Dear Lower School Families,
This week we had three wonderful celebrations of our rich and interdisciplinary curriculum. Yesterday, Grade 2 offered family and friends a lens into the many families and traditions that make up our community. Also yesterday, Kindergarten students held their Caring-Sharing Lunch, a winter highlight that builds community among our youngest students. And this morning, Grade 4 presented a celebration of the Grade 4 Arts including the artist unit students began last summer, some music, oral interpretation, Spanish and visual arts. Thank you to the students, teachers and specialists who have shared so much with us this week!
This afternoon, our faculty gathered to continue our professional development for the renewal for our English Language Arts curriculum. Led by Dr. Carol Jenkins, our ELA consultant, teachers explored reading and writing through mentor texts and the evaluation of writing samples. Experiences like this, where we have the opportunity to learn about research-based teaching, are invaluable to us as educators, and teachers and mentors to your children.
In today’s Lower School Newsletter you will find information about the student progress report release and March 3 parent conferences, details about our upcoming Lower School Spring Concert, two announcements from our Lower School Parent Association, dates to add to your calendar, and updates for the week ahead.
Have a good long weekend,
News and Announcements
The Lower School Spring Concert is just around the corner! Mark your calendars for Wednesday, March 8 at 6 p.m. in King Theatre. This year, Kindergarten to Grade 5 students will perform. The students have worked hard throughout the year and they are eager to share what they have learned. Student dress for the concert is jeans and a pastel t-shirt (no writing or images please). If you have questions about the concert clothing, reach out to Marlena Alex.
Parent Conferences are scheduled for Friday, March 3. Classroom teachers will offer time throughout the day; specialists will offer time in the afternoon. The scheduling link will be sent early next week. This set of conferences is optional, intended as a check-in for teachers or families who have outstanding questions about their child’s progress. These conferences may also be held via phone. Once parents make conference appointments, we will reach out with room locations or phone conference arrangements.
Student Progress Reports will be sent to families on March 1. Should you have questions about your child’s report, reach out to the appropriate teacher during the March 3 conference.
The Milton Academy Bookstore recently received a shipment of youth clothing! If you haven’t made a trip to the bookstore recently, now is a great time. The bookstore is located in the lower level of the Schwartz Student Center (the glass building on Centre Street near Randolph Avenue). The bookstore is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The Week Ahead
No Classes in Observance of Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 20––When classes resume on Tuesday, we will follow a Monday schedule.
Grade 5 Parent Meeting, Thursday, February 23, 8:15 a.m. in Straus Library––The purpose of this meeting is to present the Human Sexuality and Relationships (HSR) curriculum as well as an overview of the Grade 5 play. Please make every effort to attend.
Middle School Musical Wonka presentation for Lower School, Friday, February 24, 10 a.m., Thacher. Parents are welcome — you don’t want to miss this magical performance of song and dance.
Add These Dates to Your Calendar
- Friday, March 3––Kindergarten Penguin Breakfast, 8:15 a.m.
- Friday, March 3––Parent Conferences. Scheduling link will be mailed next week.
- Friday, March 3––Early Release—Special Programming: Skating Lessons
- Friday, March 3––Lower and Middle School Parent, Faculty & Staff Spring Social
- Wednesday, March 8––Lower School Spring Concert, 6 p.m., King Theatre
- Thursday, March 9––Grade 4 Egyptian Parade, 2 p.m., Greenleaf
- Thursday, March 9––3 p.m. Dismissal for Spring Vacation
- Monday, March 27––Faculty Professional Day; No Classes
- Tuesday, March 28––Classes Resume; Tuesday Schedule
Hours: Monday-Friday school dismissal to 5:45 p.m.
Questions? Contact Noah Spofford at 617-898-2507
PA News and Notes
Faculty Appreciation Planning & Raffle Solicitation
Thank you to the many Lower and Middle School families who donated to our upcoming Faculty Appreciation events. We appreciate all donations (sporting or concert tickets; spa, Amazon, restaurant, movie gift cards; electronic items; hotel stays, etc) big and small!
Perhaps you prefer to donate money for the purchase of additional items?
Click here to contribute to the Lower School raffle.
Click here to contribute to the Middle School raffle.
If you wish to contribute to both raffles, please donate to one and indicate in the comment section how you wish your donation to be divided between the two events.
If you would like to assist us with coordinating the raffle, or have questions, contact us by email (listed below). Both events will take place at the end of April. The donation deadline is April 7. We will be in touch closer to the deadline with information on where to drop off donated items.
Thank you for your support,
Elizabeth Flowers – firstname.lastname@example.org
Cynthia George – email@example.com
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Shadi Farokhzad – President
Charlie Cain – Vice President
Lower School Lunch
Click here to access our lunch menu.
Click Skating Schedule 16-17 to see a schedule of open skate times at the Robbins Rink.
Mustang Milt here and we’ve got us a humdinger of a race!!! Kindergarten and 4th Grade are in a tight race for first place with 57% and 55% participation in the Milton Fund. 2nd and 5th Grade are right behind! Click here to follow the race.
Which class will reach 100% Milton Fund participation first? Support daily life at Milton and help your child’s class reach the finish line by making your annual gift to the Milton Fund at www.milton.edu/donate or by mailing your donation to Milton Academy, 170 Centre Street, Milton, MA 02186.
Community News Links
March Drama & Dinner Combo Camp––Join us this March 13-17th for a full-day Drama and Cooking Combo Camp with Mel from Mel O’ Drama and Ms. Debbie from Kidz Cooking with Ms. Debbie! In this camp, students will spend the morning working on scenes and fun drama projects and then spend the afternoon preparing and cooking food with Ms. Debbie.
*We are only accepting 10 students to this program – click here to register
Ideal for ages 6+
Location: 11 Morton Rd. Milton
Dates/times: March 13-17 from 9-4 p.m. daily
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Milton Girls Softball is a recreational softball league open to girls in Kindergarten through Grade 8 who reside in or attend school in Milton. New softball players of all ages are welcome to join this instructional and competitive program. The season runs from mid‐April to mid‐June.
The league offers five divisions:
- Kindergarten Instructional Program ($80 per player)
- Grades 1 and 2 ($80 per player)
- Grades 3 and 4 ($135 per player)
- Grades 5 and 6 ($135 per player)
- Grades 7 and 8 ($135 per player)
Milton Girls Softball is also offering free softball skills clinics to all registered girls in Grades 1–8. Clinics are held indoors at Dirt Dawgs in Stoughton on Sunday’s from now until mid-April. Clinics are free, but space is limited to those who are registered for the 2017 Spring clinics. For more information, click here.
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The Milton Public Schools are running Camp Invention, a STEM-themed camp at Tucker Elementary School this summer. It is open to all children from Pre-K to Grade 6. Click here for more information.