Dear PAML Families,
Thank you to everyone who participated in our fall student led conferences this week. I have been hearing a lot of bright spots around how the experiences were structured this time around. It was also a thrill to see some of our families back in the building!
It is well established in the educational research that students who feel a sense of belonging achieve more in school. It is for this reason that I am so proud of all of the co-curricular activities that we offer to students. Throughout the fall I’ve been able to be present at sporting events, activities, and performances. It brings me so much joy to see our students taking advantage of these opportunities. These experiences are important sources of belonging for our kids. If you are interested in learning more about any of our co-curricular activities please get in touch with your student’s TA teacher or the office.
Finally, we have Halloween coming up in just a couple of weeks. Dressing up for Halloween seemed to bring a lot of people joy last year and I’m happy to invite students to dress up again this year on Friday 10/29. Please help us make sure students wear costumes that are appropriate for school. This goes beyond the typical warning of weapons and scary stuff. Chances are, if a costume includes dressing like a cultural figure or person from a gender or race that is not their own, it’s likely to cause harm.
Please ask your student to consider:
- Is this costume or image a stereotype of a group of people?
- Does this object/image hold important cultural or traditional significance?
- How does removing the context of this costume/object change its meaning?
- Does my usage of the costume/object trivialize a culture or group of people?
Here is a resource that could be helpful: http://www.lspirg.org/costumes – A really great article about cultural appropriation
Thank you for your continued support.
Matt Young, Principal
Please mark your calendars with these important dates:
- 10/29 – ½ day for students
- 11/11 – District PD Day (no school for students)
Afternoon pick-up traffic change: We are thrilled that our bus company has added a route for us. This means that our busses are now getting closer to our students’ homes and our students are on busses for shorter periods of time. A consequence of this is that all of our busses no longer fit in the bus lane on the side of the building for dismissal. One bus will now be parked in the lane closest to the PAML entrance during dismissal. If you park close behind this bus you will likely end up having to wait until all of the busses roll out at 2:55pm before you are able to move. As a reminder; it is illegal to pass any bus while its “stop sign” is out. The following places may be better locations to pick up your student:
- The circle outside the high school entrance
- The large parking lot close to the bandshell
- The parking spaces between MES and PAML
Hockey Opportunity for Girls ages 7-12: CWS Flyer 2021-2022.docx
Mini MetroBasketball has announced that they will be offering a 2021-2022 basketball season this year. Mini-Metro is a competitive basketball league with an emphasis on player development and sportsmanship. All interested players in grades 5-8 should reach out for more information. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. All boys who are interested please email Kelly.email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. We are so excited to get back at it and can’t wait to hear from you!
Unbound has a new afternoon contact number. If your student is attending after school and you need to get in touch with them please call (802)261-0412. If you are looking to reach someone about afterschool programming between 8:00am and 2:45pm please contact Unbound through the school at 888-1401.
PA Gear Order available here. Sponsored by Boosters: SKM_C65811012506060.pdf
Athletics Schedule For The Week: PA/PAML Weekly Athletics Schedule
Schoology Access For Families
The hub for information about your student’s learning at both PA and PAML is Schoology. Please follow this link to access the resources on the LSUU website. If you are having trouble logging in to Schoology or need an access code please contact our office.
COVID-19 Transmission Prevention
We continue to pursue a multi-layer approach to preventing virus transmission in our school. Our strategies are as follows:
- Masks are required when indoors at school and on the bus (Please help remind your student to bring a clean mask and an extra each day)
- Everyone is asked to please stay home when sick.
- Students can expect to eat lunch in their classrooms or outdoors in small groups for the foreseeable future.
- Our HVAC system has been optimized to cycle as much fresh air into classrooms as possible.
Announcements From Working Communities Challenge (WCC)
Morrisville Rotary Coat Drive. Donate clean winter coats and snow pants. Drop off this week at:
- Morrisville Meals on Wheels (21 Munson Avenue, M-F, 7-4)
- Marble Realty (14 Stafford Avenue, by appointment or chance Mon, Fri, Sat mornings)