Perkins School News - January 2017

Monthly News for Parents



  • January 3 - Return to school

  • January 4 - Board of Education meeting ; High School LGI; 7-9 pm
  • January 7 - High School winter jazz concert; jazz and vocal jazz ensemble; High School Auditorium; 7 pm
  • January 11 - Perkins PTA monthly meeting; 7 pm
  • January 16 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - NO SCHOOL
  • January 18 - Board of Education meeting ; Lincoln School; 7 pm
  • January 19 - PTA Dance Party - Perkins - 6-7:30 pm
  • January 20 - Assembly - Perkins gym - 9:15 am
  • January 24 - Ice cream with the Principal - Perkins - 2:15 pm
  • January 27-28 - Jr./Sr. High Vocal All-County at North Rose-Wolcott


  • February 1 - Board of Education meeting (TV); High School LGI; 7 pm
  • February 2 - Groundhog Day! :)
  • February 4 - Solo Festival at Williamson High School
  • February 6 - Perkins PTA book swap and reflections night (FREE GIVEAWAY of a LeapFrog Leap Start System!)
  • February 8 - Perkins PTA monthly meeting; 7 pm
  • February 14 - Valentine's Day
  • February 15 - Board of Education meeting ; Kelley School; 7-9 pm
  • February 16 - Ice cream with the Principal - Perkins - 2:15 pm
  • February 17 - Assembly - Perkins gym - 9:15 am
  • February 20-24 - WINTER RECESS - NO SCHOOL

Sharing Our Parent Survey Results

We want to thank all of the Perkins School parents who took the time to complete our parent survey this fall. We really appreciate your input as it provides us with valuable information about what you hope to know more about and where we can improve. We are always looking to continue our progress in building relationships with parents as we have a strong belief that teamwork and communication between home and school leads to higher student achievement. Please continue to reach out to us if there is anything we could be doing better to meet your family’s needs or your child’s needs at Perkins School.

We received a 63% response rate with 191 surveys completed. With comments accompanying the responses to the questions on the survey, this response demonstrates a high level of investment in our school community and genuine comfort giving input and reaching out for ideas.

Survey Results

Top forms of preferred communication

Email – 76

Phone – 46

Text Message – 5

Notes – 49

What areas would parents want more information about?

  1. Educational websites

  2. How to help their children with homework

  3. Availability of before and after school activities

  4. Helping their child with reading

What do parents want to know most to help with the social/emotional well-being of their children?

  • How do I help my child with being teased and peer problems solving?

What do parents want to know most about health and nutrition?

  • How to teach healthy eating habits.

What Can You Expect Next?

  • A parent resource center has been set up in our main office foyer with informational materials and a computer for parents to access educational websites.

  • There will be communication in our monthly parent newsletters, at our parent resource center in the office foyer and on our website in response to what parents asked for on the survey.

  • Please keep an eye out for upcoming parent sessions in the spring to provide information in the most requested areas.

Thank you again to everyone who participated in the survey, your voice counts.

HEARTS and The 7 Habits of Happy Kids

Perkins students are making connections between our HEARTS vision (Hard work, Excellence, Accountability, Respect, Team work, Safety) and 'the 7 habits'. The activities are helping them to internalize and make these traits part of their daily routines. Continuing with the 7 habits (based on the book by Sean Covey) we are excited to introduce...

Habit #4 — Think Win-Win

Think Win-Win is the belief that everyone can win. It’s not you or me, it’s both of us. It’s a belief that there are enough good things for everyone. It’s being able to be happy when good things happen to other people.

Expect your child to use words and phrases like think win-win, sharing abundance, and being happy for others. You can encourage your child by using some of these words at home. You may have the opportunity to share your feeling with your child about Think Win-Win.

Parent Child Activity: Think of an ongoing conflict you tend to have with your child (homework, cleaning his or her room, feeding the dog) and then discuss a win-win solution to the conflict. Write down the solution and then remind each other of it the next time the situation arises.

Check it Out

The link below is a schedule of events at the Newark Public Library.

Perkins Elementary School

For additional information and photos of events and happenings check out the Perkins School web page at and Perkins School on Twitter by going to @Newark_PS