September 19, 2014
Our wonderful Music teacher, Mr. Joseph Garofalo, has been away from school for more than a year now. Last year, he took a leave of absence to care for his wife and mother, who are not well. Recently, Joe learned that he has pancreatic cancer, and he is dealing with that at this time. We wanted you to have this information and to know that we are implementing a plan to support students around Mr. Garofalo’s illness and to have them make cards and perhaps a music video for him. We do not anticipate Mr. Garofalo’s return to school, and we want our community to stay in touch with him in other ways. Your child should have delivered a letter home about this on Wednesday. If you did not receive one, please contact me at the school, and I will send another one to you.
We held our first school celebration last Friday afternoon, complete with recess, dancing, fruit pops and music. We were celebrating our 15 classrooms having each earned at least 100 Cat Cards during the first few weeks of schools. Students are given Cat Cards (so named because the catamount is our school mascot) when we “catch” them demonstrating safe, respectful, and responsible behaviors. Research shows that when schools and families reinforce positive choices, they are more likely to be repeated. The number of discipline referrals to the office was very few in number during this time, so we’re off to a good start to creating a safe and supportive learning environment for all students. We strive to make that happen each and every day and wanted to share with you some good news about our first few weeks of school.
In just a few short weeks, we will be holding Curriculum Night for Grades 1-5. (The Curriculum Night for parents/guardians of Kindergarten students was held a few weeks ago.) Since general registration for Parent-Teacher Conferences begins on September 29th (for meetings to be held the week of October 14th), parents and guardians who attend Curriculum Night may sign up for conferences at that time. Computers in the library will be available for this purpose.
This is a reminder that if you wish to enroll your child for Supplemental Educational Services this fall, you must return the signed application to our school’s main office on or by September 30, 2014.
Please contact me for more information.
I will again be holding Community Connection gatherings in the main lobby on the last Friday of each month from 8:15-9:15 a.m. These gatherings are for all members of our school community to meet and talk about and/or tour the school. Feel free to join us and to spread the word to other members of our community who may wish to join us.
Thank you 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