Letter from Claire - May 2

May 2, 2016


Dear Families,

Welcome back! It is great to be back together feeling refreshed, relaxed and re energized. I look forward to hearing stories from the break.  I had a staycation, spending time with friends, family and lots of walking through the North Woods. There were moments that I would look around at the waterfalls and rustic surroundings and forget that I was in NYC.  I also visited the Isaac Mizrahi exhibit at the Jewish Museum and I took my nephew on his first carousel ride in Central Park.


Thank you all for donating food to West Side Campaign Against Hunger. Our non-perishable food drive was a big success and we are helping so many in need.  Many families brought donations and several carloads were brought directly to the neighborhood food pantry for distribution.  Big shout out and thank you to the PTA for organizing this important community event. Also, thank you to all the teachers who organized a visit for our students. It is so important to teach our children about hunger in our community and how to help.


Thank you to all who attended the screening of “American Promise” and the conversation afterwards. Big shout out to the Inclusion and Diversity Committee for organizing and planning.


Thank you also to everyone who came to April “Chat with Claire.” We discussed high school admission meeting, buddy bench idea, snack and after school.


·      High School Admission meeting will be held on May 5, 2016 at 6pm for the 7th grade families.

·      Buddy Bench is a bench for children to sit when they want someone to play or talk with them.  Grades K-2 the early childhood grades may benefit from it more than the older grades. It is a good idea to invite students over to play.

·      Collecting snacks has been somewhat of a challenge. Some parents contribute snacks all the time and repeatedly and others do not.

·      Roads to Success has an after school program that offers enrichment and extra academic support. RTS has been thinking about planning an extended day program like we used to have at the end of the day.


From the Classroom

Before Spring break, I visited Kelly’s 5th grade celebration of their explorer projects.  Students designed lap books, and interactive models with navigational equipment. They also included history of maps, routes of the explorers, and a pamphlet to the new world.




I also met with our grade delegates.  The theme for May is conflict and how to solve conflict at school. We discussed potential problems at school and solutions. Stay tuned for the May presentation at Town Hall. 



The big and little yard is not open during the school hours of 8:32-2:55. Please do use the yard to wait for dismissal time.  Please do not allow children to play in the yard during school hours. 


Wellness week:  

·      Composting/recycling help in the cafeteria on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of Wellness Week (5/4 - 5/6) from 10:30 - 12:30.  Angela will be your point of contact.  You can sign up to volunteer for a shift here:  http://vols.pt/7wmhnJ 

·      Terracycling drive: We will be collecting writing utensils, beauty products, and tape dispensers on Weds - Fri.  Paulina needs volunteers to help collect these on those days (during drop off.  If you can help, please email here:  paulina.calavera@gmail.com .

·      Dean will be coming on May 4th to do a tasting during drop off. 

·      Family Fitness Fun Night on Friday May 6th 6:30 - 8 pm for fun fitness activities for all ages and a communal meal to end the night together.  


MSC Science Fair 2016 Updates

·      The science fair is coming up soon on Thursday, May 26th!  The evening session from 5-7 PM is a fun and lively session for students and their families.  Dinner will be available for purchase.

·      Tri-Fold boards have arrived and they are available for $4.00 with Maxine in the office in room 512.