Dear Mary R. Fisher Families,
It is my pleasure to welcome our new families, new superintendent Mrs. Melinda Smith, and returning families and staff to an upcoming year filled with renewed energy and vision! I look forward to seeing the yellow buses unloading on August 30th at 8:15 AM with smiling, excited students that are ready to learn! I also love knowing that everyone walking through the doors of MRFES will feel welcomed and connected as part of the Fisher Family!
Our dedicated teaching staff has been planning together, preparing lessons to include teaching activities that will engage students in all subjects, providing foundational skills to prepare to become college and career ready. Our core reading program, Wonders, new to our curriculum last year, continues to provide the necessary tools to support a rich and rigorous English Language Arts (ELA) program PreK- Grade 4. We will continue to use Fundations in Grades PreK-2 for phonics, spelling, and letter formation. The National Reading Panel issued a report years ago that identified five areas that are critical for effective reading instruction: Phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. All will continue to be monitored by MRFES staff and administrators for student growth. Cursive writing will continue to be introduced in Grade 2 and carried throughout Grade 4. Keeping continuity of programs, Bridges, will remain our math program. With Bridges, we are seeing the benefits of teaching and understanding number sense before the familiar algorithms. Promoting an understanding mentally of how numbers work is key to adding application in the form of solving problems. Math fact fluency remains important to the needed automaticity as students progress through the grades and we ask parents to continue daily practice at home.
In the area of early childhood development, and as part of the Northeast Early Childhood Collaborative, we now have access to many resources for the benefit of our children and families! Our National Accreditation for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is very important to us at MRFES. The NAEYC accreditation speaks volumes about the high standards our teachers provide to Preschool and Kindergarten children. Also, providing an affordable Preschool through the School Readiness Grant and other financial means is key to MRFES’s ability to offer a quality half-day preschool program to our families.
The Positive Behavior Intervention System (PBIS) will continue to be supported by the Board of Education and all personnel throughout the Thompson district. A guest speaker will present to our students in the fall about PBIS. We want our children to continue thinking of the Tiger Code: “Be Respectful, Be Responsible, and Be Safe!”
Many years ago, Mary R. Fisher laid the ground work for a strong sense of community. As I come into my tenth year as Principal of MRFES, I also believe that strong community relations are essential to high academic achievement! We want you all to feel welcome but more importantly, to take an active part in our learning community by attending all school events, as it is also important to your child! One of those opportunities is to join the growing number of parents joining PTO as it continues to support curriculum based field trips, PAWS reading program, and a variety of fun family events! Learn about all these opportunities at our Open House Wednesday, September 6th, 4-6 PM!
As parents, you are important teachers. You model values, skills, and beliefs. Please help us by scheduling appointments outside of the school day when at all possible, building in a holiday or school break to a vacation to lessen days missed, and leaving your child in school until the end of the day, including at the conclusion of a daytime school event. Here at MRFES, we want to, “Make every minute count!” There is really no part of the day they should miss: Math, reading, reading/math intervention, writing, science, social studies, art, music, media, computer lab, physical education, all are important. The MRFES ‘learning train’ is always moving toward new concepts, skills, learning activities, and experiences to reach our learning goals and objectives. Each of these learning experiences builds day to day, week to week, month to month and finally year to year. Yes, it has been said, “80% of success is showing up!” … and why not make it even higher!!
“Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.” – Abigail Adams
Let’s dig into this new year with outstanding full day attendance, partner learning in school with parents being teachers at home, embrace challenges together, support each other by listening and finding solutions, and be Thompson proud in all that we can accomplish together for your child!
The elementary years are critical times of development for students and families alike and we will continue to strive for excellence by questioning how we can do it better. The continued conscientious work from our staff is what sets this elementary school apart from all others! As a lifelong educator who brings a firm commitment to students and the families in Thompson, I welcome you and invite you to join me in the wonderful journey ahead! Let us pursue the true meaning of TEAM: Together Everyone Achieves More!
Phone: 860-923-9142 ext. 495
Phone: 860-923-9142 ext. 490