WOLF SWAMP ROAD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

62 WOLF SWAMP ROAD | LONGMEADOW | MASSACHUSETTS | 01106 | P 413-565-4270 | F 413-565-4273

"Our mission is to provide a safe, caring, respectful learning community that encourages every child to achieve his or her learning potential."

"All students, regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or homelessness, have equal access to the general education program and the full range of any occupational or vocational programs offered by the district."

SCHOOL HOURS 8:25 AM - 2:45 PM

TO REPORT AN ABSENCE

PLEASE CALL 413-565-4270

SUMMER HOURS 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Kindergarten Registration

Longmeadow Public Schools is conducting kindergarten registration for the 2020-21 school year. Packets were mailed, on January 31st, to families of potential kindergarteners identified through the Town’s annual census collection.

If you have a child who will turn five (5) years old by August 31, 2020; you live within the Town of Longmeadow; and you are new to Town or did not complete the census, please contact the Central Office of the Longmeadow Public Schools at register@longmeadow.k12.ma.us to be sure we send you a kindergarten registration packet, or you can download one here.

You can scan the completed registration paperwork to register@longmeadow.k12.ma.us

or

mail the packet to:

Longmeadow Public Schools

Re: Kindergarten Registration

535 Bliss Road

Longmeadow, MA 01106


Learning Opportunities

Dear Blueberry Hill, Center, and Wolf Swamp Families,

We begin by expressing that in this sobering moment, we are spending considerable time thinking of our students and our families and wishing you strength and resiliency. We trust that you will strive to achieve a semblance of regular routines with optimism, as we live through the uncertainty that is our world in the days ahead. Predictability and schedules will be reassuring to our young friends.

The opportunities provide online and paper-based choices; and each grade level determined how many tasks your child should choose in each curriculum area each day. That said, if on any day you or your child experience challenges with online resources, please do not let this create angst for your family. You may choose to print some of the attached resources, but you may also create a similar “template” for your child to work with to complete daily written tasks if printing is not an option.

We’ll travel this novel path together with calmness, flexibility, and creativity, remembering the prioritized goal is for children to engage in ways that will sustain learning.

Learning Opportunities begin March 18th. To find your child’s Learning Opportunities, please go to your respective school’s website (on or after March 18). WSRS Once on the website, click on the student tab. You will see an icon for Learning Opportunities. Click on this icon and each grade level will be found as well as other resources from specialists and special teachers.

If your child is on an IEP (Individualized Education Plan), his/her teacher will reach out to you with additional information or you may reach out to her.

Lastly, for now, we are reminded of Fred Rogers’ words: “My mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers — so many caring people in this world.”

Our students can become “helpers” too. Your child might create a beautiful picture and message to mail to an area nursing home because nothing warms the heart like a child’s artwork. Send a thank-you letter to a local supermarket or pharmacy whose workers are recently burdened with the onslaught of shoppers. Perhaps a message of gratitude to a health care worker. Teaching children to appreciate and empathize with others is a way for them to be helpers. This teaching is the heart of our work together. Please consider sharing your family’s ideas with us and with your neighbors. It will take a village.

Our collective wishes to you for family ingenuity, good health, humor, and hopeful spirits when it matters most. Please reach out with any questions, insights, or concerns. Know we will be in touch with updates.

With partnership,

Principals Amy Stec, Donna Hutton, Beth Nelson


The Secret Lives of Teens and Tweens

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The Special Programs Committee cordially invites you to attend LPS' second Minding Your Mind event for parents to be held on Thursday, March 12, at 7:00 p.m., in the LHS auditorium.

This dynamic and fun presentation, titled the "THE SECRET LIFE OF TEENS AND TWEENS," will be delivered by Minding Your Mind's Jon Mattleman

Parents who attend will be treated to a presentation that focuses on what children from ages 11-21 are really thinking, what they fear, and why they do not share more.

Bring a friend and neighbor to this informative and entertaining event!

Have a great night!

