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Dear Families,
 
Spring is in the air and our second graders are thinking about the earth and writing poems. Here’s one from Alexander in Ms. Finnerty’s class:
 
 
I think of a garden hose as a snake.
I think of a garden hose as a snake.
 
A garden hose is a snake
so wet
and slithers
and its nozzle 
as a head
 
And its long circular shape
I think of a gardening hose as a snake
 
Safe Arrival and Dismissal
Drop off can be a challenging time and we’ve come up with some ideas to try to make it easier for everyone.  
 
If you’re dropping off  in the morning before 8:30 or picking up at the end of the regular day and for Project Connection, please park in a space and come in to sign your child/children in or out.  This is important for kids’ safety.
 
Starting Monday, if you are dropping off students between 8:30 and 8:40 feel free to drop them off in the loop near the front door to walk into the building on their own.  We will have staff there to greet them.
 
Whatever you do, please don’t park in the loop or leave cars unattended or idling. Doing so creates a safety hazard. Firefighters wouldn’t be able to get to the hydrant or school in the event of an emergency.  Additionally, idling cars aren’t good for kids with asthma or the environment.

We hope this shift goes great.  We’ll remind people all next week.  After the break, we’ll be a little firmer.
 
Working together, we can make drops offs better.
 
Thank you for your help with this and Happy Spring!
 
Mary Berle, Principal
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
 
MONDAY, April 10
8:00-8:30 a.m.                    Chess Club
 
TUESDAY, April 11
6:00-8:00 p.m.                    Cub Scouts
 
WEDNESDAY, April 12
Grade 3 MCAS – ELA #3
8:00-8:30 a.m.                    Chess Club
 
THURSDAY, April 13
8:00-8:30 a.m.                    Ukulele Club
7:00 p.m.                            School Committee (MBE)
 
FRIDAY, April 14
Good Friday – No School
 
April 17-21 Spring Break – No School
 
UPCOMING EVENTS
 
April 26 10am All School Assembly
April 28 All Day Spirit Day – Poems in Your Pocket
May 5 12 noon Half Day; no lunches served
May 20 10am – 3pm PTA Mud Day
May 29 All Day No School; Memorial Day
May 30 – June 2 All Day BOGO Free Scholastic Book Fair
June 2 1:15pm PK, EK & KDG Spring Concert
June 2 2pm 1st & 2nd Grade Spring Concert
June 9 1:15pm 3rd & 4th Grade Spring Concert
June 14 10am All School Assembly
June 16 All Day 4th Grade Step-Up Day at MVM
June 19 All Day Rain Date - 4th Grade Step-Up Day at MVM
June 21 5pm 4th Grade Moving Up Ceremony
June 22 12 noon Last Day of School; Half Day; no lunches served


Chess Club News

      As most of you know, the Annual Muddy Brook Chess Tournament is currently taking place and many fine chess matches are being played every Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings.   The regular Chess Club is still available for those who want to learn how to play chess or play just for fun every Monday and Wednesday morning.  Please come and join us.  
 
     The play in the chess tournament has been excellent.   The one part of the game where students seem a little weak is, however,  the end game.   Some students have trouble making the final checkmate.  If students want to improve their game, I recommend they study how to checkmate with a limited number of pieces.   One can go to the internet and look up, "How to checkmate with two rooks", "How to checkmate with a king and a queen" or "How to checkmate with a queen and a knight".  A little bit of this type of study will go a long way in improving one's chess game.

Gene Kalish, Muddy Brook Chess Coach

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