E.V. Walton Times Newsletter

Registration for 2015-2016
Please be sure to use the main entrance
to buzz into the building. After you have
identified yourself and your reason for
coming to our school, you will be buzzed
in. Please do not let anyone else into the
building. If there are people behind you,
they have to buzz in on their own and
provide the office with their
information. Once you are granted entry
into the building, please proceed directly
to the main office. If the office staff is
not familiar with you, please be prepared
to present a photo ID.
Registration will be held on January
13th, 14th, and 15th for new pupils
(children not currently enrolled at
Walton) from 10:00-11:00AM and
1:45-2:45PM. Parents will need to bring
their child’s original birth certificate,
4 proofs of residency (your tax bill if
you own a home, your current lease if
you are renting, & utilities bills) and a
current immunization record. See
insert for more details.
Please keep your children close to you as
you walk around the school property,
especially in the parking lot and by the
arrival and dismissal locations.
Please remember to use the designated
crosswalks on the school property.
Parents must accompany their children
when using the crosswalks. Do not walk
between vehicles, as this is dangerous
for you and others.
Kindergarten students must be 5 years
old by December 1, 2015.
Emergency Closings:
If you have any questions regarding
school closing or delayed opening, please
call the school closing hotline number
973-376-1025 and press 8. This
information is updated regularly on
questionable weather days. We will also
continue to use Power Announcement for
the automated calls so please be sure
you have set your preferences in the
PowerSchool Parent Portal.
January 2015
Upcoming Events
1/5 School Reopens
1/5 & 1/26 BOE Mtg 7:30 PM
1/13, 1/14, & 1/15 New Student
Registration for 2015-16
1/21 PTA Mtg 9:30AM in the IMC
1/30 Basket Auction at Walton;
Adults Only
2/2 End of 2nd marking period
For Pre-Kindergarten, the child must be
4 years old by December 1, 2015.
Please pass this information on to
anyone you know in Springfield who is
not presently a Walton School student.
All cars waiting on Mountain Avenue
must have their directional signals on
and remain in their vehicles.
Please “Do Not Block the Box/Driveway”
upon entering school property.
Please remain in your vehicle during
pick-up and drop-off. Do not leave your
vehicle unattended.
Please carpool when possible.
Please drive slowly at 5mph.
Please stop before the crosswalks.
Please park only in designated parking
spots on school property - not on the
loop/traveling lanes.
Please do not block residential
driveways if you are parking on the side
2/9 K-2 Report Cards online
Dismissal Changes:
We ask that parents
keep their children’s
dismissal procedures
the same each day. This
will be less confusing
for the students and
Should there be a need
for a change in the
regular arrangement, a
written note must be
sent to school in the
morning. If not, please
call the office before
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Caring Note
Health Update
New Student
The entire newsletter can be viewed and printed from our website at www.springfieldschools.com/evw/newsletter.html
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The students had a great time shopping for family members and friends during the PTA Holiday Boutique. Thank you to the PTA for hosting another great Craft Fair! Photo Gallery
Everyone had a fun time during the Winter Sing Alongs.
Thank you, Mrs. Fortna!
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A Caring Note…
From Your School Counselors
Marnie Cunningham, Bonnie Loew and Christine Saliceti
973-376-1025, Ext. 2001
Communication, Conflict Resolution & Friendship
The January counseling classes will be very interactive. The pre-kindergarten
classes will watch a video called “Share Your Feelings: Use Your Words”. The
program features a silly puppet named “Webster” who helps young students realize
that everyone has feelings, recognize their own feelings and the importance of
telling how they feel. The children will learn that telling the way you feel is the
best way to solve problems. This lesson is a wonderful introduction to feeling
The kindergarten lesson will focus on the topic of friendship. The students will
hear two stories from the book Martha and George by James Marshall. The
stories are about two lovable hippos that are best friends. Through the two
vignettes that we read, the children will learn that you must be honest with your
friends and always try to help out when needed.
The first grade lesson also concentrated on the topic of Friendship. We will read
a book called How To Lose All Your Friends by Nancy Carlson. The children
usually enjoy this light-hearted look at bratty behavior that teaches children how
not to behave if they want friends. The class will then be asked to work with their
group to solve “friendship” problems that are posed to them.
Children need to be given time to develop friendships. They need to understand
how to join groups, be taught good sportsmanship, and encouraged to have a few
good friends. The relationship that children have with their friends is second in
importance only to those they have with their family. Friendships matter to
children for the support and sense of belonging they provide. Few experiences in a
child’s life can equal the job of proclaiming, “I have a friend!”
The second grade classes will enjoy a lesson about conflict resolution. They will
learn and practice the “I message” to peacefully resolve conflicts. “I messages”
allow a student to take responsibility for their feelings and be able to express
what is bothering them without putting the blame on someone else. The students
will learn that if they want to find a respectful resolution with someone, then, it is
important to use I-messages. Students will be given several examples of situations
that may make someone upset, angry, frustrated, or embarrassed. They will be
asked to pretend that they are using the I-message to tell the other person how
they felt.
You can have the children practice at home by having them fill in the blanks when
resolving a conflict that they have:
I feel_______________ when you ______________ because______________.
(Feeling word)
(Specific behavior)
(how it affects me)
Example: I feel frustrated when you interrupt me because then I can’t finish what
I am saying.
Attention Preschool (PK) Parents: There are still a few of you who have not turned in proof of
flu vaccination. Please know that this is a state mandate and your child will not be allowed to
return to school on January 5th without it. Please avoid this inconvenience by having your child
vaccinated and turning in the paperwork ASAP!
The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests the following list of HEALTHY NEW YEAR’S
RESOLUTIONS FOR KIDS. Here is the list for the appropriate age groups at Walton School.
The complete list can be found at the following link: http://www.aap.org/en-us/about-theaap/aap-press-room/news-features-and-safety-tips/pages/healthy-new-year-resolutions-forkids.aspx
• I will clean up my toys and put them where they belong.
• I will brush my teeth twice a day, and wash my hands after going to the bathroom and
before eating.
• I won’t tease dogs or other pets – even friendly ones. I will avoid being bitten by
keeping my fingers and face away from their mouths.
• I will talk with my parent or a trusted adult when I need help or am scared.
Children: Ages 5 to 12 years:
• I will drink reduced-fat milk and water everyday, and drink soda and fruit drinks only
at special times.
• I will put on sunscreen before I go outdoors on bright, sunny days. I will try to stay in
the shade whenever possible and wear a hat and sunglasses, especially when I’m
playing sports.
• I will try to find a sport (like basketball or soccer) or an activity (like playing tag,
jumping rope, dancing or riding my bike) that I like and do it at least three times a
• I will always wear a helmet when riding a bicycle.
• I will wear my seat belt every time I get in a car. I’ll sit in the back seat and use a
booster seat until I am tall enough to use a lap/shoulder seat belt.
• I’ll be nice to other kids. I’ll be friendly to kids who need friends or who may have a
hard time making friends – like someone who is shy, or is new to my school.
• I’ll never give out private information such as my name, home address, school name or
telephone number on the Internet. Also, I’ll never send a picture of myself to
someone I chat with on the computer without asking a parent or guardian if it is
• I will try to talk with my parent or a trusted adult when I have a problem or feel
I wish everyone in our Walton School Community a Happy and Health New Year!
Registration for children eligible for the 2015-2016 Pre-Kindergarten program in the
Springfield Public Schools, as well as for those children eligible for Kindergarten, First
and Second Grades in September 2015, who are NOT CURRENTLY ENROLLED in
the Edward V. Walton School.
January 13, 2015 Tuesday
January 14, 2015 Wednesday
January 15, 2015 Thursday
10:00-11:00 AM or 1:45-2:45 PM
10:00-11:00 AM or 1:45-2:45 PM
10:00-11:00 AM or 1:45-2:45 PM
Registration will be held at Edward V. Walton School, 601 Mountain Avenue, Springfield.
Parents will need to call the school at 973-376-1304, if necessary, to schedule an
alternate registration session.
To be eligible for Pre-Kindergarten, a child must be a Springfield resident, and be four
years old on or before December 1, 2015. Children entering Kindergarten must reach their
fifth birthday on or before December 1, 2015. Parents/guardians need to bring the
following materials to registration:
* Child’s Orginal Birth Certificate
* Current Immunization Records
* 4 Proofs of Residency
Tax Bill or Lease
Utility bill, bank statement, etc.
Some registration forms are located on our website at http://www.springfieldschools.com/evw . The link
is located on the left side under Registration Forms.
Note: Your child’s registration will be officially processed if BOTH age appropriate
vaccines and ALL FOUR (4) proofs of residency are submitted at the time of
January 2015
Edward V. Walton School
16 17
NO School Happy New Year! 4
NO School 7:30 pm BOE Mtg School Reopens 11
PK & KDG 2015-­‐2016 New Student Registration 19
7:30 pm BOE Mtg 27
PK & KDG 2015-­‐2016 New Student Registration 21
PTA Mtg 9:30 AM in the IMC 26
PK & KDG 2015-­‐2016 New Student Registration 20
NO School M.L. King Jr. Day 7
PTA Basket Auction at Walton 6:00 to 9:00pm