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Vision Statement
Our vision of Antrim Elementary School is a community inspiring all members to grow academically,
socially, and emotionally within a safe, caring and nurturing environment. In challenging students and staff
toward excellence, we support a collaborative and cooperative school striving for enthusiasm and joy in
learning. We are respectful of diversity for individuals and groups, and teach the values of our democratic
society. Kindness, respect, honesty, and cooperation are central to our success as a community of learners.

Student Rights
Students Have the Right to:
- receive an education.
- be respected.
- be in a safe environment.
- be informed of rules and consequences.
- the truth and fair play.
- be treated fairly by others.
- receive extra help if needed.

Student Responsibilities
Students Have the Responsibility to:
- listen while others are talking.
- respect others (bodies, feelings and property).
- practice safety rules.
- honor rules and consequences.
- be honest and considerate.
- care for school property.
- always do their best.

Admission Requirements
New enrollees must have their immunizations up to date and present a copy of their birth certificate and
proof of residence. School registration may be arranged through the principal during the school year and
through the Office of the Superintendent during the summer.

During school year contact: Antrim Elementary School, 10 School Street, Antrim, NH 03440. Phone (603)

During summer contact: ConVal School District, Office of the Superintendent, SAU #1, 106 Hancock
Road, Peterborough, NH 03458. Phone (603) 924-3336.

Admission to Kindergarten
In order to enter our half-day kindergarten a child must have reached his fifth birthday on or before
September 30th of that year.

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Immunization Requirements
In compliance with the NH RSA 141-C:20-a Public Health Rules, students must meet all immunization
requirements [see Appendix re: Immunization Requirements School Year 2009-2010 in order to start
school unless they have applied for and met state exemption requirements. Parents must provide written
documentation of current immunizations (or the date of an upcoming appointment) before starting school at
PES. A child shall be exempt from immunization if:

     1.   A physician certifies that immunization against a particular disease may be detrimental to the
          child‟s health. The exemption shall exist only for the length of time, in the opinion of the
          physician, such immunization would be detrimental to the child. An exemption from
          immunization for one disease shall not affect other required immunizations.


     2.    A parent or legal guardian objects to immunization because of religious beliefs. The parent or
          legal guardian shall sign a notarized form stating that the child has not been immunized because of
          religious beliefs. A child who is exempt from immunization in shall not attend school during an
          outbreak of a communicable disease for which immunization is required. If a child is not
          immunized, does not have a religious or medical exemption, or is unable to provide evidence of
          acceptable immunization for conditional enrollment, he/she shall not be admitted to school.

Transfers - Entering
New students entering AES are required to have parents fill out a registration packet providing current
contact information and proof of residence. In fairness to your child, the class, and the classroom teacher,
we would appreciate that a teacher have a minimum of a one day notice prior to your child‟s entrance. The
school also requires documents in advance for students with educational plans requiring specialized

Transfers - Exiting
Families are asked to provide a minimum of three days notice of intention to exit to another school. This
gives your child an opportunity to say good-bye to friends and teachers. Immunization records can be sent
directly to the transfer school upon receipt of signed release forms. Please notify AES of your change of

A student is considered absent when not in school.

Given ConVal District policy, the following absence communication timetable will be

Ten Absences: A letter will be mailed to the student‟s parents and/or legal guardian.

Fifteen Absences: A letter including dates of absence will be mailed to the student‟s parents and/or legal
guardian. The letter will be followed by verbal communication from the school.

Twenty Absences: A certified letter, with return receipt requested, will be mailed to the student‟s parents
and/or legal guardian. The letter will include dates of absence and a copy will be sent to the Superintendent
of Schools. A conference with the student, parent, and school personnel will be held.

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Daily Attendance
Daily, on-time attendance is vital to your child‟s continuous progress and success in school. Illness,
contagious disease, death in the family, hazardous road conditions, and exceptionally urgent situations
affecting your child are reasons for excusable absence from school. For your child‟s safety, please notify
the school office personnel prior to any school absence.

In the case of illness, injury, or emergency, a child may be dismissed from school during the school day.
Parents need to sign their child out in the sign-out book located in the front office.

