November 1, 2020
Dear Webster Families,
We are excited to finally have Kindergartners to Grade 5 hybrid students in the building. Seeing smiles from our students as they come in the building and meet up with their classmates and teachers brings joy to Webster. We understand how challenging this time of being remote and/or hybrid is for everyone-students, parents, staff and students, and appreciate all you do to support student learning.
Students have completed the I-Ready Diagnostic assessments in both reading and math. Teachers will use this data to target instruction to advance student learning. During parent conferences, your child’s teacher will review your child’s I-Ready assessment and academic progress.
As we embark upon the fall and winter season cold temperatures are fast approaching. Children will go out for recess when temperatures are above 20 degrees. With that in mind, please be sure your child is dressed appropriately to endure the weather.
Daily attendance is an expectation, including Wednesdays. Whether your child is participating in-person or remotely, children should be on time and ready to learn. Participation is required in Google Classroom and Google Meetings throughout the day, as well as special areas (art, music, physical education, library, and health) and support services (Learning Lab, Speech, OT, PT, and Counseling). If for some reason your child is not participating in their school day, please contact the Main Office at 624-6344 and let Mrs. Shea know the reason for your child’s absence.
Students have done really well with maintaining health and safety measures while at school. Continue to practice and encourage handwashing, social distancing, wearing masks and monitoring symptoms while at home. If your child is experiencing symptoms including, but not limited to a fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, or diarrhea, please call the school nurse at 624-6344 and keep him/her home. Thank you for taking all the precautions necessary to keep our school safe and open.
Our monthly theme for November is Gratitude. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with a wonderful school community, from our custodian, our paraprofessionals, Ms. O’Rourke, Ms. Shea, and to all of our teachers. I know your children are in good hands with them. I would like to thank all our families at Webster for working alongside our school as we work through difficult situations. Webster is a special place, a giving place, a compassionate place ~ and for that I am thankful.
October 1, 2020
Dear families and friends,
We are nearly a month into school and as each day passes we continue to learn and grow at virtual teaching and learning. From our experience last Spring, we learned how to improve remote instruction for students to be successful and as we begin our 2020 - 2021 school year, I have seen the positive outcomes. Teachers have provided a consistent routine and expectations while students are on google meet, with the results of more student engagement. Teachers have gone over and above to make the transition to remote learning successful and I am pleased to share that our students have risen to the challenge to follow the Webster Google Expectations (see below). It is important to remember that children have not yet developed all of the executive functioning skills needed to manage the tasks that teachers would typically assist with at school. We will all be working on these skills throughout the school year to help children with organizational strategies, work habits, and managing school during these unprecedented times. As we continue to work together to help your child succeed, I wanted to share a few tips that you might find helpful.
Dedicate a space for your child to work when they are home. Open spaces in view of adults are ideal when possible so that a glance or reminder can be provided if and when necessary.
Set out supplies like notebooks, pencils, computers, etc. in the sequence of the child’s day so that he/she knows what’s needed as the day progresses. For example, if math is the first subject of the day, put the math materials first.
We would prefer that cameras remain on during instruction unless the teacher directs the child to turn it off or ask permission. This allows the teacher to monitor from school and engage with the child as needed.
When a child needs help at home, we encourage using the “participant hand raise” in Google or raising a physical hand.
If you are home with multiple children/adults working remotely, it’s OK for the child to use headphones to login to the classroom. Please let your child’s teacher know if you need headphones at home.
Please be mindful of conversations around your child - as the camera and mic are sensitive and will pick up everything that is seen and heard in the background.
And, remember, anything new takes time. Be patient while encouraging.
Ensuring student safety is our priority at Webster. Our in-person students have been doing an amazing job staying safe by following our 3 W’s ~ Wash your hands, Wear your mask, and Watch your distance. Students and staff have practiced our first fire drill this year ~ and everyone did an amazing job. We will continue to practice one drill each month.
Over the next few weeks, students will take the District- I-Ready in reading and math. The New Hampshire State Assessment will begin for Grades 4 and 5 in the middle of October. Please contact your child’s teacher for exact dates of the assessments. Research states that students who have a good night's rest and have a healthy breakfast perform better on assessments.
Celebrations are an important part of our school culture at Webster. We are beginning to plan virtual celebrations and remote activities. Be on the lookout for details of our Virtual Bingo Night on October 29.
