December 2013 Newsletter
NCLB Parent's right to know
This letter from Raymond Elementary School fulfills our obligation under the "Parent's Right to Know"requirement of the federal No Child Left Behind Act. (NCLB) Under these requirements, teachers must meet general qualifications as well as the specific requirements of the subject they are teaching. This means we will inform parents whenever a child is taught for four consecutive weeks by a teacher who does not meet the federal definition of "Highly Qualified". Currently all the staff at RES have the appropriate requirements to be designated "Highly Qualified". Additional information on the NCLB act as well as the qualifications of your child's teacher are available upon request.
LCI At RES
What is LCI? LCI stands for Learner Centered Instruction and is an instructional process in which the content is determined by the student’s needs, the instructional materials are geared to the student’s abilities and the instructional design makes the students active participants. Stay tuned for ways we are incorporating LCI into our RES classrooms. Please visit our bulletin board outside of the gym with a list of activities currently occurring in our classes!
Count Me In
RSU 14 is taking part in a grant to raise awareness and attendance for students in grades k-5. The initiative is called “Count Me In”. To stay on track in school, students need to be present everyday. Missing 18 or more days of school in a year puts a child’s high school graduation at risk. Being absent for just two days a month of the school year can put a child behind academically. Please make school a priority with your child! What can parents do to help? Please make sure you schedule family vacations around school vacations. Also, please make any doctor or dentist appointments for the beginning or the end of the day or on Wednesdays. And finally, if you are unsure when to keep your child home from school when he/she is sick, please call Nurse Kristina.
Assembly on December 6th at 9:00 am
Please join us on December 6th for our monthly assembly. Kindergarten students will be presenting a program, we will recognize our December birthdays, we will also have a very special flag dedication and for the third year, RES students and staff will perform the "Twelve Days of Christmas" We hope you can join us!!
Dates for Assemblies : January 3, February 7, March 7, April 4, May 2, June 6. All of the assemblies are on Fridays and will begin at (8:50). June 6th is also Grandparent's Day!
Foster Grandparents Program
We are delighted to welcome Lotta Hannaford ( Grammy Hannaford) as our foster grandparent for RES. Grammy volunteers 20 hours a week to help the students and staff at RES. We are very happy to have her.
Yes, it is that time again!! Please remember to send your child to school with hats, mittens, boots, snow pants and jackets. Also, please make sure your items are clearly marked with your child's name on them. We end up with so many hats and mittens at the end of the season that could be returned to their rightful owners. Please remember that students can not play in the snow if they do not have snow pants, boots and mittens. Winter in Maine is a wonderful time- we want all of our students to enjoy it!
As we start the second trimester, our theme for the Reading Ravens will be MYSTERY. To help start this off, each week a new Mystery staff member will be selected. Each day a clue to the mystery persons identity is read over the intercom with the morning messages. Students and staff are to see if they can put the clues together to unveil the Mystery Person!!
The RES Student Handbook contains important information regarding school policies, contact information, dates and times of important events. The handbook can be found on the RES website. Hard copies are available in the office.