Make-Up Work
If your child is absent from school, make-up work will be arranged between the teacher and student/parent.
Extended absence will be discussed with the teacher and the principal.

Morning Recess
Duty teachers assume responsibility of supervised morning recess which begins at 8:40 a.m. and ends at
8:55 a.m. All children are expected to report directly to the playground. In the event of inclement weather,
children will report to the “recess” classroom.

IMPORTANT! The staff at AES cannot be held responsible for children dropped off before 8:40 a.m.
For your child‟s safety, please make sure they are not dropped off before this time. Please contact The
Grapevine at 588-2620 if you would like your child to participate in their Before School Program.

Please note: This is not a ConVal sponsored program.

Safety Check Program
AES will contact a student‟s parent/guardian if we do not receive a phone call or advance notice regarding
a student‟s absence or tardiness. In the event we are unable to verify an absence it is our intention to notify
the police for a “safety check”.

Student School Day Schedule
8:40 Earliest arrival. Morning recess (optional)
9:00 Classes begin.
12:30 Lunch for grades 1-2 and recess for grades 3-4.
12:20 Kindergarten dismissal.
1:00 Lunch for grades 3-4 and recess for grades 1-2.
3:15 Bus riders and walkers are dismissed.
3:16 Pick - ups dismissed via front office foyer..

Parent/guardians that are picking up their child at the end of the day, must sign him/her out and remain in
the front office foyer until your child‟s name is called for dismissal.

A child arriving late to school (after 9:00) will require a parent/guardian sign them in. It is important
to notify the front office and the teacher regarding hot lunch status as well.

When your child arrives late to class, important announcements, instructions and group activities are
missed. Each child is an important member of the class and timely, consistent participation makes a
difference in what is learned. We encourage you to model the value of promptness as well as the
importance of beginning and ending the school day with their classmates. The habits your child develop
during these formative years will serve them throughout their lives.

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Parents should make every effort to plan vacations during regularly scheduled school vacations. Missed
instructional time may lead to academic delays.

Emergency Procedures
Emergency Preparedness
Fire, evacuation, lock down, and duck, cover, hold drills are held periodically and are conducted in
accordance with district and state guidelines for your child‟s safety.

In the event of a serious emergency, parents are asked to keep phone lines open, and the streets surrounding
the school clear. Therefore, we ask that you not come to school to pick up your child unless asked to do so.
Remain by your phone for instructions regarding student pick up. The school will send children home only
if it is safe. Should an off-site evacuation become necessary, we will move to Great Brook Middle School.
If for some reason, we need to evacuate the entire area, the students will relocate to the Baptist Church..

In case of an emergency situation you will be informed either directly or by radio/TV. We urge you to stay
tuned to one of the following TV/radio stations:

WMUR TV-Channel 9, WBZ 1030AM/92.6FM, WNNH 99.1FM, WZBK 1220AM, WKBK 1290AM,
WKNE 103.7FM, WOQL 98.7FM, WINQ 97.7FM, WZID 95.7FM, WMLL 96.5FM, WFEA 1370FM

Snow Days/School Cancellations
Serious weather conditions often result in either a delayed opening or a day off. Notice of delay or
cancellation will be made by radio/TV. Stay tuned to one of the stations listed above.

Note to Kindergarten parents: In the case of a delayed opening, there will be no Kindergarten.

Food Service
Every morning between 8:40-8:55 a.m. your child may purchase a complete breakfast including fruit,
cereal, and milk. You will follow the same procedure as with lunches in using the payment envelopes
provided by the school to pay for your child‟s breakfast. Please specify on the envelope that the payment is
for breakfast so we can credit your account accordingly. The price of breakfast is $1.25 for full price and
$.30 for reduced price. A special discount price of $205.00 is being offered to cover the entire school year
for breakfasts.

To improve your child‟s learning, we encourage you to provide only a healthy, nutritious, ready-to-eat
snack. (Microwaves and refrigerators are not available to students). Your child will also need a beverage.
Water bottles with closeable drink spouts are encouraged.

