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  • October 23 2017

    Posted by Wendy Cobb on 10/24/2017


    October 23, 2017

    Wendy Cobb - Principal



     Caring for our World

    Founders Memorial School believes it's important to take care of ourselves, each other, our school, and our world. A large focus of taking care of our world is to give back to our community. This week, Founders Memorial School and Essex Middle School kicked off a friendly challenge to raise funds for our new local food shelf, Aunt Dot's Place. 

    When: October 23, 2017-October 27, 2017

    Ends tomorrow!

    Rules: Each school will have their own jug for collecting money. Jugs are kept at the front office. 
    Gain points by adding pennies and bills to your school jug.
    Lower points for other school by adding silver coins to their jug.
    Prize: The school that collects the most points will have bragging rights.

    How the Points Work

    Adding and Subtracting are involved. When dollars are donated, the points are added. 


    Pennies                +1 point
    $1                       +100 points
    $5                       +500 points
    $10                     +1,000 points
    $20                     +2,000 points


    Nickels                 -5 points
    Dimes                  -10 points
    Quarters               -25 points

    We wish both schools the best of luck in winning bragging rights, but ultimately everyone wins! We are helping our neighbors! Thank you Mrs. Francalangia  (FMS) and Mrs. Ploof (EMS) for leading this important effort. 

    Bren Bataclan Artist

    We are also taking care of our school by bringing smile artist, Bren Bataclan to Founders during the week of November 13. We recently held a basket raffle to help support his visit. Winners were announced on October 13th and we met our goal, earning just over $2,400. Wow! Congratulations to all the winners. Thank you to everyone who purchased raffle tickets, contributed to the baskets, and those of you who volunteered. Bren's work with students will bring kindness and smiles to all of us! Thank you especially to Karen Cole, Ava Lovely, Becca Hirschman, and David Garrant for all of your hard work on this project that will benefit our entire community for years to come. We can't wait for him to visit! 

    The Bikes Have Arrived!


    This week students began a two week biking unit with Mrs. Hall and Mr. Bowker. Over the summer we applied to receive a trailer full of bikes as part of the Kohl’s Kids Bike Smart program.  The secure trailer is filled with 45 kid’s bikes and all of the needed equipment, including helmets.  There are two trailers that service the entire state and we’re very fortunate that Founders Memorial School was one of the few schools selected.  

    Students are encouraged to bring their own helmets and bikes.  We understand that the logistics required to get the bikes to school in the morning are tricky.  We will be able to store student’s helmets and bikes for the two weeks at school.  You may drop off your students bike in the mornings behind the Bike Smart trailer which will be parked on the grass in front of the school between the side gym entrance and the cafeteria entrance.  Bikes that are being picked up will be put here as well.  Each afternoon, any bikes that are staying will be locked in the trailer for the night.  

    Also, as a reminder, please make sure students come with appropriate footwear for riding in the form of sneakers or other closed-toe shoes.  There are plenty of helmets with the trailer if students do not have one and it is required that they be worn.

    Drop Off and Pick Up

    Parents, please remember, student drop off time is not earlier than 8:00, unless they are participating in scheduled early morning activities. Students will need to enter through the cafeteria if they are coming in for activities. Also, if your child attends early morning chorus or band, please do not drop off siblings at this early time. There is not adequate adult supervision for  those students who are not in band or chorus. 

    Dismissal time is 3:10. Early pickups will not be called from classrooms after 2:45. We are having many parents arriving often between 2:30 and 3:10 and requesting to pick up students. Repeated calls to the classroom for students to be dismissed is very disruptive to the learning process. If your child needs to be dismissed early, we ask that you please send in a note, in advance, if possible, so we can have him/her ready and waiting in the office. Thank you for understanding that every minute we have students at school counts! 

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