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Smyth Road School Newsletter

October 2021

October News:

Our teachers and specialists have worked incredibly hard putting together slideshows and google presentations about the year ahead. Please take the time to look at the pages of all your children’s teachers. You will find information from their classroom teacher as well as all of their specialist teachers. Some staff members have opted to have “live” meetings; you can find their meeting link on their “door” of the Open House pages. These are the staff members with live google meetings tonight:

-Pre-K Ms. Kari: Oct 6th @ 6 p.m.

-Grade 3 Mrs. Kew: Oct 6th @ 6 p.m.

-Grade 4 Mrs. Bressler: Oct 6th @ 7 p.m.

-Music Mrs. Pepler: Oct 6th from 7-7:45 (pop in to say hello)

Each staff member has also listed their contact information if you have additional questions that need to be answered.

  • Progress Reports: Our first trimester progress reports will be sent home Thursday, October 21st. Teachers will be reviewing these progress reports with you during scheduled conferences in the beginning of November. Mark your calendars for Nov 4th from 3-6 p.m. and Nov. 5th from 12 p.m.- 3 p.m. for conferences. (Students will be released on November 5th at 11:15 a.m. to allow for conferences.) Teachers will send home a conference sign up sheet so you can sign up for a 15-minute time slot for your parent conference. We will likely be doing these conferences using google meet; if that is the case, teachers will provide meeting links once you have signed up for a time.

  • School Hours: As a reminder, student arrival is at 8:30 a.m. We have many late arrivals and want to cut down on the disruption to learning. If a child is late, they still need to enter the building from the outside classroom door and it is very disruptive to the teacher to stop instruction to let a student in.

  • Notes from the Main Office:

    • If you are picking up your child early from school for an appointment, or you need to make a change for dismissal, please send in a note or call the main office prior to 2:30 p.m. We are unable to make a dismissal change after 2:30 p.m. because we are already involved in the dismissal process.

    • There is one main phone line coming into the school. (We do NOT have call waiting) If your call is not answered by a Smyth Rd staff member, please leave a message!!! We check voicemail.

    • If you receive a call from Smyth Rd, and a message was left for you, please listen to the voice message first before calling us back so we can more efficiently direct your call to the right person.

    • Excused vs. unexcused absences: If your child is out sick, you need to call the school to let us know. IF we don’t hear from you, it is considered an “unexcused” absence and you will receive an automated call from the district letting you know that your child isn’t in school. If you forget to let us know the day of the absence, please still call or send a note in and Mrs. Philbrook can change an unexcused absence to excused. Additionally, vacations outside of school vacation weeks are considered unexcused absences.

  • October Fun Ahead: We are excited to announce that Friday, October 22nd will be our Costume Parade! Students are encouraged to come to school dressed in their costumes. Costumes should also allow movement since students will also need to be seated in their classrooms working during the day. The PTO also is bringing back the Fall Festival for the same day right after school since students will already be in costume. The Fall Festival and the costume parade will take place outside, weather permitting. In the event of rain, both events will be moved to the following Friday, October 29th. The parade will take place at 10:30 a.m. and the Fall Festival will start right after dismissal.

  • COVID testing: Many families signed up for symptomatic and asymptomatic COVID rapid tests. The nurse from Concentrix comes to Smyth Rd on Wednesdays and Fridays for testing. Students and staff members who are symptomatic can get a test on Wednesday from 8:00-11:00. Students who have signed up for asymptomatic testing could be randomly called for pool sampling on Wednesdays. If there is a positive case in the random pool, the nurse will do follow up testing on Fridays.

  • Picture Day: O’Connor Studios will be here on Wednesday, October 13th for school pictures. Flyers for picture day will be going home in the Thursday folder tomorrow.

  • Student of the Month: We had our very first “virtual” student of the month announcement video last week! Each month a student from every classroom will be named Student of the Month. They earn this recognition because of their positive energy, great work ethic, and kind words and deeds. The students of the month for September received a special certificate, and they also will be featured on the bulletin board in the main hallway. Here is the link to the September student of the Month video:

October Dates and Events:

  • Monday, October 11: No School: Columbus Day Holiday

  • Wednesday, October 13: Picture Day

  • Thursday, October 21: Trimester 1 Progress Reports issued

  • Friday, October 22: Costume Parade Outside, 10:30 & Fall Festival after school (outside)

  • Wednesday, October 27: Bat Drop: Look for opportunity to “Buy” your bat!

  • Friday, October 29: Rain date for Costume Parade and Fall Festival

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