4th Grade - Just Like Me Volunteers Needed
Please sign up at the following link: http://vols.pt/dNyafn
Brief training session at Tuesday, January 5th from 7-8pm at Claypit Hill.
The last 4th Grade Just Like Me (JLM) Unit - Autism - will take place in the classrooms on Tuesday, January 12 and Thursday, January 14th.
Ms. Foley’s Class: Tuesday, January 12th from 9:00 am - 10:30am
Ms. Scarpulla’s Class: Tuesday, January 12th from 10:45am – 12:15pm
Ms. Biggs’ Class: Thursday, January 14th from 9:00am – 10:30am
Ms. Postma’s Class: Thursday, January 14th from 10:45am – 12:15pm
Parent volunteers lead small group activities with the students. We need 4 volunteers per classroom for the unit to run smoothly. The training session on January 5th will give you an overview of the unit and activities. If you would like to volunteer in the classroom but can't make the training session, please sign up on the Volunteer Spot and contact Jen or Meredith.
Health Room News December 2015
The most important first line of defense against germs is good hand washing. Please continue to reinforce this at home.
Dec 10 - Instrument concert @ 10am
Dec 21 - Fifth grade chorus concert @ 9:15
Dec 23 - 1:50 Dismissal
Jan 4 - School resumes
Letter from Mrs. Harvey in regards to recent current events
Dear Claypit Hill Parents and Guardians,
Over the past few weeks, a number of children have expressed anxiety and fear
stemming from the recent events in Paris and California. Additionally, a few parents
have brought to our attention that children are talking about these events with each
other. As I listened to the news last week, I cringed as I thought about how it would
sound and feel to a young child.
Although it is impossible to completely shield children and I do not advocate for
that, it is critically important that parents limit children’s exposure to the news and
take time to process it with them as they do hear or read it. Some simple messages
that Dr. Hehir, Mrs. McManus, and I say to children are:
o “We take measures every day to ensure that Claypit Hill is a safe place for
everyone. Our doors are locked all day. Adults in the building are noticing
people in the building and asking for identification when we don’t know
o “Your neighborhood is a very safe place in which to live. That was probably
part of the reason why your parents chose to live there. The local police are
working hard to ensure that it remains a safe place.”
o “Professionals in the state and across the country are working tirelessly
every day to keep us all safe.”
o “We choose to trust that we are as safe as possible so that we can enjoy each
o “In spite of all the bad news, the world is full of good people who care about
you and are here to help you.”
Parents, it saddens me that I need to address this with you. The situation in our
country has certainly changed since we were in elementary school. If you feel that
you or your child needs assistance, please let us know.
Thank you for the privilege of working with your children. I wish each of you could
have heard all 523 beautiful voices singing “Give Light” at All School Meeting
yesterday. It was truly heart-warming and uplifting.
Very warm regards,
Below is a letter from Karyn Saxon regarding the reading program Lexia
As many of you know, we have been taking advantage of the opportunity for students to practice Lexia Reading at home. This year we upgraded to their Lexia Core5 program, which offers a new interface, updated skills and activities.
Lexia Core5 is now available as a direct link on the internet. To access it, please go to your school’s home page. Under “for students” you will find a link to Lexia. Clicking on that link will bring to you the Lexia website. From there, students can type in their username and password, which is the same as their lunch ID.
If you would like to install it as an app on an iPad or iPad mini, go the app store and download “Lexia Reading Core5”. When you open the app, it will ask for your teacher’s email. Your student will then be able to sign in with their username and password.
Please remember: “Lexia at Home” is not required homework. It should also not be done more than 3 times a week and not for more than 20 minutes at a time. If it is used too often, it will no longer serve its purpose.
If you have any questions, you can contact us or Karyn Saxon, the ELA curriculum director, at (508) 655-0534 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming important dates
12/8 Band Concert at 7pm
12/9 Strings Concert at 7pm
12/10 Band/Orchestra Concert @10am