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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