Departments

Art

We are so happy to have an art room this year at Ross school!! Our ART STUDIO is on the basement level where our media center is located. The art/music room is a shared space. Although we are excited to have this space, we do not have a sink in the room. I have a system for students to be able to paint despite not having a sink.

I would like to request donations of hand/baby wipes for cleaning hands. If you choose to donate hand wipes to our art room, please indicate on the package that they are for art class. Any such donations would be greatly appreciated!

Mrs. Gay

Math

Studies show that early math skills are one of the best predictors of later success! One of the most important things we can do for our children is to help them develop positive feelings of success toward math.

Music

Concert Reminder

Please remember that your students should be in concert dress the day of the concert. This means that they need to be wearing black from the waist down and white from the waist up. Please avoid shirts with logos and ladies, skirts need to be knee-length or longer if you choose to wear them. 

Physical Education

The Elementary Physical Education Program (K-5) is aligned with The Massachusetts Comprehensive Health Curriculum Frameworks & National Standards, which de-emphasizes competition, and re-emphasizes skill attainment & self-accomplishment, with every student involved at all times: physically, mentally, & socially. Students will learn the language of movement, so that they may apply basic strategies and skills to a variety of sports and wellness activities.

Physical Education Teacher


Even though the snow can be a bother at times, it is still an opportunity to experience other types of outdoor activities that is so unique to our area. Sledding, skating, skiing and snowball battles can be a great way to be active outdoors. With that said, being smart about what clothing we use should be important. The use of boots and hats and gloves are all necessities for cold weather.

Library & Media

Our catalogue is now online. Please check it out.

5th and 4th graders have been blogging on kidblog. They are now commenting on each other’s writings about summer or there favorite thing about the new school year. 3rd graders have been using computers as well. I have showed them the databases available on the Thayer Public Library site. I hope they remember to access them at home too. 2nd graders have studied authors such as David Shannon and Suzy Kline.

It is always interesting to learn about multi-talented authors and illustrators and of course, their childhood. 1st graders have been studying author and illustrators, Kevin Henkes and Arnold Lobel. Kevin Henkes has a great site. He also talks about how a picture book can be a child’s first interaction with art. Kindergarten has studied Massachusetts author and illustrator Mo Willems and all his entertaining books. We have also been talking about fiction and nonfiction and using Scholastic Book Flix. Happy Reading,

Mrs. Thynne


Research shows that kids who read at home on a regular basis make significantly more progress in school than kids who don’t.

Try Something New (and save a little money too) Try a book by a new author, a new to you genre, or a new media item. If you usually read mysteries try out some nonfiction and learn about the real CSI. Visit the library and check out a cookbook or a hobby book. The library also has music, movies, play-aways, books on CD, video games, children’s activities, book groups and museum passes. Best of all…It is all FREE! Think you have seen it all at the Thayer Public Library? Go on a field trip to the Tufts Library in Weymouth or the Thomas Crane Library in Quincy. You can use your Braintree library card there.

Too cold to leave the house? Access the Library on-line for amazing electronic resources, free music downloads, e-books, really good online magazines, language learning programs and more! Watching movies? Take a few minutes to talk about the story elements; characters, setting, plot, problem and solution. Even first graders know these literary terms and might just surprise you! Electronic literacies are not the wave of the future-they are happening right now! Help your child (and yourself) become familiar and comfortable in the online reading venue. Enjoy your time reading together!

Academic Support

Title I

What is Title I?

Title I provides financial assistance to districts and schools with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards. Federal funds are currently allocated through formulas that are based primarily on census poverty estimates and the cost of education in each state.  In Braintree, both Ross and Morrison Elementary Schools receive funds to support a school wide program with resources dedicated to support all students with assistance in reading and/or math.  Please contact John Riordan at Morrison or Frank McGourty at Ross if you have questions regarding Title I.

Schoolwide Program

The expanded supports in Title I significantly increase the opportunities for schools, districts, and states to raise the achievement of all students, but particularly those who are the intended beneficiaries of Title I. The flexibility to consolidate funds and programs allows schools to focus on improving the achievement of those who most need support. By allowing schools to integrate programs, strategies, and resources, Title I can become the catalyst for comprehensive reform of the entire instructional program the students in these schools receive.

Parent Involvement Policy

In Braintree, we believe that active involvement of parents in their child’s education is essential to success in school.  Strong home-school partnerships benefit children, parents, teachers and the entire community.

Our focus on parental involvement has two objectives:  We wish to help parents provide assistance to their children, and we also require the feedback and input of parents as we evaluate our current services and design future programs.  Title I endeavors to develop a dynamic relationship where we both assist and are assisted by the home.

We recognize our responsibility in forming and encouraging these close home/school partnerships.  Title I staff will provide clear and strong leadership in the development of opportunities for parent involvement.  This starts with the development and maintenance of strong communication between home and school.  We welcome and encourage parental feedback and we will demonstrate ways parents can help their children achieve high academic standards.  Finally, we will encourage parents to participate in the evaluation and decision-making associated with the Title I program.

In addition, under ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) there is a focus on building the capacity of districts to help ensure that all students have equitable access to high quality educational experiences.

What Parents/Guardians Will Do

  • Make sure my child attends school every day, except in the case of illness
  • Ask my child about school every day
  • Check my child’s homework assignment notebook every day
  • Remind my child that success in school is important
  • Stay informed about my child’s education by communicating frequently with school and teachers and reading all notices
  • Ask about ways you can help your child in school
  • Provide a quiet place and regular time for homework
  • Read to my child every day
  • Attend school and district meetings as much as possible

What Students Will Do

  • Always do my best work
  • Complete my homework and bring it back to school
  • Read 15 minutes each night
  • Ask for help when I need it
  • Make sure all notices are given to my parents or guardians every day

What The School Will Do

  • Provide a quality education to all students (This education is based upon the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks)
  • Provide additional help in math and language arts to ensure proficiency
  • Be aware of each child’s learning style
  • Provide educational experiences in which the students are active participants in their learning
  • Communicate frequently with home
  • Hold parent conferences
  • Provide progress reports

Please

  1. Print this handout about the Title I prgram
  2. Complete the information on the bottom of the document (as shown below)
     

    Student Name:
    Student Signature:
    Parent/Guardian Name:
    Parent/Guardian Signature:
    Parent/Guardian Telephone:
    Parent/Guardian Email:

  3. Return to your Homeroom Teacher within 5 days.

Thank you!


 

Title I Teachers:

Occupational Therapy

Math Facts