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Smyth Road School Newsletter

September 2018

Welcome:  Welcome to Smyth Road School! We had a great opening with the exception of some transportation glitches. Our apologies that the busses were very late and some did not arrive at scheduled stops at all!! The district will continue to work to make sure this is fixed! So other than the busses and the usual first day “jitters” we had a really good opening! We look forward to the new school year ahead! This newsletter will be sent home in your child’s Thursday envelope on the first Thursday of each month as a means to keep you informed of what is going on at school. It will also be posted on our school website. Please take the time to read it, and take note of school events, information, important dates and times. For the most part, all notices, flyers and correspondence from school will be sent home on Thursdays each week so please ask your child to see their “Thursday folder” every Thursday. On the first day of school we sent home a lot of notices and information. One of the sheets was an emergency form; please update any changes to the emergency form so we can have the most current information and accurate phone numbers. It is really important that we are able to reach you or your contacts if your child is ill.  Please return these forms as soon as possible. Thanks in advance for your cooperation!

Arrival/Dismissal: Arrival and dismissal can be challenging times during our school day, but it could be less challenging with your cooperation. In the morning we have an area designated along the left hand side of Bruce Road where you can safely pull over, drop off your child and continue on. This is the live parking area. You cannot turn off your vehicle and leave your car in this area. This area is only to “drop and go.” However, if you want to park and walk your child up the driveway you need to find a spot somewhere else other than the drop and go area. St Paul’s Church is generously allowing families to use their lot at arrival and dismissal. If you park in their lot, you can use the path connecting their lot with our school playground. Please be respectful of the grounds at St. Paul’s Church; do not drive onto their lawn if you can’t find a spot. Just be patient and wait or use the drop and go area.

Please talk to your child every day about how they are getting home. As a school it is a number one priority to make sure children get where they are supposed to go at the end of the day. Problems arise when children don’t have any idea who is coming to get them, if they are taking a bus or walking or going to an after school program. Please remind your child in the morning how they are getting home, and also send in a note if your child is going home a different way than what was indicated on the emergency form.

Open House:   On Thursday, September 13th (tonight) we will host our annual Open House from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Parents are invited to gather in the gym for some welcoming remarks and introductions at 6:30, and then can go visit classrooms from 7:00-8:00 p.m. Teachers will give a brief presentation at 7:00 to talk about their expectations for the year and they will repeat their presentation again at 7:30 for families with children in multiple grades.  This night is for parents only. Supervision will not be provided for children and we ask that you do not bring your children to the Open House presentation. Thank you for your cooperation.

Ice Cream Social:  The P.T.O will be sponsoring an ice cream social for students and families on Thursday, September 27th from 5:30-6:30 p.m.  This family event will take place outside on our hard top. Flyers about this event will be sent home soon.

Picture Day: School pictures will be taken on Tuesday, October 2nd.  Look for order forms going home soon!

Information: Our student/family handbook can be found on our web site www.smyth.mansd.org  Additional district news can also be found on this web site and on the district site, www.mansd.org. If you ever have additional questions, please don’t hesitate to call the school office at 624-6340.


Volunteers: We appreciate all our volunteers!! Volunteers are needed for so many things here at school! Our PTO is always looking for more people to help at school events, and we are always looking for parents who can help out with copying and publishing. We always need parents who can come in to read with individual students, and we need parents who are able help out with making math games at home. Please look for sign up sheets at Open House if you are interested in volunteering and please attend our PTO meetings on the first Wednesday of each month at 6:00 p.m.

September Dates to Remember:

  • Thursday, September 13:  Open House, 6:30-8:00
  • Thursday, September 27: Ice Cream Social, 5:30-6:30 p.m.


I look forward to a fantastic year here at Smyth Road School!!!                                               


Bridget Krieger,
Sep 18, 2018, 5:52 AM