James Morris School

Weekly Newsletter, Vol. 2.9.2018

Reminder: Pizza Day TOMORROW

A reminder that tomorrow, February 9, 2018, Chris Leone will be providing free cheese pizza to all JMS students in appreciation for all of the wonderful snow day photo submissions! If your child would not like pizza, please plan to send in a home lunch, as there will be no other cafeteria menu option available.
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Lions Recycle for Sight

Our eyeglass collection is soon coming to an end. A reminder to drop your no longer being used eyeglasses, sunglasses, and usable cases in the donation box in the lobby. Please ask friends, family, and neighbors! The deadline is February 12, 2018. Thank you to all of those who have donated this year and in the previous year. Let's change the world one pair at a time!

Nightly Reading

After a tremendous fall in which our students' independent reading minutes were outstanding, our 2018 minutes are significantly down. Please help support our reading initiative, intended to increase students' reading stamina and strengthen reading as a habit, by reminding your child that reading and subsequent logging of minutes is a nightly homework assignment.

It will take all students meeting or exceeding their individual goal to reach our March 1st target and earn another pajama-and-movie celebration.

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Valentine's Day Flower Sale

Our JMS 6th Grade Parents and PTO President, Jessy Barone, will be selling carnations for Valentine's Day next Wednesday. All flowers will be sold in the main lobby for $1.00 and all proceeds will benefit the 6th Grade Fundraising Activities. Thank you for your support!

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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February's MakerSpace Theme is "Fun-Filled February!"

A Message from Mrs. Fodor

In addition to having students "guess then test" how many hearts they can use to build a free-standing cardboard heart sculpture and creating a Valentine's Day Thaumatrope, I wanted to reach out to the Chicago based organization "Cards for Hospitalized Kids." You can read more about this organization here.

I thought this would be a great way to get our students creating, as well as brighten some one's day. If you have any crafting materials you are looking to clean out, please consider our Makerspaces!

Conservation at JMS

In August 2015, a bottle-friendly water fountain was installed in our JMS hallway. Since that time, that drinking fountain alone has dispersed the equivalent of 13,400 bottles of water. In other words, by refilling water bottles rather than using newly-purchased ones, we have saved 462 disposable plastic bottles... PER MONTH! Our ocean creatures would surely be appreciative.

Jump Rope for Heart

RSD 6 Elementary students are jumping their way to heart-healthy bodies while helping kids with heart problems. Wellness and PE classes will involve students in lessons focusing on the heart, circulatory and respiratory systems along with jump rope skills. We are very proud of our students for their desire and enthusiasm to raise money for the American Heart Association to help kids with heart problems. Although all students will participate in the Jump Rope For Heart lessons and activities, raising money is optional. As always, thank you for your support of PE & Wellness programs.


Mrs. Wright and Mr. Gauvain

Upcoming Calendar Events

Fri., February 9th: FREE Pizza Lunch w/ Chris Leone + 5th/6th Grade FNO at JMS, 7:00 PM

Mon., February 12th: Board of Education Meeting at District, 6:00 PM

Tues., February 13th: Oratory Festival @ JMS, 2:00-3:00 PM

Wed., February 14th: Northwest Connecticut Read Aloud, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Mon., February 19th: President's Day - No School
Tues., February 20th: Teacher's Professional Development - No School for Students
Wed., March 7th: Early Dismissal - Teacher's Professional Development
Fri., March 9th: End of Trimester #2

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

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