“A Great Place to Learn” Volume X, Issue IV

150 Northwest Drive, Plainville, CT

Important Dates: March 8, 22 and April 5,26: Shortened Days - 12:45 pm dismissal for students. Teacher PLC. March 17: No School. Teacher Professional Development Day. March 29: Town-wide Band Concert. 7:00 pm at PHS. April 10 - 14: No School. Spring Break. April 28: MSP Outdoor Band Concert. 6:30 pm at MSP. Mid-semester Progress Reports (on-line only): Weeks of Oct. 17, Jan. 23, and May 1 Report Cards: Weeks of Dec. 5, March 27, and late June

Daily Schedules: Full Day: 8 am – 2:45 pm Doors open at 7:40 am 2-hour Delay: 10:00 am – 2:45 pm Doors open at 9:40 am

Phone (860) 793-3250, Fax (860) 793- 3265

February, 2017

MSP PTC News The MSP Parent Teacher Club is sponsoring a Family Yoga Night at MSP on Thursday, March 9 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm at MSP. Cost is $5. Tickets can be purchased in the MSP main office or at the door. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a mat or towel. The PTC is looking for new officers. Treasurer and secretary are open for the 2017-2018 school year. Please attend our March 14th meeting at 7:00 pm at MSP if you are interested. The PTC is also planning the end of the year 8th grade dance. We would love to have your help. Please come to our March 14th and April 18th meetings to help out. All meetings are at 7:00 pm at MSP. Donations: If you have not yet made a $10 donation to the PTC, please consider doing so now. The PTC has drastically reduced “sales” type fundraisers in favor of family donations. Checks can be made out to MSP PTC and brought o the MSP main office.

Prudence Crandall Center at MSP

MSP Early Dismissal: 8:00 am – 12:45 pm. Lunch is served on all shortened days except Dec. 23, and the last 4 days of school Please check calendar carefully for shortened Wednesdays.

Ms. Olmstead and Mrs. Shea-Lyons welcomed guest speaker, Tyshaunda Wiley, from Prudence Crandall Center, Inc. to work with 8th grade students. Ms. Wiley presented a program called Safe Dates that helps bring more awareness to teens regarding healthy relationships and teen dating violence.

Homework & Grades Homework assignments and Grades are accessible on the MSP website: http://msp.plainvilleschools.org/ When checking homework or grades, please realize that not all subjects require the same number of assignments. If you have any questions about your child’s grades or assignments, please email or call the classroom teacher.

Inclement Weather?

The Superintendent will send out a phone and email message if school is closed or delayed. Area radio and television stations will broadcast appropriate announcements that are also accessible on the Internet at Connecticut Weather Center’s website at: http://www.ctweather.com.

www.plainvilleschools.org

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Important Information about Physicals for Current 6th Graders Physicals: All students in grade 6 must have a health assessment as per Connecticut Law. The Feb. 1, 2017 deadline has passed, so you must know if the form is not complete or is not turned in prior to the start of the next school year, the student will not be allowed to begin school as a 7th grader. Please contact the school nurse if you have any questions about this requirement

MSP Art Club at Work for the Community Students in the MSP Art Club created ceramic Valentine's Day gifts for the residents of Apple Rehab.

Forms: Forms for physicals and administration of medication can be obtained from the Middle School or the school your child is presently attending. You can also get a copy of this form from your physician, or download one from our school web-site: http://msp.plainvilleschools.org/.

-Keep the school nurse informed of health changes throughout the year. Call Mrs. Capodice at (860) 793-3257 with any questions, concerns, or vital information. Thank you!

The School Nurse would like to remind parents that whenever you bring your child to doctor/dentist when absent, please get a note that verifies they were seen by a medical professional. If your child is absent, you must call the school each day. 860-793-3257

SAVE THE DATES: MSP Band Concerts: The MSP Bands will perform in the upcoming Plainville Town-wide Band Concert on Wednesday, March 29th at PHS. The concert begins at 7:00 p.m. Along with the 200 members of the MSP Bands, the elementary and high school bands will also perform. A grand finale will be a highlight of the evening! All are invited! The annual Outdoor MSP Band Concert is scheduled for Wednesday, April 28th, at 6:30 p.m. and will be held at the MSP Bus Loop. The Plainville Memorial Day Parade is the final MSP Band performance of the 2016-2017 school year. Students will march on Monday, May 29th. More information will be sent home with the band students. Please contact Ms. Senatore with any questions. www.plainvilleschools.org

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Kids in the Middle - February Plainville Youth Services’ Kids in the Middle (KIM) program has had a great start to the new year. Students participating in our “Adopt a Grandparent” program played games and made crafts with the residents of Jerome Home. A group of KIM volunteers also visited Plainville Early Learning Center and completed a winter themed activity with their new friends. Students are looking forward to returning to both sites. Kids in the Middle will be collecting toiletries and other essential items for Brian’s Angels Homeless Outreach. The donation drive will run from March 1st – March 23rd. Collection boxes will be in the atrium. For a list of what you can donate, check out posters around the school or email Amy Kievit for more details. Middle school students are welcome to join KIM at any time. Contact Amy Kievit [email protected], or stop by her office in room 514 at the Middle School on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Library Happenings Grade 6 Read-a-Thon: Grade 6 ELA classes are participating in a read-a-thon in collaboration with MSP's library. Last month, students voted on which organization they would like to support and 53% of students chose Doctors without Borders. Students are asking parents and friends to sponsor them for $1.00 or more for every 50 pages they read between February 1 and April 1. Students are responsible for keeping track of their reading. Money collected may be turned into the library during homeroom, lunch, or enrichment, any day from April 2 - 6. At the end of the read-a-thon, the homeroom with the most number of pages read and the homeroom that raises the most money will both be rewarded. Students will vote on the reward from a number of options. With 178 grade 6 students, it would be marvelous if every student were able to read a minimum of 50 pages, and donate at least $1.00. That would make a fine donation to a worthy cause. Please consider supporting your grade 6 child. Any questions - please send an email to Mrs. Lynch. Read Across America: MSP's library will have its annual Read Across America celebration on Thursday, March 2nd. NEA's Read Across America is a fun, celebratory way to promote the enjoyment of reading. It is a wonderful opportunity for students, teachers, librarians, administrators and parents to share the joys of reading aloud to each other. Over 275 students in grades 6, 7, and 8 will participate as readers or listeners. Teachers, administrators, and school and Plainville Public Library staff will join the celebration as well, reading aloud picture books, short stories and poetry. Mrs. White's 8th grade FACS classes will provide beautifully decorated cupcakes using this year's diversity theme of Dr. Seuss around the world. The MSP library is very grateful for the generosity of Gnazzo's, which will donate water and snacks for all readers and listeners. Additional thanks go to Snyders of Hanover which will generously donate pretzels for all participants. If your child is interested in participating as a reader or listener, please ask them to contact their social studies teacher. If parents would like to participate as readers or listeners or have any additional questions, they are welcome to email Mrs. Lynch. www.plainvilleschools.org

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