Principal’s Letter

Dear Zervas Families,

       Happy New Year to you all!  We are fast approaching the mid-point of the school year, which means that you will soon receive mid-year progress reports.  These will be sent home on Friday, February 3rd. 

       Progress reports are sent home twice each year, at the mid-point and end of the school year.  The progress report is designed to describe your child’s performance in relation to Newton’s mid-year expectations for each grade level.  Specific skills, strategies, and knowledge in each of the major content areas for a specific grade level are listed on the report.  Teachers then assess whether your child has made the expected progress in that area.  Each student’s achievement is rated according to his or her individual performance as compared to the expected standard.  If a student is meeting grade level expectations for this time of year, a student will receive a rating of 3 on that standard. If a student is not at grade level in that particular area, the rating will be 1 or 2, depending upon the student’s level of performance.  There is also a possible rating of 4, for achievement that is significantly above grade level for that area.  Since the use of 4 is reserved for students whose achievement is well above grade level, 4’s will be very rare. Progress reports will also include a teacher written narrative coming at the end of the report.  Teacher narratives will include comments about social development and work habits as well as the general academic performance of each child.

       Progress reports are intended to be just one of the ways that we communicate with you about your child’s academic and social progress in school.  Conferences with your child’s teacher are scheduled for March and April, so that you will have the opportunity to discuss your child’s continued progress at that time.  There will then be a final progress report for the year sent home in June.  Please contact me or your teacher if you have any questions or concerns about the progress report you receive on February 3rd.
       We should be seeing an increased amount of activity related to the construction of the two new modulars in the next couple of weeks.  We are hoping that the majority of the construction will be completed by the beginning of February.  In the next few weeks there will likely be periods of time when access to the playgrounds will be limited, and when traffic on Beethoven Ave. could be affected.  We appreciate your continued flexibility and your continued attention to the daily conditions on the grounds of Zervas to ensure that all children are safe.

        We have been blessed with an unusually warm winter so far, but cold weather is bound to come soon.   Please be aware that we go outside for recess everyday unless the temperature is below 20 degrees.  And if we should ever get snow, students need to wear boots, hat, gloves, and snow pants to play in the snow.   Please dress your children accordingly.  These rules apply before school as well.  Students are not allowed in the building until 8:20 am in the morning, unless it is below 20 degrees.  (The exceptions to this are students who have registered for the before school program or who are taking part in before school intervention sessions.)  Also, please be aware that there is no adult supervision in front of the school until 8:10 am.

Steve Griffin

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