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On Monday I sent a letter
home to each family about the changes that we needed to make concerning our
lunch cart, and pizza and hot dog sales.
I'm very thankful for the responses I've received so far. Your input gives me information I would not
be able to necessarily gather on my own, as to options for us to consider. So again, thank you!
Mrs. Ketchum gave me a great
article about the debate about teaching cursive writing, as part of the
curriculum. The new Core Curriculum does
not include teaching cursive. As you
know, we continue to teach cursive even though many schools have dropped it
from the curriculum, siting that with the use of computers, we don't really
need the skill. The article stated what
I believe and why I believe cursive is a necessary part of the curriculum. 1) It develops fine motor skills and improves
literacy, because of what it develops in the brain. 2) Your signature is YOUR signature and is
written in cursive. 3) If you're not taught cursive, you can't read
it, which means you won't be able to read our nations' founding documents, such
as the Declaration of Independence, etc.
It doesn't take children long
to figure out which buttons to press on a computer or tablet or iphone, etc.
It's not a skill that necessarily needs to be taught.
As possible new families for
next year are coming for tours, I'm glad to share with them our philosophy of
education and our desire to teach your child/children the necessary aspects of
a good education.
Last week I shared that the
PTO had put together a survey that is meant to help shape what PTO will be
about for next year. Please fill out the
survey that is attached this week.
Return it to your child's/children's teacher and they will get it to me. Thank you in advance.
I was remiss in not having
this in last week's Messenger...This Saturday, May 9th, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00
p.m. is our annual Spring Clean-up. Many
hands make light work. We'll be cleaning up outside and some inside, so it
would be great if you could come to help for even part of the time.
money will be collected, 5/8, for the Week of 5/11 $11.25 ~ Milk $2.50 ~ Reduced $2.00
CHAPEL WILL BE ON THURSDAY,
MAY 14TH , NEXT WEEK FOR ASCENSION DAY.
you've marked your calendar! Next
Thursday, May 14th is the Education Fair. It will be from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and
it is the opportunity for visiting all the classrooms to see what project/s has/have
been emphasized in each grade. I know
plans are already being made for it!!
For added safety in
carline, please do not leave car line if a car/van in line in front of you is
getting their child/children buckled in on the side of the car/van that you
would be passing. Carline goes very
quickly. The few minutes of extra waiting can mean extra safety.
This Friday, May
8th is Mid-quarter. Grades
will be going home with the students on
Tuesday, May 12th.
Re-enrollment packets will be sent home with your
child/children on Tuesday, May 12th; the same day as the mid-quarter
Box Tops For Education
Check those expiration dates - if you have box tops that are going to
expire before the fall please turn them in by May 15th so I can submit them.
Coupons for Box Top products
Thrivent Choice Dollars
We were again blessed with
an additional $109.00 given to the school through a church member who
designated First Lutheran School for her Thrivent Choice Dollars for April.
Field Day Is Friday, May 29
Parent volunteers are needed to run events. Please consider helping on field day from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm. Check the next messenger for more details! We teachers can really use your help!
cardboard toilet paper rolls for the craft area. Please save your cardboard rolls and give
them to Alice Gess or Bonnie Bessette, or leave them on the stage in the
fellowship hall. We
be collecting them until further notice.
First Lutheran Church & School will be holding a plant sale on Saturday,
June 13th from 9:00-12:00.
Proceeds will go to the children's fund.
Anyone who has unwanted plants in their
gardens, & homes, please consider putting them in a pot and donating to our
plant sale. The name of the plant and a brief description of how to care for it
is helpful. Please bring the plants the
morning of the sale. Any questions, please contact Bonnie Bessette at
508-240-4294 or firstname.lastname@example.org
It's time to order your 2014-2015 yearbook! Please see attached sheet for more information.
Last Day Of School
The last day of school remains the same for
us this year-June 5th. We
had five snow days (thank goodness there were no more). Because we go by hours and not by days each
year, we know that we have exceeded the hours necessary and have been diligent
to cover the materials that need to be covered in order to complete the school
year for your child/children.
May 9th ~ Spring
Mid-quarter grades go home. Re-enrollment packets go home
~ Educational Fair ~ 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Monday-Thursday, May 18th
– 21st ~
8th grade class trip to Pennsylvania
Tuesday-Friday, May 19th-22nd ~ 5th grade Outdoor Education at the
Highland Lodge in Crawford Notch, New Hampshire
Monday, May 25th ~ Memorial Day ~ No
~ Field Day
Monday, June 1st
grade breakfast~ 8:45 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
Tuesday, June 2nd
~ Pastor Bessette,
Miss Bischoff and three 8th graders go to Tender Shepherd Preschool
in Troy, New Hampshire
June 4th ~
half-day for the 8th graders
June 4th ~
8th Grade Graduation ~ 7 p.m. in the church; 7th grade
sponsored reception to follow in the Fellowship Hall
~ 11:30 dismissal for the last day of school!