Announcements

Mark Your Calendars!

posted Jul 6, 2017, 7:44 AM by Laura Giuggio   [ updated Jul 6, 2017, 7:44 AM ]

Important upcoming dates:

August 18th: Visit Power School Parent Portal for teacher assignment

August 23rd: Incoming  Kindergarteners visit with Principal Hutton 9:00

                      New Families and Students Visit with Principal Hutton 1:00

August 31st: First Day of School 1-12

September 4th : Labor Day, No School

September 5th : First Day Kindergarten

September 15th : Center School Fall Carnival on the Green

September 28th: Open House 6:00 pm

Summer Reading Information

posted Jun 20, 2017, 4:14 PM by Laura Giuggio   [ updated Jun 20, 2017, 6:43 PM ]

Many Books, One Community...Building a Better World

Greetings Elementary School Families,

We are excited to share with you the transformation of our traditional summer reading endeavor “One Book, One Community”!    We know that the single summer activity that is most strongly and consistently related to summer learning is reading!  Research also shows us that the amount of free reading done outside of school enhances vocabulary development, reading comprehension, language skills, and a student’s knowledge of his/her world. 

This summer we present to our community:  Many Books, One Community!  We ask that you join us in supporting and encouraging your child to choose and read many many books this summer, exploring self-selected topics!  We also encourage families to join in the endeavor by  reading with and reading to their child throughout the summer months. 

Our elementary school communities focus is not only on academics but on growing caring and empathetic students.  We will share Storrs Library’s summer reading program theme- Building a Better World. The Storrs Library staff is excited to assist your child with reading choices.

We are expecting our students to come to school on the first day bursting with excitement about their summer reads. Students will be prepared to share the one-or perhaps two!- favorite summer books with their new teacher and with their peers.  Attached is a list of possible ways your child may share his/her book as well as some possible titles.   Students may choose an activity from the list or come up with their own idea!  

As you explore with your child the boundless choices of books, we share with you an important point to consider. Being read to or reading in isolation does not by itself automatically lead to strong literacy development and broader learning.  The real link seems to lie in the verbal interaction that occurs between adult and child, and child to child before, during and after story reading.  

We applaud you in your efforts to support us as we grow our students into lifelong readers who love and cherish the opportunity to get lost in a good story!


Sincerely,
LPS  Elementary School Communities


Summer Reading Choices:

Book talks- Give a book talk about your favorite read.
Book Review- Share a book review with your class.
Musical Book Share- Quickly share a book with a partner (2 minutes) and then rotate a few times
Book Commercial- Record a commercial about their favorite book
Make Bookmarks- Create bookmark to go with a book for the next reader who reads it
Make Book Cover- Make a cover that would make other students interested in the book
Book Swap- Bring a favorite book, borrow a favorite book
Genre List- Keep tally list of summer books read in different genres (bar graph, pie chart, line plot)
Read Cliffhangers- Share with class a “cliffhanger” from the book you read without giving it away
Guess My Book- Write 3 clues about book and have students guess what book you are talking about.
Buddy Book- Plan with a friend to read the same book and then discuss.
Pick An Emoji- Pick an emoji to go with the book and explain why in a few sentences
If I Could Be Any Character- Share which character you would be and why- dress up?
Me As a Reader- Make a collage of who you are as a reader
Poster: Create a poster of your favorite summer read.
Any way to share is acceptable!

Happy summer reading!!


Letter from the Principal Regarding Homework

posted Jun 20, 2017, 3:58 PM by Laura Giuggio

Greetings Elementary Families,

Attached is the Guiding Principles for Homework for the Longmeadow Elementary School community. The principles reflect an engaging, relevant, child-centered and research- based approach to homework.  They reflect the comprehensive work of a teacher study group who read, discussed, and summarized current research and scholarly literature regarding the efficacy of homework for elementary students.  The study group also examined the School Councils’ parent survey; and shared with colleagues all their discoveries along the path to creating the final document.

Our goal is to share the document with you now, with an understanding that we will provide ongoing communication to deepen understanding of the guiding principles as we move into the start of the 2017-2018 school year and beyond. 

We ask you to notice that the principles mirror our strong belief that a student’s academic and social success is centered in the strong partnership of educators, students, and families, therefore we explicitly state responsibilities each holds. 

Finally, with summer here, it is appropriate to also notice that reading is at the forefront of the guiding principles.  Our district summer reading initiative Many Books, One Community, supports the findings of the study group: No single activity has a greater benefit to a student’s academic achievement than choice reading!  You will receive more information about the summer reading on the last day of school.  The letter will be included with the report card. 

We always welcome your feedback and insights regarding our work with your child. Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions you may have at this time. We additionally will survey teachers, families, and students in the spring of 2018 to assess how the community feels about the guidelines.   

Sincerely,

Donna Hutton, Principal

HWGuidingPrinciples.docx 


Monday

posted Jun 19, 2017, 4:04 AM by Laura Giuggio

Happy Monday morning, There's a line of thunder showers heading our way this afternoon. Please be mindful of the weather forecast when arranging your child's dismissal plan today. Thank-you! Donna Hutton, Principal

School Supply Collection

posted Jun 13, 2017, 6:59 AM by Laura Giuggio   [ updated Jun 13, 2017, 7:00 AM ]

Dear Center School Families,

I hope as we approach the finish line this year that your child is feeling a strong sense of accomplishment and pride for his /her work.  I know I feel the anticipation and energy from our community for some summer fun and relaxation.

