Dear Cabot Families,
Beautiful foliage, chilly mornings and shorter days certainly signal a shift in the seasons. As I visit classrooms, learning opportunities are evident with students engrossed in collaborative projects and engaging activities. To get the day off to a positive welcoming start, morning meetings occur daily in every classroom. Part of this routine includes students greeting one another by name, reading a morning message that highlights learning for the day and ends with an engaging sharing activity – this is a great way to start the day!
I am pleased to share that as of last week, we completed our hiring for all positions. Please join us in welcoming:
• Paola Rengifo is our new psychologist; she begins this Friday. Ms. Rengifo comes to us with experience supporting ethnically, culturally, and linguistically diverse students. Most recently she worked at the Boston Collegiate Charter School in Boston where she has worked the past two years as the school psychologist. Prior, she was a bilingual Spanish school psychologist in Framingham, at the Stapleton School. Prior experiences included facilitating grief support groups for children and adolescents, collaborating with various school-based and community-based support teams, and serving as a school psychologist intern in Long Beach and Freeport, NY.
• Julian Turner is our new METCO counselor at Cabot on Fridays. As a school-based clinician, Mr. Turner’s experiences include leading social groups, providing case management services including collaboration with collateral agencies and programs to advocate for each student.
• Alexandra Ahearn will be a Special Ed assistant in Grade 3 with Ms. Morris starting Nov. 7.
Now that the school year is well underway, teachers have begun to meet with parents for the fall conference window, October 24-November 4. Your child’s teacher will be contacting you soon for conference sign-ups. We do expect all parents to participate in a conference in order to partner in the work of supporting children with their learning. As your child’s life-long teacher, you have much to share about your child’s interests, habits, attitudes and feelings. Likewise, teachers can open a window into your child’s school experience, which may mirror or differ from the child’s behavior or presentation at home.
Looking forward, a progress report will be available online at the end of January followed by another conference window, March 6-17. The year closes with a final progress report sent home in June. These four formalized “touchpoints” offer feedback on student progress:
· Parent-teacher conferences: fall – Oct. 24-Nov. 4 and spring – March 6-17
· Progress Reports: January and june
Finally, Halloween is next Monday. Like many other schools in Newton, Kindergarten students may dress in costumes and parade in the garden area. This will take place before 10:00 am. Students and teachers in grades 1-5 will not be dressing up; students who celebrate this holiday will be able to do so with friends and family at home. Various grade levels have planned fun season-related activities in classrooms or as grade levels.
There are two after school Halloween events recently shared in the PTO Newsletter: The Cabot After School Program 5th Grade Haunted House, Friday, October 28, 5:00-7:00. There is a $3.00 admission per person. Read more on CabotPTO.org The same night, Haunted House for Charity, 5:30-8:00, sponsors a spooky tour. Full details are at www.newtonhauntedhouse.org
I look forward to seeing some of you at the informational meeting on the Child Assault Prevention Program for both Cabot and Angier in the Library on Wednesday, October 26, 7:00-8:00.
With warm wishes,