CENTER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

837 LONGMEADOW STREET | LONGMEADOW | MASSACHUSETTS | 01106 | P 413-565-4290 F 413-238-6126

Center Elementary School’s vision for education is foremost focused on fostering a child-centered environment where our students are responsible and respectful members of their learning community. Students develop a strong sense of self and a desire to contribute to their community in a positive manner. Our vision for academic learning is to nurture highly motivated and independent students who approach learning with enthusiasm, critical thinking, creativity, and perseverance. Inherent in our vision is the guiding principle that all students can learn at high levels; and will reach their full potential through the collaborative efforts of their teachers, families, and school leaders.

"All students, regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or homelessness, have equal access to the general education program and the full range of any occupational or vocational programs offered by the district."


SCHOOL HOURS

8:30 AM - 2:45 PM

TO REPORT AN ABSENCE

PLEASE CALL 413-565-4290

SUMMER HOURS

8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

ANNOUNCEMENTS


Book Fair Tonight!

Posted Dec. 4, 2019

Please come to the Scholastic Book Fair TONIGHT!!

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Center Community Room

Enter through the main doors!

See you tonight for some great book shopping!!

Book Fair Schedule for Students

Thursday 12/5/19

9-9:30 Brydges

9:30-10 McLean

10-10:30 Bombardier

10:30-11 Palazzi

10:50-11:20 Green

11:30-12 Craft/Kadis

12:30-1 McColgan

1-1:30 Serafino

1:30-2 Ferreira

2-2:30 Gildersleeve


Friday 12/6/19

9-9:30 Eaton

9:30-10 Silva

Snow Day #2

Posted Dec. 3, 2019

Hello Center Families,

Just an update on our Book Fair...the Wednesday schedule remains the same and our dedicated committee is ready to go for 9:00 a.m. tomorrow! Teachers will be in touch about rescheduled days and times. Tomorrow will be the night time shopping for our community from 6:00 to 8:00! Don't miss out on an opportunity for finding a new favorite or choosing the perfect book to gift someone for the holiday season!!

Wednesday Book Fair Schedule

9:00 - 9:30- Ms. Wright

9:30 - 10:00- Mrs. Moore

10:00 - 10:30- Mrs. Glading

11:00 - 11:30 -Mrs. Cummings

11:30 - 12:00 -Ms. Iancu

1:30 - 2:00 - Mrs. Salvatore

2:00 - 2:30- Ms.Anderson

Back by popular demand and coming in the new year-Center School Bedtime Read Alouds!! Here's our previous stories for you to revisit while we prepare for the next just right stories for our students. Best to all and hope to see everyone tomorrow! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCD3NIkSDC1uTG3vznfvlfvg/videos

Donna Hutton, Principal

December 2nd

Hello and Happy Snow Day Center Families!

The Book Fair is still on for this week! Teachers will be in touch with families if your child’s schedule is changed because of today or any possible delay tomorrow. The late afternoon shopping is also still planned for tomorrow from 6:00 to 8:00 in the Community Room. Happy book browsing!

We love recess in the snow! PLEASE make sure your child has boots (a must because the playground and field will be snow covered and wet), a hat, warm coat, mittens or gloves so he/she can enjoy the fun in the snow this week. Our younger students will especially enjoy unlimited fun in the snow with snow pants!! We will provide indoor recess for students who are not dressed for the weather.

Snow accumulation brings fewer parking spaces for our school community. While the carline will become longer, please refrain from parking in the teachers’ lot in the back of the school during drop off or pick up; and from parking and drop off on Longfellow. We appreciate you following procedures and dropping your child off in the carline.

We’re excited to offer three school clubs for our students beginning after the winter break. Here’s the choices:

Reading Ambassadors: Do you love reading? Do you want to be a leader of reading at Center School? Then join the Reading Ambassadors! The Reading Ambassadors are a group of third through fifth-grade students on a mission to spread the joy of reading at our school led by Ms. Fritz and Ms. Vigna. We’ll be meeting every other Thursday morning from 7:45 to 8:25 in the Community Room. As soon as we get our official roster, we’ll let you know all of the dates. You'll choose from a variety of committees like community readers, surprise book cover door decorating, reading newspaper, and MORE. If you’d like to be a Center School Reading Ambassador, sign up HERE. Check out this Center School Sighting report on Reading Ambassadors or this Center School Sighting report about last year's summer reading assembly for more information.

Center School Sightings (CSS) for 5th Graders:

Will you be the next great movie maker? Come be a part of the Green Screen CSS Team and learn how to be all of these:

  • Cinematographer
  • Live-on-the scene reporter
  • Multi-source editor
  • News anchor
  • Director
  • Producer

It’s your time to shine as you get a say in how movies are made at our school, about our school! Center School Sightings newscasts are featured on websites, blogs, LCTV, for the whole community to check out. Join the team! Be behind the camera or live on screen! Club leader: Ms. Turrini. Days: Thursdays 2:45-3:45. Please sign up here: CSS Sign Up

Green Recycling Club! Do you care about the environment?

This club will organize current collections and generate new ideas for our school to be more earth-friendly! We will meet after school on Thursdays until 3:30. The dates will be sent out once the number of students is determined. If you are interested, please fill out this google form.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1d4L0wTuwi_zs5ldjcApvaJfkVpbYWFFHG5zXc8FCn8I/edit Any questions should be directed to Ms. Fritz: vfritz@longmeadow.12.ma.us

On December 19th, we are pleased to welcome back the Artistic Dance Conservatory to perform a ballet for our students. This year the ballet is entitled, Lyra's Quest. The students loved the performance last year and we appreciate Erin Lau’s outreach for a return visit. The performance is possible through funding from the PTO...thank-you from your community for the enrichment opportunity!

Warmly,

Donna Hutton, Principal

CALENDAR REMINDERS

December 10th- Helping Hands Grade 3: 7:45-8:25 Cafeteria

December 11th - Family Writing Night 6:00-7:30 Community Room, Center School

December 12th- Holiday Gift Basket gifts due: Holiday Gift Wrapping Community Room 8:30-3:30

December 16th - Holiday Gift wrapping Snow Date


Happy Thanksgiving and Thank-you!

Good evening Center Families,

We dismiss at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow to begin the Thanksgiving holiday. The season ahead highlights our community’s spirit of generosity and giving. Many thanks for your donations to the Helping Hands Food Drive; and to Cecilia Gadelhak and PTO volunteers for their coordination and outreach to the Longmeadow Food Pantry, the Springfield Rescue Mission, and Loaves & Fishes Kitchen.

We continue our annual Holiday Gift Basket endeavor to help provide a joyful holiday for local children in need. Letters with information about the child your child’s class will gift to are in your child’s weekly folders. New and unwrapped gifts are due December 12th. We need volunteers to help wrap on the 12th at 9:00 a.m. If you are able to lend a helping hand, please contact Amie Tracy amietracy@me.com

Come to the Scholastic Book Fair!

December 3rd through 5th with a late shopping night on the 3rd

NEW THIS YEAR - eWallet! Set up the account in advance and skip the trip to the ATM eWallet-setuplink

If you would like to volunteer, please sign up using the following link https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080e4fa8ab2ca2fc1-center1

Don't forget to sign up for Family Writing Night. In this workshop, families will craft a poem together based on George Ella Lyon's poem, "Where I'm From" (listen to the author read her poem here!). After noticing the poem's elements and modeling pre-writing and drafting with revision throughout, families will use the patterns and structure to craft a "Where We're From" poem about their family. Teachers will be available to support families as they work through the writing process before we meet together at the end for the share. I have no doubt that every family will leave with new memories and a treasured keepsake. If your family is interested in attending this event, please register here.

On behalf of your Center School family, I wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with the love and warmth of family and friends. Safe journeys to our many families who are traveling this weekend.

With gratitude and appreciation,

Donna Hutton, Principal




Family Writing Night

Posted Nov. 21, 2019

Hi Center Families!

I'm THRILLED to be hosting an All-Ages Family Writing Night on Wednesday, December 11th from 6:00 to 7:30 in the Center School Community Room. I will run it as a Writers' Workshop, so if you've ever wondered what that looks or feels like, you'll get to experience it firsthand alongside Center cardinals!

In this workshop, families will craft a poem together based on George Ella Lyon's poem, "Where I'm From" (listen to the author read her poem here!). After noticing the poem's elements and modeling pre-writing and drafting with revision throughout, families will use the patterns and structure to craft a "Where We're From" poem about their family. Teachers will be available to support families as they work through the writing process before we meet together at the end for the share. I have no doubt that every family will leave with new memories and a treasured keepsake.

If your family is interested in attending this event, please register here.

Questions? Contact me:

vvigna@longmeadow.k12.ma.us

Happy writing,

Vanessa Vigna


Back to the 80s!

Take a trip back in time with the LHS Senior Class and enjoy some school sponsored childcare. Please take a look at the message from LHS Senior Class President Sophie Lemire!! The attached flyers will explain this all in detail!

Hi Parents,

My name is Sophie Lemire and I am the senior class president at Longmeadow High School. I am pleased to inform you all that the Class of 2020 is putting on a production of the musical Back to the 80s for our senior class play. We would love it if you would join us for a trip back to high school in the 80s, a time many of you got to experience first hand :) Students can purchase tickets at lunch beginning next week. Tickets will also be on sale at the door of each show. VIP tickets (the first two rows) will be sold for $20 and regular admission tickets will be sold for $10. Showtimes include Thursday, November 21 and Friday, November 22 at 7:00 pm as well as Saturday, November 23 at 1:00 pm. The senior class has put time, work and effort into this production and we would love to share it with family, friends and the Longmeadow Community.

Thank you so much for your time and we hope to see you there,

Sophie Lemire and the Class of 2020


Week of November 18th, 2019

Hello Center School Families,

Lots of happenings to share with you, so thank-you for taking the time to read this message!

  • In an effort to gather feedback from our students, Fresh Pick- our food service vendor- developed a survey. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey with your child, especially if he/she buys school lunches on a regular basis. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Longmeadow_ES_19-20
  • Here’s a fun family night to consider-Saturday Movie Night sponsored by Longmeadow Baseball: lba_movienight_flyer.pdf
  • So excited our Scholastic Book Fair is just around the corner, coming our way the first week of December! The evening shopping is on December 3rd from 6:00 to 8:00. Here’s the day schedule for your child’s class: BOOK FAIR Schedule Fall 2019_20 .docx
  • The School Committee would like to increase the level of communication with parents/guardians, and community members, so they’ll be sending monthly updates this year. These updates include some of the highlights from the previous month, as well as a link to the meeting minutes for those who wish to read about additional items: School Committee Update Oct-Nov2019.pdf
  • Center’s School Council is reviewing our School Improvement Plan for 2019-2020. The final plan will be shared with the community in December.
  • Lost and Found items will be donated on Friday.
  • Reminder to make sure your child has warm clothing for cold days-hats, gloves, coats, and long pants.
  • Coming your way on December 11th: Family Writing Night with Literacy Coach Vanessa Vigna...more information soon!!
  • The PTO Center School Directory is available on the PTO website: https://www.centerschoolpto.com/directory.html
  • The carline is lengthening on cold weather days. Thank-you for adhering to our procedures and remaining patient with staff and our 5th grade safety members.

Have a wonderful week!

Kind regards,

Donna Hutton, Principal

Operation Gratitude

Posted Nov. 12, 2019

Our gratitude to the Watson family for organizing Operation Gratitude again this year; and to all of our students for donating their extra Halloween candy!! Center collected 445 pounds of candy to send to our troops!!

The three top classes are: Ms. Green 32.7 pounds; Mrs. Bombardier 56.7 pounds; and Mrs. McLean's class with 63.2 pounds.

On the eve of World Kindness Day, it's wonderful to celebrate the generosity of our community!

Enjoy a wonderful week!!

Kind Regards,

Donna Hutton, Principal

Week of November 11th

Hello Center School Families,

At our Open House in September, teachers shared information regarding expectations for your child’s learning for the school year. Teachers touched on grade level standards or learning goals that drive teaching and learning. Educational standards are the learning goals for what students should know and be able to do at each grade level. They are expectations. A curriculum is the detailed plan used to teach students the learning goals embodied in standards. Standards are statements. Curriculum includes many resources: activities, lessons, units, assessments, and can include all the texts used in a particular content area. Standards define what is to be learned by the end of a school year. Curriculum is the detailed plan for day to day teaching. You can think about the difference as Standards are the end. Curriculum is the means. Here is a link to DESE and the family page that provides useful information to help understand expectations for your child’s learning: http://www.doe.mass.edu/highstandards/

Here’s a snapshot of our curriculum...certainly not an exhaustive list of the many resources teachers use as a means to help our students meet grade level standards and reach beyond! More info to come about Art, Music, PE, Health, Technology Integration, and Library Media teaching and learning.

  • Science: Foss Science: students learn science by doing science. Each grade level completes a minimum of three “modules” each year, engaged in meaningful active learning. https://www.deltaeducation.com/foss/next-generation
  • Literacy: Facilitating a workshop instructional model, teachers follow the Units of Study in both reading and writing. Students develop their proficiencies as readers and writers by exploring varied genres with authentic engaging texts.

http://www.unitsofstudy.com/introduction

  • Mathematics: Through Math Expressions students learn through an inquiry-based curriculum focused on: Conceptual understanding; Procedural fluency i.e., know mathematical facts, compute and do the math; and Capacity i.e., solve a wide range of problems in various contexts by reasoning, thinking, and applying the mathematics they have learned. https://www.hmhco.com/programs/math-expressions
  • Social Studies: This year, teachers have access to Discovery Ed, https://www.discoveryeducation.com/solutions/social-studies-techbook/ an online resource and grade levels across the district will pilot a Pearson text as we work to clearly articulate the curriculum to meet the newer standards in History and Social Science.

Additional Happenings and Reminders

  • Wednesday is World Kindness Day: Who doesn’t love Mr. Rogers? Wear your favorite cardigan to school and spread some extra kindness!! World kindess day.jpg
  • November 14th and 15th: Family /Teacher Conferences: Dismissal at 11:30 am. Please be prompt at dismissal so our teachers have time to eat lunch.
  • November 27th: Dismissal at 11:30 am
  • Thank-you to our active duty family members who visited classrooms for Veteran’s Day: very special event for students and of course for their children!
  • Please make sure your child dresses warmly for outdoor recess. Students who like to wear shorts year -round should have warm pants available for outdoors.
  • Please check Lost and found when you’re here for conferences!
  • Please visit Teachers' websites for updates and happenings in the classrooms!

Warmly,

Donna Hutton, Principal


Health Office Notice

Posted November 7, 2019

Dear Center School Families,

Cold and flu season is upon us and the schools are already seeing an increase in many contagious illnesses. We would like to take this opportunity to remind families of some important steps that can be taken to limit the spread of illness within our schools. As always, our staff will work with the students to limit the spread of germs within the school by encouraging the following:

  • Frequent and diligent hand washing
  • Avoiding touching of eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Covering coughs and sneezes with the inside of the elbow
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick

Students exhibiting any signs of illness will be referred to the health office for evaluation. Teachers and custodial staff will implement more stringent cleaning protocols for touchable surfaces.

We additionally ask families to help us limit the spread of illness by adhering to the following guidelines:

Children with one (or more) of the following symptoms MUST stay home until symptom-free for 24 hours:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever greater than 100.4 (without fever-reducing medication such as Tylenol or Motrin)
  • If prescribed antibiotics, children must have a full 24-hour dosage before returning to school.

As a precaution, please consider keeping your child home for:

  • Excessive stuffy nose or nasal drainage
  • Excessive or persistent cough
  • Lethargy or general malaise
  • Low-grade fever
  • Nausea

Thank you for partnering with us to create the healthiest possible environment for our students. Please reach out to your School Nurse with any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Donna Hutton, Principal


November 6, 2019

Hello Center School Families,

With the start of November, teachers are preparing for conferences next week. As you know, we hold conferences twice annually. We consider conferences to be a valuable time to more “formally” touch base with families to discuss students’ academic and social emotional learning as well as discuss growth areas. Importantly, teachers will want to hear your insights, answer questions, and continue to grow partnerships to work together to help your child be the best student possible.

The elementary report card is “standards –based” and will be distributed in January and June. At the conference, your child’s teacher will discuss progress referencing the standards. Families receive (or will begin to receive, depending on grade level) assessment results with cover sheets that indicate your child’s progress towards meeting particular standards or “learning targets”.

One critical strength of standards-based reporting is communication! Here are additional benefits:

  • Students are offered multiple opportunities and ways through which to demonstrate proficiency
  • Families are aware of exactly what their child knows, is able to do, and next steps for progress
  • Parents know in which curriculum areas their child needs more support or extension
  • Parents are empowered to increase their child's confidence and help their student set goals

While January seems far off, we hope you will visit the Elementary Standards –Based Report Card Site in the coming weeks to help continue to build your knowledge before cards are distributed.

Elementary Standards-Based Report Cards

Here’s some helpful ideas to prepare for your conference:

  • Talk with your child about school. What does he/she feel are strengths and growth areas? Is there any special topic your child wishes you to talk about with the teacher?
  • Time is precious: prepare notes with topics you want to discuss and questions you may have about your child’s learning and progress.
  • Please be on time. The schedules are tight and teachers want every minute possible with you.
  • Respectfully discussing any differences and celebrating successes will help teachers partner with you to find the most effective ways to work with your child. Teachers value and appreciate your insights.
  • Do you want to know ways to support learning at home? Teachers will offer suggestions!
  • Please thank our teachers for their work. I know they will thank you for your ongoing support and advocacy for your child.
  • Provide feedback to your child after the conference. Always emphasize the positives and discuss the action plan for growth areas.

I hope you enjoy lots of extra family time during the upcoming extended weekend. I also hope you take time to continue to talk with your child about Veteran’s Day and find a meaningful way to honor the individuals who have bravely served our country- past and present- including members of our own Center community!

A Few Reminders:

  • Operation Gratitude: Please consider donating extra Halloween candy to our troops by Friday. Students may bring extra bags of candy to school for the collection. Many thanks to the Watson family for organizing the endeavor! https://www.operationgratitude.com/express-your-thanks/halloween-candy/
  • With the forecast calling for the possibility of snow on Friday (!!), here is a brief reminder of the practices, and policies of the Longmeadow Public Schools to govern the closing or delay of school on days when the weather makes traveling for students dangerous. If the schedule is to be altered, we will attempt to make announcements on the television, the Longmeadow Public Schools website and over the School Messenger email and telephone service as early as possible on days of questionable weather. Our judgment in those circumstances will be based on the best information available at that time about road conditions throughout the area. The following situations may occur:

1. A one-hour delayed opening to allow for snow removal during relatively light storms.

2. A two-hour delayed opening to allow for snow removal and traffic clearance during more severe storms. Please stay tuned for school messages following a delayed opening announcement in case of worsening conditions warranting school closing.

3. School closing due to storms severe enough that safe paths to school cannot generally be maintained.

4. Early Dismissal is done only in the event of an unanticipated emergency. On the rare occasion when an emergency dismissal is necessary, announcements will be made on television and made using the School Messenger email and telephone service. Utmost caution will be exercised by school staff in the event of an early dismissal. Please know that in these instances school staff will remain at school until safe travel is provided for all students. Please be sure your family has contingency plans for children sent home due to an early dismissal.

  • With winter weather here already, we have colder days and unpredictable weather. Please support us by helping your child adhere to our winter dress. The students are expected to dress appropriately for cold weather days. We will have outdoor recess unless the temperatures and/or the wind chill factor are such that it is determined to be unsafe or unwise to do so. Generally, 20 degrees or colder is considered to be the threshold. Students must have coats, hats, gloves, boots [during snowy conditions], and long pants to play outside in cold weather. If it is determined that a student is not dressed appropriately and/or safely for the weather, we will provide indoor recess for the student. If your child prefers to wear shorts, please have him/her wear long pants over shorts that can be easily slid on for recess. We also suggest that students keep gloves and a hat either in their backpack or their lockers/cubbies to be prepared for changeable conditions. Names on all items will help us return personal items from lost and found to students!! Please contact me if your family needs assistance for winter weather clothing; and I will help meet your child’s needs with care and discretion.
  • November 11th - Veteran’s Day- No School
  • November 14th and 15th - Parent and Teacher Conferences- ½ Day 11:30 a.m. Dismissal
  • November 27th - ½ Day 11:30 a.m. Dismissal
  • November 28th and 29th - No School- Thanksgiving Recess

Kind regards,

Donna Hutton, Principal


Two Days Left!

Posted November 6, 2019

Good Afternoon,

The window of opportunity to view a video version of the "Challenge Success" talk that was delivered to parents and staff on October 15 is quickly closing. The LPS community has until November 8th to view either the high school presentation linked here or the K-8 presentation linked here. The videos are thought provoking and have been well-received.

The next meeting of the Special Education Alliance of Longmeadow (SEAL) is Tuesday, November 12th at 7:00 p.m. in LPS central office conference room A-31 located at 535 Bliss Road. SEAL is a parent advisory council that offers information, support, and networking opportunities to parents. On Tuesday, there will be a presentation from special education supervisors at Williams, Glenbrook and LHS. Please attend to learn more about special education programming and upcoming SEAL outreach activities. For the full meeting agenda and to learn more about future meeting dates and events please visit www.sealma.org.

Let's hope we dodge the snow on Friday. If we don't and you need information on our inclement weather protocols, please review the attached letter below.

Have a great evening!

Sincerely,

Marty O'Shea

Superintendent

Inclement Weather Protocols

Happy Halloween!

Ahoy Mateys! Happy Halloween from your Center Staff! Arrrrr!


Halloween Parade

Posted October 31, 2019

Hello and Happy Halloween!

I know it might be problematic for many families, but we will wait until 1:45 to make a decision about whether the students will parade outside in their costumes at 2:00. Please consider this message the school notice-if you see there is no rain: we'll walk down the esplanade turn left and head towards Longfellow, travel down Longfellow to the playground, walk towards the cafeteria, walk past the cafeteria, travel down the driveway, walk past the front of the gymnasium, and back to the esplanade to enter the building. The green is much too wet and muddy to consider. If the rain continues-NO parade...

Lots of fun and creative activities happening-just saw owl pellet dissection in 2nd grade!

Have a wonderful day!

Regards,

Donna Hutton, Principal


Week of October 28th

Happy Monday Center School Families,

The 16th annual Halloween Hustle was a tremendous success...the weather was absolutely perfect and many runners ran their personal best time!! So many “shout outs” owed for the success of the day! Katie Wartman chaired the event with her team of helpers sharing the work: Bianca Damiano Gonzalez and Megan Downey served as co-leadership chairs, helping with all aspects of the day; Jen Skelley Duval and Beth Benzaquin did the graphics, design, and illustration; Katie Sullivan helped with race timing logistics and Lindsay Maloni Kuntz was responsible for the decorating. Well done to all! https://www.facebook.com/LongmeadowCenterPTO/

Halloween Parade: The weather looks uncertain for our annual parade at 2:00 on Halloween day. Should the day bring rain, classroom celebrations will be held, but the parade will be cancelled. We will not decide until immediately before 2:00.

I want to introduce you to one of our lunch monitors who began her work with us at the end of last year. Jenny came to us through a new connection with Riverside Industries Inc. RSI is a Partner of Western Mass Employment Collaborative (WMEC). Jenny inspires us each day with her hard work and her love for our students, many of whom she has developed a special connection. Please take the time to read her story! https://www.wmecworks.net/success-stories.php

Calendar Reminders

November 5th - Helping Hands Grade 4; 7:45 a.m. in the cafeteria

November 11th - Veteran’s Day - No School

Parent/Teacher Conferences November 14th and 15th -Students dismissed at 11:30 a.m.

Have a wonderful week!

Regards,

Donna Hutton, Principal

Teacher Learning

Posted Oct. 28, 2019

Teacher growth is closely related to pupil growth. Probably nothing within a school has more impact on students in terms of skills development, self-confidence, or classroom behavior than the personal & professional growth of their teachers. Roland Barth

Dear Center School Families,

Learning is a never- ending process, not only for our students but for our educators. Research indicates that for professional development to be effective and impactful it has to be directly connected to daily work with students, related to content areas, organized around real challenges of practice, continuous and ongoing, and able to provide teachers with access to resources and expertise.

Enhancing teaching practice is a complex and ongoing endeavor that can’t be achieved by going off to a workshop! Teachers continually work with others on ways to enrich their teaching, which positively impacts your child’s growth and learning. In our district, professional development takes place in varied ways.I want to share with you some ways that teachers grow their teaching craft.

Coaching: Several years ago, LPS invested in literacy coaches at the elementary level. Simplified, coaches help teachers take important instructional concepts they learn and apply them. A gifted coach, such as our own Vanessa Vigna, provides differentiated collaboration and support to teachers. It is well worth your time to visit Ms. Vigna’s blog: A Sea of Literacy Talk, rich with resources for anyone who wishes to enrich the literacy world of a child. You'll gain a deeper understanding of the innovative nature of a coach’s work and see how embedded the work is in our school culture. https://msvigna.com/

PeaceBuilders/CASEL Committee: Representatives across our staff will create a comprehensive crosswalk between CASEL competencies and PeaceBuilders. Collaboration is a powerful form of professional development where we learn from and with our colleagues, working on a similar goal and delving deeper into varied topics. This work will be impactful to our social emotional learning (SEL) work as well as your understanding of the social competencies.

Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) Pilot Evaluation Tool Program: A Center team was accepted into a pilot program where we will have an opportunity to use an evaluation tool to take a closer look at the effectiveness of the reader’s and writer’s workshop instructional model. We’ll join 20 selected schools/districts across the state, working under DESE’s How do We Know Initiative: Using, Building, and Sharing Evidence to Improve Student Outcomes. Opportunities to reflect on our practices fosters tremendous growth for all involved.

Foundations of Inclusive Practice: Our Special education team and I will attend an institute that will build our knowledge and approaches for implementing inclusive practice. At the conclusion of our time- intensive work in the institute, we will have a professional development presentation/course to share with our colleagues. The two driving goals for us are to look for ways to improve instruction and support for students with disabilities and to provide educators with powerful professional development on effective strategies.

Our new math specialist, Patricia Woodward, will continue her training in AVMR https://www.mathrecovery.org/ The district will send the elementary math specialists to the AVMR National Conference in November as well. We’re anticipating positive results with the implementation of math recovery as an intervention to increase students’ mathematical understanding and achievement.

