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Linda Boyd                                       Chelsea Hunnewell

                               Principal Linda Boyd Assistant Principal Chelsea Hunnewell

        lboyd@londonderry.org                                      chunnewell@londonderry.org

February 16, 2018                               

 

Upcoming Events at a Glance:

 

Annual Food for Furry Friends Drive – February 1 - 23

PTA Meeting – Tuesday, February 20, 6:30 in the SS Library

Hawk Shop Gr. 1 & 5 – Wednesday, February 21

Hawk Shop Gr. 2, 3 & 4 – Thursday, February 22

 

**************February Vacation WeekFebruary 26 – March 2 ***************

 

Sum-It Packets Due – Monday, March 5

Town Election Day – Tuesday, March 13, LHS Gym

 

***********Dress Like a Dr. Seuss Character! – Wednesday, March 7************

 

Screenagers – Thursday, March 15, 6:30 – 8:00PM

Kindergarten Registration - Tuesday, March 27, 1:00PM - 8:00PM

Harlem Wizards Basketball Game – Monday, April 16, LHS Gym – more information to follow

*For a full list of events, visit http://www.southschoolpta.org/pta-event-calendar.html

 

Dear Parents and Guardians, 

 

Today is the first day of Chinese New Year! Thank you for remembering to send your children to school wearing red. As we honor this custom joyously, our hearts are heavy for the community of Parkland, Florida. Please see the letter from Superintendent Scott Laliberte about this tragedy and Londonderry’s security measures.

 

One of our school goals this year is to teach our learners how to increase their STAMINA for reading, writing, listening, and mathematics. This goal is an extension of our POP Goal of promoting Perseverance, Ownership and Practice. Stamina is defined as:  being able to do something for a long time without getting tired or without giving up! Many classes are working on Reading Stamina right now. They have created charts that show their progress as a class in maintaining focus and keeping their eyes on print for successively longer periods of time. This takes PRACTICE! They are also discovering strategies that help them to build their reading stamina. Making sure that learners are reading a “good fit” book that matches their interest, purpose and reading level helps to increase their reading stamina. Ask your child what strategies they are using that are helping them toward this goal!

 

On the topic of school goals, we are very fortunate to have the opportunity to provide our teachers with high quality, professional development in reading, writing and math with “Keys to Literacy” training, Math in Focus training, and a multi-day residency with Ellin Keene and Dan Feigelson on conferring in reading. This training takes place before and after school, as well as during the school day. When it is during the school day, our teachers’ absences are covered with excellent substitutes. Please know that when your child reports that they’ve had a substitute that day, it may be that your child’s teacher was involved in this valuable training, which will benefit all learners. Thank you for your understanding!

 

Come meet the candidates for School Board at our next PTA Meeting on Tuesday, February 20 at 6:30PM in the library. They will each speak briefly about their background and goals for the Londonderry School District, with time allotted for taking questions. We encourage you to join us and get to know the candidates prior to town elections on Tuesday, March 13. 

 

You have one more week to send in your donations for our 10th Annual Food for Furry Friends Drive, sponsored by our People to Paws Club. This Amazon link contains a complete list of supplies wanted for donation:  https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/D30421V1WFYW. In addition, non-clumping, clay type cat litter is always needed, and of course, paper towels! We want to thank you all in advance for your generous donations for homeless animals!

 

Important Notice from Moose Hill Kindergarten:  Your last chance to make an evening appointment for registration is on Tuesday, March 27, 1:00PM - 8:00PM (last appointment at 7:30PM). Otherwise, there are limited slots still available through the month of April, Monday through Thursday before 4:00PM.

 

Expect BIG literary happenings when we come back from February vacation! Dr. Seuss’ birthday is March 2. We will celebrate on Wednesday, March 7! Please have your child dress as their favorite Dr. Seuss character. There will be some special Dr. Seuss happenings all week!

 

Our “Paws for Books” Book Fair will be held from Monday, March 12 to Friday, March 16. The PTA is in need of volunteers to help make this event a success. If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0944a8a92ba31-south1

 

Please visit the South School PTA Hawk Talk online newsletter for all updated information about South School family happenings: http://www.southschoolpta.org/current-newsletter.html.

 

For information on our Parent Portal and how to use it, check out our new ASPEN info website specific to Londonderry School District. https://sites.google.com/a/londonderry.org/sau12-aspen-faq/home

 

If you’re cleaning house over the break, please be sure to hunt down any overdue library books!

 

HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR!

 

Sincerely,                                

                                                                                                                       

Linda Boyd