The Mountain Times

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School Opens at Barstow

 Messages from the staff at the Barstow Memorial School: the first day of school was wonderful! We were all so pleased to see the majority of our students impacted by the flood still arrive at school today. As you are aware, many of our families in Mendon and Pittsfield have been cut off due to the devastating floods.

 At times like this, communities come together and make it all work, and it did. This first day of school will be one that these children will never forget! A reminder to parents that if weather conditions look questionable, that other arrangements should be made since the Journey's End trail would not be a safe route in the rain.

 We encourage parents to be involved with the school as much as possible as it sends a message to your child that their education is important and we are all working together.

 This year's Open House will be on Wednesday, September 20. During Open House we are asking the children to escort you into their classrooms, introduce you to their teachers and share what they're doing in school. This family friendly format will also allow you the time and flexibility to informally tour the school together and visit some of the other classrooms such as music, art, physical education, computer lab and the library. At 7 p.m. we will invite you to join us in the gym to be introduced to the entire faculty. Refreshments will be in the Hall courtesy of the PTO. Come and meet this year's PTO officers.

  The importance of being on time…throughout the years, we have struggled with students arriving late to school. Although we understand that emergencies can happen from time to time, we ask that parents remember that your children do not want to be late for school. A suggestion would be to get them into the routine of preparing everything the night before - backpacks, clothes, etc. Please do not keep your child home to get their homework done since we'd much rather have them at school on time and can deal with the homework during the day. Thank you for your help in teaching your child the importance of being punctual.

 Confidentiality reminder: parents who volunteer to help out at school and/or chaperone trips are a valued and essential part of our school community. While at school you may become aware of information about other children; we respectfully ask that you do not share any information about children with others and respect each child and family's right to privacy.

 It was a great and wonderful surprise to be named "Best Principal" in the 2011 Rutland Herald Best of the Best Reader's Choice Survey 3 years in a row! I am not only thankful to those of you who took the time to vote for me, but also to be a part of such a supportive school community! This is truly an honor!

 Just a reminder that in an effort to continue to do our part in reducing waste in the environment, the school will only be sending home general school notices with the youngest or only student in K-8 in each family. If you would prefer to have someone other than the youngest child responsible for bringing home the notices, please call the school office and let Mrs. Jaquith know which way to send information home.

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