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March

To Keep You Informed

Maple Street School

 

Mark Your Calendars

March is a busy month at Maple Street.  Please review the important events that are happening all month long.

March 2- Read Across America Day

March 5- Kindergarten People Parade 10:00

March 6 and 27- Children’s Museum visits kinder classrooms

March 16- No School PD day

March 17- Report cards sent home

March 18- Math Breakfast - Families of grade 3 and 4 students 8:15 in library

March 19-20- Report card conferences.  Students are dismissed at 12:45

March 25- Grade 4 Sturbridge Village

March 26- Family Engagement Breakfast grades 3-5

March 31- Student of the Month

 

Great News

Our attendance rate for the month of February is looking great!  Each month our goal is to achieve 96% and in February we reached 97%.

As you know the month of January we were plagued with illness.  We provided our students information on the importance of washing your hands, coughing in your sleeve, getting a good night’s sleep, exercising and eating nutritiously in order to stay healthy.  Students are working hard at implementing these healthy habits.  We are so proud of their work.

Also, a big thank you to all the families who are following our attendance policies and only keeping children home if they are sick. 

Monthly Attendance Rate

August  

97.8%

September

97.2%

October

97.0%

November

95.0%

December

93.3%

January

91.9%

February

97%

 

How to Get Your Child to Talk About School

By Andrew M.I. Lee, JD

 

Some kids love talking about school. With others, it’s like pulling teeth to get them to share even a few details about their day—especially if there are things going on that are upsetting them.

 

If your child is on the quieter side or is very private, there are ways to ask questions that will open up a conversation instead of shutting one down. Here are some key concepts for starting a dialogue.

 

1. Ask open-ended questions. If you ask a question that can be answered with one word—yes or no—that’s what you’ll get. A one-word answer.

Example: “What was the best thing you did at school today?”

 

2. Start with a factual observation. Kids often have a hard time answering questions that seem to come out of the blue. Making an observation gives your child something to relate to. Example: “I know you have a lot more kids in your class this year. What’s that like?”

 

3. Share something about yourself. When someone tells you about themselves, it’s natural to want to do that in return. Share something with your child and see what you get back. Example: “We always played dodgeball at recess. What do you and your friends like to do?”

Instead of this

Try this

Was school fun today?

What was the best thing you did at school?

How was lunch?

Which kids were sitting near you at lunch?

Was your teacher nice?

What was the most interesting thing your teacher said today?

Were the kids in your class friendly?

Who did you like talking to the most?

Do you have friends in your classes?

Who are the kids you talk to most in your classes?

Did your day go well?

What part of the day do you think was best? Why?

 

4. Avoid negative questions. If you think something isn’t going well, your questions may come out in a negative way, with emotion-packed words like sad or mean. Asking in a positive way lets your child express concerns. Example: “I heard that you sat with new people at lunch today. What did you talk about?”

 

After School Conversation Starters

 

Phrasing your questions this way invites your child to talk. But don’t expect for every question to result in a long, detailed answer. The goal is to have many small conversations over time. It helps to find natural moments to talk—like at dinner or riding in the car—when you’re not in a rush.

 

Sometimes kids, like adults, just don’t feel like talking. It’s important to know when to stop asking questions and leave it for another time. But if there’s something urgent or serious going on, you’ll have to ask direct, specific questions and push for an answer.