East Haddam Elementary School News and Notes Nov./Dec. 2016 Principal Joanne Collins 860-873-5076 860-873-5155 (fax) www.easthaddamschools.org For the second consecutive year, we’re in mid-December, without any significant winter storms! There is already so much that we’ve accom- plished this fall and with the help of our PTO and parent volunteers! Last week, we enjoyed the excitement of shopping at the PTO’s Holiday Fair. On December 13th, students brought home their first trimester report cards. Currently, students are preparing for their holiday performances and until December 19th, we are proudly participating in a Student Council-sponsored community service-learning Food Drive to benefit the East Haddam Food Bank. The November and December professional development sessions for grade level teachers were devoted to school goals related to instructional and assessment approaches within various genres of student writing. Teachers have developed writing rubrics and checklists for all areas of student writing. Additionally, a student self-assessment component has been created to enable students to understand grade level expectations of their roles in the development of their own writing performance. Ulti- mately, this work helps students and teachers to further the development of writing skills, specifically with narrative, opinion, and informational writing pieces. Teachers will continue to implement this writing curricu- lum work during the school day with students. Other instructional staff, including our paraprofessionals, were involved in professional develop- ment workshops to extend learning that is relevant to their work. As we look forward to our students’ holiday performances, please see Mrs. Mazzaferro’s correspondence outlining our efforts to comply with capacity limits for the safety of all performers and attendees. All students will be performing the entire program twice ~ once at 10:00 and, again, at 2:00 as follows: Each student will be issued four (4) tickets for one of the performanc- es as follows: 10:00 (students’ families with last names A-J) and 2:00 (students’ families with last names K-Z) Students bring home tickets a week prior to the performances Families may switch with others or donate unused tickets Winter Events Dates to Remember 12/21 ~ Holiday Perfor- mance (A-J 10:00, K-Z 2:00) - snow date 12/22 12/23 ~ Early Dismissal 12/26 - 1/2 ~ No School - Winter Break 1/10~ BOE Mtg. 7PM high school cafeteria 1/16 ~ No School / Martin Luther King, Jr. Day / No School 1/26~ PTO Mtg. 7PM rm.