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April 17, 2017

Dear Parents,

We hope all of you enjoyed a wonderful spring vacation week, spending time with family and friends.

image of work hard be kind board Spring Transitions

Fourth graders were treated earlier this spring to a demonstration of band instruments from students at Saxe Middle School. This is a wonderful experience that allows our fourth graders to begin to consider the many opportunities and choices that are ahead for them at Saxe. It is also one of many ways that we support our students in their transition to Saxe during the spring months. The transition experiences for our fourth grade students include a visit from the Saxe fifth grade team to meet grade 4 students in the classroom, at lunch, and at recess, as well as a field trip for our fourth graders to tour Saxe in June. Dr. Steven Clapp, fifth grade administrator at Saxe, will also host an evening presentation for East grade 4 parents in May to share an overview of the fifth grade experience. Stay tuned for details on all these events as we move through the spring!

While transition experiences are perhaps most visible for our fourth graders, the spring brings a range of feelings for all of our students, no matter the grade, as they begin to sense the transition into the summer and the next grade. With this in mind, please remember that routines and consistency in schedules are often most comforting and reassuring for students. Also, please remind students that “Work Hard, Be Kind” behavior expectations remain unchanged, and more than ever, we look for role models across the school and for responsible decision-making by students. This holds true for behavior in the classroom, on the playground, and on the bus. Thank you for reinforcing this with your child during this exciting time.

A Few Reminders

  • Students in grades 3 and 4 will take the Smarter Balanced Assessments beginning this Wednesday, April 19th. Some test sessions will occur in the morning and others will be given in the afternoon. While tests will not be administered on all dates in this window, cooperation in ensuring your child’s attendance for a full day of school on these dates is appreciated.
  • If your child will be leaving East School due to a family relocation / move or to attend private school, please contact the office to let us know as soon as possible. This allows us to support your child in navigating the transition.

Take care,
Kris