Memorial Park School
October 2019 Newletter
Attendance at School Matters...Being on time for school is very important too!
You may not realize the message you can be giving your child when you plan days off from school. As children gets older, it will become harder for you to reinforce going to school when they want to now stay home for the day.
Our school staff is required to monitor attendance and the school is held accountable for reporting school attendance to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Students are considered chronically absent when they miss 10% of the school year. The department of education tracks this information through our student data system.
If your child is reaching an extensive amount of absences, you will be contacted to meet with the principal, adjustment counselor and Lisa Shea from Hingham District Court's STAY Program. Together we will work on a plan to support your child getting to school on time and regularly to school.
Social Emotional Learning; How Parents Can Support Their Child
The Role of Parents
Long before children can say their first word or take their first step, they respond to the touch, tone of voice, and moods of their parents. This is the beginning of learning about emotions and relationships. It happens as naturally as their bodies grow and develop.
By working together, schools and parents can promote children's social and emotional learning. Key SEL skills include:
- Self awareness
Recognizing feelings and managing anger
- Understanding others
Developing empathy and taking the perspective of others
- Making responsible decisions and following through
Includes considering long-term consequences of actions
- Understanding yourself
Handling emotions, setting goals, dealing with obstacles
- Building healthy relationships
Saying no to negative peer pressure, working to resolve conflicts constructively
- What Can Parents Do?
Focus on strengths
Talk about what your child did well before talking about what could be improved.
Ask Children How They Feel
This lets your child know that feelings matter and that you care. Use feeling words around your child to explain your own emotions.
Be Willing to Apologize
This shows your child how important it is to apologize after hurting someone, physically or emotionally.
Ask Questions That Help Children Solve Problems on their Own
For example, “What do you think you can do in this situation?” or “What do you think could happen if you made that choice?”
Read Books and Stories Together
Stories can help your child explore how people deal with common issues like losing friends or handling conflicts.
Choose a Few Responsibilities That Your Child Can Do Successfully at Home, and Encourage Them to Help
This helps them learn cooperation and responsibility.
With Your School
Focus on the Value of Learning
Ask what your child learned in school today, but also ask how he or she gets along with other students and how he or she feels about school.
Create a Positive Learning Environment at Home
Make regular times and provide a quiet, well-lit place for homework. Work with your child to develop rules for dealing with interruptions, such as phone calls or visitors.
Set up a School Bulletin Board at Home
Display the school calendar, newsletters and fliers. Help your child get involved in interesting school activities.
Help Your Child Set Priorities for School Work
If your child is struggling, don’t give them the answers to their assignments, but help them work through their issues.
Adopted from "Ten Things You Can Do at Home" and "Ten Things You Can Do with Your School" by the Committee for Children.
Please Register with Your Child's Teacher
It is important to make sure you stay connected with us to receive any last minute notifications. It is helpful to have the notifications pop up for you too. If you have any questions, please contact your child's teacher. All messages have a translation feature in any language you may need.
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Twitter: You can follow Mrs. Sheehan @mrsjansheehan, Mrs. Russo @MemParkOffice and Mrs. Wilson @jwilson_julie and Memorial Park PAC @memorialparkpac
Check out Tuck In Tuesday Stories Read by Memorial Park Teachers
NO School for Students on Monday and Tuesday, October 14th and 15th
Tuesday, October 15th is a Teacher Professional Development Day
Our 6 Day Cycle Schedule for Specialists
Tuesday, October 1; Day 1
Wednesday, October 2; Day 2
Thursday, October 3; Day 3
Friday, October 4th; Day 4
Monday, October 7; Day 5
Tuesday, October 8; Day 6
Wednesday, October 9; Day 1
Thursday, October 10; Day 2
Friday, October 11; Day 3
Monday, October 14; NO SCHOOL- Columbus Day
Tuesday, October 15; NO SCHOOL-Teacher Professional Development Day
Wednesday, October 16; Day 4
Thursday, October 17; Day 5
Friday, October 18; Day 6
Monday, October 21; Day 1
Tuesday, October 22; Day 2
Wednesday, October 23; Day 3
Thursday, October 24; Day 4
Friday, October 25; Day 5
Monday, October 28; Day 6
Tuesday, October 29; Day 1
Wednesday, October 30; Day 2
Thursday, October 31; Day 3 BOOK CHARACTER PARADE!
Friday, November 1; Day 4
Please consider attending our next PAC Meeting on Friday, October 11th from 1:00 -2:00 p.m.
PAC-Sponsored Fall Dance for MP Students
Book Character Parade on Thursday, October 31st!
The parade will start at 8:30 for grades 1-4 and kindergarten will parade through the grade 1-4 classrooms at 9:30 a.m.
#MPRockland #KindnessMP #beanincluder Kindness Awards for September...
Grade 1: Ethan, Davi, Hazel, Jennifer, Gabby, Charlotte
Grade 2: Jacob
Grade 3: Nick, Julia, Kareen
Grade 4: Deliah, Isabelle G., Maddie
Check out the photos available online to "see" if your child likes what is being offered for breakfast or lunch. Simply click on the bold selection to bring you to the photo and description.
It is important to fill this application out as soon as possible so your child does not accumulate a large balance. You may qualify for this benefit, so please fill this application out and return it promptly to school.