Your Weekly Update from Natick Preschool
Greetings Preschool Parents and Guardians,
What is School Council?
The School Council, in serving as representatives of our larger school community, seeks to enrich and enhance opportunities for teaching and learning that result in improved learning outcomes for students. We strive to improve the supports available to teachers, students and their families as we work together to better meet the needs of all our learners.
Responsibilities of the School Council
As outlined in the Education Reform Act of 1993, the School Council is comprised of representatives from the parent body, the school staff, and the community at large. Elections are held to insure that all parents and staff have a full opportunity for representation. The council has specific responsibilities that include, but are not limited to, examining the following topics:
Class size and impact on student achievement
School climate, safety and discipline
Enhancement of parental involvement
In addition, the council is charged with assisting the principal with the development of an annual School Improvement Plan that will identify areas of concern, establish explicit goals, state objectives, name persons charged with various responsibilities, and determine a timeline for measurable outcomes. In determining areas for improvement, the School Council takes guidance from the following sources:
Common Core State Standards and Career Readiness Skills
MA State Standards
The school’s core values and analysis of student learning
The Natick Public School’s Benchmarks for Learning
Natick Public Schools District Mission and Goals
If you are interested in serving on the school council, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Social Emotional Learning and Independence
Support Social Emotional Learning and Independence at home using the same language and systems we use at school
Handwashing at Home video
Schedules, Visuals, Daily Living and Social Emotional Learning These can help!
- How To Use PBIS at Home complete with printable red birds (don’t have a printer? Have your child make some red birds or choose what household item you can use to represent them.)
Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility
Natick Preschool staff works with students to support their ability to build relationships with peers and adults knowing that is the foundation for learning to self-regulate (identify feelings, manage emotions and regulate the body) to effectively participate in learning.
The Communication for Education Grant Committee: Kate Meyer and Brooke Kapetanakos, Natick Preschool Staff, applied for and were granted a professional development course to build our capacity with AAC. Communication for Education's course addresses core competencies for educators and
New IEP: Stay tuned! There is a new IEP format coming within the next school year.
Important Things to Know!
Updates to our Art and Music programming:
We are thrilled that our preschoolers will have instruction by NPS art and music teachers this year. Ms. Abby Khandelwal and Ms. Meghan Olynciw will be joining Natick Preschoolers in their classrooms each week for alternating art and music instruction. Watch SeeSaw for photos!
Reminder for Parents Who Want to Volunteer--CORI Checks
Reminder If you want to volunteer in schools, you must have a CORI check conducted and you must go into the building with identification (drivers license or passport) to do this. Click here for description of what a CORI check is and does. Without a CORI check, you cannot volunteer in the school. Here is the form to fill out for a CORI. Preschool volunteer opportunities include being a Mystery Reader for the class, presenting a family tradition and supporting special projects.
- Title I: Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990Title II
- Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990Title VI
- Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964Title IX
- Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972
- MGL, Ch.76, Section 5: Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 76, Section 5