December Parent 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.
Please remember to keep your family’s child care plans and emergency contact information updated in the event of an unanticipated early dismissal during our often unpredictable winter weather months. Please check the SAU 90 Student/Parent Handbook or the website for information concerning school closings or early dismissal procedures. 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. 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 ALL STUDENTS DEPENDS ON PARENTS FOLLOWING THESE TRAFFIC RULES.
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.
As you are aware, we are pleased to offer homework assistance after school. Students who need academic help have been invited to attend. Our after-school program meets Mondays and Tuesdays for all grades. Beginning in December, we are pleased to be able to offer a second late bus that can provide transportation home. This should reduce the travel time home. If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to speak with your child’s classroom teacher or administration.
Thank you to our PTA and staff members who donated baked goods that were sold during our parent conferences in November. We raised over $220.00. The monies raised will be used for field trip scholarships. Thank you also to all our families who donated to our community food drives for Hobbs House and St. Vincent de Paul. 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 9 at 7:00 PM. Students and parents should plan to attend. We are seeking consistent assistance with bus supervision. Please contact Lois Costa if you are willing to help us out. Non-skiers are welcome! Remember, all forms are due back to the main office by Friday, December 13.
Upcoming Marston Events are listed below for your information. You may also access the Marston School’s Website at http://hampton.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 three Wednesdays in December (12/4, 12/11, and 12/18) 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 a Vintage Christmas. Mr. Carlson’s father will be driving a vintage, antique car broadcasting our students’ singing. The students will follow behind dressed in holiday attire including Santa hats and top hats distributing candy canes under the supervision of the adults and staff. All students and parents are welcome to join us! If you are unable to join us, but would like to donate candy canes, these can be dropped off at the main office.
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, “The Details of the Holidays,” on Wednesday, December 18th 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 Thursday, January 2, 2014.
Lois Costa, Principal Nathan Saddler, Assistant Principal
Nov 28 - Dec 6 Libraries without Walls Book Drive sponsored by the PTA
December 6 Boston Museum of Science, Grade 4
December 7 Santa Breakfast, HA, 8:30-11:00 AM
Christmas Parade, 12:30 Noon @ First Student for participants
December 9 Ski Club Info Night, Annex, 7:00 PM
December 10 School Board Meeting, 6:30 PM
December 16 Progress Reports Issued for the Second Quarter
December 18 Marston Concert, WHS, 7:00 PM
December 19 WHS Jazz Band/Chorus Holiday Assembly, Gym, 1:30 PM
December 20 Holiday Snacks, “I Read 100” Book Logs Due for December
Dec 23 - Jan 1 No School, Holiday Vacation
January 2 Classes Resume
January 3 Ski Club, McIntyre
January 6 Reflections Gallery, Library