Adeline C. Marston School
January 2015 Newsletter
December 23, 2014
Dear Marston School Families,
It is hard to believe that the holiday season and the end of 2014 is here. During December, we have been trying to maintain a balance between students’ continued learning schedules at school and the enthusiasm that they have for the holiday season. As the final days approach before the December break, we know that the enthusiasm for the season will win out so teachers are cleverly weaving learning objectives with holiday activities. We want to also extend our sincere thanks and gratitude to everyone who contributed to our Lend-a-Hand Giving Baskets, GOTR Community Drives, Library without Walls Book Drive, and Coat Drive. These opportunities directly benefit our local families, and are greatly appreciated.
In November, a copy of our delayed opening and early dismissal procedures were sent home with your child. On occasion, school opening will be delayed for two hours for safety reasons. The school day then will begin at 10:35 AM instead of 8:35 AM. Also early dismissal means the school day ends at 12:40 PM instead of 2:52 PM. A complete copy of the inclement weather procedure can be found on our school web site, www.sau90.org/marston. During these seasonable winter days, we would like to remind all parents to be sure to adhere to our traffic patterns during drop off in the morning and afternoon dismissal.
Our fifth grade holiday performance was held on December 16. All Marston School students got to enjoy the concert in our gymnasium prior to the evening concert at Winnacunnet High School. Many thanks to Mr. Carlson, Mrs. Sullivan, Mrs. Levine, the fifth grade teachers, and our fifth grade students for working so hard to make this another performance extraordinaire.
Progress reports were issued during the week of December 15. Any student not working up to their potential was notified. As always, we encourage you to keep in close contact with your child’s teacher to ensure your child makes optimal growth and progress. Homework Club will resume on Monday, January 5, when we return from our holiday break. We currently provide two late buses to transport your student home from homework club. If you are interested, please let your child’s teacher know so a permission form can be sent home.
Thank you to all parents who attended the mandatory Ski Club Information Night held on Monday, December 1. We have over one-hundred students participating in this popular offering. Thank you to everyone for promptly returning all of the required paperwork and payments. We anticipate receiving our ski tags prior to our first trip. On Friday, January 9, we will be having a meeting for all chaperones at 2:15 PM in the cafeteria annex. As a reminder, parents can drop off ski equipment in the annex on the mornings of Ski Club. Please remember to label everything! Special thanks to Stephanie Griffin for coordinating this popular event.
Our students do go outside for recess as long as the temperature is over 20° F with consideration of the wind chill factor. It is important that students dress appropriately with snow pants, warm jackets, hats, gloves/mittens, and waterproof boots during the cold winter months. The weather can change over the course of the day so we want to be sure that our students are dressed appropriately to enjoy outside recess.
We are pleased to offer students healthy lunch, breakfast, and snack options from our Food Service Program including a salad bar, fruit and vegetable bar, and healthy snacks. Please consider these nutritious options should you have interest or need.
As a reminder, it is essential that all parents follow the traffic pattern during drop-off and pick up times. Given the inclement weather and high snow banks, visibility can be impaired and traffic can become congested. Therefore, parents should stay in their cars and keep moving. If you need to enter the building for any reason, you should park your car in the lot directly across from the flag pole. Please keep in mind, your patience, caution, and attention during these times is essential to the safety of all our students.
On behalf of the Marston Staff, best wishes to your family for a joyous and restful Holiday Season and a Happy New Year. As the New Year begins, we look forward to continuing our partnership as we strive for educational excellence.
Lois Costa Nathan Saddler
Principal Assistant Principal