October 8, 2014
International Walk-to-School Day is coming Wednesday, October 8th. As a way to promote community spirit, fitness, and healthy life-styles, we at Clara Barton will celebrate this day with our 3rd Walk-to-School Day. On Wednesday, October 8th, all buses will drop Clara Barton students off at the Oxford Middle School and from there, students and chaperones will walk to Clara Barton. Parents who drive their child/children to school can drop them off at the Middle School entrance at 8:20 if they would like them to participate in the walk. Safety of the students is paramount, so we have enlisted the support of the Oxford Police Dept. to escort us during our walk to school. We are inviting parents to participate in the walk and to help as chaperones along the way. If you would like to participate in the walk, please do not arrive at the Middle School before 8:15 as we do not want to interfere with their a.m. arrival nor should you drop off your middle school child early. If you are interested in chaperoning, please call the school @ (508) 987-6066.
** Rain date: Thursday, October 9th
We are currently running a Food Drive at Clara Barton. During the school year we have on-going fundraisers to support different organizations within and around our community. We believe it's important to instill a sense of civic pride in our students through this work. We are asking for your help and support for this worthy cause. Please send in or drop off non-perishable items only. We have a table set up in the main lobby. All proceeds will benefit the Oxford Food Shelf.
Thank you in advance!
Our Summer Reading was a huge success this year. We set a goal of 500 minutes of reading per child during the summer and below are the results:
Total number of minutes read during the summer by our students: 168,802 minutes
Grade 3 students: 65% of students participated
Grade 4 students: 78% of students participated
Grade 3 top reader: Theresa F with 6,428 minutes
Grade 4 top reader: Teddie A. with 3,936 minutes
Congratulations to ALL and READ,READ,READ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Each week we post a new vocabulary word within the building. Students are exposed to and work with this word during the week. Students are encouraged to use this word in a sentence for the weekly contest. Winners are recognized and rewarded each week. Below are last weeks winners.
Last week's word of the week: Prevail
Last week's winners were:
Winner: Evan B. Mrs. Rea's class
Honorable Mention: Brielle C. in Mrs. Gonyea's class
Andrew S. in Mrs. Rea's
Winner: Zachary F. in Mrs. Zifcak's class
Honorable Mention: Hannah P. in Mrs. Leigher's class
Ty D. in Mrs. Leigher's class
Congratulations to all students who participated in our weekly contest!
It seems the days of summer are behind us and we are settling into the fall season. At Clara Barton, the bus issues are behind us, and we are settling into the business of educating your children. The buses are all rolling out of Barton by 3:10 PM and the children are getting home in a timely fashion. Once again, thank you all for your patience and understanding during the transition. If you are dropping off your child during the AM arrival, we ask that you use the side entrance up to 8:50 a.m.. No cars should be in the main entrance area during this busy time for the buses. If you are picking up your child at dismissal, please park your car in the side lot and enter the gym through the back door near the playground area. School begins promptly at 8:35 each and every day. Attendance is a priority for us so please do everything you can to make sure your child is here and on time daily. Also, please remember a note is required if there is a change in the dismissal process for your child.
In keeping with our District's Wellness Policy, students at Clara Barton are not allowed to share snacks with other students in school. As for special parties, events, or celebrations in the classroom, no food is allowed to be brought in to the classroom. These special events may be celebrated in other ways that don't include food. Please contact your classroom teacher for more information regarding how these events will be celebrated.
Our next PTO meeting will take place Wednesday, October 8th at 6:30 PM. Please consider joining and/or participating in the PTO as a member or by attending our monthly meetings. The PTO provides many wonderful opportunities for our students and staff throughout the year. Parental support and involvement at the Clara Barton School is critical to the success of our students and the school. We are all in this together as partners and we need your help! Please get involved. If you are interested in volunteering in your child's classroom, please contact his/her teacher.
Please feel free to contact me with any suggestions, concerns, or if you just want to chat about the Patriots. GO PATS!!!!!
Stephen A. Baroni
All forms must be received by August 9, 2014 to guarantee that they will be in effect for the start of schools on September 2, 2014