I want to take a moment to thank our families for continuing to show incredible respect and grace to our faculty and staff. We are doing all we can to support our Webster students during virtual learning and appreciate everything our parents do to assist us.
All of us here at Webster look forward to welcoming each grade level back to in-person learning as outlined in the Manchester Re-Entry Plan.
Stay safe Webster Families.
August 26, 2020
Welcome back Webster students and families!
We are fast approaching the start of a new school year and the Webster staff is ready to welcome your child. I want to thank you for your patience and support as we get ready to launch a new educational learning platform. We continue to work through the challenges that are ahead of us. Please know whether your child is in school for in person instruction or participating in remote learning, Webster is committed to continue to provide a safe and quality education.
Over the last two months, we have worked diligently to study COVID guidance from state and local officials. Our Webster Re-opening Team has developed protocols and guidance for a safe opening. Our top priority is to keep our students and staff as safe as possible. We will continue to problem-solve and implement solutions to the many challenges COVID presents.
Below you will find some information to prepare for the upcoming school year.
First Day of School: Wednesday, September 9, 2020
K and 1: Parent choice, in-person learning/hybrid or full remote. Kindergarten and first grade students will attend school twice a week with the following schedule:
Monday/Tuesday- Cohort 1 (Last name A-K)
Thursday/Friday- Cohort 2 (Last name K-Z)
Grades 2 - 5: Remote learning for quarter 1 (November 12). Webster learned a lot about remote instruction over time. This year, the District has provided a structure to the remote learning days. Wednesdays will be days dedicated to teachers for meetings with small groups of students to help them. Look for an email next week with more details on remote learning.
Back-to-School Supplies: This year we will provide all students a remote learning bag filled with supplies for at-home learning. In school students will not be sharing any student supplies or manipulative. This will help to keep students safe. We ask you to limit the number of items that come to school. A backpack, lunchbox, and a water bottle is really all that is needed from home. Parents can help by reminding students the importance of managing and caring for their own materials.
Class Lists: Ms. O’Rourke and I are working the week of August 24 to finalize all the lists. You will be able to find your child’s teacher in ASPEN under the student tab. All teachers will make a personal phone to welcome the student to their class.
Kindergarten Virtual Questions and Answers Session: Save the Date ~ September 2 at 6:00. More information will follow by the end of the week.
Meet and Greet: I am in the process of developing a Meet Your Teacher schedule - please look for an email by the end of the week for all students to have an opportunity to meet their teacher.
Chromebook: If you need a chromebook for your child, I will have them available during the Meet and Greet.
Webster PTO: Webster Elementary PTO Needs You! The Webster Elementary PTO is a 501(c)3 parent group that supports Webster Elementary School. The 20-21 school year is going to be like no other. We need your help to make it the best it can be! The PTO will meet virtually via Zoom typically on the second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. We hope to provide you with important information about your child's educational experience and its potential enhancement, provide a network of parents for support and camaraderie, and plan some fun events this year - even if they are virtual. We currently have positions open on the PTO Board. The commitment is one board meeting a month, one hour before the general PTO Meeting. In this role you provide input into and vote on decisions on how we raise, budget and spend money on the enrichment of our children's educational experience at Webster School. In particular we need a treasurer. So, in particular, if you have a finance or accounting background, we could use your help this year. Our previous treasurer has offered to help with the transition. With a great team, we can make this year a good one for our kids - even though it may look a little different. If you are interested or would like to learn more, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for your support! The PTO Meeting dates are as follows: 9/15, 10/13, 11/10, 12/8, 1/12, 2/9, 3/9, 4/13, 5/11
All families, whether remote learning or coming to school are important members of our school community. Be on the lookout for an email with more detailed information on the opening of school. As always please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.
June 15, 2020
Dear Webster families,
Sixty-five days ago, Webster moved from in-class learning to learning at home. What we have accomplished is nothing short of remarkable. Each and every one of us: students, parents, staff, and community members all have supported one another through this unprecedented time.
I would like to pause and recognize groups and individuals for jobs well done. I’d like to extend a great big shout out to our students ~ you are amazing! Keep smiling and continue learning through the summer.
Thank you, parents for your support throughout the school year. Your interest and involvement has truly supported student learning.