Each Wednesday the PTO offers popcorn where your child has the opportunity of purchasing a bag of
popcorn for $.25. The proceeds earned help the PTO support AES in many ways.

School lunch will be $2.25, and this includes milk. If your child wants lunch for a full five day week, the
cost would be $11.25. The cost for milk bought separately to go with cold lunch is $.35. Monthly payments
are also accepted and encouraged. Just multiply the number of days your child wants lunch by $2.25. A
special discount price of $330.00 is being offered to cover the entire school year for lunches.

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Credit is given when a meal has been paid for but not taken due to absence, snow days or field trips. If
there is a snow day, we try to get back to the scheduled menu as soon as possible. On the day your child
returns to school, you can call the Food Service Office at 924-3336, ext. 2060 for the menu.

Lunch and milk money is due on Monday. Payment envelopes will be sent home, to be filled with cash or a
check to pay for lunches and/or milk on the days selected. Please send the exact amount. Make checks
payable to ConVal Food Service. You can mail monthly checks directly to ConVal Food Service, 106
Hancock Road, Peterborough, NH 03458. IF the bank returns your check, there will be a $20.00 charge,
and we will not accept further checks until the charges are cleared up.

Free or Reduced Price Lunches
Your child will be eligible to receive free or reduced price lunches at the beginning of this school year, if
he/she was eligible at the end of the last school year. A new application for this school year needs to be
filled out as soon as possible. There is a ten-day grace period. If you have more than one child in the
ConVal School District, you need to fill out only one application. Just list all your children and the school
they attend on the application. You will receive a notice in the mail informing eligibility.

All free and reduced price students need to fill out an envelope. If your child wants cold lunch milk, you
need to send $.35 for each milk. Reduced lunch price is $.40. One milk is included with a full lunch for free
or reduced price students. Reduced price lunch for a full five days would be $2.00 Reduced breakfast price
is $.30.

Parent/School Connection
Parent/Teacher Organization (PTO)
The PTO is an organization of parents and teachers that meet monthly to discuss such things as field trips,
art programs and Wednesday bake sales. Everyone is welcome and new members are greatly appreciated.
The cost is $1.00 per family. More information can be obtained by calling Lauren Kirkpatrick, PTO Co-
President at 588-3941 or Catrina Young, PTO Co-President at 588-3541.

The AES Staff believes that a school in which teachers, parents, and community members work together
provides the most meaningful educational experience for the children. School volunteers assist classroom
teachers by providing more individual attention and/or remedial work and by assisting with special projects
in the classroom. Volunteers also support major school events occur such as Open House, Kindergarten
registration, and school photographs. Each year the Antrim community devotes over 1,000 hours of
volunteer hours to the AES student body.

Classroom volunteers who work directly with the students in an unsupervised capacity will be asked to
undergo a criminal record check. It is the district‟s intent to reimburse volunteers for this procedure.

School Policies/Practices
Information and treatment regarding allergies should be provided to your child‟s classroom teacher as well
as the front office. Please contact our school nurse, Viki Mellon, R.N., with specific medical concerns.

Valuable or sentimental personal items, including toys and any type of electronics, are discouraged. It is up
to the classroom teacher to determine the appropriateness of toys. The teacher may allow a toy to come to
school for show and tell. We ask that children not bring trading cards to school. Trading or selling of any
item is not acceptable on school grounds. AES strives to maintain a violence-free zone and toy weapons are
not acceptable. AES cannot be responsible for lost or stolen items.

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Bicycle Use
Students who ride a bicycle to school do so at their own risk and with parent‟s written permission.

Most teachers recognize birthdays with a song, and parents often send in a special snack. If your child
wishes to distribute birthday invitations to classmates in school, please have an invitation for every child in
the classroom. Otherwise, invitations need to be mailed or distributed outside of school.

Bullying is conduct which subjects a pupil to insults, taunts, or challenges, whether verbal or physical in
nature, which are likely to intimidate or provoke a violent or disorderly response from the student being
treated in this manner.

