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Principal Snider's Message
November 2017
Michael Snider
Autumn…the year’s last, loveliest smile.
William Cullen Bryant

Autumn is a second Spring, when every leaf is a flower.
Albert Camus
Dear Parent or Guardian:

It is hard to believe that we are already into November and that Thanksgiving is just around the corner.  The leaves are falling, the air has a crisp edge, and people are already talking about snow.  Autumn also signals the end of the first ten weeks of school, believe it or not.  

I want to remind parents and guardians that students go outside for recess as long as the “feels like” temperature is at 20 degrees or higher and the conditions are appropriate for recess.  The “feels like” temperature is a combination of the air temperature and the average wind speed.  We have a weather gauge for the playground and refer to it each day.  Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately each day for the weather and temperature.  Also, I encourage all parents and guardians to write their child’s name on each clothing label, in case a piece of clothing is lost.  If we can identify the student, we can make sure the article of clothing is returned.

Parent-Teacher Conferences
Please make sure you have signed up for a Parent-Teacher Conference with your child’s teacher.  We are holding three ½ days for parent-teacher conferences:  November 17, November 27, and December 1.  Townsend School will dismiss students on each of these three days at 11:00 am.  If you haven’t already signed up for a conference time, please call the main office.  We will be sending out conference reminders this week.

I will be sending home attendance letters next Thursday, November 9th, since that is the end of the first ten-week marking period.  These letters alert parents and guardians to excessive absences, excessive tardies, and excessive early dismissals.  Our goal for the 17-18 year is for every student to have great school attendance.

Class Volunteers
If you volunteer in your child’s room for an event or activity, or if you are a chaperone for a field trip, we ask that you do not bring other children to school or to the event.  It is important for you to devote your time and attention to the students in the classroom, and if you bring small children or other siblings with you, your attention will be divided.  

As always, I invite you to call or stop by if you have questions, concerns, or would just like to chat about education.  My door is always open.


Mike Snider
Upcoming Events
November 9 End of First Marking Period
November 10 NO SCHOOL – Veterans Day observed
November 11 Veterans Day
November 14 and 15 Lions Club Vison Screening (for students with permission slips)
November 16 Townsend School Photo – Retake Day
November 17 ½ day for students, Townsend will dismiss at 11:00 am
Afternoon Parent-Teacher Conferences
Friday Fun Night, Grades 3 – 5, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
November 22 – 24 NO SCHOOL – Thanksgiving Break
November 27 ½ day for students, Townsend will dismiss at 11:00 am
Afternoon Parent-Teacher Conferences
December 1 Townsend School only – ½ day for students, we will dismiss at 11:00 am
Townsend School only – Afternoon Parent-Teacher Conferences

Enjoy the rest of Autumn
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