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APRIL 2014

April 2nd, 4th and 8th – PARCC testing for 8th grade students.  Students should arrive to school on time having had a good night’s sleep.  Breakfast will be provided on testing days for 8th grade students. 
April 8th PTA meeting in the staff dining room at 8:20 a.m.
SAC meeting in the staff dining room at 10:00 a.m.
Annual Town Meeting at the Old Whaling Church at 7:00 p.m.
April 9th  School Committee Meeting in staff dining room at 8:30 a.m.
Spring Individual Photo Day & 8th grade class photo are taken in the morning
April  10th  School Closes at 12:00 for Parent Teacher Conferences K-4   4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
5-8  12:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Entering Kindergarten registration meetings by appointment from 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.
April 11th 3rd quarter ends for 5th – 8th grade
April 14th School Closes at 12:00 for Parent Teacher Conferences K-4  12:30 – 3:30 p.m.
5-8    4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Entering Kindergarten registration meetings by appointment from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
April 16th School Closes at 12:00 for Parent Teacher Conferences K-4   4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
5-8  12:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Entering Kindergarten registration meetings by appointment from 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.
April 17th  5th grade will present two Tall Tales in the cafeteria at 6:30 p.m.
April 18th 3rd quarter reports cards go home with students in 5th – 8th grades
School Closes at 2:40 p.m. for Spring Vacation – reopens April 27th   
April 30th  Entering Kindergarten parent orientation in the library from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Student Council sponsored food drive April 7th – 18th – bring in food to support our local Food Pantry
Bunch of Grapes and Vineyard School Librarians Book Fair April 11th – 18th.  Purchase a book, mention “Edgartown School” and 20% of your purchase will be donated to the school.  
Volleyball Games:  Semi-finals April 8th  Finals April 9th 
Looking Ahead:  
Talent Show – May 1st and Spring Concert May 20th  
Math, Science & Technology MCAS – May 6th – 21st 


02, 04 e 08 de abril – Testes PARCC p/ os alunos da 8a série. Os alunos devem comparecer à escola no horário tendo tido um boa noite de sono. Será servido café da manhã nos dias de testes p/ os alunos da 8a série. 
08 de abril Reunião da PTA (“Associação de Pais e Mestres”) na sala de refeição dos funcionários às 8h20.
Reunião do SAC (“Comitê Consultivo Estudantil”) na sala de refeição dos funcionários às 10h. 
Reunião Aberta ao Público (“Town Meeting”) Anual na Old Whaling Church às 19h.
09 de abril  Reunião do Comitê Escolar na sala de refeição dos funcionários às 8h30.
Dia da primavera p/ foto individual e foto da turma da 8a série pela manhã.
10 de abril  Encerramento das aulas ao meio dia p/ Conferências de Pais e Mestres 
Do Jardim de infância à 4ª série: das 16h às 19h.  
Da 5ª à 8ª série: das 12h30 às 15h30. 
Reunião p/ matrícula no jardim de infância com hora marcada das 12h30 às 15h30. 
11 de abril Final do terceiro trimestre para as turmas da 5a à 8a série. 
14 de abril Encerramento das aulas ao meio dia p/ Conferências de Pais e Mestres 
Do Jardim de infância à 4ª série: das 12h30 às 15h30.  
Da 5ª à 8ª série: das 12h às 19h. 
Reunião p/ matrícula no jardim de infância com hora marcada das 16h às 19h. 
16 de abril Encerramento das aulas ao meio dia p/ Conferências de Pais e Mestres 
Do Jardim de infância à 4ª série: das 16h às 19h.  
Da 5ª à 8ª série: das 12h30 às 15h30. 
Reunião p/ matrícula no jardim de infância com hora marcada das 12h30 às 15h30. 
17 de abril  A turma da 5a série apresentará duas estórias Tall Tales no refeitório às 18h30.  
18 de abril Envio do boletim de notas do terceiro trimestre através dos alunos da 5a à 8a série.   
Encerramento das aulas às 14h40 p/ as Férias de Primavera – Reinício no dia 27 de abril.   
30 de abril  Orientação p/ os pais dos alunos ingressando no jardim de infância na biblioteca das 18h às 19h. 
Arrecadação de alimentos patrocinada pelo Conselho Estudantil de 07 a 18 de abril. Favor trazer alimentos para apoiar a nossa Food Pantry (“Despensa de Alimentos”) local. 
Feira de livros da livraria Bunch of Grapes e dos bibliotecários das escolas de Martha’s Vineyard de 11 a 18 de abril. Compre um livro, mencione “Edgartown School” e 20% do total da sua compra será doada à escola.  
Jogos de vôlei: Semifinais no dia 8 de abril      
Finais no dia 9 de abril 
Próximos Eventos:
Show de Talentos no dia 1° de maio e Concerto de Primavera no dia 20 de maio 
Testes MCAS de Matemática, Ciência e Tecnologia do dia 06 a 21 de maio 

Edgartown Public Library Youth Group

The Edgartown Public Library Youth group is a group open to all 6th-12th graders. They meet on the first Wednesday of every month from 6:30-7:30pm at the Edgartown Public Library. Pizza, dessert, and juice is served. This newly established group is looking to expand and invites all who are interested to join.  For more information please call Elyce at the library: 508-627-4221.
The group will be holding a number of fundraisers and programs for youths/teens throughout the year. Their next event is an all night movie marathon for 6th-8th graders. This will go from Saturday, May 24th at 6pm to 10 am on Sunday morning. 

