James Morris School

Regional School District No.6, February 9, 2017

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UPCOMING EVENTS and ITEMS of NOTE

Thank you, Marie Gardie for the beautiful photo above!



Chamber of Commerce Northwest Read Aloud

On behalf of the students and staff of James Morris School, I want to thank the members of the community who visited JMS yesterday for the annual Northwest CT Chamber of Commerce Read Aloud!



Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS) Art Award

Congratulations to Sierra and Anthony, the James Morris School recipients of the Connecticut Association of School's Celebration of the Arts Awards. This award is given to two sixth grade students from each Connecticut school who show outstanding ability in the performing or visual arts. Citizenship and cooperation skills are also taken into consideration.


Sierra participates in the elementary concert band, the inter-elementary jazz band, and the inter-elementary select choir. Sierra has auditioned for the annual Middle School Northern Regional Music Festival this year. In addition to her participation in school music ensembles, she also studies music privately. Her enthusiasm towards learning is evident not only in the music program, but within the visual arts as well.


Anthony participates in both the inter-elementary jazz band and the elementary concert band. This year, Anthony has auditioned for the annual Middle School Northern Regional Music Festival. In addition to his music participation in school, Anthony studies music privately and is very interested in composing music.


The award recipients from Goshen Center School, James Morris School, and Warren School joined awardees from other Connecticut schools at the CAS Elementary Arts Banquet on Monday evening. They were joined by their family members Mrs. Bills, Ms. Cook, and Mrs. Sweet.



Northern Regional Band Performers

Sierra Cortes auditioned for the Northern Region band in January after months of preparation. She received word that she made it into the band, and is now preparing for that wonderful experience! In March, she will spend a weekend with students from all over the Northern region of Connecticut rehearsing for and performing a concert of very advanced music, along with two other elementary students from Region 6. We wish her all the best for this exciting opportunity!



Community Service Award

The Secretary of the State, Denise W. Merrill and the Connecticut Citizenship Fund, Inc. will be recognizing students throughout Connecticut who have made a difference within their community. In support of this wonderful effort, Region 6 elementary schools will each recognize one student from 5th or 6th grade for this award. Students will be given additional information about the application process by their school principal.



Activity Night and Sports Clinic

On Saturday, February 11th, all 4th, 5th, and 6th graders are invited to participate in an activity night and sports clinic that will run from 5pm to 7pm in the small and large gyms at Wamogo. Run entirely by peer leaders from Wamogo's senior class, students will enjoy an evening of fun with organized team games and a schedule of activities. The price is $10 per student and concessions will be available for sale throughout the evening - the proceeds of which go toward student activities. Students should enter through the front of the building by the Wamogo cafeteria and can be picked up in the same place. If you are interested in chaperoning this program or have any general questions, please email Steven Bagley at Sbagley@rsd6.org



Middle School Mixer

On Friday, February 24th, Wamogo is proud to host the 1st annual Middle School Mixer: Dinner and a Movie. This event is open to all 6th, 7th, and 8th graders and features a full pasta dinner and a movie to follow directly after. The price is $15 per person with concessions for sale right before and during the movie, the proceeds will help support student activities. Come join your friends and peers for a night of food and fun! Dinner will be from 6:00pm until 7:00pm in the Wamogo cafeteria. The movie will start at 7:15pm in the auditorium. Pickup will be 9:15 in the BACK of the building. If you have any questions, please forward them to Steven Bagley at Sbagley@rsd6.org .



School Delay/Cancellation Alerts

Winter weather is underway, and with it comes inevitable delays and cancellations. Please be sure that your contact information is up to date, so that the alert system, School Messenger, can notify you of delays and cancellations in a timely manner. If you need to update your telephone number or email address, contact Mrs. Varanko at hvaranko@rsd6.org or call 860-567-7420.



JMS Sunflower Walking Sticks

JMS 4th grade students are creating walking sticks by repurposing sunflower stalks grown in the Giving Garden. These walking sticks will be sold to raise money for the White Memorial Foundation because we all use the trails and have learned so much about our environment through White Memorial. Please see the flyer below to order. Supplies are limited!



JMS Sunflower Seed Company

The mission of JMS Sunny Seeds Seed Co. is to provide organic, raw, nutritional Giving Garden sunflower seeds and to reach out to help others in need. Through the purchase of the seed packets, our customers will help continue our support of local soup kitchens and the Little Guild Animal Shelter and Rescue Center in West Cornwall, CT. This project was started and coordinated by 6th graders. All K-6 students are helping to weigh seeds and make packets. ​


​We hope you'll support this project by purchasing seeds using this order form:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1HIjA85F3wo89vVkNkAv905Dx1u8C0ui53xk1bXSxfCw/edit



Morning Basketball

Students in grades 3-6 are welcome to join free-play basketball at JMS on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 8:25 - 8:50.



]Cold Weather Clothing

As stated in our Student/Parent Handbook, we try to hold recess outdoors whenever possible. Students should wear appropriate clothing such as warm jackets or coats, hats, mittens/gloves and boots during cold and inclement weather. Students without boots must stay on the blacktop area as long as snow covers the playground.

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Check Out These Links

Common Sense Media - This resource is designed to help families make informed choices for movies, games, apps, TV shows, websites, books, and music.


Khan Academy - This free website provides students with supplemental academic support through written explanations, videos and practice exercises.


Chess Academy - Would you like to learn or improve your skills at the game of chess?


Google SmartyPins - Test your geography and American trivia.


Our World in Data - For those of you who like to see the world from a mathematical perspective...


Mount Everest in 3D - Ever wondered what climbing Mt. Everest would look like?


Pixelspace - Just how far apart are the celestial bodies in our solar system?

Flyers (attached)

  • Adult Open Gym - basketball

  • ASAP Celebration of Young Writers

  • Celebration of Young Writers submission form

  • Day Trippers

  • Elementary Activity Night

  • Family University

  • FNO February

  • Hip Hop Dance Party

  • JMS PTO Auction

  • JMS PTO Valentine's Day

  • Karate Flyer

  • Kids Play Family Fun Fair

  • Litchfield Jazz Camp Kids

  • Minds in Motion

  • Morris Public Library Museum Passes

  • Morris Public Library New Lego Challenge

  • Pasta Dinner & Movie

  • Spring Soccer

  • Women & Girls Fund

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