The Eagle Express

Antrim Elementary School January 28, 2022

You Are Invited to Take This Survey

Superintendent Kimberly Rizzo Saunders and the School Board’s Strategic Planning Committee encourage community members to complete a survey to help the ConVal School District to develop a new strategic plan.


Strategic plans act as a roadmap for the District to follow during a five-year period, highlighting specific projects and goals for long-term sustainable growth. The most recent strategic plan was created in 2016 and lasted through June 2021.


The survey will gather input about long-term strategies and goals that are most important to community members. Data collected will help the District to shape a strategic plan that reflects community priorities.


The survey is open to all stakeholders – parents/guardians, students, staff, and residents of Conval’s nine sending communities.


“We ask everyone to take a few moments to complete this important survey,” Superintendent Rizzo Saunders said. “This input is vital in guiding the District to develop a strategic plan to serve our students that reflects the goals and visions of our community.”


The survey is open and will remain live through Tuesday, Feb. 1. To take the survey:

  • Parents/guardians of students, click here.

  • ConVal District staff members click here.

  • Students, click here.

  • Community members, click here.


A draft of the strategic plan is expected to be completed by June 2022. The plan will be reviewed by the School Board and implemented after approval.

More information about the strategic planning process can be found on the district’s website here.

News from Principal Syre-Hager

Happy Friday!


How is it already January 28th? As we move into February, I am thankful that the days are getting longer again. I am looking forward to spring, but I am also looking forward to some fresh snow this weekend.


As many of you are aware, we are in the midst of a COVID-19 surge and AES has experienced several positive cases over the last few weeks. I cannot stress enough how important it is for families to monitor children for ANY symptoms and to keep symptomatic children home until they can be tested. We are seeing many positive cases with mild symptoms of scratchy throats and headaches. If your child presents with ANY of the following symptoms please keep them home and call the school to schedule a rapid test.


Headache

Muscle pain or aches

Sore or scratchy throat

Cough

Congestion or runny nose

Fever or chills

Fatigue

Nausea, diarrhea, vomiting

Loss of smell or taste



The ConVal District updated its guidance on Monday 1/10/22. You can find updated guidance regarding isolation and quarantine after a positive exposure or test result below.


We will be emailing families to notify you of any potential close contacts that occur in school instead of calling individual families. Please don't hesitate to call the school nurse if you have any questions after being notified of a potential close contact. Please monitor your child for symptoms after receiving notification. Students who may have been exposed at school may continue to come to school as long as they do not have any symptoms.


If your child has been fully vaccinated, please send a photo or copy of the vaccination card to our school nurse, Vicki Mellon vmellon@conval.edu for our school records. Per the updated guidance, anyone who is fully vaccinated does not need to quarantine if a close household contact tests positive for COVID-19, as long as they are asymptomatic.


As part of our efforts to keep students and staff IN school as much as possible this year, we are able to perform rapid COVID tests for symptomatic students and staff. If your child develops symptoms at home, you now have the option to have your child tested at AES. Please keep them home and call our school nurse to schedule an appointment. If your child develops any symptoms while at school, we can test them here as well. We must have parent permission to perform a rapid test at school. Only students with completed consent forms are able to participate in testing. Testing empowers us to make these informed decisions about in-person learning and allows students, teachers, and staff to come to school with peace of mind.



On another topic, We do go outside for recess every day unless it is dangerously cold or raining. As long as the "real feel" temperature outside is above 10 degrees, we will be outside at recess! Please be sure to send in appropriate winter gear for your child. This includes, snow pants, boots, jacket, gloves and a hat. You are welcome to have your child keep their gear here at school if you have an extra set.


All students in grades K-4 will participate in winter benchmark testing in Math and Reading between January 31 and February 18. Students will be assessed using a variety of tests, including Aimsweb, NWEA-Measures of Academic Progress and PNOA (Primary Number and Operations Assessment). Teachers use the data to identify gaps in learning and develop lessons and interventions to support students. Results from the assessments will be shared with families no later than the end of the second trimester in March.


In case you missed the news, morning snack/breakfast and lunch are free for all ConVal students this year, however if your child gets only milk at either meal there is a charge of $0.50. Please be sure to add money to your child's lunch account to cover the cost of milk if needed.

You can find the latest elementary menus here:


Have a wonderful, safe, and snowy weekend!

Stephanie

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Playing School at School in Kindergarten is Fun

Miss Lescarbeau’s class has been working hard to read words and sentences. We really enjoy reading short books in our classroom! A few friends played school and had a reading group at indoor recess to practice their reading.

A Note from Ms. Edwards in the Office

If you need to make a change in your child’s dismissal plans please do so by using one of these methods:

1. Make the change in Pickup Patrol (prior to 2:30)

2. Call the front office at 603-588-6371. If you don’t reach a person, please leave a voicemail.

3. Email the front office at sedwards@conval.edu

Do not send in a note. Notes can get misplaced or lost and don’t always make it to the front office.

We appreciate you taking the time to ensure your child’s safety. Thank you.

ICE FISHING with the PTO

The AES PTO is hosting a free Ice Fishing day on Saturday, February 5th at Gregg Lake from 9 am to 1 pm. This is a fun and educational way to spend a winter day as it is led by New Hampshire Fish and Game. Spaces are limited and preregistration is required (please see information on how to do this below). Hope to see you there!


1. Visit this link https://nh-events-web.s3licensing.com/Event/ReservedEvents

2. Enter in Event Passcode: gregglake

3. Click on “Create New Account” if you need to create one. If you have signed up for any educational NHFG programming in the past, your login information will remain the same.

4. Register all participants that are set to attend. This allows us to confirm bait, tackle and gear needs. Once registered, you are also exempt from holding a fishing license during the program.

Open School Board Position in Antrim

Antrim has one open school board position for 3 years, and we hope you will consider running- but hurry, the deadline to run is tonight at 5pm..

  • Candidates for School District Office shall file their declaration of candidacy with Brenda Marschok in the Office of the Superintendent of Schools, 106 Hancock Rd., Peterborough, NH, not earlier than Wednesday, January 19, 2022, or later than 5:00 p.m., Friday, January 28, 2022.

Muzart News

Student musicians have been creating rhythms and performing them on instruments in Muzart. See the photos below.
Also, second grade singers created this visual board to help them remember the lyrics to the song “Thanks A Lot” by Raffi which we learned to perform using American Sign Language.

Preschool Creations

Ms. Jay's preschool class is enjoying the Snowmen books by Catralyn and Mark Buehner. We made some Snow people. First we painted the backgrounds, then we glued three different sized circles on our painting, and finally we added detail.

2nd Grade Learns about Arctic Animals

Have you ever wondered what animals live in the Arctic? With temperatures outside feeling so frigid some days here in NH, what better time for Mrs. DiFolco’s students to do research on an Arctic animal of their choice! Some very interesting facts are being discovered about Arctic foxes, penguins, snowy owls and polar bears. Working collaboratively is a great way to collect and share information. Be sure to ask these researchers what they have learned about their animal!
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We NEED You! Join our Team

ConVal is looking to hire substitute teachers and paras. Please consider joining our team. Click HERE for the application.