Tuesday, November 12, 2013

November Newsletter

November 12, 2013
As the weather is now getting colder and there is less sunlight, I am pleased to look around and see all of our programs in full swing.  Students are enjoying their academic programs and enrichment programs that range from cooking to board games.

Recess- The winter season is upon us.  I would like to remind you to send your children to school dressed appropriately for outside recess. Coats, hats and gloves are very important. We will always go outside for recess unless it is dangerously cold. If recess is canceled, please understand that it was canceled due to rain, snow or health recommendations only. It is our belief that students need physical activity and fresh air and therefore we send the children outside for recess in the winter.

Vacations- We have had an inordinate number of families requesting work for students that are taking vacations during times when school is in session. I want to take this opportunity to remind the members of our school community that it is not the school’s responsibility to provide instruction to your child/children during the time you are away from school and that Massachusetts State Law requires your child be in school when school is in session.

Morning Drop off- Just as friendly reminder relative to our morning drop off.
1.       Drop off children at the side rotary.
2.       Pull all the way up to the end of the sidewalk before letting your child out.
3.       Let your child out opposite the driver’s side, only.
4.       Do not get out of the car yourself.
5.       Please remain in your car and move forward once your child exits the car, in order to keep the line moving. For safety reasons, it is important that you follow this procedure. 
6.       The morning drop off is designed for a single lane of cars. Please do not exit the rotary until the car in front of you has pulled away.

The 5th Annual North Reading Turkey Trot, November 28, 2013- The 5th Annual North Reading Turkey Trot is scheduled to go off at 8:00 A.M. sharp on Thanksgiving Day.  The elementary school challenge is on again this year and the Batchelder School is looking to retain the title! I am encouraging all of our families to be part of this community event. It is our goal to unseat the defending elementary school challenge champions and bring the coveted trophy to our lobby! The elementary school in North Reading that has the highest percentage of participation will earn the trophy to display in their school for the year and the $200.00 prize to be used toward the purchase of fitness equipment in their school. This event is sponsored by the NRHS Hornets Hall of Fame; proceeds benefit the student athletes of North Reading. Come out to work up an appetite. Please contact Joe Davis at jdavis@north-reading.k12.ma.us if you have any questions. See you Thanksgiving morning! Registration is now underway on-line at: www.northreadingturkeytrot.com

At the school we are observing an increase in the frequency of tardiness. Please be mindful that our official start time is 8:55. Research stresses the need for students to get to school and class on time and with good reason. Studies conducted by the U.S. Department of Education on truancy, which is connected with tardiness, show that school attendance is a major factor when it comes to school success and student behavior.
  • Problems with Tardiness: The most crucial learning hours of a school day are the morning hours, because they are when students are most attentive. Students who are tardy miss the beginning of their morning classes, and they also cause a distraction when they arrive late to class.
  • Academics and Achievement: Students who are frequently tardy have lower GPAs, lower scores on standardized assessments, and lower graduation rates. Chronic tardiness in elementary and middle school is also linked to failure in high school.
  • Behavior Problems: In the National Center for Education Statistics Indicators of School Crime and Safety, teachers surveyed reported that students who are frequently tardy have higher rates of suspension and other disciplinary measures. Tardiness causes students to feel disconnected with school, leading to behavior problems and dropouts. Students who are frequently tardy to school are also more apt to be fired from a job for showing up late.

Our School is a great school with bright students and involved parents. By refocusing our efforts on being on time each day, we can be even better.

As always, thank you for your continued support!

National Center for Education Statistics: Indicators of School Safety Report; US Department of Education: Truancy Report; US Department of Education: Manual to Combat Truancy

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