James Morris School

Regional School District No.6

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Principal's Message for February 11, 2016

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Dear Parents, Guardians and Community Members,

James Morris students and staff greatly enjoyed the 25th Annual Read-Aloud Day, sponsored by the Alcoa Foundation and Northwest Connecticut's Chamber of Commerce. Read-Aloud Day celebrates a commitment made by volunteers in the community to helping educators promote literacy in the classroom. JMS sincerely appreciates the time and commitment that our volunteers have dedicated to our students.

Increasing Opportunities In World Language

In order to advance world language studies in high school and to give our students a more rigorous language experience, we will be changing our current 7th grade exploratory format. Beginning in September 2016, seventh grade students will begin world language class upon entering Wamogo and will attend world language classes every other day for the entire year. They will continue to follow this pattern through the eighth grade, completing a whole year of foreign language before entering high school. Students will gain knowledge and experience in developmental guidance, study skills and the Agricultural Science Technology Education program on the days they are not in world language. This new format will create advanced opportunities for our students in world languages and other subject areas. Students currently in sixth grade will be asked to select their language during spring registration.

Students wishing to pursue Latin studies may continue to do so through online learning with Middlebury Interactive. Middlebury Interactive comes with an instructor that students can access for support. Just as with French and Spanish, students will be able to complete Latin I by the time they enter high school.

Kindergarten Registration

Regional School District No. 6 is currently conducting kindergarten registration for the 2016-2017 school year. Children must be 5 years of age on or before December 31st of this year to be eligible for kindergarten enrollment this fall. Please call our main office at 860-567-7420 to request a registration packet. (See notice below)

Pre-K Registration

Regional School District No. 6 is accepting applications for the 2016 – 2017 Early Childhood Learning Center for children living in Warren, Morris and Goshen. Children must be 3 years of age on or before December 31st of this year to be eligible for preschool enrollment this fall. For more information and to receive the 2016-17 Preschool Registration Packet please call Mrs. Wanda Wiig at 860-491-6020. For Warren students that will be four years old by December 31st, 2016 please contact Michael Gabriel-Deveau at 860-868-2223. All applications are due by April 1, 2016. JMS's Preschool Activity Day is scheduled for May 11th, 2016 from 11:00 - 11:45 A.M.

L.I.F.E. Nights

L.I.F.E nights are a great opportunity for our Region 6 families to come together across the district to meet and enjoy a story with new friends. Students and their families in preschool through grade 2 are welcome to attend any or all of the events across the district. We hope to you see you there! The dates are listed in the flyer below.

Minds in Motion

Region 12 will host their first Minds in Motion event on Saturday, February 27th. There will be fast-paced, hands-on workshops for students in grades K-8 and informative workshops for parents and educators. Adults can attend, free of charge. Click here for more information, and click here to register.

PTO Events

Friday morning, students may purchase flowers in the main lobby, thanks to the PTO's Valentine's Day Flower Sale fundraiser. The JMS PTO has arranged a fun afternoon out for parents and guardians at The Arts Desire in Torrington from 3:00PM to 5:00PM on Sunday, March 6th. Please click here for details and to register. Additionally, the PTO is running a Lovable Labels fundraiser for one more week; details can be found on the flyer below.

Attached Flyers

  • Bingo Game Night (PTO)

  • JMS Afterschool Activities

  • KIDSPLAY Family Fun

  • Kindergarten Registration

  • Lovable Labels fundraiser

  • Morris Senior Center NYC trip

  • N.W. Connecticut Student Enrichment

  • PK - 6 progress report parent focus group

  • RSD6 Elementary Art News

  • Tri-town spring registration

  • White Memorial after school adventures

  • J.M.S. 4H CLUB (Mrs. Groht)

Important Dates

  • Friday, 2/12 - Flower Sale (PTO), 8:50AM

  • Monday, 2/15 - NO SCHOOL (Presidents' Day)

  • Tuesday, 2/16 - NO SCHOOL (Teacher work day)

  • Friday, 2/19 - Bingo Night (PTO), 6:30PM

  • Monday, 2/22 - Budget Workshop (Board of Education)

  • Tuesday, 2/23 - Board of Education meeting

  • Tuesday, 3/1 - PTO meeting, 5:30PM

  • Friday, 3/4 - Parent/Teacher Basketball Game (6th-grade fundraiser), 6:30PM

  • Sunday, 3/6 - The Art's Desire parent activity, 3:00PM

  • Tuesday, 3/8 - Progress Report Parent Focus Group, 5:30PM

  • Wednesday, 3/9 - EARLY DISMISSAL

  • Thursday, 4/14 - L.I.F.E. Night at JMS, 6:30PM

  • Wednesday, 5/11 - Preschool Activity Day, 11:00-11:45AM.

Please feel free to contact me at any time with questions, comments or concerns.


KC Chapman

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