Principal's Page

==================       JANUARY 2018     ===================== 

Dear Parents,

Happy 2018!  May it be a safe, happy and healthy year for you and your family!

           

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION

Kindergarten registration for Aitken students turning 5 years of age by August 31, 2018 will be held beginning on January 2, 2018.  You may register your child daily from 10 AM until 2 PM or in the evening on January 25th from 5:30-6:15. 

         To register your child you will need:

               proof of residency

               your child’s original birth certificate

               immunization record

               completed registration and home language survey documents

You may stop by the school at your convenience to pick up the necessary forms.

 

Kindergarten screening will be held at Aitken School during the first three Mondays in March.  Appointments will be made when you register your child.

 

 SEEKONK CHILD FIND

 As part of the Child Find process, the Seekonk Public Schools will be conducting preschool screening for children who will be turning 3 or 4 years of age by August 31, 2018, and are residents of Seekonk.

  

A developmental, social skills, and speech and language screening will take approximately one hour and will be held during March by appointment at the elementary schools.  This screening serves two purposes.  First, it identifies preschool age students who may be in need of special education services.  Second, it allows children to be eligible to enter the lottery for available model spots in the Seekonk Public Schools Integrated Preschool Program.  Please feel free to call 399-5068 or 336-5230 if you have any questions.

 

SEEKONK CHILD FIND and PRE-SCHOOL SCREENING REGISTRATION

The Seekonk Public Schools has an integrative integrated preschool program that serves 3 and 4 year-old students.  The preschool classes have model students and students on Individualized Education Plans.  Each year, model, tuition-paying students are drawn by lottery for available spots.  In order to be eligible for the lottery, students must register and be screened in late winter. 

 

If interested in having your preschool aged child screened as part of Child Find or to be a potential model student, you may register your child.  Pre-school screening registration for all Seekonk students turning 3 years of age by August 31, 2018 will be held beginning January 2, 2018.  You may register your child daily from 10 AM until 2 PM or in the evening on January 25th from 5:30-6:15. Screening appointments will be made when you register your child and will be held in March. 

Registration packets are available at Aitken School beginning January 2nd or may be downloaded from the Seekonk Public Schools’ website.  Please feel free to call 399-5068 or 336-5230 if you have any questions.

EARLY DISMISSAL

On occasion it may be necessary to release students prior to the end of the day if the road conditions become hazardous due to snow and ice.  The announcements are sent out by the system the student’s primary contact with the information that you provided.  It is also broadcasted over local radio and television stations and is posted on the district’s web site. 

 

If you have special instructions for the dismissal of your child on early release days and have not already informed the school, please send a note to your child’s teacher as soon as possible.  The school is unable to call parents individually due to the number of students.  However, the all call alert system will send a group message by phone and email. 

 

If your child attends a child care center after school, please be sure to check with them to see if they remain open on early release days.  Some close when the system releases students early due to hazardous conditions.

 

Math Fun – Hands-on

Students can really strengthen their math skills by becoming money and measurement experts!  Base 10, place value and fraction skills are greatly enhanced when students can readily count money and measure objects.

 

The use of debit and credit cards as well as cash registers that indicate the change has reduced the amount of exposure that children have to counting money and making change.  To begin, have your children count coins and after this is mastered, have them make change.  The game of store is a great activity and doesn’t cost any money to design.  

 

Measuring with rulers, yard sticks, meter sticks and tape measures is always fun for children.  Explore with measurement and be sure to use fractional parts on an inch once your child has mastered whole units.

 

NO SCHOOL - MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY

There is no school on January 15th, in observance of Martin Luther King Day.

 

PROGRESS REPORTS

On Thursday, January 18, progress reports for the second trimester will be sent home with students in grades 1-5.  Please call the school if you have any questions or would like to schedule a conference with your child’s teacher.

 

SCHOOL AND BUS RULES

Please be reminded that all school rules apply to the bus as well.  Please discuss and remind your student about the following rule:

       Cell phones, electronic games, portable music players, toy weapons, etc. should not be brought to school.  The school system is not responsible for any toys or personal brought to school.  The use of cell phones during school and on the bus is prohibited. 

 

MARK THIS DATE!

Monday, February 12th, will be the premiere of this year’s Aitken School Band under the direction of our instrumental music teacher, Mr. Paul Anderson!  The concert will be held in the gymnasium and will begin at 7:00 PM.       

 

As always, please feel free to call or drop by if you have any questions or concerns.

 

                                                                   Yours truly,

                                                                   Nancy Gagliardi







======================  DECEMBER  =======================

Dear Parents,

 

     Thank you for all your generous donations to the Feinstein Doorways food drive that you have given so far!  These donations will definitely make the holidays brighter for many!

    November certainly flew by and December is here along with colder weather.  Please take a moment to label your child’s coats, hats, and mittens.