Thank you PTO, we appreciate the tremendous amount of effort and enthusiasm you put into all you do for Webster. From weekly popcorn, volunteer hours, and fundraiser, along with all the extra special things you do for our students, are appreciated. Lastly, Webster’s dedicated faculty and staff is our champion for our students. The administrative team is fortunate to work with a talented group of people who are truly dedicated to their professions in education. Thank you all for making my first year as Webster Principal memorable with countless positive and rewarding experiences from the Fitness Frenzy, Wildcat Assemblies to the African Drumming. Webster is truly committed to help every child be successful in their learning. I encourage students to continue to read and strengthen their skills by logging on to I-Ready Reading and Math throughout the summer.
At this time, I would like to say good-bye to Mr. French, our Assistant Principal, as he moves on to a principal position closer to his home. He will be missed. Congratulations to Mr. French, he will make an outstanding principal. We have the good fortune of Ms. O'Rourke joining the Webster administrative team. She is currently working in the District as the Assistant Principal at Memorial High School and will be transferring to Webster starting July 1.
To our fifth grade students ~ continue being AWESOME! As you move on to middle school I wish you more happiness and success. You will do amazing things ~ because that is who you are!
All of us at Webster wish you and your family a safe, healthy and restful summer. If you need anything throughout the summer, please feel free to email me at email@example.com.
Remember to stay Webster strong!
The week before February vacation we had a fun-filled week of spirit days and our second Webster Wildcat Celebration Assembly led by our masters of ceremony Madelyn T. and Matthew A. Students showed their school spirit throughout the week with theme days. Check-out our school website to view all photos. On Friday, February 21 we recognized many amazing students who show great leadership. I would like to take a moment and congratulate all the students who received the Webster Wildcat Award for Trimester 2. These students have shown good character and citizenship within our school community.
Artist in Residence
Now that Spring is approaching, learning is in full swing here at Webster. This is a time of year that students make the most academic and social learning improvements. On March 6th we will welcome our Artist in Resident Theo Martey, who will kick off his residency with a school wide Aftrican drumming and dance for the students. Throughout the week of March 9 - 13 Theo will work with students on African Drumming and a Dance Ensemble. Students have been prepping for his visit by learning about the culture and making Aftrican Mask. On Friday, March 13 students in grades 3, 4,and 5 will perform what they have learned. A video of their performance will be posted on our school website.
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Students in grades 3, 4, and 5 are gearing up for the NH State Assessments, and our teachers are working hard to ensure they are ready for the spring assessments. We are excited about the progress our students are making in the classrooms and are certain that we will achieve all of our goals during testing. Below is a schedule for testing:
March 31 - Reading
April 1 - Writing
April 2 - Math
May 6 - Reading
May 7- Writing
May 12 - Math
April 7 - Reading
April 8 - Writing
April 21- Math
April 22- Science
During the days that your child is testing, make certain that your son/daughter rests properly each night, have a well balanced breakfast, and arrives for school on time.
Social and Emotional Learning
We continue to support social emotional learning throughout the school. Mr. Scarpitto has been visiting classrooms teaching different lessons to support our monthly themes. The month of March will focus on self-regulation and self-care.
We appreciate all the volunteers who support us everyday. There will be volunteer training on March 10 at 6:30 in the auditorium and March 19 at 10:30 am in the library. Any parent who volunteers or would like to volunteer needs to attend Webster Volunteer Training.
Please remember for the safety of all children, there is no double parking. Parents need to walk to the dismissal location for the teacher to release your child. I understand this may be inconvenient, but student safety is our property. Also, please do not park in front of homeowner drivers. Thank you for your cooperation.
As always, feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
It is hard to believe that the 2019 - 2020 school year is at the halfway point. In fact, the 100th day of school is on February 18, barring any snow days.
On January 15, Webster held the annual Scripps Spelling Bee. We are so proud of all our spellers doing an amazing job! Congratulations to Morgan Losier our school champion, who will move forward to the Regional Spelling Bee competition on March 7th. A special thank you to Mary Beth Tessier for organizing the spelling bee, Julia Glennon our announcer, and Maureen Berube and Jessica Matthews our judges. I would also like to send a “shout out” to the PTO for providing a wonderful breakfast cart for our staff. Thank you to all who donated the delicious treats.