Trustees of Reservations - Seaside Saturdays

Head down to the Long Point Visitor Center each Saturday for a variety of FREE
educational programs for children and families. A Trustees’ educator will be available to answer questions and assist you and your family with getting started on the right activity! Snacks and hot drinks will be provided.

Edgartown Public Library Newsletters

April 2014
March 2014
February 2014

Clothing Preparation for Outdoor Recess

Dear parents, 
Now that we are heading into some colder weather, it is extremely important to make sure your kids are dressed appropriately for outdoor recess and outdoor activities. Here are some weather guidelines that we use when determining safety for outside play. 
Winter winds can be dangerous for kids when they’re outside. Use this guide to windchill — how cold it actually feels — to keep your child safe.
Windchill: 32°F and up
Verdict: It’s safe to play outside.
Safety tip: Dress your child in layers, with a hat and mittens or gloves (and watch big kids, who may ditch their coats). Babies and young toddlers develop hypothermia faster than older children, so bundle them in one layer more than you would wear.
Windchill: 13° to 31°F
Verdict: Be cautious.
Safety tip: It’s okay for your kid to be out. But watch for signs that he or she’s too cold, such as shivering or fatigue, and take indoor breaks every 20 to 30 minutes to warm up. Your kid’s body temperature will drop much faster if he or she gets wet, so swap soggy gloves and hats for dry ones. 
Windchill: Below 13°F
Verdict: It’s unsafe for outdoor play. 
Safety tip: Keep him or her inside today. As the windchill factor approaches 0°F, there’s a serious risk of frostbite. Winter winds can be dangerous for kids when they’re outside. Use this guide to windchill — how cold it actually feels — to keep your child safe.
Please don't hesitate to notify me if you have any questions or concerns. 
Your school nurse,

Cold & Flu

Dear Parents,
Cold and flu result in more absences in school age children than almost any other illness.  Most colds and flu are caused by viruses.   Viral infections cannot be helped by penicillin or other antibiotics. If the child has a fever or cannot do their class work they should not be in school. See your health care provider if the cold is accompanied by the signs of a bacterial infection, such as persistent cough or a cough that produces yellow or green phlegm, high fever (102 degrees or above), pain in the ears, sinus or chest, or severe sore throat. Bacterial infections can be treated with antibiotics.  
This is a list of suggestions that may be helpful for you if your child is suffering from cold or flu.
  • Get plenty of rest. If he/she is having difficulty breathing because of congestion, you can try having them sleep propped up with pillows.
  • Drink plenty of fluids (hot or cold)
  • Frequent hand washing to prevent the spread of germs. Dispose of tissues carefully.
  • Clean contaminated household objects (i.e. phones and toys) frequently. Wash dishes in hot soapy water.
  • Try to have your child keep his/her hands away from his/her face.
  • Using a vaporizer or humidifier may help with congestion.
  • Eat when hungry.
  • Parents can consider using a decongestant, pain relievers or Vitamin C supplements to relieve the symptoms of colds and flu as directed by your health care provider or pharmacist.
Yours in health,
Nicole Barlett 
Click here to download a flu guide for parents.
Caros Pais,
Resultado de gripes e resfriados em mais faltas em crianças em idade escolar do que quase qualquer outra doença . A maioria dos resfriados e gripes são causados por vírus. As infecções virais não podem ser ajudados por penicilina ou outros antibióticos. Se a criança tem febre ou não pode fazer seu trabalho de classe que não deveriam estar na escola . Consulte o seu médico se o frio é acompanhado pelos sinais de uma infecção bacteriana , como tosse persistente ou uma tosse que produz catarro amarelo ou verde , febre alta ( 102 graus ou acima ), dor nos ouvidos , sinusite ou no peito, ou grave dor de garganta. As infecções bacterianas pode ser tratada com antibióticos.
Esta é uma lista de sugestões que podem ser úteis para você, se seu filho está sofrendo de gripe ou resfriado.
  • Descanse bastante. Se ele / ela está a ter dificuldade em respirar por causa do congestionamento, você pode tentar tê-los dormir apoiado com travesseiros.
  • Beba muito líquido ( quente ou frio)
  • lavar as mãos frequentemente para evitar a propagação de germes. Descarte de tecidos cuidadosamente .
  • Limpe objetos domésticos contaminados ( ou seja, telefones e brinquedos ) com freqüência. Lavar louça em água quente e sabão .
  • Tente ter o seu filho manter seus / suas mãos longe de seu / sua cara .
  • Usando um vaporizador ou umidificador pode ajudar com o congestionamento .
  • Comer quando está com fome .
  • Os pais podem considerar o uso de um descongestionante , analgésicos ou suplementos de vitamina C para aliviar os sintomas de gripes e resfriados , como indicado pelo seu médico ou farmacêutico.
Seu em saúde,
Nicole Barlett 

Homework Club Update

Homework Club for grades 3 and 4 is in the Health Room, meeting 4 days a week, Monday - Thursday.
Homework Club for grades 5 and 6 is in Mr. Smith's room. It will meet 4 days a week, Monday - Thursday.
7/8 Homework Club meets in Mr. Smadbeck's room, #250, Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Please note that on half days, there are no Homework Clubs.

