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Message from Mrs. Hutton on Election Day

posted Nov 4, 2012, 10:10 AM by Susan Dufraine

The Election will be held on November 6, 2012 at the Community House, 735 Longmeadow Street.  The polls will be open from 7:00 am until 8:00 pm


I was invited and attended a meeting with town official to discuss logistics of voting day that impact Center School. I’m appreciative of their efforts to work with us to ensure the safety of our students on what will surely be a busier than usual traffic day.


1.     Longmeadow Street in front of the school will be one-way traffic, as usual, but extends one way all the way past the Community House from 7:00 AM to 8: 00 PM.

2.     Longmeadow Police Department will assign an officer to the school during arrival and dismissal.

3.     Please do not park where you will block arrival and dismissal procedures. You’ll see cones placed in key areas to help citizens understand where parking is not allowed.

4.     Families can assist by carpooling, walking and/or biking with your child (ren) to reduce traffic.

5.     You’ll see many extra teachers on duty in the AM and PM. Please help us by closely supervising your child during these periods.

This is a good time to convey a few additional messages regarding school procedures.


Children may not remain on the playground at dismissal unless a parent provides supervision. We hold expectations that students will follow all safety rules when playing on the playground with families at dismissal, including safe use of the playscape. Please remind your child if he/she bikes or walks to leave school grounds immediately. This rule is critical not only for playground safety but to ensure safety for students when they travel home; crossing guards need to cross students at busy intersections.


As cold weather approaches and the car line lengthens, please review carline procedures found in the Family Handbook :


Children should not cross Longmeadow or Longfellow Streets at any point except the crosswalk. Children should wait at the tree belt for their rides where supervision is provided. Let’s work together to reinforce these procedures at all times with our students.


Center School will hold our own voting  on Tuesday and students will vote electronically for their choice for President. Students have learned about our government and democratic process at each grade level;  and 5th grade held an assembly for grades 3 and 4 to discuss the issues and the stance of each candidate. The school’s result will be posted on the teachers’  and school’s  websites as well as my blog.

 As always, many thanks for your support.