Teachers have an opportunity to take Professional Growth Courses after school. The course offerings change throughout the year and are aligned with school and district learning and teaching goals. Additionally, teachers spend three Mondays a month after school working on collaborative endeavors within their teams and/or involved with Principal led training/sharing.

District Professional Development Days: The topics and offerings on these days are also aligned to our teaching and learning goals. On the October day, teachers chose from a menu of workshop topics offered by their colleagues. In the afternoon, Center educators had an interactive presentation with Jennifer Bogin, behavior specialist, focused on strategies for educators when working with children with challenging behavioral needs.

In a few short weeks we will hold parent teacher conferences. I will communicate soon regarding the goals of conferences. We expect to see all our families for this important meeting, so please be sure you have scheduled your time with your child’s teacher.

Your child’s growth and learning depend on our capacity to provide learning opportunities for our educators. It’s an area that we continue to work together to make meaningful and to grow, continually focused on the “real challenges of practice”. While I have tried to capture some of the learning opportunities in our school and beyond, this is not an exhaustive list. Many teachers also delve into learning in other ways through college courses, professional readings, and study groups. A teacher's work stretches far beyond the school day...

That said, know that we learn more in our day- to- day work with students than perhaps any other endeavor! Thank-you for your ongoing trust and support for our work. And thank-you for the privilege of working with your child.

Sincerely,

Donna Hutton, Principal

Longfellow Drive Construction

Posted Oct. 24, 2019

Dear Center School Families,

I was informed today by DPW Director Mario Mazza that Gomes Construction will be starting the sidewalk replacement work on Longfellow Drive tomorrow. Mr. Mazza expects the replacement to last about a week. DPW/Police will be installing "No Parking" signs on Longfellow this afternoon.

  • There will be (more) limited parking for staff during this period. PLEASE do not park in the back parking lot in the morning when you drop off your child. We appreciate all families dropping off in the carline.
  • The replacement will be impactful to all students who walk to school via Longfellow. Know that extra safety precautions need to be taken by families and students.
  • Kindergarten families who usually park on Colton and pick up students in the back of the school are encouraged to pick up in the carline.
  • The carline may be longer than usual so many thanks for extra patience.

Thank-you for your understanding and help during the construction period.

Sincerely,

Donna Hutton, Principal

Challenge Success Video - Must See TV!

Posted October 21, 2019

Good Morning,

If you missed last Tuesday's Challenge Success presentation, you can watch a very similar recorded version for free by using this link. Click on "rent" and then use the promo code "longmeadow" in order to watch it for free through November 8th. Please note that users will need to create a free Vimeo account prior to viewing.

Sincerely,

Marty O'Shea

Superintendent of Schools

Week of October 21st

Hello Center Families,

We have a full week of school ahead-yay! - and I know teachers look forward to a dynamic week of learning!

  • Digital Citizenship : A message from parent Kristin Seeley: Please feel free to contact her with questions or for more information. Email Kristin at kristinseeley@msn.com or call/text at 413-426-7240.

In an effort to promote healthy behaviors with technology, we are writing to you to ask for help in creating a parent-led coalition in partnership with our community stakeholders. The mission is to help our school-aged children navigate the complex digital world. We have heard resounding messages and alarmingly frequent instances from our administrators, teachers and counseling staff -- too much time is spent mitigating the effects of social media, screen time and gaming -- they need our help and support. Our elementary schools are already using Common Sense Media programming to demonstrate how students can manage technology time and behave appropriately online -- for example, being kind online, protecting privacy and personal information, creating digital awareness, etc. In a growing digital universe that is pervasive and often invasive, we will strive to help our children grow into productive, healthy digital citizens. We will delve into the specifics of healthy screen interaction and modeling good digital behaviors, and at this time ask that each PTO/PAC volunteer two members to join our Digital Citizenship Panel.

  • Halloween Reminders

Teachers will send families information about grade level activities. As you help your child choose a costume, please remember that Halloween at Center is a day for imagination and creativity. Please refrain from frightening costumes and masks. Parade October 31st at 2:00 weather permitting on the Green.

From Nurse Autumn Rodrigues: Reminders from LPS Wellness Policy:

  • No candy is allowed to be consumed at school.
  • Nothing home-baked OR home-made in any classroom
  • Anything brought into the classroom for consumption must have a clear label, be in original packaging, and list all ingredients.
  • Be mindful of your classroom allergens. If your classroom is nut free, nothing can contain nuts OR be processed in a facility that also processes nuts. That applies for all allergens. Please review your teacher’s website if you are unsure about the allergens in your classroom.
  • Everything brought into classrooms must be cleared by the nurse.
  • Please consider non-food items as treats for all celebrations. Many classrooms have already eliminated food items for celebrations. Some ideas include pencils, stickers, glow sticks, party games, small crafts, etc.
  • Halloween Hustle: October 26th 8:30 a.m. https://www.centerschoolpto.com/hustle.html
  • School Council: Here’s the link to the SC page that includes meeting dates, the School Improvement Plan, and the minutes to our meetings. https://sites.google.com/longmeadow.k12.ma.us/new-ctr/administration/school-council
  • LHS Halloween Spooktacular: October 26th 5:30-7:30 at Longmeadow High School. This is a fundraiser for Camp Sunshine led by the LHS Key Club. Come and join the fun!! $5 per trick or treater.
  • We are excited to let you know that there will be school- based after- school clubs coming your way very soon!! The clubs will fall under the following categories: Community Service Club; STEAM Club; School Leadership Club. More information coming your way very soon!!
  • My apologies, but another reminder to mark your child’s items with his/her name and encourage your child to check for missing items in the Lost and Found.

Thank-you and enjoy a terrific week!

Regards,

Donna Hutton, Principal



End-of-Week Message

Posted October 10, 2019

Hello Center School Families,

I’m touching base with some end-of-the-week news and reminders:

  • Congratulations to Christina Fleming and Erin Linville. They will join parents Rachel Axtmann and Christopher Morgan on our School Council this year. Many thanks to all the parents who were willing to serve and to Gina Pantuosco, Sarah Smith, and Michael Barresi for their past membership. Here’s a link that provides more information about the role of the council: http://www.doe.mass.edu/lawsregs/advisory/schoolcouncils/

  • Please take a few moments to respond to the district Wellness Survey. Your response will provide helpful information to the work of the Wellness committee. It will take less than 5 minutes, I promise! Wellness Survey https://forms.gle/2L7aFrdiBRzSYjMj6

  • School Committee: During the annual School Committee Retreat, the Committee established a goal to increase their level of communication with stakeholders. This is the first of monthly newsletters that will highlight their important work for our district:School Committee Update.9.2019.pdf

  • Lost and Found items will be donated at the end of the week. Thank-you for marking items with your child’s name and for reminders to your child to check the area for items.

  • Halloween Spooktacular - The Annual LHS Spooktacular will take place on Saturday, October 26th. Please click on this link for the flyer: Halloween Spooktacular 2019.pdf

  • LEEF Gala: Join friends and community members at the 18th Annual LEEF Magic and Mystery Gala at Twin Hills Country Club, Saturday, November 2 at 6:30p.m. Tickets can be purchased by clicking here

October 14th- Columbus Day- No School

October 15th- Professional Development Day- No School

October 16th-PTO Meeting 7:00 in the Community Room: Please join us!!

Kind regards,

Donna Hutton, Principal



Week of October 7th

Dear Center School Families,

Here’s some happenings and reminders for the week ahead in our school community:

  • Helping Hands kicks off Tuesday morning with our 5th graders. Here’s the details for the endeavor. HelpingHands 2019-20 (1).docx Many thanks to all who contributed to the food drive for the Longmeadow Food Pantry. We collected just short of 300 pounds to begin to restock the pantry for the months ahead! Well done!
  • Lost and Found: Unhappily the lost and found is incredibly full at the start of the year. Please encourage your child to check the area outside the cafeteria for lost clothing items and lunch containers. It’s helpful if you mark your child’s name on items and we can return them to homerooms. Items that remain for a month will be donated.
  • Reminder about drop off and pick up: Longfellow Street is not a place to pick up or drop off students. We’re seeing students crossing on Longfellow where there’s no crosswalk. This is a significant safety risk for students. Thank-you for working with us to keep our children safe.
  • Allergies and nut-free classrooms: 10 of our classrooms are “nut free” classrooms. You received a letter from Nurse Rodrigues at the start of the year if your child needs to refrain from having a snack with nut products or other allergens that will pose a serious health risk to students in his/her classroom. We deeply appreciate you helping us provide a safe environment for all children by reading the label on your child’s snack choice.
  • MCAS Parent Reports: Families of students who took the test last year will receive the reports that were mailed on Friday. http://www.doe.mass.edu/mcas/parents/ Please reach out with questions.
  • Challenge Success: October 15th . ChallengeSuccess 10-15-2019.pdf
  • October 9th: No School Yom Kippur
  • October 14th and 15th : No School: Columbus Day and Professional Development Day respectively
  • October 26: Halloween Hustle
  • October 31st: 2:00 p.m. Center’s Halloween Costume Parade on the Green.
  • LEEF GALA: https://one.bidpal.net/2019leefgala/ticketing

Longmeadow Public Schools adheres to the CASEL framework https://casel.org/what-is-sel/to guide us in fostering the social emotional competencies of our students. We have formed a committee of educators at Center whom are working to articulate to our families the alignment of our PeaceBuilders program with the CASEL framework. The committee is excited for the work and anticipate sharing valuable resources by midyear. In the meantime, please be sure to take the time to read the monthly newsletters sent home regarding PeaceBuilders practices and visit the CASEL website to deepen your understandings of the competencies.

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Teachers and interventionists have completed most screenings for the start of the school year. At Open House, teachers explained the WIN block and our RTI model. Here’s a great resource created by our staff and students to enhance your understanding: https://sites.google.com/longmeadow.k12.ma.us/centerstage/home

Conferences are November 14th and 15th and know our teachers are available and responsive at any time to answer questions and/or share insights with you about your child’s learning.

Thank-you for taking the time to read this message and for your ongoing partnership and support!

Sincerely,

Donna Hutton, Principal

SEAL Meeting 10-8-2019

Posted October 4, 2019

The Special Education Alliance of Longmeadow (SEAL) is a Parent Advisory Council that offers information, support, and networking opportunities to parents. Please join us for our next meeting on Tuesday, October 8th at 7:00 PM in Room A-31 Pupil Services, 535 Bliss Road, Longmeadow. There will be a presentation from our preschool and elementary school special education supervisors from Blueberry, Wolf Swamp and Center School and learn about special education programs offered at the schools. Following the presentation, there will be discussion about upcoming SEAL outreach activities. For the full meeting agenda, and to learn more about future meeting dates and events, visit www.sealma.org.

Helping Hands 2019-2020

Posted October 4, 2019

Dear Center School Families,

In the spirit of teaching our students about the importance of community service, we will begin our seventh yearlong effort to feed those in need of assistance.

Center School Helping Hands is a school –wide effort that provides our students an opportunity to work as grade level teams to make a difference by making sandwiches to help feed the hungry. Helping Hands is a collective endeavor that depends on the generosity of our Peace Builders community; and we anticipate another successful year!

Here’s how it works:

1. SCHEDULE:

Each grade level will be assigned a month to meet one morning in the cafeteria at 7:45 AM to make sandwiches with their grade level team.The students will go directly to their classrooms at 8:25.

Mark your calendars on the following Tuesdays:

October 8th-5th grade

November 5th-4th grade

December 10th-3rd grade

January 7th-2nd grade

February 4th-1st grade

March 3rd-K & 5th

April 7th- 4th & 2nd

May 5th- 3rd & 1st

June 2nd- all grades

2. WHAT TO BRING:

Each family may voluntarily send in with your child sandwich meat, cheese, and bread to make sandwiches on their designated day. We suggest 1lb. meat; ½ lb. cheese; two loaves of bread, although any donated amount is appreciated. The number of sandwiches delivered each month will depend on donations.

3. WHO MAY COME:

Siblings are more than welcome to make sandwiches too. For example, our first date (October 8th) will be with 5th graders. If you have a 5th grader and a 2nd grader, feel free to send the 2nd grader to help. Parents are welcome to stay as well, the more helping hands the better!!

4. SANDWICH DONATIONS:

Center School parent Cecilia Rosalin Gadelhak (ccrosalin@gmail.com) will be coordinating this effort. She and I will be present with the students while they make the sandwiches; and Cecilia and Amie Tracy will deliver the sandwiches to the Springfield Rescue Mission, Loaves and Fishes Kitchen in Springfield and the Easthampton Community Center.

Thank-you for your generous spirit of giving! A reminder notice will be sent each month.

With appreciation,

Donna Hutton, Principal


Challenge Success

Posted October 3, 2019

Longmeadow Public Schools

Special Programs Series

Challenge Success – The Well-Balanced Student

The Longmeadow Public Schools is pleased to announce the Special Programs Committee (SPC) will host a community engagement program featuring Challenge Success on Tuesday, October 15th at 7:00 pm in the Longmeadow High School Auditorium. In a presentation titled, The Well-Balanced Student, Challenge Success will help community attendees learn research- based strategies for raising healthier youth by reducing academic stress and increasing child(ren)’s resilience, creativity, and well-being.

Challenge Success, a research-based organization working out of Stanford University, partners with communities who aspire to redefine success and create "more balanced and academically fulfilling" lives for their children. Additional information about Challenge Success can be found at www.challengesucces.org.

Also, during the afternoon of October 15th, LPS Middle and High School educators will engage in scheduled professional development with Challenge Success on practices that improve student well-being and engagement with learning.

There is no admission-fee for the evening event.

Challenge Success.pdf

ChallengeSuccess 10-15-2019.pdf

Please join us!!

Challenge Success hosted by the Special Programs Committee

Posted Oct. 1, 2019

The entire LPS community is invited to an evening presentation by Challenge Success and hosted by the Special Programs Committee. Challenge Success, a research-based organization working out of Stanford University, partners with communities who aspire to redefine success and create "more balanced and academically fulfilling" lives for their children. Middle and High School staff will learn from Challenge Success on our October 15 professional development day. Community members are invited to an evening presentation on the same day, beginning at 7 p.m. in the LHS auditorium.


Thank you on behalf of the Special Programs Committee,


Shelly Warren


Two Seats on Center's School Council are Open!

Posted October 1, 2019

Members Needed!

Please contact the PTO https://www.centerschoolpto.com/about-the-pto.html or Principal Hutton if you are interested in serving on the School Council. Meetings held once a month for one hour. Council determines days and times to meet to accommodate members' schedules.

A school council is a representative, school building-based committee composed of the principal, parents, teachers, community members and, at the secondary level, students, required to be established by each school pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 71, Section 59C.

Responsibilities of a School Council:

School councils are to assist principals in:

  • adopting educational goals for the school that are consistent with local educational policies and statewide student performance standards;
  • identifying the educational needs of students attending the school;
  • reviewing the annual school building budget;
  • formulating a school improvement plan.

Thank-you for considering!!

Open House Change

Posted September 26, 2019

Good morning Center School Families,

Because of the likely chance of showers late this afternoon, we’ll set up our PTO social in the cafeteria. For veteran families who have been to prior Open House evenings, this means the format changes and there will not be a “formal” welcome.

We hope you still stop by the cafeteria for a doughnut and cider treat before the first presentation at 6:30 or sometime during the evening as you travel around the school. Also, the music room and reading center are in this area and you’ll have a chance to visit and say hello! There will also be information from the PTO for the Halloween Hustle and LEEF Gala information-two community happenings you don’t want to miss!

Entrances: esplanade doors on both sides; main entrance; cafeteria doors in the back of the school.

6:10-7:45 Cider doughnuts and cider hosted by PTO in the cafeteria

6:30-7:00 1st Classroom Presentation

7:00-7:10 Travel time and opportunity to say hello to different teachers across the school.

7:15-7:45 2nd Classroom Presentation

Thank-you and see you this evening! Gentle reminder, the evening is for adults only!

Regards,

Donna Hutton, Principal


Week of September 23rd

Hello Center School Families,

Fall Carnival: We had a perfect afternoon for the Fall Carnival!! We may have set a record for the number of families who enjoyed the event. A very big bundle of gratitude to Jen Alvord and countless volunteers, including the Key Club from LHS, for planning, for generously sharing time, helping hands, and fun spirits with our community. Most especially, we thank our 5th graders who are center stage at the carnival each year. Once again, their leadership and smarts were on full display and they awed us with their talents. We look forward to the Halloween Hustle on October 26th, which is the next PTO endeavor.

Biking and Walking to Center: There’s something incredibly special about watching arrival in the morning; and it always makes me smile to step back and observe. Our parents and students on bikes and so many walkers enjoying a healthy beginning to the day is one of the many benefits of neighborhood schools. That said, it’s been brought to my attention that families have concerns about safety along sidewalks both in the morning and at dismissal. I have reached out to our safety officer Carl Mazzaferro for assistance. In the coming days, he will be visible along busy paths to remind everyone of courteous and safe etiquette:

  • All bikers, students on roller blades, and scooter riders need helmets!
  • Tuck and tie shoe laces and pant legs.
  • Importantly: RIDE RIGHT and please -no more than two abreast so students and families don’t get run off the sidewalk!
  • Talk with your child about smart and appropriate speed.
  • Cross at crosswalks and be cautious when passing driveways.
  • When passing walkers, please give a polite shout out “On your left” or ring your bike bell.
  • Remind your child to stay off our neighbors’ lawns. This is an issue of concern when students ride four or five bikes side by side.
  • We have consistently reminded students to travel the sidewalk in front of the school and to never cut down the driveway near the gymnasium. There is a blind spot here that is a strong safety concern. We’re asking parents and guardians to follow this request as well.

Homework: Teachers will discuss the importance of the Homework Guiding Principles at Open House this week. Here’s a link to the document with helpful grade level resources: https://sites.google.com/longmeadow.k12.ma.us/homework/home You will receive many reminders throughout the year conveying that yes, our students from kinder through 5th grade have homework; and we ask you to partner with us to make sure your child is fulfilling his/her responsibility to read and practice math as assigned by your child’s teacher. Stop in to see our literacy coach Vanessa Vigna or reading specialist Valerie Fritz for some helpful guidance on Thursday evening.

Open House: Attached is the detailed message I sent over the weekend. Just a reminder to visit teachers other than your child’s classroom teacher between the two classroom presentations. All our teachers will not be available after 7:45. 2019 Open House Details.docx

Finally, many members of our community knew Lisa Gore from her time at Center School working in the preschool as a para professional. She died suddenly last week and there will be a celebration of her life tomorrow with services at the First Church of Christ. It feels like an appropriate time to thank all our para professionals for the important work they do for our students. They provide invaluable support to children and, like Lisa, touch many many lives. We remember Lisa with gratitude and fond memories of her gifted way with the little ones in the preschool.

As always, thank-you for your partnership and for your ongoing support of all our efforts.

Regards,

Donna Hutton, Principal

Open House 2019

Posted September 21, 2019

Greetings Center School Families,

We’re looking forward to welcoming parents and guardians to our Open House on Thursday, September 26th. Center’s Open House format provides an opportunity for you to meet your child’s teachers, understand the goals and expectations for your child’s year, learn more about your child’s grade level curriculum and classroom environment, walk the hallways your child walks each day, and meet other families in your school community!

Open House Schedule: Note that there are two presentations at different times in each classroom to accommodate families with more than one child at Center.

6:10-6:25 Welcome and social on esplanade hosted by PTO with cider and doughnuts. If there is a chance of showers, we’ll set up refreshments in the café, so please stop in for a treat!

6:30-7:00 1st Classroom Presentation

7:00-7:10 Travel time and opportunity to say hello to different teachers across the school.

7:15-7:45 2nd Classroom Presentation

Important details:

  • Open House is for parents and guardians only. We’ll have other opportunities for family events that include our students.
  • Parent /Teacher Conferences are November 14th and 15th. Gentle reminder to kindly refrain from asking teachers about your child’s individual progress at Open House.
  • Please visit other teachers in your child’s school world:
    • PE teachers Ms. Gauthier and Mrs. Capotosto in the gymnasium;
    • Music teacher Ms. Drysdale- Morrisey in the music room adjacent to the café;
    • Library/media specialist Mrs. Mulcahy in the library;
    • Art teacher Mrs. Goldman in the art room located in the 5th grade hallway;
    • Technology Integration Specialist Mrs. Giuggio and dog assisted interventionist, Murphy, around the corner from the main office;
    • Literacy Coach Vanessa Vigna across from the library;
    • Our resource team, including our special education teachers and interventionists, will be in their classrooms to say hello https://sites.google.com/longmeadow.k12.ma.us/new-ctr/faculty-staff/support-programs.
  • The main entrance and the side esplanade doors will be unlocked for your convenience.

Please reach out to your child’s teacher or to me with any questions. We'll see you Thursday evening... Happy Fall and I hope you enjoy a wonderful weekend and week ahead !

Sincerely,

Donna Hutton, Principal

Please join your school community today!

2019 Fall Carnival

Posted Friday September 20, 2019

The weather looks perfect!

4:30-6:30

on the Town Green

Bring the whole family for games created and run by our very own fifth graders! Bravo to our 5th grade school leaders!!!

Celebrate the start of the new school year and experience Center School Spirit at its best.

Bounce House, hamburgs, hot dogs, popcorn, cotton candy, bake sale, face painting, and a ticket store where prizes can be purchased with raffle tickets!!

See you at 4:30!!

https://www.centerschoolpto.com/carnival-942288-396479.html

Walking School Bus Postponed

Posted September 12, 2019

Good morning Center School Families!

Due to the rainy weather this morning, we are postponing our Walking School Bus. We'll plan the walk to school on another day to be announced.

Today is a good day to wear a raincoat and bring an umbrella to school if you will be waiting in the carline at the end of the day! Thank-you for practicing patience if you'll be dropping off and/or picking up in the carline on inclement weather days.

Have a good day.

Regards,

Donna Hutton, Principal

Oops...this flyer was not attached to yesterday's message so here it is: Save the Date.pdf


Week of September 9th

Posted September 12, 2019

Hello Center Families,

Please join us to walk, ride, or roll to school on the first Walking School Bus tomorrow morning at 8:10 a.m. We’ll meet at the corner of Hopkins and Longmeadow Streets. The beginning of the year is always a bit overwhelming with so much information coming your way. I find it’s a good time to mark my calendar with important dates. Please see the attached Save the Date Flyer with the many interesting LPS Special Programs Committee events.

Here’s some more happenings that we know you will enjoy:

  • September 20th: Fall Carnival 4:30-6:30 on the green. Click here for details: https://www.centerschoolpto.com/carnival-942288-396479.html
  • September 20th: Cardinal Spirit Day: Crazy Socks Day
  • September 26th: Open House. 6:15 to 7:45
  • October 26th: Halloween Hustle: More detailed info coming at Open House!!
  • November 2nd: LEEF Gala: https://www.goleef.org/gala2019/ Please consider supporting LEEF at their major fund raiser of the year. LEEF funds amazing grants that enrich our students’ learning across the district. One funded project that each elementary school will enjoy is our “sensory paths”. You can travel the path at Open House when you cross our connector! The path provides an opportunity for some very intentional movement breaks for our students...and it’s so much fun! I’ll share more information about movement in our classrooms soon. Sensory Path

As we approach the end of our first full week, I want to share that your children have been delightful! They make us smile each day and it’s been a very good beginning. If you sense that your child might be having any issues with transitions, please don't hesitate to reach out to our teachers for support or to our adjustment counselor, Carol Connery. cconnery@longmeadow.k12.ma.us We can work together on developing strategies that will ease any lingering worries your child might experience...this is a standing suggestion for any time during your child’s journey with us.

Warm regards,

Donna Hutton, Principal

A Few Reminders...

Posted September 5, 2019

Hello Center School Families,

  • Tomorrow is our first all -school peace rally. Ms. Drysdale Morrisey will lead the students with songs and we'll introduce all our new students. Students and staff are encouraged to wear cardinal red to show our Center School spirit.
  • Don't forget about Food Truck Friday sponsored by Close Community: tomorrow from 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm. Here's the details: Food Truck Friday.pdf
  • Mark your calendars for our first Walking School Bus on September 12th! We'll meet at the corner of Hopkins at 8:10 to walk, bike, or roll to school with community members. Here's the link to Safe Routes to School that provides more details about this community happening: http://guide.saferoutesinfo.org/walking_school_bus/. Please remind your bikers and walkers to follow all safety rules to and from school. Also, students need to be off their pedals and walk their bikes in front of the school.
  • Fall Carnival September 20th!! Please visit the PTO site to order your passes. Our 5th graders are busily planning their games for our annual family night. 5th graders: don't forget to order your class tee shirts! All the information you need can be found here: https://www.centerschoolpto.com/carnival-942288-396479.html

Thank-you for your ongoing support! Enjoy the beautiful weather days ahead!

Kind regards,

Donna Hutton, Principal

Save the Dates!

Posted September 4, 2019

Good Morning,

I hope this email finds your family settling into a happy, new school year! For your planning purposes, I am pleased to provide you with a schedule of talks and presentations sponsored by the Longmeadow Public Schools Special Programs Committee.

Our first event, Food Truck Friday and Community Talk, organized by the CLOSE Community Coalition, is scheduled for Friday, September 6th.

Bring your friends and neighbors and join us for Food Truck dining beginning at 5:30 and a panel conversation starting at 6:30 focused on how we can work together to help Longmeadow youth make healthy decisions relating to alcohol, marijuana, vaping and other substances.

Please note that the flyer below also recognizes events sponsored by our strategic partner, Bay Path University, through its Kaleidoscope Speaker Series.

We hope you are able to attend and participate in the events listed below!

Sincerely,

Marty O'Shea

Superintendent of Schools

Center School Message

Posted September 3, 2019

Good morning Center School Families,

What a beautiful day to start our week! We had our first fire drill this morning and the students did a wonderful job! 424 students and all our staff exited the building quietly and safely in less than two minutes!! The LFD was impressed.

Our arrival this morning went smoothly as well. Moving our first graders to the Longfellow side of the school for arrival helped tremendously as did having our new 5th grade safety volunteers to assist everyone.

We'll continue to monitor our procedures and work to make things run as safely and smoothly as possible for our community.

Have a wonderful week and know more messages about our beginnings will be coming your way...

Regards,

Donna Hutton, Principal


Center School PTO

Posted September 2, 2019

Welcome Back from the Center School PTO!

Whether you are new to Longmeadow, new to Center School or a returning family, we wish you a warm welcome! The Center School PTO consists of volunteers who together work diligently to develop fun events and continue cherished traditions.

There's always lots going on, and we want to make sure you don't miss a thing. We’ve included some important information below to begin the school year.