Sincerely,

Marty O'Shea

Superintendent


Minding Your Mind

Good Evening LPS Parents and Guardians,

I hope you will consider using the link below to register for "Just Talk About It."

"Just Talk About It" is a 90-minute introductory mental health education program hosted by a Minding Your Mind clinician and featuring a young adult speaker. Attendees will learn about the mental health issues facing adolescents and help parents, guardians or caregivers notice the warning signs of stress, anxiety, depression, and crisis.

"Just Talk About It" is scheduled for Wednesday, March 11, at 9:00 a.m., in the large, district office meeting room at 535 Bliss Road (adjoining LHS).

To be sure we have adequate seating and accommodations for this special event, please sign up to attend using the following link:

Google form Registration Link for Just Talk About It

Additional information on this special presentation and the Minding Your Mind organization can be found on the flyer below or at https://mindingyourmind.org/what-we-do/just-talk-about-it/

Thank you for your interest!

Superintendent Marty O'Shea


The Secret Lives of Teens and Tweens

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The Special Programs Committee cordially invites you to attend LPS' second Minding Your Mind event for parents to be held on Thursday, March 12, at 7:00 p.m., in the LHS auditorium.

This dynamic and fun presentation, titled the "THE SECRET LIFE OF TEENS AND TWEENS," will be delivered by Minding Your Mind's Jon Mattleman

Parents who attend will be treated to a presentation that focuses on what children from ages 11-21 are really thinking, what they fear, and why they do not share more.

Bring a friend and neighbor to this informative and entertaining event!

Have a great night!

Sincerely,

Marty O'Shea

Superintendent


Raising Good Digital Citizens

At this grass-roots gathering you will meet other parents interested in raising good digital citizens. You will learn some ways that parents can encourage children to have a healthy relationship with technology. and you will pick up some tips, resources and advice to help your children navigate in a technology infused world.

This meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 2 at 8:45 in a large meeting room located in the LPS Central Office at 535 Bliss Road.

LPS is pleased to support this coalition that is by LPS parents, for LPS parents. For additional information on this event or the coalition, please contact Kristin Seeley at kristinseeley@msn.com


Kindergarten Registration

Longmeadow Public Schools will hold kindergarten registration for the 2020-21 school year during the month of February, 2020. Packets will be mailed, on January 31st, to families of potential kindergarteners identified through the Town’s annual census collection.

If you have a child who will turn five (5) years old by August 31, 2020; you live within the Town of Longmeadow; and you are new to Town or did not complete the census, please contact the Central Office of the Longmeadow Public Schools at 413-565-4200 ext. 4012 to be sure we send you a kindergarten registration packet.

Upcoming Dates:

  • February 17-21 School Closed for February Break
  • February 28- Wolf Pack Gathering- Pajama Day
  • March 13- PD Day- No School
  • March 19 and 20- ½ Day 11:30 a.m. Dismissal- Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • March 24- 5th Grade Event at Glenbrook 4:30-6:00
  • March 31, April 1- Grade 3 and 4 ELA MCAS
  • April 2, 3- Grade 5 MCAS
  • April 10- No School
  • April 14- Wolf Pack Gathering- Sports Day (Wear your favorite sports shirts.)
  • April 20-24 School Closed April Break
  • May 5, 6 3rd and 4th Grade Math MCAS
  • May 7, 8 5th Grade Math MCAS
  • May 14 and 15 5th Grade Science MCAS
  • May 18- Kindergarten Orientation- No School For Kindergarten
  • May 19- Wolf Pack Gathering- Crazy Hair Day
  • May 19- 5:30 p.m. 5th Grade Parent Middle School Information Evening
  • May 25- Memorial Day- No School
  • May 28- 5th Grade Field Trip to Boston
  • June 4- 5th Grade Students “Step Up” to Middle School
  • June 5- 5th Grade Chorus Trip
  • June 12 Field Day (rain date June 15)
  • June 19- 5th Grade Gathering (sponsored by PTA
  • Last Day of School- TBD 5th Grade Step Up Ceremony

The Special Education Alliance of Longmeadow (SEAL) is a Parent Advisory Council that offers information, support, and networking opportunities to parents. Please join us for our next meeting on Tuesday, October 8th at 7:00 PM in Room A-31 Pupil Services, 535 Bliss Road, Longmeadow. There will be a presentation from our preschool and elementary school special education supervisors from Blueberry, Wolf Swamp and Center School and learn about special education programs offered at the schools. Following the presentation, there will be discussion about upcoming SEAL outreach activities. For the full meeting agenda, and to learn more about future meeting dates and events, visit www.sealma.org.

