Adeline C. Marston School
April 2015 Parent Newsletter
March 30, 2015
Dear Marston Families,
On Monday, Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) began for fourth graders, fifth and third grade testing will follow through the month of April. This online assessment replaces the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP). The SBAC is an adaptive assessment. This means that each individual student is essentially taking an assessment that is created just for them – which can reduce the overall time needed for the assessment and lessen test anxiety that students might encounter on a traditional assessment. For more information, please refer to our letter sent home on March 12 or our district website.
The third academic quarter ends Friday, April 10. Report cards will go home with students on Monday, April 20. Parents are encouraged to schedule a conference with their child’s teacher if they have any questions or concerns about their child’s progress. Placement planning for the 2015-2016 school year has already begun. Parents of second, third, fourth, and fifth grade students received a placement overview letter this week. Any parent concerns should be in writing and returned to us no later than April 10, 2014.
Administration has been visiting with students during lunches to discuss our Marston School expectations - be safe, be respectful, be responsible, and be cooperative. Our third theme of our ongoing social development program is “be responsible.” Please take a few minutes to review with your child expectations surrounding their at-home responsibilities. This may be a good time to re-establish homework routines and chores. These practices will help to develop positive life-long habits.
During the March 25 in-service day, our staff worked with their colleagues and the Technology Department on available resources, integration, applications, and programs that support our ongoing efforts in these areas. As we continue to move towards a one to one computing environment, this is important work. Google classroom including Google documents, Google drive, and Google sheets will become instrumental in our lessons. As we prepare students for 21st century learning skills, there is an emphasis on problem solving, critical thinking, communication, and technology literacy.
The Spring PTA Wicked Wonderful Wednesday (WWW) activities continue to meet on Wednesdays, until April 15. Several activities are being offered including: Firefly Pottery, Cake Decorating, Spanish, French, Soccer, Math, Wood Working, and Playground Games. Approximately one hundred and fifty students are currently participating in these activities. Thank you to Mrs. Stephanie Griffin who is coordinating these popular events along with our parent volunteers and staff members who are assisting with this fun-filled program.
During our school-wide Morning Meeting, we shared the 2015 Lifetouch Video which featured the participants from this past January/February trip, including Mrs. Costa. It highlights the school, the construction site, the community, and the impact the mission had on the people of Constanza. This can be found on our website for your viewing pleasure.
School will be closed from Monday, April 27 through Friday, May 1 for Spring Vacation. Events are listed below for your information. Please contact us, if you have questions or concerns regarding Marston School programs. In honor of Volunteer Appreciation Week, April 6 - 10, we would like to thank all of our volunteers for their commitment to our schools and for their assistance. In honor of this occasion, we would like to invite all volunteers in on Friday, April 10 from 8:00-8:30 AM in the Marston Annex so that we can recognize all that they do and we can extend our sincerest appreciation.
Lois Costa, Principal
Nathan Saddler, Assistant Principal