Dear Zervas School Families,
It is amazing to think that we have already completed the first month of school and are entering the fall season. As I visit our classrooms, it is clear that we are off to a great start! The beginning of the year is spent developing routines and building classroom communities. This year there has been a deeper awareness of this as teachers familiarize the students with our Zervas High 5. As I mentioned at Curriculum Night, the Zervas High 5 exemplifies our vision for students, staff and families to care about each other and the world and help each other learn and feel successful. These values help to guide our teaching, learning and interactions with each other. By always striving to keep the High 5 in the forefront of our minds we create a school culture that is safe, nurturing, and conducive to learning.
Zervas High 5:
- Choose Kind
- Aim High
- Work Hard
- Think First
- Be Flexible
Each couple of months, we will focus on a different principle. This month’s focus is on our first High 5 principle; Choose Kind. Students and teachers have been thinking about what this principle looks like and sounds like in all aspects of our school day and community. At our “Z-Town Meeting” on October 18, our 4th graders will lead us in thinking more deeply about this principle. Make sure to ask your child about what “Choose Kind” means to them.
Last week, MCAS results from the spring, 2013 exams were released by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and student reports were mailed home to parents of our current Fourth and Fifth Graders. Our students continue to perform at high levels on these exams, and our staff remains committed to helping every student reach proficiency and beyond as indicated by both MCAS and regular assessments during the course of the year. If you have any questions about your individual child’s MCAS Score Report, please do not hesitate to contact me.
I would like to remind families that the first bell rings at 8:20 am; at this time students can proceed to their classrooms. If you need to drop off before this time, please sign your child up for our Before School Program which is available in the Library starting at 7:30 am. The second bell rings at 8:35. If a student arrives after 8:35, he/she is considered late and must report to the main office to sign in. Our first priority is the safety of your children. You can help by ensuring that your child is aware of his/her dismissal plans each day. While we are certainly available for emergency calls regarding changes in routines, it can be difficult and disruptive to the classes when there are multiple calls during the day that require us to notify students of a change of plans. As you can imagine, our office is a busy place! We ask your cooperation in minimizing disruptions by limiting your visits to the office after 8:40. Your child’s home-school folder is the best way to deliver notices to the school. Thank you!
Lastly, I hope you will all attend the general meeting of the PTO on Wednesday, October 2. This is a chance to hear about the multiple ways that the PTO supports our school, get a better understanding of the PTO budget, and hear from various parents about specific PTO activities that are coming up this year. I look forward to seeing you there.
To see a pdf version of this letter, including the High 5 visual, please use the following link: October newsletter 13-14