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Principal Hahn's Weekly Enotes

Principal Hahn's Weekly Parent eNotes
Posted on 03/16/2018
Principal eNotes
eNotes 11/30/18

Dear Parent:

This morning it took me approximately 30 minutes to write one short email. I am not normally that inefficient, but I was stuck on a texting chain and my cell phone kept buzzing indicating a new message. Ironically enough, I never actually checked my phone; but the buzzing alone was distracting and my mind wandered on what people were texting about. When this happens I think about our students. I can't imagine how difficult it is for our students to complete a homework assignment or write a paper with the continued distraction of their phones. And while we do our best to ban phones from the classroom, we still know that many of our students keep their cell phones in their pocket or backpack throughout the day. I am grateful I did not have a cell phone when I was a kid, I would have struggled with managing the device, while I already battled my own attention issues. Help us manage student cell phone use. We ask that students leave their cell phones in their locker; but what if they left them at home? I know it is easier to text a message to your student; but what if you called the office for us to relay a message during passing time or lunch? I know it feels safer when our students have cell phones; but we all made it and the only phone we had as kids was attached to a wall in our house. 

Our students already have so much to navigate, let's continue to work collaboratively to make the management of cell phones a little easier for our middle school students. I welcome your feedback as well because I know we can always do more together.

Have a nice weekend!

Best, Bill 

Calendar:

December 3 – 8th Grade Short Story Field Trip

December 7 – 7th Grade Christmas Carol Field Trip

December 13 – 4 Square Tournament – 2:40pm

December 13 – Grade 7 & 8 Concert at WHS

December 14 – Geography Bee

December 14 – Early Release

December 21 – Magazine Drive Party

Dec 24-Jan 1 – No School - Winter Break

January 3 – Mandatory Quebec Meeting @ JMS – 6:30-7:30pm

January 5 – JMS Ski Trip 

See announcements: A note from Mrs. Sorrento, School NurseA Message from Physical Education Teachers, Attention 7th Grade Parents/Guardians, Geography Bee Finalists Announced!, Coat Collection for Those in Need, Lifetouch + Shutterfly Offer, Walpole Scholarship Foundation Cornhole 4 College, Lost and Found, Grade 8 Parents – 8th Grade Baby Pictures Needed, Art Room Donations Request

A note from Mrs. Sorrento, School Nurse

Healthy Students are Better Learners 

Please encourage good hand washing habits and again, no sharing :). 

See below from the Centers for Disease Control 

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To Prevent the Spread of Illness

Please keep your child home if they have a temperature of 100 or greater, diarrhea, nausea and
vomiting, any undiagnosed rashes, any uncontrolled coughing, impetigo, or conjunctivitis. They should be kept home an additional 24 hours after symptoms have subsided if they have a viral stomach illness with symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.  


AS ALWAYS: If your child is going to be absent or is going to be late

Please remember to call the school if your child is going to be out sick or late. We must call home for every student that has not been called in. We appreciate your assistance.

If you have questions about the JMS health office, or if your child has health concerns, please feel free to contact me at 508-660-7242, option 2; or ssorrento@walpole.k12.ma.us.  

A Message from Physical Education Teachers 

Parents of Physical Education Students, 

Over the next week your son or daughter will be coming home with their “fitness report card.”  We have recently finished our fall fitness testing and are using this next week to have students reflect over their results.  The report card has charts on it that indicate where your student falls within the national average of children their age. As a department, we are using these scores to help your student understand what a physically fit student looks like and how to attain those goals.   

Each student will fill out a reflection packet that identifies their strengths, weaknesses, and any surprises regarding their results.  Those questions will then help them form a smart goal to target an area or two that they personally would like to improve on. Once a goal is decided on, we are asking that they identify some steps to help attain the desired goal.  

