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February 2014 Columbus Newsletter

February 2014 Columbus Newsletter

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February 2014 Columbus Newsletter
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rincipal’s Corner
Massachusetts De-partment of Elemen-tary and Secondary Education Parent Involvement Sur-vey
  Your child recently brought home a notice regarding the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) parents survey. The results will be used to determine how well your child's school is communicating with you and promoting engagement in your child's education. Your opinion matters! Make your voice heard! The web-based survey opened on January 13, 2014 and remains active until March 21, 2014. You can com-plete the survey online for each child en-rolled in the Medford Public Schools. Web address is: http://maparentcohort2.com Please contact Ms. Kay if you want to ac-cess to a computer at the Columbus to complete this survey.
 ARCC Assessment Field Test
The primary purpose of the PARCC Field Test is to evaluate test items (i.e., test questions) and tasks among different sample groups of students. Information from this administration will be used for scoring and scaling studies, other re-search studies, and for constructing oper-ational test forms. The Field Test will pro-duce no results for individuals, schools, or Local Education Agencies (LEAs). The PARCC Field Test will include two sepa-rate test administration windows. The first window will be for administration of the Performance-Based Assessment (PBA) component and the second window will be for administration of the End-of-Year (EOY) component. Both components will be administered in paper-based and com-puter-based formats. As a Race to the Top school district, Medford Public Schools are required to participate in this
field test experience. The Columbus Ele-mentary School has been randomly select-ed to participate in the End-of-Year As-sessment (EOY), computer-based format, with our fourth grade.
For the EOY, stu-dents will demonstrate their acquired skills and knowledge by answering ma-chine-scorable questions. The two, ran-domly selected, 4
 grade classes chosen to take this assessment are Mrs. DiPer-
sio’s and Mr. Plati’s classes. This EOY
 Assessment is scheduled to take place on May 19
 and 20
. Each session will be
approximately 85 minutes. Your child’s
teacher will send home more information as the testing window approaches. 
TO, Enrichment Committee
is plan-ning for the next session of After School Clubs. They need your input! Please send ideas and suggestions for workshops to EC Chair -
 April Watkins-Doeg at watkinsdoeg@gmail.com
If you have any talents/hobbies you can share with a small group of students, we need your help. Also if you know any local organiza-tions or other parents willing to lead a club, please inform Mrs. Watkins-Doeg. Bonus: Your child attends for free if you are a parent volun-teer!
 Also please remember,
volunteers at an after-school club or those who chaper-one a field trip need to submit a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) form with the school. Please request a copy of the form from your child's teacher or at the front office.
athleen ay
* TELEPHONE : 781.393.2177 * FAX : 781.393.2187 * NURSE : 781.393.2175 * ABSENCE LINE: 781.393.3503
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State mandated ACCESS and MCAS Assessments have been scheduled. Please keep these dates in mind when scheduling appointments:
 ACCESS Assessments:
February 2014
4th Grade ELA Composion
March 18th
, 5th Grade ELA
March 20th & 21st
, 4th Grade ELA–
March 24th & 25th
, 3rd Grade ELA
March 27th & 28th
, 4th Grade ELA Composion (Make
Up Date)
March 27th.
: 5th Grade
May 6th & 7th
MATH MCAS Assessments
: 4th Grade MATH –
May 8th & 9th
, 5th Grade MATH –
May 12th & 13,
3rd Grade MATH
May 15th & 16th.
PARCC Field Test Assessments
 Mrs. DiPersio’s & Mr. Pla’s Classes ONLY
May 19th & 20th
February 5 Early Release Day
1:30am Dismissal
February 6
Kindergarten Parent/Teacher Conference Night
by appointment
February 11 Dental Program -
Kindergarten & Grade 1
February 12 Release Day
1:30am Dismissal
February 14
Happy Valentine’s Day
Spirit Day - Random Acts of Kindness -
 Perform a Random Act of Kindness for another. Bring Food for the Food Pantry
School Store Fund Raiser Kicks Off February 17-21 NO SCHOOL
 Winter Vacation
February 24 School Resumes Scholastic Book Fair
- Sneak Peek Preview, Columbus School, 6:00pm-8:00pm
February 25 School Council Meeting
7:00pm, Columbus Conference Room
February 25-27 Scholastic Book Fair -
Students will attend with their teacher
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Where Do Presidents Come From?: And Other Presi-dential Stuff of Super Great Importance
, by Michael Townsend. Ages 8
 12. From the author of the popular Amazing Greek Myths of Wonder (Dial, 2010) comes another educational book in graphic-novel format. Covering political history from the mid-1700s to the present day, this brightly colored volume uses humor and fast-paced panels to teach readers about how the office of the presidency was formed. At the start of the book, there is some (slightly superfluous) "pre-content content" designed to hook youngsters and pre-pare them for what they are about to learn. Topics include "How Does a President Get Elected?," "What Do Presidents Actually Do?, and "Why Is the White House So Awesome?" Fun, cartoon illustrations work with the text to provide clari-ty and additional information, and frequent text boxes high-light important facts. There is no index, making the book less a research tool than a pleasure read, but it is so chock-full of interesting tidbits and anecdotes that kids will no doubt find it useful to supple-ment their American history studies. An engaging and informative addition to most col-lections.-Rita Meade, Brooklyn Public Library, NY
c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc.
Valentine's Day Disaster
(Geronimo Stilton #23) by Geronimo Stilton. Ages 7 and up. Enter the world of Geron-imo Stilton, where another funny adventure is always right around the corner. Each book is a fast-paced adventure with lively art and a unique format kids 7-10 will love. It was Valentine's Day in New Mouse City, and I couldn't wait to celebrate! I had sent valentine cards to all my friends and family members. But when I opened my mailbox on the morning of February 14th, it was empty! Had everyone forgotten about me? Was I destined to spend Valentine's Day alone in my mousehole, sobbing, with only my pet fish to console me? It was starting to look like a true Valentine's Day disaster! ~ Review from http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/799804.Valentine_s_Day_Disaster
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