Wednesday's Word

October 6, 2021

Dear Parents,

Positive and effective communication between home and school is a critical component of supporting children’s growth. Learning does not just take place at school, children are constantly exploring new things from the time they wake up in the morning to the time they go to bed at night. As parents, you are your child’s first teacher. You know your children better than anyone else and you have the opportunity to see them as they interact with friends, siblings and a wide variety of daily life activities. You know their passions and interests, hopes and dreams and their fears and worries.


Teachers know your children in a different capacity. Teachers have the opportunity to observe children as they interact with peers in a classroom environment. They carefully monitor how children respond to learning new concepts and acquiring new skills. Teachers also have insight into children’s learning styles and work habits.


When combined, the different perspectives parents and teachers bring to the table lead to a richer and more complete understanding of how children are developing academically, as well as socially and emotionally. The stronger the partnership, the more effectively we can work together to support children’s success both inside and outside of school.


Fall parent conferences offer a formal opportunity for parents and teachers to meet to discuss individual student’s progress. However, this is only one way to communicate and share information. If you ever have a question or concern about your child’s learning, please reach out to us with a phone call or an email. Norfolk public school staff are committed to responding to parents in a timely manner and will return messages within 24 hours during the school week. Staff are not available to respond to emails and calls over the weekend, as that is important time for them to spend with their families and prepare for the week ahead.


Most questions can be addressed directly by your child’s classroom teacher. However, we recognize that you may also have questions about other topics such as food service, transportation, budget or policy. In order to assist you in identifying the appropriate party to support you in getting information or solving a problem, please see the attached communication tree.


Wishing everyone a wonderful long-weekend ahead!


Sincerely,

Ingrid Allardi

Parent Communication Tree

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What to Do If Your Child is Sick

Flowchart- What To Do If Your Child Is Sick

We recognize that it is challenging to make sense of the many different requirements and exemptions for Covid 19 testing and quarantine. In order to help simplify the guidance, we have created a flowchart for your reference, should your child become sick.

Please click on the chart photo for more information.

Covid Case Notifications/ District Dashboard

If a member of our school community tests positive for Covid 19, all individuals who are close contacts of the community member will receive a phone call from the school nurse. If the close contact is not exempt from testing and quarantine, they will also receive a letter explaining the testing and quarantine options. If the Covid positive individual was present in a classroom for 15 or more minutes during the contagion period, we will send out a letter to all parents in the classroom informing them of the case and encouraging them to actively monitor their child for symptoms. We do not send out community letters for every positive case. If you are interested in examining case counts or trends in the district, visit our district website at www.norfolk.k12.ma.us or click on the chart photo for more information.
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Reminder: NO SCHOOL 10/11 and 10/12

Monday, October 11th - Holiday

Tuesday, October 12th - Professional Development Day





Norfolk Recreation Upcoming events! Click on the pictures below
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Grade 4 AIMM - Making Fall Pillows!

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Grade 5 - Mrs. Tully's students explore instruments in Mrs. Musial's music class!