Digital Backpack - November 27, 2013
WJJMS NEW THIS WEEK:
- Reminder: Early Dismissal Wednesday, November 27th and no School on November 28th and 29th for Thanksgiving Recess. Happy Thanksgiving!
- WJJMS Menus: December Breakfast and Lunch menus.
- WJJMS Scholastic Book Fair: The WJJMS Scholastic Book Fair will be running from December 11th-19th in the Media Center. Can't make it into the school? You can order online by accessing our Book Fair Homepage at: www.bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/williamjohnstonschool. Online shopping is only available from Nov. 27th until Dec. 11th. Students can create a wish list online, forward it to relatives and also order E-books.
- WJJMS Students Art Work on Display: Students from Mrs. Brandon’s 8th grade art class are proud to share a sampling of their hard work. This Mini-Mac Art show is hanging at our local McDonalds. The restaurant donated items which students then arranged and studied. They created observational-value studies of some of their favorite foods. The work will be on display through November. Click here for picture. Top row: Hannah Forget, Bethany Leitkowski, Hannah Borsari, Jose Sanchez, Bottom row: Audra Kingsley, Makenna Russel.
- Attention All Basketball Fans! The WJJMS Girls’ and Boys’ Basketball Teams begin their season on Tuesday December 3 with the boys first home game against RHAM. The boys are also home on Thursday, December 5 against Rocky Hill. The girls’ first home game is Monday, December 9 against Cromwell. If you wish to attend any basketball game this season, you must pick up a permission slip in the office or off of our website and return it to the office the morning of the game. You will need a separate permission slip for each game you plan on attending.
- WJJMS Winter Band and Chorus Concert: Wednesday, December 11th at 6:00 pm (6th Grade band and Chorus will perform) at the Bacon Academy Auditorium and the 7th and 8th grade will perform at 7:15pm. Click here for more music department puma news.
- Health Office News: Vision screenings for 6th grade students and hearing screenings for 8th grade student are complete. If you have received a referral then please have your student's vision or hearing evaluated by a doctor. Once the doctor completes the referral notice please return it to the Health Office. Postural screenings for the grades 6, 7, and 8 will begin in December. Students who have been screened by their doctor after 6/15/13 or have been diagnosed with a spinal problem will be excused from the school screening. Parents of 6th grade students, please send in the completed Connecticut Health Assessment (blue physical form) dated after 1/1/13 to the Health Office. This form must include the required immunizations for 7th grade.Please call the Health Office with any questions or concerns, 860-537-3511. Thank you, Cindy Noniewicz, R.N
- Teacher of the Year, Ms. Karen Groves Honored at State Awards Ceremony: Colchester Teacher of the Year, Ms. Groves, was honored at the 2014 Connecticut Teacher of the Year Awards Ceremony at The Bushnell in Hartford on Tuesday, November 19th.Click here for picture.
- Bacon Academy Athletic Director Recognized by The NIAAA: The National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) announced that Kevin T. Burke, Athletic Director at Bacon Academy, is being recognized by this association as a Certified Athletic Administrator. To earn this distinction, Kevin has demonstrated the highest level of knowledge and expertise in the field of interscholastic athletic administration. The voluntary certification process included a thorough evaluation of the candidate's educational background, experience and professional contributions, as well as a rigorous, comprehensive written examination. Kevin is one of an elite group of interscholastic athletic administrators nationwide to attain this level of professionalism. The NIAAA is a national professional organization consisting of all 50 state athletic administrator associations and more than 7,600 individual members. It is dedicated to promoting the professional growth of high school athletic administrators and preserving the educational nature of interscholastic athletics and the place of these programs in the secondary school curriculum. Congratulations Mr. Burke!
- Educator Evaluation At-A-Glance: When and how did the new state guidelines come about? The educator evaluation and support system in Connecticut was the result of Public Act 12-116, An Act Concerning Education Reform, which provided the opportunity to enhance the effectiveness of each and every educator in Connecticut through improved evaluation, support and professional learning. In November 2010, a Performance Evaluation Advisory Council (PEAC) was formed to establish the CT Guidelines for Educator Evaluation. These Guidelines were approved by the State Board of Education on June 27, 2012 and piloted in districts throughout the state during the 2012-13 school year. Connecticut’s System for Educator Evaluation and Development (SEED) is the state evaluation system aligned to the Guidelines. As of the start of the 2013-14 academic year, the Colchester Board of Education was required to approve a teacher evaluation program consistent with the CT Guidelines for Educator Evaluation that ensures all teachers within their district will be evaluated annually. All educators including support specialists must take part in the evaluation and support system. Also, the superintendent must annually evaluate each administrator in accordance with the CT Guidelines for Educator Evaluation. Want more information? Read on!
