Office of the Principal







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Elizabeth Nelson

Principal


enelson@longmeadow.k12.ma.us

January News and Notes

posted Feb 16, 2017, 9:18 AM by Elizabeth Nelson

Good Evening Wolf Swamp Families,
 
Half Day This Friday 1/27/17
As a reminder, this Friday January 27, 2017 students will be dismissed at 11:30 AM so that staff can attend Professional Development.  All staff will be leaving Wolf Swamp Road School immediately following dismissal to make their way to our workshop, so it is imperative to make proper arrangements to pick up your child at Wolf Swamp Road School by 11:30.
 
As a reminder, our preschool dismisses 10-15 minutes before our K-5 students.   Should you arrive more than 15 minutes early to the live line, we are asking that the preschool parents, which are limited in numbers, gain access to the front of the live line.  We will continue to ask parents or guardians of students in K-5 to stop just before the doors located by the cafeteria entrance.   Individuals picking up a preschool student will bypass the line of those waiting for a student in K-5 and go right to the front of the school.
 
Lunch Monitor
Wolf Swamp Road School is currently looking for a lunch monitor.  We are looking for someone who is available to work Monday- Friday 11:15am -1:00pm.  If you are interested please apply online.  http://www.longmeadow.k12.ma.us/employment
 
Longmeadow Police Training
Local and State Police will be participating in active training at Wolf Swamp Road School during the weekend of February 25-26.  There will be a heavy presence of Emergency Vehicles, we do not want you to be alarmed by this scheduled training.
 
Homework Survey
We have had a tremendous response to the Homework Survey that was sent out on January 11.  If you haven’t yet filled out the survey, please take a few moments to respond by clicking here  Homework Survey.
 
Winter Break February 20-24, 2017
Schools will be closed for winter break from Monday, 2/20/17 through Friday 2/24/17.  We will welcome students back to Wolf Swamp Road School on Monday, 2/27/17.
 
PTA Weekly Email Blast
It has come to the attention of the PTA, that some folks are not receiving the full email blast on a weekly basis.  If you are having issues receiving the weekly blast, please email the PTA at wolfswamppto@gmail.com.
 
PTA Family Bingo Night February 14 (15th snow date) 6-7:30 pm
Mark your calendars &  join us for a night of family fun! Bring your kids for Valentine Bingo Night--Games, Food, Prizes & Fun--a family event to help support the PTA!  All tickets will be Pre-Sold and purchased on the website ONLY http://www.wolfswamp.org/.  There are a limited number of seats, first 185 get a spot!  
 
SEAL- Special Education Alliance of Longmeadow
On Tuesday, February 7 @ 7pm the Special Education Supervisors from Glenbrook Middle School, Williams Middle School and Longmeadow High School will speak at SEAL’s monthly meeting to discuss the special education programs within their schools.  All are welcome to attend.
 
As always, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.
 
Respectfully, 
 
Beth Nelson, Principal

December Updates and Reminders

posted Jan 6, 2017, 11:14 AM by Elizabeth Nelson   [ updated Jan 6, 2017, 11:14 AM ]

Dear Wolf Swamp Families,

As we close out 2016, I wish to express my sincere gratitude to you for welcoming me so graciously to the Wolf Swamp Road School learning community.  I feel so incredibly fortunate to work with your children on a daily basis.  

Half Day Friday, 12/23/16​​​​​​​ As a reminder, this Friday students will be dismissed at 11:30AM.  Please ensure appropriate arrangements are made for your child to be picked up from school.

December 26, 2016- January 2,2017 Schools Closed for Holiday Break Schools will be closed for holiday break from Monday, 12/26/16 through Monday, 1/2/17.  We will welcome students back to Wolf Swamp Road School on Tuesday, 1/3/17.

Cold Weather/Snow Appropriate Dress As the cold New England weather sets in, please be sure your child is properly dressed for the weather.  We go outside for recess daily, as long as the temperature is above 20 degrees.  If there is snow on the ground, your child will only be allowed off the blacktop if they are dressed in snow pants and snow boots.  Children at recess without snow pants and boots are expected to stay on the blacktop.

