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Dear Parent, 

       May is always an exciting and busy month for our school as you’ll see when you are reading this newsletter!  Enjoy!

 

Thank you, staff!

       May 1-5 is Aitken Staff Appreciation Week and May 2nd is National Teacher Appreciation Day!  It is a time to celebrate and honor the hard work and dedication of each staff member at Aitken School.  Perhaps the best way to “thank a teacher” is to encourage your child to take a few minutes to write a thank you note(s) to someone who has made a difference in his/her school life.  J

 

Progress Reports

    Progress reports will be distributed and sent home with students in grades 1-5 on Tuesday, May 1.

     

MCAS Spring Testing Schedule Reminder

     Students in grades 3-5 will take the MCAS ELA and math tests on their Chrome Books.  Grade 5 students will also take the paper/pencil MCAS Science & Technology tests.  To find out more information, you may visit the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.  Please also feel free to give a call to your child’s teacher or me if you have any questions. 

MCAS Test Schedule – April 25-May 19

Grade 3 – May 2, 3, 4, 8 & 10

Grade 4 – May 1, 4, 5, 18 & 19

Grade 5 – April 25 & 26 and May 2, 3, 9, 12 & 15

 

Elementary Band Concert

       The Aitken and Martin Grade 5 Elementary Band will be performing in the gymnasium of Martin School on Wednesday, May 24th at 7 PM.  If you thought that they were great in February, you will be absolutely amazed at the growth since then!

                                                               

Gr. 5 Activities

       The final months of elementary school for our fifth graders are here and plans for the end of the year activities are well underway.

       The student tour of Hurley Middle School is scheduled for May 26 in the morning.  The experience is always enjoyable and informative for our students.  Prior to their visit, Dr. Whalen, the middle school principal, will be visiting with them at Aitken School on May 24.   There will also be a 5th grade parent orientation on May 30 at 6 PM.

       The Aitken and Martin PTOs have also planned an event for the students of both schools to get to know each other.  The event will be held at the Seekonk Swim & Tennis Club on June 7.  Information will be sent home with 5th graders so you may register for the event on-line.

       Just a reminder – the promotion ceremony is scheduled for June 9 at 9:30 A.M. followed by activities planned in coordination with the PTO.  You are invited to attend the ceremony.   You may also volunteer to help with the activities by singing up on Volunteer Spot as long as you have a current CORI on file.  Please call if you need a form or would like to check to see if your CORI check is current since it is only valid for two years.

 

Dress Requirements

     As the hot weather approaches, please review the dress code with your child that is contained in the handbook.  We have discussed this with the upper elementary students and reminded them that super short shorts, spaghetti straps and muscle shirts should not be worn to school.   The dress code in the handbook states:

“Attire that is not acceptable is articles of clothing such as tank tops, halter tops, pants worn below the waist, etc. which are revealing in nature.  Any student in violation may be sent home until more appropriately attired.” 

 

Playground Safety, Sandals and Flip Flops

   With the warm weather upon us, many students are wearing sandals and flip-flops.  They are not always suitable for the types of sports and activities that they play at recess.  Please consider sending in a pair of sneakers which are much better for climbing, kickball, jump rope, etc.  J

Cell Phones

   Students are not allowed to use cell phones during school, on the school buses and on field trips.  I am aware that some parents want their students to call them when they arrive home and, therefore, give their children cell phones to take to school.  If this is the case, please let your child know that during school and on the bus, the cell phone must be turned off and kept in a backpack.  Also, as with any electronic device or toy, the school is not responsible if it is lost or stolen.

 

Last Day of School

    The last day of school is Friday, June 16.  The last day is an early release day.  Students in FDK – grade 5 will be dismissed at 12:45. There will be no afternoon kindergarten or preschool

 

    Please do not hesitate to call if you have any questions or concerns.

 

 Yours truly,

     Nancy Gagliardi

 

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Dear Parents,

 

       Our last trimester of the school year began on March 10th.  With approximately 30% of the school year remaining, we look forward to an exciting and productive spring! 

 

Report Cards

       K-5 report cards for the second trimester were sent home on March 21.  If you would like to schedule a conference with your child’s teacher, please call to schedule an appointment (508-336-5230).

 

Spring Clothing

      It is beginning to get warm once!  Please remind your child not to wear clothing that is too revealing.  Extremely short shorts or skirts, spaghetti straps and muscle shirts are not appropriate school clothing especially for our older students.  Please also remember that flip-flops are not the best shoes for playing on the equipment.

 

Early Release Day, Good Friday & Spring Vacation

      Thursday, April 13, is an early release day for students in full day kindergarten through grade 5.  Students will be released at 12:45 so the staff can attend an in-service workshop.  There is no afternoon preschool or kindergarten.

      On Friday, April 14, there is no school.

      Spring vacation for students is the week of April 17-21.  Have a great week!

 

Grade 3 Wax Museum – April 27

     The Wax Museum presentation by grade 3 will be on Thursday, April 27, from 6:30-7:00.  You will be absolutely amazed as our historical wax figures come to life with a push of a button!

 

Sweetheart Dance – Friday, April 28

      Mark your calendars for this special dance at Aitken, Friday, April 28.  Always a wonderful evening for the girls!

 

MCAS Spring Testing Schedule Reminder

     Students in grades 3-5 will take the MCAS ELA and math tests on their Chrome Books.  Grade 5 students will also take the paper/pencil MCAS Science & Technology tests.  To find out more information, you may visit the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.  Please also feel free to give a call to your child’s teacher or me if you have any questions. 

 

MCAS Test Schedule – April 25-May 19

Grade 3 – May 8, 10, 11, 16 & 17

Grade 4 – May 1, 4, 5, 18 & 19

Grade 5 – April 25 & 26 and May 2, 3, 9, 12 & 16

 

Elementary Band Concert

     Aitken and Martin Schools under the orchestration of our band teacher, Mr. Anderson, will hold a combined band concert this spring!  The performance will be on Wednesday, May 24, and will begin promptly at 7 P.M. in the Martin School gymnasium.  You will truly be impressed!

 

          As always, please feel free to call if you have any questions or concerns.  We value your input!

 

                                                               Yours truly,

                                                               Nancy Gagliardi