 

1st Trimester Ends

     Our first trimester ended on Tuesday, November 28th.    Student report cards will be distributed on Friday, December 8th 

Aitken Holiday Shop

     The elves have been busy preparing the Aitken Holiday Shop which is scheduled during the day on Dec. 20 & 21.  In early December, you will receive the date that your child’s class will visit the shop. Thanks to the many PTO volunteers that make this event possible for the children to be able to purchase gifts for their families at a very low cost due to the “elves’” shopping expertise.

 

Gifts to Staff Members    

      The Aitken School staff is always very grateful for the support and kindness that is shown.   Teachers and other staff members have received training in the laws and would like you to be informed about the law prior to the gift giving season. The following paragraphs appear on The Official Website of the State Ethics Commission and clarify the law as it pertains to giving gifts to school employees. 

“Gifts to Public School Teachers and Staff”

In general, a public employee may not accept any gift worth $50 or more that is given because of the position he or she holds. Public employees may accept gifts that are worth less than $50, but they have to disclose in writing that they have done so if, based on the specific circumstances, a reasonable person would think that the public employee might unduly show favor to the giver or the giver's child, or be influenced by the giver.

 

The Ethics Commission created an exemption to permit class gifts to teachers. A teacher may accept a gift, or several gifts during the school year, from public school students and/or their parents and guardians, with an aggregated value of up to $150, if the gift is identified only as being from the class, and the identity of the givers and the individual amounts given are not identified to the recipient. Gifts received pursuant to this exemption are not required to be disclosed. The donor is unknown, so a reasonable person would not conclude that the gift would influence the teacher's conduct with regard to any individual or would cause the teacher to favor any individual. 

 

Free & Reduced Lunch Applications

    Just a reminder – Free and reduced lunch applications are available throughout the year.  Please call the office (508-336-5230) if you would like an application sent home to you.

 

Parking lots

    Thank you to all drivers for your cooperation during the arrival and dismissal of students.  The parking lots have been mostly trouble free recently and we need to be very mindful of the same good practices once the snow starts to fly.   The dismissal is usually over in 10 minutes so thank you for your patience during this time.  If you are in a rush, it is always best to park your car on the street, and if you need to chat with another parent, please make sure your cars are in parking spaces.

 

CHANGE IN DISMISSAL ROUTINE

If you need to have your child’s dismissal routine changed, please send a note to your child’s teacher in the morning.  If an emergency occurs during the day you may call the school. HOWEVER, office personnel will call you to verify the change in routine.  We will use the emergency numbers that we have on file and WILL NOT take telephone number changes over the phone.   Please update your phone numbers on file if one has changed or one has been added or deleted.

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION – Beginning January 2018

    Kindergarten registration for Aitken students turning 5 years of age by August 31, 2018 will be held beginning in January 2, 2018.  You may register your child daily from 10 AM until 2 PM or in the evening on January 25th from 5:30-6:15. All registration forms may be picked up at Aitken School beginning on January 2nd or may be downloaded from the Seekonk Public Schools’ website at any time.

         To register your child you will need:

               proof of residency

               your child’s original birth certificate (copy will be made)

               immunization record

               completed registration and home language survey documents

          Kindergarten screening will be held at Aitken School by appointment on Mondays:

March 5, 12 & 19.  Appointments will be made when you register your child.

 

PRE-SCHOOL SCREENING REGISTRATION – Beginning January 2018

    The Seekonk Public Schools’ integrated preschool program serves 3 and 4 year-old students.  The preschool classes have model students and students on Individualized Education Plans.  Each year, model, tuition-paying students are drawn by lottery for available spots.  In order to be eligible for the lottery, students must register and be screened in March. 

     If interested in having your preschool-aged child screened as part of Child Find or to be a potential model student, you may register your child.  Pre-school screening registration for all Seekonk students turning 3 years of age by August 31, 2018 will be held beginning January 2, 2018.  You may register your child daily from 10 AM until 2 PM or in the evening on January 25th from 5:30-6:15. All registration forms may be picked up at either elementary school beginning on January 2, 2018 or downloaded from the Seekonk Public Schools’ website at any time.

         To register your child you will need:

               proof of residency

               your child’s original birth certificate (copy will be made)

               immunization record

               completed registration and home language survey documents

 Pre-school screenings will be held during March.  Appointments will be made when you register your child.

IMPORTANT - In order to be in the lottery for a model spot in the preschool, your child must be registered and screened in March.

Thank You and Happy Holidays

      Another year is about to end… Thank you, parents and guardians, for all the help that you offer to support the students during school and at home.  Your work does not go unnoticed!  Thank you, also, to the PTO for devoting so much time and energy and for providing activities for the children and families of the school.  It is truly appreciated by all of us!  Have a wonderful holiday season and a super 2018!

 

     The last day of school before Christmas vacation is Friday, December 22.  It is a full day and students will be dismissed at their normal times.

     School will resume on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.

 

                                                                        Yours truly,

                                                                         Nancy Gagliardi

                                                                         Principal