Lost and Found Outside the main entrance to the school, there are two large bins of lost and found.  Please take a look through the bins before Friday.  We will be making a donation to Kiducation of the unclaimed items over the holiday break.

Reserved ParkingThere are four reserved parking spots at Wolf Swamp Road School.  The reserved spots should not be used by anyone other than the intended party.  This includes the LEEF Reserved Parking Spot.

Parent Visitors Please be sure to sign in at the front office upon your arrival to school.  It is imperative that the office staff know of all visitors to the building.

Thank you for your attention to the above important reminders and updates.  I wish each and everyone of you a terrific holiday season, and a happy, healthy, and prosperous new year.  

Best Regards,

Beth Nelson, Principal

May 19- No School for Kindergarten

posted Jan 6, 2017, 11:09 AM by Elizabeth Nelson

Dear Kindergarten Families,

On Friday, May 19, 2017 Wolf Swamp Road School will be conducting its annual Kindergarten orientation program for all incoming (2017-2018) Kindergarten students.   The purpose of the orientation program is to provide parents with a comprehensive overview of the Kindergarten programs offered here at Wolf Swamp Road School.  Due to the program, all Kindergarten classes will be cancelled on Friday, May 19, 2017.

As the majority of you may recall, this day is dedicated to welcoming the incoming Kindergarten students.  The Kindergarten staff is hosting students in their classrooms and presenting information to parents.

I am hoping that getting this information to you now, will allow you to plan appropriately for this day.  I appreciate your flexibility and understanding.  If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me at 413-565-4270.

Sincerely,

Beth Nelson, Principal

DESE Report Card

posted Dec 9, 2016, 5:04 AM by Elizabeth Nelson

 M. Martin O’Shea, Superintendent of Schools
Susan Bertrand, Assistant Superintendent for Learning
Thomas Mazza, Assistant Superintendent for Finance & Operations
Jean Fontaine, Director of Pupil Services
Nicholas Jorge, Director of Technology

December 9, 2016

Dear Parent or Guardian:

We are pleased to enclose an overview of our school’s “report card”. Report cards answer important questions about a school's overall performance and contain specific information about student enrollment and teacher qualifications, student achievement, accountability, how a school is performing relative to other schools in the district and the state, and the progress made toward narrowing proficiency gaps for different groups of students.

In this report you will find the following important information about our school:

Student enrollment and teacher quality: This section of the report card provides information about the students and teachers in our school as compared to the district and the state. If your child attends a school that receives federal Title I funds, you also have the right to request the following information about the qualifications of your child’s classroom teachers:

  • Whether your child’s teacher is licensed in the grade levels and subject areas they teach
  • Whether your child’s teacher is teaching under an emergency license or waiver
  • The college degree and major of your child’s teacher
  • Whether your child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications

Student assessment on MCAS and other tests: This section of the report shows how our students are performing on the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) tests as compared to the district and the state.

School and district accountability information: This section of the report contains three important pieces of information:

  • Accountability and Assistance Levels: Schools and districts are placed into one of five accountability and assistance levels (1-5), with the highest performing in Level 1 and lowest performing in Level 5. Our school has been placed into Level 2 because gap narrowing goals were not met.
  • School Percentiles: A school percentile between 1 and 99 is reported for most schools. This number shows the overall performance of our school relative to other schools that serve the same or similar grades. Our school is performing higher than 70% of the elementary schools in the state.
  • Progress and Performance Index (PPI): The PPI is a number that indicates our school’s progress toward narrowing proficiency gaps, or, in other words, helping all students reach proficiency and be prepared for success after high school. For a group of students to be considered to be making sufficient progress toward narrowing proficiency gaps, its cumulative PPI must be 75 or higher.

 To improve student achievement in our school, we are continuing to work in ELA and mathematics to close the achievement gap of high needs students.  We also aim to close the science achievement gap, and we have a continued commitment to promoting a positive, safe and rich academic and social environment in which students and teachers can thrive.

We appreciate your ongoing support of Wolf Swamp School and invite your continued involvement and participation in our learning community.

For more information about our school’s report card or to request information about the qualifications of your child’s classroom teachers, please feel free to contact us at 565-4270.

