Thursday, October 6, 2016

Week of 10/3/16

Good afternoon and happy Friday.  

This is our first Family Reconnect Weekend of the year.  I hope you all are able to enjoy a lovely long weekend whether you stay close to home or are traveling and that you enjoy some time as a family.  

MCAS scores were mailed home this week if your child attended Ashland Public Schools last year. Please let us know if you do are expecting scores and do not receive them.  Once again we were thrilled with our results and proud of the success of our students.  Students attending charter or other public schools last year should receive the report from that school.  McAuliffe did notify us that they are sending the reports to us so we will main those once we receive them.  

We have a current Donors Choose grant that is due to expire in 13 days.  Please check out the link below and consider supporting the grant.

Donors Choose- Reading Fluency-Chromebook Initiative

Please be sure to check out Parent Flyers...there is a lot of good information this week!
Senior Yearbook Deadlines
All seniors are asked to submit a senior bio for the 2017 yearbook. While this is not a requirement, it is a tradition that most seniors like to take part in. The bio includes three brief parts: Memories, Goals, and a quote. All items should be emailed to

Senior bio is due by October 14th
Other upcoming deadlines for seniors
Senior photo for the yearbook (if not done by Grynn & Barrett): Oct 28
Baby Photo: Nov 10
Senior w/ HS sibling(s): Nov 10

Purchase Yearbooks and Yearbook Ads
All high school students are encouraged to purchase a yearbook. The yearbook will reflect the year of fun and education at AHS for all students. The yearbook costs just $85 if purchased by the early-bird deadline.
After that, prices will jump to $120. 
Parents of seniors are encouraged to place an ad in the yearbook to honor your graduating student. All book sales and ad sales should be done through our Questions? Contact yearbook advisors Chad McGowan or Sue Reap.
Any student who would like a yearbook but has a financial hardship should see Ms. St Coeur or Ms. Shiels.  

Please Save The Date: On Wednesday, October 19th at 7pm in the Ashland High School Auditorium, Kenneth Ginsburg, M.D., M.S. Ed, Ph.D. will present a program titled “Resilience in Action: Raising Children and Adolescents Who Are Prepared to Thrive” to the Ashland community. Dr. Ginsburg is a nationally recognized resilience expert; his program will address resilience and how his 7Cs Model of Resilience gives parents practical strategies to foster resilience and raise children that are prepared to thrive. This program is being hosted by Ashland’s Decisions at Every Turn Coalition, The Friends of the Ashland Public Library, Ashland K-12 PTO, and ASHPAC.

Ashland Raise Happy & Healthy Kids
When you ask your child "How was school today?", does he/she mumble "good" or "fine"? Below are some questions to ask that might get you more than a one-word answer.

  1. What was the funniest thing that happened today?
  2. What games did you play at recess?
  3. Did anyone do anything super nice for you?
  4. What was the nicest thing you did for someone else?
  5. Who made you smile today?
  6. Which one of your teachers would survive a zombie apocalypse? Why?
  7. What new fact did you learn today?
  8. Who brought the best food in their lunch today? What was it?
  9. What challenged you today?
  10. If school were a ride at the fair, which ride would it be? Why?
  11. What would you rate your day on a scale of 1 to 10? Why?
  12. If one of your classmates could be the teacher for the day who would you want it to be? Why?
  13. If you had the chance to be the teacher tomorrow, what would you teach the class?
  14. Did anyone push your buttons today?
  15. Who do you want to make friends with but haven’t yet? Why not?
  16. What is your teacher’s most important rule?
  17. What is the most popular thing to do at recess?
  18. Does your teacher remind you of anyone else you know? How?
  19. Tell me something you learned about a friend today.
  20. What is one thing you did today that was helpful?
  21. When did you feel most proud of yourself today?
  22. What rule was the hardest to follow today?
  23. What is one thing you hope to learn before the school year is over?
  24. Which person in your class is your exact opposite?
  25. Which area of your school is the most fun?
  26. Which playground skill do you plan to master this year?

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