Message from Chad Leith | May 8, 2023

Dear Morse School Parents & Caregivers,

May 8th-12th is Teacher Appreciation Week and I would like to begin this week’s newsletter with a special shout out to our amazing Morse School staff! I have worked in many different school settings and I can say with absolute certainty that the teachers, paraprofessionals, and specialists at the Morse School are at the of their league for their caring and commitment. Teaching is not always easy, but our staff members come to school each day with a genuine love for children and a commitment to making our school a great place for every single student. I feel privileged to have worked alongside such an outstanding team of educators.

I know that many Morse School children and families have also taken the opportunity this week to show your appreciation for our teachers. Many thanks to the Friends of the Morse School and our parent volunteers for kicking off Teacher Appreciation Week by organizing yesterday’s wonderful staff breakfast. There are still opportunities to volunteer over the coming days - especially if you are able to contribute to our annual teacher appreciation potluck luncheon! Please see the Friends of Morse School website for more information about how you can help!


May Events at the Morse School

The month of May got off to a great start with last week’s Department of Public Works Day at the Morse School (Ms. Allison’s JK/K class pictured above)! Please click here for a calendar of additional upcoming events. A hard copy is going home today in your child’s backpack.

Class Placement Process for 2023-2024
Over the coming weeks, our classroom teachers, specialists, counselors and special educators will work together to develop preliminary class lists for the 2023-2024 academic year. Our process is designed to create positive and balanced classrooms that will foster each child’s positive social and academic growth. We will take many factors into consideration, including the individual strengths and needs of each child and school demographics.

The starting point for our placement process is to consider the strengths and needs of all of the children at a particular grade level, and to build individual class lists that take into account the different personalities and learning styles represented in the cohort. With such large and complex student cohorts - and with only two homeroom teachers at each grade level - we cannot accept requests for individual teachers.

That being said, you know your child best and we would welcome any information that you believe would help us in placing your child in a classroom community that will best support your child's overall growth, success, and sense of belonging at the Morse School. Please feel free to share by completing this parent/caregiver input form.

Summer Opportunities for JK-5 Students
Finally, with only 30 school days left before the summer vacation, it is time to look ahead to ways of keeping your child engaged and positive during the months of July and August. It is important that children have summer opportunities to interact with other children and to continue growing their brains. I know that many of you have already made summer plans for your children. If you are still looking for ideas, please take a look at this list of suggestions for elementary families from the Cambridge Agenda for Children.


Principal Chad Leith
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