Back to School Welcome Package

Please take a few minutes to complete the Back to School Welcome Package. The information you provide will help us communicate with you to keep you up-to-date on happenings around the school, and help you communicate with others in the Center School community.

Center School Directory

The Center School PTO publishes an electronic copy of the student directory every year. By providing your information in the Back to School Welcome Package, we'll be able to include your and your child(ren)'s contact information for others in the Center School community. The directory is only available to Center School families, and is password protected for confidentiality.

Weekly News

The PTO distributes a weekly e-newsletter (Monday mornings) which highlights upcoming events, announcements, volunteer opportunities, and keeps everyone updated on where your family contributions are spent. You can find the archive of this year’s e-newsletters on our Center School PTO website!

Upcoming Events

We look forward to hosting some fun events, beginning with the Fall Carnival (hosted by our 5th graders!) Friday, September 20th from 4:30 p.m.-6:30p.m. Stay tuned to our Events Calendar on our Center School PTO Website.

Fundraising and Family Contributions

We are super excited to start the new school year! Each year our PTO depends on fundraising and family contributions in order to provide your student with the enriching school experience that we have all come to expect. We can only meet these expectations with your help.


The PTO funds many cherished Center School traditions like the Fall Carnival, Halloween Hustle, Field Day, 5th grade Memory Books, and the Teacher Appreciation Luncheon, just to name a few (take a look at PTO Dollars at Work for more). Financial support from our Center School families allows the PTO to also pay for enrichment programs, author visits, provide technology upgrades, library equipment, playground gear, classroom supplies, teacher requests, school beautification, and family/community events.

Please consider making a contribution to help us continue supporting our Center School community. Thank - you!

We’re all looking forward to a wonderful school year!


Melissa Butcher and Debbie Farley, Co-Presidents

Lindsey Maloni-Kuntz, Vice President

Cecilia Gadelhak, Secretary

Keri Fazio, Treasurer

centerschoolptoweb@gmail.com

First Day 2019

Posted August 28, 2019

Dear Center School Families,

There was a touch of fall in the air this week perfectly timed to the start of the year. We’ve had a full week and a full day today making final plans for the first days ahead. I wish our families could peek into a teacher’s world …there’s extraordinarily thoughtful work that goes into the details of teaching and certainly into beginnings...and important beginnings it will be when your child-and your family-settle back into the familiar rhythm and routine of the school year.

I loved taking my final walk around the school at the end of our day seeing the “newness” of the classrooms, each unique to the teacher yet so inviting and warm…Now we just need your children with their energy and their spirits and all their hopes and dreams to share with us for the year ahead.

I read a story to our staff on our first day together each year. My choice this year was The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson. The story is beautifully poetic and the message is one that holds our hopes and dreams and encouragement for each student in our care.

There will be times when the world feels like a place that you’re standing all the way outside of...

and all that stands beside you is your own brave self — steady as steel and ready

even though you don't yet know

what you're ready for.

There will be times when you walk into a room

and no one there is quite like you until the day you begin

to share your stories.

Our hopes and dreams are that Center will be a place that “opens itself up a little wider” to make space for each child to grow in many unique and engaging ways. Guiding and teaching children as they learn and grow is the deep joy and honor of our work. We look forward to sharing this amazing journey with you.

The bell will toll tomorrow morning to welcome you at 8:25 a.m.! Please look for bright fluorescent signs with teachers’ names where students will line up. There will be lots of staff to help you. Our 1st and 5th graders will line up near the small playscape and you’ll find all other signs on the blacktop near the basketball courts. How exciting that we have 43 new students across all grade levels joining our community of PeaceBuilders! I know you’ll find ways to reach out and welcome families and students and quickly make them feel that they have a great big space in our school family.

I’m guessing that your child’s excitement is bundled with some nervousness tonight...I’ve heard from both new and veteran teachers that they share these emotions!! We’ll have a wonderful day tomorrow...assure your child that’s our promise!

Hope you can enjoy a peaceful evening and a restful night’s sleep...hard as it may be!

Yours in partnership,

Donna Hutton, Principal

Final.pdf

Girls on the Run

Posted Aug. 24, 2019

Girls on the Run is back at Center on Wednesdays and Fridays from 3:00-4:30 , starting the week of September 9th! Check out the flyer for more information!

Beginnings

Posted Aug. 23, 2019

Dear Center School Families,

This message is the first of communications to be sent before next Thursday to help you navigate the start of the school year. Please read the arrival and dismissal details carefully to help ensure the safety of our students.

First, we encourage you to review bicycle and walking safety with your child. Please remind your child to be considerate of walkers when riding their bikes to and from school.

We know students thrive with predictable routines. It’s helpful if you develop and discuss the family “pick up” plan with your child i.e., where to meet at the end of the day, pick up on the carline, etc. It’s also extremely important for you to remind your child to stick with the family plan; the plan should never be changed by the student without family knowledge or permission! Each teacher will have her individual communication system in place with families so she/he knows where each student is going at dismissal. We suggest you place emergency contact information in a visible place on your child’s backpack. There are some great tags available that attach to backpacks.

First Day for 1st -5th grades Thursday, August 29th: We’ll see everyone on the playground at 8:25 AM. The bell will toll to signal the start of our new year!! Teachers will be on the playground; look for signs labeled with the teacher’s name. There will be lots of staff to assist you!

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures after Day One:

Arrival: 8:25 a.m. We do not have supervision before 8:25, so while we love our enthusiastic early bird cardinals, please time arrival as close to 8:25 as possible.

Grades 1, 2, 3, 4: Enter through the main doors

Grades K, 5: Enter through esplanade doors –gymnasium side.

Our new 5th grade safeties will walk kinder and first grade students to their classrooms.

All bikers park bikes on the bike racks on the playground. Please do not park bikes near the entrance gate. For our new families, know that locks are not needed.

Bikers walk the Longfellow sidewalk to the front of the school and enter through appropriate entrances. Students should never travel to the back stairwell to enter the building in the morning. We do not have supervision in this area and we're appreciative of families who do not drop off/pick-up in an area that is not our designated drop off/pick-up.

Students should not travel along the driveway on the side of the gymnasium. This area poses a serious safety issue as cars enter here for the parking lot behind the school; there’s blind spots and the sidewalk does not wrap around the driveway.

Dismissal: 2:45 p.m.

Grades 2, 4: Exit main entrance

Grade 1 & 3: exit Longfellow Street doors.

Grade K, 5: esplanade doors gymnasium side.

Teachers will escort their classes to the carline and to the playground.

Kinder families: If you meet your child on the esplanade, please stand near the railings away from doorways. We appreciate when you do not block the exit doors and/or the walkway to the esplanade as teachers have many students to walk in lines to appropriate spots.

Carline families: Please note that cars traveling Longfellow Drive to Longmeadow Street will see a “One Way” sign-right turn only between 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Vehicles exiting out of Green Meadow Drive, Morningside Drive, and Crestview Circle are permitted to travel in both directions.

Students who attend after school programs will be walked to their meeting spots. Teachers will know who is going to which program on the first day.

LUNCH Fresh Picks Cafe https://longmeadow.nutrislice.com/menus-eula will continue as our lunch provider, and offer a wide selection of choices each day that include items such as Market Fresh Salads & Yogurt Parfaits, the Signature Café Entrée of the day and a Downtown Deli Sandwich option. Menus can be viewed by downloading the Nutrislice app. We post the menu to our website when it’s received. The cost of lunch is $2.75. You may set-up an online account using a Credit/Debit card to make deposits into your child’s account. Instructions for setting up your online account are available in print from your Food Service Director and posted on the Fresh Picks Cafe website. If you prefer, you may send a check with your child made payable to the Longmeadow School’s Lunch Program. Please make sure to include the child’s name in the memo line. We encourage parents to either utilize the online payment method or to send in a check. Cash can also be accepted.

SNACKS All students eat snack daily. Several of our classrooms are nut and other allergens free. As a precaution, it may be best to pack a nut-free snack the first day of school until you find out if your child’s classroom is nut and/or other allergens free. If your child is in a nut-free classroom, you will receive a letter the first week of school from Nurse Autumn. Also, all children can bring anything for their lunch that will be eaten in the cafeteria. We do have a peanut free table for any child requiring this space.

As always, I welcome your feedback and any questions. Enjoy a wonderful weekend.

Sincerely,

Donna Hutton, Principal

Upcoming Dates to Remember:

  • Today- Class Assignments in the PowerSchool Parent Portal at 3:00
  • August 29- First Day of School, Grades 1-5
  • August 30- First Day of School Kindergarten
  • September 2- Labor Day No School
  • September 26- Center Open House: 6:15-7:45
  • September 30- Rosh Hashanah- No School
  • October 9- Yom Kippur- No School
  • October 14- Columbus Day- No School
  • October 15- Professional Development Day- No School
  • November 11- Veteran’s Day- No School
  • November 14 and 15- Parent and Teacher Conferences- ½ Day 11:30 a.m. Dismissal
  • November 27- ½ Day 11:30 a.m. Dismissal
  • November 28 and 29- No School- Thanksgiving Recess
  • December 23-January 1, 2020 School Closed for Holiday Break
  • January 2- School Resumes


Food Truck Friday Flyer for 9.6.19 Event.pdf

CLOSE Community Coalition

Join CLOSE Community Coalition for some food truck eats followed by a “Communities Talk” Town Hall: a conversation on how we can all work together to help our youth make healthy decisions when it comes to alcohol, marijuana, vaping, and other substance use.

Food Trucks Open at 5:30 PM

Town Hall starts at 6:30 PM

Panel includes: Dr. Gerald Beltran (Baystate Emergency Dept.), Chief John Stankiewicz (Longmeadow Police Dept.), Sue Bertrand (LPS Asst. Superintendent), Shelly Warren (LPS Substance Abuse Counselor), Madison Copland (LHS 12th Grader)

Childcare available! info@CLOSECommunity.org

Featured Food Trucks: Linda’s PIT STOP, Blaze & Johnny’s Dog House, Crooked Stick Pops

Summer Greetings Fifth Grade Families!

Posted Aug. 20, 2019

Dear 5th Grade Families,

With August upon us, your 5th grader might be starting to think about the new school year ahead. Fifth grade is a year of tremendous growth, responsibility, and leadership. Your child will have the opportunity to take on Center’s traditional leadership roles including safeties and kindergarten buddies. The Fall Carnival is focused on the creativity and resourcefulness of our 5th graders who create the games for the community to enjoy. Please mark your calendar for September 20th for the Carnival, especially if your child is involved in fall sports. We usually have 100% participation from our 5th graders in this fun community event!! More detailed information will be coming your way soon.

Here’s some additional information for you as we gear up for new beginnings:

  • On August 23, 2019 class placements will be posted and live on the PowerSchool Parent Portal for all returning students.
  • Team 5 teachers are: Ms. Emily Green; Mrs. Jamie Quinn; Ms. Skylar Wright
  • If this is your first year at Center School, please join me on August 21st at 9:00 for a tour of the school. We’ll meet in the main office.
  • August 29th: First Day of School!! Please join us on the playground in the back of the school at 8:25 where our students will be greeted by teachers and staff.
  • After the first day, your child will enter the building through the esplanade doors on the gymnasium side of the school.
  • 5th Grade Supply List:

3 spiral notebooks

1 pair of adult scissors

1 accordion folder with 5 sections

1 sturdy folder with 2 pockets

Lined index cards (4 x 6)

Packs of lined paper, college ruled

Packs of Post-its

  • September 26th – Center School Open House 6:15-7:45 p.m.

Finally, here’s a helpful article created for teachers, but with great insights about 5th grade children. Knowing 5th graders.pdf

Please reach out to me with any questions. Email is the best way to reach me before my administrative assistants return in mid August. Team 5 and I anticipate a wonderful year of growth and learning! Enjoy the remaining weeks of summer!

Warm regards,

Donna Hutton, Principal


Bring your Shoes to Helping Hands in the Morning!!

Peace Builders Help Their Community!

Center School PeaceBuilders will be collecting gently used and clean shoes.

Donations will go to the Springfield Rescue Mission.

Bring in your donated shoes during the week of May 28th – June 7th

All sizes, all types welcome! Be sure pairs are attached by using rubber bands or ties.

Collection boxes will be outside of classrooms.

Thank-you for your generous sharing.



Week of June 3rd

Hello Center School Families,

Field Day was awesome!! The students had so much fun showing great sportsmanship and teamwork and we had perfect weather! I trust you heard about all the events and the incredible cardio drumming-terrific interactive assembly! Thank-you to Kristen Gauthier and Erin Capotosto for thoughtful and comprehensive planning. Each year they surpass the success of the year before, which takes incredible effort. We also had 70 parent volunteers!!! Our gratitude to everyone for making the day a wonderful memory for our students. Center School Sightings

It seems this is the time of year to extend lots of appreciation to many special members in our community. Tomorrow morning, Amy Nedwed will hold the final Helping Hands of the 2018-19 school year and it will be her final endeavor as the coordinator. For seven years Amy has passionately and lovingly organized monthly sandwich making with our students and families for communities in need. There’s no "thank- you" that seems big enough for her efforts and all she has taught our students about helping others and all that she has given to our neighbors. Please join us in the morning in the cafeteria and/or have your child attend-all grades are welcome!

Math Olympiads celebrates another successful year tomorrow afternoon. Congrats to all our mathematicians for their accomplishments. Colleen Cummings leads the team with the help of Jessica Reed. One of the main goals of the after- school program is to stimulate enthusiasm and a love for mathematics. Perhaps your child will be a future Olympiad member!

The Spring Concert is Thursday at Glenbrook Middle School at 7:00. Please join us and prepare to be impressed by our talented artists! Ms. Drysdale, Mrs. Lauser, and Mrs. Shrenker have helped grow the talents of our young musicians and singers. Hope to see many families on Thursday! There will be a bake sale at the concert to benefit Center School- thanks for support.

The last day of school is June 18th. The bell will toll at 11:30 when students will be dismissed for summer fun. Please remind your child to check lost and found for items and return library books this week. Please check your child’s lunch account and balance the accounts. Report cards will be distributed on the last day of school. We will not distribute cards before the 18th. Class lists will be posted in August. Final reminder to make sure you have access to the parent portal on Power School where you will go to check your child’s assignment. So many end-of-year reminders-thank-you for your support to help with these “housekeeping” tasks.

Enjoy a wonderful week! Please reach out to us with any questions.

Sincerely,

Donna Hutton, Principal

Week of May 27th

Hello Center Families,

What a perfect Memorial Day weekend to begin the summer season! We’re hoping the good weather will stretch to Friday for Field Day 2019!

Field Day Reminders

-Students are asked to wear their field day color shirt and sneakers.

-Feel free to join your child for a family picnic on the town green from 11:30 – 12:00. If delivering food that day, please arrive promptly at 11:30 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 Friday morning.

Please direct Field Day questions to Ms. Gauthier or Erin Capotosto : kgauthier@longmeadow.k12.ma.us

Please remember that Field Day lunch is a picnic on the green and we strongly encourage families and students to pack a lunch from home so they can enjoy a full 30- minute break with family and friends without traveling to the cafeteria. The cafeteria has two sandwich options: sun butter and jelly or a cold cut (turkey) sandwich should your child choose to buy. A final count will be taken tomorrow so please help your child with the family decision.

Power School Reminder: Please make sure you know your PowerSchool Student Portal Access Number and ID. As a reminder, parents of students who will rise to grades 1st through 5th will need this information to access classroom assignments for the 2019-2020 school year. If you do not know your access number and ID, please contact the Center School office (via phone) no later than June 7th, 2019. If you do not have your access number and ID and do not check to ensure you have access to the portal, we will not be able to assist you with this information until school resumes. Classroom assignments are posted in August.

END of YEAR DRIVES: We have three collections for the end of the school year. Two collections are an opportunity to do some late spring housekeeping!

Animal Food and Supply Drive: Please help Girls on the Run collect food and supplies for Murphy’s furry friends at The TJ O’Connor Animal Shelter : Collection Dates: Wednesday 5/29 and Wednesday 6/5 during the carline drop off. Girls on the Run.docx

Reading Ambassadors: Collecting gently used books to be donated to our neighboring city schools. Bring in your books any day this week and next week!

Peacebuilders Help Their Community! Center School Peacebuilders will be collecting gently used and clean shoes. Donations will go to the Springfield Rescue Mission. Bring in your donated shoes during the week of May 28 – June 7. All sizes, all types welcome! Please be sure pairs are attached by using rubber bands or ties. peace feet .docx

5th Grade Memories: Mrs. Giuggio shared some fun memories with our 5th graders to help them see how much they’ve grown and how much they’ve learned! Enjoy the CSS that feature our graduating 5th graders through their elementary years!! https://docs.google.com/document/d/1o9IQjosSeVaROtiX3YLMqX0PPwpwDBzzJDk521vo3eg/edit?ts=5ce6cedf

The final weeks ahead are incredibly busy! We hope you and your child enjoy end-of-year traditions and celebrations. Please reach put with any questions and I look forward to seeing you in the days ahead.

Regards,

Donna Hutton, Principal

Food Drive Flyer

Girls on the Run Collect for Animals

Posted May 27, 2019

Collection Dates

Wednesday 5/29 and Wednesday 6/5 In Carline


Summer Reading

Summer Reading

Posted May 24, 2019

Please see attached flyer for exciting summer reading opportunities!

Thursday, May 16th

Good afternoon Center School Families,

What an incredible luncheon treat today!! I send my gratitude on behalf of the Center School staff for making us feel so appreciated. The food was delicious with so many different choices that were thoroughly enjoyed. To Kate Haber and Kara Conway and their team for their thoughtful and creative planning and to all our families who prepared food-kudos to you! So very special…

Fun Reminder: Saturday is the Long Meddowe Days 2019 Parade. Let’s have a spirited Center School representation! We gather at St. Mary’s at 8:45 am with a parade start of 9:30 am. Our Cardinal will lead the group! Thank-you to Amanda Erricolo and Julia Mitchell for organizing.

Enjoy a wonderful weekend!

Kind regards,

Donna Hutton

Peace Feet

Posted May 13, 2019

Please consider donating gently used shoes for our community outreach to the Springfield Rescue Mission! Details below!

flyer for peace feet .pdf

Week of May 12th

Hello Center School Families,

Happy Mother’s Day to all the special women in our community! Hoping your day is a very special celebration with family and friends. Here’s some happenings for the week and beyond.

Our 5th graders will complete the MCAS testing with Science/Technology on Tuesday and Wednesday. Students who were absent last week will be administered make-ups throughout the week.

We welcome our incoming kindergarten children on Friday. This is always a fun and heart-warming day for our teachers and staff. The current kinder children will enjoy a day off.

Saturday is the Long Meddowe Days 2019 Parade. Let’s have a spirited Center School representation! We gather at St. Mary’s at 8:45 am with a parade start of 9:30 am. Of course the Cardinal will lead the group! Thank-you to Amanda Erricolo and Julia Mitchell for organizing.

Please take a moment to view this video from our Green Club. They share information about the importance of recycling. Way to go Green Club and our gratitude for working to take care of our environment! Center School Green Club

Center’s Student Reading Ambassadors will hold a Book Drive beginning now! Please consider donating a gently used book that will be distributed to neighboring schools and organizations. reading ambassadors - book drive 2019.pdf

Square One Art Online orders (only) extended until May 14th Don’t miss your last chance to order your child’s artwork and support Center School through this great program. Long-lasting gifts for your home, family, and friends. Order online: https://www.square1art.com Use your child’s online access code (located blue Square One catalog sent home). Misplaced your catalog? Call Square One at (888) 332-3294 or email Megan Pierson at megantpierson@gmail.com

Mrs. Jenny Serafino, 2nd grade teacher, was honored at the Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching banquet on Thursday evening. Congratulations to Mrs. Serafino for the well-deserved award! We’ll honor all our educators at the appreciation luncheon on Thursday sponsored by the PTO. Thank-you in advance to Kate Haber and Kara Conway and their committee for what is a labor of love for them and a deeply appreciated treat for the staff.

From Superintendent O’Shea: Join Our Community Conversation: LPS parents and staff are invited to the next installment of our Community Conversation series focused on equity and diversity in LPS. Attendees will have an opportunity to learn about practices, programs and initiatives currently underway that promote cultural inclusivity and responsiveness. Additionally, attendees will be invited to provide feedback to me and other administrators to help us understand how we can leverage the "dynamics of difference" to improve the learning and experience for all students. The Community Conversation on equity and diversity in LPS will be held on Wednesday, May 15 at 10:00 a.m. and again at 7:00 p.m. in Central Office conference room A-15. Each session will last no longer than 90 minutes. Attendance will be limited to the first 25 parents or staff who register at http://lpsconversation-equitydiversity.eventbrite.com/?s=94409005. Students from our High School Peer Leadership class will join the morning session to discuss their experiences and how they work to promote understanding and respect and create a more inclusive school community. Please register to participate in this important "Community Conversation."

Additional Calendar Reminders

5/23 For Grade 5 Families with students heading to our Middle Schools: Parent Step- Up Night

5/24 Step-Up Day 5th Graders

5/27 Memorial Day: No school

5/31 Field Day: Please make sure your child’s teacher knows the lunch plans for the picnic on the Green.


As always, please reach out with any questions.

Sincerely,

Donna Hutton, Principal

Square One Art

Online orders extended through this Thursday May 16th!





Girls on the Run Announcement!

Posted May 13, 2019

Center School-coachrecruitment.pdf

Week of May 6th

Hello Center Families,

This is a busy time of the school year. Thank-you for your attention to the information below.

  • PeaceBuilders help others and this practice aligns with the CASEL social competency of social awareness. Your child received a choice board of activities Choice Board they can do to help others at school, at home, and in the community. Help us challenge our PeaceBuilders to complete as many of these activities as they can by the end of the school year. CASEL
  • Center School Peacebuilders will be collecting gently used and clean shoes. Donations will go to the Springfield Rescue Mission. Please bring in your donated shoes during the week of May 28th – June 7th Peace Feet
  • Tuesday and Wednesday: Math MCAS 3rd and 5th Graders
  • Tuesday morning 7:50: Helping Hands in the cafeteria Grades 1 and 3.
  • Thursday and Friday: Math MCAS Grade 4
  • Thursday: PTO Meeting on the playground after school.
  • Please make sure you know your PowerSchool Student Portal Access Number and ID. As a reminder, parents of students who will rise to grades 1st through 5th will need this information to access classroom assignments for the 2019-2020 school year. If you do not know your access number and ID, please contact the Center School office (via phone) no later than June 7th, 2019. If you do not have your access number and ID and do not check to ensure you have access to the portal, we will not be able to help you with this information until school resumes. Classroom assignments are posted in August.
  • Field Day is Friday, May 31st with a rain date of June 3rd. On Friday, teachers took a tentative lunch count for the day. For our new families, lunch is a picnic on the green and we strongly encourage families and students to pack a lunch from home so they can enjoy a full 30- minute break with family and friends without traveling to the cafeteria. The cafeteria will have two sandwich options: sun butter and jelly or a cold cut (turkey) sandwich should your child choose to buy. Thank-you for helping your child with the decision. A final count will be taken on Friday.
  • This week is Teacher Appreciation Week across the United States. While we can thank our teachers each day for their incredible work with students, Center will formally celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week next week-May 13th through 17th. The appreciation luncheon sponsored by our PTO is Thursday May 16th. Don’t forget to thank a teacher!! “One Book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.” Malala Yousafzai

Kind regards,

Donna Hutton, Principal

Square One Art

Posted May 1, 2019

Your Child's Art - Square One - Coming this week!

Orders will be accepted through Friday, May 10!

Check out your child’s backpack this week for a special piece of art! Students worked hard on these pieces, thanks to the support of art teachers Mrs. Goldman and Mrs. Salz. Families can custom order the art piece onto mugs, display tiles, bags, trivets, aprons and more. This bi-annual Center school PTO fundraiser supports important Center School programs and supplies. The artwork through this program is cherished by Center school families.

Check out the Center student art show of Square One products on display now in the Center School lobby!

Many thanks for your support of the PTO and our students!!


Week of April 29th

Good evening Center School Families,

Here’s some important information and calendar reminders for you so thank-you for taking the time to read my message.

  • Please make sure you know your PowerSchool Student Portal Access Number and ID. As a reminder, parents of students who will rise to grades 1st through 5th will need this information to access classroom assignments for the 2019-2020 school year. If you do not know your access number and ID, please contact the Center School office (via phone) no later than June 7th, 2019. If you do not have your access number and ID and do not check to ensure you have access to the portal, we will not be able to help you with this information until school resumes. Classroom assignments are posted in August.
  • Field Day is Friday, May 31st with a rain date of June 3rd. On Friday, teachers will take a tentative lunch count for the day. For our new families, lunch is a picnic on the green and we strongly encourage families and students to pack a lunch from home so they can enjoy a full 30- minute break with family and friends without traveling to the cafeteria. The cafeteria will have two sandwich options: sun butter and jelly or a cold cut (turkey) sandwich should your child choose to buy. Thank-you for helping your child with the decision.
  • Center School Spring Book Fair is this week!! Tuesday, April 30th through Thursday, May 2nd in the Community Room

Hours:

Tues: 8:45am-3:15pm

Wed: 8:45am-3:15pm

Thurs: 8:45am-3:15pm & 6pm-8pm

  • Please join us for the rescheduled Spring Walking School Bus on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 8:15 am at the corner of Hopkins.
  • Arbor Day is celebrated annually by our 4th graders. This year we had the honor of celebrating with many dignitaries: David Marinelli, Longmeadow Tree Warden; Senator Eric Lesser; Representative Brian Ashe; Town Manager Stephen Crane; Armand Wray and representatives from his Boy Scout troop; Bari Jarvis, Director of Longmeadow Parks and Recreation. We have a beautiful new tree planted in the back of the school and will soon have a fruitless sweetgum and a fruitless Kentucky coffeetree planted on our school grounds. Mr. Marinelli gave a wonderful presentation to the 4th grade about the importance of trees and also shared with us a Tree City Flag that you’ll soon see flying!Each 4th grader received a white cedar sapling to plant too-another annual tradition! It was a very special and important message from our VIPs and we are appreciative of their efforts and the efforts of Team 4.
  • You will soon receive a Parent Input Form for class placements, which take place mid-May. We value your insights regarding your child’s needs for classroom placement and we ask that you return the forms promptly so teachers may thoughtfully consider your feedback. The forms will be sent in a separate message.
  • We kindly request the following: please do not park in the back of the school for pick up and do not drop your child off in the back of the school in the morning. There is a no parking sign posted from the LPD. Please refrain from cutting into the carline from Longfellow Street. And finally, please remind your child to travel from the bike racks down Longfellow and then to Longmeadow Street-traveling in the back of the school is a serious safety issue. With the beautiful weather ahead, we ask that you also remind your child about safety rules biking and walking and we will do the same on our end. Sidewalk courtesy is an important reminder!

