Greenmont Gator Gazette (G3): May, 2015 “Home of the Gators!” Please be sure to visit our website: http://dracutps.org/greenmont-avenue-school A Message from Mr. B Greetings Greenmont Families! Can you believe that spring is finally here?! Here’s to hoping our spring and summer are fantastic! We definitely earned it after the long winter we endured and the April vacation rain we had to put up with. A very big thank you to all who made our 25th annual Grandparent Luncheon such a huge success. What a wonderful day! On Wednesday, May 6th, we will join other schools across the Commonwealth for “Walk/Bike to School Day.” This is obviously completely up to parents/guardians. Any students who ride a bike to school will be allowed to keep it in the gym for the day. Please be on the lookout for a survey from the MA Department of Transportation. If we get enough families to complete this brief survey, the DOT will give our school a cash prize! Our third, fourth and fifth grade students will tackle the MCAS test once more this month as they each take sessions one and two of the Mathematics Test. Our fifth graders will also take two sessions of the Science/Technology MCAS test. Please see the box below to be reminded of the testing dates for each grade. It was so great to see so many of our fathers and daughters at the Princess Dance on April 10th. Everyone had a great time. Our thanks to the PTO for all of their hard work in making sure that everything went smoothly. One of the very important things that takes place every May is Teacher Appreciation Week. This will occur from Monday, May 4th – Friday, May 8th. While we are all very appreciative of the teachers and staff at Greenmont, this is a time to really tell them and show them how grateful we truly are for how caring, dedicated and incredibly hard working they all are. Without their honesty, expertise, and love, we would not be the incredible school that we are! While our families and PTO do a wonderful job of showering our teachers with love during this week, it is important for the children themselves to show their appreciation too. A simple “thank you” or a homemade card goes a long way. Please help us to make this a great week for our teachers and staff. Also occurring this week is National School Nurse’s day on Wednesday, May 6th. Our thanks to all for making Administrative Professional’s day (on April 22nd) so special. Another important event is our annual Memorial Day Assembly. Students will host Dracut’s veterans on May 22nd. We will also be participating in Dracut’s annual Memorial Day Parade as well. Please look for information about these events to come home with students within the next couple of weeks. You should have received your parent/guardian (placement) information sheet with this newsletter. This optional form is due back to your child’s teacher(s) by Friday, May 29th. If you have any questions please let us know. We value your input and use your thoughts along with our professional expertise to create lists for next year. Our staff puts a lot of time and effort into our placement process. Please refrain from requesting a specific placement/teacher (for next year) from your child’s current teacher. If you have a thought or concern regarding this, please submit it in writing to me. Finally, I would like to wish all of the “Greenmont Moms” a very happy Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 10th! As always, we are here to support you in any way we can! Nick Botelho Student Placement Again this year we are sending home forms for parents/guardians to complete, if they choose, in order to provide us with information that you think would be helpful for us to consider during the placement process. The form is double-sided, with a letter on one side explaining our placement process, and a form for you to complete (if you wish) on the back. If you choose to complete the form, please send it/them back to school (to your child’s teacher) no later than May 29th. If you have any questions about the form/letter, please let us know. PLEASE NOTE: This form should not be used to comment about your child’s current teacher or request a specific placement/teacher for next year. KINDERGARTEN SCREENING There will be NO SCHOOL for Kindergarten students on Tuesday, May 26th and Wednesday, May 27th so our teachers and staff can support our incoming Kindergarten families during the screening process. PTO Meeting Our May PTO meeting will be Tuesday, May 19th at 6:30 pm. Please join us in the cafeteria! 2015 MCAS Dates – MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Phone Number/Email Changes Grade 3 Mathematics – Monday, May 11th and Tuesday, May 12th Grade 4 Mathematics – Thursday, May 7th and Friday, May 8th Grade 5 Mathematics – Tuesday, May 5th and Wednesday, May 6th Science/Tech. – Wednesday, May 13th and Thursday, May 14th It is imperative that the school office have up to date phone numbers and email addresses for parents/guardians. If you have changed either of these, please be sure to alert the office so we can update our database. School Spirit Fridays Memorial Day Assembly Progress Reports Let’s continue to show our school spirit every Friday. You can wear your new or old Greenmont Gator Gear, your Parker Avenue apparel, or anything with our school colors! Our school community will be hosting Dracut veterans on Friday, May 22nd for a Memorial Day Assembly. Our third and fourth grade students will be performing during the assembly. Progress Reports for grades 1 - 5 will come home on Thursday, May 22nd. Walk or Bike to School Day! Wednesday, May 6 will be “walk or bike to school day.” Any student who rides a bike will be allowed to store it in the gym for the day. We hope that families who live within an appropriate distance from our school will choose to walk or bike on May 6th (weather permitting). th Upcoming Events… Tuesday, June 2nd – Art Show / Ice Cream Social – 5:30 – 7:30 pm Wednesday, June 3rd – Fifth grade field trip – Freedom Trail Tuesday, June 9th – Fifth grade field trip – USS Constitution Friday, June 12th – Third grade field trip – Lexington and Concord Monday, June 15th – Friday, June 19th – Greenmont Spirit Week Monday, June 15th – Field Day (tentative date) Tuesday, June 16th – Fifth graders visit Richardson Middle School – 9:15–10:30 am Wednesday, June 17th – Field Day Rain Date (tentative date) Thursday, June 18th – Fifth grade field trip – Old Sturbridge Village Friday, June 19th – Kindergarten Farewell Ceremony Sunday, June 21st – Father’s Day Tuesday, June 23rd – Kindergarten Zoo field trip Wednesday, June 24th – Fifth Grade Moving On Ceremony Thursday, June 25th – Last day of school (half day) Saturday, July 11th – PTO “Spinners Night” Wednesday, May 7th – 3rd Grade Math MCAS Session 1 Safe Routes to School Survey Please take the time to complete the Safe Routes to School Survey that came home at the beginning of the week. There was a letter on the front explaining the program and survey, with the survey on the back. It only takes a few minutes to complete. If we get a certain percentage of returns, we are eligible for funds to help us with future walking/biking events.
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