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Principal's Corner

Dear Morse School parents and families,

It is hard to believe that we are already halfway through October! In this week’s newsletter, I share some updates and important reminders:

Leith's FlagInternational Festival and Potluck Celebration
Friday, October 19 | 6 - 8PM
The annual International Festival is one of our most popular community events. This Friday’s event includes a potluck celebration. Please bring a dish to share - homemade or takeout - and stay for games, crafts, music, performances & prizes! Please also be sure to complete a “Family Flag,” using the blank flag we sent home last week. We invite you to use the five sections of your flag to display the things that make your family special, such as traditions, foods, music, cultural connections, or holidays. (I’m sharing here a copy of the “Leith” family flag designed by my daughter Isabella!)

Volunteers Needed
If you’re able to help out for a half-hour during the event, sign up here with various jobs & time slots. Jobs include setup, cleanup, greeters, crafts, games, etc. No experience necessary, and all activities and directions are provided – you just show up! Alternately, you can reach out directly to volunteer event parent organizers Isabelle Leighton and Tim Cavaretta (917.256.9515) and give them your name and contact information. If you have a special game or activity that you don’t see listed (and are willing to help teach and supervise) please let Isabelle and Tim know! 

School Council Meeting
Our first School Council meeting is scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday October 16th from 4:30 - 6PM in the Morse School library. This year’s school council includes parent representatives Shannon Finley, Delia Puntonio, Sayem Khan and Thalia Krakower and staff representatives Stephanie Brennan, Mary Gallant, Therese Bellino and Diane Abu-Eid. Key agenda items for our first meeting will include an examination of results from the Spring 2018 MCAS and the Spring 2018 parent survey, and a review of our draft School Improvement Plan.

Continued Work on Areas Affected by Water Intrusion
Contractors have been working hard at our school over the last two weekends to clean and repair our roof and to remove walls and floor tiles affected by water damage and mold. Surfaces and instructional tools in affected areas have also been cleaned using an a special anti-microbial solution. Another contractor is expected to remove and replace damaged insulation next Saturday, at which point tiles and sheetrock will be replaced. All interior work areas are being properly contained so that we can continue regular routines in unaffected areas. Once this process is complete, the building will be inspected and the air quality tested again. 

Best wishes for a great week and I hope to see you at this Friday’s International Festival!

Chad Leith