April 26, 2019
This week, you received your child’s spring mid-semester course comments. These narrative comments are intended to provide you with feedback about your child’s learning so that they can apply that information to move toward proficiency on each course’s major learning objectives. We encourage you to read through the comments both alone and in the company of your child. Ask your child to identify strengths and growing edges as indicated by their teachers’ comments. Be sure to also ask if there is anything unclear in each comment and encourage them to ask for and necessary faculty clarification. Finally, ask your child to identify two or three goals for the remaining months of the year. This is a very important step in each student’s increasing ownership of learning. These spring course comments give students guidance for the best ways to finish the year and are a wonderful reminder that the year is far from over.
Have a wonderful weekend.
News and Announcements
Spring Course Comments are available for viewing—The spring course comments are available for you to view. Please go online to MyMilton (http://my.milton.edu/parents) where you can find them under the Student Info tab. Select Grades from that tab and you should see a link to the comments there. If you have any trouble finding the comments or if you forget your username or password, please contact Samantha Cristoforo at 617.898.2368.
ERBs—Next week, students across the Middle School will be taking the Educational Records Bureau (ERB) CTP-4 standardized tests. The ERBs, widely administered among independent schools, are the only standardized tests administered in our Middle School. As a standardized test, the ERBs do not directly correlate to our curriculum, but rather provide a snapshot of your child’s basic skills at the time of the testing, and help the school understand both individual students and larger patterns over time. Similar to last year, students will be completing the tests online on Chromebooks. The best preparation for children is a good night’s sleep and a hearty, healthy breakfast in the morning. The tests are administered in room 101 in the Middle School in a timed setting. Individual subtests range from twenty to forty-five minutes each. All subtests are in a multiple choice format.
The Week Ahead
Orchestra Concert, Friday, April 26, 7:30 p.m., King Theatre
ERBs for Grade 6, Monday, April 29
ERBs for grade 7, Tuesday, April 30
Weekly Speech Team Practice, Tuesday, April 30, 4:30–5:45 p.m., Ware Hall
ERBs for grade 8, Thursday, May 2
ERBs Make-Up Day, Friday, May 3
Speech Team Practice Party, Thursday, May 2, 4–6 p.m., Ware Hall
Trustees Weekend, Friday & Saturday, May 3 & 4
Foley Fest Speech Tournament, Sunday, May 5, at Milton Academy
Interested in being a Host Family to a new student? Our K–8 Office of Admission invites you to join in welcoming new families by participating in the host family program. Through this program, current families are paired with newly admitted families to help answer any questions they may have and ease their transition to Milton. Although there are no specific requirements for host families, click here for a document containing more information about the role and how host families may choose to connect with a new family. Click here to indicate if your family would be willing to host for a newly-enrolled student and their family. We will gather the responses and make the pairings in the coming weeks. At that time, host families will receive an email from our office with information about their assigned family. If you have questions, please contact our office. Thank you in advance! –Meg, Corey, Katie & Whitney
Grandfriends’ Day is two weeks away! Friday, May 10, from 8 a.m. to noon—Grandparents and special friends have been invited to experience a morning at Milton Academy enjoying a continental breakfast, visiting classrooms, and attending a special assembly. We look forward to hosting your guests and welcoming them to our community. Please note that this day is about Grandfriends only. While we enjoy parent visitors, our classrooms do not have the capacity for more than our Grandfriends on this day. Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation. If you want to remain on campus during the morning, there are ample volunteer opportunities for parents. Below are some details for the day:
- If your special visitor has not received an invitation, you may either contact Caroline McCourt or click here to view the invitation and response card. You are also welcome to respond on behalf of your guests. Click here to do so.
- The schedule for the morning of May 10 is as follows:
- 8 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.—Check-in and breakfast at the Arts Commons in the Kellner Performing Arts Center
- 8:30 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.—Classroom visits, including snack and recess
- 11 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.—Middle and Lower School Assembly in the Caroline Saltonstall Gymnasium (CSG)
- 12 p.m. Grandfriends depart from the assembly. Middle School students will be dismissed for lunch. Lower School students will return to their classrooms for a 12:15 p.m. dismissal.
- Parking: We have designated three parking areas for Grandfriends’ Day use – the lot to the right of the Junior Building, the lot behind the Pritzker Science Center and Upton Field. Staff-operated golf carts, stationed throughout campus, are available to assist Grandfriends as they move from one location to another. If your Grandfriend has mobility concerns and needs additional assistance, let us know and we will make special accommodations. PLEASE ask your Grandfriends not to part in the Pool Lot as it will interfere with Lower School dismissal.
- Assembly: Seating is limited in the CSG and seating priority will be given to Grandfriends. There will be overflow seating in Thacher with a closed-circuit feed of the assembly for parents.
Grandfriends’ Day Volunteer Opportunity—We are looking for volunteers from across our Lower and Middle Schools to help Grandfriends’ Day run smoothly. Roles include greeting in the lobbies of the buildings, providing directions between buildings, etc. Click here to be a Grandfriends’ Day volunteer.
Foley Fest Speech Tournament is looking for volunteers! Sunday, May 5. Prior experience with Speech or Speech events is not necessary. All are welcome! Click here to sign up. If you have any questions about the tournament schedule, please reach out to Yoshi Makishima, or our parent coordinators Lisa Wilson and Kerri Polimeno.
Add These Dates to Your Calendar
Parent Coffee: Math Department, Tuesday, April 30
Foley Speech Tournament, Sunday, May 5
MS After School Program
The After School Program is available Monday to Friday from dismissal until 5:45 p.m. The Middle School ASP is open Monday through Friday—Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 3:30–5:45 p.m.; and Wednesday and Friday from 2–5:45 p.m. (unless otherwise noted on the Milton Academy Calendar). The program closes promptly at 5:45 p.m. If you are unable to pick up your child by this time please notify [email protected] or call 617-898-2537. Students who have not been picked up by 5:45 p.m. will be escorted to Cox Library by an ASP teacher where they can wait for rides.