September 8, 2018

Dear Families,

I hope everyone had a wonderful Labor Day Weekend and got to enjoy the last official weekend of summer … even though summer is still in full swing with these HOT days!   We are six days into the school year and all is going well! There are lots of smiles, laughs, and learning throughout the building. We started our school year off by having a pep rally and our focus for this first trimester is being kind.   Students are working on performing kind acts for their peers and for the adults in the building. We have been busy “throwing kindness” around like confetti!

We will have our first fire drill this Friday.   We will practice fire drills as well as other drills throughout the year.  This fall we are also planning an off campus evacuation drill. For this we will all walk over to the Mason Congregational Church.  This would be where we would go if for some reason we couldn’t return to the building.

I wanted to let you know that I will be participating in a three year Leadership Program sponsored by the State of NH Department of Education.   This program will require me to attend multiple trainings throughout the school year. The first two days of training will be next Monday and Tuesday (10th and 11th) .   When I am not in the building Mr. Naitove will be “in charge” as well as Mrs. Mann (she is the lead teacher).

We have added a Successes and Suggestions Box in order to give families an opportunity to share their thoughts about how we are doing here at Mason Elementary.  We encourage you to drop a note into the box either with a suggestion on how we could do things better or a compliment on something we are doing really well. We all need feedback and as a staff we thought this would be an easy way for parents to provide that.  The box will be at the end of the ramp when you come through the main entrance. Feedback can be anonymous or if you would like someone to follow up with you please leave your contact information. As always feel free to call, email, or stop in at anytime. This box is just another way to foster communication.  

We have adopted a new food service software program and we are working to get the online parent portal setup.   The parent portal will allow parents to see their child’s account to see if they had breakfast, lunch, milk, or an A la carte option as well as pay for meals online.   We will be sending more information out once the parent portal is up and running.

I want to take a minute to brag about our awesome school for a minute.  Besides having NH’s Art Teacher of the Year award recipient, Mrs. Jimeno working in our school, I also wanted to let you know about out Niche.com rating.  This rating is derived from information taken from the Department of Education reports as well as our results on state testing. Mason Elementary was ranked number 1 out of  59 public elementary schools in Hillsborough County, # 2 out of 262 public elementary schools in NH and #421 out of 50,486 public elementary schools in the country! We all know that we have an amazing school here but it is awesome to be recognized nationally!    

Please note important dates below:

Tuesday, 11th      9:15 Mason School Club Meeting                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thursday, 13th Open House 6-7

Scholastic Book Fair in the multi-purpose room 5:30 – 7:30

Friday, 14th Senior Breakfast hosted by 1st grade (please RSVP by the 13th) **

Monday, 17th School Board meeting 6:30

Have a great weekend!

Kristen Kivela

** Senior Breakfast is held once a month in the cafeteria starting at 9:15.   Senior Citizens are invited to come in and purchase breakfast ($3.00). The classes take turns hosting the breakfast.  The classes decorate, perform, and provide the seniors with handmade gifts made by the students. If you know any seniors in town that would like to participate please let them know.  Senior Breakfast is the 2nd Friday of each month (except February – no breakfast that month). This is a great opportunity for the students and seniors to connect and learn from each other.   It is a wonderful tradition here at Mason Elementary School.