DISCOVERY SCHOOL AT FOUR CORNERS

JUNE 2021

FROM THE PRINCIPAL'S DESK

Here we are entering the last two weeks of school. What a crazy year we have had! I am so amazed by the resilience and dedication that our students, families, and staff have shown during such an unusual school year. I couldn’t be more proud of our students as they have embraced the many changes we had to put in place in order to maintain a safe and healthy learning environment. It hasn’t always been easy, but we got through it together!


As we rapidly approach the summer I'd like to share with families some general reminders to support summer learning and ensure a smooth transition back to school in the fall. Students' reading abilities can decline from the end of one school year to the beginning of the next school year. This is sometimes referred to as the summer slide. To prevent any reading loss it's important that children continue to read throughout the summer. We recommend 20 minutes of daily reading. This could be read aloud, family reading to the child, silent reading, etc. Consistent reading and learning over the summer can improve academic progress, provide opportunities for family engagement, and motivate young minds. Reading is really essential to a student's success. It's the building block to so many other subjects to include math, social studies, science, and specials. If you have any questions regarding summer reading or you'd like some recommendations for your child, please do not hesitate to speak with our librarian, Ms. Mele, our reading teacher, Ms. Wood, or your child's classroom teacher.


During the next two weeks, students and staff will wrap up the year by participating in fun activities and events. We will be having a modified version of field day this year. Students will stay in their cohorts, and move from station to station outside. Field day is not open to families this year due to COVID-19 restrictions. Thank you for your understanding. Be sure to read the list of school events below as well as any teacher newsletters and postings for classroom events.


HAVE A GREAT SUMMER!

Caissie Putnam

Principal

SUMMER HOURS

This summer there will be no summer programming at DSFC. As such, the only people in the building throughout most of the summer will be Principal Putnam and our custodians. We recommend you call or email prior to stopping by the building for any reason to ensure someone is present. Mrs. Dostal will be back in the building in mid August. If you cannot get a hold of anyone at the school and your call is of a pressing nature, please contact the central office at 413-772-1300.


MS. PERNA AND MS. PAUL ARE DUE VERY SOON! CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR GROWING FAMILIES!

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SCHOOL COUNCIL

Our DSFC School Council is looking for parent/guardian representatives to join. School Council is a (Department of Elementary and Secondary Education-mandated) group that meets regularly to discuss the School Improvement Plan, Innovation Plan, school climate, budget issues, and other relevant topics with the principal. The DSFC school Council has been a very productive group since its inception several years ago that has significantly helped the principal and school. If you are interested in becoming a member, please email Principal Putnam with a letter of interest.


FROM THE PTO

End of school the year already?!?! The DSFC PTO is happy to announce that we will be providing a snow cone machine and watermelon for the kids to enjoy during field day this year!


We also held our last meeting of the school year, and voted on Officer elections. Here are the current officers:

  • President - Andrea Michael

  • Vice President - Pam Cutler

  • Treasurer - Pam as interim

  • Secretary - Daika Diefendorf

  • At-Large - Corissa Tripp
    At-Large - Cindy Pease
    At-Large - Lindsey Towne


The DSFC PTO also welcomed three new members to the group, and are always looking for more to join! Come join any one of our monthly meetings. Want more information? Please email discoveryschool4cpto@gmail.com or you can reach us via our Discovery School at Four Corners PTO Facebook page.

END OF YEAR SURVEY

As we close out another school year we're looking for feedback from families on how the year went, what was great, and what we can improve on. The survey helps us determine goals and priorities for next year.


DSFC Family Survey


It's also available on our website, We anticipate it only takes 5 minutes to complete so we hope you can take the time. Thank you in advance.

DATES TO REMEMBER

Tuesday, June 15 - Field Day, (Rain date, June 16)

This year, field day is not open to families due to COVID restrictions. Students will also be staying in their cohorts during this event. Thank you for your cooperation.


Thursday, June 17 - 4th Grade Step Up Ceremony at 9:30AM (Virtual)

Friday, , June 18 - Last Day of School/ Half Day with Dismissal at 11:55AM


*Be sure to check in with classroom teachers regarding other classroom activities and events.