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Principal's Weekly Newsletter
The Lunch Menu for February will go home next week but here is the first couple of days so you can prepare: Monday: Shepard’s Pie/whole wheat roll/apple/milk. Tuesday: Chicken Alfredo/Kale/Strawberry Shortcake
Today will be our first day for Friday soccer with Mrs. Shapiro. She has offered to work with our students who are indoor soccer players, on Friday afternoons in the gym from 2:30-4:30. The focus will be on better passing, trapping, talking in a game for better passing, and things of that nature. If interested, please bring in a note with your parent/guardian permission to stay after and participate. (Note: No soccer on 2/5 if our MS basketball teams win on Thurs)
Reminder: BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION
Our “Box Tops For Education” fundraiser is back in action. The challenge goal is to get 2,000 box tops by May 1st. Each box top is worth .10 cents, which would give our school $ 200.00 to spend on something special that the whole school can use and enjoy. Please check those boxes and bags before discarding them. Box Tops may be dropped off at school, given to a student, to Mrs. Durling, or to Mr. Barrett.
THANKS FOR YOUR HELP! -Mr. “B “
We have our first NEHT and AHT Parent Meetings here on this Monday, Feb. 1. (If that does not work for your schedule, they will also have them at Hinsdale on 2/2 and Chesterfield on 2/4) For all these meetings, AHT meets first at 5:30, followed by NEHT at around 6:15.
The Annual Title I Parent Breakfast will be February 10 (snowdate Feb 11) at 7:45-8:30 in the multipurpose room. They will learn about the new Superkids program and Common Core Math. I also have math resource guides for all attendees.- Mrs. Royce
We will have our annual Staff vs. Parent Basketball Game on Feb. 17 starting after school at 3:15. Let me know if you are interested!
Reminder: The next PTA Meeting is THIS Tuesday, 2/2 at 7pm. Hope to see you there!
Ongoing & FYI: Historical Society of Cheshire County Exhibit this spring is In the Far Pasture: 300 Years of Agriculture in Cheshire County, on view NOW and until June 2016. Exhibits are free to the public during normal business hours. Stay tuned as they will also have a special related exhibit for kids over February vacation…..
Theme for Friday, Feb. 5: John Deere Day (in honor of his birthday on Feb. 7) Go Green!
Congratulations to the following students for winning their classroom spelling bees and moving on to compete for the school championship!
4th grade - Jasmine Belt and Gabe Cassin
5th grade - James Farrington and Whitney Hadlow
6th grade - Lorielle Ulitsch and Tess Chamberlin
7th grade - Taylor Spooner and Kaitlyn Lemnah
8th grade - Jake Harville and Desirae Russell
NOTE: The Spelling Bee time for Jan. 27 has been changed to 1pm.
The Reflections school winners are in! Congratulations to the following students whose entries have been sent to be judged at the state level:
Molly Chamberlin (Literature)
James Farrington (Music and Visual Arts)
Pauline Farrington (Visual Arts)
Whitney Hadlow (Literature and Visual Arts)
Heidi Malila (Literature)
Nina Priebe (Visual Arts)
Marie Prock (Visual Arts)
Jillian Russell (Visual Arts)
Danielle Ulitsch (Visual Arts)
Carina Walter (Visual Arts)
Kiara Williams (Visual Arts)
Starting next Friday, January 29, Mrs. Shapiro has generously offered her time to work with our students who are indoor soccer players on Friday afternoons in the gym from 2:30-4:30. The focus will be on better passing, trapping, talking in a game for better passing, and things of that nature. If interested, please bring in a note with your parent/guardian permission to stay after and participate.
BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION
Our “Box Tops For Education” fundraiser is back in action. The challenge goal is to get 2,000 box tops by May 1st. Each box top is worth .10 cents, which would give our school $ 200.00 to spend on something special that the whole school can use and enjoy. Please check those boxes and bags before discarding them. Box Tops may be dropped of at school, given to a student, to Mrs. Durling, or to Mr. Barrett. THANKS FOR YOUR HELP! -Mr. “B “
And…It is now official: Mr. Barrett will be our music teacher for the rest of the year and although students will not have grades for progress reports, they will from this point on. Although we were not able to have a winter concert, we are planning for a spectacular spring one for May 18
For 8th Grade Parents:
Yearbook Notice: Attention all 8th grade parents: The final deadline for placing a "Congratulations Ad" for your 8th grade student is January 28th. If we do not have the order form and payment by then, we cannot accommodate your request for an ad. Questions - email Mrs. Crotto-Young
KHS Course Selection: Teachers will make recommendations for course placements prior to students receiving their course selection sheets. Once recommendations are completed, students will receive and bring home sheets to complete and return back to Mrs. DiLegge NO LATER than February 10, 2016. If completed earlier, they will be GLADLY accepted.
January 26, 2016 at 6:30pm (Snow Date: February 2, 2016): Eighth Grade Parent Night, Keene High School Auditorium. Families will be receiving a letter directly from Keene High School outlining particulars. If not, please let us know.
For those that registered for the PSAT 8 test option at KHS for 8th grade students on March 2, the transportation to KHS will be available that morning on our regular high school busses so you can find that in the handbook or call us with any questions. A bus shared with Chesterfield will return those students to Westmoreland School in the late morning.
A Note of CAUTION: It has been noticed a couple times recently that people dropping off students have driven out of the parking lot past one of our school busses that was pulled over with the flashing stop sign on. Please remember that it is against the law to pass the bus this way and you could potentially get ticketed/fined. When dropping off in the morning if you pull to the curb before main entrance this can easily be avoided by exiting left out the middle exit. Thank you for your help with this and let’s be careful out there!
Theme for Next Friday 1/29: Animal Day! Wear something that represents your favorite critter.
Reminder: there is no school this Monday, January 18 due to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday.
This morning we had our annual National Geographic Geography Bee competition and we have a new school champion, 6th grader Jonathan Hills! Congratulations also to runner-up Gunnar Shonbeck who competed in the Championship Round against Jonathan for 20 questions before the tie was broken.
(Jonathan and his sister, Alexis also competed recently in the National Cyclocross Championships, and Alexis finished 5th in the nation for her age group and Jonathan had a very strong race in his highly competitive age group)
The Annual Winter Bowling Trip will be next Friday, Jan. 22 at Yankee Lanes. Middle School will go in the morning and Elementary in the afternoon. Thank you to the generous support of the PTA, Lion’s Club, and Student Council for making this happen. Permission slips went home yesterday and are due on Tuesday.
Update: Last week I had mentioned a little about the “Lost Time Capsule” from the original building of the school back in 1960. Apparently it was opened up in a major renovation which happened in the 1970s. If you have any relatives who might have been around and know what happened with the capsules contents, please let us know if they remember where it was.
Next weekend, parent Jennifer Harville will be performing in the following production for those interested: On Saturday, January 23 at 7:30 pm and on Sunday, January 24 at 3:00 pm, the Brattleboro Concert Choir, directed by Susan Dedell, will present "Luminous Night," featuring the music of three extraordinary composers: Morten Lauridsen, John Tavener, and Ola Gjeilo. Tickets are $15 and $10 for students, and can be purchased at the Brattleboro Music Center (802-257-4523), online at bmcvt.org, or at the door if available.
FYI- We have some PTA Community Calendars that are still available to those interested. Just stop by or send in $6.50, thanks!
Mr. Barrett would like to start a “Pots and Pan Band” for some of the elementary grades, so if you have any old household “instruments” you would like to donate to the cause, it would be much appreciated and they would be put to good use.
Thank you to all who attended the Harlem Superstars game Wed. at KHS. I was unable to participate this year, but Mr. Sontag said it was great to have another strong turnout from Bulldog Nation.
Peter Simmonds from the Cheshire YMCA will be here next Tues. morning to talk with 6th and 7th graders about next year’s American and New England Heritage Tours. The parent sign-up meeting for both of these will be here on Feb. 1 at 5:30.
Theme Next Friday: Bulldog Blue Pride
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