Wednesday's Word

March 16, 2022

What's Inside!

- Family Letter

- What Should I do If I Have Concerns About My Child's Progress?

- Term 2 Report Cards

- Wellness Advisory Committee

- Calendar Reminders

- FK Spring Photos

- At-Home Rapid Testing Program OPT-IN Form

- KP Summer Bridge Program

- MCAS schedule

- Girls On The Run

- PTO Spring Bookfair

- 5th/6th Grade Promotion Fundraiser

Dear Families,

Dear Families,


Next week we are looking forward to connecting with our families during our Parent/Teacher conferences that are scheduled for Tuesday, March 22, and Thursday, March 24th. Conferences are another opportunity to share information, celebrate our students’ accomplishments, and set goals for the remainder of the school year. We greatly value this time with you since having a strong home-school partnership has a direct impact on our students' success.


We recognize that returning to school this year, many children had unfinished learning in specific areas of the curriculum. Our teachers have focused this year on addressing unfinished learning by selectively reviewing skills that students may need in order to understand and access the current grade level curriculum. In addition, we have numerous support systems and practices in place to support our learners, including developmental math and reading services, as well as a strong RTI (Response to Intervention) process that is supported through the school NEST teams (For additional information about NEST and the Special Education process, please see the article that follows from Dr. Tupper, Director of Student Services). Our district data shows that our students are making steady progress in addressing unfinished learning and mastering new material. Based on newly released state data, Norfolk continues to outperform the state on all MCAS tests.


We have also taken extra steps to address gaps in math achievement, an area that was most significantly impacted by the Covid 19 pandemic both locally and on a national scale. National data has also shown that students' emotional well being has been impacted during the pandemic, therefore SEL is a big focus for our schools. Our mental health team has made enhancements to our programming this school year in order to help support our students navigate the unique challenges that the pandemic has presented.


As you discuss your child’s progress, take a moment to reflect on how far we have come as a community from last year’s conferences. Notice and celebrate the many strides, even the small ones, that your child was able to achieve this school year in the areas of social/emotional health and with their academic progress. Please know that even if your child is not quite there yet with meeting end of year goals, they will achieve them given time. Our teaching staff has the training and resources to mitigate the long term effects of unfinished learning, but as research indicates, it will take time for students and schools to fully address the effects of the pandemic. Due to our strong partnership with our families, our students will continue to find success.


What should I do if I have concerns about my child’s academic performance?

Parent/Teacher conferences offer a wonderful opportunity to meet with your child’s teacher(s) to learn more about your child’s performance in schools. They also offer the opportunity to present questions you may have about your child’s learning profile and address any concerns you may have.


Parents who are aware their child is having a difficult time with reading, math, writing or other aspects of school work and who have concerns about whether their child is making effective progress in school, should present these initial concerns to the classroom teacher.

Writing down your questions prior to parent conferences and sharing your question(s) with the teacher in advance so they can preview and be prepared to address your concern, is a great first step.


Together you can work collaboratively with your child’s teacher to learn about his/her current performance levels. Acknowledging your child’s strengths, areas of progress, supports that have been implemented, and areas of opportunity (for example, more exposure to a particular concept or a specific area of growth) is a good starting point. Your child’s teacher is able to identify the supports and processes the district has in place when considering whether your child requires additional classroom support or other general education supports. The classroom teacher will be able to recommend next steps about the resources needed to support your child, if professionally determined.


Some general education supports that teachers may recommend include consultation with building based specialists (OT, speech therapists, developmental teachers), small group targeted intervention offered by the classroom teacher, or working with a math/literacy specialists, or the school adjustment counselor, as examples.


Sometimes the general education teacher may recommend pursuing support for your child through N.E.S.T. N.E.S.T. stands for "Norfolk Educational Support Team." It consists of a group of professionals (classroom teachers, related service providers like speech, OT, behaviorist, school psychologist, and school adjustment counselor) who meet to collectively support classroom teachers who have identified students that are struggling to meet grade level academic benchmarks and behavioral or social/emotional expectations. The primary purpose of the N.E.S.T. Team is to collaboratively develop an “intervention plan."


Finally, the District has a published document titled, District Curriculum Accommodation Plan (DCAP), which ensures that all efforts have been made to meet students’ needs in the general education classroom. The plan assists the general classroom teacher in analyzing and accommodating diverse learning styles of all children in the general classroom.


For more information about special education eligibility and services click on this link “What is Special Education?

Term 2 Report Cards

This Friday, March 18th, you will be able to access your child’s Term 2 report card. Report cards for students in Grades 1 - 6 are issued 3 times a year: December, March, and June. For students in Kindergarten and Preschool, report cards are issued 2 times a year: January and June. Report cards give parents a general overview on how their child is progressing towards meeting end of year expectations. Please click on this link for information on our grading and progress reports process for this school year.


