Winter Message, 2017
Greetings Mill Pond families and community and Happy New Year!
Welcome to the website for the Mill Pond School, home to all of the 4th, 5th, and 6th graders of Westborough. Our motto is “Learning and Caring- It’s What We Do Here!” and we take this pledge very seriously. Every decision that we make is determined by whether or not our actions will enable each and every student to grow academically, socially, and emotionally.
Each month we have a Key Value on which we focus and we chose Resilience as the Key Value for January because it is certainly a month during which we all must show resilience! Freezing temperatures, snow storms, dark mornings and afternoons, and too much time indoors all conspire to sap our energy a little bit. We define resilience for our students as, “Not giving up with whatever one has set out to do; persisting, bouncing back when you experience challenges.” Please take a moment to read the letter about Resilience written for our students by our Assistant Principal, Mr. Jeff Slomski, that is linked above. It provides some great conversation starters for you to talk with your child about resilience. In February, we will focus our attention on the Key Value of Integrity (“Being honest with oneself and others at all times. Doing the right thing even when no one is watching”), followed by Acceptance (“Recognizing the uniqueness and value of each individual and embracing differences in our diverse society”) in March, so be on the lookout for new letters from our administrative team.
Each day the staff infuses our students’ learning experiences with literature, media, writings, explorations, and activities that all support our continued focus on character development and social emotional learning. At this age, one of the most important ways in which students develop socially and emotionally is through playing with peers. On the playgrounds, all forms of exercise enhance both mood and learning. This break from structured learning is a time of fun AND helps students to be focused when they resume their academics later in the day. It is however, winter in New England which means one thing when it comes to recess: COLD and sometimes wet weather! Please make sure that your child comes to school dressed in many layers so that he/she can stay warm outside. On days when there is snow on the ground, winter boots should be worn. Gloves and a hat are key to keeping the body warm as children play. In addition, appropriate winter attire is especially important during morning and afternoon bus line-up time, so please help your children to be prepared for the weather! Please don’t forget to label ALL articles of clothing. You can’t imagine how many coats, boots, hats, etc. are never retrieved from the Lost and Found and a name would enable us to reunite the clothing with its owner!
Please check the “Mill Pond Events” section on the right side of our web page which is a calendar of important MPS dates that is regularly updated. It will include important information such as MPPG meetings, upcoming concerts and field trips, and special school events.
Also make sure to Look at the What’s Happening section in the center of our web page. It includes the Weekly News and Notes section with links to important and timely information. This section is updated weekly and contains important school, parent group, and community notices. Please check it out every Thursday to see what is new! In addition, each Thursday the principal sends a Connect 5 email message to families alerting them that the Weekly News and Notes section has been updated, in addition to other school news. If you have not received these weekly email messages, please contact the Mill Pond main office at 508.836.7780 and we will assist you in getting these weekly communications.
The MPPG (Mill Pond Parent Group) and the parent volunteers are essential components of our school community. If you would like to learn more about MPPG and/or how you can volunteer your time in ways big and small at Mill Pond, please click here to link to the MPPG website.
Magical learning moments happen every day at Mill Pond, even when the cold arrives! Ask your child what he/she learned today and be amazed at how far he/she has progressed since August.
Thank you for sharing your children with us.
Suzanne Kenny, M.S. Ed.
“We must remember that intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education." - Martin Luther King, Jr.
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