Saturday, August 28, 2010

Back to School Bash!

Students, staff, and families were on hand for the Macdonough School's annual "Back to School Bash."  Children participated in a variety of games while parents and teachers visited with one another. 

The highlight of the afternoon was the dunk tank.  Several teachers, including Miss Claffey, Mr. Nelson, and Mrs. Brick, took turns getting soaked again and again and again...

Each child in attendance received a book to add to their summer reading list as well as the 2010 version of the SURFS Up t-shirt!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Kindergarten Night at Kid City!

Incoming Macdonough School kindergarten students and their families were treated to a night at Middletown's Kid City Children's Museum.  The children spent time exploring the wonderful interactive rooms in the museum while parents and caregivers were provided with an orientation to kindergarten. 

Special thanks to Mrs. Spaman and Mrs. Lenihan for coordinating this experience for their students!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Neighborhood Walks

Staff members from Macdonough School visited more than one hundred homes today to greet children and families, deliver back to school information, and answer questions about the upcoming school year.

Due to city-wide redistricting, approximately 50% of Macdonough students will be new to the school this year. The idea for neighborhood walks came from the School-Family-Community Partnership Team at Macdonough School as a way to help start the school year on a positive note for those new to the school as well as for those returning.

Families received school calendars, school newsletters, and information about upcoming events from the teachers. In addition to information packets, every child was presented with a fiction or non-fiction book. Copies of a CD recording of the school's song, "Knowledge is Power," were given to new Macdonough families.

Additional events for Macdonough School students and families include:
  • Thursday, August 26th: A special program at Kid City Museum for incoming kindergarten students at Macdonough School from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 28th: A Back to School Bash celebration featuring games, music, and fun from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the school’s playground area.
  • Tuesday, August 31st: An Open House for students and families to meet teachers and visit classrooms from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 1st: A First Day Celebration featuring a welcome breakfast for parents at 9:00 a.m. and an all-school assembly for students, staff, and parents beginning at 9:30 a.m.

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