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Please join your kindergarten at school for learning and fun!

During this school year, you are invited to come to school with your kindergartner to work and play! This is a great opportunity for you to observe your child in action and show your child that you are part of their education. A kindergarten awards assembly will take place during this time. We will have 3 kindergarten family days.

Please mark them on your calendar! The dates are:

Friday, November 6,2015 Friday,

March 4 ,2016 & Friday, May 27 ,2016

Please come to school with your child to his/her classroom on time. The fun will begin at 7:30, and end at 8:45. See you then!



Dear students and parents,


On behalf of the James Madison Staff, I am delighted to welcome you and your child to Madison School. I am honored to be your school principal and take great pride in working with a community that holds high expectations for student learning. We have many new staff members this year. Please join me in welcoming the following new staff members to James Madison:Full time vice principal — Karen Hallowell, Kindergarten – Sujey Robles,Second Grade ~ Christy Rebultan, Third Grade – Melissa DeFrancesco, Fifth Grade Gina Cole, Sixth Grade – Jamie Leimkuhler, Counselor – Brent Ball,BHA – Jessica Bustamante, Speech and Language Therapist ~-Ceylon Gibson, SDC Pre K- Amy Bebout, Librarian – Karla Morones, Office Assistant – Karla Kroese

I am very excited to begin the implementation of our distinguishing practice emphasizing Fitness and Nutrition school. Over the next few years we will be strategically implementing strategies to ensure a high level of fitness education and activity throughout the school day. Students will also be learning about the importance of balanced nutrition, calorie intake and planning healthy meals. There will be many opportunities for families to support and participate in this essential learning.

One of the first practices we will put into play is a modification of Lunch with a Loved One. At each of these special lunches there will be a focus on a specific color of a fruit or vegetable and parents will be asked to bring a fruit or vegetable to share with their child. This will provide families additional opportunities to talk about healthy food choices as well as time to collaborate in choosing the fruit or vegetable. Throughout the year you will be notified of special events related to our distinguishing practice.

We will continue with the implementation of Common Core State Standards. Students in third sixth grade will begin using our new math program titled “My Math “. Madison teachers and I will be participating in professional development to support the implementation of this program.

Parent classes offered this year will be designed to develop your understanding of Common Core State Standards, instructional strategies, use of technology and how you can best support your child at home.

As we work together during the year, I invite you to stay in contact with your child’s teacher and with me. Please make sure to join us for “Back to School Night” that will take place on Wednesday, August 26‘“ at 5:00 pm.



Diane Eatherly, Principal