Enjoy your Sunday and please reach out with any questions.

Regards,

Donna Hutton, Principal

Calendar Reminders

5/7 MCAS Math Grades 3 and 5

5/7 Helping Hands Grades 1 & 3

5-8 MCAS Math Grades 3 and 5

5/9 MCAS Math Grade 4

5/9 PTO Meeting on the Playground 2:45-3:45

5/10 MCAS Math Grade 4

5/14 MCAS STE Grade 5

5/15 MCAS STE Grade 5

5/15: Community Conversation on Equity and Diversity in LPS: 10:00 am and again at 7:00 pm at LHS

5/16 Teacher Appreciation Luncheon

5/17 Kindergarten Orientation for incoming kinder students: No school for our current kindergarten children


Walking School Bus Postponed

April 25, 2019

Good morning Center School Families,

  • The Walking School Bus scheduled for tomorrow is postponed until Thursday, May 2nd. Safety Officer Carl V. Mazzaferro has some really cool bike reflectors to hand out to students, so see you next week for a community walk/bike ride to school!
  • The Scholastic Book Fair books arrived early this morning!!! Look forward to seeing many of you next week shopping for some great reads!
  • It's field trip season. Please make sure your CORI is updated so you will be able to volunteer for upcoming trips and end-of-year happenings.
  • Center School at the Hartford Yard Goats! Come see a great game with all your Center School friends. SATURDAY, MAY 11TH 2019 GAME TIME: 6:05 pm | GATES OPEN: 4:30 pm. There will be post-game fireworks! Parking is an additional fee day of the game. Ticket Order Deadline is tomorrow: April 26, 2019 (there is a limited # of Tickets Available, so don't delay) Order forms have been distributed by backpack, or use this form to return to school.

Thank-you and enjoy this beautiful spring day!

Donna Hutton, Principal


JUULing & Your Teen Event_JCC_CLOSE_Flyer 4.23.19 Elementary Schools.pdf

Community Conversation

Posted April 23, 2019

Dear Longmeadow Community,

One of the primary commitments LPS makes to the community is that our students and staff have the knowledge and skills to work effectively to support, engage and include the diverse cultural backgrounds of students and their families. Indeed, developing all staff's capacity to be culturally responsive and competent was a central focus of the District's in-service, professional day on March 15. We understand that our work in this area is never complete, however.

To deepen our commitment to becoming a more culturally proficient learning community and to understand how we can improve in this area, LPS parents are invited to the next installment of our Community Conversation series focused on equity and diversity in LPS. Attendees will have an opportunity to learn about practices, programs and initiatives currently underway that promote cultural inclusivity and responsiveness. Additionally, attendees will be invited to provide feedback to me and other administrators to help us understand how we can leverage the "dynamics of difference"* to improve the learning and experience for all students.

The Community Conversation on equity and diversity in LPS will be held on Wednesday, May 15 at 10:00 a.m. and again at 7:00 p.m. in Central Office conference room A-15. Each session will last no longer than 90 minutes. Attendance will be limited to the first 25 parents who register at http://lpsconversation-equitydiversity.eventbrite.com/?s=94409005

I hope you will consider participating in this "Community Conversation."

Sincerely,

Marty O'Shea

Superintendent of Schools


Week of April 22nd

Hello Center School Families,

I hope you’re enjoying a wonderful spring break! We have many happenings in the coming months, so I hope students return rejuvenated and ready for the final months of our school year.

We ended our week before break with a fun spirit day planned by our student Reading Ambassadors. Students and staff dressed as a favorite book character and many brought in a book for a classroom book swap so students had a new book to read over break. Many thanks to our Ambassadors who continue to plan activities for the remainder of the year, so stay tuned!

Our PTO met last week and will begin to transition to a new executive board for the new school year. Please visit the PTO website to keep updated as well as see the many opportunities to volunteer for upcoming events. Center School PTO Site

The spring Scholastic Book Fair is coming April 30th to May 3rd! We are deeply grateful for the generosity of the PTO who allotted over $3000 of the fall book fair profit to our library. Mrs. Mulcahy ordered many new books to update the collection. The PTO also generously gifted each teacher with a $50 book credit to shop for books at the fair. We hope you will support the PTO and our community by browsing for some great new reads for your child or for gift giving.

Friday, April 26th is Longmeadow Walk to School Day. We hope to have a very short carline on Friday and each day when the weather is perfect for a walk or bike ride to school. We will meet near the corner of Hopkins at 8:10 and walk together to Center. Just a carline reminder: PLEASE refrain from cutting into the carline from Longfellow Drive. Many families have contacted me asking that I remind the community that the choice to cut in after families have waited in line can be frustrating. Thank-you for following the drop off and pick up procedures.

Your School Council will be analyzing the climate survey during the next two monthly meetings. We had 68% of our families respond! Thank-you for your constructive feedback and for all the insights provided with your responses. We’ll provide feedback to you before the end of the school year.

PeaceBuilders: We focus on helping students find ways to help others in their lives. This is the last of the six principles we focus on as a PeaceBuilders site. Teaching children responsibility through the practice of helping others is a life-long lesson that prepares them for adulthood. Thoughtful acts of kindness large and small will be explored. This important principle aligns with three of the CASEL core competencies: social awareness, responsible decision making, and relationship skills. Remember that Longmeadow Public Schools use the CASEL core competencies to frame our social emotional learning.

CASEL Core Competencies

Thank-you for taking the time to read this message and for reading all the messages that are sent your way. Enjoy the final days of your vacation. Please reach out with any questions.

Sincerely,

Donna Hutton, Principal

Calendar Reminders

5/7 MCAS Math Gr 3 and 5

5/7 Helping Hands Grades 1 & 3

5-8 MCAS Math Gr 3 and 5

5/9 MCAS Math Grade 4

5/9 PTO Meeting on the Playground 2:45-3:45

5/10 MCAS Math Grade 4

5/14 MCAS STE Gr 5

5/15 MCAS STE GR 5

5/16 Teacher Appreciation Luncheon


SEAL Meeting meeting 4/9/2019

Posted April 8, 2019

The Special Education Alliance of Longmeadow (SEAL) is a Parent Advisory Council that offers information, support, and networking opportunities to parents.

Please join us for our next meeting on Tuesday, April 9th at 7:00 PM in Room A-31 Pupil Services, 535 Bliss Road, Longmeadow. We are having a presentation from Thomas Mazza (Assistant Superintendent for Finance) and Jean Fontaine (Director of Pupil Services) to review the budget for special education before town approval. For the full meeting agenda, and to learn more about future meeting dates and events, visit www.sealma.org.


Longmeadow Walk to School Day

Posted April 8, 2019

Just a reminder the second “Longmeadow Walk to School” day will take place on April 26, 2019 (Abor Day)!

Week of April 1st

Hello Center School Families,

Just sending a few reminders your way for the first week of April.

  • MCAS ELA testing is this week. Please refer to my letter from last week for details.
  • Final request to families to complete the School Council Climate Survey if you have not had the opportunity to share your insights. We’re at 55% and hope to hear from many more families!
  • Our student Reading Ambassadors are busy finding ways to foster and celebrate reading in our community. Here’s their spirit day flyer for April 14, 2019! Looking forward to seeing all our favorite book characters visiting with us right before the spring break! Well- done reading friends!! Dress as Favorite Character
  • Helping Hands: Tuesday 2nd and 4th Grade Friends: 7:50 am in the cafeteria
  • Hoops for Hearts continues! Did you know Center School was named a 2017-2018 National Award Winner by the American Heart Association for our success in the program?!! Kudos to Ms. Gauthier and Mrs. Capotosto and to all our Cardinals participating this year!!
  • The spring Book Fair will be at the end of the month.
  • Tuesday is Autism Awareness Day. We’ll wear blue to raise awareness for autism and our resource team will share resources with teachers to share with our students.

I hope you have a wonderful week ahead and if you’re an NCAA fan, hope your bracket is going strong!

Regards,

Donna Hutton, Principal

MCAS 2019

Posted March 28, 2019

Dear Center School Families,

Tuesday begins the first round of MCAS testing in ELA (English Language Arts) for our 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students. The MCAS assessments provide parents and teachers with information about students’ proficiency with specific learning standards in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science/Technology. MCAS is administered each spring and the results are distributed to schools and parents in the fall.

While teachers have practiced specific MCAS questions with their students to familiarize them with the format of the assessment, the most important learning has been accomplished daily through core curriculum instruction! The MCAS is an opportunity for our students to apply their learning and demonstrate their proficiency as growing readers, writers, mathematicians and scientists.

This is the third year for administration of tests known as the "Next Generation MCAS”, which are designed to be computer -based and to more deeply assess students’ knowledge and ability levels. Students in Grade 3, 4 and 5 will participate in online testing, using Chromebooks, in ELA, Math and Science this year. All tests are untimed and writing is embedded in tests at all grade levels.

Here are ways you can help:

  • See that your child arrives to school on time.
  • Make sure your child is well rested and eats a substantial breakfast. Don’t forget to pack a healthy snack!
  • Encourage your child to persevere, do the best work possible, and to have a positive attitude!
  • Talk about the test in a positive way!

The testing schedule is below:

ELA

  • 3rd and 5th Grades- April 4th, 5th
  • 4th Grade- April 2nd, 3rd

Math

  • 3rd and 5th Grades- May 7th, 8th
  • 4th Grade- May 9th, 10th

Science

  • 5th Grade ONLY- May 14th, 15th

Note that in compliance with DESE/MCAS test security requirements, parents /visitors are prohibited from the testing areas on testing dates.

We ask for your help in striking a balance between encouraging students to do their best and minimizing test anxiety. We consider MCAS to be one piece of evidence used to measure student growth and progress, and we recognize your child’s individual strengths, passions, and talents may not be reflected in a test score. By working together, we can make your child’s testing experience positive and successful.

If you would like more information, visit http://www.doe.mass.edu/mcas/parents/.

I extend my appreciation for your support and cooperation. Please contact me with any questions.

Sincerely,

Donna Hutton, Principal

Please Note: In compliance with DESE test security requirements, students are not allowed to have smart watches, cell phones, or other electronic devices during testing. If your child wears a smart watch, he/she may want to keep it at home. Teachers will collect any watches that are worn to school and return at the end of the school day. All cell phones are kept in back packs in the student’s locker turned off, which is the expectation each day. Thank-you for your assistance with this security requirement.

Week of March 25th

Hello Center School Families,

Here’s a few happenings and reminders for the coming week and beyond.

With a goal to enhance the communication between the health office and families, Nurse Autumn Rodrigues has created a system for sending home electronic visit logs. She will send home the new logs this week to determine the efficacy of the new communication. Nurse Autumn welcomes your feedback! mailto:arodrigues@longmeadow.k12.ma.us

We had approximately 52% of our families respond to the School Council Climate Survey as of Monday. Please share your insights with us this week!

The PTO will hold a meeting Thursday at 7:00 in the Community Room. Please join us!

The Hoops for Heart annual event includes basketball activities in PE class as well as an optional fundraising portion for our 1st through 5th grade students. We are thrilled to be supporting the American Heart Association to help teach our students and families how to take care of their hearts through the program. Funds raised go directly to the mission, funding extensive research efforts, heart education and programs to help us all live healthier lives. Your child can reach out to family and friends. The safe online tool makes it easy for your child to set up a web page and send emails to support their fundraising efforts and to share life-saving information. We hope you are as excited as we are to support our students in this important experience! If you have any questions, please contact the PE Department at kgauthier@longmeadow.k12.ma.us or ecapotosto@longmeadow.k12.ma.us

All donations due by April 12th.

Friday is Spirit Day-wear your hat all day in school!

Yes, we’re looking ahead to Field Day 2019! Field Day is May 31st. The tee shirt order forms will be sent home this week and are due by Wednesday, April 10th. If you have any questions about Field Day or about your child's team color assignment, please contact the PE Dept.

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Jamie Hensch as the School Committee liaison for Center School.

Did you have the pleasure of meeting our Literacy Coach, Vanessa Vigna at conferences? She shared some fabulous resources with families!! Here’s the link to her site : Ms. Vigna

We hope you found your parent teacher conference resourceful and productive as we move towards the last third of our school year. We consider the conferences and our partnerships with you to be critical to your child’s academic achievement and social growth. We thank you for your efforts and for your ongoing support and advocacy for your child.

Sincerely,

Donna Hutton, Principal

April MCAS

4/2/19 and 4/3/19 - Grade 4 ELA

4/4/19 and 4/5/19 - Grades 3 and 5 ELA

4/2/19 Helping Hands

Green Club Announcement

Posted March 22, 2019

Please help our Green Club with recycling! Our school will earn points for the amount of weight in recycled products we collect. Please click on the link for details and thank-you for helping our environment! Toothpaste recycle

With appreciation,

Center School Student Green Club


Quick Reminders

Posted March 21, 2019

Good morning Center School Families,

  • Today and tomorrow are half days for conferences. Dismissal is promptly at 11:30 am.
  • Our special teachers love company on conference days! Please stop in to art, music, library, PE, and technology integration! And don't forget the resource team!
  • Please check the lost and found while you're at conferences. It's located outside the cafeteria.
  • PTO Bake Sale today and tomorrow to benefit the 3rd grade field trip.
  • I'll be in my office or around the school during conferences. Let me know if you'd like to stop by to talk.

Hope your conferences are productive and informative.

Regards,

Donna Hutton, Principal


Week of March 18th

Hello Center School Families,

Teachers look forward to meeting with you for conferences this week. The March conferences focus on your child’s academic progress and progress in areas that demonstrate school success and citizenship. Teachers will share varied data and work samples that will help you celebrate progress, understand growth areas, and show ways to work at home to foster ongoing progress for the remainder of the school year. Teachers respect and appreciate your partnership and will anticipate families sharing their perceptions and ideas about their child’s school year as well.

The Center School Council developed a school climate survey. You will receive the link to the survey tomorrow. The council is anticipating analyzing your feedback, which is used to develop our goals for school improvement areas. Your insights are important to us! We’re hoping that you might find the time to complete the survey while waiting for your conference this week! Results will be shared with the community before the end of the school year with actionable steps to move us forward. Thank-you in advance for your time and voice!

MCAS is approaching. Please see the dates below and know we are not permitted to have families in the building during the time that our students are testing. Families who have students taking the test will receive additional information next week.

Throughout March, we are focused on the PeaceBuilder practice of helping children “right wrongs”. This practice aligns with several of the CASEL social competencies including relationship skills and responsible decision-making. We work with children to help them understand how to evaluate the consequence of their choices and actions while considering the well-being of others and themselves.

We’re looking forward to the spring season and all the energy and hope the season brings to our community. Have a wonderful week ahead and please reach out at any time with any questions or feedback.

Yours in partnership,

Donna Hutton, Principal

Calendar Reminders

Pizza with a Purpose!!

Don't cook on Monday, March 18th...Instead support our Fantastic Fifth graders by ordering out, or dining in at delicious Luigi's Restaurant in Longmeadow. 15% of the total sales from 4-9PM on 3/18 will help offset the 5th grade field trip to Boston.

(Luigi's: https://springfield.takeoutwaiter.com/r/141/restaurants/delivery/Pizza/Luigis-longmeadow)

March 21st and March 22nd: Half -day for Parent /Teacher conferences; Please note the 11:30 am dismissal time.

Bake Sale at the conferences to benefit our 3rd graders!! 100% of the proceeds will be given to the Third Grade Team to offset the cost of their upcoming field trip to Sturbridge Village.

March 28th: 7:00-8:00 PM: PTO meeting in the Community Room

March 29th: Spirit Day: Hat Day

March 29th: Grade 2 Field Trip to Springfield Science Museum

April 2nd: Helping Hands 7:45-8:25

April 2nd and April 3rd: Grade 4 ELA MCAS

April 4th and April 5th: Grades 3 and 5 ELA MCAS

Coming soon Spring Book Fair! 4/30- 5/3


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Girls on the Run Starting Soon!

Posted March 5, 2019

Starting March 20th! Sign ups are open now. Please see registration information above.


Week of March 4th, 2019

Hello Center School Families,

I hope our students are enjoying a perfect day for playing in the snow! In like a lion is certainly a truism for the beginning of March. The week ahead is filled with interesting and exciting happenings and it looks like the weather will cooperate…

We hope to see many families at TIES- Technology in Education Showcase- on Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00 at LHS. We have amazing representation from the Center School community and across the district! Here’s the promo video: TIES Preview Visitors to TIES will learn about the creative ways that technology enriches learning and enjoy the opportunity to engage with teachers and students as they share their projects. The event will be interactive and engaging, so please join us for a wonderful community gathering!

Tomorrow is a Helping Hands day for our kinder students. Students will come to the cafeteria at 7:50. 5th grade buddies are welcome to join us to help our littlest helping hands with sandwich making.

Tomorrow evening at LHS, is the district Special Programs Event: Deverah Heitner - Raising Digital Natives at 7:00 pm. Dr. Heitner is a nationally known author and speaker and will offer gems of guidance to help parents become confident digital media mentors to “texters”, gamers, and social media users from preschool to young adult.

Erin Koebler, Outreach Coordinator for the Longmeadow Council on Aging, extends gratitude to our community for donating 358 lbs. of food to the Longmeadow Food Pantry on Valentine’s Day! Super outreach and organization by our 5th grade students: Ava, Siena, and Harper!

Just a few reminders about procedures.

  • Kinder, 1st and 5th grade students should stand in line on the esplanade at arrival if they arrive a few minutes before 8:25 when the doors will open.
  • Students will need boots to go out for recess this week-the playground is snow covered and wet. Please make sure your child has warm winter clothing as well.
  • Teachers report that some families are parking near the back parking lot/playscape/cafeteria area at dismissal and creating somewhat of a second carline at the back of the school. This is a no parking area and we request that you do not park anywhere near this area at the end of the day.
  • Conferences are the week of March 18th and sign-up is with your child’s teacher following her protocol.

Warm regards,

Donna Hutton, Principal

Calendar Reminders

  • 3/13/19 All- District String Festival at LHS 6:30 PM
  • 3/15/19 PD Day- No School
  • 3/21/19 Half Day- Student Dismissal 11:30
  • 3/22/19 Half Day- Student Dismissal 11:30
  • Team LongMetal is Longmeadow High School's award-winning robotics team and they are hosting their first-ever 5K race. Please join the team, along with their mascot, Sir LanceBot, for a morning of fun, running, and robots. Awards to be given to top runners for each age group. Funds raised will go to benefit Team LongMetal.

Date: Sunday, March 31

Location: Longmeadow High School

Start Time: 8:30 AM

Cost: $25 Early Bird (by Feb 28) - $30 After Deadline

Registration: www.Longmetal.org

For more information, please contact Lee Allentuck at lee@allentuck.com.


February 14, 2019

Happy Valentine’s Day Center School Families,

We enjoyed the excitement and tradition of the day as well as the growing anticipation of our February vacation. Our third graders visited lunches today with a PeaceBuilders/Valentine’s activity, talking about “hurt hearts vs. happy hearts”. Here’s the link to the story that students may want to listen to once again-perfect message for the day! Valentine's Day Story Well-done Team Three!!

Thank-you once again for your donations to the Longmeadow Community Center. Lots of lovely valentines were sent their way as well. Kudos to our 5th grade organizers-Harper, Ava, and Siena! Many of our students are taking on leadership roles. The Reading Ambassadors are planning some fun school –wide spring activities. More information will come your way after the break.

The weather is looking problematic tomorrow morning, so let’s postpone the walking school bus until after vacation at a date to be decided.

Looking ahead to March, please mark your calendar for TIES-Technology in Education Showcase. Many teachers and students will take center stage to share the innovative ways technology is enhancing learning. Here’s a great video preview: https://sites.google.com/a/longmeadow.k12.ma.us/ties/home

I hope you enjoy a safe and relaxing February break. As always, my gratitude for your ongoing support and partnership.

Warm regards,

Donna Hutton, Principal

Calendar Reminders

2/18-2/22/19 February Break- No School

3/7/19 T.I.E.S. 6:00-8:00 p.m. LHS

3/15/18 PD Day- No School

3/21/19- Half Day- Student Dismissal 11:30

3/22/19 Half Day- Student Dismissal 11:30


Food Drive and Valentines

Posted Feb. 13, 2019

Good morning Center School Families,

Some families could not open my attachment yesterday. Here are some of the items needed by the Longmeadow Food Pantry:

Cereal, oatmeal, condiments, healthy snacks, baking mixes, fruit cups, tuna, peanut butter, crackers, jelly

Please consider a special Valentine from your child to be delivered with the food items. The Valentines will be delivered to "Meals on Wheels" clients. Many thanks to Erin Koebler, Outreach Coordinator for the Longmeadow Council on Aging for assisting our students with their project.

Thanks for spreading Center School love and generosity tomorrow! All items can be dropped off on the carline with Valentine's cards.

Drive safely this morning and we'll see you soon.

Sincerely,

Donna Hutton, Principal

Valentine's Day Food Drive

Posted Feb. 12, 2019

Good morning Center School Families,

Three of our 5th grade students are hoping to help stock the Longmeadow Food Pantry on Valentine's Day with your help. Please see their flyer with items that are needed. You may drop items off on the carline. Many thanks for spreading more love beyond Center on Thursday! Food Drive Thank-you to Ava Bussolari, Harper Ringbloom, and Siena Shields for their outreach!!

I hope you enjoy the snowy afternoon ahead.

Regards,

Donna Hutton, Principal

Walking School Bus Postponed

Posted Feb. 6, 2019

Good afternoon Center School Families,

The walking school bus is postponed from tomorrow morning to Friday, February 15th. We'll meet at the corner of Hopkins at 8:10 am. Have a good evening!

Thank-you!

Donna Hutton, Principal


Week of February 4th

Posted Feb. 4, 2019

Dear Center School Families,

  • I want to share some news regarding the work happening with Social Studies this year. In June of 2108, the Department of Education adopted the new and long- awaited History and Social Studies Curriculum Framework, building on the 2003 and 1997 frameworks. Throughout this school year, the Social Studies committee will unpack the new standards and review the guiding principles, which now include a stronger emphasis on civics at all grade levels. Teachers will review the present resources being used and begin to explore additional resources that will meet the new standards. Here’s a link to the new curriculum frameworks: http://www.doe.mass.edu/frameworks/current.html 4th

4th grade teacher Arlene McLean serves as the district coordinator so we’re fortunate to have her expertise in the building! You can plan on hearing more about your child’s new learning in this curriculum area as the committee work progresses.

  • Please join us this Thursday for our Winter Walking School Bus. We’ll meet on the corner of Hopkins, weather permitting, at 8:10. If you typically drop your child off in carline, feel free to either park your car and join us or drop your child off on the corner of Hopkins. From there, the children can walk to Center with their classmates, school staff, and members of the Longmeadow Police Department.
  • Please support your child’s learning by making sure he/she prioritizes reading each day. Mrs. Mulcahy selects wonderful books to read to your child and is an invaluable resource to help your child choose great reads in our library! Your child’s teacher will offer suggestions as well.
  • PeaceBuilders focus: “Helping Children Notice Hurts”. Family Letter was sent on Friday.
  • The carline continues to be moving much faster. Many thanks for pulling forward and for using family name cards at pick up. These small things are making a huge difference.
  • Please make sure your child wears boots for recess. The playground is wet and snowy and we want children to be able to run and play across the entire area.

Have a wonderful week!

Sincerely,

Donna Hutton, Principal

February 5th Helping Hands Grade 1 : 7:50 am in the cafeteria

February 7th Walking School Bus 8:10 am weather permitting

Seal Meeting: The Special Education Alliance of Longmeadow (SEAL) is a Parent Advisory Council that offers information, support, and networking opportunities to parents. Please join them for the next meeting on Tuesday, February 12th at 7:00 PM in Room A-31 Pupil Services, 535 Bliss Road, Longmeadow. The Federation for Children with Special Needs will be giving a presentation entitled "Understanding Basic Rights in Special Education (IEP and 504 Plans)". For the full meeting agenda, and to learn more about future meeting dates and events, visit www.sealma.org

February 18th -February 22nd Winter Vacation

Thursday Arrival/Dismissal

Posted Jan. 31, 2019

Good morning Center Families,

All students will enter through the front entrance this morning-no esplanade please. We will have indoor recess. If your child has any board games or puzzles to share with friends, we welcome any additions to the classroom choices. Dismissal usually takes 10 to 15 minutes. Please continue to make sure your child has warm outdoor wear on these frigid days, especially while they wait for pick up. Thank-you for your flexibility yesterday when after school events were cancelled. Please remember that before school clubs-Green Club, Reading Ambassadors- will not be held when there is a delay.

Sincerely,

Donna Hutton, Principal

Snow and Recess

Posted Jan. 30, 2019

Good morning!

I hope you're enjoying the extra time this morning with the delay. Students will enter the building at 10:30 am this morning. If you have a kinder, 1st, or 5th grade student please remind him/her that they should stand in line on the esplanade until the doors open. Students should not go to the playground or run around the front of the school at arrival.

Recess: We will go outside for some winter fun today. ALL students will need boots to go outside. If students want to climb and play in the snow, they will also need ski/snow pants. Hats and gloves are also needed on this cold winter day. We will provide indoor recess in the cafeteria for students not dressed appropriately. While we have some extra warm clothing, we cannot continue to supply items to students when they are not dressed warmly. Please contact me with any needs your family might have in this area.

Good news...the carline has been much quicker and we are moving so much closer to our 8:35 start time!! Please continue to move forward without leaving spaces and have your child hop out- if able- if there's no one there to open the door. Thank-you to parents who sent me additional suggestions to improve drop off and pick up. I'm working to respond to each suggestion, so thanks for your patience. Love the family signs on the dash at pick up-very helpful too!

Finally, please drive safely and cautiously this morning. There's several high snow banks around the school creating blind spots for drivers and walkers. Drop offs on Longfellow are strongly discouraged and create safety issues for our children and community. We appreciate your support with our procedures.

Warm regards,

Donna Hutton, Principal

Friday is Super Bowl Spirit Day!

The next Helping Hands is for our 1st graders- oops...I mistakenly said 2nd grade in my weekly message.

