Adeline C. Marston School
December 2014 Newsletter
Dear Marston School Parents and Students,
We would like to begin by thanking you for attending our parent conferences earlier this month. We are sure that you found your child’s conferences informative. If you did not have an opportunity to meet with your child’s teacher, please contact the school to set up an appointment to review your child’s progress to date. We encourage you to maintain an open line of communication throughout the school year either by e-mail or by phoning the school between 7:30 AM and 4:00 PM. Communication between home and school is a key factor to ensure your child’s school success. As a reminder, report card envelopes should have been signed and returned to your child’s teacher.
We are pleased to announce that Marston School has been awarded a $10,000.00 grant from Hadi Partovi, CEO and Founder of Hour of Code. More information can be found at code.org. This money will be used to purchase computer hardware and accessories. We look forward to accepting the award at our school wide morning meeting on Tuesday, December 9. Special thanks to our technology educator, Mrs. Amber Levine for applying!
As you may be aware, Mrs. Lois Costa has been invited to attend a Life Touch Memory Mission to Constanza, Dominican Republic from January 26 to February 3, as the National Distinguished Principal representative. The purpose of this mission is to share service with the Dominican people, which involve crossing cultural and economic barriers. As part of this World Servants trip, Mrs. Costa will have the opportunity to build a vocational school including block and concrete work, stucco, and painting while keeping in touch with the students at Marston through google hangout and SKYPE. In the spirit of the holiday season, if you would like to make a monetary donation for building supplies please visit their link at https://www.worldservants.org/donation.html?cat=Part<mm=1 For information about this organization visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPzDQA425zc&feature=youtu.be Direct links can be found on the principals’ page on the Marston website. Thank you for your consideration of this worthy cause.
Please always use extra care and caution when traveling down Marston Way, particularly near the crosswalk and “drop off” areas. Snow, ice, and speed are elements that can create a potentially dangerous situation in this congested area. For the safety of our students, it is important that all parents follow the traffic patterns and posted speed limits during drop-off and pick-up times. Parents bringing children to school may stop along the side of High Street to allow students to walk down Marston Way or use the “student drop-off” area located in the parking lot directly across from the main entrance. These areas are supervised by Marston staff to ensure the safety of all students so it is imperative to use these locations. Parents who enter Marston Way before or after the morning arrival or afternoon dismissal are expected to park in the parking lot across from the flagpole/office entrance and walk with their child into the school. Please use the crosswalk to bring your child from the lot to the office. THE SAFETY OF
Our social development theme for this quarter is respect. Administrators and School Counselor, Susan Antico, will be addressing this theme with students throughout the quarter and reinforcing this important concept during lunchtime talks and health lessons. Considerations for each other, for property, and for ourselves are some of the topics we will be covering. Please take some time to talk about this at home.
Thank you to our PTA and staff members who donated baked goods that were sold during our parent conferences in November. We raised over $252.00. The monies raised will be used for field trip scholarships. This month, we will be working with our Social Worker, Janine Richards on Lend-A-Hand Baskets of Giving. Please consider contributing to these baskets in the upcoming weeks. Your generous donations to these causes are greatly appreciated.
Marston School is pleased to offer a learn-to-ski/snowboard program at McIntyre Ski Area. Our mandatory ski meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 1 at 7:00 PM. Students and parents should plan to attend. Remember, all forms are due back to the main office by Friday, December 13. All students who have signed up, that have parent transportation are enrolled. As we are limited with bus transportation, this is offered on a first come, first serve basis. We will have more information at our meeting regarding the availability of bus transportation.
Upcoming Marston Events are listed below for your information. You may also access the Marston School’s Website at http://sau90.org/marston for more school information and educational “links” to the Internet. Thanks to our Hampton PTA volunteers, we are pleased to offer students the opportunity to purchase items offered through our school store. The store will be open on two Wednesdays in December (12/10 and 12/17) during lunch times and items such as pencils, erasers, folders and other school supplies are available at a nominal fee. Students should not bring more than $2.00 to spend so everyone has a chance to make purchases.
Marston School will have a presence in the Hampton parade. The theme this year is Shining Stars, Hampton’s Future. The integrated arts teachers with the assistance of our business partner, Sea Ketch, are in the process of constructing our float. The students will follow behind dressed in holiday attire including Santa hats and star hats with the supervision of parents. All students who are accompanied by their parents/guardians are welcome to join us!
On behalf of the Marston Staff, we wish you and your family a happy holiday season. We hope you are able to join us at our traditional Holiday Concert, “Baron Von Kringle’s Holiday Debacle,” on Tuesday, December 16th at 7:00 PM at Winnacunnet High School. This is always a festive holiday event for the entire family! During this season, if you or your family could utilize assistance with the lunch program or have any other needs, please feel free to contact our Outreach Worker, Janine Richards, at 926-8708.
We look forward to welcoming students back to school on Monday, January 5, 2015.
Lois Costa, Principal Nathan Saddler, Assistant Principal