Sincerely,

Elizabeth Nelson
Principal, Wolf Swamp Road School

To view the schools complete report card, please follow this link:

http://profiles.doe.mass.edu/reportcard/rc.aspx?linkid=37&orgcode=01590025&fycode=2016&orgtypecode=6&

Important Dates

posted Oct 23, 2016, 5:37 PM by Elizabeth Nelson

It will be an eventful week at Wolf Swamp Road School and I extend my appreciation to many community members for their efforts for our students.There are several important dates to make note of this week.

MondayFriday, October 24-28 Scholastic Book Fair- Checks should be made out to: Wolf Swamp PTA

Tuesday, October 259:30AM Lockdown Drill 

Wednesday, October 26 - 6:00-7:45 Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences

Thursday, October 27 - 11:30 Student Dismissal - Parent/Teacher Conferences

Friday, October 28 - 11:30 Student Dismissal - Parent/Teacher Conferences

Friday, October 28 - 6:00-8:00 PTA Sponsored "BOO BASH"

Once again, I hope I have been able to convey how fortunate I feel to lead the Wolf Swamp Road School.  I look forward to seeing many families in our school this week. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out. 

With appreciation,

Beth Nelson, Principal

October Updates

posted Oct 13, 2016, 6:33 AM by Elizabeth Nelson   [ updated Oct 13, 2016, 6:42 AM ]

Greetings Wolf Swamp Families,

It is hard to believe it is October already!  The start to the school year, was positive, warm and inviting.  A special thank you to each and every one of you for welcoming me so graciously into this incredible learning community.    I’d like to take this opportunity to highlight some important information and reminders.

Morning Arrival

Please be advised that there is no adult supervision prior to 8:30 AM.  We are seeing an influx of students arriving prior to8:30.  Children should not be on the playscape before school.  Balls of any kind should not be used before or after school.    In an effort to reduce the likeliness of students playing with balls during these times, we kindly ask that students refrain from bringing any kind of ball to school.  We have plenty of balls here at school that the students have access to and can play with during recess.  It becomes a large distraction and safety concern when the students are using balls (particularly footballs) at arrival and dismissal by the bus and car line.   We are doing our best to ensure the safety of everyone.

We have allowed parents the opportunity to escort their child to their classroom the first week of school.  At this point in the school year, parents are not to enter the building without first checking in at the front office.  If you need to speak to your child’s teacher, please email or call the teacher to set up a meeting.  We ask for your cooperation in this to keep all of our children and staff safe.

Substance Abuse Presentation at Center School

Center School PTO will host the following presentation on October ; Center School Community Room:  Shelly Warren, Substance Abuse Response Coordinator for Longmeadow Public Schools will address elementary school parents on our community's trends in youth substance use.  The presentation will address the following questions:

  • What are kids trying and how young do they start?  

  • What are some talking points for age appropriate conversations about drugs and alcohol?  

  • What are some recommended "Best Practices", tools and resources for parents?

Picture Day is October 19, 2016

Information will be coming home from the PTA in the coming days.  Please be on the lookout for this.

Lockdown Drill

Maintaining a safe and orderly environment is a priority at Wolf Swamp Road School. In order to prepare and instruct our staff and students to respond safely in the unlikely event of an emergency, safety drills are conducted at school. Throughout the school year, in conjunction with town safety personnel, we practice safety procedures so that everyone is prepared to respond to emergencies.

We will be conducting a lockdown drill on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. A lockdown is used in response to a potential threat of some type, in which there is someone within or outside the school who could cause harm to staff or students. The teachers will review the purpose and procedures of a lockdown with their students in developmentally appropriate ways, and then practice the procedure before an all-school drill. In a lockdown, everyone is informed that we are in lockdown, students and staff are secured in classrooms, which are then locked, and all movement and talking within the building ceases. The Longmeadow Police Department will work with us as we conduct this drill, and as we establish and maintain community standards for this type of drill.

We ask that you review the purpose of this drill with your child and reassure them that the adults who are responsible for their care are trying to prepare them for an unlikely, but possible crisis. Please contact either your child’s teacher or me at school with any questions, concerns and/or suggestions about this type of drill.

