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FEBRUARY 2024

February News:  

  • Snow Days: As we prepare for future snow days, we also need to be prepared for remote learning. We have used two out of three snow days that are built into our schedule. After the 3rd snow day, the district will call for remote learning to occur. What does this look like? Classroom teachers will either post learning links on ClassTag or their Google Classroom sites, or they will provide students with work packets. Additionally, if able, students could log onto their Clever accounts and complete weekly iready minutes in Math. The expectation is that students do their best (if able) to participate in learning in some capacity on those days. We realize there could be challenges on snow days with child care, and completing remote work may be difficult. We would just ask that each student try their best to participate in some way in learning even if it is practicing math facts or reading a book. Specialists will also provide learning links on snow days which will be found on our Smyth Rd. website. When we have a remote learning day, we do need to prove that 80% or more of our students participated in some way in order for the remote day to count as a school day.

  • I-Ready reports: Please look for your child’s mid-year diagnostic reports from I-Ready. Students took district diagnostic assessments over the last few weeks, and their individualized reports are being sent home on Thursday. Overall, we saw improvements in both math and reading across the board! 

  • Scholastic Book Fair and Family Book Night:  We are bringing back the Scholastic Book Fair and Family Night/Ice Cream Social! Students will have an opportunity to shop at our Scholastic Book Fair during their library block the week of February 12th through February 16th. A Scholastic book fair flyer will be sent home soon so that students and families are able to see what will be available for purchase. Additionally, we will have a Family Night on Tuesday, February 20th from 5-7 p.m. in the Smyth Road gym. Families can come and peruse the book fair and enjoy an ice cream sundae!

  • Safety at Arrival: Families, please help us teach parking lot safety at arrival and dismissal by utilizing the large cross walk from the street up to the school. Too often we see students with adults crossing through the parking lot and walking between busses. Please help us keep all our Smyth students safe!

  • P.T.O. Fund Raising Calendar: The PTO has received approximately 12 gift cards for the March fundraising calendar. They hope to be able to fill each day of the month with a prize. If the PTO receives more donations soon, they will have the finished calendars in students’ hands by the end of next week. Thank you to the families who have already made gift card donation(s) to this cause!!! Each student will be given 10 copies of the March gift card calendar to sell. (Students will not be required to sell all 10- if they are able to sell one or two, that is great! If they sell all 10, even better!) 

  • McIntyre Tubing: We just were informed that our neighbor, McIntyre Ski Area, has again generously offered of a day of tubing for Smyth Road students in Grades 1-5. (Due to McIntyre’s policies and height restrictions, Kindergarten students will have to wait until next year to participate.) Each grade level will have a 1–2-hour time block on Friday February 16th for tubing. We will be sending home a permission form/release of liability form; this form will need to be completed and returned in order for your child to participate in this free field trip. 

  • Presidents’ Day and Winter Break: There will be no school on Monday, February 19th for Presidents’ Day.  Additionally, schools will be closed for February break from Monday, February 26th through Friday, March 1st.

  • Winter Clothing: Although I don’t want to sound like a broken record, it would be greatly appreciated if outer garments were labeled with your child’s name. Our lost and found is growing and growing by the day with unlabeled pieces of clothing!

Student of the Month:  We just had our January Student of the Month assembly yesterday! Students were recognized for their positive energy, great work ethic, and kind words and deeds. The Students of the Month for January received a special certificate, and they also will be featured on the bulletin board in the main hallway. 

Congratulations to the following students:

Kindergarten: Gabriel York, Tamra Perkins, Dylan Craver

1st Grade: Kennedy Hendricks-Carle, David Grigorian, Josiah Muyuka, Lucas Trayers-Bullock

2nd Grade: Stone Stanton, Sophia Quinones, Isabella Quinones

3rd Grade: Kathy Ramos, Josiah Johnson, Melissa Powell

4th Grade: Evan Burgess, Charlotte Lavigne

5th Grade: Rykar Bourque, Emma Zilli, Henry Chretien

Specials and Self-contained classrooms: Jakhor Guardado, Alana Allman, Jace Boulay, Aislinn Donoway, Evelyn Burkhardt, Olby St. Louis

Other Students of Month from additional specialists and instructional coaches:

      Aye Aye Aung

February Dates and Events                                                                                      

Mon, February 12- Feb 16: Scholastic Book Fair

Friday, February 16th: McIntyre Tubing Day for Grades 1-5

Monday, February 19th: No School, Presidents’ Day Holiday

Tuesday, February 20: Family Book Fair/Ice Cream Social 5-7 p.m.

Monday Feb 26- Friday, March 1st: Winter Break