August 15, 2018

Dear Families,

I hope you have all had a wonderful summer vacation.  It‘s hard to believe the students will be back in two weeks!   The first day for students in grades K-5 is Wednesday, August 29th and Tuesday, September 4th for preschool.  We have been busy getting the building and classrooms ready for their return!

A new water bubbler has been installed, thanks to the fundraising efforts of the Mason School Club, the friends and families of the Mason Elementary School that supported the fundraisers,  and Doug Maillet of Maillet’s Water Works that donated his time to install the bubbler. We now have cold water for the students to drink!

I would like to introduce four new staff members that will be joining us this year.   Peter Naitove is our new Student Support Services Director/ School Psychologist, John Margarita is the PE teacher, Deborah Prince-Smith is the music teacher, and Molly Viglione will be a paraeducator.  We are lucky to have this wonderful group of educators join our team!

In the past we have offered a meet and greet for preschool and kindergarten students the day before school starts, but this year we have decided to open it up to all students.   On Tuesday, August 28th from 1-2 the building will be open for all students to stop in to check out their classrooms and say hello to the staff.

Mark your calendar with these important September dates:

Friday, August 31st  – No School

Monday, September 3rd –  No School – Labor Day

Tuesday, September 4th – First day of school for Preschool

Thursday, September 13th –   5:30 – 7:30 – Book fair &

6:00-7:00 – Open House

Don’t forget about the 250th Celebration happening on August 25th.  The Mason Drama Camp will be performing at 11:30 in the multipurpose room and the amazing murals that the students created last year with Mrs. Jimeno will be unveiled after the performance.   School Club will be selling popcorn and cotton candy. There are so many fun events happening that day; I hope that you can attend!

Enjoy your final days of vacation and we will see you all soon.  Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. It’s going to be an INCREDIBLE year!

Kristen Kivela