2013-2014 School Calendar

Click here to view the 2013-2014 school calendar in pdf format.

The last day of school is Friday, June 27, 2014.

Bus Information 

The Edgartown School is part of the regional/island-wide transportation system which provides bus services.  The buses are marked Martha’s Vineyard Public Schools.  
School bus service is furnished to students living 1 ½ miles from school as measured from the closest bus route stop nearest the child’s home.
Bus Schedule:
Vineyard Haven Road 7:40 – 8:00 A.M.
West Tisbury Road/Katama 7:40 – 8:00 A.M.
Chappaquiddick 7:40 – 8:00 A.M.
West Tisbury/Katama Route Bus Change - Afternoons Only
Starting Monday, September 30th there will be a change in the afternoon drop off times on the West Tisbury/Katama Bus.
The bus driver will be giving students/parents a sheet that lists the changes.  These changes will have many students on the bus for a shorter amount of time. If you have any questions, please contact either Jimmy Flynn at the high school or Anne Fligor at the Edgartown School.
Students should be at their stop ready to board the bus; drivers are not required to wait for students arriving late to their stop.  All students should arrive home between 3:00 – 3:20 P.M.
More information regarding routes is available in the main office or by calling the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School and speaking to Jimmy Flynn.  
Bus Rules
  1. All students must abide by school rules to and from school.  This includes walking to and from the bus and waiting for the bus and on the bus.  Poor behavior while being transported to and from school may result in the suspension of bus riding privileges or given an assigned seat for a period of time.
  2. For the safety of all children, the bus driver is always in complete charge.
  3. Students should never board a bus unless the driver is in the vehicle.
  4. Students must be seated properly at all times and especially when the bus is moving.
  5. Students may talk on the bus at a reasonable level.
  6. No eating or drinking is allowed on the bus.
  7. Any student who wishes to ride a bus, for reasons such as Brownie meetings, visits to a friend’s house, etc., must have a note from his/her parent, otherwise the student will be sent home following their regular end of the day arrangements.  A parental note is also required if a student wishes to get dropped off at a stop other than his/her regular stop.

Draft Project Schedule   
Site Mobilization - Mid to Late March 2014
General Site Work - Project Duration
Clearing, Excavation and Foundations - April/May/June 2014
Structural Steel - June/July/August 2014
Building Envelope, Masonry, Roofing - Sept thru Dec 2014
Building Systems, Interiors, etc - October 2014 - April 2015
Site Improvements (walks, pavement, etc) - April/May 2015
Substantial Completion - Mid May 2015
Final Completion - Mid June 2015
Currently excavation next to the school's gym for a 3 tried temporary retaining wall is being installed.  The corners of the building and elevation will be marked the end of this week and next week the footing materials will be delivered as well as re-bar by the end of the week.  
The week of April 21st the form work for the foundation footings are scheduled to begin.  
In the parking area by the cemetery - storage containers and materials for the project will be stored.  There is one tree in this area that will be moved to make way for a future sidewalk.   Currently the two older tress on WT road will remain.

Martha’s Vineyard Public Schools
Managing Life-Threatening Allergies in Schools Policy

It is the policy of the Martha's Vineyard Public Schools that the management of life-threatening allergies be accomplished in compliance with the applicable Massachusetts Department of Public Health regulations. The school district will reference the guidelines established by the Massachusetts Department of Education in a document entitled, "Managing Life-Threatening Food Allergies in Schools".
In order to minimize the incidence of life-threatening allergic reactions, the MVPS will maintain a system-wide emergency plan. Parents/guardians of a student with a physician-diagnosed allergy must inform the school nurse in writing and provide yearly physician documentation that the student has a potentially life-threatening allergy.

School Visitor Policies

If you're visiting the school between 8:20am and 2:40pm, please note our policies:

  • Sign in at the office and get a visitor pass.
  • Remember to sign back out when you're leaving.
  • No parking in front of the entrance. Please use the parking lot.

Your cooperation is most appreciated as student safety and security is our highest priority. Thank you!


Staff Documents

School Report Card

This report card contains important information about enrollment, teacher qualifications, student achievement on the MCAS and more. Click here to view the letter from Principal Stevens about our report card.

  • Click here to view an overview of our school's 'report card' in pdf format (updated November 2013).
  • Click here to view our complete school 'report card' in pdf format (updated November 2013).

School Bullying Plan

Information about our school bullying plan can be found in the student & parent area.

Common Core Website - Teacher Access



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