Tyngsborough Elementary School

March 18, 2018 Update

SNOW DAY USAGE UPDATE

I would like to take this opportunity to verify our current school calendar with respect to storm day usage. Though this may be premature given the long range forecast for next week, I believe it is important to clearly identify where we are so that we can all plan accordingly.


As you know, each year when the school calendar is developed, we build in an additional five days for the purpose of accounting for potential school cancellations. Currently, we have used nine cancellation days, pushing our last day of school out to Tuesday, June 26th.


No public school district can extend the school year into July, due to the inability to expend funds appropriated in one fiscal year into the next. Some districts currently have Friday, June 29th as their last school day, with no ability to cancel school for any reason, without a plan to make up days. These districts need to create a “safety net” in the event that they need to cancel at some point between now and the last day of school. As such, they are beginning discussions about eliminating Good Friday as a day off or about using one or two days of April Vacation to make up for already cancelled school days.


This is not the case for us. At this time, we do not need to consider the Good Friday / April Vacation option, unless we are forced to cancel school three more times in the next few weeks. Please know, should it become necessary to cancel school again we will continue to add days on to June 26th.


I appreciate that people are frustrated with the snow and that some may desire options on how to better handle storm days in the future. In an effort to better understand the problem, I looked at the trend of our last five years of school cancellations:


2014 – 4 Cancellations

2015 – 4 Cancellations

2016 – 3 Cancellations

2017 – 5 Cancellations

2018 – 9 Cancellations


Clearly, this year is an anomaly and not a trend. Moving forward, we will continue to develop our school calendar with five (5) snow / emergency days.


I hope this email helps clarify things. Thank you again for your patience and flexibility.


Thanks,


Dr. Flanagan


Parents of Little Einstein Science Expo participants
Here is the smore link to Mrs. Muraca's newsletter explaining how to get into your child's google classroom for the Planning Guide with checklists on how to complete their Science Expo presentations, experiments etc.


In addition, your child has gone over this in Sci/Tech class with Mrs. Muraca with the option to receive hard copies as well. Once you have read through the forms with your child, feel free to contact Mrs. Muraca at kristin.muraca@tyngsboroughps.org with any other questions.

https://www.smore.com/5uwx8-tes-science-and-technology-january


2018-19 Before & After School Registration Open

This program is currently staffed by our own personnel and provides a safe, stimulating environment for children. Activities include games, arts and crafts, sports, music, reading, and exploration time in an effort to meet the social, emotional, cognitive, and physical needs of your child.

Hours

The program operates on regularly scheduled school days following the school calendar. It is not open on snow days, holidays, or school vacation weeks. The Before School Program operates from 7:00am - 8:35am. After school runs from 3:08pm - 6:00pm. This ensures continuous programming for children from as early as 7:00am to as late as 6:00pm. Parents may pick up their children anytime before the close of the session.


http://tes.tyngsboroughps.org/for-families-02047f71/before-after-school-childcare-e4d48481


TES will Celebrate World Down Syndrome Day!

On 21 March 2018, wear #LotsOfSocks! You can show your support by wearing brightly colored socks, mismatched socks, or even extra socks to signify the extra chromosome that people with Down Syndrome usually carry. You can also paint your nails blue and yellow in support of raising awareness!

https://worlddownsyndromeday.org/lots-of-socks


Residents wanted for participation on the Tyngsborough Master Planning Committee


The Board of Selectmen requests that interested residents submit a written statement/experience letter that addresses:


  1. Reason for Interest in the Committee
  2. Relevant Experience
  3. Past Service to Tyngsborough
  4. Professional Background
  5. Any Additional information
Please submit your response by Friday, March 23rd to Colin Loiselle via email at cloiselle@tyngsboroughma.gov.


Class of 2019 Fundraiser

When: Thursday, March 29th - Anytime after school till 8pm

Who: All are welcomed to attend (bring your friends, siblings, etc.)


Jumpers under the age of 18 must get parent/guardian consent and sign-off.

Be sure to mention that you’re from THS when you get there so we can get credit.


See any 2019 Class Officer for more information:

Sophia Campbell, Aaron Lemay, Zachary Gulezian, Terryn Fraser-Mines, Andrew Parker

Upcoming Dates


MARCH

Wednesday, March 21 - K-5 Trimester 2 Report Cards distributed

Wednesday, March 21 - World Down Syndrome Day

Thursday, March 22 - PTO Bingo Night @ 6:00

Friday, March 30 - No School - Good Friday Holiday


APRIL

Wednesday, April 4 - Early Release Day (Preschool dismissal @ 11:30 & K-Grade 5 @ 12:00)

Thursday, April 5 - TES Welcomes Award Winning Author Jarrett Krosoczka http://www.studiojjk.com/

Monday, April 16 - Friday, April 20 - April Vacation Week


MAY

Monday, May 7 - Friday, May 11 - Staff Appreciation Week

Tuesday, May 8 - National Teacher Appreciation Day

Tuesday, May 8 - Full Professional Day for Staff (NO SCHOOL)
Friday, May 25 - Early Release Day (Preschool Dismissal @ 11:30 & K-Grade 5 @ 12:00)

Monday, May 28 - No School - Memorial Day

Thursday, May 31 - Upper Elementary School Spring Fling (Details to follow)


June

Friday, June 1 - Kindergarten Celebration (Tentative Date - details to follow)

Wednesday, June 6 - Early Release Day (Preschool Dismissal @ 11:30 & K-Grade 5 @ 12:00)

Friday, June 8 - Field Day (Tentative Date)

Thursday, June 14 - Celebration of Learning (Tentative Date)

Monday, June 18 - Rain Date for Field Day

Thursday, June 21st - 5th Grade Moving On Ceremony @ 9:30-10:00

Tuesday, June 26 - Last Day of School! Early Release Day (Preschool Dismissal @ 11:30 & K-Grade 5 @ 12:00)


2018 MCAS Dates

We wanted to take a moment to share the scheduled MCAS testing days for your child(ren). Please plan accordingly. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Salmon, Associate Principal or myself.


http://www.doe.mass.edu/mcas/parents/


Grade 3 ELA MCAS

Tuesday, April 24th

Wednesday, April 25th - Make-Up Day

Thursday, April 26th

Monday, April 30th & Tuesday, May 1st - Make-Up Days


Grade 4 ELA MCAS

Wednesday, April 25th

Thursday, April 26th - Make-Up Day

Friday, April 27th

Monday, April 30th & Tuesday, May 1st - Make-Up Days


Grade 5 ELA MCAS

Wednesday, April 25th

Thursday, April 26th - Make-Up Day

Friday, April 27th

Monday, April 30th & Tuesday, May 1st - Make-Up Days


Grade 5 Science

Wednesday, May 2nd

Thursday, May 3rd

Friday, May 4th & Monday, May 7th - Make-Up Days


Grades 3-5 Math MCAS

Wednesday, May 16th & Thursday, May 17th

Friday, May 18th, Monday, May 21st & Tuesday, May 22nd - Make-Up Days



Please consider supporting our amazing community groups.

http://www.eftyng.org/

http://www.tyngsboroughpto.org/

http://www.tyngsboroughps.org/pages/Tyngsborough/Departments/Special_Education/sepac



Proud Principal,

Kerry Cavanaugh


The Tyngsborough Public Schools does not discriminate against students, parents, employees or the general public on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, religion, or age.