Elm Street School

December 2015

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Principal's Message

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We've jumped right back into learning at Elm Street School as we often try to fit so much into the 3 1/2 week window leading up to the December vacation. As we look forward to holidays and celebrations, this time of year is always full of anticipation, excitement, preparation, and obligations.

So, this is the time of year when I remind us all to SLOW DOWN and take a moment to appreciate all that we have. Luckily, our children often show us just how to do this. As we adults bustle about to fulfill our daily obligations in addition to planning the family party and gathering gifts for family and friends as well as provide for those less fortunate, the children are so skilled at living in the moment. They throw themselves into every activity completely without worry for emails, bills, grocery shopping, making dinner... During this busy time of year, I hope you will gift yourself some time to jump into the moment along with your children. I urge us to remember that the most valuable present is truly presence itself.

I hope that in the weeks ahead, we will all take time to be fully present with our loved ones and friends. Perhaps turn off the phone, TV, and computer and cherish a family game night or just reading together. Make homemade pizza for dinner or bake a fresh loaf of gingerbread. However your family celebrates and enjoys the winter months, I hope it will be a joyous time.

I am so grateful for the wonderful and supportive community at Elm Street School. I wish you all a wonderful month ahead.

Rebecca Brogadir


Around the World

Our hearts are heavy from the recent news of world events. Our thoughts are with families during this time. While we are not holding classroom discussions about recent world events, individual student support is readily provided. If there is anything Elm Street School can do to help, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child's teacher or our staff. We are here to help.
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Toys for Tots

Elm Street School is once again coordinating a drive for “Toys for Tots”. This year the school is a designated “drop off” for this important organization. Elm Street School is proud to partner with the Toys for Tots organization and is accepting donations through December 18th. Thank you for your generosity

School Policy: Student Attendance

It is imperative that the scheduled times for school are maintained, as missing even 5 minutes can be disruptive to a child's schedule. Regular attendance and prompt arrival at school are essential for a child to make progress in school. If a child is absent or tardy, it is necessary that you send a note of explanation upon his/her return to school. Please call the Elm Street School attendance line to leave a message whenever a student is absent. If the school is not notified, the parent will be contacted.

Research indicates that consistent attendance has a strong correlation to a student’s educational progress. Families should plan vacations during school vacation periods to insure the continuity of teaching. It is impossible to replace classroom instruction with worksheets or other materials. Children miss valuable teaching time each day they are not in school. Teachers are not responsible for providing work if students take vacations during school time. If there are unusual circumstances and your child must be absent, make-up work may be given ahead of time. It is the responsibility of the child, with parents' help, to make up the work as quickly as possible.


  • If your child is absent due to illness, please call our office 508-660-7374 on the morning of the illness to report your child's name, teacher, absence and reason for the absence.

  • If your child is expected to be absent due to travel, please send an e-mail to Principal, Rebecca Brogadir, at rbrogadir@walpole.k12.ma.us stating your child's name, teacher, date(s) of absence and reason. Walpole Public Schools policy requires that travel is an unexcused absence; school work cannot be advanced before travel; and missed school work must be made up upon the student's return. Walpole discourages travel during school times.

Report Cards

Report cards will be arriving home in student backpacks on Thursday, December 17. Standards Based Report Cards show your child’s journey toward meeting the end of year grade level standards. Therefore, it is common to see many areas in which your child may be “progressing”. If you have any questions about your child’s report card, please do not hesitate to contact the classroom teacher.

Kindergarten Registration

It is time to register your child for kindergarten. Children who are five years old before September 1, 2016, are eligible to come to kindergarten in September. Elm Street School will be conducting registration from January 19, 2016 – January 22, 2016 from 9:30-2:30 PM. Registration packets will be mailed on January 7, 2016 to age eligible children who are on the 2015 town census. If you do not receive a packet in the mail by Monday, January 11th, please call the Elm Street School office to request one.

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Save the Dates:

  • Wednesday, December 9: School Council; 3:45pm-4:45pm
  • Friday, December 11: Spirit Day- Dress in gear for your favorite team or sport
  • Tuesday, December 15: Family Sing Along; 6:30pm;
PAC Meeting @ 7:20pm, Media Center.

  • Thursday, December 17: Grades 1-5 Report Cards Sent Home in Backpacks
  • Friday, December 18: Wake Up Call on WCVB Channel 5; 5:10am & 6:10am
Battle of The Books

Toys for Tots final collection day

  • Thursday, December 24- January 1: No School- Winter Vacation
  • Monday, January 4: School resumes
  • Thursday, January 7: ACCESS for ELL Testing Window begins
  • Sunday, January 10: Providence Bruins vs. Springfield Falcons PAC event, 3:05pm
  • Monday, January 11: Walpole Drug Coalition Meeting, WHS Media Center; 10:00am
  • Wednesday, January 13: Walpole Drug Coalition Meeting, WHS Media Center; 6:30pm
  • Friday, January 15: No School- Professional Development Day
  • Monday, January 18: No School- Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Tuesday, January 19: PAC Meeting, 7:30pm
Public Budget Hearing at WHS; 7:30pm

Kindergarten Registration January 19th - 22nd 9:30 - 2:30

  • Wednesday, January 20: Title I Parent & Child Workshop at Boyden Elementary School
  • Wednesday, January 27: School Council; 3:45pm-4:45pm

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Nurse's Notes

Please be sure that your child dresses for the cold weather… hats, coats, mittens, and boots when needed. We go outside everyday! Students should also be wearing their coats to and from the car or bus. Many report that it is in their backpack.

