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Principal's Corner
The Hobbit
April 17, 2015
Local dance instructor and Smith School parent Mrs. Nikki Boutin worked in collaboration with Physical Education teacher Ms. Chris Souliere for two weeks as part of an artist in residency program around the theme of Mary Poppins and Peter Pan.  Entitled, “Poppins and Hook,” students were provided excellent instruction by Mrs. Boutin and had a lot of fun, too.  The final performance for this fine arts experience took place last Friday, and we were pleased with what a great job students did and with the high number of parents, guardians, grandparents, and other visitors in attendance.  Many thanks to our P.T.O. for so generously funding this extremely worthwhile program.    
This is a reminder about the district’s wonderful S.O.A.R. (Summer Opportunities Academics and enrichment) Program.  S.O.A.R. is a free program open to students currently in Kindergarten through Grade 5 who meet one or more of the following criteria: 1). The student is below standard in Math or Literacy;  2). Eligible for free or reduced-price school lunch; or 3). Receives Title, ELL, or Special Education services.  If your child meets at least ONE of these criteria, we would encourage you to enroll her/him in the S.O.A.R. Program for this summer.  The program runs from June 29th through July 31st from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at John J. Flynn Elementary School.  Transportation, breakfast, lunch, and snacks are provided, along with excellent academic support.  Please consider enrolling your child!  The deadline is May 1st, but the program will fill up quickly.   Please contact the school at 864-8479 if you did not receive an application but would like one.
School will be closed next week for spring vacation.  The Fletcher Free Library will be holding a number of wonderful activities to promote student reading, wellness, and connection to peers in a safe and supportive setting.  Please check out their offerings at the end of this newsletter. 
Thanks for all you are doing—and will do—to make our school community one of safety, respect, and responsibility for all who come through our doors.