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A Friday Hello from Mrs. MacQueen

September 5, 2014

Welcome back Westshire families! Although I was anxious about what this year would bring, I could not wait to see all of your children, looking fine in their new outfits and carrying their backpacks and school supplies. For many of us, including our students, the first day of school felt like coming home.

Please remember that school starts at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m. Be aware that we do not have supervision on the playground until 7:30. Visions and the ECP afterschool programs will begin next week and they are available from 3:00-5:30. It is imperative that we know your child's afterschool plans so please make sure to send a note to the office, and if/when these plans change, we need to be contacted as soon as possible.

As you know we are very aware of the importance of school safety. Beginning on Monday, September 8th, we will start using our new buzzer system. At 8:30 all of the doors to the building will be locked and you will have to ring the office to request entrance to the building. The front doors will be unlocked at 2:45 for dismissal. It is therefore important you have your child to school on-time. I have attached a more detailed letter from Brenda Needham, our superintendent.

We are fortunate to have a wonderful healthy snack program. I was incredibly impressed when I watched beautiful baskets of fruits and vegetables being delivered to classrooms for snack. We are so lucky! You can support the program by helping your children understand the importance of healthy eating and packing foods like yogurt, cheese, vegetable sticks, and of course, fruit. Remember, students are not allowed to have soda or candy at school.

Next week will be very busy. On Monday we will welcome our new kindergarten class at REP by "crowning" each one with a special hat made by the fourth grade students. Mrs. Drew has written a special song for them so we will also welcome them with song. We will begin at 11:00 in the gymnasium. Parents are invited to join us for this 30 minute event. On Thursday, all students in grades 1-4 will attend the Tunbridge Fair in Tunbridge, Vt. for their Agriculture Education day. The Kindergarten students will stay here at school doing special projects with Mrs. Waterman. Please see the attached permission slip that must be returned by Tuesday. Have a great weekend. I look forward to talking (and writing) to you soon!

September 5, 2014 Newsletter