This series of 9 classes will focus on helping parents and community members assist young people to be successful in school and in life. Attendees will be given specific tools to encourage youth to increase their strength in the 40 areas that have been identified through research. This research tells us that the more of these assets a person has, the more likely it is that he/she will lead a successful and productive life.
All classes start at 6:00 p.m.. Childcare and dinner will be provided. Please click below and then click "Join" to RSVP.
The following days are scheduled; all classes start at 6:00 p.m.. Childcare and dinner will be provided. Classes will be held on:
8 October 2015
14 January 2016
As the beginning of school approaches, we begin the various rituals that have become associated with the big event. During the last two weeks of summer, parents might begin implementing an earlier bedtime and start to wake our “late sleepers” a little earlier. Meal times may become a bit more regular. Calendars start to become a little more important. We do these things, as well as make other preparations, because we want to make sure our kids have the best possible start to school.
For their part, the schools are also preparing. Floors have been waxed, buildings painted and supplies have arrived. New personnel have been hired. (We welcome Mr. Lloyd to 3rd Grade, Ms. Sieff to Science, Ms. Cheek to Spanish, Ms. Keeton to Preschool, and Ms. Antich, Ms. Rask and Ms. Santiago to the ranks of our paraeducators.) Sports teams have returned from camp and started official practice. We do all these things because we want to make sure our students have the best possible start to school.
In that vein, you should be aware of the following changes that have been implemented for Raymond Schools this fall:
Student Preparation For School
Of course, none of the foregoing is of much use if the students are not mentally prepared for school. Two key components for a successful school experience are a desire to learn and “grit.” Indeed, one might argue that these two ingredients are necessary for a successful life experience. This list from scholastic.com has some great ideas that we, as parents, can do to encourage a desire to learn and a “can do” attitude:
The Raymond School District appreciates all of the community support we receive and we look forward to helping your children be their best in the upcoming school year!
For a complete calendar of events, go to www.raymondk12.org
The City of Raymond has closed much of Commercial Street and the surrounding roads in order to work on the streets and sidewalks. If you're coming to the school, please use Duryea and park in the elementary school parking lot. The closure is expected to last through the end of September.
If you know someone who does not have Internet access, but would like to, please let them know that if their child qualifies for free/reduced lunch, they may also qualify for reduced-cost Internet service via Comcast. For details, they can call 1-855-846-8376 or go to: https://www.internetessentials.com/.
(Yes, we recognize that using a webpage to invite those who do not have Internet access to investigate the Comcast program is a bit strange; we're hoping that those who see this announcement will pass this information on to their friends who may need it. Raymond School District will also send information home to families later in the year when we have received the flyers from Comcast.) Below is a copy of that information.
From Comcast's Promotional Letter:
"We know that many students and their families would like to have Internet service at home so they can do homework, search for jobs, download music, communicate with others and much more. We also believe the Internet can be an important part of your child’s education.
That’s why we want to make sure you know about a new program provided by Comcast called Internet Essentials.
If you have at least one child eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program, your family may qualify for fast, affordable home Internet service for the new school year. Internet Essentials costs just $9.95 per month (plus tax). For participating families, there are no price increases, no activation fees or equipment rental fees.
In addition, you can buy a low-cost computer for just $149.99 (plus tax) and receive free Internet training — online, in print and in person.
If you think this might be right for your family, it’s easy to get started. Visit InternetEssentials.com to learn more and see if you qualify, or call 1-855-8-INTERNET (1-855-846-8376) to enroll and get connected.
Again, we want to make sure that our students have access to online learning, and we are excited to tell you about programs like Internet Essentials that may be helpful to your family."
Beginning in September, the District will provide all meals (breakfast and lunch) to all students free of charge. The Federal government recently began offering this option; we have been investigating since January whether or not it was a "good fit" for us. After due consideration, we submitted our application and have recently been notified that we have been approved. We believe that this change will be good for both family budgets and student stomachs!
Please note that students/parents are still accountable to pay any meal fees that have accumulated up until this time.