The Cardinal News

Paris Elementary School September 2019

We Are Off To A Great Start

We have had a wonderful start to this new school year. It is always so nice to welcome back our returning students and families and get to know our new students and their families. We had a very well attended Open House which was a fun way for us to reconnect and meet so many of you.

This year at PES we will continue our implementation of Responsive Classroom practices. We began this work two years ago and have seen some positive results from our work. This year our teachers are all starting the day with a morning meeting. This meeting is an important way for us to set a positive tone for the day and to ensure all our students feel welcomed and have a sense of belonging. This week we had all the elementary administrators, as well as some administrators from Central Office, visit our school to see these meetings in action. The team of visitors was so impressed with what they observed. Please ask your child about what they do during morning meeting. I have included a section below giving you a bit more information about the Responsive Classroom.

Please be sure to reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns at any time. We look forward to working with you this year.

What is the Responsive Classroom approach?

It is a way of teaching that creates a safe, challenging, and joyful classroom and schoolwide

climate for all students. Teachers who use the Responsive Classroom approach understand that

all of students’ needs—academic, social, emotional, and physical—are important. Elementary and middle school teachers create an environment that responds to all of those needs so that your child can do his or her best learning. The Responsive Classroom approach develops teachers’ competencies in four key areas:

  • Engaging Academics—Teachers create learning tasks that are active, interactive, appropriately challenging, purposeful, and connected to students’ interests.

  • Positive Community—Teachers nurture a sense of belonging, significance, and emotional safety so that students feel comfortable taking risks and working with a variety of peers.

  • Effective Management—Teachers create a calm, orderly environment that promotes autonomy and allows students to focus on learning.

  • Developmentally Responsive Teaching—Teachers use knowledge of child development, along with observations of students, to create a developmentally appropriate learning environment.
What is Responsive Classroom?

Attendance Matters

Attendance is very important to your child's success in school. We encourage you to have your child(ren) attend school each day. A missed school day is a lost opportunity for students to learn and this often results in students falling behind with their academic work. Students who attend school regularly have been shown to achieve at higher levels than students who do not have regular attendance. We certainly understand that children become sick and unforeseen circumstances may prevent your child from attending school on occasion; however, we encourage you to help your child get back to school as soon as possible after an absence.

Parents are asked to call the Paris Elementary School if your child will be absent or late to school. Students are considered tardy if the arrive after 8:45 am. You may call the school at 743-7802 after 8:00 am.

When a student shows signs of illness, the parent will be notified and the student will be excused from school. You will need to sign your child in or out of school if it is during school hours. This helps us know who has your child and the exact time of arrival or dismissal for attendance records. If your child has had a fever or vomiting, he must be free of these symptoms for 24 hours before returning to school.

The Importance of School Attendance

A few friendly reminders from Nurse Vickey

When should you keep your child home from school?

If your child has a temperature over 100, they must stay home for 24 hours after they are fever free without medication. If your child is ill with vomiting or diarrhea it is recommended that they stay home for 24 hours after the last episode. This helps keep our school healthy.


Any medication, even over the counter medicine like Tylenol, MUST be brought in by a parent, with an order from a health care provider and in its original container from the pharmacy. Medication will NOT be given without an order from a health care provider.

Send in Extra Clothes

Please send in an extra outfit for your child. It can stay in their locker/cubby for any unforeseen accidents. It is common to have bathroom accidents, food or milk spills, or to get muddy and wet on the playground. It helps your child to have clean, dry clothes available if needed.

Book It! is back at PES

Dear Families,

I am excited to bring the Pizza Hut Book It program back to Paris Elementary School this year! We had so many children participate in this fun program in past years who read and earned free pizza! Here is the program in a nutshell:

  • Teachers set an at-home reading goal for their students.

  • Students read at home. Students may read at home in a variety of ways. They may read independently, read to/with someone, and/or listen to another person or audiobook. All reading counts!

  • Students keep track of their reading on a calendar that will be sent home each month.

  • At the end of the month please return the completed calendar to school. If you misplace your calendar, no worries, just send me a note that says your child read and met their goal. Students who have met their reading goal will get a coupon for a free personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut! Yum!

If your child’s teacher already has a reading expectation for homework, then that reading can count towards the Book It program goal as well!

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me. I can be reached by calling the school or by email ( Thank you so much for supporting reading at home! Happy Reading!


Rebecca Schaff

Literacy Coach

News From Our Kindergarten Friends

We have had a busy start to school! Practicing our kindergarten safety rules and learning to work and play together continues to be our most important job. Lessons so far have focused on learning school and classroom routines and how to use our materials correctly.

Kindergarten was able to participate in a Bus Safety session with Bus Driver Erl. Students learned how to board the bus safely using the handrail, find emergency exits, practice how to sit and treat neighbors and pass safely in front of the bus using the safety zone strategy. Erl brought us for a short ride so we could practice what to do when he stopped at railroad tracks. We had so much fun learning how to ride a bus safely and going for a ride around town.

Kindergarten students had a great time today at Wallingford’s Fruit House! Students had the opportunity to learn about apple farming, take a tractor ride through the orchard, pick apples, feed the livestock, and sample some apple treats!

Dismissal Changes

If you need to dismiss your student in a way that is different from their normal routine. please send a note in with your student in the morning or call the office by 2:30 PM. We ask that you call by 2:30 to ensure that we can get the information to your student in time for dismissal.

Upcoming Events

Volunteer Training 9/23/19 5:30 PM

PTO Meeting 9/23/19 6 PM

Boston Museum of Science Presentation for 5th & 6th Grade 10/1/19

National Custodian Day 10/2/19

Fire Prevention Day 10/7/19

Picture Day 10/8/19

Teacher Workshop Day - No School 10/11/19

Columbus Day - No School 10/11/19

Parent/Teacher Conferences 10/24/19

Volunteer Training 10/24/19 4 PM