Any school employee, or employee of a company under contract with the school district, who has
witnessed or has reliable information that a student has been subjected to “bullying”, is required by law to
report the incident to the principal, who in turn will report the incident to the Superintendent and School
Board. If it is determined, after investigation, that a student has engaged in bullying conduct, the student
will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action, which may include, but not limited to, suspension and

Contagious/Communicable Illness
If you suspect that your child has a contagious disease such as strep throat, whooping cough, chickenpox,
or conjunctivitis, keep your child at home until a doctor has indicated that they are on longer contagious.

Dress Code
Children are expected to participate in all recess and physical education activities and should be dressed
appropriately according to the weather. On PE days, sneakers (non-marking soles, non-platform) should be

Hats are to be worn outside only. For safety reasons, no flip flops are to be worn. Clothing should depict
school-age appropriate themes and modestly cover appropriate body parts. (Clothing depicting or
advertising alcohol/tobacco, obscenities or violence is not acceptable).

An extra set of clothing can save time, embarrassment and discomfort for your child in case of an accident.
Labeling clothing helps when things are misplaced. We suggest that during the winter months your child
bring a pair of indoor shoes. It will be more comfortable than wearing boots all day.

Health and Safety
AES staff directs health activities toward disease prevention, health protection, and health education. The
office keeps cumulative health records and assists with in-school medication after receiving appropriate
authorization. Please keep emergency contact information up-to-date with your child‟s teacher and the front
office. Please feel free to contact our school nurse Vicki Mellon, R.N., with specific medical concerns.

Parties held during school hours sometimes celebrate traditions from around the world including Native
American, Halloween, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, and Valentine‟s Day. Please notify your child‟s
teacher if your family does not observe these kinds of celebrations due to religious beliefs. Alternative
options will be made available.

Please keep your child at home if they have any of the following conditions; temperature (100+degrees) ,
sore throat, earache, serious cough or cold, serious stomach complaints, or skin rash. Please note that your
child must be fever free for 24 hours (without medication) before returning to school. When students

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develop these complaints at school, the school nurse will contact the child‟s caregiver according to current
contact information on file.

Inappropriate Behavior
Making decisions to insure the safety of each student is a prime goal throughout the building. The Principal
will meet with the student and any involved parties to determine, on an individual basis, the consequences
for inappropriate behavior. Students will be held accountable for their actions, and parents are asked to
support the staff regarding behavioral issues.

Possible Consequences for Inappropriate Behavior:

    -    The student may be asked to call their parent, write a letter of apology, miss recess, be on the
         bench at recess, make a plan for changes in behavior, or a combination of the above.
    -    Physical confrontation/altercation/wrestling can result in possible suspension.
    -    Defacing school property can result in repair, payment, and possible suspension.
    -    Parent contact/meeting/discussion.

Head Lice:
The presence of head lice is a nuisance that can happen to anyone. Head lice do not fly
or jump. They are usually transmitted via direct personal contact, or through contact with
another person‟s belongings such as hats, combs, pillows, headbands, scarves, helmets, etc.
Signs of head lice include itching of the scalp and neck, a rash or scratch marks on the
scalp, and the presence of nits. Nits are small silvery egg cases firmly attached to individual
hairs close to the scalp; they look something like dandruff but stick to the hair strand.
When checking for nits and head lice, look carefully behind the ears, at the back of the
neck, and in the hair near the forehead. Lice look a bit like fleas, but they move quickly and are
difficult to see. A student with head lice may be sent home, at the discretion of the School
Nurse. If a child has live lice, the possibility of transmission to others often has been present
for at least a month.

Medications at School
Medications should be given at home whenever possible. Medication prescribed for three times a day can
usually be given before school, after school and at bedtime. Some children come to school after taking
medication that causes drowsiness, such as certain cold preparations. Please save this type of medication
for after school, unless your health care provider advises otherwise
Medication Form. If a child does require a medication at school, prescription or over the counter, parents
need to complete a Medication Form, available at the school‟s Health Office. A new form is needed for
each school year or if there is a change in dose, time, or route of administration. A Medication Form, with
parent permission and written authorization from a physician, is also required for any student to possess
and self-administer asthma medication.

