Adeline C. Marston School
VOTING DAY ON MARCH 11, 2014 at WINNACUNNET HIGH SCHOOL Cafeteria
Dear Marston Families,
We would like to remind you that progress reports for the third quarter will be issued the week of March 3, for those students not working up to their potential. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s progress at anytime during the school year, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher to set up a conference. We, at Marston School, are committed to a strong parent-school partnership in order to best meet the needs of each of our students.
A copy of your child’s Fall NECAP (New England Common Assessment Program) which is our state test was mailed home to you in February. On Tuesday, February 11 during our regular scheduled School Board Meeting, there was an overview of our district results. NECAP scores provide information about how students are progressing in language arts and mathematics based on our state frameworks. Fifth graders are also given an additional assessment on writing. If you have specific questions about your child’s scores, please contact his/her classroom teacher. Please keep in mind that this is the last year for this assessment. Next year, students will be assessed on the Common Core Curriculum in the spring. At our most recent coffee chat, an overview of the Common Core Curriculum and SMARTER Balanced assessment program was presented to parents. Information from the session is posted on the PTA website.
As part of our social development program, during the month of March, we will be discussing responsibilities as it relates to home and school. Please take time at home to review responsibilities with your child in regard to homework and chores. Marston School’s behavior expectations are be safe, be respectful, be responsible, and be cooperative.
Our last Ski Club date was Friday, February 7. We wish to thank all of the parents, staff, and children for a wonderful time on the slopes during the winter months. Over one hundred eight participants had the opportunity to take part in this recreational offering. We wish to thank Julie Simone, Laurie Sullivan, Sue Antico and the many parent volunteers along with Ross Boisvert from McIntyre Ski Area for all of their assistance with this popular after school activity.
Thank you to everyone who donated pennies for the Hampton Beach Health Clinic. We applaud you all for your generosity and commitment to the programs that make Hampton a special place. It is always appreciated when we are able to help out the other valuable programs here in town and in the surrounding area. Our next community drive will be in support of the New Hampshire SPCA. There will be more information sent home when we return from winter break.
We would like to thank our PTA Coordinators, Julie Simone and Liz Jacobs, for planning Screen Free Week. A number of after school activities are planned for students. Over one hundred students are expected to participate by pledging to turn off their television sets, iPads, and computers to engage in other activities. We hope all students will make this commitment and take advantage of the opportunities provided as we are a school that continues to support healthy lifestyles. In March and April, the PTA will be offering a number of after school activities on four consecutive Wednesdays. Look for more information in the weeks ahead.
In honor of Dr. Seuss and Read Across America, Marston students will have the opportunity to participate in a number of activities during the month of March. Alison Griffin, our school librarian, will coordinate a book swap with our PTA Coordinators. This will take place on Wednesday, March 12. Students are encouraged to bring in gently used books to swap for other age appropriate books from other students prior to the swap. A letter detailing this event will be sent home after vacation. This is always a popular event with our students. Also, nonfiction author, Kathleen Deady, will be visiting our school on March 25. Her books include the following topics; ancient civilizations, notable women in history, biographies, colonies, and states. Students will have the opportunity to further their understanding of the writing process as it relates to informational text. We are also pleased to announce that Ryan T. Higgins will be visiting at the beginning of April. This local author and illustrator has written several big and small books including Twaddleton's Cheese and Wilfred.
March 11 is voting day for town elections. Winnacunnet High School Cafeteria is the official polling site for Hampton. Students WILL be in school on Voting Day. Our March in-service day will be March 26, there will be no school for students that day. If you would like more information regarding the Hampton School District’s proposed budget and warrant articles, they will be posted in the local newspapers and on the SAU 90 Website.
This winter has provided quite a bit of snow. We thank the custodial staff and Hampton Public Works for their hard work in keeping the property as safe and snow-free as possible. However, the snow mounds have become quite high and the lanes for pick-up have become a bit narrow. We ask your continued attention to these obstacles especially during pick-up and drop- off time. The snow has caused traffic to back up a bit. We ask for your understanding and cooperation during the remainder of this winter season to ensure that these times remain safe and efficient for all that are involved.
We have many exciting events for students and families coming up in the month of March. We have included a list of these events below. We look forward to sharing these events with all students and families. Additional school, academic, and educational resources can always be found on our school web site at www.sau90.org. Please call 926-8708, if you have any questions or concerns.
Lois Costa Nathan Saddler
Principal Assistant Principal
Tuesday, March 11 Town Election Day, WHS Café
Wednesday, March 12 Wicked Wonderful Wednesdays Begin;
Book Swap Day for Students
Friday, March 14 Warm Spirit Day - Hawaiian Day
Tuesday, March 18 School Board, Town Hall, 6:30 PM
Monday, March 17 M/W Girls on the Run Begins (Marston 3:00-4:30 PM)
Wednesday, March 19 Variety Show, WHS, 6:00 PM (Snow Date 3/25); Grade 3 Field Trip to McAuliffe/ Shepard Discovery Center -Rescheduled (TC, LB, KL)
Friday, March 21 Warm Spirit Day - Fancy Dress Day
Tuesday, March 25 Author Visit – Kathleen Deady; T/TH Girls on the Run Begins (Marston3:00-4:30 PM / WHS 4:00-5:30 PM)
Tuesday, March 25 PTA Meeting, Centre School, 7:00 PM
Wednesday, March 26 No School - Teacher In-Service Day
Friday, March 28 Warm Spirit Day - Hat Day, Parent Input Forms Regarding Placement Out
Monday, March 31 Read 100 Book Logs Due