May brings many wonderful things – great weather, longer hours of daylight, spring concerts, and field day. The PARCC test is wrapping up and our kids have done well. Our 4th graders will be finishing up their last 3 days of PARCC testing on Monday, May 1st, Tuesday, May 2nd and Wednesday, May 3rd. Our 3rd graders will be testing from Thursday May 4th through Thursday, May 11th. Our final round of testing will only be for our 4th graders when they take the NJASK paper and pencil science test on Wednesday, 31st .
Numerous projects, assemblies and school trips will be tightly packed into the remaining weeks. It is amazing to think that this year is almost over and that our 5th graders will soon be moving onto Tenafly Middle School. The fifth graders have begun a gradual transition process, through structured glimpses, into their next academic destination and will be visiting the middle school in early June.
This is the month of May, the time when limbs grow longer and tanner and our spring weather becomes warmer. It is also the time to address appropriate attire for school. Attire becomes much more significant and noticeable, once we shed our overcoats. It is important that the students understand what clothing and footwear is appropriate and inappropriate for school.
Therefore, I ask that you review the following guidelines and discuss them with your child:
- Girls and boys should not wear pants that end below their belly buttons. All pants should reach to waist level. Underwear should not be visible.
- Children outgrow their clothes rapidly. Please make sure they do not wear clothing that is too small or too tight. Sometimes that favorite pair of shorts needs to be donated or passed on to a younger sibling. A good rule of thumb to determine if shorts are too short is to ask your child to stand straight with their arms to their sides. If the shorts do not reach the tip of the middle finger, they are too short.
- Boys’ and Girls’ tops should at least reach below the waistband of pants, shorts, and skirts. A bare midriff or bareback is not appropriate for school.
- Boys and girls should not wear tops or shorts with messages about alcohol, drugs, or other inappropriate topics. These items are not permitted in school.
- Shoes should be comfortable and flat. Sneakers and socks are recommended.
- Sandals should be chosen with care and should give proper support to feet.
- Absolutely no flip-flops in school.
School spirit has been high and academic achievement wonderful at Maugham school. Let us work together to accomplish proper decorum and safety through Maugham students’ attire. Parents who wish to discuss any of these guidelines should feel free to contact me.
Please also remind students that before they leave the house in the morning they should check to make sure they have all they need to bring to school. Our front table has been covered recently with a lot of forgotten lunches, notebooks, and instruments. Calling students out of class to pick up these items is disruptive and should try to be avoided.
Best Regards and Happy Mother’s Day!
Drop-off/Pick-up Procedures 2016-17