James Morris School

Regional School District No.6

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UPCOMING EVENTS and ITEMS of NOTE

Band Performances

Congratulation to the Region 6 Jazz band, 5th grade band and 6th grade band on another wonderful performance last night! The 4th grade band students will perform at Goshen Center School on Monday, January 30th at 6:00 PM.



Global School Play Day

On February 1, 2017, from 2:00 - 3:15PM, Region 6 Elementary Schools will join PK-12 schools from around the world to participate in Global School Play Day (GSPD) and enjoy some unstructured play time. Unstructured play helps students to develop creativity, passion, communication, collaboration, and a wide variety of other important skills. In his TEDx lecture, Peter Gray argues the case that today's kids do not grow up playing, which has negatively impacted them in many ways. Gray’s talk inspired the creation of Global School Play Day. Students may bring toys from home on Wednesday, February 1st.



  • Please do not send in toys that are fragile or have removable parts that might become easily lost.
  • Electronic devices, toys with batteries, and toy weapons are not allowed.
  • Possible toy choices include board games, dolls, Legos, blocks, trucks, cars, playing cards, empty cardboard boxes, markers, jigsaw puzzles, blankets (for forts), social games (charades, Pictionary, etc.)



It is our hope that this one afternoon of play will inspire families to plan for more unstructured “electronic-free” play time during non-school hours. We are looking forward to a great afternoon of unstructured play!



Activity Night and Sports Clinic

On Saturday, February 11th, all 4th, 5th, and 6th graders are invited to participate in an activity night and sports clinic that will run from 5pm to 7pm in the small and large gyms at Wamogo. Run entirely by peer leaders from Wamogo's senior class, students will enjoy an evening of fun with organized team games and a schedule of activities. The price is $10 per student and concessions will be available for sale throughout the evening - the proceeds of which go toward student activities. Students should enter through the front of the building by the Wamogo cafeteria and can be picked up in the same place. If you are interested in chaperoning this program or have any general questions, please email Steven Bagley at Sbagley@rsd6.org



Middle School Mixer

On Friday, February 24th, Wamogo is proud to host the 1st annual Middle School Mixer: Dinner and a Movie. This event is open to all 6th, 7th, and 8th graders and features a full pasta dinner and a movie to follow directly after. The price is $15 per person with concessions for sale right before and during the movie, the proceeds will help support student activities. Come join your friends and peers for a night of food and fun! Dinner will be from 6:00pm until 7:00pm in the Wamogo cafeteria. The movie will start at 7:15pm in the auditorium. Pickup will be 9:15 in the BACK of the building. If you have any questions, please forward them to Steven Bagley at Sbagley@rsd6.org .



School Delay/Cancellation Alerts

Winter weather is underway, and with it comes inevitable delays and cancellations. Please be sure that your contact information is up to date, so that the alert system, School Messenger, can notify you of delays and cancellations in a timely manner. If you need to update your telephone number or email address, contact Mrs. Varanko at hvaranko@rsd6.org or call 860-567-7420.



JMS Sunflower Walking Sticks

JMS 4th grade students are creating walking sticks by repurposing sunflower stalks grown in the Giving Garden. These walking sticks will be sold to raise money for the White Memorial Foundation because we all use the trails and have learned so much about our environment through White Memorial. Please see the flyer below to order. Supplies are limited!



JMS Sunflower Seed Company

The mission of JMS Sunny Seeds Seed Co. is to provide organic, raw, nutritional Giving Garden sunflower seeds and to reach out to help others in need. Through the purchase of the seed packets, our customers will help continue our support of local soup kitchens and the Little Guild Animal Shelter and Rescue Center in West Cornwall, CT. This project was started and coordinated by 6th graders. All K-6 students are helping to weigh seeds and make packets. ​


​We hope you'll support this project by purchasing seeds using this order form:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1HIjA85F3wo89vVkNkAv905Dx1u8C0ui53xk1bXSxfCw/edit



Morning Basketball

Students in grades 3-6 are welcome to join free-play basketball at JMS on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 8:25 - 8:50.



Tech Times

Please click here to read the latest "Elementary Tech Times" from our Technology Specialist, Sarah Miller.



Cold Weather Clothing

As stated in our Student/Parent Handbook, we try to hold recess outdoors whenever possible. Students should wear appropriate clothing such as warm jackets or coats, hats, mittens/gloves and boots during cold and inclement weather. Students without boots must stay on the blacktop area as long as snow covers the playground.

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Check Out These Links

Common Sense Media - This resource is designed to help families make informed choices for movies, games, apps, TV shows, websites, books, and music.


Khan Academy - This free website provides students with supplemental academic support through written explanations, videos and practice exercises.


Chess Academy - Would you like to learn or improve your skills at the game of chess?


Google SmartyPins - Test your geography and American trivia.


Our World in Data - For those of you who like to see the world from a mathematical perspective...


Mount Everest in 3D - Ever wondered what climbing Mt. Everest would look like?


Pixelspace - Just how far apart are the celestial bodies in our solar system?

Flyers (attached)

  • Elementary Activity Night

  • Family University

  • Litchfield Jazz Camp Kids

  • Morris Public Library Museum Passes

  • Morris Public Library New Lego Challenge

  • Pasta Dinner & Movie

  • Take Your Child to the Library Day

  • Tri-Town Winter Workouts

  • Women & Girls Fund

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