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Letter From the Principal 2018-19

 



Dear Parents, Guardians and Students,


Welcome back to the start of another school year at Stafford Elementary School.  The summer as always went by too quickly. Hopefully, everyone is relaxed and ready to return to school.   This year will be filled with new challenges and exciting opportunities for our students.


We will be having our Meet and Greet on 8/29 from 1:30 to 2:30.  Students and families are welcome to visit the school, see their classrooms and meet their teachers.  Our first day of school is August 30. The school day starts at 8:15 and ends at 2:45. There will be plenty of support to assist the students with navigating the building or with adjusting to the start of a new year.  


I am excited to announce that we have hired a band teacher.  Mr. O’Brien will be working with grades 4 and 5 this year. More information will be available in the coming weeks about recruitment and New Instrument Night.  


I am thrilled that our afterschool program, STEAM  has secured funding for the start of the school year and is anticipated to begin on 9/4.  Please keep an eye out for registration forms.


We have a few new staff members this year.  Ms. Ricciardone, a former student teacher has been hired as a second grade classroom teacher.  Mrs. McLellan, who was a long term substitute for us last year has been hired as the fifth grade special education teacher.  Mrs. Rossino is coming from New York and will be our new school psychologist. I mentioned earlier that Mr. O’Brien has been hired as our part time band teacher.  He has been assisting with productions in the district over the past fews years so he is very familiar with our school. Mrs. Ameral previously worked in Massachusetts has been hired as a special education teacher supporting The Learning Center.  Finally, I am excited to announce the return of Mrs. Cooley to fifth grade.


We will continue to focus on attendance this year.  Although SES had the best attendance percentage in the district there is still room for improvement.  Please ensure that the students arrive to school on time. We will also be implementing a Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports framework which is a school wide system to teach social and behavioral expectations in the same manner as any other core subject.  In addition, we have a lot of work to do with our performance in Math and Reading. Please continue to partner with us in establishing high expectations for your children. We will have informational sessions this fall about our progress with behavioral and academic programming and expectations.  More information will follow.


I want to mention a few other important dates.  9/3 is Labor Day and there is no school. We have a half day on 9/20 and the students will be dismissed at 11:45.  9/26 will be our Open House. Grades 2 and 3 will be from 5:30 to 6:15 and Grades 4 and 5 will be from 6:30 to 7:15.


A few other notes to mention at this time.  Please review the student handbook with the students once it becomes available because many of the day to day expectations are outlined in this document.  All of the schools in the district will be installing a computerized system for all visitors coming into the building, More information will be available once this system is in place.  We are going to do our best to communicate information electronically and embrace technology but as always we will work with families who require alternate forms of communication.


We look forward to partnering with you again this year.  As always contact me with any concerns or questions. Enjoy the last few days of summer and I am looking forward to seeing you all at the start of the year.


Sincerely,


Steve Montgomery, Principal