Week of January 28th

Posted Jan. 27. 2019

Hello Center School Families,

Friday your child brought home the first semester standards- based report card. You found pertinent information regarding the report card in your child’s report card envelope. We hope that this information will allow you to best understand how your child is measured. We continue to welcome your insights and questions regarding the report card; and you may share directly with me or with your child’s teacher. We value your input and all feedback will be shared with the report card committee.

Monday, January 28th is a half day for students. Dismissal is at 11:30 am with no lunch served. Jetta Bernier, the Executive Director for Massachusetts Citizens for Children (MassKids), will present to all staff members on the topic of child sexual abuse awareness. Please be sure your child is picked up promptly at 11:30 so our professional development can begin in a timely manner.

Arrival time is proving to be problematic on cold and wintry days. While I’ve requested and appreciate that students not be dropped off before 8:25, we’re finding it difficult to begin at our 8:35 start time with ongoing drop off in the carline past 8:35. To expedite the drop off, we will extend the carline to the crosswalk for the remainder of the winter. This will only help if cars pull forward and do not stop and leave a space when dropping off children. Additionally, if we are short safeties, please encourage your child to open the door and hop out. We’ll make sure all children get into the building safely. Thanks for your patience waiting in the line and send me any brainstorms for additional improvements!!

The School Council is developing a climate survey which will be sent to all families at the end of March or beginning of April.

Our kinder through 2nd grade students have enjoyed and benefited (or will soon enjoy) a program from Shriners’ Hospital - “My Pals”- that helps children understand and respect children who are differently abled. Families have inquired about a similar presentation for our older students. We’ll explore what’s available because the Shriners program is only for our younger students.

Please remember that students will be outside for recess in the coming days and recess is close to 30 minutes. Appropriate cold weather dress is needed including hats, gloves, warm coats, and long pants.

PeaceBuilders will focus on the practice of “Helping Children Notice Hurts” in February. You will receive your parent letter on Friday. This practice aligns with and crosses into several of CASEL competencies (CASEL Social Competencies) including : relationship skills, responsible decision making, and social awareness. Remember that CASEL core SEL competencies and the CASEL framework guide our social emotional work with our students.

Thank-you for your ongoing support and I wish you a wonderful week ahead.

Sincerely,

Donna Hutton, Principal

Calendar Reminders

February 1st Super Bowl Spirit Day: wear your favorite Super Bowl Team’s apparel or apparel of team you wish made it to the championship!

February 5th Helping Hands Grade 2

February 7th Walking School Bus 8:15 am weather permitting

February 18th -February 22nd Winter Vacation

Green Team Club Opportunity for Students!

Posted Jan. 15, 2019

Good morning Center School Families,

Please see the attached letter for an opportunity for your child to be a part of Center's very first Green Team Club. The team will generate ideas for our school to be more earth-friendly and put the ideas into action-ideas like our recent decision to discontinue using plastic straws in the cafeteria! Exciting opportunity to encourage our students to be engaged citizens in their community!

Green Club letter.docx

Best,

Donna Hutton, Principal

Girls on the Run Spring 2019

Posted Jan. 7, 2019

Week of January 7th

Posted Jan. 7, 2019

Hello Center School Families,

Interesting article shared with me by Colleen Cummings on how parents' attitudes toward math can impact their child's achievement. Math Anxiety

Visit Mrs. Cummings 's site for valuable math resources: ​​​​​​​http://ccummings7.wixsite.com/centermath

Another interesting read is Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth. The author explores “what goes through your head when you fall down, and how that-not talent or luck-makes all the difference”.

Health and Wellness Panel- Parents and staff are cordially invited to join local Health and Wellness experts for a panel discussion on enhancing family health and wellness. There will be ample time for questions following brief remarks by each panelist. Please join The Longmeadow Special Programs Committee on January 22, 2019 from 7:00-8:00 at the Longmeadow High School Auditorium

Proper Winter Attire As we are settling into the winter months, please be certain your child is dressed for the weather daily. If the temperature or wind chill drop below 20 degrees, we do stay inside, otherwise we go outside daily.

Arrival and Dismissal Reminders:

  • The first bell rings at 8:25 AM We do not have supervision before 8:25 AM. Please time arrival as close to 8:25 as possible. Students are not able to enter the building prior to 8:25.
  • If you are picking up from the carline, please have your child’s last name displayed in the windshield on the passenger side. Families were given laminated name cards last year. If you have lost your family card, please place a new one on the window.
  • Students should enter the vehicle from the passenger side. For safety reasons, please do not exit your car on the carline to walk your child to the driver’s side.
  • Staff have reported families circumventing the carline and dropping their children off near the front crosswalk just beyond the carline or in front of the gymnasium. PLEASE remain in the carline. It poses a tremendous safety concern to begin a second carline in the front of the school.

PeaceBuilders: Relationship Skills and Seeking Wise People: Relationship skills help students establish and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships. These skills involve communicating clearly, listening actively, cooperating, resisting inappropriate social pressure, negotiating conflict constructively, and seeking help when it is needed. Teachers are helping our students identify wise people and mentors and are encouraged to emulate the characteristics of the wise people in their lives. Both adults and children can be wise people.​​​​​​​

Important Upcoming Dates:

January 10th PTO Community Room 8:45 AM Community Room

January 16th School Council Meeting 6:00 PM

January 21st No School - Martin Luther King Day

January 24th Center School Winter Concert at Glenbrook 7:00 PM

January 25th Report Cards will be sent home: Please visit the SBRC website for more information. Report Card Website

January 28th PD Day ½ day for students.

February 7th: Walking School Bus 8:15 am

February 18th-22nd: School Closed for Vacation

Warm regards,

Donna Hutton., Principal


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Parent Event Tuesday, January 22, 7 p.m.

Posted Jan. 3, 2019

Good Evening,

On behalf of the Special Programs Committee, parents and staff are cordially invited to join local Health and Wellness experts for a panel discussion on enhancing family health and wellness. There will be ample time for questions following brief remarks by each panelist.

Registration is not required, but a seat can be guaranteed by registering at Eventbrite!

Happy New Year!

Marty O'Shea

Superintendent of Schools

Quick Calendar Reminders

Posted Jan. 2, 2019

Hello Center School Families,

Welcome back and Happy New Year to you! Here’s a few January happenings to mark on your calendars:

January 3rd: Storrs Library is closed for the day.

January 8th Helping Hands 2nd grade 7:50 AM in the Cafeteria

January 10th PTO Community Room 8:45 AM Community Room

January 16th School Council Meeting 6:00 PM

January 21st No School - Martin Luther King Day

January 24th Center School Winter Concert at Glenbrook 7:00 PM

January 25th Report Cards will be sent home: Please visit the SBRC website for more information. Report Card Website

January 28th PD Day ½ day for students.

I’ll be sending more curriculum news your way at the start of next week.

Warm regards,

Donna Hutton., Principal

Today's Sing-a-Long

Posted Dec. 21, 2018

Hello Center Families,

Here's the link to our CSS where you can watch today's assembly: https://centertechnology.blogspot.com/

Warm wishes for a wonderful holiday season!

Sincerely,

Your Center School Family


Week of December 17th

Posted Dec. 17, 2018

Hello Center School Families,

Once again, we have many happenings during this last week before the holiday break. Our band students will have their annual caroling tour on Tuesday when they will travel to different classrooms and share some of the music of the season with their friends. The Artistic Dance Conservatory will perform the ballet “The Magical Divide” on Thursday for students in 1stthrough 5th grade. Thank-you to our PTO for coordinating the ballet performance.

We’ll end our week with our annual all-school holiday sing-along. Center students explore the history and traditions of holidays around the world. In music class and in the library through literature, children learn about others and share their own stories and family traditions. Ms. Drysdale and our teachers create musical experiences to share with the whole school, which include singing in different languages, storytelling, playing instruments, and dancing. Ms. Drysdale and the 5th grade chorus will take the lead for us!

Teachers will also mark the season in unique ways in each classroom…it’s a time of continued community building through learning and celebration. We welcome families to visit the Center School Sightings Newscast 2018-2019 to watch and enjoy our community happenings because we are unfortunately unable to accommodate family guests at school wide events.

It was heartwarming to see the holiday gift baskets wrapped and ready for delivery last week. This event is one of many outreaches that defines who we are as a community. Thank-you again for your generosity with very special appreciation to Amie Tracy and Amy Nedwed and their many volunteers.

With vacation ahead, here’s two great sights that offer reading suggestions for children. Who doesn’t love to get the gift of reading!

Publishers Weekly Best Children's Books 2018

ALA Notable Books 2018

Lastly, I send you warmest wishes for extended time with family and friends next week. And I wish you a world of peace and happiness now and throughout all the seasons of the new year. My gratitude for your ongoing support and for all the ways you make Center School a special community for our students

Warm regards,

Donna Hutton, Principal

Calendar Reminders:

  • Food drive tomorrow morning on the carline. Thank-you for your help to support Margaret’s Pantry in Holyoke
  • Lost and found items will be donated at the end of the week. Please have your child do a quick check for lost items.
  • MCAS 2019 Schedule is posted on school and teachers’ websites. Please be mindful of dates when planning family happenings.
  • It is extremely important for our students’ safety that families never park anywhere near our crosswalks for drop off or pick up.
  • December 24 -January 1 School Closed for December Break
  • January 2- School reopens
  • January 8th - Helping Hands 7:45 AM: 2nd grade.
  • January 10th - PTO meeting in the Community Room


Week of December 10th

Posted Dec. 11, 2018

Good morning Center School Families,

It is a busy season and a busy week! Here are some reminders:

Holiday Gift Collection

Donations for the annual gift collection are due this Thursday, December 13th. Volunteers are needed help us wrap the gifts. Join us on December 13th (snow day 12/14) at 9:00 am in the community room. We hope you can help! We need MANY volunteers to make this wonderful tradition come together! Volunteers need to bring scissors, tape, and holiday gift wrap. Thank you for your support of one of our favorite Center School traditions! If you have any questions please email amietracy@me.com

Spirit Day this Friday! December 14th Spirit Day: Comfy Cozy Day!

SEAL meeting Tonight! The Special Education Alliance of Longmeadow (SEAL) is a Parent Advisory Council that offers information, support, and networking opportunities to parents. Please join SEAL members in Room A-31 Pupil Services, 535 Bliss Road, Longmeadow. The Federation for Children with Special Needs will be giving a presentation entitled Building Effective Communication Between Families and Educators. For the full meeting agenda, and to learn more about future meeting dates and events, visit www.sealma.org.

Tuesday, December 18th: We will be collecting food items during the morning car line. All food items collected will be donated to Margaret’s Pantry in Holyoke, they are in desperate need of donations this holiday season. We appreciate your help with this very worthy cause! Any questions, please contact: Brittany Moreland 413-285-5444 or Karen Desrosiers: karendesrosiers@comcast.net

Winter weather is here! Please make sure your child has warm weather clothing for outdoor recess: hats, gloves, coats, long pants. Please contact me directly if you are in need of any clothing for your child. With the cold weather, it is especially important that students do not arrive inordinately early. Supervision begins at 8:25 when students are let into the building.

Regards,

Donna Hutton, Principal

Week of December 3rd

Posted Dec. 2, 2018

Calendar Reminders

  • Tuesday, December 4th: Helping Hands 3rd Graders
  • Holiday Gift Basket season is here! The PTO and Helping Hands sponsor the endeavor each year. The children receiving baskets this year are served by the YWCA of Springfield. Thank-you in advance for your generosity to provide for children in need. Please see details included in the letters that were sent home with your child.
  • December Library events: Mrs. Mulcahy will introduce your child to potential Caldecott Medal winners for the year. The students will have an opportunity to vote for their favorite choices! http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/caldecottmedal/caldecotthonors/caldecottmedal
  • Beginning the week of Tuesday, December 11th, Mrs. Mulcahy and the library volunteers are welcoming parents and other close family members in the library to share a special winter or traditional story. Perhaps your child will share a new story with you that can go on a wish list for the holiday season! So many books to discover!
  • Thank-you to our Book Fair coordinators Amy Nedwed, Andrea Watson, Robin Lewis and the many volunteers who made the book fair a tremendous success. Thank-you to everyone for your support!!
  • Center’s School Improvement Plan for 2018-2019 is approved by the School Committee. The plan aligns with the Longmeadow Public School District’s 3 -year Improvement Plan. Our vision statement for Center School: SIP 2018-2019

Center School’s vision for education is foremost focused on fostering a safe child-centered environment where our students grow as responsible and respectful members of their learning community. Students develop a strong sense of self and a desire to contribute to their community in a positive manner. Our vision for academic learning is to nurture highly motivated and independent students who approach learning with enthusiasm, critical thinking, creativity, and perseverance. Inherent in our vision is our guiding belief that all students will be empowered to learn at high levels; and will reach their full potential through the collaborative efforts of their teachers, families, and school leaders.

  • December 14th: Spirit Day: Comfy cozy day
  • PeaceBuilders: Students are focused on the practice of “giving up put downs”. Activities have been focused on the ways our words can help and encourage others or conversely hurt the people in our lives. Beginning mid -December we will focus on Helping Children Seek Wise People. The Family letter with ways you can support this important practice will be sent home 12/14/18.
  • Murphy, our dog-assisted interventionist, begins his schedule in December. He has met the entire school community and I extend deep gratitiude to Mrs. Laura Giuggio for her ongoing hard work with Murphy’s training to ensure the success of the program.
  • The RTI teams meet this week to specifically focus on the WIN block. Note that our School Improvement Plan includes a goal to enhance the WIN block to meet the needs of each child. https://sites.google.com/longmeadow.k12.ma.us/centerstage/home
  • Thank-you for helping your child dress appropriately for cold weather days. We love outdoor recess!

Warm regards,

Donna Hutton, Principal

Parents' Night Out Friday, December 14

Posted Nov. 28, 2018

The flyer describes a great opportunity for our elementary families!

Best Regards,

Marty O'Shea

Superintendent of School

Book Fair Week!

Posted Nov. 27, 2018

Good morning Center Families,

Just a reminder that our annual Fall Book Fair kicks off today!!

Our community room has transformed into an amazing shop. We welcome and encourage families and community members to come get your holiday shopping done! There is a huge variety of books, creative and educational sets for all ages- preschool through adults.

Center School and Longmeadow spirit apparel will also be available for purchase.

New this year, we have a night of shopping for those who can't come during school hours- The book fair will be open from 5pm to 8pm on Thursday!

Book Fair Hours

*Tuesday: 9am-3:15pm

*Wednesday: 9am-3:15pm

*Thursday: 9am-3:15pm & 5pm-8pm

*Friday: 9am-3:15pm

See below for Classroom Visiting Schedule!


This event supports our Center School teachers and students!!

Many thanks for your support and happy reading!

Regards,

Donna Hutton, Principal

Thought for the Week from your PeaceBuilders Community: PeaceBuilders Challenge

Our challenge is to create the world we choose to live in. It takes bravery, courage, and intelligence to build peace. Honor, power, and freedom flow to those who rise to the challenges of PeaceBuilder:

We look for the good in others and praise it.

We show respect when faced with disrespect.

We seek wise people as advisors and friends.

We speak up about hurts we have caused.

We create a positive plan for making amends.

We picture the good that can be and act to bring it about.

When each of us rises to these challenges, we all benefit by having peaceful schools, homes, and communities.

Book Fair Classroom Schedule

LHS Senior Class Play - Beauty and the Beast

Posted Nov. 16, 2018

Friday 2 Hour Delay

Posted Nov. 16, 2018

Good morning Center School Families,

Just a couple details to follow up on Superintendent O'Shea's message:

  • Students will be able to buy school lunch today, but we strongly encourage families to pack a lunch from home as the choice will be limited.
  • Arrival time is 10:25 AM this morning with the two-hour delay. Dismissal is 2:45 PM.
  • We'll build solutions to reschedule today's conferences and communicate the plan to families in the coming days.

Safe travels to all this morning.

Warm regards,

Donna Hutton, Principal

2018 Vocal School Climate Survey Results

Posted Nov. 13, 2018

Good Afternoon Longmeadow Community,

I am pleased to provide the Longmeadow community with the results of a survey of students’ perceptions of school climate conducted in grades 5, 8, and 10 as part of the 2018 MCAS administration. Titled the Views of Climate and Learning (VOCAL), this new survey instrument is designed to provide schools with information on student perceptions of three dimensions of school climate: engagement, safety, and environment.

These are important indicators that relate directly to our strategic priorities and student learning. Research consistently demonstrates that healthy school climates positively and powerfully influence learning. Working with parents and students, the staff, administration and School Committee will use this information, along with other indicators of student success, to identify targets for growth and improvement.

Overall, the results are a positive reflection this community’s shared commitment to providing students with safe, supportive and challenging learning environments. As a district, Longmeadow was reported to have "relatively strong school climates," placing us in the top 15% of all Massachusetts School Districts. In districts with the strongest climates (the top 15% percent), students report

  • having inclusive relationships
  • that their teachers have higher expectations for student effort, perseverance, and academics.
  • having fewer bullying experiences
  • feeling that their school is safe and fair
  • that adults are caring and active in helping and supporting them
  • that they feel adults value their ideas and voices

This link will take you to folder with detailed reports that include:

  • Overall, average school climate index scores (with comparative district and state data), and
  • A summary of student responses to each individual survey item
  • Average index scores at each school for the three dimensions of climate: engagement, safety, and environment (with comparative district and state data).

Thank you for your support and interest. As always, I welcome your feedback and questions. Hope to see you at Rick Wormeli, Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. at the Glenbrook Auditorium.

Sincerely,

Marty O'Shea

Superintendent of Schools

Week of November 11, 2018

Hello Center School Families,

The teachers look forward to parent teacher conferences this week. The goal of the conference is to communicate the following about your child:

  • behaviors that demonstrate school success and citizenship;
  • transition to the grade;
  • present areas of strength;
  • growth areas;
  • garner your insights, answer questions, and continue to grow partnership with families.

As you know, the report card is now “standards –based” and will be distributed in January and June. At the conference, your child’s teacher will discuss progress referencing the standards. Families receive (or will begin to receive, depending on grade level) assessment results with cover sheets that indicate your child’s progress towards meeting particular standards or “learning targets”.

One critical strength of standards-based reporting is communication!! Here are additional benefits:

  • Report cards have more meaning
  • Students are offered multiple opportunities and ways through which to demonstrate proficiency
  • Parents are aware of exactly what their child knows, is able to do, and next steps for progress
  • Parents know in what areas their child needs more support
  • Parents are empowered to increase their child's confidence and help their student set goals

We hope you will visit the Elementary Standards –Based Report Card Site in the coming weeks to help build your knowledge before cards are distributed in January.

Elementary Standards-Based Report Cards

Here’s some helpful ideas to prepare for your conference:

  • Talk with your child about school. What does he/she feel are strengths and growth areas? Is there any special topic your child wishes you to talk about with the teacher?
  • Time is precious: prepare notes with topics you want to discuss and questions you may have about your child’s learning and progress.
  • Please be on time. The schedules are tight and teachers want every minute possible with you.
  • Respectfully discussing any differences and celebrating successes will help teachers partner with you to find the most effective ways to work with your child. Teachers value and appreciate your insights.
  • Do you want to know ways to support learning at home? Teachers will offer suggestions.
  • Please thank our teachers for their work. I know they will thank you for your ongoing support and advocacy for your child.
  • Provide feedback to your child after the conference. Always emphasize the positives and discuss the action plan for growth areas.

I hope you enjoy lots of extra family time on this extended weekend. As the proud daughter of a career Marine, I also hope you take time to talk with your child about Veteran’s Day and find a meaningful way to honor the individuals who have bravely served our country- past and present- including members of our own Center community.

Calendar Reminders:

  • From Superintendent Marty O’Shea: Parents will be our partners in learning on this day as Rick Wormeli, a nationally known education consultant, will meet with teachers during the day and with parents in the evening. Mr. Wormeli's Special Programs Presentation is Tuesday, November 13th at 7:00 pm in Glenbrook Auditorium. He will talk to parents about how to authentically nurture their child's learning and academic engagement. Let's pack the auditorium for this compelling conversation!
  • Apologies for the continued reminder but please check lost and found when you are at school for conferences. Also, please write your child’s name on items.
  • The Center School Directory : The 2018-2019 Center School Directory is ready for use. Please check out the digital version on the PTO website, please note that it is password protected -the password is Cardinal: https://www.centerschoolpto.com/2018-2019-directory.html For all those who donated to the annual giving fund prior to 10/15, the printed version we offered as an incentive will be delivered to your child’s backpack in the coming weeks. Congratulations to 5th graders Sophia Crepeau and Siena-Claire Strain whose artwork is featured on the directory. Please see Sophia’s beautiful message!
  • Book Fair will be held Tuesday, November 27 - Friday, November 30th. The Book Fair is a great opportunity to get your holiday shopping completed and support our school. If you even have one hour to spare, please consider volunteering. Signup: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a094ea5aa23a0f58-fall

Yours in partnership,

Donna Hutton, Principal

"Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise,

trouble, or hard work...It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.”

Tuesday November13th

Posted Nov. 9, 2018

Good Evening Parents/Guardians,

While your children are undoubtedly looking forward to an extended weekend, I am looking forward to a rich day of district-wide professional development on Tuesday, November 13th! The day provides Longmeadow staff and educators with a chance to work collaboratively on important aspects of the LPS District Improvement Plan.

Parents will be our partners in learning on this day as Rick Wormeli, a nationally known education consultant, will meet with teachers during the day and with parents in the evening. Mr. Wormeli's Special Programs Presentation is Tuesday, November 13th at 7:00 pm in Glenbrook Auditorium. He will talk to parents about how to authentically nurture their child's learning and academic engagement. Let's pack the auditorium for this compelling conversation!

Have a wonderful evening,

Marty O'Shea

Superintendent of Schools


Book Fair is Coming

Posted Nov. 5, 2018

We need your help!

We need

The annual fall book fair will be held Tuesday, November 27 - Friday, November 30th.

The book fair is a great opportunity to get your holiday shopping done and support a great cause - Center School students and teachers!!

But we can’t be successful without your help!!

We need people to donate time to:

  • Set up the book fair
  • Work the registers during the fair
  • Restock books
  • Break down the book fair

If you even have one hour to spare, please consider volunteering.

Thank you!!

Sign up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A094EA5AA23A0F58-fall



Operation Gratitude

Posted Nov. 5, 2018

Please consider donating your extra

Halloween candy to the "Operation Gratitude" endeavor.

The sweet treats collected is for Veterans, First Responders and Deployed Troops. Candy may be brought to school tomorrow!

More information : https://www.operationgratitude.com/express-your-thanks/halloween-candy/

Thank-you for your generosity!!


Three Invitations

Posted Nov. 5, 2018

Good Evening,

Longmeadow parent/guardians are cordially invited to the next meeting of the Special Education Alliance of Longmeadow (SEAL) on Tuesday, November 6th at 7:00 PM in Room A-31 of the LPS Pupil Services office, located in the LPS Central Offices at 535 Bliss Road, Longmeadow. SEAL is a Parent Advisory Council that offers information, support, and networking opportunities to parents. The Vice Principals/Special Education Supervisors at Williams Middle School, Glenbrook Middle School, and Longmeadow High School will share information about the special education programs offered at each of those schools. For the full meeting agenda, and to learn more about future meeting dates and events, visit www.sealma.org.

The LHS Class of 2019 is partnering with Luigi’s restaurant at 809 Maple road, Longmeadow, to fundraise on Tuesday, November 6th.

From 5-9 PM, 15% of any purchase (dine in, take out, or delivery) will go to the LHS senior class play. Please consider participating in this important student-led fundraiser.

This year’s first Special Programs Presentation is Tuesday, November 13th at 7:00 pm in Glenbrook Auditorium. Rick Wormeli, a nationally known education consultant, will talk to parents about how to authentically nurture their child's learning and academic engagement.

Have a great evening!

Marty O'Shea

Superintendent of Schools


Center staff greeting students at carline!

Happy Halloween from your Center family!

Willy Wonka, Oompa Loompa, and Charlie

Second Grade Teachers

Third Grade Teachers

Fifth Grade Teachers

Specialists

October 29, 2018

Posted October 29, 2018

Hello Center School Families,

  • Even a nor’easter couldn’t dampen the spirit of our Halloween Hustle committee or the participants. Kudos to organizers Katie Wartman, Bianca Damiano, Amanda Erricolo, Megan Downey and the countless volunteers and families who helped make the 15th annual race a success! Visit the PTO website and Facebook page for more details of the fun family event. PTO Facebook Page
  • Wednesday, October 31st: Check with individual teachers for activities. Halloween Costume Parade at 2:00 on the Green-weather permitting. Gentle reminder that costumes should be fun and creative. Safety Officer Carl Mazzeferro will speak with students about Halloween safety during lunch.
  • Operation Gratitude: organized by 5th grader Steve Watson and his family with help from 5th grader Anna Lipkin: please consider donating extra Halloween candy to our troops. The collection is on November 6th. Students may bring extra bags of candy to school for the collection.
  • Please mark all your child’s personal items including lunch bags and outer wear with child’s name. Students will need to dress warmly for outdoor recess as the cold weather approaches.
  • LEEF Gala Saturday, November 3rd
  • 11/6: Helping Hands Grade 4
  • 11/12 Veterans Day Observed - No School
  • 11/13 Professional Development Day- No School for students
  • 11/13 Rick Wormelli - District Special Programs Speaker 7-8:30
  • 11/15 Parent teacher conferences afternoon and evening - ½ day for students
  • 11/16 Parent Teacher conferences afternoon only. ½ day for students.
  • 11/21 Half day staff and students
  • 11/22-11/23 Thanksgiving Break
  • 11/26-11/30 BOOK FAIR

Congratulations Red Sox!


Sincerely,

Donna Hutton, Principal


Special Programs Committee Speaker Tuesday Nov 13

Posted Oct. 27, 2018

Dear Longmeadow Community,

I hope you are able to attend this informative, thought-provoking event. Please note that it is being held in the Glenbrook Auditorium, not the LHS auditorium as noted in an earlier email. I hope to see you there!

Community Conversation Series

Posted Oct. 25, 2018

Good Afternoon,

The next installments of our “community conversation” series are tomorrow, Thursday, October 25 at 9:00 am in the Central Office Conference Room A15, and at 6:30 pm in the Business and Technology Center (BTC). Each room is accessible via the entrance to the LPS Central Office at 535 Bliss Road.

