I am a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn't have the heart to let him down...
"If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend six hours sharpening my ax"
Quotes from Abraham Lincoln
Dear Parent / Guardian:
We are entering the "home stretch" with only two months left in the 2012-2013 school year. May and June are busy months at Townsend Elementary. Please refer to the list of events within this letter for details on upcoming activities.
The quotes printed above, courtesy of our 16
President, are in reference to motivation and preparation. Lincoln was motivated by his friend's belief in his abilities, and he made sure to reward that friend's belief - after all, Lincoln did become president. I also like the quote about the ax and the tree -- the sharper the ax, the quicker the work. When our students (1) have someone who believes in them, and (2) put in the effort to prepare effectively, every student can be successful in school. I want to make sure we continue the partnership among the staff at Townsend and the parents and guardians in Walton. Together we can find ways to motivate our students and let them know that we believe in them.
We just finished all of the NYS English Language Arts and Mathematics assessments for grades 3, 4, and 5. We had excellent attendance, and I would like to thank parents and guardians for your support.
May 2 - Kindergarten field trip to Discovery Center; Elementary Spring Concert at 7:00 pm at the high school auditorium.
May 3 - All Grade 5 field trip to New York City.
May 6 - Superintendent's Conference Day - no school for students.
May 7 - Board of Education meeting at 7:00 pm - Budget Hearing.
May 8 - Teacher Appreciation Day
May 9 - Townsend School Art Show all day; Recital at 7:00 pm at the Townsend auditorium.
May 10 - No school for students and teachers, (depending on use of emergency days.)
May 14 - Mr. Snider's evening office hours for parents & guardians 4:30-6:00 pm; PTA meeting at 6:00 pm.
May 17 - PTA Spelling Bee at 6:00 pm in the Townsend School auditorium.
May 21 - WCS School Budget Vote 12:00 noon until 9:00 pm in the bus garage; BOE meeting at 7:00 pm.
May 22 - Grade 4 Science practical test.
May 27 - Memorial Day Holiday for all students and staff.
May 24 & 28 - No school for students and teachers, (depending on use of emergency days.)
May 29 - Chalk Art Day; Mr. Snider evening office hours for parents & guardians from 4:30-6:00 pm.
May 29-June 1 - Book Fair at Townsend School.
May 30 - Grade 3 field trip to Farmers Museum.
May 31 - Grade 4 & 5 Track Meet Finals; Kdg to A/L picnic; All UPK field trip to Ross Park Zoo.
June 3 - Grade 4 Science written test.
June 4 - Grade 2 field trip to Roberson Center; BOE meeting at 7:00 pm.
June 6 - Grade 1 A/L picnic.
June 7 - Townsend School Field Day for all students grades UPK-5.
June 10 - Grade 4 field trip to Howe Caverns; Grade 3 A/L picnic; Spring String Thing at 7:00 pm at high school auditorium.
June 11 - Grade 1 field trip to Kopernik Center.
June 12 - Grade 4 A/L picnic.
June 13 - Grade 2 A/L picnic.
June 14 - Townsend School BBQ Picnic for everyone.
June 17 - Grade 5 to Middle School, then to A/L for picnic; UPK Celebration at 6:00 pm.
June 18 - All UPK to A/L picnic in AM.
June 19 - Grade 5 Moving-UP Ceremony at 7:00 pm.
June 20 - Last day of school; Grade 3 & 4 Awards Assembly at 8:30 am in Townsend auditorium.
As always, please don't hesitate to call or visit if you have questions, concerns, or would just like to chat.