RMMS January Family News
2018-2019 School Year
Regional Multicultural Magnet School
Happy New Year!
The start of the new year is a new beginning and an opportunity to renew our commitment that together, we will educate every student, every day! January is also a busy month of learning. In schools across the country, educators will be working with students to think about their goals so far and how we can further assist students towards success.
New Progress Reports: Coming home on February 4th
We will end our month by preparing a progress report of how your child is doing on personal, socio-emotional, and academic goals. We are excited to share that as part of our shift towards becoming an authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Program (PYP), we have created a new progress report based on national, state, and IB standards. It was developed over the past two years through several committees which also included parent input. Please expect your child's progress report to come home on Monday, February 4th.
RMMS educators pride themselves on providing clear and personal communication regarding our students’ school performance through parent-caregiver goal setting in August, conferences in November and March, as well as these two semester-based progress reports. Please keep in mind that this first progress report reflects your child’s progress towards achievement of the standard so far this year.
We also have some great news to share. RMMS has received confirmation that we will be visited by International Baccalaureate (IB) representatives this February for authorization as an official Primary Years Program (PYP) School! After the visit in February, we will be notified before the end of the school year if we have earned "official" authorization and are no longer a "candidate school." We are very excited that the work we have been doing will allow us to become one of the first PYP programs in southeastern Connecticut.
RMMS Room Parents
Are you interested in helping in school with your child's class? RMMS will be piloting Room Parents later this month. Please keep you eye out for a flyer with more information and a special invitation. Want to do something sooner? Come to our next PCO Meeting on Monday, January 14th at 8:30am.
As you read this month's newsletter, we hope you will find the informative and helpful regarding your child's school experience and our partnership together. If you ever have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school directly.
Dr. Sue, RMMS Principal/Head of School & Mrs. Mariana Assistant Principal and Special Education Coordinator
New Social Workers at RMMS
This December, RMMS learned that our beloved Miss Gillian needed to take a job closer to her home to be with her family. We were very pleased, however, to find a wonderfully qualified person to take her role as our new school social worker.
Meet Ron Fuhrmann
RMMS is excited to welcome Ron Fuhrmann as our new, full time Social Worker! Ron joins us after practicing in the fields of public and human services in the capacity of a social worker for over twenty years. He is nationally registered and licensed, and has worked extensively with children, adolescents and families. He is passionate about social work and has acted as an advocate, a clinician, a therapist, a friend, a colleague, a team member, a leader and a teacher while practicing in the field.
More on the Way
RMMS is currently checking references to add a second social worker to our staff! We will keep you posted, but hope to have the position filled as soon as possible.
From the Nurse Lisa's Desk
Cold & Flu
It is cold and flu season. Here at school we are teaching ways to keep our students healthy and to prevent the spread of illness. Please remind your child to cover coughs and sneezes, wash hands frequently and to blow their nose. Due to the dry, cold weather many children complain of sore, chapped lips. It is OK to provide your child with chap stick to keep in their book bag for use during the day.
Keeping bundled up in the cold weather is another way to stay healthy. As a reminder, please be sure you child has proper warm shoes and clothes for outside recess during the winter season.
Growing & Changing
Growing & Changing for 4th and 5th grade students will begin at the end of the month. A letter to parents will be going out shortly.
Connecticut Humanities’ Book Voyagers Sponsors Story Teller for RMMS
Connecticut Humanities’ Book Voyagers Representatives were so impressed by the RMMS family participation in our nightly program, that they agreed to sponsor a story teller for our students this month!
Students will get the privilege of listening to Len Cabral, an internationally acclaimed storyteller who has been enchanting audiences with his storytelling performances at schools, libraries, museums and festivals for many years. Mr. Cabral is the great grandson of a Cape Verdean whaler whose grandparents immigrated to America from the islands off the coast of West Africa, His strong Cape Verdean ancestry comes alive in his exuberant retelling of African, Cape Verdean, and Caribbean folktales as well as original stories and tales from around the world.
Mr. Cabral's is the recipient of a National Storytelling Network Circle of Excellence Oracle Award, NAPPA, and Parents’ Choice awards.
RMMS is pleased to be welcoming him to our school this month. Thank you to all the students, parents, caregivers, whose participation in our Book Voyager Nights supported his visit to our school.
Be Safe & Mindful When Dropping Off
A reminder that caregivers and parents dropping off their child in the morning should stay with their child until 8:30am, when school opens. There is no RMMS staff member on duty until 8:30. Please do not leave children unattended in front of the school.
Parking for Drop OffA friendly reminder that parents should not PARK and leave their car in the drop off area. If you need to park, please park on a street away from the school and escort your child(ren) using designated cross walks. This procedure is for your safety as well as your child's. We appreciate your assistance in advance!
Parent Resources: Our Primary Years Program & Inquiry Based Learning
Research Supports Our ProgrammingCurious about the effectiveness of inquiry programs at the elementary school level? Internationally, researchers have recently shared that studies clearly indicate that ministries of education should maintain their commitment to educational programs that use inquiry as a model for learning. Read more in the thought provoking article by clicking on the link below.
Twitter Looking for Parents to Participate
Do you wonder what other parents in Primary Years Programs elsewhere in the world? Want to connect with them via social media? #PYPparents is a twitter space where you can learn and connect with others.
Recruiting for Next School Year!
Calling all Families That Would Like to Help
Are you a family that has been pleased with your child's education and experience at RMMS? Would you be willing to help us recruit more families? RMMS is looking for parents, caregivers and families to help with testimonials, school tours, and more. Please reach out to our Manager, Miss Laureen if you are interested at 860-437-7775 ext. 7301.
RMMS Tours & Open Houses For New Prospective FamiliesDo you know families that would be perfect for RMMS? Please encourage them to apply.
Daytime tours to learn more about our school for the 2019-2020 school year have already been scheduled beginning this month. Interested families can sign up for a tour on our school website or call us to register for a daytime tour at 860-437-7775 ext. 7301
Daytime Tours for New Families
- Tuesday, January 15, 2019 @ 9:15am
- Thursday, January 24, 2019 @ 1:00pm
- Friday, February 15, 2019 @ 9:00am
- Tuesday, February 26, 2019 @ 1:00pm
- Monday, March 11, 2019 @ 9:00am
- Wednesday, March 27, 2019 @ 1:00pm
Open Houses with Presentations
- Tuesday, February 5, 2019 @ 6:00pm
- Sunday, March 24, 2019 @ 2:00pm
1st Grades- My Ideal School Presentations
5th Graders Present Their Biome Projects to Peers
January/February Important Dates of Note
- Grade 2 Field Trip to Garde Arts Center for The Magic School Bus
- Parent Caregiver Organization (PCO) Coffee Talk, 8:30-9:15
- Story Telling Assemblies for K-5 Students by Len Cabral
- Middle School Fair for Grade 5 Students, 5:00-6:30 in the RMMS Gym
January 21- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
- No School for Students
- Save the Earth Club (STEC), for those student enrolled, 3:30pm
- Parent Caregiver Organization (PCO) Night Meeting, 6:00-7:00pm
- Progress Reports Sent Home
February 6- Early Release Day
- Educator Professional Development, Students Dismissed at 12:35
February 18 and 19 - President's Day
- No School for Students- Winter Break