Space is still available if you are interested in joining me, two staff social workers and Assistant Superintendent Sue Bertrand for an open-ended, two-way conversation that considers how families and schools can partner to address childhood stress and anxiety while maintaining a commitment to academic excellence.

Reservations are encouraged, but not required and may be completed using the links below:

9:00 am Room A15 - Morning session Eventbrite Register: https://bit.ly/2x6ztaP

6:30 pm BTC - Evening session Eventbrite Register: https://bit.ly/2Mn6c16

I hope to see you there!

Sincerely,

Marty O'Shea

Superintendent of Schools


Paving of Williams Street

Posted Oct. 22, 2018

Good evening Center School Families,

I was informed today that Williams Street from Route 5 to Town Hall as well as Williams Street from Merriweather to Grassy Gutter is being paved tomorrow- October 23rd. One lane on Williams Street will remain open to alternating traffic. We can expect delays... I know if was difficult for families to navigate the carline at arrival and again at dismissal today; and the back up on the corner of Williams will likely cause longer wait time for everyone tomorrow. Thank-you for your patience while the town project progresses. Hoping some families are able to carpool, walk children to school , or travel an alternate route. We will not mark students tardy in the morning if you are held up in the carline past 8:35.

Regards,

Donna Hutton, Principal

Praise for Teaching and Learning

Posted Oct. 22, 2018

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. - Margaret Mead

Hello Center School Families,

Last Tuesday at the town meeting, Longmeadow adopted a new bylaw that bans single- use plastic bags. Our school community extends our appreciation and tremendous pride to Reading Specialist Valerie Fritz and her 5th grade students from last year who were integral to the effort!!

We praise now 6th graders Anna Antonopoulos, Luca Barresi, Sofia Gordon, and Francesca Trotta. Their journey started with questions and the need for further research after reading a text with Ms. Fritz about the harmful impact of plastics on the environment. With Ms. Fritz leading their learning and outreach, they advocated for and achieved plastic bag recycling at Center and then across the district. They learned about the processes of town meeting with the help of town moderator, Rebecca Townsend. And now, through their involvement and advocacy, a new bylaw in Longmeadow. Extraordinary students!.jpg

Ms. Fritz is a gift to our community. She personifies exemplary educators who foster students’ curiosity about their world. Her students learned that, yes, they can make a difference in their school and beyond. And the life -long learning for her students began with reading-Ms. Fritz's passion!!

Please join me in congratulating the team for an extraordinary accomplishment! vfritz@longmeadow.k12.ma.us

Sincerely,

Donna Hutton, Principal

LEEF Gala Ticket Sales

Posted Oct. 19, 2018

Good Afternoon,

The Longmeadow Educational Excellence Foundation's (LEEF) annual fundraising gala is in 15 days on Saturday, November 3, at 6:30 pm at Twin Hills Country Club!

Please visit the 2018 LEEF iGala page to purchase your tickets and support this wonderful foundation whose mission is to enrich and enhance the quality of education in Longmeadow Public Schools. Since its inception LEEF has provided LPS teachers with over $1.3 million in grants that have spurred innovation and fostered creativity at the classroom level. I hope to see you there!

Sincerely,

Marty O'Shea

Superintendent of Schools


2018 Japan Culture Night

Posted Oct. 19, 2018

Center Families,

Please Save the Date!

Friday, November 2nd, 2018

Japan Culture Night at LHS

Fun activities for the whole family while you learn about Japanese culture!

Click on the link for details!!

Hope to see many of you at the high school for a great community evening!


Week of October 15th: Reminders

Posted Oct. 14, 2018

Hello Center School Families,

So many happenings in October …here’s a few reminders for the days ahead.

Coming soon: Reading Ambassadors before school club for 3rd-5th graders. More information coming your way from Ms. Fritz and Mrs. Vigna. Thank-you to our PTO for generously funding the endeavor!

Homework: Yes, your child-in ALL grades- has homework each evening! We thank you for your partnership facilitating this important time at home. Reminder that we have the Homework Guiding Principles website, filled with helpful resources. What is your child reading at home this week? How many ways can you find to bring real life math lessons into family life? Find ideas here: Homework Website

Superintendent Coffee Hour Conversations: Addressing Childhood Stress and Anxiety. On Thursday, October 25th join Superintendent Marty O’Shea and LPS educators for a dialogue that considers how families and schools can partner to address childhood stress and anxiety while maintaining a commitment to academic excellence. Reservations are encouraged. Morning session 9:00 a.m. in Room A 15 at 535 Bliss Road Eventbrite Register: https://bit.ly/2x6ztaP Evening session 6:30 p.m. in BTC at 535 Bliss Road Eventbrite Register: https://bit.ly/2Mn6c16

Spirit Day, October 26th: Wear your crazy socks to school!

PeaceBuilders: Teachers send home monthly Family Letters that will enhance your understanding of the peacebuilders way of life at Center. October, we are focused on teaching children ways to give and receive meaningful praise. The letter will offer ways families can help us reinforce this meaningful practice.

Halloween Reminders

Teachers will send families information about grade level activities. Please remember that Halloween is a day for imagination and creativity. Please refrain from frightening costumes and masks. Parade October 31st at 2:00 weather permitting on the Green.

Safety Officer Carl Mazzaferro will speak to students on October 31st during lunch about Halloween safety tips.

From Nurse Autumn Rodrigues: Reminders from LPS Wellness Policy:

  • No candy is allowed to be consumed at school.
  • Nothing home-baked OR home-made in any classroom
  • Anything brought into the classroom for consumption must have a clear label, be in original packaging, and list all ingredients.
  • Be mindful of your classroom allergens. If your classroom is nut free, nothing can contain nuts OR be processed in a facility that also processes nuts. That applies for all allergens. Please review your teacher’s website if you are unsure about the allergens in your classroom.
  • All food items brought into classrooms to be shared must be cleared by the nurse.
  • Please consider non-food items as treats for all celebrations. Many classrooms have already eliminated food items for celebrations. Some ideas include pencils, stickers, glow sticks, party games, small crafts, etc.

Thank you and please email Nurse Rodrigues with any questions.

LHS Spooktacular: For the third year, the LHS Key Club will host a safe and fun Halloween experience for children 12 and under in Longmeadow. This event will take place at LHS on October 27th. Note that this year they are charging $5 per trick-or-treater (all proceeds to be donated to Camp Sunshine). The Flyer : Halloween flyer 2018 copy.pdf

Halloween Hustle: Saturday, October 27th: Not too late to register! Hustle Registration

Please take a minute to complete the K-8 Handbook Form if you have not already done so: LPS k-8 Handbook Acknowledgement Form

Arrival time at school is 8:25. Instructional time begins at 8:35. Bikers and walkers should not be on school grounds prior to 8:25 when supervision begins to assist student' safe entrance into the school buildings. We appreciate families working to time arrival as close to 8:25 as possible.

Enjoy the beautiful fall day ahead. Please contact me with any questions.

Warm regards,

Donna Hutton, Principal

Open House Saturday

Posted Oct. 12, 2018

Longmeadow Fire Chief John Dearborn invites all residents to join us at Longmeadow Public Safety Day at the fire and police stations on Williams Street, from 10:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 13, 2018. This years fire safety theme is “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware – fire can happen anywhere.” This event will provide an opportunity to get to know the firefighters and police officers protecting you and your community. Join Longmeadow firefighters for an auto extrication demonstration, information on fire safety, tours of the fire trucks, spraying a real fire hose.

Join Longmeadow police officers for a K9 unit demonstration, tours of police cars and much more.

This event is perfect for the whole family! Hope to see you on Saturday October 13th.

See attached flyer!

2018 Flyer.docx

Invitation to Public Safety Appreciation Day October 13

Posted on Oct. 20, 2018


Dog Assisted Intervention 2018-2019

Posted Oct. 10, 2018

Dear Center School Families,

I am excited to share information regarding the second year of Center's unique endeavor to benefit our students. The practice of using therapy animals in various settings such as schools and health care facilities is becoming more commonplace. Schools are using trained animals to enhance reading interventions and language goals and also for counseling assistance.

Our vision for our dog assisted intervention program is to enhance a student’s social and academic development through engaging lessons with dog assisted intervention developed for specific needs. Yes! We will expand our dog assisted intervention program at Center School.

Here’s some Q & A’ s about Dog Assisted Intervention:

How will students be selected?

  • Students will be recommended for the program through the RTI process, the structure we have in place to identify student needs.

RTI Center Stage

Who is Center’s intervention dog?

  • Murphy is a chocolate lab therapy dog, certified by an AKC registered organization. He has a calm and social temperament and has developed a solid foundation of training. There’s nothing Murphy enjoys more than working with children and the elderly to spread joy as only a dog can for those in need of his assistance. Murphy lives with his people, Mrs. Laura Giuggio and her husband. He feels very fortunate to be working with Center School!

Will Murphy interact with students other than students chosen for intervention?

  • Murphy will only interact with a small number of intervention students recommended for his services during a specific intervention period. When at Center on Wednesdays and Fridays, Murphy will take breaks in his crate.

How will families know if their child will work with Murphy?

  • If a child is recommended for intervention, families will receive a letter and a permission slip before November 1st. Families may opt out of the support. Permission forms will need to be signed and returned before work begins.

Is there a protocol in place for dogs in school settings?

  • The Longmeadow Board of Health has developed a protocol for the Instructional Use of Dogs in LPS classrooms. We are appreciative to Health Director Beverly Hirschhorn, as well as to Superintendent O’Shea and School Committee members Kerrin Morin and Stephanie Jasmin for their supportive guidance and advocacy throughout the process of realizing the pilot, which led us to where we are with the program this year. Please see the attached protocol for your review. Public Health Protocol.doc

There is a wealth of research that supports the powerful advantages of the human-animal bond to improve the literacy and language skills of children. The social emotional advantages such as confidence building, anxiety reduction, and motivation are well documented as well. We look forward to sharing the results of our second year with you.

Please reach out to me with any questions or feedback. Included are just a few links to articles about animal assisted intervention that you might find interesting.

Finally, and most importantly, I extend my gratitude to Mrs. Laura Giuggio. The dedication and commitment required to owning and training a therapy dog is extraordinary. I appreciate that she will share Murphy’s work with our community again this year.

  1. Why Schools Are Going to the Dogs
  2. Making Comfort Dogs an Everyday Part of School
  3. Research for R.E.A.D.


With enthusiasm,

Donna Hutton, Principal


K-8 Student Handbook

Posted Oct. 10, 2018

There was a glitch preventing families from acknowledging review of the handbook. It should be accessible now. Thank-you for taking the time to complete and apologies for the inconvenience.

Dear Center School Parents/Guardians,

Longmeadow Public Schools is pleased to provide the students and families of Longmeadow with a K-8 Student Handbook that articulates parent and student rights and responsibilities and serves as a disciplinary code of conduct. We believe that this handbook is a reflection of our deep commitment to establishing safe, supportive, and orderly learning environments where the expectations for staff and students are clear and widely understood. Additionally, we view this handbook as a reflection of the District’s firm and enduring commitment to creating schools that are welcoming, inclusive and free from discrimination, harassment and bullying. We hope that this document serves our families as a valuable reference and guide to the statutes, regulations, policies and practices that govern the operation of our schools.

The 2018-2019 Handbook is available on the LPS District Website under the Parents tab, at this link:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1zWfDDuI2kp7PjW7RE0K_rP88KFZjzJ1K/view

or under the Parent Tab at our Center School site:

https://sites.google.com/longmeadow.k12.ma.us/new-ctr/parents

To ensure that this handbook is fully disseminated, we are requiring all families to complete this form to acknowledge that the handbook is accessible and has been reviewed.

Please click on the link below to acknowledge your review of the handbook.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1rFX3_PvdhgB1l33J1H7VOL_MQKy4aOu-8Sg0xilqxRc/edit

Sincerely,

Donna Hutton, Principal


Walking School Bus

Posted Oct. 5, 2018

Walk/Bike to School Friday: See you at Hopkins corner at 8:10!

FYI from the town: The one-way road in front of the Community House will be closed for construction beginning Monday, October 8th. Please plan accordingly. We apologize for the inconvenience.

No School Monday. Enjoy the long weekend.

Many items already are in the Lost and Found. Please mark your child's clothing and lunch bags with his/her name. Please remind your child to check the lost and found for missing items. We donate items at the end of every other month.

Thank-you!!

Snapshots

Posted Sept. 30, 2018

Dear Center School Families,

Here’s some helpful snapshots of happenings, procedure reminders, and resources to keep you informed.

First PTO Meeting of the School Year: Our first PTO meeting will be held on Thursday, October 4th at 7:00 pm in the Community Room. Hope to see many of you!

Student Demographics: After October 1st, any changes (except address) to student demographics will need to made by the parent/guardian using their PowerSchool Student Portal info. If you are unsure as to your Student Portal Password/Access (log-in) information, please contact the school office.

October Walking School Bus: We look forward to our second Walking School Bus this Friday October 5th , 2018. We will meet at the corner of Hopkins at 8:10 to walk to school shortly after. If you typically drop your child off in carline, feel free to either park your car and join us, or drop your child off on Hopkins, and they can walk with their classmates, school staff and the Longmeadow Police Department. Note that the construction has begun at the corner of Williams and the path is safely marked with fencing.

LHS Spooktacular: For the third year, the LHS Key Club will host a safe and fun Halloween experience for children 12 and under in Longmeadow. This event will take place at LHS on October 27th. Note that this year they are charging $5 per trick-or-treater (all proceeds to be donated to Camp Sunshine).

Center School Halloween Parade on the Green: 2:00 pm October 31st; Halloween Hustle October 27th.

November 13th: An evening with Rick Wormeli, Glenbrook Auditorium 7pm. Author of Meet Me in the Middle, Fair Isn't Always Equal, and Differentiation addresses parents on how to motivate young learners and to encourage curiosity and learning for learning's sake. Reserve tickets at rick-wormeli-at-glenbrook.eventbrite.com

Parking, Car Line, and Drop Off and Pick Up Reminders: We appreciate your attention to these reminders and notices. Please be mindful of blocking driveways and the roadway along Longfellow during both arrival and dismissal. Also, please make sure your child travels along Longfellow to the front of the school at arrival where students are supervised. Arrival time: as close to 8:25 as possible. Students enter building at 8:25; Instructional time begins at 8:35. Please remind your child to adhere to family pick up plans and inform your child's teacher of any changes. Dismissal is at 2:45 pm and we appreciate your patience in the carline as we work to dismiss our students in a safe manner.

Playground Use After School: We have a lovely school yard and playground, and we welcome our students to use our field and play scape after school. Students must be accompanied and supervised by a parent or guardian after school hours. The playground is not to be used before school hours.

Helpful resources:

Looking ahead: November Calendar Reminders:

  • November 12- No School- Veteran’s Day Observed
  • November 13- No School- Professional Development for Teachers
  • November 15- Half Day of School- Dismissal 11:30 - Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • November 15 - 6:00-8:00 pm Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • November 16- Half Day of School- Dismissal 11:30 - Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • November 21- Half Day of School- Dismissal 11:30 - Thanksgiving Recess
  • November 22- No School- Thanksgiving
  • November 23- No School- Thanksgiving Recess

Thank-you for your ongoing support and partnership.

Sincerely,

Donna Hutton, Principal

CLOSE Community Annual Report

Posted Sept. 28, 2018

Please click link for the CLOSE Community Annual Report

Homework Website

Posted Sept. 27, 2018

Greetings Center School Community!

Last year was the first year that Longmeadow Public Schools implemented our new Homework Guiding Principles for elementary students. The link to the document is attached for our new families and for our returning families’ review. HWGuidingPrinciples.docx The principles represent a child-centered, research-based approach to homework. The principles are the result of the work of a team of educators who researched and discussed the efficacy of homework at the elementary level.

In our first year rolling out this initiative, we placed an emphasis on self-selected, independent reading at home. Through the “Year of the Reader”, students participated in a wealth of activities at Center aimed at promoting reading at home and ultimately growing a love of reading. Activities included: in-class book talks/recommendations, classroom reading challenges, bedtime read alouds, community readers, book tastings and more!

As we move into our second year implementing the guiding principles, we want to make you aware of a new resource available to our community. The Homework Guiding Principles Website contains materials for both parents and teachers. The site includes study tips, ideas for reading at home, book lists, math fluency activities and much more!

The site is arranged by grade level and subject areas correlating with the Guiding Principles. Please take a moment to visit and gain ideas for ways that you can discuss books with your child, practice math facts, and even study together!

If you have any suggestions for resources that might be valuable on this site, please forward them to me to share with the Homework Study Group for consideration.

Your support with the Homework Guiding Principles is invaluable. Thank-you for your partnership as we grow lifelong learners! Teachers will reference the grade level expectations for homework at the Open House tomorrow evening.

Regards,

Donna Hutton, Principal

& Homework Guiding Principles Study Group

https://sites.google.com/longmeadow.k12.ma.us/homework/home

Special recognition and appreciation to Paige Anderson and Erin Craft who created the site on behalf of the study group!

Calendar Reminders

Posted Sept. 25, 2018

  • Open House Thursday 6:00-8:00
  • 10/2 Helping Hands Grade 5: 7:45 am; Café

Please see attached order form for helping Hands tee shirt. Helping Hands-shirt order form (1).docx

  • 10/5 Walk to School Day: Meet at Hopkins at 8:10 am
  • 10/4 School Council Meeting 5:30-6:30 pm Community Room
  • 10/4 PTO meeting 7:00 pm Community Room
  • 10/8 No School Columbus Day
  • 10/25 District Conversation addressing Childhood Stress and Anxiety 6:30 BTC
  • 10/27 Halloween Hustle
  • November 3rd : 17th Annual LEEF Gala https://one.bidpal.net/igala/ticketing​​​​​​​
  • November 13th: An Evening with Rick Wormeli, Glenbrook Auditorium 7pm. Author of Meet Me In the Middle, Fair Isn't Always Equal and Differentiation addresses parents on how to motivate young learners and encourage curiosity and learning for learning's sake. Reserve tickets at rick-wormeli-at-glenbrook.eventbrite.com


Open House 2018

Posted Sept. 23, 2018

Hello Center School Families,

We’re looking forward to welcoming you to our Open House on Thursday, September 27th. The Open House format provides an opportunity for you to meet your child’s teachers, understand the learning goals and expectations for your child’s year, learn more about your child’s schedule and classroom environment, see your child’s school and walk the hallways your child walks each day, and meet other families in your school community!

Open House Schedule: Note that there are two presentations at different times in each classroom to accommodate families with more than one child at Center.

6:00-6:25 Welcome and social on esplanade hosted by PTO with cider and doughnuts. If there is a chance of showers, we’ll set up refreshments in the café, so please stop in for a treat!

6:30-7:00 1st Classroom Presentation

7:00-7:10 Travel time and opportunity to say hello to different teachers across the school.

7:15-7:45 2nd Classroom Presentation

8:00: Open House concludes!

Important details:

  • Open House is for parents and guardians only. We’ll have other opportunities for family events that include our students throughout the year.
  • Parent /Teacher Conferences are November 15th and 16th. Gentle reminder to kindly refrain from asking teachers about your child’s individual progress at Open House.
  • Please visit other important teachers in your child’s school world: PE teachers Ms. Gauthier and Mrs. Capotosto in the gymnasium; Music teacher Ms. Drysdale in the music room adjacent to the café; Library/media specialist Mrs. Mulcahy in the library; Art teacher Mrs. Goldman in the art room located in the 5th grade hallway; Technology integration specialist Mrs. Giuggio around the corner from the main office. Our resource team, including our special education teachers and interventionists, will be in their classrooms to say hello too!

Please reach out to your child’s teacher or to me with any questions. We'll see you Thursday evening... Happy Fall and enjoy a wonderful week!

Sincerely,

Donna Hutton, Principal


Special Programs for LHS Parents

Posted Sept. 20, 2018

Good Afternoon,

Mark your calendars! The Longmeadow Public Schools' Special Programs Committee is pleased to

announce the schedule for this year's speaker series! Annually, the Special Programs Committee

invites distinguished speakers or panelists to Longmeadow to discuss how we can support the healthy

growth and development of young people! We hope you can attend!

Sincerely,

Marty O'Shea

Superintendent

LPS Special Program Committee Save The Date_With Edits 9.11.18 (1) 2.pdf

LHS Spooktacular

Posted Sept. 18, 2018

Halloween flyer 2018 copy.docx

Fall Carnival 2018

Posted Sept. 17, 2018

Please join us!!

Annual Center School Fall Carnival

Thursday, September 20th

On the Town Green

4:30-6:30

Food! Popcorn! Cotton Candy! Bounce Houses!

Games! Prizes! Face Painting!

Bring the whole family to play games created and run by our Fifth Graders!

Support your school, have fun with friends and neighbors and experience Center School Spirit !!

Tickets for games, food and prizes can be purchased on the Carnival page of our PTO website:

https://www.centerschoolpto.com/carnival.html

The prepay option ends Wednesday Sept. 19th!!!!

Pre-pay attendees use the express check-in lanes -we highly encourage you to buy in advance to avoid long lines!

Only cash and checks will be accepted at the Carnival.

Children 4 and under play and bounce for free.

*Our fifth graders do not need to purchase game passes.

WE NEED SOME GRILL HELP!

You can sign up for a quick shift on the bbq, as well as other areas (we need it!) here:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080b44adab2aabff2-fall


Walking School Bus

Posted Sept. 12, 2018

We look forward to our first Walking School Bus of the year tomorrow morning! We will meet at 8:15 am at Hopkins Street, and begin our walk to Center shortly after. If you typically drop your child off in carline, feel free to either park your car and join us, or drop your child off on Hopkins and they can walk or ride their bikes with their classmates, school staff and members of the Longmeadow Police Department. We encourage everyone to walk or bike together!

We look forward to walking with you tomorrow morning!

Have a pleasant evening!

Helping Hands 2018-2019

Posted Sept. 11, 2018

Dear Center School Families,

In the spirit of teaching our students about the importance of community service, we will begin our sixth yearlong effort to feed those in need of assistance.

Center School Helping Hands is a school-wide effort that provides our students an opportunity to work as grade level teams to make a difference by making sandwiches to help feed the hungry. Helping Hands is a collective endeavor that depends on the generosity of our Peace Builders community; and we anticipate another successful year!

Here’s how it works:

SCHEDULE:

Each grade level will be assigned a month to meet one morning in the cafeteria at 7:45 AM to make sandwiches with their grade level team.The students will go directly to their classrooms at 8:25.

Mark your calendars on the following Tuesdays:

October 2nd-5th grade

November 6th-4th grade

December 4th-3rd grade

January 8th-2nd grade

February 5th-1st grade

March 5th-K & 5th

April 2nd- 4th & 2nd

May 7th- 3rd & 1st

June 4th- all grades

WHAT TO BRING:

Each family may voluntarily send in with your child sandwich meat, cheese, and bread to make sandwiches on their designated day. We suggest 1lb. meat; ½ lb. cheese; two loaves of bread, although any donated amount is appreciated. The number of sandwiches delivered each month will depend on donations.

WHO MAY COME:

Siblings are more than welcome to make sandwiches too. For example, our first date (October 2nd ) will be with 5th graders. If you have a 5th grader and a 2nd grader, feel free to send the 2nd grader to help. The more helping hands the better!!

SANDWICH DONATIONS:

Center School parent Amy Nedwed (amynedwed@gmail.com) coordinates this effort. She and I will be present with the students while they make the sandwiches; and Amy Nedwed and Amie Tracy will deliver the sandwiches to the Springfield Rescue Mission, Loaves and Fishes Kitchen in Springfield and the Easthampton Community Center. Kudos to Amy for spearheading the effort once again this year!!

Thank-you for your generous spirit of giving! A reminder notice will be sent each month.

With appreciation,

Donna Hutton, Principal

See the links below to order your tee shirt and also a summary of last year's endeavor.

Tee Shirt order Form

Summary 2017-2018

Center Stage: Cafeteria to Café

September, 2018

Hello Center School Families,

Perhaps you have heard the news from your child about the transformation of our cafeteria. Music plays in the background, which we use as a measure of volume for student talk-if you can’t hear the music, it’s likely the noise level is too high. The walls have been painted tranquil blues with a pop of red for Cardinal school spirit. Curtains are hanging and the walls have art work by Eric Carle. Soon we will have students’ art on our ceiling tiles! And lastly, we have changed from long tables to round tables with bright primary colored seats that seat eight children-lunch buddies who will change consistently throughout the year. We placed all the condiments the students need at the center of the tables.

Transformation of the physical environment of the cafeteria-from blah to warm and welcoming.

Lunchtime should be an enjoyable part of the school day for our students. The lunch period provides a time for kids to relax, socialize with their peers, rest their active bodies and minds, and importantly, become nourished. Most of us agree that “traditional” cafeterias can have an institutional and industrial feel.

After many years of supervising the lunchroom with various attempts at fostering more positive social interactions for all children, I arrived at the realization that the environment needed to be modified to truly make our efforts successful. The broad goal was to design the cafeteria to look more like a café and make it more inviting for our students-a place where our students want to be! Most importantly, research unquestionably affirms that healthy eating and healthy interaction goes hand in hand with a positive cafeteria environment-emotional and physical- where children enjoy the time together and feel safe. While all the changes will hopefully prove impactful, the round tables provide the most consequential change to the space. The tables decrease the number of children in a space and provide a more social place to eat. The round tables ease the movement across the cafeteria and promote important conversation. Like so many experiences in your child’s elementary school years, lunchtime can provide one of the best contexts where appropriate social interaction and behavior is taught and modeled. The goal is to make the café as welcoming as possible so our students will have a more positive and successful day overall.

The transformation of the cafeteria was possible with lots of guidance and support from many community members. Our School Council worked with me to study many improvement possibilities. Thank-you to Rachel Axtmann, Gina Pantuosco, Michael Barresi, and Summer Williams. Superintendent O’Shea provided his support with Tom Mazza who helped secure our district funding.

I also want to take this opportunity to send “kudos” to our PTO for their support. The PTO is funding the purchase for the remainder of the tables, which should arrive by the end of the month. The café tables are only one of many purchases that the PTO has made in the past years, including $20,000 in iPads and chrome books. This is the kind of funding that enriches your child’s experiences at Center School; and I hope you will provide needed support to our PTO with all their endeavors, including the yearly donations’ drive. PTO Donation Page

As you know, we have lunch monitors who help supervise our students during lunch time. We are fortunate this year to also have high school students join us during our kinder lunch to lend a hand to our little ones. The 5th graders will rotate “buddy” responsibilities too and help the kinder children!

