Center School Newsletter

March 2023

Dear Center School Community,

We have had a terrific month of learning and growing at Center School! March is an exciting time. Students are making great progress and are applying their knowledge and skills to increasingly complex learning experiences.

  • Project Grow children are learning about the five senses through multisensory activities. They are also learning about simple machines and how they work through exploration.

  • Kindergarten students are learning to read and spell words with beginning blends. They are doing a great job reading words with blends in their poetry journals. In math, kindergarteners use manipulatives to build numbers in the teens.

  • First-grade students made Valentine’s Day cards for children at local pediatric units at nearby hospitals through the Friends of Jack Foundation. Thank you, first graders, for creating cards from your hearts!

  • Second-grade students are learning how to add and subtract 3-digit numbers! Then they apply their computation skills to solve multi-step problems.

  • Third graders are applying their written language skills in science class, describing the results of their experiments with batteries and electromagnets.

All staff members participated in professional development in the afternoon on February 8th, focusing on building an equitable school environment through trusting relationships and a sense of belonging. We read and discussed research articles on how trusting relationships with adults boost student success and support students’ motivation, engagement, and school belonging.

We celebrated Black History Month in February. Mrs. Johns has a wonderful collection of books on display in the library for students and teachers to select and read throughout the year. We also have a lobby bulletin board display of Black American leaders to spotlight their influential accomplishments.

A few reminders:

  • Please remember that students need to pack a snack each day.

  • Please make sure to notify the school office whenever your child will be absent.

Thank you for your ongoing support and partnership!


Linda Ashley

Important Dates:

March 7 New Bedford Ballet in-school assembly - PreK - 3

March 7 PTA 7:00 pm

March 8 Early Release Day K-3 12:20 pm Dismissal - Lunch is served; Project Grow 11:30 am Dismissal - No lunch is served

March 10 6th Grade Students vs Mattapoisett Staff Charity Basketball Game; Doors open @ 6 pm - Tip off @ 6:30 pm

March 15 Report cards issued - Term 2

March 23 Center/OHS Art show @ Center School 4 - 6 pm

March 29 Author Visit in-school assembly - Alec Carvlin

April 4 PTA 7:00 pm

April 7 Good Friday - No School

April 11 MCAS Grade 3 ELA

April 12 MCAS Grade 3 ELA

April 17 Patriots’ Day - No School

April 17 -21 Vacation Week

May 2 Lifetouch Spring Picture Day

May 2 PTA 7:00 pm

May 16 MCAS Grade 3 Math

May 17 MCAS Grade 3 Math

May 29 Memorial Day - No School

June 6 PTA 7:00 pm

June 7 Early Release Day K-3 12:20 pm Dismissal - Lunch is served; Project Grow 11:30 am Dismissal - No lunch is served

June 7 Grade 3 Concert - Grade 3 families invited 6:00 pm

June 9 Field Day

June 12 Field Day rain date

June 14 Flag Day

June 15 Last day of school (as of 3/3/23)

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