NEWS FROM THE PRINCIPAL – December 17, 2008
Parent-Teacher Conferences: It was nice seeing so many parents attending Parent-Teacher Conferences during the last couple of weeks. This is a good way of finding out how your child has adjusted to school after the first trimester and is progressing academically, socially and behaviorally. Remember that if you have any questions or concerns during the year, please do not hesitate to contact your child's teacher to set up another conference.
Holiday Concert: On Tuesday, December 23rd Bartlett students will be visiting GHS for a holiday concert featuring the high school band, chorus and strings students. Buses will be leaving Bartlett around 9:30 and students will be returning in time for lunch. Please contact the school if you do not want your child to attend this concert.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Judy Pancoast! On December 20th, Judy Pancoast will perform her festive “House on Christmas Street” concert at the Derry Flagship Cinemas. The concert will be at 11:00 am followed by a showing of a Christmas classic (either Santa Claus is Coming to Town or Rudolph). Admission is $7 per person. Children under 3 are free! The first ten students requesting tickets will receive a free Judy Pancoast CD! Please call Sharon Galatas (666-3000) or Carolyn Blanchard (627-4431) with any questions. You may purchase tickets until December 17th.
School Assembly: The students will be given the opportunity again this year to enjoy a presentation by Dance Visions Network. This dance group will be visiting our school on Monday, December 22nd to perform a program on numerous types of dance.
Vacation News: Vacation starts at the close of school on Tuesday, December 24th, which is a full day of school. School will reopen on Monday, January 5th. During the week of vacation, the building will be closed. You may leave messages on the school’s voice mail or on my web page (email@example.com). I will be checking my emails during the vacation.
Bartlett Addition Dedication: We will holding the official dedication of our new addition on Wednesday, January 14th at 6:00. Please join us for a ribbon cutting ceremony and refreshments and the chance to tour our new office space!
Reminder: Please send shoes to school when your child is wearing boots. As long as the temperature is reasonable, students go out for recess. If they don’t have shoes to change into, they are stuck wearing wet boots all day. The students enjoy going outside and having a few minutes to run around and get some fresh air. They need boots, hats, mittens and snowpants to keep them warm and dry.
School Visit Reminder: Anyone visiting the school must enter through the front doors and sign in at the office. Visitors must also wear Visitor Stickers whenever in the building or on the playground.
Reading Suggestion: A good book is almost anything that interests a child, as long as it's age appropriate. With Christmas coming soon, here are some tips you may want to consider for choosing books.
Think about your children's interests. If they love movies, for example, find a book about filmmaking. Try nonfiction if your kids don't like novels.
Talk to librarians. They know the kind of books that kids love to read. Describe your child' interests and they'll be happy to help.
Challenge children's curiosity. Discuss puzzles, mysteries, and such questions as, "Why i the sky blue?" Challenge them to find answers and additional information through reading.
From Principal, Vol. 81 #3, January 2002.