We have lots of helping hands, but can always use and will welcome more volunteers. If you are interested in becoming a parent/grandparent lunch buddy, please contact me. If I have interest, we will hold a meeting at a day and time TBA and brainstorm schedules and more possibilities to enhance the lunch and recess experience for everyone.

FYI

11:30-12:15: 1st and 3rd grades

12:00-12:45: 2nd and 4th grades

12:30-1:15: Kinder and 5th grades

We do not begin to dismiss children for recess until 15 minutes into the lunch time period.

Another way you can help? Read this short but important article about etiquette rules to model at home:

3 School Cafeteria Etiquette Rules

Many thanks for your partnership and ongoing support!

Regards,

Donna Hutton, Principal

Walking School Bus

Posted Sept. 10, 2018

Meeting at Hopkins at 8:10 am, Thursday September 13th

Crosswalk Project

Posted Sept. 6, 2018

Dear Center School Families,

The town will soon begin a safety project on the corner of Longmeadow Street and Williams Street. The project will enhance safety at the busy crosswalk that so many members in our school community use to travel to and from school each day.

There will be a raised sidewalk with pedestrian beacons at the completion of the project. In the next two weeks, you may notice the set up for the work. Chain link fencing will clearly mark the detour path for our students and families. I’ve attached a map which shows the pedestrian access path during the construction.

I met with Mario Mazza, DPW Director, and Carl Mazzaferro, LPD Safety Officer. They shared details of the construction with me and welcome any questions from the community regarding the project as we move ahead to a tentative start date of September 17th. There will be more details regarding the project posted on the LPD Facebook page as well as the DPW website in the days ahead.

For now, my message is to make you aware of the project. We will meet with students who use the crosswalk as we move closer to the construction and discuss safety protocol. Officer Mazzaferro will be a presence on the first few days to help ensure a smooth walking commute with the detour in place. I feel confident that the plan in place carefully considers safety issues and that we will navigate the construction in the best possible manner.

Reminders

  1. Love the energy at the beginning of the school year, but many of our friends arrive too early. Please time arrival as close to 8:25 as possible, including our energetic bike riders who seem to be extra early. Instructional time begins at 8:35.
  2. Please remind your child to travel in front of the school at dismissal. Students should not cross the playground to the driveway, which is an unsafe route. All students leave at dismissal and my not play on the playground unless directly supervised by an adult.
  3. Monday, September 10th: No School Rosh Hashanah
  4. Wednesday, September 19th: No School Yom Kippur
  5. Fall Carnival: September 20th; Rain date: September 21st
  6. Open House: September 27th: 6:00-7:45 More info soon.
  7. We will not use Dismissal Manager this school year. That said, please help us with dismissal by developing a firm plan with your child. Teachers will need to know your usual family plan. If there will be changes, please email your child’s teacher before 2:00. Any last-minute changes after 2:00, please call the office.
  8. Please take a few minutes to update your family information in the Parent Portal on PowerSchool.
  9. Our PTO is looking for new members! Visit their website for contact information!

Thank-you for a great beginning to the new year!

Sincerely,

Donna Hutton, Principal

Access path

School Council Needs New Members

Posted Sept. 4, 2018

Please contact the PTO if you are interested in serving on the Center School School Council. We need new members!


Media Release Form 2018

Posted Aug. 31, 2018

PK-8 Media Release Form

Occasionally, Longmeadow educators and administrators photograph or video students to enhance the classroom learning experience and celebrate children's achievements. You are receiving this parental consent form to request your permission to release photos and videos that include your child. Pursuant to law, we will not release photographs or video without prior consent from you as parent or guardian.

Please click on the link and complete the form. One form per child.

With appreciation,

Donna Hutton, Principal

Media Release Form


PTO NEEDS YOU!

Posted Aug. 31, 2018

Dear Center School Families,

A PTO is an essential organization in a vibrant and engaged school community. Through my years at Center School , I have greatly appreciated the generous work the members of the Center School PTO executive boards have contributed to our school to enrich our students’ school lives. We rely on the PTO to organize the annual happenings that so many of you enjoy with your family-Fall Carnival, Halloween Hustle, Square One Art, Scholastic Book Fair, etc.

That said, our current executive board is operating with four members-dedicated and creative members -but parents in great need of the community’s help and support. The success of the PTO depends on family support through attendance at family events, families contributing through annual donations, and now, more important than ever before, organizational help for all the events coordinated by the board.

PLEASE consider joining the executive board of our PTO. The more members that work on the board, the more creative endeavors that will happen for your child. Perhaps you can recruit a group of friends to step up with you and shadow the board this year to see what is involved and offer innovative ideas to enhance the work being accomplished now. The PTO also needs a chairperson for the Book Fair!

We understand how very busy family life can be for everyone. That’s why we’re asking cohorts to join and share the responsibilities! It can be an opportunity for new parents to network and meet other Center School parents as well!

I'm including the names and emails of our current PTO board for you to contact with your interest. I hope we’ll have many new members at our first PTO meeting. We need YOU!!

Many thanks for considering.

Donna Hutton, Principal

President

Karen Desrosiers

karendesrosiers@comcast.net

Vice President

Erin Lau

gibsone@gmail.com

Secretary

Beth Benzaquin

centerschoolptoweb@gmail.com

Treasurer

Keri Fazio

keriapril@comcast.net


First Day 2018

Posted Aug. 29, 2018

Good evening Center School Families,

I hope your child had a peaceful evening and is excited to begin the new year. We are ready for the first day! The school looks wonderful with bright classrooms that are inviting to children and unique to each teacher. Our teachers’ plans are in place, ready to launch the workshop model across reading, writing, and math. Science investigations are set and social studies units are ready to go. Teachers will begin the year with an abundance of enthusiasm and patience- modeling expectations, and most importantly, realizing their commitment to develop understanding and positive relationships with each child.

We’ve done a lot of important work together this week revisiting our belief of learning as both a cognitive and social emotional process. We will continue to grow the PeaceBuilders’ way of life at Center. Teachers will practice mindfulness strategies with students and create environments that promote students’ focus, engagement, and love for learning. Our workshop models will provide opportunities for differentiation and rigor for all our learners.

You will have an opportunity to formally meet your child’s teacher and learn much more about your child’s year ahead at the Open House on September 27th. Until then, you will have lots of opportunities to learn about the start of the year through teachers’ websites, newsletters, and certainly through your child’s perspective-there will be lots to share!!

I extend a warm and gracious welcome back from your Center School Family. I want to convey our commitment to partner with you to help your child grow as a learner and as a caring member of the community. We hope that our words and our actions show you how much we delight in what we do. It is an extraordinary gift to work with young people and we anticipate a joyous ride this year. We hope you share our anticipation!

We will see you on the playground at 8:25 tomorrow morning.

Have a wonderful evening. I know there might be as many sleepless teachers as children tonight...

Warm regards,

Donna Hutton, Principal

Arrival:dismissal .docx


Fresh Picks Lunch Information

Posted Aug. 29, 2018

Longmeadow School District

Longmeadow-Nutrislice-App-Card (1).pdf

Longmeadow-Nutrislice-banner-email (1).pdf

Dear Parent or Guardian:

The 2018-2019 school year is upon us and Fresh Picks Café is pleased to have been invited to manage your school’s Food Service Program. Fresh Picks Café (a division of Café Services) is a locally owned and operated company dedicated to serving delicious, wholesome, quality meals that meet the latest nutritional guidelines. Some of the features your children will enjoy through your district’s partnership with Fresh Picks Cafe include:

1.) Menus:

Our interactive online menus are available through Nutrislice. You have the option to download the Nutrislice app to your mobile device and check your student’s menu choices daily. Ingredients, allergen and nutritional data for all items served can be viewed from this app. Interactive menus are also available online and can be viewed and printed using the link on your school web page.

Longmeadow High School, Glenbrook and Williams Middle Schools have the following stations offering a variety of daily lunch choices. Signature Caféfeaturing “Home Made” Entrees, “Build it Bars” and “Tossed to Order” Entrée Salads; Market Fresh which features a daily selection of Entrée Salads as well as Fruit and Yogurt Parfaits; Pizza featuring quality Fresh Baked Pizza made with whole grain dough and low fat cheeses; Café Express offers Hot “Grab and Go” Sandwiches and the Deli serves “Made to Order” Deli Sandwiches.

Wolf Swamp, Blueberry Hill and Center Elementary Schools offer a wide selection of choices each day that include items such as Market Fresh Salads & Yogurt Parfaits, the Signature Café Entrée of the day and a Downtown Deli Sandwich option.

To help students understand what constitutes a full meal, our innovative Strive for Five program features signage and color coded items in the cafeteria to help students make choices that are nutritious, balanced and stay within USDA standards for a full meal.

Fresh Picks Café is proud to present our Smart Snacks line of healthier packaged snack, beverage, and homemade snack options. We have expanded our grill and sauté Action Station concepts to include your school. Visit the Fresh Picks Café website and watch for details and news flashes on these exciting programs.

2.) Meal Assistance Program: The meal assistance program is a federally funded program that provides reduced and free meals to families that meet USDA income guidelines. Please contact your school administrative office or the food service director to obtain an application. Complete the application (only one application per household is required) and return it to your child’s school. You will then be notified of the benefit level for which you qualify. You can apply or reapply at any time during the school year should your financial situation change. The program is operated in strict confidence and all students go through the same checkout process in the cafeteria eliminating any distinction between students that are participating in the meal assistance program and those who are not.

Students on Meal Assistance Programs are entitled to a full meal from any of our stations at breakfast and at lunch. Snack items such as snack milk or snacks are available to all students for an additional charge.

3.) Automated Point of Sale System: The Longmeadow School District has an automated point of sale system from Nutrikids. This is the same system that the school district used last year. Your student’s account information – including online payment information – has not changed. Parents will have 2 methods to fund their student’s account.

Option 1. Online Payments - You may set-up an online account using a Credit/Debit card to make deposits into your child’s account. In addition to providing you with a secure online payment option, the system will allow you instant access to details on what your child is purchasing in the cafeteria, as well as other convenience features such as automatic low balance alerts. This automated system will help increase the speed of service and allow students additional time for a more relaxing dining experience. Instructions for setting up your online account are available in print from your Food Service Director and posted on the Fresh Picks Cafe website.

Option 2. You may send a check with your child made payable to the Longmeadow School’s Lunch Program. Please make sure to include the child’s name in the memo line. We encourage parents to either utilize the online payment method or to send in a check – cash can also be accepted, but is discouraged at the elementary school level.

Prepaid monies deposited by either method can be used for any purchases in the cafeteria, but at any time parents may contact the school food service supervisor and request that prepaid monies be used only for full meal purchases.

4.) Credit Procedure: Verbal notification of negative balances may be provided to parents or guardians. E-mail notification for students who are charging meals may be sent to the student’s household. Weekly or bi-weekly letters will be sent home and a referral to administration will be made for students who continue to charge for multiple days. Charging of snack items will not be allowed. Please refer to the school district’s charge procedures for further information.

5.) Student Allergy / Special Needs Identification: If your student has a medically documented food allergy or special need when it comes to food, your food service director will work closely with the school nurse and other personnel to ensure that your child’s specific needs are met. Please contact your Food Service Director with details.

6.) Local Purchasing & Green Initiatives: Fresh Picks Café has a robust local purchasing policy, and buys from local farms and food producers as much as possible. We are a strong supporter of the Farm to School initiative. We are also active in recycling and composting efforts. We are always looking to build new relationships with local farmers and environmentally conscious groups – please feel free to contact your food service director.

More can be learned about Fresh Picks Café by visiting our website http://www.freshpickscafe.com , on our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/FreshPicksCafe or by following us on Twitter @FreshPicksCafe.

Longmeadow School District Food Service Director:

Mary McKenna 413-565-4730 Longmeadow@freshpickscafe.com

Pricing Lunch

Full Price Reduced Adult

Elementary $2.75 .40 $3.50

Middle School $3.00 .40 $3.50

High School $3.25 .40 $3.50


Information for Start of New Year: Arrival/Dismissal

Posted August 25, 2018

Dear Center School Families,

This message is the first of August/September communications to help you navigate the start of the school year.

Please read the arrival and dismissal details carefully to help ensure the safety of our students.

First, we encourage you to review bicycle and walking safety with your child. Please remind your child to be considerate of walkers when riding their bikes to and from school.

We know students thrive with predictable routines. It is helpful if you develop and discuss the family “pick up” plan with your child i.e., where to meet at the end of the day, pick up on the carline, etc. It’s also extremely important for you to remind your child to stick with the family plan; the plan should never be changed by the student without family knowledge or permission! Each teacher will have her individual communication system in place with families so she knows where each student is going at dismissal.

We suggest you place emergency contact information in a visible place on your child’s backpack. There’s some great tags available that attach to backpacks.

First Day for 1st -5th grades Thursday, August 30th: We’ll see everyone on the playground at 8:25 AM. The bell will toll to signal the start of our new year!! Teachers will be on the playground; look for cones labeled with grade levels and for teachers holding their name signs; and you’ll know where your child should line up. There will be lots of staff to help you!

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures after Day One:

Arrival: 8:25 AM We do not have supervision before 8:25 AM, so while we love our enthusiastic early birds, please time arrival as close to 8:25 as possible.

Grades 2, 3, 4: Enter through the main doors

Grades K,1,5: Enter through esplanade doors –gymnasium side.

5th grade safeties will walk kinder and first grade students to their classrooms.

All bikers park bikes on the bike racks on the playground. Please do not park bikes near the entrance gate. For our new families, know that locks are not needed.

Bikers walk the Longfellow sidewalk to the front of the school and enter through appropriate entrances. Students should never travel to the back stairwell to enter the building in the morning. We do not have supervision in this area and we're appreciative of families who do not drop off/pick-up in an area that is not our designated drop off/pick-up.

Students should not travel along the driveway on the side of the gymnasium. This area poses a serious safety issue as cars enter here for the parking lot behind the school; there’s blind spots and the sidewalk does not wrap around the driveway.

Dismissal: 2:45

Grades 2, 4: Exit main entrance

Grade 3: exit Longfellow Street door

Grade K, 1, 5: esplanade doors gymnasium side.

Teachers will escort their classes to the carline and to the playground.

Kinder and grade 1 families: If you meet your child on the esplanade, please stand near the railings away from doorways. We appreciate when you do not block the exit doors and/or the walkway to the esplanade as teachers have many students to walk in lines to appropriate spots.

Carline families: Please note that cars traveling Longfellow Drive to Longmeadow Street will see a “One Way” sign-right turn only between 8 AM-4 PM. Vehicles exiting out of Green Meadow Drive, Morningside Drive, and Crestview Circle are permitted to travel in both directions.

Students who attend after school programs will know their meetings spots . Teachers will know who is going to which program by the first day.

As always, I welcome your feedback and any questions. Enjoy a wonderful weekend.

Sincerely,

Donna Hutton, Principal

Announcements

Posted August 9. 2018

New arrival time to the school day: 8:25

Instructional time begins! 8:35

Dismissal: 2:45

August Greetings

Posted August 2, 2018

August greetings Center School Families!

Here’s some importing information as we inch closer to the start of the 2018-2019 school year:

  • Class supply lists are posted. Yes, each grade level has the same supplies for students. Please contact me directly if your family needs financial assistance with supplies.

2018-19 Supply Lists

  • Student’s teacher assignment is available in the Parent Portal of Power School on August 23rd. New families to Center who will not yet have access to the portal will be contacted directly by the school via email and/or phone call. (see attached letter from June)
  • New Family visit to Center School: Friday August 24th at 9:00 am. Meet in the office for a welcome and a tour of the school.
  • First day of school for 1st through 5th grade: August 30th. Kindergarteners and their families are invited to visit classrooms from 10:00 to 11:15 on the 30th. First full day for kindergarten is August 31st.
  • Is your child looking for some fun reading for August?? Here’s the link to our online book clubs-it’s not too late to join!

Center School Online Book Clubs

  • Looking for some listening fun on your rides to August vacation destinations? Revisit some of your favorite bedtime stories from 2017-2018!

Center School Bedtime Stories

  • We’ll welcome many new families to our community as well as new staff members in August. I'll send a separate message before school begins with an introduction to our new staff.

We’re busy preparing for a wonderful year ahead for your child. I welcome any questions as we move closer to our first day and certainly beyond.

Regards,

Donna Hutton, Principal

POWERSCHOOL STUDENT & PARENT PORTAL.docx

Class Assignments

Posted August 1, 2018

Your child's class assignment will be available in the parent portal on Powerschool on August 23rd.


Girls on the Run - Fall 2018

Posted August 1, 2018

GOTR.pdf

June 22, 2018

Dear Center School Families,

Happy last day! I hope your summer is filled with extra family time, fun adventures and certainly many unscheduled days that slow life down just a bit…

As I told the children at our school –wide assembly this morning, success is greatly measured by relationships and the ways we show kindness and caring towards others.

With that message in mind, I extend a few end-of-year “thank-you’s” to members of our community.

To our PTO executive board for their planning and time- intensive work on many endeavors: Karen Desrosiers, Lisa Foster, Erin Lau, Lyndsey Nuzzo, Keri Fazio, and Beth Benzaquin. I invite you to visit their Facebook and website pages to see just a sampling of the many enrichment opportunities they provide for our students.

To you, our families, for supporting our work with your children this year. We cannot say “well done” at the end of a school year without your partnership. Please remember to keep your child reading and doing some fun math during the summer months. You’ll find lots of resources on our teachers’ websites! Visit Storr’s Library too to join the summer reading fun.

Please remember that the office staff is not available throughout most of the summer. The best way to reach me is via email. Visit our Center School website in August for important dates and happenings for the 2018-2019 school year.

There’s been a few changes to our classroom teacher assignments for next year:

Kinder: Mrs. Brydges Mrs. Palazzi Mrs. Hinkamper

1st : Mrs. Silva Mrs. Kadis Mrs. Salvatore

2nd: Ms. Anderson Mrs. Serafino Ms. Geoffrion Mrs. Gildersleeve

3rd: Mrs. Craft Ms. Iancu Mrs. Bombardier

4th: Mrs. McColgan Mrs. McLean Mrs. Glading

5th: Mrs. Quinn (3 teachers to be announced)

August 24th: 9:00 AM Principal’s Tour with New Families

August 30th - First Day of School for Grades 1-12: Kinder Visit 10:00 AM

August 31st - First Day of School for Kindergarten

Our bell will toll at 11:30, signaling the end of the school year. We look forward to welcoming you back on August 30th. Safe journeys this summer.

With appreciation,

Donna Hutton, Principal

Last Day 2018

Posted June 20, 2018

Hello Families,

Just a reminder that Thursday and Friday are half days for Center School. Students are dismissed at 11:30. Report cards will be sent home with your child on Friday. If your child is not in school on Friday, his/her report card can be picked up in the main office.

Thank-you! Countdown to summer....

Donna Hutton, Principal

Summer Reading

Posted June 19, 2018

“Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.” Maya Angelou

Hello Center School Families,

We want to share some great resources that will help you continue to encourage and support your child’s reading this summer. First here’s some important facts:

  • When children select reading materials themselves and read for enjoyment, they attain the most gains in reading achievement, including better reading comprehension, writing proficiency and vocabulary.
  • Children tend to read more when adults in their lives encourage them to read, and also when they see those adults reading often themselves.
  • Children that feel that reading is fun tend to read more often, so let’s make reading enjoyable and social to promote success!
  • Reading just 4 to 6 books over the summer has the potential to prevent a decline in reading achievement!

Summer Resources:

  1. Booklists compiled by Mrs. Vanessa Vigna, our talented and awesome literacy coach: Booklists.docx
  2. Wow! Online Book Clubs!! This year for summer reading, some Center teachers are volunteering to host online book clubs! Click here for details: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Lrk3CSOVA7fQddaFHGSLbkba_bX6k2GTz8DhUcwoNVo/edit
  3. Summer Reading Goal Form (Thanks Ms. Vigna!) for your child to complete: summer reading - goals.docx
  4. Each year a committee of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) identifies the best of the best in children's books: ALA Notable Books
  5. Thank-you for your generous support and encouragement of reading throughout the year, and especially during the Read to Feed endeavor. Here’s a fun CSS with our Read to Feed Reward. Students earned the opportunity to dunk their teachers! Enjoy!

Happy summer reading ! We look forward to sharing our summer reading favorites with our students and to hearing about all their summer adventures through literature!

Warm regards,

Donna Hutton, Principal

&

Your Center School Reading Friends

End of the Year Medication Pick-Up

Posted June 19, 201

Dear Families:

Please pick up any medication in the nurse's office by 2:00 on Friday. By law we have to dispose of any medication left behind. Please call me with any questions.

Thank-you.

Nurse Autumn Rodriques


Girls on the Run Information

Posted June 12, 2018

Girls on the Run.pdf

Weekly Calendar Reminders

Posted June 3, 2018

Tuesday: Helping Hands: Students from all grades welcomed for the last endeavor of the year! 7:50 am in the cafeteria.

Wednesday: PTO Meeting in the Community Room at 7:00: The last PTO meeting of the school year! The school committee candidates will be joining us so you can learn more about them before the vote.

The PTO is also looking for parent leaders who are interested in serving in various roles (big or small!) within the PTO next year -you, yes, YOU are the perfect person to join this dynamic group! There's also an open seat on the School Council for the 2018-19 school year.

Thursday: Please return all Read to Feed donations. Thank-you to the PTO for funding the dunk tank-lots of fun ahead for our students for their phenomenal reading efforts!!

Friday: Field Day!! Hope to see families throughout the day and during the picnic lunch on the green at 11:30.

End of year collections:

Center Cares 3rd Annual School Supplies Drive : You can donate lightly used markers, crayons, colored pencils, highlighters, glue sticks and much more! There will be cardboard boxes in all grades starting June 15th.

Helping Hands: Gently used Book Drive. You may bring slightly used books to Helping Hands on Tuesday morning or volunteers will be in front of the school on Field Day morning collecting the books. Books are donated to local schools in need.

Enjoy this lovely day!

Donna Hutton, Principal

Field Day Menu!

Posted May 31, 2018

Hello Center School Families,

Attached is the school lunch menu for Field Day on June 8th. Your child will place his/her order in the morning on the 8th, same as daily procedures. Please remember that families often enjoy packing lunches and meeting their child on the green for a family picnic. Lunch is from 11:30 to 12:00 for the entire school.

FieldDayCenter2018.pdf

Let's hope for a beautiful sunny day next Friday!

Sincerely,

Donna Hutton, Principal

Read to Feed

Posted May 28, 2018

Hello Center School Families,

The reading logs for the Read to Feed are due on June 1st. Center students have read 254,378 minutes in the first four weeks!! We are working to reach our goal of 309,000 minutes. Final donations will need to be submitted by June 6th.

As an incentive to *read* read *read* to feed, our PTO will fund a dunk tank for some fun school spirit if we meet our goal. Hmmm…who on the staff will be brave enough to get into the tank?? Every 500 hundred minutes a student logged for the month of May, he/she will have 1 ball to throw. So, if a student read 1,000 minutes - 2 balls, etc. For kindergarten, it will be for every 250 minutes.

Thank-you for your generous support of the Read to Feed program and for encouraging your child to appreciate and love the gift of literacy.

I hope you found time on this Memorial Day to honor and remember the men and women who bravely served our country and gave their lives for our freedoms.

Have a wonderful week ahead.

Sincerely,

Donna Hutton, Principal


Teacher Appreciation Luncheon

Posted May 7, 2018

The Teacher Appreciation Luncheon is quickly approaching on May 14th from 11:30-1:00.

Please consider making your favorite dish or contributing with a monetary donations to this beloved Center School tradition. To help us plan, sign up for your contribution here:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e44afa722a1fe3-center

Monetary donations may be dropped off in the office or sent to your child's teacher. Please label: Teacher Luncheon (checks can be made out to Center School PTO) Please contact coordinators with any questions:

Kara Conway- k.conway@comcast.net Kate Haber- katemurphy1@gmail.com

Thank you!

Placement 2018-2019

May 7, 2018

Dear Center School Families,

May is the month when we begin to look ahead to the upcoming year at Center School. The school calendar, staffing, space usage, and even schedules for the 208-2019 school year are planned. Detailed and thoughtful planning in many areas help provide the structure for strong beginnings.

One significant and carefully planned task is the formation of classes. We recognize that students and parents look forward to class placement with anticipation. My goal with this communication is to help you understand or revisit the process used at Center School to place students.

How many classes are planned at this time for each grade level in 2018-2019?

Kinder: 3 classes

1st: 3 classes 4th: 3 classes

2nd: 4 classes 5th: 4 classes

3rd: 3 classes

What is considered when forming classes?

Consideration of the following:

  • Ratio of girls to boys;
  • A balance of achievement levels;
  • Behavior factors regarding students;
  • Compatibility of students with each other;
  • Recommendations of past and present teachers, support staff, principal;
  • Social and emotional needs of students;
  • Learning styles of students;
  • Data from RTI team meetings. (Response to Intervention)

Who will form the class lists for next year?

The person who knows your child best as a learner is usually the classroom teacher. Teachers consult with resource team members. Special subject area teachers provide feedback too. I review class rosters with the teachers with ongoing review throughout the summer; changes are sometimes made based on recommendations and placement of new students.

When will I know my child’s classroom assignment for next year?

The assignment is not named on the report card in June. Assignments will be shared with families in August. You will receive information via School Messenger regarding the specific date that lists will be available in the parent portal of PowerSchool.

What if I prefer that my child have a specific teacher?

We respectfully ask that you trust the school team to determine the best placement for your child. We will not honor requests for specific teachers. We also request that you not place your child’s current teacher in an awkward or unprofessional position by asking her to comment on teachers in the next grade. We also suggest that you not form opinions regarding a teacher based on what you have heard. Each classroom is as unique as each child; and an experience that parents may have had with their child in a class may be totally different from what your child may experience in the very same classroom.

Very Important question: Do parents have input in the process?

YES. Your input began at the start of the year with your relationship with your child’s teacher. You provide insights and expertise about your child at conferences and through ongoing communications with your child’s teacher. You are invited to provide additional input by completing the Family Input Form attached. We also sent a hard copy of the form home with your child. (Please note that parent input forms are optional.) Family Input Form for Class Placement Process.docx

The classroom placement meetings are a time-intensive endeavor. Center School teachers and support staff strive to create learning environments that will support the diverse needs of our students. A “balanced” group of learners helps us achieve our goal of optimal growth and development for each child- both socially and academically.

I welcome any questions regarding the placement process. Thank -you for your support and for the trust you place in us to meet your child's needs.