If you need a refresher on how to access your child’s report card, please click on this link. iParent Refresher

Wellness Advisory Committee


We are seeking at least one HOD and one FK parent representative to participate as members of the Norfolk Schools Wellness Advisory Committee. This committee is established to ensure that the District has a system in place to deal effectively with school health issues and is responsible for making recommendations concerning school health/wellness policies, programs and practices. We plan to meet approximately 4 times per year, currently planning for Fridays, 1:30-2:30 pm. If interested, please contact Dot Pearl, dpearl@norfolk.k12.ma.us.

Calendar Reminders

• Friday, March 18 - Report Cards - available in iParent

• Tuesday, March 22- Conferences - Noon Dismissal

• Thursday, March 24- Conferences - Noon Dismissal

• Thursday, March 31 - ELA MCAS grades 3 and 6

Freeman Kennedy Spring Photo Day

FREEMAN KENNEDY - Monday, April 11th/(raindate: 4/13)

Reminder: At-Home Rapid Testing Program OPT-IN Form

To participate, you must opt in by completing the the required form below. By opting in, you will agree to review the training materials for test administration, report positive test results, and administer the tests according to Norfolk Public Schools’ guidelines. If you don’t want to participate you don’t need to complete the form.


Form for STAFF:

Norfolk Public Schools Rapid Antigen Testing Opt-In Form - STAFF

Form for STUDENTS K-6:

Norfolk Public Schools Rapid Antigen Testing Opt-In Form - STUDENT K-6

Form for PRE-K:

Norfolk Public Schools Rapid Antigen Testing Opt-In Form

KP Summer Bridge Program for Rising 7th Graders

Norfolk, Wrentham, and Plainville school districts invite all rising 7th grade students to participate in a one week Bridge To KP summer program. This is a no-cost program that is designed to help incoming grade 7 students prepare for a smooth transition to KP Middle School. Students will have an opportunity to engage in fun activities and connect with peers from neighboring districts. The program is staffed by KP Middle School teachers, as well as teachers from the three elementary districts. For more information please click on the flyer attached flyer.

Interested families are asked to complete the following Google Form. This will help us plan and staff the program accordingly. Please reach out to my office with any questions.


Victoria M. Saldana

Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment

Norfolk Public Schools

508-528-1225 ext. 1815

vsaldana@norfolk.k12.ma.us

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Girls on the Run for grades 3-6

Registration is now open for Girls on the Run (GOTR). GOTR is more than just a running club, we inspire ALL girls to build confidence and make intentional decisions, while fostering care and compassion for self and others.


• Practices will be held on Tuesdays and Fridays right after school beginning April 1. The season will culminate in a Celebration 5K held on Saturday, June 11.

• You can register and get more information here: https://www.girlsontherunboston.org/Register-Now or on the attached flyer.

• Or, reach out to Jen Oliver, jenoliver2008@gmail.com, or Marta McNulty, martamcnulty@yahoo.com with any questions.

We're looking forward to another great season!

Jen & Marta

Norfolk PTO Spring Book Fair!

HOD Book Fair Info

Monday, March 21st through Thursday, March 24th
Students may purchase books during their library period
Conference Hours: Tuesday 3/22 1:00-3:30pm, Thursday 3/24 5:00-7:00pm More information as well as a link to set up a digital eWallet for your student can be found here: https://www.scholastic.com/bf/holivedayelemschool

Freeman-Kennedy Book Fair Info

Friday, March 18th through Thursday, March 24th
Students may purchase books during their library period
Conference Hours: Tuesday 3/22 1:00-3:30pm, Thursday 3/24 5:00-7:00pm More information as well as a link to set up a digital eWallet for your student can be found here: https://www.scholastic.com/bf/freemankennedybookfair

If you are in need of financial assistance for your child/children to purchase a book, please email the Adjustment Counselor:

HOD CKelley@norfolk.k12.ma.us or

Freeman Lizlongley@norfolk.k12.ma.us

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5th/6th Grade Promotion Fundraiser!

Join us for our first ever Designer Purse Bingo!

Get ready for a fun-filled night of bingo and a chance to win one of 10 designer purses by designers like Kate Spade, Tory Burch, Marc Jacobs and Coach! Open to all! Grab a group of friends or family and enjoy a great night out! Light appetizers provided and cash bar!
When: April 30th
Doors Open at 6:30 PM – Bingo Starts promptly at 7:15 PM
Tickets are $50.00 and include 8 rounds of bingo (7 rounds plus 1 grand prize round).
Additional bingo cards and quickie games will be available for purchase the night of the event. Raffle baskets too!
Get Your Tickets Soon! Limited tickets available! Don’t Miss Out! Purchase your tickets by April 15th by going to www.memberplanet.com/s/norfolkmapto/designerpursebingo

Norfolk Recreation Upcoming Programs

Freeman Kennedy band members participated in King Philip BAND-O-RAMA on Saturday night!

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