Extended Closure Enrichment Activities

SPS Extended Closure Enrichment Activities

 

At this time, the state guidance we have been provided thus far is that the suspension of school means that these are non-school days. While these will not count as school days, it is our hope that families and caregivers will encourage and support their students to continue to engage in valuable enrichment activities. To assist families in this capacity, we have worked with our teachers to create a website that will guide you to resources your students can access directly and activity ideas that you can share with your students.

We encourage students to keep practicing the skills they have been working on in their courses of study.

  • Under the “School” tab at the top of this page, you will find links to specific schools and grade levels where you can find additional advice, links, and other resources. These resources were assembled by our SPS teachers to support learning during the hiatus.

  • The “Family Project” tab links to some general resources and ideas of activities to involve the entire family. It has been compiled and shared by Worcester Public Schools.

  • The “Digital Resources” tab contains links to some sites prepared by Google with activities to engage students.

Please check this page periodically for any updates regarding the resources or expectations for learning during the closure.

Students with disabilities and English learners who normally receive specialized instruction should expect additional communications directly from their Special Education or English as a Second Language Teachers.

Swampscott Public Schools COVID-19 Updates

https://www.swampscottps.org/coronavirus-covid-19-information/

Swampscott Public Schools’ first priority is the health and safety of our students and staff. We will use this page to continue to update families about our communications home to families and our trusted resources. At this point, there is no significant risk to the SPS community relative to COVID-19. Any district plans or responses will be developed in accordance with the latest guidance from the Swampscott Board of Health, the MA Department of Public Health, and the Center for Disease Control Prevention (CDC).

You can access up to date information about COVID-19 on the website MA DPH COVID-199. Moving forward we will continue to communicate with you regularly as new information comes available via our website and emails to families. 

Kindergarten Registration 2020-2021 School Year Information

Dear Families,

Kindergarten Registration will not be in person this year due to social distancing measures in place. Kindergarten Registration packets may be dropped off at the Swampscott Middle School in a designated box at the front door starting Monday, March 16th between the hours of 8:45 AM and 2:00 PM or may be mailed directly to the following address:

Swampscott Public Schools Student Services

Attn: Kindergarten Registration

207 Forest Avenue

Swampscott, MA 01907

All packets will be due by Friday, March 27th, 2020 by 2:00 PM. We will contact families directly by mail, email or phone if you are missing any documents. Please make copies of any documents such as birth certificates and keep originals for your own files. Please email Alyssa Brothers, Director of the Integrated Preschool, at brothers@swampscott.k12.ma.us if you have any questions.

We will be making efforts to keep school in session through social distancing measures such as these. The health and safety of our students and staff is our highest priority. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Sincerely,

Martha Raymond

Assistant Superintendent of Student Services

Sincerely,

Martha Raymond

Martha Raymond, B.S. Finance, M.Ed., BCBA
Assistant Superintendent of Student Services

Excellence In Performance!

Catherine Quinn was surprised on November 14th with an “Excellence in Performance Award“!  Julie DeLillo, Human Resource Director, and Martha Raymond, Assistant Superintendent, stopped by Clarke to present the award. Ms. Quinn was recognized for her stellar work ethic, teamwork, and amazing dedication. She consistently goes above beyond in her role as an ESP at the Clarke School. Most notably, is her enthusiasm and joyful personality. Ms. Quinn is a person who truly spreads kindness and love to all those around her.

Catherine Quinn

Cathy Kalpin, Catherine Quinn (in pink), Martha Raymond & Mary Beth Shea

 

Sign Up now for Parent Conferences

Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held on November 7th and 12th by appointment. This is a time for teachers to share information with you about your child’s progress and learning style.

Please follow the link below to schedule an appointment time. (Since the slots are for just 10 minutes, it is essential everyone arrives on time.)

https://docs.google.com/document/d/16gC4P1POBvI2K8-9tsZWFWmPOUQ4fOZNcH1CWbOvDIE/edit

Trick or Treat for UNICEF

Clarke School will be collecting donations for UNICEF this Halloween. Students will be given orange boxes they can take with them while Tick or Treating if they wish to participate. Below is a link to the UNICEF site with more information about this worthy cause.

https://www.unicefusa.org/trick-or-treat/learn-more

The Power of Kids Helping Kids from UNICEF USA on Vimeo.

PTO After School Programs- Sign up begins 9/26/19!

fire truck

Safety Drill Practice

On September 10th, our school had a successful fire drill. All students and staff were out of the building in under 2 minutes! Once outside teachers quickly counted students and held up signs to indicate if they had everyone or needed assistance. Students are taught if they are in the bathroom, or away from their room, they should go outside immediately and adults will help them find their class. These drills are an opportunity for students to learn the importance of exiting quietly so they can hear directions.

At the Clarke School, we practice several different types of safety drills throughout the year. Later this month, we will have an ALICE evacuation drill so students can practice walking to an off-site designated destination as a quiet group. We will then walk back to school. Information went home in backpacks explaining this procedure and requesting you fill out an unscheduled dismissal contact form. Please return the form via backpack as soon as possible.

Thank you to the Swampscott Firefighters for assisting us with today’s drill!

Practice Drill

September 12th- An Evening for Parents

Curriculum Night for Parents/Guardians

Thursday, September 12th 

Parents are encouraged to join us for an informational evening to meet staff members, learn about the curriculum, and find out more about your child’s daily routine. There will be two welcome sessions with Principal Shea, Counselor Cathy Kalpin, Nurse Hudson, and specialist teachers (feel free to attend either session) followed by classroom presentations by individual teachers.

Below is the schedule for presentations: 

6:00-6:25pm  Welcome & Introductions- all purpose room

6:30-7:00pm  Visits to grade K and 1 classrooms

6:45-7:10pm- Welcome & Introductions (same as first session)- all purpose room

7:15-7:45pm- Visits to grades 2, 3, & 4 classrooms

Please keep in mind parking will be extremely limited so walking is recommended.

Kindergarten First Day

On Thursday afternoon, August 29th, an email was sent to the parents of kindergarten students informing them of their child’s teacher assignment. If you did not receive the email, feel free to call the school office at 781-596-8812. Principal Shea will also be available at arrival time on the first day with the class lists. Below is additional information included in the email.

  • On the first day of kindergarten,  September 3rd, kindergarten teachers will meet students on the courtyard at 8:10 am. They will hold signs so you can easily find them. You may walk in with the class to help your child get settled. Then at 8:35 am, parents are invited to the library for a welcome breakfast hosted by the PTO.
  • Dismissal begins at 2:10 pm. Please meet your child at Door 4– Ms. Wheeler’s classroom. If anyone other than a legal guardian is picking up your child, we need written permission.  Any time dismissal plans change, this should be communicated to the teacher by that morning (send a note in via backpack).