 Open House
Each year AES hosts an Open House for the families of all students shortly after the start of school. This is
your opportunity to meet your child‟s teachers and support staff. Our students get the opportunity to bring
family and friends on a tour of the school, and they also gain great satisfaction by sharing samples of their
work that are prominently displayed throughout the building.

When visiting the school or waiting for students, parents should park away from the front of the school to
avoid blocking school buses and delivery trucks. If you plan to be on-site due to a school function, please
consider car pooling or drop-off arrangements to avoid parking shortages and/or traffic problems. PLEASE
morning please drop off your child at the side of the AES building that faces Great Brook School, as close
to the playground as possible.

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Phone Calls
Teachers may be reached a half-hour before school begins and immediately after school is dismissed. You
also have the option of leaving a voice mail message for the teacher. Phone calls will not be forwarded to
classrooms during instructional periods. In case of emergency, please call the office to insure your child
gets the message.

Playground Rules
For your child‟s safety as well as the safety of others, the following rules are strictly enforced:
- Stay in the boundaries of the playground.
- No aggressive physical contact (pushing, shoving, inappropriate touching, or play fighting).
- No unsafe behaviors.
- Listen to the playground supervising adults.

School Bus Expectations
While the law requires the School district to furnish transportation, it does not relieve parents of students
from the responsibility of supervision until such times as the student boards the bus in the morning and
after the student leaves the bus at the end of the school day. Once a student boards the bus, he/she becomes
the responsibility of the School District. Such responsibility shall end when the child is delivered to the
regular bus stop at the close of the school day.

In view of the fact that a bus is an extension of the classroom, the children are expected to conduct
themselves in the bus in a manner consistent with established standards for classroom behavior.

For your child‟s safety as well as the safety of others, the following rules are strictly enforced:
- Remain seated at all times.
- Live animals (snakes, hamsters, etc.) may not be carried on the bus.
- Conversation levels should not interfere with the driver‟s ability to communicate with passengers.
- Keep your body to yourself. Do not hurt the bodies or feelings of others.
- Eating and/or drinking are not permitted.
- Inappropriate language is never acceptable.

The bus driver will have responsibility to maintain orderly behavior of students on school buses and will
report misconduct to the student‟s principal. Loss of bus privileges will be the result of bad choices. Parents
will be called in the event of a bus problem involving their child.

Note to Kindergarten parents: The bus will not drop off your child unless a parent/adult is waiting at the
bus stop.

School Property
Students will be held responsible for proper care and return of books or other school property issued to
them. Textbooks must be covered; students must pay for all books or other school property damaged or

Student Privacy
AES does not release the names of students or any identifying information about students to outside
agencies. However, the school reserves the right to release names and/or photographs of students in
announcing honors and recognition won by students, participation in plays and musical programs to
community news agencies. Names and photos may be placed on the school‟s website. In releasing such
information, the school may also provide the student‟s town, age, sex, name of parent or guardian, and such
other details deemed appropriate. Parents who do not wish to have any information released must contact
the school and request, in writing, that the information be withheld.

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Student Records
In accordance with the Buckley Amendment, AES respects the rights of parents/guardians to examine the
school records of their child. Please contact the school principal for more information.

The use of alcohol or of any tobacco product is not permitted on school property, on school vehicles, or at
school-sponsored activities. No student shall purchase, attempt to purchase, possess alcohol or use any
tobacco product.

Visitors are welcome at AES, however, we do request that you sign-in and pick up a pass at the office. In
order to allow the teaching staff to maintain an uninterrupted learning environment, we would be happy to
deliver forgotten lunches, permission slips, etc. In the event of an unavoidable school day appointment,
please allow us to retrieve your child from the classroom for you.

In order to maintain safe school environment dangerous weapons are not permitted on school property, on
school vehicles, or at school-sponsored activities. Student violations of the policy will result in both school
disciplinary action and notification of the police. Any student who is determined to have brought a firearm
to school will be expelled for not less than one year.

