JMS Weekly Update, 3/5/2020

JMS Weekly Update, 3/5/2020
Almost ready for middle school!

Almost ready for middle school!

A Message from the Principal

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Community Members,

I hope that you all had a wonderful week.

Each spring, we ask our students' families to participate in a survey that is designed to gather your feedback on a number of topics, including you and your child(ren)'s perceptions of the school's academics, administration, safety and security, communication, and opportunities for parent/guardian involvement, among other things. 

One of the questions on the survey asks, "When working on school activities at home, how often does your child get distracted?" Last spring, approximately half of JMS parents/guardians responded that this is a concern. Recognizing that every home has its unique schedule and dynamics, we recommend a few basics that are intended to help your child(ren) focus upon their homework:

- Choose a Designated Workspace. The dining room table tends to work well for many families, as it offers a large flat area, is less likely to include television access, and provides children with a firm seat.
- Minimize Distractions: Homework time can be provide a great reason for the entire family to turn off the television and place cellphones in another room, thereby minimizing digital distractions and also modeling restraint.
- Encourage Stamina and Consistency: At the elementary level, the development of a nightly routine and stamina for independent work is arguably more important than the specific assignment any given night. Regardless of how little of how much homework your child may have, consider setting a timer to help your child remain engaged in independent work for the recommended amount of minutes (e.g. 30 minutes for grade three; 40 minutes for grade four; 50 minutes for grade five; an hour for grade six). On light homework nights, this can include independent reading, free-writing, or doing a little extra on one of the online programs.
- Feed the Mind: Provide your child with a healthy, unwrapped snack to enjoy during their homework time (e.g. a glass of water, fruit, cheese, crackers, peanut butter). Avoid snacks that can be a distraction, such as those in noisy or distracting packaging.
- Monitor the Monitor: If your child is working on the computer or some other device (e.g. for Lexia, Reflex, DreamBox, NewsELA, etc.), position the device so that you can see the screen. If your child knows that you can see what (s) is working on, (s)he is far less likely to wander to off-task activities.

If you have any other strategies that have worked for your child, please reach out to us and share!

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Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences are a time to connect with your child’s teacher, check on progress, and to discuss ways to support learning. Parents are seen as partners in their child’s education, so it is important to have open lines of communication between school and home. To make an appointment for a conference with your child’s teacher, please call during school hours at 860-567-7420 between 9:30 AM and 2:30 PM. If there is concern in an area taught by itinerant district personnel (e.g. Art, Music, P.E., Special Ed) please call the school to arrange a time with that individual as well.

     Wednesday, March 18th: 5:00pm-7:00pm
     Thursday, March 19th: 5:00pm-7:00pm
     Friday, March 20th: 1:30pm-3:15pm

School will be dismissed at 12:30 PM on these three days. Lunches will be served as usual.

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We are excited to share that our Ollie's Pizza fundraiser last Wednesday was a huge success.  Through the efforts of many, we raised $330 for our elementary students participating in the High Notes Music Festival. We thank all of you who supported our elementary music department!

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RSD6 elementary students in grades four, five and six will have the opportunity to participate in the district’s annual spelling bee. Classroom spelling bees will wrap up this week. Three winners will advance to a school spelling bee, which will be held on March 27th, 2020. Two finalists from each school will then advance to the district spelling bee on April 30th, 2020 at Warren Elementary School. This year, we will be using word lists from Scripps. The Scripps National Spelling Bee is an annual spelling bee held in the United States.

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Please reach out with questions or comments at any time.

Thank you and have a great weekend,
KC Chapman, Principal

A Message from the Superintendent

Dear Region 6 Community,

In November, the community, at referendum, approved a change to the Region 6 Education Plan ("The Charter") to allow for 6th grade students to attend middle school at WAMOGO starting with the 2021-2022 school year.

While this date is over 18 months in the future, this is not an event, but rather a process that must include students, staff, parents, and community.

The following is a link to the Middle School Implementation Plan that was approved last night by the Board of Education: MS Implementation Plan Presentation

I will keep everyone informed of our shared work as we move forward over the coming months.

I look forward to this opportunity to lead the work and enhance the education for our students.



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Regional School District No. 6 is currently conducting prekindergarten/kindergarten registration for the 2020-2021 school year.

Children must be 5 years of age on or before December 31st of this year to be eligible for kindergarten enrollment this fall.

Children must be 3 years of age on or before December 31st of this year and potty trained to be eligible for prekindergarten this fall.

Please call the appropriate school office listed below for information or to request a registration packet.

Susan Cupo @ Warren School- (860)868-2223

Maria Palheiredo @ James Morris School- (860)567-7420

Sherri Contadini @ Goshen Center School- (860)491-6020

Please click here, to view the updated prekindergarten tuition change for the 2020-2021 school year.

Upcoming Events

Thur., 3/5 -  Superintendent's Town Tour on 2020-2021 Budget, 6:00-7:30PM @ JMS
Fri., 3/6 
- 2nd Trimester ends
Mon, 3/9 - Board of Education meeting, 7:00 PM @ Wamogo Library
Tue, 3/10 - JMS PTO meeting, 4:30 PM @ JMS staff room
Wed-Fri, 3/18-3/20 - Parent Conferences, 12:30 Dismissal (K-6)
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