Welcome to the 20/21 School Year

Charles C. Cashman Elementary School

Our Official Welcome!

Dear Cashman School Families,

Welcome to the official start of the 2020-2021 school year! To say that this year will be unlike any other school year we have experienced, is definitely an understatement. Though I am excited to finally be back in contact with all of our families, students, teachers, and staff, I, along with all of you, am grieving the loss of our traditional return to school.

Our teachers have been hard at work since late August preparing for our new mode of learning: organizing curriculum and schedules, gaining an understanding of our new safety protocols, and collaborating with one another to ensure that this is the most successful experience for our students, families and staff. I know that you all echo my deep appreciation and gratitude for the incredible work of our dedicated educators as we begin this year together.

We have successfully sent all teachers' letter in the mail, so you and your child/children will know who is your classroom teacher in the next day or so. Included with your teacher;s letter is the emergency form. I ask that you please review the information carefully and make any edits needed. These forms must return to your classroom teacher during your assigned Meet and Greet time, regardless if you have made any changes or not. Thank you!

Kindergarten parents, your child will be assigned a classroom teacher once the Kindergarten screening is completed and we have the opportunity to build well- balanced classes.

This fall, we are welcoming two new teachers to the Cashman School, Mrs. Kristan Robicheau, who will be taking on our Learning Center Program, and Mrs. Terry Jakubec as our Reading Specialist. In addition, a few of our teachers and paraprofessionals will be taking on new roles within the building, and I know you join me in wishing them all the best for a successful year!

This year communication between home and school will be more important than ever before. Your primary point of contact, as always, should be your child’s classroom teacher, but you may also reach out to the main office with any questions regarding policies or procedures. In addition, our office staff will be sending a brief, weekly communication to families to share information and updates as they occur. For this effort to be successful, it is vital that we have accurate contact information for each family. Please check your contact information in SchoolBrains so that we can ensure that you receive all communications.

The format of our traditional Meet & Greet will change this year in accordance with distancing and other safety protocols. Families will be provided with specific appointment times on either Friday, September 11th or Monday, September 14th for a 1:1 meeting with their classroom teacher. Please look for a communication from your classroom teacher in the coming days regarding your specific appointment time. At this meeting, your child will receive their Remote Learning Binder, an organizational tool put together by each grade-level team containing resources and materials that students will need for the start of the school year.

Attached to this letter, you will find a note from your child’s teacher welcoming them to class and providing more information regarding their specific structures and grade-level expectations. I know that each and every family has been eagerly awaiting this news and I thank you again for your patience and understanding as we managed the many moving pieces impacting classroom placement this fall.

I look forward to seeing you all at the Meet & Greet to officially welcome you back to school!

Warm regards and wishes to a great 2020 - 2021 school year to all of us,

Principal Mascia