Also, please remember the rules about attendance. Please keep your child at home if he or she has a persistently runny nose, a harsh cough, unusual rash or a fever. (The child should be fever-free without medication for 24 hours.) Also, if your child has strep throat, conjunctivitis, or impetigo, they must be on antibiotics for 24 hours before they return.

Thank you for your cooperation. We wish everyone a healthy winter season.

~Mrs. Newman

Learning at Elm Street School

Fifth Grade Ancient Civilization Fair

The fifth grade students recently participated in an Ancient Civilizations Fair where they presented their knowledge of the Maya, Inca, and Aztec to their parents and the school.

Hour of Code™

We live in a world surrounded by technology. And we know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly hinge on understanding how technology works. But only a tiny fraction of us are learning computer science, and less students are studying it than a decade ago.

That’s why our school is joining in on the largest learning event in history: Hour of Code™ , during Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 7-13). More than 100 million students worldwide have already tried an Hour of Code™.

Our Hour of Code™ is a statement that Elm Street School is ready to teach these foundational 21st century skills. The Hour of Code™ is just one step in our ongoing journey to continue bringing programming activities to our students.

See http://hourofcode.com/us to learn more and maybe even try it out with your family.

Teamwork Project

The students in Mr. Sullivan's class have been learning about the value of teamwork. Each student created a collage that was their interpretation of what teamwork meant to them. They incorporated pictures, as well as words/phrases such as cooperation, unity, effort, together, etc. This project coincides with our theme in literacy and the underlying questions, How can we learn to appreciate the talents of others? How can we work together to achieve a goal? What can teams accomplish? How can people and animals work as a team?
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Second Graders Learn About Balance

Students in Mrs. Poelaert's class balanced oaktag pencils on popsicle sticks. They used clothespins as counterweights. They then tried to balance real pencils on the popsicle sticks. Students used wire and counter weights to add weight underneath the balance point.

Strings of Light Reflect Generosity and Kindness

The first graders read The Great Joy, which is a wonderful story about a little girl who shows tremendous kindness. They then brainstormed ways they could show kindness to others and brighten the world in their own way.

Elm Street School Family Sing Along

Tuesday, Dec. 15th, 6:30-7:15pm

415 Elm Street

Walpole, MA

Please join us as we share in the joy of music through singing festive songs together. Children are invited to wear their pajamas and sit together with their families to enjoy an escape from our busy lives.

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Holiday Card Contest

The Dedham Savings Bank sponsors a Holiday Card Decorating Contest every December. Students worked on their cards in school this week. One winner is selected to receive 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place savings bonds from each grade across the district. A contribution of $1500 is also shared by the four elementary schools. We appreciate their generosity! Good luck to all of our talented students!

Elm Street Eagle Newspaper students

"Students in the Newspaper Club Enrichment class worked hard to put together the fall Elm Eagles student newspaper. Check it out here: http://walpoleess.ss5.sharpschool.com/for_students/elm_eagles_newpaper "
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Thank you to our volunteers!

We are so lucky to have many outstanding volunteers helping Elm Street School from morning to evening. Many thanks to the volunteers who hosted fun fall celebrations and crafts throughout the school, served as docents teaching about art in classes, got our students active through BOKS and the Running Club, assisted in the media center, and ran the Scholastic Book Fair.

Elm Street School Parent Advisory Council (PAC)

The Elm Street School PAC supports the school in innumerable ways. In addition to many fun family events like the Ice Cream Social and the Hoedown, the PAC provides financial support for student activities, improves our playground activities and equipment, and brings in phenomenal enrichment programs. The PAC is hard at work and is always seeking more involvement. If you are interested in becoming more involved and/or want to receive the PAC's email announcements, go to: http://www.elmstreetpac.org/contact/subscribe/


Raffle Rewards

Stumped on Holiday Gift Ideas? Gift Card Orders Support Elm Street School

The Elm Street School PAC gift card program is a wonderful fundraising program that doesn’t require you to spend anything extra.

The PAC offers retailer gift cards for purchase through the Great Lakes SCRIP Fundraising Program. You pay face value for the card, but Elm Street School earns a percentage of each card purchased. And it really adds up, last year the program earned nearly $1,200 for the school.

You can use these cards for everyday shopping or for upcoming special occasions. Cards are available for just about any type of purchase including Stop & Shop, Dunkin Donuts, CVS, LL Bean, and Barnes & Noble to name a few.

To see a complete list of retailers available visit http://www.glscrip.com/Shop.

Below are the order date for the 2015-2016 school year. Just print the order form and send it into school with your child. Please label your envelope Gift Card Orders and make check payable to 'Elm Street PAC'.

Order due Fri Dec 11th-delivered Thurs Dec 17th
Order due Fri June 3rd- delivered Thurs June 9th

Providence Bruins Day

Tickets must be ordered by Tuesday, December 15th.

All friends and family are welcome! All students in the group will receive a free P-Bruins hat! Tickets are only $20. Please complete the attached form and return to the office.

This is a Friends and Family event, not a fundraiser.

Free P-Bruins Hat For All Students!

Download Order Form!

Send order form, along with a check made payable to the "Providence Bruins" to your child's teacher in an envelope labled "PAC - PBruins"

Please contact Sarah McElhinney.