Dangerous weapons include: Firearms including guns, pellet or BB guns, bullets, knives, sharp objects,
fireworks, explosive devices, clubs, metallic knuckles; containers containing chemicals such as pepper gas
or mace; martial arts weapons; electronic defense weapons. Toys suggesting violence are also prohibited.

Student Services/Curriculum
Character Education Program
In order to attend to the personal dimensions of your children‟s growth and development, AES has chosen
to focus on four character elements, respect, honesty, cooperation, and kindness. The thrust throughout the
school is to integrate these traits in the curriculum and thus create an atmosphere of high standards. The
Character Education Program has been mandated by the NH Board of Education.

The working definitions for our character traits are as follows:
- Respect: To treat everyone and everything with value.
- Honesty: Telling the whole truth.
- Cooperation: Working together.
- Kindness: Treating others with courtesy.

Counseling Services
AES promotes a philosophy that all children have a right to the services provided by the School Counselor.
Therefore, the programs and activities offered are both preventative and developmental in nature. The goals
are accomplished through the following means.

Classroom Guidance:
- Addressing particular classroom issues.
- Structuring lessons on social skills and emotional literacy through the Responsive Classroom Model and
the Second Step Program.
- Teaching the safety curriculum, Kids and Company, in conjunction with physical education.

Group Guidance:
- Structuring learning activities for children who share similar “life experience” challenges.

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Individual Guidance:
- Providing support for individual children in crisis.
- Supporting children who have on-going social, emotional and academic difficulties.

- Providing support and consultation to parents whose children are experiencing school difficulties.
- Providing support and consultation to teachers and staff members working with children who experience
significant social and emotional needs.
- Providing referral assistance to community agencies and organizations.

Field Trips
Field trips are an important and memorable part of your child‟s school experience, and recreational field
trips are our way of celebrating the accomplishments of the school year. Support curriculum goals shall be
encouraged and shall be planned carefully as an integral part of instructional units. Trips organized by
school officials will be considered as school activities and all of the regular school rules and regulations
shall be in effect. Please help your child to remember that they are representing themselves, their family
and their community, as well as their school as they travel with their class on a field trip. Responsible,
respectful behavior is of the utmost importance. Field trips are a privilege that can be lost through bad
behavior choices. We encourage Kindergarten through 2 nd grade students to wear the AES t-shirts for easy
identification purposes.

Field trip drivers need to sign the necessary paperwork and indicate the insurance coverage that they hold.
Children riding with chaperones need to wear seat belts and sit in the backseat if the car has an airbag.

Occasionally you will be asked to pay for admission for your child. If you cannot pay, please let your
child‟s teacher know and we will locate other resources.

Health Education
The activities and projects the students learn enhance knowledge of nutrition, safety, germs,
manners/kindness, the human body, puberty (grade 4 only), and other life skills that are important to live a
healthy and happy life-style.

The underlying purpose of homework is to provide meaningful practice while developing confidence and
pride. It should be stressed that your child should “do” the homework while a parent offers assistance or
support as needed or requested. Homework is also a day-to-day connection between home and school for
you and your child. It is a great opportunity for you to be involved in your child‟s education.

Many parents want to help their children with homework, but often they don‟t know how. Listed below are
some hints from the US Department of Education.

Make sure your child has:
- A quiet place to work with good light.
- A regular time each day for doing homework.
- Basic supplies, such as paper, pencils, pens, markers, and rulers.
- Aids to good organization, such as an assignment calendar, book bag, and folders.

Questions to ask your child:
- What is your assignment today?
- Is the assignment clear? (If not, suggest calling a classmate).
- When is the assignment due?
- Do you need special resources? (A trip to the library or access to a computer).

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- Have you started today‟s assignment? Finished it?
- Is it a long-term assignment? If so, would it help to write out the steps or make a schedule?
- Would a practice test be helpful?

Other ways to help:
- Look over your child‟s homework, but do not do the work!
- Meet the teacher early in the year and find out about the homework policy.
- Review teacher comments and discuss them with your child.
- Contact the teacher if there‟s a homework problem or a need you cannot resolve.
- Congratulate your child on a job well done!

