Update from Lisa McManus

Dear Memorial-Spaulding Families,

Excitement is in the air as the Read-a-thon is in full swing. The children sat with their buddies at the All School meeting last week to discuss their strategies of how they will find time to read at home. They are all pumped up for their team! At our April 9th meeting, we will announce the winners. The second graders also presented at the All School meeting sharing their “Friendship” chain and spoke about why loyalty, trust, kindness, and acceptance are important values. The 5th grade Student Council spoke to the children about their work helping everyone focus on Kindness. They have challenged the children to earn 300 leafs of kindness so we can have an ALL School PJ party. The student council also designed an on-line school climate survey that students in grade 3-5 will take this week during library time. The results of the survey will give us information about how we can support all children at Memorial-Spaulding so they feel safe at school.

Have a great week.

Lisa

Kindergarten Recess/Lunch with families

All families of current kindergarten children are invited to school to have recess and lunch one day this week. If you plan to purchase the lunch from food service, please contact Francie ahead of time so we can make sure we have enough food.

A Group- Wed. March 14th 12:30-1:10

B Group- Fri. March 16th 12:30-1:10

International Festival

I hope to see everyone at the International Festival on Thursday, March 15 from 6-8 PM.

Budget Information:

Please stay updated regarding the NEWTON SCHOOL COMMITTEE FY13 BUDGET CALENDAR. Below are the meeting dates and times for this week:

March 12 (Regular & Special Meeting – FY13 Budget)- Ed Center

Monday Superintendent’s Report -7:30 p.m. Fiscal & Operational Report, Ed Center Facilities Update , FY13 Budget Discussion: Student Services (including special education), English Language Learners, Career & Technical Education

Non-Instructional Areas: School Committee,

Central Staff, Human Resources, Operations,

Transportation, Food Services, Business, Finance & Planning

March 15 (Special Meeting – FY13 Budget) Thursday Continued Discussion and Straw Vote on FY13 Budget -7:00 p.m. – Ed Center

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. The Food Service Department will take responsibility for adjusting student lunch choices based on this schedule change. Please note: kindergarten students who are in group A and usually stay in school until 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday will stay until 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20. On Wednesday, March 21, they will be dismissed at 12:30 p.m.

Fourth grade students across the Commonwealth are required to take the English Language Arts Long Composition test that must be administered in two sections on Tuesday, March 20. It is recommended by the Department of Education (DOE) that students have 45 minutes to complete each section. However, due to the “untimed” nature of the MCAS tests, the DOE states that students may take up to two additional hours for each test section. Extending the school day on March 20 will give our students the same opportunity as other Massachusetts students to take the test in a reasonable timeframe.

Please contact your building principal if you have questions. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

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