Important School Updates: Report Cards, Yankee Candle Pickup and other school information
Report cards are being sent home today in backpacks. I am greatly appreciative of the time and effort our staff put into completing these documents. In an effort to continually improve the education in our school, we are asking for your help. As you look through your child’s report card, please discuss with them individual goals that they can work towards during the next term. Whether it be improving their reading fluency, increasing effort during writing, improving upon their typing skills on the Chromebooks, or mastering their math fact fluency – your support in setting and monitoring their goals will make a huge difference. We appreciate in advance your partnership.
Yankee Candle orders will be delivered today and will be available for pickup on Monday, December 15th. Thank you for understanding we can’t send these orders home in backpacks as they are glass.
Pick up Times for Monday December 15th:
9:00-10:00 a.m. Please buzz in the front door and someone will direct you to the stage area to pick up your order.
3:00-4:00 p.m. Please buzz in the front door and someone will direct you to the stage area to pick up your order.
6:30-7:30 p.m. Please drive to the side gym doors and someone will let you in to pick up your order. There will be no one in the main office to buzz you in – thank you for going directly to the side gym doors.
Monday is the last day for Friendship and Family Donations… If you are interested in making a donation and are unsure of what to get, please call the school.
December PTO/PAC Meeting in Wednesday, December 17th – 6:30 p.m. in the media center.
Did you see what happened in our classes yesterday? In case you haven’t heard, we are now on Facebook. We are excited and proud to showcase the great teaching and learning within our classes. Tell your family to ‘Like us’ so they can also be part of your child’s learning.
We hope you will follow the outstanding teaching and learning within our school via social media as well as use this as a communication tool with the school. As we pilot these new technologies, we welcome parent input. We do ask that if families comment on our pages, all comments be in alignment with our school's mission statement and be respectful in nature. Posts that are negatively directed at or about individuals or are in violation of our school mission statement will be deleted and the user blocked from future use.
Families- Have you heard of 'Help me Grow'?? Please share this with any families who have kids who are not yet school age ready and may have concerns about their child's developmental or behavioral growth.
Help Me Grow is a prevention program of the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood designed to identify children at risk for developmental or behavioral problems and to connect these children to existing community resources. Families, health care providers and other community based providers can call Child Development Infoline (CDI) at 1-800-505-7000 with any concerns about a child’s development or behavior.
The care coordinators at CDI work with each family to find the best services available to meet their needs, including connecting to community resources, family support and education programs, and the Ages & Stages Developmental Monitoring Program in which more than 2,500 families are currently enrolled. Families can also receive information on various topics related to their child’s development, such as managing difficult behavior, toilet training, sleep issues, promoting language development, and typical developmental milestone information. Follow-up is offered to ensure connections to services have been made, and that the family’s needs have been met.
For more information please visit:
To make a referral to Help Me Grow, call Child Development Infoline at 1-800-505-7000.
We need your help. We currently have three different volunteer opportunities and we are asking you for your support.
To support our student activity account, we are looking for 2-3 parents who can volunteer one day per month to supervise our pencil sale during each lunch wave. Volunteers would be at the school from 11:30 a.m. until 1:10 p.m. The first pencil sale is scheduled for Friday, December 19th.
We still need readers! If you would like to volunteer one hour per week and read with our students, we would love to have you. No experience needed. All you need to do is enjoy spending time with our students. Let us know a day that works for you and we will find willing students for you to support.
We are looking to build our own family lending library outside of our building. This would give our families the chance to swap books each day as they come to wait for their kids or to have books to look at with their younger children. We will purchase all of the materials – we just need someone who is a handy builder to design something similar to the picture below.
If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please call 860-584-7726 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to our parent volunteers, cafeteria staff, and Mr. Tim for their hard work in making today’s Thanksgiving Luncheon a huge success. It was a wonderful way to celebrate a meal together and discuss all the things we are thankful for.
Today was a great day of learning at Mt. View. Our kindergarten students were working on their reading (fluency and rhyming) and writing (adding details, stretching sounds, proper spacing) while our 5th graders were recording their reading on an Ipad to self-evaluate their reading fluency. It is extremely powerful for our students to see and hear how their fluency is progressing. We are so proud of their hard work!!
Wednesday December 3 - Jump - N - Jamming night. Our PTO/PAC is also sponsoring a Moe's Fundraiser -- Wednesday January 21st -- Come show your MTV Pride while supporting our PTO/PAC!
We also discussed the school's new Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Mt.ViewSchool) and Twitter (@davidjhuber) page, the new media consent forms that went home today, and our staff professional development.
Scholastic will give a free book to families who shop on "Small Business Saturday" which is November 29th. The goalis to support local businesses. These flyers will be distributed to all families over the next few days.
Coming Soon: Friendship Family Project -- help us support our own families this holiday season. Stay tuned for more information.
Reminder: Vendor night has been postponed!!
Parent and Teacher conferences were very well attended -- with over 98% of families participating. Thanks staff and families.
Events families are interested in scheduling: A spring craft fair or vendor night if we can again schedule the Crowley Car Fundraiser, sponsoring a soldier project, Sonic or Five Below.
Next PTO/PAC meeting Wednesday December 17th -- 6:30
Did you hear -- our first 'Virtual Principal's Office Hours' will be this Saturday morning -- Hop onto Facebook from 9-10 a.m. to ask Dr. Huber any questions about Common Core State Standards or any other questions that are important to you.
Thanks to those who attended -- Have a great night!
Any Mt. View Families looking for an act of Citizenship??