Attached is a flyer for one final collection at Center School for 2017. I’ve appreciated your generosity through Helping Hands (over 6,000 sandwiches this year!!) , Holiday Gift baskets, and so many other collections that have come your way.  Many families benefit from our community outreach and we continue to want to grow our students as caring citizens within and beyond their community.

Last year I was approached by a group of students with the proposal for a final collection. They call themselves the Dennis Road Crew. I was impressed with their thoughtful and professional  presentation, seeking my approval.

The students shared with me that many school supplies are thrown out and wasted at the end of the school year as students clean out their desks and backpacks-supplies that can benefit others. I agreed wholeheartedly with their observation, and enthusiastically supported their drive.

The students will once again begin to collect gently used school supplies to distribute to one -and possibly two- area schools.

How can you help?  You can help with quality control! Please check the list on the flyer and see if your child’s supplies are in good enough condition to donate.

Boxes will be set up in each grade level hallway by tomorrow.

I extend my sincere appreciation for your help to make this drive a success for the second year.  Please discuss the giving with your child.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Flyer for Supplies.doc 

Regards,

Donna Hutton, Principal


Dennis Road Crew:

Noah Morrin

Domenic & Michael Falcone

Leo and Eliza Fromm

Mack Frick

Natalie and Noah Lau

 

New Location for Spring Musical - please read!

posted May 31, 2017, 1:55 PM by Laura Giuggio   [ updated May 31, 2017, 1:56 PM ]

Hello!

We are moving  tomorrow's evening concert from LHS to Glenbrook Middle School All other information stays the same for the assembly at Center, concert dress and arrival time.


Our afternoon assembly for the Center School student and staff community is Thursday, June 1st. Please help your child remember to bring his/her instrument and music to school and check to make sure it came home again after school so (s)he will be prepared for the concert in the evening. Student should wear regular school clothes, not the concert dress.

Spring Concert: Thursday, June 1st -  Night time concert for parents, family and friends!

Night Time Concert Arrival: 6 p.m. at Glenbrook Middle School for tuning and warm up. The concert itself will start at 7 p.m. 

Concert Dress: Black pants/skirts with white blouse/button down shirt (Please, white - not ivory or off white - on top, black on bottom.) Dress shoes - no sneakers or flip flops! Ties are optional (not expected, but certainly allowed).

Orchestra is first on the program. Please save a seat for your child to join you in the auditorium to watch their peers' chorus and band performances with you!

Thank you!

Field Day 2017

posted May 29, 2017, 3:12 PM by Laura Giuggio   [ updated May 29, 2017, 3:36 PM ]

Field Day is on for tomorrow!!

Tuesday, May 30th

 Here's some important reminders:

  •  Students are asked to wear their Field Day colored shirt and sneakers.
  •  Feel free to join your child for a family picnic on the green from 11:30 to 12:00.   If delivering food, please plan accordingly to ensure your child has enough time to eat.
  •  Please send along a water bottle with your child’s name on it.  Water coolers will be available to refill their water bottle, but we will not be providing cups.
  • Parent volunteers who are taking on team leader responsibilities are asked to pick up a packet of information from the gymnasium between 8:30-9:00 tomorrow morning.
  • Please direct any Field Day questions to our PE teachers:

Ms. Gauthier  kgauthier@longmeadow.k12.ma.us  

Mrs.  Capotosto ecapotosto@longmeadow.k12.ma.us

Thank you! See you tomorrow for a great day of sportsmanship and fun!!

Sincerely,

Donna Hutton

 

PTO Meeting Reminder!

posted May 25, 2017, 10:31 AM by Laura Giuggio   [ updated May 25, 2017, 10:32 AM ]

PTO Meeting Tonight!

May 25th 

Time: 7:30 pm

Where: Community Room

Come catch up on PTO news, Meet the candidates for School Committee

and

Learn about the new Homework Guiding Principles

See you tonight!!

Field Day 2017 Postponed

posted May 24, 2017, 3:06 PM by Laura Giuggio   [ updated May 24, 2017, 3:06 PM ]

Dear Center School Families,

Our Field Day scheduled for Friday  is postponed.  This is never an easy call, but the weather forecast is quite uncertain at this point.  We'll look forward to a perfect weather day on Tuesday-fingers crossed!  

 Sincerely,

Donna Hutton, Principal


Reminder...the weather looks perfect...please join us!!

posted May 18, 2017, 4:15 PM by Laura Giuggio   [ updated May 18, 2017, 4:17 PM ]

Long Meaddowe Days Parade 

 Sat. May 20th  at  9:15 AM


The Longmeadow Days Parade will be held on Saturday, May 20th  at 9:15 a.m.  


Center School Staff, Students and Families ( and our MASCOT ! ) will be gathering at the St. Mary's parking lot from

8:30am to 9:10am to decorate bikes and scooters.  


Participants should wear red or wear their Center School apparel or tee shirts

and may bring balloons and streamers to decorate their bikes and scooters!!


The parade is set to step off at 9:15 am 

Come out and show your Cardinal pride!

Hope to see everyone on Saturday!!


We had a phenomenal turn out last year with so much school spirit!!

Let’s have the biggest turn out ever!


Go Cardinals!!


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