"The entire LPS community is invited to an evening presentation by Challenge Success and hosted by the Special Programs Committee. Challenge Success, a research-based organization working out of Stanford University, partners with communities who aspire to redefine success and create "more balanced and academically fulfilling" lives for their children. Middle and High School staff will learn from Challenge Success on our October 15 professional development day. Community members are invited to an evening presentation on the same day, beginning at 7 p.m. in the LHS auditorium. "

Musician of the Month for website

Musician of the month slideshow from Mrs. Westhaver!



School Supplies for 2019-2020 School Year:

5th Grade Supplies

  • Case-it Mighty Zip Tab 3-Inch Zipper Binder
  • 1 pair of headphones (for computer)
  • 1 marble composition notebook
  • 1 pocket/3 prong pocket duo/tang folder Example of product


4th Grade Supplies

  • Case-it 13 pocket expanding file with handle and shoulder strap Example of product
  • 11 pair of headphones (for computer)
  • 1 single subject 70 pg wide ruled notebooks

3rd Grade

  • 1 pair of headphones (for computer)
  • 1 single subject 70 pg wide ruled notebook

2nd Grade

  • 1 pair of headphones (for computer)
  • 1 single subject 70 pg wide ruled notebook

1st Grade

  • 1 pair of headphones (for computer)
  • 2 single subject 70 pg wide ruled notebooks

Kindergarten

  • 1 pair of headphones (for computer)
  • 1 single subject 70 pg wide ruled notebook

New Student Tour- 2 p.m. Thursday, August 22

If you will be a new grade 1- 5 student to Wolf Swamp in the fall, please join Principal Nelson for a brief tour of the building on Thursday, August 22 from 2:00-3:00 p.m.


PTA Welcome Breakfast- 8:45 Friday, August 30

Kindergarten and New Family Welcome Breakfast: The PTA would like to extend an invitation to all Kindergarten Families, and new families to Wolf Swamp on Friday, August 30, immediately following morning arrival. Coffee and light pastries will be served in the cafeteria, giving all new families to Wolf Swamp the opportunity to mingle and learn more about our great school and community.

Good Afternoon Longmeadow Families,

As part of our commitment to emergency preparedness and response, the Longmeadow Public Schools, the Longmeadow Fire Department and Longmeadow Police Department have been working collaboratively to ensure that school administrators are prepared to reunify children with their parents/guardians in a safe and orderly manner in the event that children needed to be evacuated from a school on an emergency basis.

The reunification plans that are in development would be implemented if a weather event, a power outage, a hazmat situation or a safety crisis forced the emergency closure and evacuation of a school building. This year, each school principal is developing a detailed, emergency reunification plan that establishes a plan to relocate children to an alternative, community-based site. Each plan establishes a command and control structure, protocols for communication and transportation, and, most importantly, a controlled, orderly process to reunite children with their parents/guardians at a secondary, community-based relocation site.

In the very unlikely event that a reunification plan is implemented, parents can expect to be notified by broadcast email or phone with information on the emergency and specific instructions on the family reunification process. For this reason and many others, it is vitally important that your child(ren)’s school(s) have your up-to-date phone or email contact information. Families can also anticipate that school and district websites will be used to provide information relating to the emergency and the reunification process.