Scholastic Book Fair October 24-28, 2016

Your child will have the opportunity to visit the Book Fair with their class.  Your child may select books using cash, or personal check.  Checks should be made out to:   Wolf Swamp PTA

The Book Fair will also be open the evening of conferences, 10/26 from 6-8PM.  The Book Fair will also be open during the afternoon conferences on 10/27 and 10/28 from 12:30-3:00.

Tardiness

Students are allowed to enter the school building with the first bell at 8:30 AM.  The second bell rings at 8:40, and students areconsidered late if they are not present in their classrooms at the 8:45 bell.  With the enforcement of safety procedures,students who are tardy should be accompanied through the main door and signed in at the office by a responsible adult.

Absent/Tardy Call-In Procedures

When a child is absent/ tardy from school, the parent/guardian must call the school by 8:45 a.m.   The call-in number is available 24 hours a day to leave a message regarding a child’s absence or tardiness.  To report an absence, call the school at 413-565-4270, and press 0 to leave a message on the absence line. Notes (email or handwritten) should also be sent to the homeroom teacher regarding absences/tardiness.

Dismissals Procedures

  1. Provide a written request to the teacher including the date and the time of the dismissal.  If you send an email to the teacher, this should be done prior to the start of the school day (8:30AM).  If you send a note with your child, your student should present the note to their teacher at the beginning of the school day.

  2. A parent/guardian, or other authorized person, must report to the office to dismiss a student.   

  3. We request that you make every effort to make dismissal arrangements with your child before the school day begins.  We cannot ensure teachers are able to communicate a change in dismissal plans to your child as the day goes on.  In the event of an absolute emergency, please call the office and we will get the message to your child.

Thank you for your continued support as we all work together to make every child’s experience at Wolf Swamp a positive one.   Have a terrific long weekend. 

Back-to-School Night, September 22nd 6:00-7:30PM

posted Sep 21, 2016, 4:27 PM by Elizabeth Nelson

Good Evening Wolf Swamp Families,

This is a friendly reminder that Back-to-School Night is tomorrow evening, September 22nd. We look forward to welcoming students and parents tomorrow evening from 6:00-7:30PM

Thank you, 

Beth Nelson

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

posted Aug 17, 2016, 3:21 PM by Elizabeth Nelson   [ updated Sep 21, 2016, 4:26 PM ]




We hope that the 2016-17 school year is off to a wonderful start, and that your children are settling into a routine. At this point, we wanted to send a few important reminders about our arrival and dismissal procedures. Our number one priority at Wolf Swamp is to provide your child a safe learning environment. Part of that is keeping your child safe on school grounds at all times. There are several things that we have observed that are safety concerns.

As has been our practice for several years, there is absolutely no parking in the Wolf Swamp Parking lot from 8:20-8:45 and from2:20-3:00. If you wish to avoid the live-line, we ask that you park on either Knollwood or Brookwood Drive. If you are walking to meet your child, you must follow the sidewalk along the front of the school and around the side of the school towards Knollwood. Parents should not walk their child through the parking lot at any time. The parking lot is very active with busses, vans, and cars and it is an extremely dangerous place for pedestrians at this time. We do not want any children in the parking lot during arrival or dismissal.

Please don’t take a left from Wolf Swamp Road into the live-line entrance. This is illegal, and it also slows the flow of the live-line.

In compliance with the Massachusetts Anti Idling Law, we would ask that should your arrive to school prior to the official arrival or dismissal time, you turn your car off so that you are not idling for a period of time.

I've attached a map to this email that should help you to understand the live-line flow of traffic, as well as the walking route to Knollwood. Wolf Swamp Arrival and Dismissal Map.pdf

We appreciate your attention to these very important details to ensure that together we all keep our students safe.

