Good evening Families!
We’re incredibly excited to welcome you to Center School’s Open House on Thursday, September 23rd from 6:00-7:30. And yes, we are in person!! By now, you have received the “invitation” with information from your child’s classroom teacher. We will hold two sessions and classes are divided alphabetically to minimize the number of adults in the classroom. There is some flexibility for sessions, but please be sure to reach out to teachers with requests if your assigned session is problematic. Masks are mandated at all times while inside the building.
Our Shared Goals for Open House
We strive to create the strongest and most effective partnerships with our families. When we work closely together for and with your child, we create a teaching and learning community where children will become the best learners and citizens imagined.
Some things you will hear about are:
grade level learning expectations across the curriculum.
the workshop model as an instructional framework.
procedures and routines.
what it means to be a peacebuilder and how the peacebuilder's way of being is embedded in our work.
standards based assessment.
support systems in place, including the WIN (what I need) block.
what your child’s day looks like!
ways to support learning at home.
conferences. Open House is not an evening for individual conversations with the teachers about students, but know teachers look forward to this time in November.
Excitedly, you will have the opportunity to more “formally” meet your child’s teacher, see your child’s classroom, and (re)visit and travel the hallways your child travels each day.
At this time, each grade level is assigned a “specials” teacher for a six to seven week rotation. Please stop in to meet and greet your child’s “specials” teacher at 6:30 or at 7:15. No worries, we will be around to help you find classrooms and there are signs posted!
Kinder and 1st grade: PE : Gymnasium Mrs. Gauthier and Mrs. Capotosto
2nd Grade: Library/Media : Library (in the connector) Mrs. Mulcahy
3rd Grade: Technology Integration: Technology room (near the main office) Mrs. Giuggio
4th Grade: Art: Art room (5th grade hallway) Mr. Wong
5th Grade: Music: Music Room (outside the cafeteria) Mrs. Morrisey
If your child receives special education services, our resource teachers will be in their classrooms. Please expect a message from the teacher with details on room locations. Mrs. Coviello; Mrs. Dryburgh; Mrs. Erricolo; Mrs. Grant.
When you arrive at the school, please enter the building from the esplanade doors. The other doors across the school will not be open. We'll have grade level signs at each esplanade door so you know the easiest door to enter.
Mr. Dutko and I will be on the esplanade to welcome you. Also, our special education supervisor Juliet Keenan; our literacy team: Vanessa Vigna, Valerie Brown, and Julia Longo; our math specialist Patricia Woodward; Speech and language pathologist Marissa Matt; and our adjustment counselor, Katie Irizarry will be part of the welcome team. Our PTO executive board will also have representatives to say hello. We will not have a “formal” presentation when you arrive, just a warm welcome, some helpful information/handouts, and lots of help with navigating your way around as needed.
Finally, on the first day of school for the staff, I read a winning book called Hugo and the Impossible Thing. Hugo is a tenacious little bulldog who has the courage to tackle the Impossible Thing at the edge of the forest. So many layers of meaning for me in this simple tale, as we all have faced our own seemingly impossible things throughout life -as will our students. In the story, Hugo persists with courage, curiosity, and “unsinkable” spirit. Importantly, his success is found with the help and the smarts of many friends along the journey.
Thank-you for partnering with us on this remarkable journey through your child’s elementary years. We trust you will discover, if you have not already, how invaluable we consider the school to home connection is to your child’s growth and success.
See you Thursday!
With anticipation and appreciation,
Donna Hutton, Principal