In the event of an evacuation and relocation, children will be released to parents/guardians at the secondary location in a controlled manner. To ensure that the reunification process is safe and orderly parents should:

  • wait to travel to their child’s school or the secondary relocation site until notified by school and/or public safety officials
  • observe traffic and parking restrictions at the secondary location
  • bring identification to the secondary location
  • observe the requirement to meet school staff at a “Parent/Guardian Check-In Area”
  • understand that the nature of the emergency event will determine the protocol for the safe, controlled release of children to their parents/guardians. Certain events will require that children be picked up only by a parent/guardian, while other events will permit children to be released to a transportation provider previously authorized by their family and school.
  • expect that children will be held at the secondary location until a permissible pick up is arranged.
  • expect that counseling and medical assistance will be available, as necessary, at the secondary relocation sites.
  • understand that high school aged children who drove to school will only be permitted to drive home if school and public safety officials deem it safe and if parents have provided prior consent.

As partners in emergency preparedness and response, the LPS, LFD and LPD appreciate your attention to this important message and welcome your feedback and questions.

Sincerely,

Marty O’Shea John Dearborn John Stankiewicz

Superintendent of Schools Longmeadow Fire Chief Longmeadow Police Chief

WOLF SWAMP ROAD SCHOOL K-8 HANDBOOK available now under the Parent Tab!

or click on this link :

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1zWfDDuI2kp7PjW7RE0K_rP88KFZjzJ1K/view?usp=sharing


Good Afternoon Longmeadow Community,

I am pleased to provide the Longmeadow community with the results of a survey of students’ perceptions of school climate conducted in grades 5, 8, and 10 as part of the 2018 MCAS administration. Titled the Views of Climate and Learning (VOCAL), this new survey instrument is designed to provide schools with information on student perceptions of three dimensions of school climate: engagement, safety, and environment.

These are important indicators that relate directly to our strategic priorities and student learning. Research consistently demonstrates that healthy school climates positively and powerfully influence learning. Working with parents and students, the staff, administration and School Committee will use this information, along with other indicators of student success, to identify targets for growth and improvement.

Overall, the results are a positive reflection this community’s shared commitment to providing students with safe, supportive and challenging learning environments. As a district, Longmeadow was reported to have "relatively strong school climates," placing us in the top 15% of all Massachusetts School Districts. In districts with the strongest climates (the top 15% percent), students report

  • having inclusive relationships
  • that their teachers have higher expectations for student effort, perseverance, and academics.
  • having fewer bullying experiences
  • feeling that their school is safe and fair
  • that adults are caring and active in helping and supporting them
  • that they feel adults value their ideas and voices

This link will take you to folder with detailed reports that include:

  • Overall, average school climate index scores (with comparative district and state data), and
  • A summary of student responses to each individual survey item
  • Average index scores at each school for the three dimensions of climate: engagement, safety, and environment (with comparative district and state data).

Thank you for your support and interest. As always, I welcome your feedback and questions. Hope to see you at Rick Wormeli, Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. at the Glenbrook Auditorium.

Sincerely,


Please check out the CLOSE Community Annual report by clicking on the Parents tab

Important:

School Hours for K-5 will be 8:25-2:45. Students will be marked tardy at 8:35.

Beth Nelson, Principal

Wolf Swamp Road School

For some fun summer math ideas, click here to get to Mrs. Moriarty's Math Website.

2018 Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Award Winner

Rebecca Powell Grade 1 Teacher at Wolf Swamp Road School


Wolf Swamp staff showing off their support

for Autism Awareness

Wolf Swamp Report Card.docx
2017 Wolf Seamp Overview.pdf

Wolf Swamp Road School's "report card"

Powerschool Portal

On Friday, August 18 at 3:00 p.m. you will be able to log into the PowerSchool Student and Parent Portal to see what homeroom your child has been placed in for the upcoming school year. Your login and password were sent home with your child on Monday, June 19, 2017. Logging into the Portal will be the only way you will be able to see who your child's teacher is for the 2017-2018 school year. All veteran or returning parents can access the portal by visiting the Parent Portal at https://powerschool.longmeadow.k12.ma.us/public/. I’ve included a screenshot at the bottom of this email, that will provide some visual of what you are looking at to find your child’s homeroom teacher.