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Dear Parents,

 

June, as always, is a month filled with learning, culminating activities and many extras!  This newsletter as well as your child’s classroom newsletter will provide you with all of the details.

 

Thank you!

The entire Aitken staff truly is thankful for everything that the parents and students did to show their appreciation during Aitken Staff Appreciation Week.  Thank you for pampering us and treating us so royally!

 

Another big thank you!

Thank you to the Aitken PTO for another outstanding year of support for the students, staff and school.  We truly appreciate all you have done throughout the year!

 

A final note of extreme thanks is extended to the PTO officers Delia Jeffrey and Shanna Marszalkowski-Krawitz, our co-presidents; Danielle Mahoney and Meaghan Mahoney, our co-vice presidents; Mike Lastrina, our treasurer; & Shannyn Nelson and Tanya Romani, our co-secretaries. Their commitment and dedication to the students, staff and Aitken community has been outstanding and has truly been appreciated!  Thank you!

 

Next year, the staff at Aitken School as well as the Aitken PTO look forward to having many new faces involved in strengthening our parent partnership initiatives for our students.  Please let us know if you would like to help in some way – it takes a village.  J

 

Dress Requirements

The hot weather is here, please review the dress code with your child that is contained in the handbook.  The specific article that should be discussed is:

“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.” 

 

Field Day

Field Day for grades 1-5 is scheduled for June 15 with a rain date of June 18.  The students are looking forward to an exciting, sports-filled days!

 

Preschool Promotion, Kindergarten Graduation and the Fifth Grade Promotion Ceremonies

How quickly they grow!!!

Our Fifth Grade Promotion Ceremony will be held on Friday, June 8 at 9:45 and students will be receiving class tee shirts on Thursday, June 7, to wear for the ceremony.

Our Preschool Promotion Ceremony will also be held on Wednesday, June 13 at 1:45 PM.

Our Kindergarten Graduation Ceremony will be held on Thursday, June 14 at 10:00.

 

New Kindergarten Parent Orientation

On Tuesday, June 5 there will be an orientation program for parents of students entering kindergarten in September.  It will begin at 6 PM promptly and will be held in the Aitken gym. Please let your friends and neighbors know about this date if they haven’t already registered their children for kindergarten.

 

Accelerated Reader

On Tuesday, June 19 – there will be an awards ceremony at 9:15 AM for students in grades 1-4.  Awards will be given for students receiving Accelerated Reader trophies.  Parents are invited to attend this brief assembly if they wish.  Throughout the summer, students that are currently in grades 1-5 may take AR tests at the Seekonk Public Library!

Move Up Day

Students in grades K-4 will move-up on Wednesday, June 20, and have an opportunity to meet their next year’s teachers and classmates.  It is a very exciting and fun event enjoyed by everyone!

 

Update Your Email Address

The online Emergency Information Forms and Parent Consent Forms will be sent out to parents at the end of August.  If we do not have your current email address, please contact the school by phone, email or note prior to the end of June so you can be sure to receive this information.

 

In August, we are hoping that most parents will complete the forms online and not need hard copies.  It is also important that students and parents sign the Responsible Use Policy for technology. Students will not be permitted to use any of the school’s computers, laptops and/or ChromeBooks until this form is signed.

 

Dates to remember:

Last day of school – June 20 and it’s an early release day!  Students will be dismissed at 12:45 and there is no afternoon preschool. Report cards will be issued at the end of the day.

First day of school for grades 1-5 – Tuesday, August 28, 2018 

Kindergarten Orientation/Open House at 9:30 – Tuesday, August 28, 2018

First day of school for kindergarten – Wednesday, August, 29, 2018

Pre-school Orientation/Open House by appointment – Wednesday, August 29, 2018

First day of school for preschool – Thursday, August 30, 2018

Open House for grades 1-5 students & parents – Wednesday, September 12, 2018 – 6:30 PM

 

New Principal

Aitken School is proud to announce that Mr. John Haidemenos will be the new principal of Aitken School beginning on July 1. He comes with high recommendations and received the National Distinguished Principal’s Award in 2006 while he was employed in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. He is currently an elementary principal in Framingham, Massachusetts.

 

Summer Learning Activities

Your child’s teacher and the town librarian have made suggestions for enriching the summer with learning experiences.  Summer is quick, but can be too long if your child does not read and have other opportunities to extend learning.  Try setting some time aside each day to read and do hands-on math and science activities.  Students may continue to practice their math facts using Reflex.  Please visit the Aitken library page if you would like to investigate some other educational sites. Enjoy your summer! 

 

Calendar

The Seekonk Public Schools’ school calendar is attached to this newsletter.

 

Bus Registration

Please be sure to register your child with the transportation office this summer for bus transportation next year.  Forms were already sent home and are also available in the transportation office or on-line at the Seekonk Public Schools’ website. 

 

Reminder – all dates to be included in the Aitken Elementary School Calendar Handbook are due by Friday, June 8thJ

It is hard to believe that I am in my last month of being the principal of Mildred H. Aitken School. I have been so fortunate to have has this position for the last 18 years and will truly miss the students, staff and parents. It has been my honor to be a part of the lives of so many wonderful students and I wish each and every one the best in all their future years. 

All of us at Aitken School wish you and your family a fun and safe summer!  Have a wonderful time and the teachers & staff look forward to seeing you in September!  Good luck to the 5th graders as they begin their middle school years!

 

Yours truly,

Nancy Gagliardi








==================           MAY 2018        ========================

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 7-11 is Aitken Staff Appreciation Week and May 8th 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 sent home with students in grades 1-5 on Friday, May 4.

     

MCAS Spring Testing Schedule Reminder

     Students in grades 3-5 will take the MCAS Math tests and grade 5 students will also take the MCAS Science & Technology tests. 

Grade 3 – May 8 & 9

Grade 4 – May 15 & 16

Grade 5 – May 1, 2, 8 & 9

 

Elementary Band Concert

     The Aitken and Martin Grade 5 Elementary Band will be performing in the gymnasium of Martin School on Wednesday, May 23rd at 7 PM.  If you thought that they were great in February, you will be absolutely amazed at the growth since then!

                                                              

Field Days

    Field Day for preschool and kindergarten is on May 31 with a rain date of June 1.  Field Day for grades 1-5 is scheduled for June 15 with a rain date of June 18. (This date was rescheduled from the one published in the school calendar due to the amount of snow days this year.)  The students are looking forward to an exciting, sports-filled days!

 

Preschool Promotion and Kindergarten Graduation Ceremonies

    How quickly they grow!!!

Our Preschool Promotion Ceremony will also be held on Wednesday, June 13 at 1:45 PM.

Our Kindergarten Graduation Ceremony will be held on Thursday, June 14 at 10:00.

 

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 June 12 in the afternoon.  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 31.   There will also be a 5th grade parent orientation on June 11 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 6.  Information will be sent home with 5th graders so you may register for the event on-line.

     The promotion ceremony is scheduled for June 8 at 9:45 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 which will begin at approximately 11:30 by signing 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.

New Kindergarten Parent Orientation

    On Tuesday, June 5 there will be an orientation program for parents of students entering kindergarten in September.  It will begin at 6 PM promptly and will be held in the Aitken gym. Please let your friends and neighbors know about this date if they haven’t already registered their children for kindergarten.

 

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

 

Last Day of School

    The last day of school currently is Wednesday, June 20.  The last day is an early release day.  Students in kindergarten – grade 5 will be dismissed at 12:45. There will be no afternoon preschool.

 

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

 

 Yours truly,

     Nancy Gagliardi