February looks to be an action packed month with students exploring special events such as Groundhog Day, Chinese New Year, Valentine’s Day and Leap Year. On Thursday, February 6, the PTO will be sponsoring Math Night, a night full of fun math games. Come and enjoy math games with your child. Band and string students have been practicing their instruments for their upcoming performance on February 12. Towards the end of the month, Studio 550 instructors will work with Grade 5 students on an art project. And lastly during the week of February 18, we will hold our 2nd trimester spirit week with a culminating school wide WildCat Assembly on Friday, February 21st.
We continue to support social emotional learning throughout the school. Mr. Scarpitto has been visiting classrooms teaching different lessons to support our monthly themes. Last month's focus was diversity and empathy. The month of February will focus on kindness and compassion. Students will welcome a much needed break by February 24. I hope everyone has a relaxing and enjoyable February vacation.
Ms. Doherty Principal
January 8, 2020
Welcome back! I hope everyone had a relaxing and enjoyable winter break. We are excited to have everyone back and start 2020 on a strong note. The winter months are prime learning months for students to be absorbed and engaged with the learning around them. Throughout the month of January students will take I-Ready assessments in both reading and mathematics to track their growth. Students in Grade 4 and 5 will participate in the school spelling bee. And our boys and girls basketball is in full swing with many games ahead of them. Come and cheer them on.
Unfortunately, during the winter months many schools notice a drop in their attendance average and tardies. Attendance is extremely important in school along with being on time. A late arrivals disrupt the rhythm of a class that is already in progress. Please continue to reinforce good attendance habits and on time arrival with your son/daughter. Our school day begins at 8:45 and you may drop your child off as early as 8:30.
As we begin the New Year it is always a good time to revisit and be reminded of our schools expectations. Mr. French and I will be meeting with students to review the schools rules and what it means to be a Webster Wildcat. Together we will continue to promote a positive, safe, and responsible school environment.
Finally, I wish everyone a Happy New Year and I look forward to witnessing the many successes and achievements from our students in the new year.
December 4, 2019
We had an exciting November with a week of spirit days and our first Webster Wildcat Celebration Assembly. Students showed their school spirit throughout the week of November 11 - 15 with theme days. Check-out our school website to view all photos. On Friday, November 15 we recognized many amazing students including student leaders. I would like to take a moment and congratulate all the students who received the Webster Wildcat Award for Trimester 1. These students have shown good character and citizenship within our school community. Timothy won the kindness award for his random act of kindness. All students and staff enjoyed watching me get beanboozled and we concluded our celebration with our Webster Wildcat Song.
Just a reminder-cold temperatures are here and children will go out for recess when temperatures are above 20 degrees. With that in mind, please be sure your child is dressed appropriately to endure the weather.
The first trimester will close on December 3rd and Report Cards will be distributed on December 18. Please contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions or concerns.
Below are key points to help your child be successful in school.
Talk about school with your child. Discuss the happy experiences that are awaiting him/her.
Listen to your child. Discuss concerns that he/she expresses. Encourage and be reassuring.
Establish good routines for eating, sleeping, and doing school work.
Provide a work/study time and area for your child. This area should be away from distractions.
Read to your child every day.
On behalf of the Webster teachers and staff, I would like to wish each of our wonderful Wildcat families a safe, healthy and happy holiday season.
November 5, 2019
With 8 weeks into the school year, students are progressing nicely academically and socially. I hope you found parent conference informative. Please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher if you have any concerns. Thank you to all the parents who provided delicious dishes on October 24th. Our teachers and staff enjoyed every bite!
Our Fitness Frenzy was a great success! Students and staff enjoyed an engaging afternoon of glow dancing, martial arts byTokyo Joe's, and obstacle courses put on by USA Ninja Challenge. As a school we have raised over $12,000 ~ thank you for all your donations and those who volunteered. I would like to extend a big Thank You to the PTO for organizing a successful event to support our students. Within the month of November, Mr. French will be dressed in Red Sox gear and I will be beanboozled during our school wide celebration assembly.
As we embark upon the fall and winter season cold temperatures are fast approaching. Children will go out for recess when temperatures are above 20 degrees. With that in mind, please be sure your child is dressed appropriately to endure the weather.
