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. 

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