James Morris School

Weekly Newsletter, Vol. 5.31.18

2018 Arts Alive Day

All of us at JMS offer a heartfelt Thank You! to all of our PTO and community volunteers for a highly successful Arts Alive Day on Wednesday! A special note of appreciation goes to PTO President, Jessy Barone, for coordinating the wonderful day!
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Meet the Author - A Conversation with Nora

Dear JMS Parents and Guardians,


Please join us on Thursday, June 7th at 9:30 AM for "A Conversation with Nora." Nora Raleigh Baskin is an award-winning author, 2019 Nutmeg Book nominee, and a friend of JMS. We will discuss how authors introduce difficult topics to young children, and how school and local libraries can help families and educators.


Any questions? Please contact Mrs. Connery at bconnery@rsd6.org.


You can find out more about Nora at http://www.norabaskin.com/.

2018 Governor's Summer Reading Challenge

The 2018 Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge is underway! Participation in the Summer Reading Challenge will support and enhance our ongoing efforts to help every student become a proficient, confident, life-long reader. The program will recognize schools for participation and the number of books read, as well as “Outstanding Public Library-School Partnerships.” Certificates will be awarded to schools with 100 percent student participation, and selected schools will be recognized in a special ceremony. This year’s theme for the Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge is “Libraries Rock!” We also encourage you and your family to visit the Morris Public Library and participate in their Summer Reading Program.


All information and materials for the Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge can be accessed here. More information, including a reading log, can also be accessed through the PDFs attached below.
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Giving Garden Maintenance

A Message from Mrs. Wright:

Over the next several weeks, JMS students will be readying the beds, sowing seeds and transplanting plants into the Giving Garden for this year’s growing season!


Through sustainable, organic practices the garden brings life-long, authentic learning into the lives of our students who work hard to collaboratively bring the garden to life. Throughout the summer, the delicious, nutritious produce is enjoyed by those in need at area soup kitchens and by families maintaining the garden. Upon arrival back to school in the fall, students enjoy the freshly picked produce and the JMS community is invited to join us at our Harvest Luncheon to enjoy the dishes each class freshly prepared.


The outreach, celebrations, and success of the garden would not be possible without the help of families maintaining the garden.


  1. Our Giving Garden is in need of some TLC! Please review this document to see where help is needed.

  2. We are seeking families to sign-up for one week. Consider sharing the week with another family! Please sign up here to help maintain the garden over the summer.

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School Attire ("Dress Code")

The purpose of stressing appropriate clothing for students is to create an atmosphere at school that is conducive to learning. Students are expected to dress in a manner that will not interfere with instruction or endanger the well-being (physical, mental and emotional) of others and themselves.


Students who wear clothing that is deemed to be inappropriate for school or school-related activities may be subject to administrative action. Students who fail to comply with expectations concerning attire will be subject to school discipline in accordance with the Board's policy on student discipline. Administrative action may include, but is not limited to, the following:


• request of student to change clothing

• request of parent to bring to school a change of clothing for student

• removal of student from class


School administrators, at their discretion, may make changes to the list above.


Please Note:

  • When choosing shoes, consider the weather, as well as the activities of a typical school day.

  • Suggested shorts’ styles include cargo shorts, trouser shorts, soccer shorts, basketball shorts, Oxford shorts, Chino shorts, and Bermuda shorts. Short-shorts are not acceptable school attire.

  • All pants and shorts should fit snugly at the waist, with no exposed skin between pants/shorts and shirt.

  • Shirts with sleeves are recommended.

  • Undergarments, including bra straps and boxer shorts, should not be visible.

  • Hats are not permitted in school.

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Upcoming Calendar Events

Fri., June 1st: Jazz Band & Choir Field Trip

Mon., June 4th: BOE Meeting at JMS @ 7PM

Tues., June 5th: 6th Grade Boston Field Trip

Wed., June 6th: Spanish Culture Day @ JMS

Thurs., June 7th: A Conversation with Nora - Meet the Author @ 9:30AM at JMS

Fri., June 8th: Imagine Nation FIeld Trip (K & 1st Gr)

Thurs., June 7th: RSD6 5th Grade Classes Field Trip to Great Mountain Forest

Tues., June 12th: 2018 Field Day @ JMS

Wed., June 13th: Roaring Brook Nature Center Field Trip (2nd Gr)

Fri., June 15th: PreK End of Year Celebration @ JMS

Mon., June 18th: End of Year Kindergarten Celebration @ JMS

Wed., June 20th: JMS Moving Up Ceremony @ 7PM

Thurs. & Fri., June 21-22nd: Early Dismissal Days @ 1:25PM

Fri., June 22nd: Last Day of School for Students

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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

860-567-6656


Section 504 - Contact

Debra Foley

98 Wamogo Road, Litchfield, CT 06759

860-567-6642