Update from Lisa McManus

Dear Memorial-Spaulding Families,
This was a busy week at Memorial-Spaulding School with teacher–family conferences getting underway and MCAS consuming many hours for our Third, Fourth, and Fifth Graders during the next two weeks.  March Madness is also in full swing, and our graph in the front lobby shows the intense competition between our Buddy Reading Teams!  Our Student Council posted the school climate survey online and students in grades 3-5 have been completing it during their library time.  We will be tallying the results over the next few weeks and sharing it with students and families. Kindergarten families joined their children for recess and lunch in the café this week. The children were very excited about their families visiting our school and getting the opportunity to each lunch with them. Thursday Night was our wonderful International Festival.  The children and families were so proud to share food and cultural traditions from their countries. The performances were filled with children from all grades showing their talents and the joy of sharing their heritage.  I’d like to thank all of the volunteers who made this event possible, especially Pauline So Lee, Angelique Dittrich, and Caterina Krug.  A special thanks to our custodians, Ed Stella and John Mitchell, who helped the families set up tables to start the night, and for all the work they did to clean up so we had a clean school when we returned Friday morning.
Have a good week.

Budget Information:
Please stay updated regarding the NEWTON SCHOOL COMMITTEE FY13 BUDGET CALENDAR.  Below are the meeting dates and times for this week:
March 20 (Special Meeting – FY13 Budget) Tuesday Public Hearing re: FY13 Budget 7:00 p.m. Location TBA

MCAS Switch Day
The Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) is being administered to all fourth grade students in the Commonwealth on Tuesday, March 20, 2012.  Newton’s dismissal time on Tuesday is normally 12:30 p.m.  In order to administer the test at the same time as all of the other schools in Massachusetts, we must extend school hours to 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 for all students in grades K through 5. On Wednesday, March 21st school will be dismissed at 12:30 p.m.  Newton after-school programs have been informed of this change.  We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this change in the length of school days may cause your family.

Last Day of School
It will not be official until the school committee votes sometime in April, but if we do not have any snow days the last day of school will be June 15th. Since many camps start a week or two later, some of you may need to think about making plans for your children for the week after school gets out.

Important Upcoming dates
March Madness Read-a-thon        March 5-April 5

MCAS Switch Day for ALL Students. We must extend school hours to 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 for all students in grades K through 5. On Wednesday, March 21 school will be dismissed at 12:30 p.m.

ELA MCAS Gr. 3-5            March 20-April 2
Grade 3    Thursday, March 29           Reading I        9:00 – 11:00                                                        Friday, March 30               Reading II     9:00 – 11:00

Grade 4    Tuesday, March 20           Long Comp. ALL DAY

Monday, March 26           ELA I               9:00 – 11:00
Wednesday, March 28        ELA II        9:00- 11:00
Thursday, March 29            Long Comp. Make up

Grade 5    Thursday, March 22           ELA I           9:00- 11:00                                                  Friday, March 23               ELA II        9:00- 11:00
Book Fair                April 2,3, and 4
Literacy Morning
3-5                Monday, April 2        8:45-9:30
K-2                Tuesday, April 3        8:45-9:30