The ultimate goal of this exercise is to establish a number of things:

·  Have students identify where a physically fit student falls in terms of testing scores

·  Identify strengths that they may have

·  Identify weakness that they may have

·  Decide on a goal that they can work towards and achieve

·  Allow students to have a better understanding of why we record fitness scores and
ultimately use the results to help shape a healthier life on their own

We have found that our students love to know where they fall within national averages and enjoy the challenge of improving their fitness scores. 

We will be collecting the packets with their chosen goals and revisit them when we do spring testing.  Our goal for this process is to provide students with strategies to help them work towards their personal goals inside and outside of school. Your son or daughter will be bringing home their “report card” and we highly encourage you to ask them about it and help motivate them towards their goals. 

All information is kept private between the student and teachers.

We are thrilled to add this reflection to our testing as we feel it is a great way for students to develop a “want to” attitude about maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

-Mr. Wall and Ms. Madge

Attention 7th Grade Parents/Guardians

We are excited that our field trip is coming up very soon!  Next week, on Friday December 7th, your student will be traveling with the rest of the seventh grade to see a live performance of “A Christmas Carol” at the North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly, MA.  

A few things to remember for our field trip:

·  Please send $1.00 tip in with your student for our bus drivers.

·  Students should bring a snack or money to purchase a snack at the theater.

·  We will come back to school for lunch around 1:00.  Your student must bring a bag lunch from home or should have purchased one through the school cafeteria.  

·  Concert/dress attire is preferred for the field trip (Boys: nice pants and a collared shirt, Girls: dress pants/skirt and a nice top or a dress).

Students do not need to bring anything to school that day, with the exception of a coat and their lunch.  

Please feel free to email Mrs. Kakas or Mrs. Jarred if you have any questions or concerns. We look forward to sharing this experience with them! Happy holidays!

Best,

Mrs. Kakas and Mrs. Jarred

7th Grade ELA Teachers

Geography Bee Finalists Announced!

Congratulations to our Geography Bee finalists!  Our ten finalists will be competing on stage in front of the whole school on Friday, 12/14.  Please join us in wishing good luck to the following contestants:

Calvin McCabe, Ariana Kreuzer, Dylan Bent, Meri Feener, Lucas Candiotto, Sahithi Gollakota, Nibodh Jogam, Dylan McCabe, Sahyaditya Panchakshari, Bella Branzetti

Coat Collection for Those in Need 

Calling all Students and Families! 

We need your help collecting coats of all sizes for kids in need!  This winter there are far too many children without a coat to keep them warm, the student council would like to help by collecting coats of all sizes to help people of all ages.  You can donate your coats in the main lobby every day until January 4th. 

Thank you, Student Council

Lifetouch + Shutterfly Offer 

Please see the attached flyer featuring exclusive benefits of ordering on mylifetouch.com, such as a FREE 8x8 Shutterfly photo book and a one-time FREE digital image in your Shutterfly account.

Walpole Scholarship Foundation Cornhole 4 College

Please see the attached flyer on event details and team registration for the 2nd Annual Cornhole for College, January 26th, 7-11pm. 

Lost and Found

Our Lost and Found is overflowing!  If your student is missing an item, please have them check the Lost and Found in the cafeteria.  We have lunch boxes, shoes, jackets, sweatshirts, and more.  Any remaining items will be donated over Winter Break.

Thank you to Mrs. Groden for keeping all the items so organized!

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 Grade 8 Parents – 8th Grade Baby Pictures Needed

Please send in your child’s baby picture for the yearbook. You can email a digital photo to Mrs. Wyman at awyman@walpole.k12.ma.us or send in a photo with your child’s name on it. The photos will be collected during homeroom. All photos will be returned after they are scanned and placed in the yearbook.  Baby pictures are due by December 3, 2018.

Art Room Donations Request

6th grade has an amazing upcoming project which needs 7oz and 14oz plastic cups.  If you have any extra plastic cups which you would like to donate, please send them into JMS. You all will be amazed when you see it on Artsonia! 

Art room still needs catalogues, newspapers, magazines, yarn, and anything you think students could use for collages and masks. 

Thank you for your support and donations! Sincerely, Linda Munoz-Bennett