Charlestown School Updates
For members of our learning community - Sept. 25th, 2015
Happy Beginning of Fall
What did we do this week?
Our 2nd Graders were excited to show me the mealworms they are observing in science!
Our 3rd graders have read the book The Dot and have talked about Growth Mindset
Yesterday, we were asked by the Charlestown Police Department to keep our students inside while they were actively pursuing an impaired driver in the area. We shared pertinent information with teachers, without students being made aware of the concern, and also brought all children in from outdoors.
We are fortunate to have a wonderful and collaborative relationship with our local safety departments and officials. You might recall the photograph I shared of Police Chief Allen greeting our students on the first day of school. Officer Patton, our school resource officer, also visits our school regularly and spends time with our students during lunch and recess.
Each day, my primary areas of focus are Safety and Learning. Both are equally important in my eyes. When various situations arise, we always consider how we can keep potentially scary information and details from our students. For example, if an ambulance is needed for a staff member or student, we will often keep students in their classrooms so that they don't witness a medical emergency.
Yesterday, we used the One Call System to notify you of important information. We may also use email to send this type of information.
Importance of Assessment
Our students in grades 1-4 have now completed short computer based assessments using a program called STAR. We are using this data to help determine which students are in need of additional support in math and/or reading. We were so impressed with how well our students acclimated to computer based testing. They also seemed to enjoy this experience and most were very engaged with the questions.
Teachers in grades K-2 are meeting with each student to complete an assessment called the Core Phonics Survey. Student performance on this assessment helps to guide future teaching and reteaching during reading instruction.
PTO Shout outs!!!
Stop and Shop A+ Rewards
Please consider signing up for a free way to support our school.
Please click the link below to sign up fro A+ Rewards at Stop and Shop.
Our school code is listed: #05917
Participation is not connected to earning or using gas points as this is a different program.
Please feel free to share this link with friends, family and others who may not have children in school and who shop at Stop and Shop anywhere in the USA.
Upcoming Book Fair
Mrs. Gaskill and the PTO will be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair in October.
Click this link for details.
New Plans for Birthdays
Annual Background Checks
Our nurse is very skilled with guiding parents regarding various treatments. Please don't hesitate to call her if you need some assistance.
School Improvement Team
State Flu Clinic at Charlestown School
Tuesday November 10th
Mon. Sept. 28 - School Improvement Team Mtg. 3:30-4:30 pm
Tues. Oct. 6 - PTO mtg. 6:00 in the Art Room
Mon. Oct. 12 - NO School - Columbus Day
Thurs. Oct. 22 - Early Release Day - 1:55 pm dismissal
Fri. Oct. 23 - Picture Retakes
To see the school calendar, click this link: