Charles A. Upson

November Newsletter

Dear Parents / Legal Guardians:

Thank you for your understanding as we completed the annual “early dismissal bus drill” a few weeks ago. In the event of a true emergency, all families should have an emergency plan in place in case parents/legal guardians are not home when the school bus arrives to drop children off. Children should know parent phone numbers, whom to call, and which neighbor’s house to go to, if appropriate. Please take a moment to review your safety plan with your child. As always, your child’s safety is our top priority.


With the inclement weather soon approaching, children need to be dressed appropriately for the colder weather. Coats, hats, gloves, scarves and boots are essential for recess. Children will go outside for their 20 minutes of recess as long as it is not raining and temperatures are not “frigid”. Please be sure your child is prepared for the elements.


Parent/Teacher Conferences are a time for you to discuss your child’s strengths and concerns with the classroom teacher. Your child’s teacher will be scheduling these meetings later this month. Please be sure to indicate if you prefer a Google Meet, telephone conference or in-person appointment and he/she will work with you to schedule this. Conferences will be scheduled for Tuesday, November 23 and/or Wednesday, December 1. Students will be dismissed at 11:50AM on both days.


In an effort to maintain a safe and welcoming school environment, there are many support staff available to assist students, families and staff members. Please feel free to reach out to anyone of us with concerns, specific situations and/or questions you may have.


Charles A. Upson Web Calendar

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November Events

01: PB&J Drive Begins; School Climate Survey Opens; Play Practice 3:30PM

03: Kindness Club 3:30PM

04: Play Practice 3:30PM

07: Daylight Savings Time Ends (clocks fall back)

08: Play Practice 3:30PM

09: School Improvement Team Meeting 8:30AM; STEAM Club 8:45AM

10: School Safety Team Meeting 8:30AM

11: NO SCHOOL Veterans’ Day

12: Early Dismissal - Report Card Marking 11:50AM; Last Day to Complete School Climate Survey

15: Play Practice 3:30PM

17: PTA Meeting via Google Meet 6:30PM; BOE Meeting 7PM

18: Picture Retake Day; Report Cards Posted on Portal; Play Practice 3:30PM

22: Play Practice 3:30PM

23: Wear PJs for the PB&J Drive; Last Day of PB&J Drive; Early Dismissal - Parent/Teacher Conferences 11:50AM

24-26: NO SCHOOL Thanksgiving Recess

29: Play Practice 3:30PM

Charles A. Upson Elementary School

Pride in our Past...Faith in our Future


Jennifer T. Gilson, Principal