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Snow School Newsletter

Volume 12, Issue 8   April 2007

Principal’s Message for April

I want to start off by thanking many of the teachers and parents who have helped make preparing for the South American festival on March 30 much easier. Roughly a dozen parents and teachers donated South American artifacts for the I Spy case in the foyer, which looks amazingly beautiful thanks to Judi Satagaj, Gale Rugh, and Pam Marino. In addition, third grade teacher Pat Heizman has organized and created themed baskets to be raffled at the evening event. We want to thank all of the dozens of children, parents, and teachers who contributed to including items in the baskets. Finally, I want to thank parent Jennifer Hadley who worked diligently to help me plan our cultural event. Her ideas and feedback have been crucial this school year to the running and organization of most of our cultural events at Snow School!

It is that time of year already to begin thinking about class placements for the 2007-2008 school year. As I did last year, I have sent home a form that allows parents and guardians the opportunity to express their opinions on their children’s learning styles and individual needs. The teachers and I will use the information you provide to assist us in making the best class placements for your children. The forms should be handed to your children’s current teacher(s) or given to the office by Friday, April 27.

April is an exciting month at Snow School! On the week of April 23, Snow will celebrate READING WEEK and NATIONAL TURN OFF TV WEEK! There are many fantastic activities planned for the children that will encourage them to read and be active, as opposed to sitting in front of the television for hours. Parents Cheryl Haller and Martha Banks-Serindag have organized an author visit by Joe Shandrowski, the author of the Huga Tuga series of books. In addition, each classroom will have a special reader visit to share his/her favorite book. To emphasize the importance of staying active, the Middlesex Hospital Community Council is collaborating with me on creating a fun night on Monday, April 23, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. for children. Various activities will be organized that emphasize children getting exercise and having other

alternatives to watching television. I am looking for parent volunteers to assist us with this evening activity, so please call me if you are interested.

As a fantastic topper to the week, on Saturday, April 28, starting at 10:00 a.m., Snow will be the place to have fun as a Bicycle Rodeo and Family Field Day will take place. We want to encourage children to ride bikes, which is a great form of exercise, so a bicycle obstacle course will be set up for children and families to have fun. Any child who attends the bicycle rodeo from 10:00 – 12:00 will have a chance to win a new bike! Then, starting at 12:30 p.m., a Family Field Day experience will take place where children and their families can participate in active events similar to those done on Field Day every year in June. Teacher Amanda Amtmanis will organize the Field Day event, which only costs $5.00 per family. If there are any parents or families who want to volunteer to assist with these events, please call me at 347-2579.

Curriculum Night will be taking place on Thursday, April 12. The first grade children will be putting on a play in the auditorium starting at 5:30 p.m. Then at 6:00 p.m., families and their children can walk around the school to learn about what all of the children in the school have been working on in their respective grades and classrooms. Parents often tell me that this is one of their favorite events all year, so I hope to see everyone there!

Finally, a huge congratulations goes out to the members of Snow School’s Basketball Team, who recently defeated Lawrence School in the championship game. All of the kids and coaches worked very hard to bring the town-wide trophy to Snow School, so let’s applaud the following members of the team: Eric Clinton, Rajeen Mayo, Marc Williams, Philip Madison, Marina Mozzicato, Alex Rosano, Charlie Demoranville, Jaden Mickens, Antonio White, Khamari McKoy, and Terry Nguyen. The excellent coaches were Randy Garland and Julian Madison. The children should be receiving their special trophies very soon! Congratulations!!!!

Take care everyone!

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