Class Lists and Back to School Information

posted Aug 17, 2016, 3:21 PM by Elizabeth Nelson   [ updated Aug 17, 2016, 3:25 PM ]

August 17, 2016

Dear Parents and Guardians,
I hope that you have all found some time to rest and relax this summer.    It is hard to believe that on Friday, we will be posting classroom assignments.   That being said, we are ready for another fantastic school year.   I wanted to provide several important updates:
 
Class Rosters
Class rosters will be posted via the Parent Portal and on the doors of the main entrance on Friday, August 19 at 3:00.  All veteran or returning parents can access the portal by visiting the Parent Portal at  https://powerschool.longmeadow.k12.ma.us/public/.  This will provide all veteran or returning parents the option of accessing the 2016-2017 classroom assignments via the parent portal, which is a secured site, or by coming to school to view the rosters posted . If you do not remember your username or password, you can get this information by accessing the parent portal website and following the directives for retrieving a username and/or password.
 
To access the rosters, you will enter the portal under your child’s name and go to the “School Bulletin”. Once in the “School Bulletin”, scroll down to find the specific grade(s) and teacher(s).  For families new to the district or for those families who have not setup an account, information explaining how to access the parent portal will be sent home during the first week of school along with many other school related items.
 
Please note that  the district does not have the capacity over the summer months to address questions or issues regarding the portal website, so kindly refrain from calling the school.
 
Dr. Gile worked directly with the teachers to create the class lists for the 2016-17 school year.  Dr. Gile took into consideration all teacher and parent suggestions before he departed.  Additionally, Dr. Gile approved all class lists prior to his departure.   I have to believe that Dr. Gile made these decisions with purpose and thought.    For this reason, I respectfully ask that all families understand that at this point, I am not comfortable making any class changes. Please know I will work with you to make sure your child is supported in an environment that he/she is able to feel successful.  
 
Preschool class lists are not posted in the window or on the portal.  This information was sent home with the acceptance letter you received in the spring.
 
Staffing Changes and Announcements
We have made a few staff changes over the summer.   Mrs. Kelly Batchelor will be teaching fifth grade and  Ms. Kim Ayers will be teaching special education in grades K-2.  
 
Live Line Dismissal
Preschool dismisses their students at 2:25, which is 15 minutes prior to the K-5 dismissal.  Once again,  we are asking that the preschool parents, which are limited in numbers, gain access to the front of the live line.  We will continue to ask parents or guardians of students in K-5 to stop just before the doors located by the cafeteria entrance.   Individuals picking up a preschool student will bypass the line of those waiting for a student in K-5 and go right to the front of the school.  
 
Live-Line Procedures and Expectations
During live line, please make sure to follow the “live-line” experience and respect your fellow WS parents.  Do not enter the lot from the Knollwood side.  This messes with the flow and is a dangerous area.  Also, taking a LEFT into live-line is against the law and causes more frustration than we all really need.  (Please refer to the attached document for a visual of the traffic flow.)
If you feel the need to avoid live-line, we ask that you park on either Knollwood Drive or Brookwood Drive.   The key point is to make sure all students are safe and out of harm’s way.  Again, DO NOT park in the WS parking lot.  (*The one exception is if there is an emergency, such as a child illness.)
 
Live-Line Volunteers
I am looking for several volunteers to help out with morning and afternoon Live-Line. The role is very straightforward in that you are responsible for making sure the students are on task- opening doors, saying good morning and good afternoon, and being safe.   If interested, please email me asap.  Thanks!
 
2015-2016 Bus Transportation Registration Reminder
All students that are planning to utilize Bus Transportation in the 2016-17 school year, must be registered with the Business Office in order for students to receive a bus pass.  If you have not completed the bus registration form or have any questions, please contact the Business Office immediately at 413-565-4200 ext. 4022.
 
New Student and Returning Student Orientation (for grades 2-5)
The new student and family orientation will be held on Friday, August 26, 2016 from 1:00-2:00.  We will take a tour of the building and talk about what to expect come the first day of school.   The orientation for returning students will be held on the same day from 2:00-3:00.  This is a time for the students to drop by to see where their classroom is located.   Please note teachers will be unavailable during this time.
          
Preschool Orientation
Preschool orientation will take place on August 29, 2016.  Orientation will be held from 10:00-11:00 for morning preschool students.  Orientation will be held from 1:00-2:00 for afternoon preschool students.  
 
