Ms. Doherty

Principal

March 2020

Wildcat Students

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.

Grade K

Jase B.

Harper L.

Aleenah L.

Nandish G.

Ellarie L.

Grade 1

Daniel L.

Irina V.

Dina B.

Braity I.

Jack V.

Nyx E.

Ryder G.

Nyakato M.

Ezra S.

Jericho T.

Melanie M.

Denis P.

Anastasia S.

Mohamed D.

Grade 2

Keira D.

Amberly D.

Junior R.

Lilly V.

Eli F.

Arlet G.

Pascal A.

AJ K.

Daniela R.

Mark-

Anthony G.

Anderson B.

Grade 3

Dylan A.

Zainab S.

Naijelis P.

Cameron C.

Bella G.

Jordan D.

Matthew G.

Grade 4

Gigi W.

Lucas L.

Erum A.

Omar E.

Michael D.

Nora S.

Fatuma B.

Annabelle H.

Grade 5

Emma S.

Neo E.

Mowliid O.

Nevan M.

Talia D.

Quinn T.

Thomas K.

Zylah L.

Binti D.

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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State Assessments

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:

Grade 3:

March 31 - Reading

April 1 - Writing

April 2 - Math

Grade 4:

May 6 - Reading

May 7- Writing

May 12 - Math

Grade 5:

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.

Volunteer Training

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.

Parent Pick-up

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.

Sincerely,

Ms. Doherty

Principal


February 2020

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.

Sincerely,

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.

Sincerely,

Ms. Doherty

Principal


December 4, 2019

Dear parents/guardians,

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.

  1. Talk about school with your child. Discuss the happy experiences that are awaiting him/her.
  2. Listen to your child. Discuss concerns that he/she expresses. Encourage and be reassuring.
  3. Establish good routines for eating, sleeping, and doing school work.
  4. Provide a work/study time and area for your child. This area should be away from distractions.
  5. 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.

Ms. Doherty


November 5, 2019

Dear parents/guardians,

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.

Sincerely,

Ms. Doherty

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.

Sincerely,

Ms. Doherty


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.

Sincerely,

Nicole Doherty

July 15, 2019

Dear Webster Community,

I am honored and excited to write this letter to you as the Principal at Webster Elementary School. I can already tell that 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.

I promise to listen, be available, and carry on the school’s good work. 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. Please stay tuned for information on a Meet and Greet night at Webster.

As I continue to learn about Webster School, I am looking forward to meeting you and celebrating our student successes throughout the 2019 - 2020 school year. I welcome you and your family to Webster. If you need to reach me please feel free to email me at ndoherty@mansd.org.

Sincerely,

Nicole Doherty