All safety drills have been practiced by students and staff. We will continue to practice fire drills monthly and one safety drill each month. During the PTO meeting on Tuesday, November 12 at 7:00pm, I will provide a safety drill presentation with information on the school drills students practice.
Below are a few reminders for the month of November:
November 11 - No School Veterans Day
November 27 - 29 - No School Thanksgiving Break
November is National Gratitude month. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with a wonderful, caring staff from our custodian, our paraprofessionals, Mr. French, Ms. Shea, and to all of our teachers. I know your children are in good hands with them. I want to give thanks to the parents who allow us to teach their child everyday. They put smiles and laughter into our lives daily. Webster is a special place, a giving place, a compassionate place ~ and for that I am thankful.
September 25, 2019
FALL HAS ARRIVED - BRING ON THE VIBRANT COLORS!
Throughout the month of September, Webster students have been busy learning routines and expectations within their classrooms and within our school. Teachers have taught students the quiet signal, hallway expectations, playground expectations, and dismissal routines. We are on our way to building a positive school climate.
Ensuring students safety is our priority at Webster. Students and staff have practiced many safety drills. We will continue to practice one drill each month.
Over the next few weeks, students will take the district assessment - I-Ready in reading and math. The schedule below outlines your child’s testing dates.
Grade 5 - Sept. 24 and 26
Grade 4 - October 1 and 2
Grade 3 - October 3, and 8
Grade 2 - October 9 and 10
Grade 1 - October 15 - 17 (Math only)
EL and EBD - October 9 and 10
Research states that students who have a good night's rest and have a healthy breakfast perform better on assessments.
Parent-teacher conferences will be held on October 24 and 25. The purpose of the conference is for teachers and parents the opportunity to share and discuss your child’s achievement and progress. Be on the lookout for information from your child’s teacher for your scheduled appointment.
Lastly, don’t forget to support our annual fundraiser - Fitness Frenzy. The event is scheduled for Friday, October 18. Students will experience a different activities that promote physical fitness and overall wellness. All funds raised will go directly to Webster to enhance the students learning. More information can be found on our website at https://webster.mansd.org. Thank you for your support.
As always, I welcome your thoughts and feedback. Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns.
August 26, 2019
Dear Webster students and families:
I am thrilled to welcome you to the 2019-2020 school year. I am looking forward to meeting you. Webster is a unique and special place with a talented student body, supportive parents and a dedicated staff. I am energized and dedicated to making a positive difference for our students. Our goal at Webster is to make sure our students’ social, emotional, and academic needs are met. Together we will continue to inspire a love of learning in all students.
Our skilled and devoted staff is getting ready for an incredible and productive school year. Our teachers are already planning and preparing for all students to have a successful year. Ms. Shea, our administrative assistant is registering new families and ordering needed materials. Our hard working custodians have spent the entire summer thoroughly cleaning the facility. And, our outstanding PTO is gearing up to welcome families, provide volunteer opportunities, and offer other exciting events and programs ~ follow them on facebook.
The first day of school is on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 with the first bell at 8:30. Instruction begins at 8:45.
On the first day of school, teachers will be outside around the school to greet everyone. All teachers will be holding a sign with their name.
After speaking with staff and the PTO we have restructured our dismissal process for the safety of our students. Bus students will be dismissed from their classroom when their bus arrives at the back of the school on Bay Street. If your child is a walker or ride their bike they will be provided a walker pass to leave the school grounds at 2:50. Parents who pick up their child at the end of day please note the following:
Webster is a parent pick-up. Parents will need to park their car and walk to dismissal location.
Parents will pick-up their child at the dismissal location.
Kindergarten - Connector
Grade 1 and 2 - Old Main Entrance
Grade 3 - Bennington Street door (side street)
Grade 4 and 5 - Playground doors
No student will be allowed to leave without a parent seeing the teacher.
Doubling Parking is not allowed.
No U-Turns are allowed, please turn down Bennington Street.
If you have more than one child, all siblings will meet at the location of their youngest sibling. Supervision is limited after 3:00, please have your child picked-up by 3:00. Thank you in advance for your support to ensure the safety of all the students.
Finally I would like to invite all students and parents to “Meet Your Teacher” on Friday, August 30 from 1:30 - 2:30.
Everyone at Webster is looking forward to working with you. Please feel free to call or visit our school website for any questions or more information. See everyone on September 4, 2019.