Adeline C. Marston School
Adeline C. Marston February Parent Newsletter
A Message from the Principals
Dear Marston School Families,
Progress reports were issued last week as we approach the middle of the school year, and the middle of the trimester. These reports were issued to any student not working up to his/her potential. This past Monday, we held our school-wide morning meeting where we introduced our new student council members and upcoming warm spirit days along with kicking off our school’s participation in the national Great Kindness Challenge. All Marston School staff set high expectations for student achievement, as well as safe and non-disruptive student behavior in all aspects of each student’s program at this school. Parents are encouraged to contact their child’s teacher to maintain close communication about individual progress. Conferences can be scheduled at any time by calling the main office at 926-8708 between 7:30 AM and 4:00 PM and leaving a message for your child’s teacher. We also want to remind you that Homework Club continues to meet on Mondays and Tuesdays for the month of February. The purpose of this assistance is to provide support and reinforcement for students of all abilities. If you are interested in having your child attend, please let your child’s classroom teacher know. A bus has been set up for students, if transportation is an obstacle.
Although we have been very fortunate to have escaped the perils of winter weather thus far, we would like to remind everyone that it is extremely important for the safety of our students that all parents follow the flow of traffic during drop off and pick up times. Due to the high volume of traffic and weather conditions, the safety of everyone is contingent upon all of us working cooperatively and following the traffic pattern. Please use extra care and caution when traveling down Marston Way especially near the crosswalk and “drop off” areas. Snow, ice, and speed are elements that create a potentially dangerous situation in a congested area.
There are over one hundred students participating in our after school Learn to Ski/Snowboard program at McIntyre. We are happy to report that we have successfully completed three trips with our students. It is exciting to see the progress and success as students become more proficient at handling this big responsibility while learning a new winter recreation – skiing or snowboarding. Special thanks to our parent coordinator, Stephanie Westergren who oversees the program alongside administration and serves as a direct link between the school and parents. We have two more scheduled trips in February, and if Mother Nature cooperates with us, our program concludes on Friday, February 10th.
This is the time of year when traditionally there is a lot of sickness in the school population including strep throat, colds, flu, earaches, and acute asthma episodes. If your child is ill, please keep him/her home during the acute phase of illness and add an extra day to fully recover. This is best for your child and his or her classmates as well. Additionally, this is a good time of year to schedule your child’s physical for the spring and summer, especially if he or she will be attending summer camps and/or Hampton Academy in the fall of 2017. Hampton School Board policy requires physical examination proof dated at least two years before entering. Please check with your MD for the most recent examination date and plan accordingly. Completed examinations will be kept in the health file. If you have any questions or need further clarifications, please call our school nurse, Kathy Connolly.
As a reminder, it is important that children dress appropriately during cold winter months. We do go outside if the temperature is 20 degrees or higher. Family child-care plans must be updated in the event of an unanticipated early dismissal during the winter weather months. We need a current plan on file so that our staff knows where each student should go in the event of an unanticipated early dismissal. If your phone number has changed since the beginning of the year, we ask that you please contact the school immediately so that we may update your child’s emergency contact information. As a reminder, students may NOT arrive prior to 8:20 AM due to the safety and supervision of students. There has also been an increase in student absences and tardiness. Students who arrive after 8:35 AM will be marked tardy, and parents do need to sign them in. Excess absences or tardiness will be addressed at the end of each trimester, as we strive to maximize learning time and encourage positive school habits. Please consider carpooling or seeking out other arrangements, if necessary. Marston also hosts the YMCA School’s Out Program that offers before and after school day care. Information may be obtained by calling 642-3361.
This year the Hampton School District will hold a deliberative session on Tuesday, February 7 at Hampton Academy beginning at 7:00 PM. Parents and community members may view the proposed budget and warrant articles on the SAU web site at www.sau90.org. This also includes the proposed reconstruction project for Hampton Academy. This information is posted at all Hampton Schools and will be on the ballot on March 8 for your consideration.
Upcoming Marston School events are listed below for your information. More school, academic, and educational resources can be found on our school website. Additionally, we are pleased to let you know that HSD Channel 13 is up and running. Please tune in for important news, announcements, and special events. Please call 926-8708 if you have any questions or concerns about the school program.
Dr. Lois Costa, Principal
Nathan Saddler, Assistant Principal