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Welcome to the Ashby Elementary School (AES) website. We hope it will serve both as a useful source of information and a valuable tool to access the resources available here at our school and beyond.

At AES, we believe that a solid education will be the key to students' success in the future. It is our goal to provide the best education possible. Together, we strive to ensure that every student achieves their full potential.  Please remember the motto painted in my office, as well as in the main hallway: All students can learn and succeed, but not on the same day in the same way. – William G. Spody.

To learn more about our philosophy, policies, and procedures, I invite you to read over the Parent/Student Handbook that is linked on the left under Student Life. I am always available to discuss any questions or concerns that you may have; please feel free to email me at agapp@nmrsd.org, or call me at 978-386-7266.  We look forward to a wonderfully productive and successful 2017-2018 school year!

~Mrs. Anne Cromwell-Gapp, M.Ed., Principal


General Information  

NORTH MIDDLESEX SNOW DAY EXTENDED LEARNING PILOT PROGRAM UPDATE:

The snow day extended learning program used its first of a possible five days on Wednesday, January 17, 2018. We would like to thank the staff, students, and families for jumping into this pilot so quickly. There is much positive feedback from this first day, but as with any pilot, there is room for improvement.

To address some of the frequent questions received regarding the first pilot day, we have updated the Frequently Asked Questions to help give some more clarification and guidelines for all involved. The questions updated are below:

**What is structured learning time?

Per the state of Massachusetts Structured Learning time shall mean time during which students are engaged in regularly scheduled instruction, learning activities, or learning assessments within the curriculum for study of the "core subjects" and "other subjects." In addition to classroom time where both teachers and students are present, structured learning time may include directed study, independent study, technology-assisted learning, and presentations by persons other than teachers, school-to-work programs, and statewide student performance assessments.

Guidelines from the DESE were updated recently and can be found using the following link:

http://www.doe.mass.edu/redesign/asld-memo.html

**How will students know what their extended learning assignment will be for the snow day?

Teachers will determine if they will assign a short-term, unit-based or long-term assignment and will give this out to students either at the beginning of winter, before the snow day or post or email no later than 9:00 am on an extended learning snow day.

Assignments may be given in packets or hard copy, or they may be sent out using technology that the class is familiar with using at other times during the year (google classroom, Aspen, etc.). Some teachers will also post their assignments on the school or district website as well, in the event the hard copy is lost or forgotten at school.

However, if your child does not have access to technology or the technology frequently doesn’t work consistently then please contact your child’s teacher to request that hard copies be sent home.

**How much time should each assignment take?

The snow day extended learning program focuses on quality of learning, not quantity. Teachers will provide assignments which meet the DESE definition of structured learning time. Assignments will be reasonable in length for the developmental age and grade level of students, and we are mindful of the unique opportunity for family time on school cancellation days. Emphasis is placed on the quality of learning experiences, not on quantity or compliance.

Estimated times for schoolwork completion per grade span will be:

• K-2 – approximately 60 minutes

• Gr. 3-4 - approximately 90 minutes

• Gr. 5-8 – approximately 20 minutes per subject area that would have met on the cancelled cycle day

• Gr. 9-12 – approximately 30 minutes per subject area that would have met on the cancelled cycle day

 THE FLU: A Guide for Parents - A hard copy will be sent home on Monday. January 22nd

Extended Day Learning - Day 1

AES Extended Day Classwork for Day 1 is located in the back pocket of your child's blue home school folder.

NORTH MIDDLESEX SNOW DAY EXTENDED LEARNING PILOT PROGRAM:

The snow day extended learning pilot program is an alternative way to make up snow-days (up to five) that has been accepted for this school year, to serve from during January 16th through April 1st.  Instead of making up snow days at the end of June, students will be given a variety of assignments that are either short-term, unit-based or a long-term project equal to multiple days of learning. These assignments will be due sometime after the snow day (s) has occurred. Each grade level will be different.   Students may work on the assignments during the snow day or choose to complete them afterwards, especially if they need help or clarification from their teachers. I am meeting with all Ashby staff the morning of January 11.  That same evening, January 11th, there will be a Parent Information Night beginning at 6:30 PM at the High School, which is open to all.

At the end of the pilot, the Snow Day Extended Learning committee will send out a survey to determine the strengths and areas of improvement for this initiative. The school committee will then be presented with a recommendation from the committee to either: adopt the Extended Learning for future years, continue with a revised pilot, or discontinue the program based on the results of the survey.

 A special thank you my colleague, Principal Janda, and all the members of the Snow Day Extended Learning Committee for their commitment to this initiative.

Snow Day Extended Learning links: Overview & FAQPowerPoint slides from the school committee presentation.

Mrs. C.

Before & After School Program

KIDSBOROUGH BEFORE AND AFTER-SCHOOL CARE

Exciting news for the 17-18 school year! The district has selected Kidsborough to provide Before and After-School Care “on-site” to the K-4 students of Ashby, Spaulding Memorial, and Varnum Brook Elementary Schools. Families can look forward to a fun-filled curriculum that includes art, science, cooking, physical play and of course homework help! Kidsborough’s program includes a variety of 6-8 week clubs such as Yoga, Chess, Gizmos and Gadgets, Foreign Language, Community Service and more. To ensure availability please register by August 11, 2017.

All NMRSD families that register by the above deadline will receive the month of May 2018 for free! Departures from the program prior to May will receive a prorated discount.

If you have any questions, please visit our website at www.kidsborough.com. You can reach us directly at 978-877-6923

Policy EFCD Meal Charges

Lunch and Breakfast Menus

Drop off and Pick up Map

Supply Lists

LEAD AND COPPER COMPLIANCE SAMPLING PROGRAM

AES participated in the lead and copper tap monitoring program. Click here to read the lead and copper results from the sample collected at Ashby Elementary School on 9/20/16


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