Principal's Page

=================  OCTOBER 2017 =======================

Dear Parents,


      Welcome October!  We’ve had an excellent beginning to the year and look forward to a fun, learning-filled autumn! J


      Pumpkin Somethin’

      Thank you to all of you that made Pumpkin Somethin’ such a great success! The planning for this immense fair begins almost as soon as the previous one ends and the dedication of these volunteers is greatly appreciated. It does take a community, so thank you to all of the volunteers that worked during the months of August and September and on the day of the event.


      Student Picture Day

      Student picture day is on October 3rd. Chestnut Hill Studios is the photographer this year.


      PTO Meeting – October 4 – 6:30-7:30 PM – childcare available

      The next PTO meeting is scheduled for October 4.  It was great to see so many new faces at September’s meeting and we hope more can become involved in this meaningful organization that truly benefits students.  We hope you can join us!  There will be childcare available in the Aitken gym thanks to our Key Club high school student volunteers!


     Early Release & No School

     On Friday, October 6, students in kindergarten – grade 5 will be released at 12:45.  There will be no afternoon preschool. A staff professional development afternoon is scheduled on this day. Columbus Day is on October 9 and school will be closed on this day.  Hope you have a fun-filled long weekend!


     Open House  

     Thank you for coming to our annual Open House and learning about your student’s classroom and school.  Please remember that that was just the beginning of our home-school communication for the school year.  Each month you will receive a classroom newsletter as well as this school-wide newsletter to keep you informed.  


    Weekly emails

    You will automatically receive the weekly emailed Aitken Update if you included an email address on your student data form.    If you are not receiving an email from me, please let me know so I can add you to the group. 

    Stay connected and on top of things at Aitken School.  There is a blog which will include my Weekly Updates and reminders as well as an archive of Aitken to Knows!  Please make this site a favorite.


     Parent – Teacher Conferences – Oct. 25 & 26

     Parent teacher conferences are scheduled for students in preschool - grade 5 for the afternoons of Oct. 25 & 26 as well as the evening on Thursday Oct. 26.

     Oct. 25 & 26 will be early release days for students in grades K-5.  Students will be dismissed at 12:45 (the same time as the day before Thanksgiving.) 

     Morning preschool will be dismissed at their usual time and there will be NO AFTERNOON PRESCHOOL.


       Bus Evacuation Drill 

       Our first bus evacuation drill will be conducted during October for all students.  It is one of three bus safety programs that are held during the year.


      Fire and Lock Down Drills

      On August 31, the students participated in a fire drill conducted by the Seekonk Fire Department.  The school was totally evacuated in a just over one minute and the students were awesome in the drill that they had previously practiced with their teachers.

      In coordination with the Seekonk Police, the students and staff will practice at least one lock down drill during this school year.  This drill has already been practiced in each classroom. 

      As with all drills that we do during the school year, practice, consistency and repetition are necessary so that we can be prepared in the event of an emergency.

Flames of Fall – Friday, Oct. 27 - 6-8 PM

      This is an evening PTO event that you will not want to miss!  It is spectacular! 


      Kindergarten & Preschool Halloween Parades  

      The kindergarten and preschool Halloween parades are scheduled for October 31st.  Kindergarten and preschool parents are invited to watch the children parade around the classrooms in the school.


      Volunteers and CORI Checks 

      Just a reminder, all school and PTO volunteers, must have a CORI check completed prior to chaperoning or volunteering.  You come to Aitken School to request a CORI check. 


       The school year is now well underway and exciting things are happening in every room at Aitken.  We look forward to your involvement in your child’s education and always feel free to call or drop by if you have any questions, concerns and/or suggestions.


                                                                              Yours truly,                                                                             

                                                                                    Nancy Gagliardi   



================= SEPTEMBER 2017 ======================

Dear Parents,


Welcome!  The staff of the Mildred H. Aitken School welcomes you and your child to the 2017-18 school year!  We are all very eager and definitely ready to launch into another exciting year at Aitken School.


Aitken Website

Please check out our website including our calendar of events and mark us as a favorite!  Many teachers also have pages on the website.


Aitken PTO

The Aitken Parent Teacher Organization is an integral part of the success of Aitken School.  There are monthly meetings and numerous opportunities throughout the year to become involved in your child’s school.  The PTO is not a club and there are no fees.  It is simply a great organization where you will learn more about our school’s programs and help support your child’s school as well.  The first meeting is on September 7 and it will begin promptly at 6:30 PM and end at 7:30 PM. Child care by the Seekonk High School Key Club is available in the gym.  Hope to see you there!


Aitken School Council

The Aitken School Council assists the principal in 1) adopting educational goals for the school, 2) reviewing the annual school building budget, 3) formulating a School Improvement Plan and 4) doing tasks which the Seekonk School Committee may determine.  Council members are elected to 2-year terms and the meetings are open to the public.  Currently there are currently two openings with the incumbents willing to run for reelection if there are no other nominees.  The Aitken School Council will meet at 3:15 PM on Tuesdays, Oct.3, 2017, Nov. 14, 2017, Jan. 9, 2018, Mar. 6, 2018 and May 8, 2018. 


An election will be held at the first PTO meeting, September 7 at 6:30 PM.  If you are interested in being on the ballot, please let me know by September 6.  There may also be write-ins at the PTO meeting on September 7 when the election will be held.  Interested candidates are encouraged to attend this meeting.


Student Arrival & Dismissal Information

Students should arrive at school between 8:45-9:00 A.M.  There is no supervision before 8:45 when students are allowed to enter the school. Please be mindful of other drivers and children during student drop-off and pick-up.  If you are parking in the lot by the round library, you need to either pull into a parking space or pull against the curb in the parking lot by the basketball court.  Students in grades preK-3 should enter through the left rear door of the school by the basketball courts and students in grades 4-5 should enter through the right rear door entrance by Rye Street. 


Dismissal is at 3:05 PM. Students are dismissed out of the same doors at the end of the day.  As in the morning, there is no supervision of the playground after 3:05 PM and therefore, walkers must go home at the close of school.


School Breakfast, Lunch & Milk

The price of school breakfast and lunch remain the same this year.  The cost for breakfast, which is served daily 8:45-9:00, is $1.25 (reduced cost for qualified families $.30) The lunch cost is $2.75 (reduced cost $.40) which includes milk.  Milk purchased separately is $.50 (there is no reduced cost for milk.) 


Our doors are always open to you.  Please don’t hesitate to speak with your child’s teacher or me if you have any questions or concerns (508-336-5230). We look forward to a great year!


Yours truly,

Nancy Gagliardi



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Aug. 30      First day grades 1-5

Sept. 1      Kindergarten Orientation & Open House 11:30-1:00

                  Pre-school Open House 9:30 & 1:00

Sept. 4      Labor Day – no school

Sept. 5      First day of Kindergarten & Pre-school

Sept. 6      Open House for Parents AND Students in Gr. 1-5 – 6:30 P.M.

Sept. 7      Aitken PTO meeting – 6:30-7:30 – child care available

                  Aitken School Council election at PTO meeting