James Morris School

Weekly Newsletter, Vol. 3.8.2018

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The JMS Kindness Tree, designed by Mrs. Fleming and Lilah Pape.

Kindness Challenge Month at JMS

A Note from Your School Psychologist, Mrs. Gina Fleming

March is Kindness Challenge Month at JMS! We have created a Kindness Tree which will be on display in the hall. Teachers and students will recognize acts of kindness they see by adding a leaf to the tree.

On Wednesday I sent home a 30-Day Kindness Challenge calendar. Encourage your child to complete as many random acts of kindness as they can! If your child's calendar didn't make it home, you can download the attached PDF file.

I will also be re-visiting the topic of bullying in my weekly classroom lessons. Please click on the following link to download a printable Bullying Action Plan that you, your child, and JMS staff can use collaboratively to address bullying: Bullying Action Plan. More resources for families on bullying prevention include: ADL Bullying Prevention and National Bullying Prevention Center

Sam Mathew's San Francisco Photography Gallery

Pajama & Movie Day

As a reward for reaching our March 1st reading goal of 400,000 minutes, students are invited to dress in pajamas for a movie day on March 12th due to the snow day . Keep up the great work!

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Spring Parent-Teacher Conferences will be from March 21st through March 22nd. Students will be dismissed at 1:30 PM on these three days. To reserve a conference time, please sign up online here. Directions for signing up can be found here. If you have any questions, please call Maria Palheiredo in the main office at 860-567-7420. Thank you!
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Dr. Prado Presentation

As part of their current unit on bees (pollination, reproduction, and recent declines in their population) grade 6 welcomed Dr. Prado to learn about not only the beekeeping process, but also a wide range of information about bees' life cycle, threats to their survival, and the process of extracting and jarring honey.

Graphic Novels

A note from Mrs. Fodor & Mrs. Connery:

Have you ever wondered how Graphic Novels help you as readers?

Graphic Novels are a fun, engaging way to:

  • Help readers understand how text and images relate (visual literacy)

  • Bridge the gap between picture books and novels

  • Encourage a regular habit of reading at all reading levels

  • Explain complex topics in an exciting format

Celebrate Your Artist!

A note from Mrs. Sweet:

Students have created beautiful designs in Art classes in partnership with Square 1 Art as a fundraiser to benefit JMS PTO enrichment opportunities such as bringing in guest presenters or providing extracurricular experiences.

Coming home Thursday, March 15th will be your child’s custom catalog featuring their artwork. You can help make your child feel like an accomplished artist by purchasing keepsakes for the whole family containing their masterpiece. The JMS PTO earns profit from every order. And as a thank you for participating, Square 1 Art provides each child with a sheet of FREE stickers printed with their artwork.

All online and paper order forms must be turned into classroom teachers by Thursday, March 29th, payable to Square 1 Art (No late orders can be accepted.) Together, we can help support the school, build your child’s self-esteem, and create lasting keepsakes from your child’s artistic achievements.


The paper order form attached to their custom catalog.
Online at: www.square1art.com/shop
Phone Customer Care: 888-332-3294.

Thank you!

Mrs. Sweet

2018-2019 JMS Pre-kindergarten Registration

Please see the forms below in regards to Pre-kindergarten registration for the 2018-2019 school year. Parents and guardians may call Maria Palheiredo in the front office with any questions. Applications are due no later than April 1, 2018.

Support for an RSD6 Student

Please see the flyer below, which GCS Principal Tracy Keilty shared with the Goshen community tonight. If you would like to contribute to this cause, please send in your donation to our main office, and we will be sure that it gets to James and his family. Thank you!
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Upcoming Calendar Events

Fri., March 9th: End of Trimester #2

Mon., March 12th: Pajamas & Movie Day @ JMS

Fri., March 16th: Progress Reports Sent Home

Wed., March 14th: Three School Pi-Day Celebration @ GCS

Wed., March 21st-Fri., March 23rd: Early Dismissal - Student-Teacher Conferences

Fri., March 30th: Good Friday - No School

Mon., April 16th-20th: Spring Break - No School

Flyers and Forms

Our School Vision

Our vision for James Morris School is to be highly regarded for our students' academic growth, and for instilling in students the desire to strive for the intrinsic value, rewards and opportunities that result from quality, professionalism, and pride in one’s work. To achieve this vision, we believe in:

  • A culture of academia

  • A strong partnership with parents and the community

  • A growth-mindset for students and staff

  • Research-based practices

  • Authentic hands-on learning experiences for all students

  • Awareness and understanding of issues related to diversity - social, cultural, and cognitive

  • Embedded character education and promotion of strong habits of mind

Regional School District No. 6 does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following people have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Title IX - Contact

Debbie DeLisle

98 Wamogo Road, Litchfield, CT 06759


Section 504 - Contact

Debra Foley

98 Wamogo Road, Litchfield, CT 06759