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December Newsletter
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December 16, 2016
Good Afternoon,

Below are some important Robinson School updates.  As always, feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Have a great weekend,

Important Dates
December 16th: Parent Portal Open at 4:00 P.M. (view Progress Reports)
December 22nd: Holiday Sing-a-Long
December 23rd: Early Release
December 26th-January 2nd: Holiday Break-No School
January 16th: Martin L. King Day: No School
January 17th: Full Day Professional Development: No School

Parent/Teacher Conferences and Progress Reports
It is hard to that parent teacher conferences were three weeks ago.  We hope that you found the conferences helpful and were able to learn more about your child's progress at Robinson School. On Friday, December 16th the IPass Parent Portal will open at 4:00 so that you can view your child's progress report.  Below are instructions for accessing the progress report.  As always, if you need assistance please call the main office.  

In order to access your child's progress report you will need to either register for or sign-in to IParent Portal.  You can access the IParent Portal from the districts website.  If you have not registered for access to the IParent Portal you must follow the directions below.  

  • Go to 
  • Click on IParent-Portal
  • Go to the middle of the screen and read information regarding IParent Registration
  • Click on IParent Registration (if you have not registered) and follow directions
  • After ID is registered and confirmation is received, the parent should be able to go back to the main menu, click on IParent Portal, click on IParent/Student Log In and proceed accordingly
Cold Weather and Recess
Today's cold temperature is a reminder that winter has begun and will be with us for several more months. With that said, one of the toughest decisions a Principal has to make is whether we have indoor or outdoor recess.  The districts standard is that when temperatures dip below 19 degrees, which takes into account wind chill (feels like temperature) students are asked to stay inside.  We do monitor the weather throughout the day and if it warms up we inform teachers.  Please be sure to send your child to school with appropriate clothing so that they can participate in outdoor recess.  Hats, gloves, snow pants, and boots are recommended.  

Race for Education
The Race for Education Fundraiser has been a huge success.  We continue to receive donations and will provide a final total in the coming weeks.  The fundraiser wouldn't have been a success without our families, students, teachers, and the dedication of our PTO.  The day of the event was a lot of fun as well.  We were in complete awe at the students' excitement and energy.  In total, we ended up walking/running a total of approximately 2,000 laps, which equals about 500 miles!  As a result of reaching and surpassing our fundraising goal we will hold a school-wide dance in January. Thank you for your continued support.  

Staff Update
We would like to welcome the following new Robinson Staff:
  • Michelle Santos: ELL Teacher
  • Mary McCabe: Teaching Assistant
  • Shelly Newark: Library Teaching Assistant
  • Beth Rivet: Guidance Counselor (filling in for Mrs. Terrio)
We would like to congratulate Susan Lavoie, Library Teaching Assistant on her retirement.  Her last day after approximately 18 years of service to the district will be December 23rd.  We wish her the best of luck in her future endeavors.  

We would like to thank Taylor Dean who has done a remarkable job as a first grade teacher. Ms. Dean will complete her long-term substitute position on Friday, December 23rd.  We wish her the best of luck.

On January 3rd we welcome Beth Helenius back to first grade after taking a maternity leave.  Owen Helenius was born in October!

Mrs. Quattrocchi, our art teacher has launched a Twitter page to highlight the excellent work occurring in her classes.  The Twitter page provides families with examples of student work and projects. These can be viewed by visiting and searching @QTEACHESART

Compassion Project
Our Kindergarten students kicked off our Hat and Mitten compassion project on December 1st.  As a result we have received several donations of hats and mittens, which are displayed, in our front foyer.  Thank you for your amazing support of our compassion projects.

School administrators are tasked with monitoring the attendance of students during each school year. Massachusetts General Law provides school districts with clear expectations regarding attendance as it pertains to absences and tardies.  Therefore, it is our obligation as administrators to notify families when absences or tardies exceed seven days.  As a parent myself, I recognize the challenges of determining whether my own children are well enough to attend school and also struggle to schedule appointments outside of school hours.  Please know that communication you may receive throughout the school year regarding your child's attendance is meant to bring awareness to the number of days he/she has been absent/tardy and to work together to develop a plan of action, if necessary.  If you ever have any questions or concerns regarding the attendance of your child please contact me immediately.   

Care to Read
Mrs. Kane and I have had the pleasure of reading “The Only One Club” to each of the classes as part of our Care to Read program.  This month we are emphasizing the importance of acceptance.  We talked about the importance of celebrating and accepting what makes each of us unique individuals.  Students responded positively to the story.

Please note that if you wish to volunteer at Robinson School during the 2016-2017 school year the deadline for completing a CORI form is December 23rd. You must fill the CORI form out in the main office and bring a copy of your license.

Kevin LaCoste
Col. Robinson Elementary School
Twitter: @WPSRobinsonElem

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