Principal's Page

======================  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








===============   NOVEMBER 2017  ======================

Dear Parents,

   

     Welcome November!   We certainly have had some nippy mornings recently.  Please take a moment to mark your child’s outerwear so we can identify the owner if it is misplaced.

 

Veterans Day – No school

     There is no school on Friday, November 10th in observance of Veterans Day.

 

   Book Fair

   Our annual fall book fair will be held on Nov. 14-15.  This is a wonderful opportunity to purchase low cost books and support the PTO.  A schedule will be sent home shortly.

 

    Aitken PTO – November 1

   November’s meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 1, at 6:30 PM.  All are welcome and child care is provided by the Seekonk High School Key Club in the gym for all monthly PTO meetings.

 

   Picture Retakes

   Student picture retake will be scheduled as soon as we receive the pictures that were taken.  A notice and email will be sent as soon as the date is scheduled.

        

    Feinstein Food Drive for Doorways

     Our Doorways Food Drive will be held during November and December. We will gladly accept any donations that you are able to give.  Mr. Feinstein is generously donating $1 per donated item to the Aitken PTO up to $1000. 

 

    Feinstein Good Deeds Journal, membership card and shirts

      In October, your child received a Feinstein Good Deeds journal which they are encouraged to maintain and fill during the school year.  This year, their membership card is on the last page and lists all of the free or low cost programs that are available to your child with this card.  Please cut it out and bring it with you as you enjoy the many opportunities with your child.

     On Fridays, all children are encouraged to wear their Feinstein sweatshirts or tee shirts. This year, all students will be receiving a tee shirt from Mr. Feinstein.  Have them wear it proudly as they are Feinstein Jr. Scholars!

 

    Dismissal               

      Dismissal is at 3:05 P.M. and walkers are encouraged to immediately proceed home if a parent is not picking them up.  Parents who are picking up their children are reminded not to double-park.  If you plan to leave your vehicle, it must be in a parking space and not part of a line of cars.

 

    Massachusetts Free and Reduced School Meals

    Please remember, you can apply for Massachusetts Free and Reduced School Meals at any time during the school year.  An application and additional information may also be found on the district website under the parent tab.  Please click on the MA State Nutrition & Food Resource tab.

   

    Compliance notification

    The Seekonk Public School System complies with the provisions of 603 CMR section 46.00 dealing with restraint of students in the public schools.  To that end, the policy developed pursuant to those regulations is available upon request form the principal, the Director of Special Education and Pupil Personnel Services and the Superintendent’s office.  Further, the policy is posted in the main bulletin board of the school near the office.

 

    Thanksgiving recess

    Wednesday, November 22th is an early release day for students in grades K-5.  Dismissal will be at 12:45 following lunch.  Morning preschool students will also be dismissed at 11:30, their usual time. There is no afternoon preschool.

   There will be no school on November 23 & 24.  Happy Thanksgiving!!!

 

 

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

 

                                                                    Yours truly,

 

                                                                     Nancy Gagliardi

                                                                     Principal