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Leaping into March!

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Mrs. Dolat is at it again this month with her reading challenge. Check out the electronic folder for the March reading challenge as well as the MS challenge!  TPS Reading Challenge Update from Mrd. D We had 88 students from K-5 participate in the challenge for the month of February! That is a total of 264 books read by K-5 students just for the challenge!  In Middle School, we had 7 students participate and they read a total of 9 great books! While I'd love to see more 6-8th graders participating, it's great to have some middle schoolers reading with me this month!  Participation prizes for February will be distributed next week. The K-5 monthly raffle winner for the month is Parker Bottomley & the raffle winner for middle school is Brynn Cranson. Their prizes will be given out next week as well! A big shout out to the PTA for providing the prizes! Looking ahead to March, the new forms will be passed out to students next week. K-5 students are encouraged to read books about

Happy Vacation!

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We're excited to share that town resident Dot Odgren, with the support of staff and community members, has been awarded a $500 grant by Wild Ones ' Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Grant. This money will go into moving our pollinator garden, currently hidden behind the baseball fields, to the other side of the building where it is more likely to thrive and attract pollinators. Wild Ones supports efforts to positively impact d windling biodiversity. They note that in the last century alone, we’ve lost millions of acres of diverse ecosystems to urbanization. Wild Ones’ vision is to support native plants and natural landscapes in every community and the Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Program helps achieve this. Wild Ones is a nationally recognized, membership-based, non-profit organization with a mission to promote native landscapes through education, advocacy, and collaborative action. Thank you Dot Odgren, and everyone who has helped with this process! Want to get involved? They

102 days later

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As we get the calendar year underway, it's a good time to reflect on some procedural things. Thank you all for regularly using the School Dismissal Manager for absences and dismissals. We're working internally on tightening up the use of SDM, but overall it definitely makes life smoother. One thing I've noticed though is arrival and dismissal could use a few reminders. So here I go. Please try to have your students ready when you pull up to the sidewalk so they can hop out and start walking into the building. This keeps the flow of traffic moving. If your little one (or not-so-little one) needs more time, help with their belongings, or just a little hug please pull up to a parking spot. Equally important, if you are behind someone taking a little longer, please be patient. We are a K to 8 and sometimes kids take a little longer than expected for no foreseeable reason. I think we've all been there. I know I have grown old and gray standing outside my truck at grocery sto

The Midway Mark!

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It's hard to believe, but the second quarter is over. In other words, we are at the midway mark of the school year! This also means that student report cards have been posted in PowerSchool. If you are having trouble viewing them please reach out. If the STAR assessments are indicative of anything, we have seen plenty of growth academically this year!  If you are an 8th-grade parent, you should have received an email from me this afternoon but the grade-specific lists are sometimes flawed so I am sharing similar information here. Thomas Prince's 8th grade was chosen to participate in the National Assessment of Educational Progress ( NAEP ). I can only imagine they want us to help bring the National average up :) Pertinent information can be found in the letter in our electronic folder.  The new month brings a new Reading Challenge! Thank you Mrs. Dolat for continuing this tradition! This month's prompts are particularly fun: Read a story about friendship, a book from the li

Think Spring?

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The weather has been crazy and winter is definitely here but believe it or not, this is also the time we start to think about Spring. To this end, I have a few notes:  For 5th through 8th graders: Coach Pistrang is already starting the recruiting process for Spring Track and Field. For those who don't know him, he's been coaching TPS cross country and track and field for over 20 years and his teams are responsible for several banners hanging in our gymnasium. Track and Field is a great way for kids to get involved and be active. There isn't a ton of pressure to perform and Coach does a great job of encouraging kids to progress and improve against their own standards. But don't read it from me, read his own words here .  In keeping with the theme, we have a wonderful partnership with the Town Open Space Committee and they're already thinking about Spring access to our trail system. Here is Mrs. Santello (Kindergarten teacher and building lead) to share more: Dear TPS

Winter is here!

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The week started off a bit dicey with the weather, but ended much more smoothly. I want to thank you all for your support in rough weather. I saw some parents helping to brush off staff cars at the end of the day. Please know that was seen and appreciated. Calling snow days is a tough job and one I don't envy the superintendent in making. Regardless of the decision, you are prone to be second-guessed and to second-guess yourself. Please remember though, the staff here don't have any say in these decisions. It's not Tracy's fault. They all have to drive those same roads home at the end of the day too. I'm just glad we got everyone home safely.  Looks like more weather is on the horizon so keep your phones on in the mornings.  Speaking of weather, 2nd grade found some inspiration in it this week and Mrs. Hacket agreed to share: "Inspired by the snow and cold weather, second graders experimented with making snowflakes following a read-aloud and Scholastic News mag
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Tuesday was National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day and I want to recognize the support that the entire Princeton Police Department gives. Chief Patrucarca has always made himself accessible and we meet regularly to discuss school safety concerns. Sargent Thebeau is equally accessible and has been great to work with. We are also fortunate to have our SRO Officer Doyle and sidekick Officer Cruiser. Word is Officer Cruiser will officially be sworn in on January 18th at 10:00 in the Annex. Community members are welcome to attend.  Last night, I had the privilege of attending our Concert at WRHS! We talk about being a STEAM school and I think it is important to remember that A stands for Arts. The auditorium was packed to listen to our students perform. The Orchestra, led by Mrs. Haynes, played beautifully. The Chorus, led by Mrs. LeMay, filled the auditorium with joyous sound. And the band, conducted by Mrs. Brais, made boisterous music. The culminating act had the band playing Auld Lan