- Poetry Contest for Grades K – 9: Do you care about the environment? If there was one thing you could do to protect and conserve it what would be it be? The Colchester Garden Club is inviting students from kindergarten through grade 9 to tell us through a poem. The National Garden Clubs Inc. is sponsoring their 2013 Poetry Contest with the theme of “Protection and Conservation of Natural Resources.” Contest flyers are available by sending an email request to email@example.com or at the Children’s Circulation Desk in the Cragin Memorial Library on behalf of the Colchester Garden Club. This creative writing experience is an enrichment opportunity for students. Click here for contest rules and details.
- Toy Drive hosted by Senator Art Linares: Saturday, December 7th from 12pm-2pm at CVS Pharmacy, Tri-Town Plaza located at 119 South Main Street in Colchester. Please stop by and donate an unwrapped toy for children in need in Colchester. The Colchester Social Services and the Santa Anonymous Program distribute the toys to the Colchester children.
- Galaxy Cheer Fundraiser: Five Below in Waterford will give Galaxy a percentage of your sale to help them purchase new mats. Just hand this coupon in at check out.
- Skating Lessons: Do you want to learn to skate? Click here for more information.
- Unified Sports Theater Rehearsal and Performance Information: Rehearsal dates are November 25th,26th and December 2,3,4,and 5. December 5th the show starts at 6:30! Parents and friends may enter the auditorium around 6:00 p.m. As cast and crew will already be there, parents and friends should head into the auditorium for the show. At the end of the performance will be a brief slideshow showing our process for preparing for the performance. Please plan on taking your child home after the performance as we will have already had the cast party! Click here for more information.
- WJJMS Yearbook Orders: Order your yearbook before November 30, 2013 and pay only $30.00. The price will increase to $35.00 December 1st. We will be doing yearbook orders online only. The process is very simply and if you order now, you can take advantage of Jostens easy payment plan. We will only be selling yearbooks through our yearbook campaign which is usually the end of January. Chances are they will be sold out if you plan to wait until Spring. Don’t delay and order now! www.jostensyearbook.com If you have any questions please contact, Kristan Patterson, yearbook advisor, at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Colchester Food Bank Personal Care Item Drive: The students in Room 15 will be conducting a personal care item drive to benefit the Colchester Food bank. They need toothpaste, deodorant, body wash, shampoo, conditioner and laundry detergent. These are the items that get overlooked and they are very much in need. The collection will begin this week and run until the December 12th. Thank you in advance for your support, Mrs. Zachas, Ms. Sullivan, and Mrs. Bartlett
- Entertainment Fundraiser: Dear WJJMS Families: Your support is needed for our Entertainment Fundraiser to help raise money for PTO funded programs. Orders received by November 25th will be guaranteed delivery before Thanksgiving! These books are a great way to save! They have hundreds of coupons, new digital coupons added daily, and more! Go to www.sellersection.enterainment.com and follow the simple instructions to register as a seller and the Group ID number: 10016149. Click here for flyer and more information.
- PTO Meeting Cancelled: The WJJMS PTO December meeting is cancelled. The next meeting will be held Tuesday, January 2nd at 6pm in the Media Center.
- Puma Wear Makes For Great Holiday Gifts: Orders must be received by December 2nd to be guaranteed delivery before the break. Click here for more information and order form.
- Student Holiday Store: The student holiday store will be held from December 9th-13th. Students will be able to shop for family and friends during workshop. Please contact Michele Francoeur, email@example.com if you are able to volunteer to set up 12/5 and 12/6 and/or during shopping hours 12/9-12/13 1pm-2-pm.
- PTO Holiday Gift Shop: Craft, sewing, scrapbooking, card making and stamping supplies, home and garden décor, wall art and much more. All new items priced well below retail. 12/5, 2:15pm-5pm, 12/6, 2:15pm-8pm, 12/7, 9am-1pm, 12/9, 2:15pm-8pm, 12/10, 2:15-5pm. WJJMS room 115. Contact Jennifer Mocksfield, mocksfield @yahoo.com for more information.
