Spring has sprung at South Street School! After a long winter, the students are enjoying going outside for recess. This year we have had a number of snow days, which has caused the superintendent and school committee to alter the school calendar. Due to the snow days, we will now have school on April 3rd, 21st, 22nd and 23rd. With these changes to the calendar, the last day of school is now Friday, June 19th. Recently, an updated school calendar was sent home to all parents and guardians. If you need another copy you can print it off from the FPS website at http://www.fitchburg.k12.ma.us/ or call the office to request a copy to be sent home with your child.
I am happy to announce that South Street Elementary School has received a science grant from Cambridge Community Foundation and Biogen Idec Foundation. Cambridge Community Foundation, which administers the program, selected 18 grants out of 54 applicants from across the state. Biogen Idec Foundation funded the program, totaling $84,520. The Ignite the Power of STEM grants support innovative programs that increase science literacy, encourage youth to pursue scientific careers, create classroom excitement and provide hands-on learning experiences in science, technology, engineering and math. South Street Elementary School will use Ignite the Power of STEM funding to purchase LEGO We Do construction kits to introduce engineering and beginning robotics programming to students in grades 2-4.
Students in grades three and four have been busy taking the PARCC assessment. I am very proud of how serious the students have taken the test, especially with taking the test on the computer. Students have transitioned from the paper and pencil test to the online test with little problems. The dates for the end of the year PARCC assessment are below:
May 11th- ELA 3rd Grade
May 12th-ELA 4th Grade
May 13th and 14th- Math 3rd Grade
May 18th and 19th- Math 4th Grade
April is Autism Awareness Month. On Friday, April 3 South Street Elementary recognized Autism Awareness Month during our All School Assembly. Students will be completing puzzle pieces to come together as a community that is aware of and support autism. We will be hanging up the puzzle pieces in the hall to remind us to be kind and empathetic towards each other.
Fitchburg Public Schools will be holding Kindergarten Registration from April 1st to April 30th. If you have a child that will be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2015 they are eligible for kindergarten. Enrollment will take place Monday- Friday from 8AM to 3:30PM at the Fitchburg Public Schools Enrollment Center. If you have any questions please call 978-345-3200.