James Morris School

Weekly Newsletter, Vol. 11.30.2017

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Bagged Lunch Order Form Reminder

If you haven't already, please return the bagged lunch order forms that were sent home by Friday December 1st, so that we may plan accordingly for our Three-School Reading Celebration at JMS. Thank you!

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Thanks to the hard work and support of our PTO, on National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day next Thursday, JMS will be hosting and celebrating the work of local heroes. The day will feature

  • the landing and touring of a Tomahawk helicopter, crewed by several National Guardsmen, including Pilot Thomas Kopcyk
  • CT State Trooper Lance Carlson and partner from the canine division
  • Fire Chief Joel Skilton and the Morris fire engine, and
  • CT State Trooper Paul Macisco from the motorcycle division

Students will have the opportunity to meet our guests, explore the vehicles, and partake in a question-and-answer session.

Congratulations to Mrs. Moore!

It is a pleasure to announce that Mrs. Moore, our JMS Numeracy Specialist and Math Coordinator, has been nominated and has won the annual ATOMIC Robert A. Rosenbaum Award. The Robert A. Rosenbaum Award is presented to an individual who reflects the essence of Robert A. Rosenbaum, exhibiting outstanding commitment and successful service to the entire mathematics community in Connecticut. You can read more about this award here.

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Snow Day Announcement Contest Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the Snow Day Announcement Contest, Grayson Meyer in 3rd Grade and Quenten Meyer in 4th Grade! A sincere thank you to all who took the time to participate. Let it snow!

Pajama and Movie Party?

If we reach our school-wide goal for the number of minutes read December 21st goal, all JMS classes are welcome to hold a pajama-party movie-viewing (G-rated film version of a book of the class's choosing) on Friday, the 22nd. In order to reach this target, it will be important that all students do their part each week. The challenge is on!

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Holiday Assistance

To the families of Region 6:

In collaboration with representatives from town hall, Region 6 has managed to streamline a network of care for local families in need during the winter holidays. This year, we are once again organizing our annual district-wide holiday drive and we need your help! This drive will run from Monday, November 13th - Tuesday, December 18th, and we are looking for food items, gift cards, or stocking-stuffers that we can use to supplement packages for identified families.

For further information regarding donations, please follow the link to our donor letter below for all of the details regarding dropoff and specifics on what we are looking for:

Donor Letter for Holiday Assistance

If you are a family residing in Warren, Morris, or Goshen and think you may need some support this holiday season with gifts, food, clothing, etc., please follow the link below to your corresponding town and complete the confidential needs assessment to be used during our scope of service. Please read and follow all of the directions carefully as they include essential information regarding the drive and the logistics involved.

Holiday Assistance Needs Assessment: Warren


Holiday Assistance Needs Assessment: Morris


Holiday Assistance Needs Assessment: Goshen

Holiday drive contact information by town:

Morris - Laurel Gillotti (860) 567-7430

Goshen - Colleen Kinkade (860) 491-2249

Warren - Samantha Sommerer (860) 868-7881

Wamogo - Steven Bagley or Sarah Bolton (860) 567-7410

GCS/Warren Elementary - Kristin Lutz (860) 491-6020 or (860) 868-2223

James Morris School - Gina Fleming (860) 567-7420

Thank you and Happy Holidays!

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Pajama Drive, from Mrs. Fodor

This fall, RSD6 is participating in the Scholastic Book Clubs Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive, a national nonprofit organization that provides new pajamas and storybooks to at-risk children. The program supports children living in shelters, group homes, foster care, as well as those who attend Title-I schools, Head Start programs, and other programs that support at-risk youth. For each pair of donated pajamas, Scholastic will donate a brand new book. With warm pajamas and a comforting bedtime story, children feel safe and secure as they drift off to sleep, allowing them to have the good night that they need to realize their dreams the following day. You can find out more about the drive at: www.scholastic.com/pjdrive .

Our three elementary schools want to be a part of this drive so that we can help make a better bedtime for these children. Together we can help the Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive reach even more children through the magical gifts of pajamas and storybooks. If you and your child are able to participate, please help us transform bedtime for an at-risk child by bringing in a new pair of pajamas to school by December 12, 2017.

Here are some simple guidelines for the pajamas:

  • Pajamas must be brand new. Pajamas in all sizes are needed- from newborn to adult.
  • Pajamas must be in complete sets or nightgowns.
  • Pajamas in children’s sizes must be manufactured as pajamas; this ensures that they are flame-retardant and safe.

Thank you for helping us share the gift of a good night’s sleep and a sweet bedtime story. After all, good nights are good days.

Jennifer Fodor

Elementary Library Media Specialist

Regional School District 6


Little Hats, Big Hearts

Volunteers from around the country are joining the American Heart Association, in connection with The Children's Heart Foundation, to celebrate American Heart Month by knitting and crocheting red hats for babies born with congenital heart defects. Our Paraprofessional, Mrs. Goepel, is leading our supporters here at JMS. If you are interested in participating, please reach out to our main office or read more here. Thank you!

LAW Tag Sale 2017

Next Saturday, December 9th, JMS LAW members will be hosting a tag sale in the school gymnasium featuring household items, slightly used toys, and baked sale items. All are welcome!
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2017 Winter Vocal Music Concert

Save the Date!
This year, our annual Winter Vocal Music Concert will be held on Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the James M. Eisenhaure Auditorium at Wamogo. This concert will feature all of the 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students from Warren, Morris, and Goshen. The concert will also include performances from the Inter-Elementary Select Choir. Snow date for the rehearsal and concert will take place on Wednesday, December 20, 2017. Dress code for the concert is white on top, black on the bottom. Please ask your child for additional information, or you may visit Mrs. Bill's website by clicking here.

Instrumental Band Concerts

Instrumental Band is gearing up for their winter concerts! Jazz band will perform at GCS’s Tree Lighting on Wednesday, December 6 at 5:00pm.

The Fourth Grade Informance will be Tuesday, December 19th at 5:30pm at Warren School.

It will be their debut on stage altogether as a band! Jazz Band will open up this concert. We hope to see many faces there--all are welcome!

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A Message Regarding Attendance

Please see the flyers linked directly below.

Upcoming Events

Fri, December 1st: End of 1st Trimester

Week of December 4th: Candy Cane Lane

Tue, December 5th: Gr. 5&6 field trip to N. Rockwell Museum

Wed, December 6th: Jazz Band performance at GCS’s Tree Lighting, 5:00 PM

Thur., December 7th: Safe-School Climate Meeting, 9:00 AM

Heroes Day 10:00 AM-2:00 PM

Tue, December 11th: PTO meeting, 6:00 PM

Mon, December 11th: BOE Meeting at JMS 7:00 PM

Tue, December 12th: Pajama-Drive Donations Due

Wed., December 13th: 1:30 Dismissal

Fri., December 15th: Three-School Reading Celebration at JMS

Tues, December 19th: 4th Grade Concert with Jazz Band at Warren School, 5:30 PM

Mon., December 25th-January 1st: Winter Recess

Thurs, January 11th: 5th & 6th Grade Winter Concert at 6:30 PM in Wamogo Auditorium

Flyers and Forms

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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