Adeline C. Marston School
Adeline C. Marston Back to School Parent Newsletter
A Message from the Principals
Dear Marston School Families,
On behalf of the Marston teachers and staff, we thank parents and students for a safe and successful opening of school. We had a very busy month of September, helping all of our students acclimate to a new school year. We practiced fire drills and procedures that keep our students, staff, and school safe and we had our pictures taken. This year, we are pleased to offer school pictures and a yearbook from Lifetouch. This is a change from our former photographers, and we welcome your feedback. Let us know your thoughts as you receive your students’ portraits in the coming weeks.
Although safety is the focus of our social development program at this time of year, we will continue to reinforce safety procedures and protocols throughout the school year. Please note the following important safety reminders with regard to drop-off times and dismissal: parents whose children are an “office sign-out” must come into the building and sign their child out in the office; if your child is going to be a “car pick-up”, they must have a written note. Notes may be faxed to the Marston School at 926-7896 if your plans change unexpectedly during the school day. We would appreciate a follow up phone call to ensure we received your fax and your child has been notified. We can only ensure students’ safety during designated times and locations for pick and drop off. Students should not be dropped off prior to 8:20 AM and pick up time is promptly at 2:50 PM. Please remember to use the crosswalk and be extra vigilant for bike riders and pedestrians during drop-off and pick-up times. For families new to Marston School, the visitor parking lot is located near the flag pole circle. We also ask that all cars for drop-offs and pick-ups go through the visitor lot and drop children on the sidewalk. We kindly ask that you keep these lines of traffic moving. Should you need to stop for any reason, we ask that you park your car. Please do not drop-off or pick-up at the front door. The other lot is reserved for staff parking, SAU 90 parking, and is used exclusively as a bus drop-off and pick-up area. No other vehicles/visitors are allowed to enter this area for the safety of our students and staff during these busy morning and afternoon times. Our students’ safety is contingent upon everyone following arrival and dismissal procedures. We thank you in advance for helping us with this, exercising caution, and patience during these very busy times.
Students continue to practice safety drills throughout the school year. Our three expectations include: Be quiet, Be quick, Be serious! Safety expectations are also extended to the school bus. During our lunchtime talks, we review bus expectations and consequences. Children riding school buses are expected to remain in their seats and follow directions and instructions in a polite and appropriately responsible manner. Repeated bus referrals and/or threatening or unsafe behavior will result in suspension from bus transportation. All students participated in Bus Evacuation Drills at the end of September. During these exercises, students reviewed safety and emergency procedures with their teachers and a driver from First Student Transportation. If you have questions or concerns regarding bus transportation, please do not hesitate to call First Student at 964-2322.
In order to minimize disruptions in the classrooms, we remind parents to please be mindful of instructional time. We make every attempt not to interrupt student learning during the day except for emergencies. In October, we will begin our extended learning opportunity offerings. On Mondays and Tuesdays, beginning October 17, students will be offered after school academic assistance. Also on those days, we are pleased to offer our fifth grade students instrument lessons with Mr. Carlson and Mrs. Guay from Hampton Academy. Beginning October 19 on Wednesdays, we are excited to offer Art Club, STEM/Robotics, and Kid Fit Boot Camp. These are available on Blackboard Connect and a hard copy was sent home with your students on Friday. We anticipate an overwhelming response to these after school activities. Therefore, there will be successive offerings later this year, and we will keep all permission forms on file. Thank you for your continued support and understanding of this situation.
For your convenience, our Blackboard Connect message will be sent each Sunday at 7:00 PM. In an attempt to be ecofriendly, flyers will be sent home using our email system on Fridays at 5:00 PM and through virtual backpack located on the SAU website. We are aware that some parents have not been receiving our weekly reminders. We are in the process of updating files to ensure that the information reaches you. We continue to update our school’s website to make it family friendly. Our website can be found at www.sau90.org/marston for more information. Calendar information, events, academic, and community resources are included on this site.
Dr. Lois Costa, Principal
Nathan Saddler, Assistant Principal