Message from the School Administration
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
We’ve made it into March with only one day to make up! Let’s hope that the Ground Hog was correct and that spring arrives early with no surprises!
Remember that on March 8th, you need to “Spring Ahead” and turn your clocks ahead one hour. It will be great to have more lightness during the day!
With the month of March comes the anticipation of MCAS testing. We will begin to present information to our grade 3, 4, and 5 students to help them prepare for MCAS and hopefully, reduce any anxiety that comes with testing. We reassure students that this assessment is a place to show everything they know and have learned thus far in school. Aitken has historically performed very well and we hope that this trend continues.
We anticipate the Aitken Building Addition Project will be commencing in mid-March. There will be some challenges with parking in the main lot near the basketball court for a short period of time so that the construction crew can access the drains beneath the parking lot. We will be sure to share information and plans to make drop offs as smooth as possible as soon as we confirm the dates with the project manager. Right now, it looks like this will occur later in April.
Our school’s website is always updated and provides information for parents including our calendar of events. Many teachers also added pages on the website: aes.seekonk.sharpschool.com Please check us out and put us on your list of favorites.
The Aitken Parent Teacher Organization is an integral part of the success of Aitken School. There are monthly meetings and numerous opportunities throughout the year to become involved in your child’s school. The PTO is not a club and there are no fees. The Aitken PTO is a truly collaborative and wonderful organization to get involved in where you will learn more about our school’s programs and help support your child’s school experiences as well.
Our next meeting is on Wednesday, March 4th and will begin promptly at 6:30 PM an end at 7:30 PM. We hope to see you there!
Aitken School Council
The Aitken School Council assists the principal in:
- Adopting educational goals for the schools
- Reviewing the annual school building budget
- Formulating the School Improvement Plan and
- Completing tasks which the school committee may determine.
Council members are elected to 2-year terms and the meetings are open to the public. The Aitken School Council will meet at 3:15 PM on the following date: March 24, 2020 (This date is contingent on the FY21 budget process. This date may change.)
Student Arrival & Dismissal Information
Students should arrive at school between 8:45-9:00 a.m. *Please note that there is no supervision before 8:45 when students are allowed to enter the school.
- Please be mindful of other drivers and children during student drop-off and pick-up. You need to either pull into a parking space or pull against the curb in the parking lot by the basketball court.
- Students in grades pre-K-3 should enter through the left rear door of the school by the basketball courts.
- Students in grades 4-5 should enter through the right rear door entrance by Rye street.
- Dismissal is at 3:05 p.m. Students are dismissed out of the same doors at the end of the day. As in the morning, there is no supervision of the playground after 3:05 p.m. and therefore, walkers must go home at the close of school.
School Breakfast, Lunch & Milk
The price of school breakfast & lunch will remain the same this year. The cost for breakfast, which is served daily from 8:45-9:00 a.m., is $1.25 (reduced cost for qualified families is $.30).
The lunch cost is $2.75 (reduced cost for qualified families is $.40) which includes milk.
Milk purchased separately is $.50 (there is no reduced cost for milk).
Please come and see us!
Our doors are always open to you. Please don’t hesitate to speak with your child’s teacher or us if you have any questions or concerns (508-336-5230).
Mr. John Haidemenos, Jr. Principal
Mr. David Graf Assistant Principal
“Aitken Rockets Reach for the Stars!"