Kind regards,

Donna Hutton, Principal

FYI MCAS Schedule :

Tuesday, May 8 ~ Math Testing for Grades 3 & 5

Wednesday, May 9 ~ Math Testing for Grades 3 & 5

Thursday, May 10 ~ Math Testing for Grade 4

Friday, May 11 ~ Math Testing for Grade 4

Tuesday, May 15 ~ Science Testing for Grade 5

Wednesday, May 16 ~ Science Testing for Grade 5


Good evening Center School Friends,

Here’s a lovely bedtime story about being true to your inner self and about accepting others for who they are. Happy reading and sweet dreams!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8RWXNf1ciQ&feature=youtu.be

RED by Ms. Drysdale

May Reminders

5/8-5/11: MCAS Math 3rd, 4th, 5th Grades

5/14 Teacher Appreciation Luncheon

5/15 MCAS Grade 5 Science

5/16 MCAS Grade 5 Science

5/18 Spirit Day: Comfy Cozy Day

5/18 Kindergarten Orientation for incoming kinder students: No School for our current Kindergarten children

5/28 Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL

Enjoy a wonderful spring week ahead!

Sincerely,

Donna Hutton, Principal

Peacebuilders Night

Posted May 3, 2018

Good afternoon Center Families,

We will have the esplanade doors open this evening for our parents and guardians. Please do not come to the main entrance. Should showers move through the area between 6:00 and 6:20, please enter through the doors on the gymnasium side of the school. We'll hold our welcome in the gym should it rain.

Please remember to follow the rotations with your child's field day team color.

Many thanks and see you later this afternoon.

Sincerely,

Donna Hutton, Principal

PeaceBuilders Open House

Posted May 2, 2018

PeaceBuilders Open House for Parents and Guardians

Thursday, May 3rd

6:00-7:30

Center School is a PeaceBuilders’ community. We’re in our third year of our commitment to use the principles of the program to create a school community that improves relationships by teaching and encouraging peaceful ways of solving conflicts. PeaceBuilders is not just a program –it’s a way of life.

We cordially invite parents and guardians to Center School’s PeaceBuilders Open House, developed to enhance our families understanding of our social emotional teachings through PeaceBuilders.

PeaceBuilders establishes a foundation for children to learn responsibility and respect. There are six essential peace-building behaviors that are practiced:

Praise People

Give Up Put-Downs

Seek Wise People

Notice Hurts

Right Wrongs

Help Others

These core PeaceBuilding behaviors and actions are modeled daily through the Peace Pledge and have proven wisdom and science behind them. Children are visual, verbal, hands-on learners. The PeaceBuilders Program is full of strategies and activities where children interact with each other and their environment in fun, creative ways as they actively learn the key principles above.

Come join us Thursday to learn more about the important life-long strategies that we integrate into your child’s day, as well as gather resources for home peace-building!

Agenda

6:00-6:15

Social on Esplanade; Light Refreshments courtesy of our PTO; PeaceBuilders Committee Welcome

You will travel by your families’ Field Day Team Color to each presentation.

6:20-6:40

Community Room BLUE

Media Room (next door to Library) GREEN

Library ORANGE

Cafeteria PURPLE

Gym RED

Music Room YELLOW

6:45-7:05

Community Room RED

Media Room (next door to Library) YELLOW

Library BLUE

Cafeteria GREEN

Gym ORANGE

Music Room PURPLE


7:10-7:30

Community Room ORANGE

Media Room (next door to Library) PURPLE

Library RED

Cafeteria YELLOW

Gym BLUE

Music Room GREEN

The PeaceBuilders Open House is possible through a grant awarded to Longmeadow's drug free community coalition, CLOSE Community, with a focus on our social emotional learning curriculum. Many thanks to Superintendent O’Shea, Shelly Warren, and Paul McNeil for their guidance and support.

Please contact me with any questions. We look forward to seeing you tomorrow!

Sincerely,

Donna Hutton, Principal


Walk, roll, bike to school!

Posted May 1, 2018

REMINDER: Walk, roll, or bike to Center tomorrow morning!

Join members of the LPD and your Center School Staff-there's a perfect weather day ahead for a community walk!

See everyone on the corner of Hopkins at 8:15!

Bedtime Read Aloud

Posted April 29, 2018

Good evening Center School Reading Friends,

Here’s your bedtime read aloud introduced by our very own Murphy, the newest member of our intervention team. Enjoy learning about Murphy’s work at Center! Happy reading and sweet dreams!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFBLIJ4mKEc&feature=youtu.be

Calendar Reminders

Tuesday, May 1st:

Helping Hands Grade 1 and 3 Cafeteria at 7:50 am

Wednesday, May 2nd:

Walk to School Day 8:15 meet at corner of Hopkins Place

Thursday, May 3rd:

PeaceBuilders Open House 6:00-7:30 Details with agenda found in message sent earlier today

Week of May 7th:

MCAS Mathematics Grades 3-5

Regards,

Donna Hutton, Principal

PeaceBuilders Open House

Posted April 29, 2018

PeaceBuilders Open House for Parents

Thursday, May 3rd

6:00-7:30

Center School is a PeaceBuilders’ community. We’re in our third year of our commitment to use the principles of the program to create a school community that improves relationships by teaching and encouraging peaceful ways of solving conflicts. PeaceBuilders is not just a program –it’s a way of life.

We cordially invite parents and guardians to Center School’s PeaceBuilders Open House, developed to enhance our families understanding of our social emotional teachings through PeaceBuilders.

PeaceBuilders establishes a foundation for children to learn responsibility and respect. There are six essential peace-building behaviors that are practiced:

Praise People

Give Up Put-Downs

Seek Wise People

Notice Hurts

Right Wrongs

Help Others

These core PeaceBuilding behaviors and actions are modeled daily through the Peace Pledge and have proven wisdom and science behind them. Children are visual, verbal, hands-on learners. The PeaceBuilders Program is full of strategies and activities where children interact with each other and their environment in fun, creative ways as they actively learn the key principles above.

Come join us Thursday to learn more about the important life-long strategies that we integrate into your child’s day, as well as gather resources for home peace-building!

Agenda

6:00-6:15

Social on Esplanade; Light Refreshments courtesy of our PTO; PeaceBuilders Committee Welcome

You will travel by your families’ Field Day Team Color to each presentation.

6:20-6:40

Community Room BLUE

Media Room (next door to Library) GREEN

Library ORANGE

Cafeteria PURPLE

Gym RED

Music Room YELLOW


6:45-7:05

Community Room RED

Media Room (next door to Library) YELLOW

Library BLUE

Cafeteria GREEN

Gym ORANGE

Music Room PURPLE


7:10-7:30

Community Room ORANGE

Media Room (next door to Library) PURPLE

Library RED

Cafeteria YELLOW

Gym BLUE

Music Room GREEN

The PeaceBuilders Open House is possible through a grant awarded to Longmeadow's drug free community coalition, CLOSE Community, with a focus on our social emotional learning curriculum. Many thanks to Superintendent O’Shea, Shelly Warren, and Paul McNeil for their guidance and support.

Please contact me with any questions. We look forward to seeing you Thursday!

Sincerely,

Donna Hutton, Principal

Any challenges with the format of the above message? Click on this attachment: PeaceBuilders Open House.docx

Read to Feed 2018

Posted April 26, 2018

May is Read to Feed Month!!

The Center School Cardinals will be working together as a community to help alleviate world hunger by supporting Heifer International!

Heifer International is an organization that helps families around the world and in the United States by giving gifts of livestock and training. The animals help families provide nutrition and income from selling products like eggs, yarn, or cheese. The training helps families learn to care for their animals so that they will continue to benefit from the gifts well into the future. https://www.heifer.org/

Step 1: Classes set goals for number of minutes to be read.

Step 2: Students seek out sponsors. Sponsors can offer an amount per minute or hour (which may motivate them to read more) or a flat rate. Sponsors may make their contributions online (a link will be posted on class webpages for easy access in the coming week ahead) or use the envelope provided in the Read to Feed Student Guide.

Step 3: READ, READ, READ for the whole month of May!

Step 4: Students turn in all materials at the end of the month.

Step 5: Classes will tally the number of minutes read and the amount of money raised. Together they will decide which animal(s) and/or supplies they would like to purchase.

Step 6: An all-school assembly will take place to celebrate our accomplishments!

We encourage you to talk with your child about what he/she learned from Miss Liz Woolsey from Heifer International about Heifer’s work at the assembly today. Students received a powerful message about how the organization is working to alleviate world hunger.

Check your child’s folder or backpack tomorrow for the Read to Feed packet.

Let's go PeaceBuilders!!

The more we read, the more we help!

With appreciation,

Your Center School Staff , Partners in making the world a better place!

Reminder!

Posted April 24, 2018

May 2nd: Massachusetts Walk to School Day

School Lunch Information

Posted April 24, 2018

ElementarySchoolInfoAboutSchoolLunch.pdf

Spring Break Bedtime Read Aloud

Posted April 15, 2018

Hello Center School Reading Friends,

You’ve played the game. Now read the legend of how it all began: rock, paper, scissors…brought to you by Mrs. Mulcahy! Happy reading and sweet dreams. Enjoy a fun and restful spring break. Hopefully spring weather is on its way to us soon!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdbtLk-_5qM

Calendar Reminders

Monday, April 23rd: Showing of Screenagers at Glenbrook Middle School 6:30 pm

Thursday, April 26th Read to Feed Kick off: More information to families after the break!

Arbor Day celebration: 4th Grade

May 1st: Helping Hands Grades 1 and 3

May 3rd: Open House for Parents 6:15 -7:30 . Looking forward to sharing our PeaceBuilders work with families!!

May 8th-May 11th: Math MCAS Grades 3, 4, 5

Take care,

Donna Hutton and Your Center School Family


Bedtime Read Aloud and Calendar Reminders

Posted April 8, 2018

Good evening Center School Families,

Nurse Autumn reads our bedtime story tonight, a story of friendship and kindness. Happy reading and sweet dreams reading friends.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKbr7dYUXjM&feature=youtu.be

Calendar Reminders

April is Poetry Month: Share a favorite poem with your child! “Poetry surprises and deepens our sense of the ordinary. Poetry tells us that the world is full of wonder, revelation, consolation, and meaning.” Tracy K. Smith, U.S. Poet Laureate

Tuesday April 10th: 7:50 Helping Hands Grades 2 and 4

8:50-12:25 Grade 2 In House Field Trip Hitchcock Center

Wednesday April 11th: 9:00-11:00 Grade 3 Walking Field Trip Mrs. Craft and Ms. Nichols

Friday April 13th: Spirit Day Hat Day

9:00-11:00 Grade 3 Walking Field Trip Ms. Iancu

April 16th-20th: Happy Spring break!!

April 23rd: Sreenagers 6:30 pm LHS

May 3rd: PeaceBuilders Open House for Parents: Please save the date!!

Warm regards,

Donna Hutton, Principal

Paws4Cardinals

Posted April 5, 2018

Dear Center School Families,

I am excited to share information regarding a pilot endeavor to benefit our students. The practice of using therapy animals in various settings such as schools and health care facilities is becoming more commonplace. Schools are using trained animals to enhance reading interventions and language goals and also for counseling assistance.

Our vision for our pilot is to enhance a student’s social and academic development through engaging lessons with dog assisted intervention developed for specific needs. Yes! We have developed a pilot for a dog assisted intervention program at Center School.

Here’s some Q & A’ s about Dog Assisted Intervention:

How will students be selected?

  • Students will be recommended for the program through the RTI process, the structure we have in place to identify student needs.

RTI Center Stage

Who is Center’s intervention dog?

  • Murphy is a chocolate lab therapy dog, certified by an AKC registered organization. He has a calm and social temperament and has developed a solid foundation of training. There’s nothing Murphy enjoys more than working with children and the elderly to spread joy as only a dog can for those in need of his assistance. Murphy lives with his people, Mrs. Laura Giuggio and her husband. He feels very fortunate to be working with Center School!

Will Murphy interact with students other than students chosen for intervention?

  • Murphy will only interact with a small number of intervention students recommended for his services during the pilot period. When at Center on Fridays, Murphy will take breaks in his crate.

How will families know if their child will work with Murphy?

  • If a child is recommended for intervention, families will receive a letter and a permission slip within the next two weeks. Families may opt out of the support. Permission forms will need to be signed and returned before work begins.

Is there a protocol in place for dogs in school settings?

  • The Longmeadow Board of Health has developed a protocol for the Instructional Use of Dogs in LPS classrooms. We are appreciative to Health DirectorBeverly Hirschhorn, as well as to Superintendent O’Shea, Kerrin Morrin, and Stephanie Jasmin, members of the SC policy subcommittee for their supportive guidance and advocacy throughout the process of realizing the pilot. Please see the attached protocol for your review. Public Health Protocol.doc

Will the program be expanded after the pilot period?

  • The intervention team will review the results of the pilot program including whether the goals and objectives for students were met, and make recommendations regarding the continuation and/or expansion of the program.

There is a wealth of research that supports the powerful advantages of the human-animal bond to improve the literacy and language skills of children. The social emotional advantages such as confidence building, anxiety reduction, and motivation are well documented as well. We look forward to sharing the results of the pilot with families before the end of the school year.

Please reach out to me with any questions or feedback. Included are just a few links to articles about animal assisted intervention that you might find interesting.

Finally, and most importantly, I extend my gratitude to Mrs. Laura Giuggio. The dedication and commitment required to owning and training a therapy dog is extraordinary. I appreciate that she will share Murphy’s work with our community.

  1. Why Schools Are Going to the Dogs
  2. Making Comfort Dogs an Everyday Part of School
  3. Research for R.E.A.D.

With enthusiasm,

Donna Hutton, Principal

New Offering on the Menu

Posted April 4, 2018

New offering (1).pdf

PeaceBuilders Open House

Posted April 3, 2018

I am a peacebuilder…

Each day your child strives to live a Peacebuilders’ “way of being” in their school community.

What does this truly look like in action?

Please plan to join your Center Community

for a

PeaceBuilders Open House

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

6:15-7:30

The evening will build upon the home school connection to the PeaceBuilders program; and help families gain a fuller understanding of how we integrate the PeaceBuilders practices into our students' school world.

More detailed information will come your way before the event.

Please save the date!

Special Monday Bedtime Story

Posted April 2, 2018

Hello and Happy Monday Center Friends,

Here's your bedtime story for this evening. Mrs. Cummings' family favorite is an adventure with Olivia. Enjoy!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qiVw0XJV7o8&feature=youtu.be

Sincerely,

Your Center Family


MCAS 2018

Posted March 29, 2018

Dear Center School Families,

Tuesday begins the first round of MCAS testing in ELA (English Language Arts) for our 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students. The MCAS assessments provide parents and teachers with information about students’ proficiency with specific learning standards in English language arts, math, and science. MCAS is administered each spring and the results are distributed to schools and parents in the fall.

While teachers have practiced specific MCAS questions with their students to familiarize them with the format of the assessment, the most important learning has been accomplished daily through core curriculum instruction! The MCAS is an opportunity for our students to apply their learning and demonstrate their proficiency as growing readers, writers, mathematicians and scientists.

This is the second year for administration of tests known as the "Next Generation MCAS “, which are designed to be computer based and designed to more deeply assess students’ knowledge and ability levels. Students in Grade 4 and 5 will participate in online testing, using Chromebooks, in ELA and Math this year.

Students in grade 3 will continue with paper- based testing in ELA and math. The Department of Education’s goal is for computer based testing for all students by 2019. All tests are untimed and writing is embedded in tests at all grade levels.

Here are ways you can help:

  • See that your child arrives to school on time.
  • Make sure your child is well rested and eats a substantial breakfast. Don’t forget to pack a healthy snack!
  • Encourage your child to persevere, do the best work possible, and to have a positive attitude!
  • Talk about the test in a positive way!

The testing schedule is below; start time is as close to 9:00 as possible.

ELA

  • 3rd and 5th Grades- April 3rd, 4th
  • 4th Grade- April 5th, 6th

Math

  • 3rd and 5th Grades- May 8th, 9th
  • 4th Grade- May 10th, 11th

Science

  • 5th Grade ONLY- May 15th, 16th

Note that in compliance with MCAS test security requirements, parents /visitors are prohibited from the testing areas on testing dates.

We ask for your help in striking a balance between encouraging students to do their best and minimizing test anxiety. We consider MCAS to be one piece of evidence used to measure student growth and progress, and we recognize your child’s individual strengths, passions, and talents may not be reflected in a test score. By working together, we can make your child’s testing experience positive and successful.

If you would like more information, visit http://www.doe.mass.edu/mcas/parents/.

I extend my appreciation for your support and cooperation. Please contact me with any questions.

Sincerely,

Donna Hutton, Principal

Whitsons Menu Icon Announcement

Posted March 27, 2018

Whitsons Menu Icon Announcement Flyer.pdf

Enrichment Course

Posted March 26, 2018

Dear Center School Parents/Guardians,

Lisa Katz and Mary Daboul are returning to offer yoga once again at Center this spring beginning Wednesday, April 4th.

Convenient online registration is available here:

https://apm.activecommunities.com/longmeadow/Activity_Search/8865

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact Stacy Smith at ssmith@longmeadow.k12.ma.us

Lisa and Mary’s Kids Yoga—After School Yoga Fun!: Grades K-5

Please join us for an afternoon yoga class full of playful and imaginative exploration through yoga poses, games and activities, music, and a craft! Each class includes pranayama (breath), movement, relaxation, and meditation. Yoga is a great way to help kids reduce stress, increase listening skills, and enhance focus and body awareness.

In addition, students will gain assistance with balance and coordination and improve breathing and body alignment. Please note that instructors will occasionally use their hands to help students achieve positions. Please bring your own yoga mat. A $10 materials fee is required, payable to the instructor on the first day of the course. Instructors: Mary Daboul and Lisa Katz

Activity: 7705.301

Location: Center School

Dates: Wednesdays 4/4-5/9 (No Class 4/18)

Time: 2:45-4:15pm Fee: $50 per person


Bedtime Read Aloud

Posted March 25, 2018

Happy Sunday Center School Reading Friends!

Here’s your fun read aloud from Mrs. Benson. Wonder if you knew that dragons LOVE tacos? Happy reading and sweet dreams!

Dragons Love Tacos Read Aloud

You may also subscribe to the Center School Bedtime Read Alouds on YouTube and you'll receive an email when we post the new story:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCD3NIkSDC1uTG3vznfvlfvg

Have a good week.

Donna Hutton, Principal

Reminders

Monday, March 26th; 7:00 pm LHS: Parent/Community Presentation: Preventing Child Sexual Abuse: Training and Discussion

Please take a moment to respond to the survey regarding options for Center’s make up day:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf_uHykcPali_xX7VQmaNva2DWvg4IP2b1U0b7PpIHH3SfW7w/viewform

Friday, March 30th: No School Good Friday

Tuesday, April 3rd-Wednesday, April 4th: MCAS ELA 3rd and 5th Graders

Thursday , April 5th-Friday April 6th : MCAS ELA 4th Graders

Sincerely,

Donna Hutton, Principal

Week of March 19th

Posted March 18, 2018

Hello Center School Friends,

Ms. Manna shares our bedtime story tonight from a wonderful storyteller, Leo Lionni. Enjoy the classic fable about the search for identity. Happy Reading and sweet dreams friends!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTkI3I7WfYY&feature=youtu.be

Calendar Reminders

March 20th: PTO Meeting 6:30 pm

March 23rd: Spirit Day: Wear your Cardinal Red

March 26th : Jetta Bernier, Executive Director of MassKids, will be coming to Longmeadow High School on Monday, March 26, 2018 at 7 pm. Massachusetts Citizens for Children (MassKids) is the oldest state-based child advocacy organization in the country. We hope that this forum will give parents the basic knowledge, skills and words they need to teach their children about personal sexual safety.

March 30th : No School- Good Friday

April 3rd and 4th: ELA MCAS (3rd and 5th Grade)

April 5th and 6th : ELA MCAS (4th Grade)

April 16th -20th : Spring Vacation Week

April 23rd: Re-screening of Screenagers at Glenbrook Middle School 6:30 p.m.

Congratulations to Mrs. Erin Capotosto and her family! The Capotosto’s welcomed their baby boy, Dylan James into the world on March 16th.

Happy Spring to all!

Sincerely,

Donna Hutton, Principal

Wear Purple on Thursday!

Dear Center School Families,

Ushna Khan, a third grade student at Blueberry Hill School, was diagnosed her second day of kindergarten with a Grade III cancerous brain tumor. She is so very courageous in her fight with this horrible disease. At this time, Ushna and her mother, brother and grandparents are at the University of Colorado Children's Hospital, for Ushna to undergo brain surgery as a pilot study.

We as a community, have talked about how we can help support the Khan family. The three Longmeadow elementary schools, Blueberry, Center , and Wolf Swamp, are working together to "wear purple for Ushna" to raise funds for the family. We would like to collect donations (suggested donation $1.00) on Thursday, March 15th to wear purple, Ushna's favorite color!

The three elementary schools would also like to have students participate in making cards for Ushna that same morning in their respected cafeterias from 8:00 to 8:30 a.m. Supplies will be provided by the PTO. Each elementary school will hold their own card making event that morning at their individual schools. If you are able to come in and assist with the card making on Thursday morning, please join us in the cafeteria. Center will have 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students make cards during the endeavor.

Please have your child bring in their donation to their classroom teacher on Thursday. If you wish to contribute online to Ushna's Go Fund Me page, please feel free to do so at https://www.gofundme.com/love-for-ushna-part-2.

Please keep Ushna and her entire family in your thoughts.

Thank you for your support.


Purple Day for Ushna (1).pdf

Week of March 12th

Posted March 11, 2018

Good evening Center School Friends,

Mrs. Bombardier reads tonight’s fun bedtime story-a favorite for her family! Hope you enjoy this imaginative story before you’re tucked into bed tonight. Happy reading and sweet dreams…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rONvbDjhKw0

Reminders

Scholastic Book Fair Week: What a great opportunity to come choose some great books and support the PTO at the same time!

Tuesday, March 13th 6:30: PTO Meeting

Wednesday, March 14th 7:00: Chorus Festival Symphony Hall

Thursday and Friday: Parent Teacher Conferences: 11:30 Dismissal for Students Please contact special teachers i.e., Art, Music, PE, Technology integration; Library/Media by Monday afternoon if you would like to meet with them during conference times.

Carline and Longfellow Street: Please remember that when you drive down Longfellow Street during drop off or pick up and then turn into the carline, you are cutting in front of families who have been waiting their turn and following the carline procedures. This is very frustrating to families and we respectfully request that all families enter the carline from Longmeadow Street. Thank-you for your help with this request.

We wish you a lovely evening and good week ahead.

Regards,

Your Center Family

Thursday

Posted March 8, 2018

Good morning Families,

So happy we'll be in session today!! Please make sure your child is prepared for a fun and snowy outdoor recess. Boots and coats will be wonderful to keep your child warm and dry. If your child wants to play in the snow, snow pants are needed. Thank-you and enjoy the day.

Sincerely,

Donna Hutton, Principal

Thursday Notice

Posted March 7, 2018

Good afternoon Center School Families,

As a follow up to Superintendent O'Shea's email, I want to provide some additional information specific to Center School. To help families plan for the potential schedules we may follow tomorrow, there are three likely scenarios that may occur.

Scenario 1: In the event we can begin school at our regularly scheduled time of 8:30 am, school will be dismissed at 11:30 am.

Scenario 2: In the event Superintendent O'Shea calls for a 2 Hour Delay on Thursday, March 8th, Center School will open at 10:30 am and dismiss at 2:45 pm. If we open on a delayed start, please know we will have a limited menu offering for lunch. Lunch will be served, but there will only be one meal choice.

Scenario 3: The district may be forced to close for the entire day.

Finally, in an effort to ensure our students' safety, we will postpone the Walking School Bus to a later date when we can ensure sidewalks are safe for our community.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we "weather" this storm.

Keep warm and safe,

Donna Hutton, Principal

Good evening Center School Families,

Students will be dismissed at 11:30 am tomorrow due to the impending snow storm. Please make appropriate arrangements for your child.

Thank-you,

Donna Hutton, Principal

Read aloud and Weekly Messages

Posted March 4, 2018

Hello Center School Friends,

If you loved Hey, That’s My Monster! you will surely enjoy tonight’s read aloud I Need My Monster! Happy reading and sweet dreams!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QtAqrvSWHUk&t=1s

On Friday, we held a PeaceBuilders all -school assembly. The goal was to highlight the many achievements of African Americans in our country’s history, weaving in our PeaceBuilders’ practices. Kudos to our 5th grade teachers and students for their development and organization of the assembly. Each grade level shared important and inspirational messages; and we were especially moved by Ms. Drysdale’s chorus. Please take a moment to watch the CSS coverage of the assembly!

http://centertechnology.blogspot.com/

We have a very full week ahead for our community. Here’s some calendar reminders:

  • Tuesday, March 6th: Helping Hands Kinder and 5th grade; 7:50 am
  • Tuesday, March 6th: Dr. Hallowell, author of Crazy Busy and Driven to Distraction will speak about factors that contribute to our overscheduled lives and strategies for achieving balance. LHS 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday, March 7th: PTO Meeting 6:30 pm Community Room
  • Thursday, March 8th: Walking School Bus (weather dependent) 8:15 am: Meet at the corner of Hopkins Place
  • Thursday and Friday: Students dismissed at 11:30 am. Staff Professional Development

Enjoy a wonderful week!

Regards,

Donna Hutton, Principal

Enrichment Classes

Posted Feb. 26, 2018

Dear Center School Families,

We are excited to announce a new opportunity for our K-2 Center students. Our indoor game club beginning Thursday, 3/15 is a great way to relax and have fun after school! Please see a complete course description below and a link to online registration. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to email Stacy Smith at ssmith@longmeadow.k12.ma.us. Thank you.

New! Indoor Game Club: Grades K-2

Come and play your favorite childhood games, and learn new ones! Games will include Candyland, Chutes and Ladders, Twister, Head Bands, Guess Who, Don’t Break the Ice, Dance off, Musical Chairs, Monopoly, Checkers and more! We will even create our own games that can be shared with family and friends. We will practice the art of turn taking, being gracious winners and losers, and how to talk to our friends. We will have snack, share about our day, and have fun! A $10 materials fee is required, payable to the instructor on the first day of the course. Instructor: Christy Golen

Activity: 7705.072

Dates: Thursdays, 3/15 - 3/29

Fee: $50

Time: 3:00-4:30