored guests. If you would like to attend our assembly as an honored guest, please be sure to contact the office so we can ensure seating. There will be no school on Monday, May 25 in observance of Memorial Day.
Our I Read 100 Books will conclude during the month of May. All book logs are due on Friday, May 15. All students who have read 100 books or more will be honored at our school wide morning meeting on the last day of school. At this time t-shirts will be awarded and our top readers at each grade level will be recognized. Thank you to all for supporting this literacy initiative.
With the many activities planned for Marston students for the remainder of the school year, we ask that you help us reinforce our Marston School Social Development themes: Safety, Cooperation, Respect, and Responsibility.
Lois Costa Nathan Saddler
Principal Assistant Principal