Adeline C. Marston School
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. All students took the NWEA (Northwest Evaluation Association) assessments in both reading and mathematics. We practiced fire drills and procedures that keep our students, staff, and school safe and we had our pictures taken. We want to thank all of our parents for attending our September Curriculum Night and hope that you found it informative.
Although safety is the focus of our social development program this quarter, 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. 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. 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.
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.
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 will participate in Bus Evacuation Drills this month. During these exercises, students will review 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 October, we will begin our extended learning opportunity offerings. On Mondays and Tuesdays, beginning October 20, 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. On Wednesdays, we are excited to offer Art Club, STEM/Robotics, and Kid Fit Boot Camp. We have received an overwhelming response to these after school activities. Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate all interested students at this time. However, we look forward to providing more sessions later this year, and will keep all permission forms on file. Thank you for your continued support and understanding of this situation.
This year, we are pleased to host Artist in Residence, Trash Can Lid Productions. As part of this week-long experience, students will participate in a variety of anti-bullying lessons and activities. The program will culminate with an evening performance for families on Thursday, October 23. Red Ribbon Week is celebrated Thursday, October 23 through Friday, October 31.Your child will be involved in various activities in educating them to make healthy choices. Look for more information to come home with your child.
The first academic quarter ends on October 31. Students who are not working to potential will receive a “Progress Report” during the week of September 29. Please contact your child’s teacher, if you have any questions or concerns about your child’s academic progress and/or transition to this year’s school program. Students in all grades should have well established homework habits at this point. Later this month, we will be forwarding a letter home for students interested in staying after school for homework assistance.
For your convenience, our Alert Now 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. 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.
On a positive note, Mrs. Costa will be traveling to Washington D.C. this month as the New Hampshire National Distinguished Elementary Principal. She proudly looks forward to representing our school and community at this prestigious event.
Lois Costa & Nathan Saddler
Principal Assistant Principal
Wednesday, October 1-Extended Learning Opportunities: Kid Fit Boot Camp, STEM/Robotics, Art Club
Friday, October 3- Grade 3 Field Trip, Great Bay Discovery Center (EM,TC,LB)
Monday, October 6-Marston Mail Begins
Wednesday, October 8 -Walk to School Day, Extended Learning Opportunities: Kid Fit Boot Camp, STEM/Robotics, Art Club
Monday, October 13- No School – Columbus Day
Tuesday, October 14-School Board Meeting, Town Hall, 6:30 PM, Artist in Residence, Sticks and Stones, Begins
Wednesday, October 15 - Extended Learning Opportunities: Kid Fit Boot Camp, STEM/Robotics, Art Club
Monday, October 20- Homework Club Begins, Instrument Lessons Begin (Grade 5)
Tuesday, October 21- PTA Meeting, Centre School, 7:00 PM
Wednesday, October 22 - Extended Learning Opportunities: Kid Fit Boot Camp, STEM/Robotics, Art Club
Thursday, October 23- Picture Re-takes, Sticks and Stones Evening Performance, 7:00 PM,
Red Ribbon Week Begins
Wednesday, October 29 -Extended Learning Opportunities: Kid Fit Boot Camp, STEM/Robotics, Art Club
Thursday, October 31- Early Release Day, Students dismissed at 12:42 PM, Halloween Snacks, Book Logs Due