- Volunteer Opportunity: Colchester Lions will be collecting donations for their blanket drive at Walmart in Norwich on Saturday and Sunday, November 30th and December 1st from 8am-4pm. Those interested in volunteering can contact Margaret Napier at 860-537-3635 or 860-639-8392 for more information
- Managing Stress? Did you know? A parent’s ability to manage stress was a good predictor of the quality of their relationship with their kids and also how happy their children were. Do you have difficulty balancing everyday stressors and your daily routine? Join us on December 18th from 9:30-11:00 am at the Colchester Elementary School. In this workshop you will learn how to identify common factors around the holidays that lead to stress an feeling overwhelmed, reduce stress with techniques such as breathing exercise, time management and organizational skills as well as how to implement a self-care routing, increase your self-awareness through mindfulness techniques that focus on the “here and now” and help keep you present minded; Apply these techniques and exercises in your family routine to help alleviate the stress that is commonly endured around this time of year. Stress reduction skills learned in this workshop will not only benefit parents, but the entire family as well. Workshop is presented by, Paige Bogda, a clinician with UCFS. Free Childcare will be available in the Early Head Start room with registration. Register at firstname.lastname@example.org and include your name, and number of children with ages. Hosted by C3 in conjunction with United Community and family Services (UCFS).
- Colchester Public Schools Department of Pupil Services & Special Education Records Disposal: The Colchester Board of Education will destroy any and all special education records of students who graduated or would have graduated with the Class of 2007. Also, suspension and expulsion records, with the exception of expulsions related to deadly weapons and/or firearms, are expunged and destroyed after a student graduates. These records will be destroyed on November 29, 2013. If any student, as described above, would like a copy of his/her special education records, he/she must request a copy of the records prior to the destruction of the records on November 29, 2013. Please forward all requests to Katherine Shaughnessy, Director of Pupil Services & Special Education, Colchester Public Schools, 380 Norwich Avenue, Colchester, CT 06415, or by calling the Department of Pupil Services at 860-537-3103. Upon request, your records will be available for pickup at the Department of Pupil Services.
- Parents of Children Who Are Three or Four Years Old, We Need Your Help! Connecticut General Statutes requires the Collaborative for Colchester’s Children (C3) to collect information about the types of preschool programs families would like for their children. By answering our quick 5 question survey, you can help us learn more about what works for families in Colchester. As a thank you for your participation, you can enter a sweepstakes for a $25 Stop and Shop Gift Card! One family will be chosen from all responses. All surveys must be completed by December 2, 2013. Please complete only one time. Find the online survey here: https://es.surveymonkey.com/s/ColchesterPreschool
- Affordable Preschool Available In Colchester: The Collaborative for Colchester’s Children (C3) is offering affordable, quality preschool in Colchester through its School Readiness Program for Fall, 2013. Colchester School Readiness, a partnership between Colchester Public Schools and the Town of Colchester, is offering grant subsidized quality preschool educational programming, some with an accompanying daycare component. This program still has 1 full day, full year slot at Curley’s Kids Care available for the 2013-2014 school year. Applications are accepted for 3 and 4 year old Colchester children, for part day/school year and full day/full year programming. We are seeking: Children who are not enrolled in a preschool program; Children who need a 5 day, full-time program; Families who may find it difficult to pay for preschool (subsidies will be granted based on the Department of Social Services sliding fee scale and/or School Readiness Council Guidelines i.e. $78,411.00 for a family of 4). Families must be able to provide their own transportation to and from the program. Applications can be found online at www.colchesterc3.org. If you have any questions, or need a paper application, please email Cindy Praisner at email@example.com.
- Bridge SEPTA Meetings: For the Special Education Parent Teacher Association meeting schedule please click here.
- Mail for Heroes: When writing out holiday cards remember to send one or more to our troops at: Holiday Mail for Heroes, PO Box 5456, Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456. It’s a great way to show them our appreciation!