Do you have unused gifts sitting in your closet that didn’t fit or weren’t your style/taste? Please consider donating them to our Re-Gifting Program! The Young Professionals for United Way and Webster Bank are now accepting donations of UNUSED items for Bristol’s Annual Re-Gifting Program. This program allows children from low-income areas within Bristol to select a gift for their parent or caregiver. We think it isvery important for children to learn the joy of giving by having the opportunity to present a gift to a loved one during the holidays.
Collection Dates: November 1st through November 29th
We will collect new or unopened gift items for adult males and females (Examples include: candles, perfume/cologne, lotions, grooming kits, flash lights, afghans, ties, gloves, jewelry, stationary, books, sweaters, mugs, pottery, kitchen items, boxed soaps, sports paraphernalia, scarves, gadgets, games, cards, household decorative items, calendars, pajamas, and other gift items.)
Please note: Holiday gift bags of varied sizes (new or gently used) and tissue paper are also needed!
Gifts can be dropped off at the following locations: Mt. View School -- send them in with your child and we'll deliver them for you! Bristol Adult Resource Center, 621 Jerome Avenue, Bristol Bristol Public Library, 5 High Street, Bristol Manross Library, 260 Central Street, Forestville United Way of West Central Connecticut, 200 Main Street, Bristol
Any Webster Bank Bristol Location: 1235 Farmington Avenue, 647 Farmington Avenue, 150 Main Street, and 797 Pine Street
This drive is sponsored by Young Professionals for United Way and Webster Bank
Did you know all Bristol Public Schools follow our district approved curriculum? Embedded within this curriculum are the Common Core State Standards by grade. It’s important to understand that our students are learning to read and write using ‘Units of Study.’ For example, this month our 1st graders are learning non-fiction text features in Reading Workshop and learning to write ‘How to’ books in writing workshop. In order to write ‘How to’ books (which typically are informational or non-fiction) they must also learn how to read these types of text.
As teachers are teaching these two units of study, they are including the Common Core State Standards so kids can apply these standards as they are learning how to reading non-fiction (or informational text) and then write ‘How to’ pieces. Some of the actual Common Core Standards the 1st graders are learning are: Identifying the difference between narrative and information at text, know and use text features to gather information and writing using a sequence of steps or instruction.
The good news is we are not teaching the Common Core State Standards as isolated skills to memorize – instead we are teaching the skills as part of a unit of study as our students learn to become better readers and writers across many different types of text.
What are our other grades working on this month?
Second grade is also learning about informational text features and structures in Reading Workshop so they can apply them in Writing Workshop as they learn informational writing in the content areas.
Fourth grade is also learning to use text structures to comprehend informational texts in reading…but they are learning to do this so they can apply those same skills to write opinion (or informational) pieces.
Fifth grade is learning to notice Author’s Craft in reading so they can apply those same skills as writers – as they focus on Expository Essays.
I hope this helps to shed some light on the differences between our district approved curriculum and the Common Core State Standards. Did you hear we are having our first 'virtual principal's office hours on Facebook this Saturday? If you have more questions, feel free to log in on Saturday morning between 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. and all questions will be answered.
Any questions? Let me know - Have a great day. Dr. Huber
In an effort to stay connected with our families and community members, we will be piloting a school sponsored Facebook page. As you know, we currently communicate via Twitter. The purpose of this pilot is to see if we can interact with our families in new and creative ways while sharing the outstanding work of our students, staff, and family members via social media.
We hope you will follow the outstanding teaching and learning within our school. As we pilot these new technologies, we welcome parent input to improve upon our parent and school partnership. We do ask that if families comment on our pages, all comments be in alignment with our school's mission statement and be respectful in nature. Posts that are negatively directed at or about individuals or are in violation of our school mission statement will be deleted and the user blocked from future use.
We are very proud of the work of our students, staff, and families and feel it is important to continually share this with the community. As with any pilot, we will evaluate the effectiveness of this tool for meaningful two-way communication. We will be posting messages from the office and PTO/PAC as well as sharing images of the learning which takes place within our classroom. No identifiable student information will be posted (names, addresses, or other contact information.) We will use the original ‘no photo’ list which all families opted in or out of during the first week of school when determining what gets posted. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
As we have done in the past, families with individual questions or concerns are invited to contact their child’s teacher directly through email, a note in the planner, or leaving a voice message on the telephone. It will continue to be our goal of responding to parent questions within 24 hours.
Good Morning and Welcome Back! This week will be a very busy week at Mt. View.
Picture retake day is today. If you have questions, please call the school. Also all Yankee Candle fundraiser orders are due today.
Tuesday is our November PTO/PAC meeting and will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the library. All families are invited and encouraged to attend.
For any families who would like to participate in the Pie Fundraiser, all orders are due to the main office tomorrow!!
Thursday is our family feast during all three lunch waves. As a reminder all students (Pre-K through Grade 5) are invited to participate. The cost for the special turkey luncheon is $3.00 for a full pay meals and $0.40 for reduced lunch. The turkey lunch is the only option that day for our students who are not brining in their bagged lunch. It is not too late to participate in this special lunch.
Congratulations to 11 Mt. View Girl Scouts who recently participated in a food drive to support Bristol’s ‘Meals for the Needy’ program. We are very proud of their hard work and dedication to our school and community. Their efforts truly make our city a better place to be.
Looking ahead to next week – we will have a full day of school next Monday and Tuesday. Our students and staff are dismissed at 1:10 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26th for the Thanksgiving weekend.