It’s been great to truly get back into the full swing of things with our first full week of school in the past three weeks. The students have really appreciated the warmer temperatures and the opportunity to be outside and enjoy the snow.
This Tuesday, January 9 our staff was treated to a delicious luncheon prior to our Staff Meeting. On behalf of our entire Mason-Rice Staff I would like to thank all of our grade 3-5 parents for their hard work and preparation, as well as Laura Kay Hughes for organizing this event. It was a great opportunity for the staff to share lunch together. We all feel so blessed to partner with such a thoughtful parent community.
This Thursday, January 11 we had our first S.T.A.R.S. Assembly. It was wonderful to gather our third, fourth, and fifth graders together to celebrate and recognize, with specificity, the academic and social/emotional skills that they have been showcasing. We spent time at the beginning of the assembly sharing with students why we have these assemblies and the structure of them. The structure mirrored that of a Morning Meeting, which occur in all of our classrooms each morning. We began with a Greeting where we greeted one another seated to our right and left in another language. We then had a Share (our Musical Morning) where a few of our third graders shared and performed songs on the piano that they worked hard to practice. This was followed by a Group Activity (the presentation of the S.T.A.R.S.) where we recognized students from each grade by having them receive their S.T.A.R. and stand before their peers to receive a well earned round of applause. It was an outstanding morning and I look forward to kicking off our K-2 S.T.A.R.S. this upcoming Tuesday, January 16.
As we approach the midway point of our school year, our teachers have been diligently working to complete mid-year assessments with your children to help inform them as they prepare report cards to showcase their academic, social, and emotional growth. Families will be provided access to report cards online on Monday, February 5.
With all of the snow from this past week it has made drop off and pick up that much more difficult. It is extremely important that we all follow our Blue Zone rules. We all must actively work together to follow these rules, as the very reason for them is to ensure the safety of everyone within our Mason-Rice community. I have again reached out to our school’s safety officer, Andy Umina, and as has been done in the past, he will be sending some officers randomly in the coming weeks to help support and enforce these rules. I greatly appreciate your attention to this significant matter.
Lastly, I wish you all a wonderful extended weekend and hope that you are able to take time this upcoming Monday, January 15 to reflect upon the great work and ideals of Dr. King. If your family is looking for a way to celebrate him consider attending the 50th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Newton Community Celebration at the First Baptist Church here in Newton Centre (848 Beacon Street) this Monday at 9:30 AM.