Each classroom visits the school library once a week. Students can check out books that may be taken
home and shared with family members. If a book is overdue, the student will not be able to check out
another book until the overdue book has been returned. Should a book be lost or damaged, it is the
student‟s responsibility to reimburse the library for the replacement cost.

Literacy Groups
Literacy groups provide supplemental reading and writing instruction in a small group setting. Students are
assessed on the basis of oral text reading, writing, spelling, and teacher/parent recommendation.

Arts, and Music (Muzart)
Muzart is the AES program where the arts are integrated into the curriculum through music and art
activities. Grades 1 through 4 meet twice a week. The children are also exposed to the arts each month
through our Arts in the School Program, FACTS (Famous Artists Come to School), and WACTS (Women
Artists Come to School). Kindergarten has Muzart once a week.

Parent/Teacher Conferences
Conferences are scheduled once a year in late November or early December. This is a time to discuss
specific questions or concerns that you may have about your child‟s learning. Some parents find it helpful
to write questions down before coming to a conference. You will receive a report card at the meeting. At
the end of the school year, your child will bring home a final report card, which will include your child‟s
teacher assignment for the next year.

Physical Education
AES physical education focuses on attaining physical fitness and on learning good sportsmanship. This is
achieved through a variety of activities and sports in a learn-by-moving environment. Students learn the
value of cooperation, respect, and good listening skills by interacting in a positive manner with their
classmates. Grades 1 through 4 meet twice a week. Kindergarten meets once a week.

Portfolios are used to collect samples of the students work throughout the school year. A 14”x22” brown
satchel is used for Kindergarten through grade 2, and a binder with sheet protectors is used for grades 3 and
4. At the Kindergarten level, the teacher carefully selects pieces that represent your child‟s growth and
progress, and beginning in grade 1, students begin to learn how to select their own pieces. In this manner,
students learn to talk about their own progress and talents. The students take home these exciting
collections at the end of each trimester.

Portfolio contents include:
- Art projects - Work samples - Journals - Comment page - Audio recording - Self-evaluation

The Parents’ Role:
Your child‟s thoughtful selections are very important in many ways. Each one represents a personal
accomplishment. Your positive, encouraging response, enthusiasm, and interest will enable your child to

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share in detail and with pride. It only takes about 30 minutes to thoroughly review all the contents of the
portfolio with your child.

The Comment Page:
After sharing the portfolio, please write a comment to your child, not the teacher, on the page provided. Try
to give specific praise on your favorite piece, what impressed you most, and then read the comment back to
your child. Your goal is to help develop your child‟s sense of self as a learner. The more people (friends
and relatives) who review the portfolio, the better. Everyone who reviews it should also write a comment.
These comments will become a memorable part of your family‟s school experience.

The portfolio with all of „s contents should be returned to school when you come to your child‟s
conference. (Samples from the portfolio may be needed as a basis to discuss progress). At the end of the
school year the contents of the portfolio and the cassette tape will go home. The satchel/binder is passed on
to your child‟s next teacher. If you wish to purchase the satchel/binder, the cost is $5.00.

Reading Recovery
This early intervention program is for first graders with reading skills that are emerging slowly. The goals
are to help students discover the joys of reading and to develop strategies that good readers use in order to
become more independent in reading and writing. Teachers and students work together one-on-one to
increase fluency and confidence. Students are assessed on the basis of oral test reading, writing and
teacher/parent recommendation. Reading Recovery is funded through the State Department of Education
and Title I.

Title I
Title I is part of the Improving America‟s Schools Act (Public Law 103-382), a federally funded program
providing funds and guidelines for supplementary instruction for students with educational needs. The US
Department of Education oversees these funds and grant money to states dependent on the number of low
income families in each state. The NH Department of Education distributes these funds.

ConVal‟s Title I Program is designed to meet district policies and goals. Title I supplements classroom
instruction, which includes Literacy Groups, Reading Recovery, and Extended Day Kindergarten. Those
children who have the greatest need are served.

Website -
All students get the opportunity to have their picture appear on the website. If you do not wish to have your
child‟s picture posted on the school website, the Website Permission Form, which is sent home the first
week of school, needs to be signed.

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