Gibbons August 2019 Newsletter

New Beginnings

New Beginnings


As we approach the start of the 2019-2020 school year, I have been thinking about all the new beginnings taking place at the Gibbons School as well as across the entire district.


-New principal at the Gibbons School

-New state-of the-art Stoughton High School

-New Superintendent of Schools

-New literacy program at the elementary level (Reading/Writing Workshops)

-New STEM program at the elementary level (STEMSCOPES)

-New ELL program at the Gibbons School

-New Gibbons School Kindergarten playground


A new school year represents a fresh start for everyone. September is an exciting beginning for students and families as we return to our “normal” routines. You can feel the electricity in our building. The new school year represents an opportunity for students to take on different challenges, embrace old friends and build new relationships.


A new school year can also be a stressful time for students, families and even teachers. Starting over is difficult. Developing new friendships can be a source of anxiety. Back to school shopping can be enough to push some parents (including myself) over the edge. Setting up a classroom and dealing with changes to the curriculum can make the start of the year a very busy time for teachers.


There are some strategies we can use to help with this transition. As the first day of school approaches, parents and guardians can begin to get back into school routines. Establishing earlier bedtimes and wake-up times, as well as dedicating a specific time each day to read, write, or brush up on math skills can all help ease this transition and help get your child ready for the opening of the school year.


It’s also important to keep the lines of communication open with your child by asking them to identify what they are most excited or concerned about when they think about returning to school. A little reassurance can go a long way. New York Times best-selling author Bob Goff summarizes new beginnings and change well, “Embrace uncertainty. Some of the most beautiful chapters in our lives won’t have titles until much later.”


Enjoy these warm, sunny days of August. Re-charge when you can. See you in September, if not sooner.


DG

Thank you Custodial Staff!

Our wonderful custodial staff has spent the summer cleaning the school, waxing the floors and making improvements to the school. We are so thankful for their dedication!

Coffee with Mr. Guglia

Thursday, Aug. 22nd, 9:30-10:30am

235 Morton Street

Stoughton, MA

We invite you to join us for a coffee hour with Mr. Guglia. This will be an informal opportunity to learn more about the Gibbons School!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Kindergarten Meet & Greet

Friday, Aug. 30th, 10-11am

235 Morton Street

Stoughton, MA

Join us for this great opportunity for your Kindergarten student to meet some of their classmates before the school year begins.

First Day of School (Grades 1-12)

Wednesday, Sep. 4th, 8am

235 Morton Street

Stoughton, MA

First Day of School (Kindergarten)

Thursday, Sep. 5th, 8am

235 Morton Street

Stoughton, MA

Ice Cream Social

Friday, Sep. 13th, 6-7:30pm

235 Morton Street

Stoughton, MA

Ice Cream Social sponsored by Gibbons School PTA- on the playground!

Great opportunity to meet Gibbons School families!

Back to School Night

Thursday, Sep. 19th, 6-7:30pm

235 Morton Street

Stoughton, MA

Back to School Night- Your chance to meet your child's teachers and learn more about the curriculum and grade level expectations.

Check out web site for supply lists and other important information

Summer Reading and Math work

Check out our summer reading and math work for elementary students:

https://sites.google.com/stoughtonschools.org/elementarysummeractivities/elementary-summer-home