Panther Pride Times
November 3, 2023
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November Character Theme~Gratitude
Potter Road's November character theme is gratitude. Gratitude is reflecting on the people, things, and places that we appreciate. Over the course of the month of November, our students will be engaged in social/emotional lessons that focus on this theme through read aloud's, interactive lessons, and videos.
Shining a Spotlight on Art.
Artistic Amazingness Happening at Potter Road!
The studio has been full of creativity and joy as we welcomed Ms. Jenkinson from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design! She has been working with students to develop observation skills and is now teaching our new Printmaking unit. Students will be exploring with different ways to be a printmaker in the art studio.
In our Upper Studio (grades 5-3), we spent the first part of the school year discussing concepts such as horizon line, foreground, middleground and background. We even touched on highlights, cast shadows and light sources! Wowza. Students experimented using their sketchbooks and paper to find what was the right fit for their art. Fifth graders had a special treat and used cardboard as a surface during their drawing unit.
In our Lower Studio (grades k-2), we discussed texture and how to use texture plates with first grade while in second grade we learned about the concept of symmetrical and asymmetrical. Rulers came out as well as we discussed different qualities of lines and how they can be horizontal, vertical..and EVEN DIAGONAL! Can you even believe it?!
In Kindergarten, we learned the different materials in the art room and how to be safe in our studio. We also read several books to anchor our work about shapes, Circle, Square and Triangle, all three books are by Mac Barnett. They were a fan favorite! We explored qualities of lines such as zig zag, dotted, straight, and wiggly lines.
CarpooltoSchool, powered by GoTogether
In case you missed the District’s announcement (https://www.smore.com/xt9fj), CarpooltoSchool powered by Go Together is live! If you need help in getting your student(s) to and from school OR you have the ability to offer ride support to fellow FPS families, please read the details to get started.
If you have completed a CORI form within the last 3 years, you can complete this google form. We will share your basic information with CarpooltoSchool and they will send you a welcome email with instructions.
If you do NOT currently have an active CORI approval, please complete the process outlined on the Human Resources website. The Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) forms are available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. For approval inquiries, you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Once your CORI is approved, we will share your basic information with CarpooltoSchool and they will send you a welcome email with instructions.
Lost and Found
Our lost and found area has reached capacity! We have a large amount of jackets, sweatshirts, hats, lunchboxes, and water bottles. Please encourage your child to check the lost and found for missing items. We will be removing the items in lost and found at the Thanksgiving break. Thank you.
Potter Road PTO Newsletter~Meadow Farms Fundraiser
This year we have partnered with Meadow Farms Fundraising right in time for the holidays! In order to start selling (and buying) everyone needs to register for an account through this link. Once your kiddo is registered, you can start promoting to family and friends.
Meadow Farms Fundraiser is live!
Meadow Farms Fundraiser is live! - For all of your holiday shopping needs while helping PRS by President Potter Road PTO | This newsletter was created with Smore, an online tool for creating beautiful newsletters for educators, nonprofits, businesses and more
Join Potter Road on Remind!
We are using a platform called Remind to help keep you informed! In addition to getting messages about our school, you may also be invited to join your child’s class for updates. Remind is a free service that allows you to get messages directly on your phone and to communicate easily with your child’s teacher(s) in almost any language.
Joining our school and your class on Remind is easy. You can choose whether you prefer text messages or smartphone notifications.
Signing up for text messages
Text our school code @potterrd
To the phone number 81010. (Be sure to include the ‘@’ symbol)
Reply to the text messages from Remind.
Signing up for smartphone notifications
Download the Remind app on your Android or iOS device. Click here for a link to the apps: rmd.me/a
Open the app and create an account (or log in if you already have one).
Tap the + by classes joined and enter our school code “@potterrd”. (Be sure to include the ‘@’ symbol)
That's all you need to do to start receiving messages!
A few other things you might like to know:
Remind allows for two-way communication in your preferred language! If you create your account with the Remind App and choose your preferred language - you can send and receive messages in your preferred language - even if your teacher is communicating in English!
Our personal contact information (like cell phone numbers) will not be visible on Remind.
You will always hear from me or your teacher(s) at the same number so you can save that number in your phone.
All of our messages will be recorded in communication logs that you can access and download.
Here is a video demo to see how Remind works. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. I'm looking forward to connecting with you!
School Begins: 9:05am
School Dismissal: 3:20pm
Early Release Dismissal: 12:55pm (lunch is served)
Half-Day Dismissal: 12:20pm (lunch is not served)
Note: Vehicles are prohibited from entering the school grounds between 9:00 AM - 9:25 AM and 3:00 PM - 3:25 PM to allow for the safe arrival and departure of buses and students.