- Bacon Library Hosts Book Fair at Barnes and Noble: The Bacon Academy Library Media Center is hosting a book fair at Barnes & Noble in Glastonbury on Sunday, December 8th, from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm. The library will receive a percentage towards the purchase of new library books if you mention Bacon Academy at the register or present the official voucher. The talent of Bacon staff and students will be showcased including storytelling for children, music, art and free gift wrapping. Can’t attend the book fair? Visit www.barnesandnoble.com/bookfairs/ to support us online from 12/8/13 to 12/13/13 by entering Bookfair ID #11229077 at checkout. The event will showcase the talent of Bacon staff and students including storytelling for children, music, art, free gift wrapping, and Mr. Hage's Lobster Lesson! It will be a fun event with lots of Bacon spirit. Hope to see you there!
- Colchester Lions holds Blanket Drive: The Colchester Lions Club is holding a Blanket Drive this season for our local neighbors in need. The club will be collecting new fleece and new knitted blankets from now through December 13th. Colchester Public drop off locations include Shattered Endz Salon, two locations of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, including the former Prudential Realty and former Skyview Realty. Students Only drop off locations will be available at Bacon Academy and William J. Johnston Middle School. Additional collections will be held at the Norwich Wal-Mart Store on November 30th and December 1st between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Only new blankets could be accepted. Please consider helping a neighbor in need so that we’re all warm this winter. For more information, or if you would like to make a monetary donation for this event, please contact the club chairperson at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their club website at www.colchesterlions.org
- Girls of all Ages: Take your father, grandfather, uncle, step father, etc. to a evening of fun and dancing on Saturday, November 30th at the St. Andrew Parish Hall from 7pm-10pm. Click here for more information.
- Galaxy Cheer Fundraiser:The Galaxy Youth Cheer invites you to a fundraiser at Five Below. Five Below carries school supplies, software, books, electronics, sporting goods, and much more! Everything is priced at $5.00 or less! Galaxy Cheer will receive 10% of the dollars your spend during December 1st – 7th. Please contact Tina Rice (860) 639-4534 or email@example.com. Please bring this flyer so they get credit for your purchase.
- Affordable Care Act: Many questions have arisen about the Affordable Care Act, and Sen. Art Linares and Rep. Melissa Ziobron have asked state healthcare experts to come to the East Hampton High School Auditorium at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5 to get residents' questions answered. The free public session will enable residents to find out how the new law will affect them and their families and how to navigate Connecticut’s Official Health Insurance Marketplace.
- Animal Rescue: The Cadet Girl Scout Troop #63700 is sponsoring a pet supply drive for the Sadie Mae Foundation Animal Rescue League in Bolton. Sadie Mae is a non-profit (501c3) Connecticut rescue organization dedicated to rescuing animals from local shelters when they have run out of time and are in danger of euthanasia. They strive to educate the public on the necessity of spaying and neutering, responsible pet ownership, and how to run animal shelters more efficiently. There will be collection boxes at WJJMS from 12/2 to 12/13. The Girl Scouts will also be collecting donations in front of Mackey's from 10am-1pm on Saturday, November 30th. For more information on the organization, visit http://www.sadiemaefoundation.org. The shelter is in desperate need of the following items - please give generously: Treats, Bones, Biscuits, Chewies, Peanut butter, "KONGS" of all sizes, HeartGuard, Frontline, Crates / Kennels,Playpens / Exercise pens, Carriers, Scratch Posts, Collars, Leashes, Beds, Towels, Blankets, Laundry detergent, Bleach, Dryer Sheets. Due to strict dietary concerns the Girl Scouts are not requesting food donations.
- New York On Your Own: Bus Trip Saturday, December 14, 2013: Due to the overwhelming response to this trip they added a second bus!! Reserve your seats today! This is the easiest way to experience NY City in its entire holiday splendor! The deluxe motor coach will depart from Colchester Town Hall at 7:00AM and will depart NY at 6:00PM. The bus will make several stops in New York including Radio City, Rockefeller Center, Met Museum of Art, Times Square, 34th Street and Canal Street. The day is yours to explore, taste New York’s finest, enjoy the world famous holiday window displays, or take a carriage ride through Central Park. Don't miss out on this exciting and fun filled day that is sure to create lasting memories for friends and family! Start your tradition this year! Fee: $47 per person. Register online at www.colchesterct.gov/rec or for personal assistance call Parks & Recreation at 537-7297.
- Parks and Recreation Winter 2014 Connection: Winter 2014 Connection will be available November 29th.
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