Kindergarten Play Date
August 29, 2016 from 9:30-10:15 is the kindergarten play date.  We will meet on the playground at 9:30.   The expectations are that we will play and socialize.  Around 10:00, the parents and teachers will huddle up while the students keep playing to review the first day procedures and norms.  Lastly, the students and parents will visit the classroom.
 
First Grade Open House
You are invited to stop by the classroom on Thursday, August 25, 2016 any time between 10:30-11:30.  Please bring your school supplies from the wish list and the dismissal form.
 
Lunch Room Substitutes
If you are at all interested in assisting in the lunchroom between 11:20-1:00, please let me know.  We are in need of subs to better support this position.   The roles and responsibilities are very straightforward in that we ask the lunch monitors to escort the students from the playground or classroom, depending on the weather, to the cafeteria.  While in the cafeteria, lunchroom monitors are supervising students as a well as helping them open milk cartons and yogurts.
 
Mark your calendars
  • First Day of School Grades 1-5: August 29, 2016
  • First Day of School Preschool and Kindergarten: August 30, 2016
  • No School: Friday, September 2, 2016 and Monday September 5, 2016
  • Family Picnic: Wednesday,  September 7, 2016 (rain date September 14, 2016)
  • Back to School Night: September 22, 2016
Girls on the Run!
Girls on the Run inspires girls in grades 3-5 to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.  The group meets twice a week from 3:00-4:45, for ten weeks.  The cost for the 20 sessions is $150.00 which includes snack, t-shirt and race registration.  The fall session would begin September 12, and conclude with a 5k run/walk on November 20, at Smith College in Northampton.  I am delighted to report that three teachers have volunteered their time to coach this important program.  If your daughter is in grades 3-5 and interested, please go to www.girlsontherunwesternma.org or contact Molly Hoyt, GOTR Program Director, molly.hoyt@girlsontherun.org or 413.230.1845.  
 
I look forward to welcoming all new and returning students and families back to Wolf Swamp Road School at the end of the month.  Thank you for your support in getting this school year off to a great start!
 
Sincerely,
 
Beth Nelson, Principal  

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posted Jul 21, 2016, 10:24 AM by Elizabeth Nelson   [ updated Jul 21, 2016, 10:24 AM ]

July 1, 2016

Dear Wolf Swamp Families,
 
It is with tremendous enthusiasm that I write this letter to introduce myself as the new principal of Wolf Swamp Road Elementary School.  I come to Wolf Swamp with experience as an educator coach, department chair, special education teacher, English language learners teacher, and general education classroom teacher.  More recently, I have served as the Assistant Principal and Special Education Supervisor at Glenbrook Middle School. 

My husband, Michael, and I reside in Wilbraham with our daughters, Ellis (3) and Erin (8 months).   I graduated from Syracuse University with a bachelors of science degree in retail marketing. After several years in corporate America,  I went back to school at Springfield College and earned a Masters of Elementary Education.  I continued on to receive a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Principal Administration at American International College and finally, earned a doctorate of education in leadership and supervision this past May through American International College. 

I wish to be a part of a team that helps students grow and develop.  This job will allow me to advocate for children, support instruction and work with administrators to improve teacher effectiveness and student engagement.  I know how vital the principal position is to the inner workings of both the school and the classroom; and I will work hard on a daily basis to support and motivate teachers to deliver the type of high quality instruction that improves student learning.   Most importantly, there must be high expectations and support for every child, everyday in an environment that allows students to cooperate, display assertiveness, be responsible, show empathy, and exhibit self-control. 

I will work tirelessly to make sure that every child that enters Wolf Swamp Road Elementary School receives the best education possible to ensure that “Eyes on the Child-Learning” is taking place and that all students have a passion for learning, a belief in themselves and the ability to pursue their dreams with integrity and confidence.   I will continue the work already being done to provide a safe, caring, respectful learning community that encourages every child to achieve his or her learning potential.   I look forward to building a long relationship working with you, and your children, as we work towards meeting your child’s educational goals.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach me at enelson@longmeadow.k12.ma.us or 413-565-4270.
 
Sincerely,
 
Beth Nelson, Ed.D.
Principal

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