STUDENT LED CONFERENCES

Dear Parents,

Student-led parent conferences will be held on April 3rd & 4th.  Students will be dismissed at 11:45.  Conferences are held in the afternoon.  A letter indicating your conference date and time was mailed home to you this week.  Please plan on attending your child’s conference. Students have been working hard to prepare to share their work and progress on their learning goals with you. The Student-led conference is an important part of the middle school experience.  In leading their own conference, students gain more responsibility for their learning.  Teachers will be circulating through the Kiva to answer questions.

Counselors will be available in the Computer Lab during the days of Student Led Conferences to assist parents in signing up and accessing Infinite Campus and Remind.com.

Signing up for Infinite Campus will allow parents and students to access the teachers grade book to assess how students are doing and whether they need to make up any missing work. Remind.com is used by some of the Teams to send homework assignments to parent phones on a daily basis to help students to develop a successful homework routine.

Below is a list of questions you may consider asking your child at their conference:

  • What is your favorite piece of work and why?

  • What are some things that you can’t do now, but hope to achieve soon?

  • Which subjects or activities are hard for you/do you enjoy and why?

  • What are the most important things that you are learning this year?

  • What goals have you set?

  • How can I help you?

     Thank you for partnering with us on behalf of your child.

    If you need to change your student's conference, please contact your house secretary:

Amanda Beaudette - 860-691-5506 (Seahawks, Seafarers, Osprey, Big Blue)

Karin McNaughton - 860-691-5509 (Mariners, Seadogs, Blue Crabs)

Kerri Bond - 860-691-5508 (Neptunes, Breakers, Whelks)

After School Clubs/Late Bus

Intramural track and field starts Tuesday, March 28th. A fee of $10 is required for joining. Please click here for permission slip.

For a complete list of activities offered after school, please click HERE.

The late bus runs are provided as a convenience for students participating in after school programs. There are only 3 late bus runs. Please carefully look at the schedule so your student knows which bus to take before he attends his after school activity.

The bus leaves ELMS at 4:10 then proceeds to ELHS. They leave the HS at 4:30 so may not be home until close to 5pm depending on location of drop off. 

What's going on in the Mariners!

The Mariners presented their musical instrument projects on Thursday, March 16th. There were many amazing and unique instruments that came in. The students demonstrated their ability to change the pitch and volume. They also played a simple tune. Some students went above and beyond and decided to play the theme music to Star Wars or Do-Re-Mi  from the Sound of Music! This made Ms. Dombrowski very happy.  =)

Yearbook Photos

Have you attended a school function or field trip this school year and have taken some great photos? Please share them for inclusion in the 2016-2017 ELMS yearbook. Simply email them to the yearbook advisor Carla Woitovich: Carla.woitovich@elpsk12.org. Please include the kiva and grade level of the students in the photo. If sending from your phone, please send a large file.

Hosting students from China

Cultural Summer Program Opportunity

Are you looking for a unique opportunity for your children this summer? Considering becoming part of the Chinese-American Cultural Program. We are looking for families to host students from China from July 9-20, 2017. Students will attend a daily program at East Lyme High School that will consist of morning classes and an afternoon field trip. Students of the host family can attend the program at no charge. Additionally, host families will receive a $200 stipend per student. Camp runs each day from 8am-5pm and lunch is included. Please click here for full information and details.

Author Visit

Author Visit Coming Soon for 5th and 6th Graders! 

I am excited to announce that our 5th and 6th grade students will have an author visit from NY Times bestselling author Scott Westerfeld on April 4th.  Scott Westerfeld’s bestselling YA series include “The Uglies”, “Leviathan”, “Zeroes” and “Afterworlds”. During his visit, he will be speaking about his brand new book series designed for a 5th and 6th grade audience called “Horizon”. This is a supernatural survival adventure story about a group of kids that crash land on a strange island and soon find out that finding food and water is the least of their concerns. Students can pre-order a copy of the book and have it signed by Scott Westerfeld at the author event. All 5th and 6th grade students will be given an order form. This event is being sponsored by R.J. Julia’s Booksellers located in Madison.

*Checks can be made payable to RJ Julia’s Booksellers, or make payment by cash or credit. You can check out the book trailer on Youtube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uapP24GgKag

 ~Carla Woitovich, Library Media Specialist

Book Fair

OUR BOOK FAIR WILL BE HELD APRIL 3RD - APRIL 7TH.

You have been invited  to sign up for "Spring Book Fair 2017." Please click on the link below to sign up. Students love the book fair and we couldn't hold it without the help of parents! Please also share with anyone who may be interested.  

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d4fada823a1fa7-spring1

Parent Portal

On March 8th the ELMS Infinite Campus parent portal will be closed as we prepare to close out Trimester 2 and work on report cards. Our goal is to have report cards available to parents on March 27th.  Thank you for your patience.

Shoe Drive

For the next three weeks, the freshmen at ELHS will be conducting a shoe drive to support citizens in countries such as Haiti and Honduras and to raise money for their class. Gently worn shoes should be placed in the collection box located in your student's kiva.  The shoe drive begins on March 20th and ends on April 7th.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PARENTS/GUARDIANS

Please welcome Cara Bellotti, our new Campus Safety staff member, to ELMS. Cara will be your point of contact for all tardy students, early dismissals, parent requests, dropping off of items, visitor check-ins and parent issues/requests.

The main office door will be closed 8:15-9:00am and 2:15-3:00pm to help alleviate traffic during those very busy times of day.

Drop off/pick up procedure:

THE PARKING LOT IS CLOSED TO PARENTS 8:00-8:30AM AND 2:30-3:00 PM.

If you are dismissing your student after 2:30, you must pick up your student in the back of the building. There is NO parent pick-up in the front of the building after 2:30pm.

We do not allow students to call home for any dismissal arrangements after 2:00pm. Please make sure you send a note with your student or call the school to make any arrangements before 2:00pm.

Bringing in student's forgotten items:

Please have their name and kiva written on item. All items are brought down to the cafeteria where the student will pick them up during lunch. We are unable to disrupt classes to alert the student. Exceptions are made for emergencies.

Absent/Tardy students:

Please call 860-691-5413 before 8:30am to confirm that your student will be absent or late to school. If we do not hear from you by 9am, we will call your contact numbers to ensure the student's safety. 

Lost & Found
PARENTS: If your students are missing items, please make sure they check for them in our lost and found locations in the cafeteria, PE lockers rooms and kivas. The main office also collects eyeglasses, phones, jewelry when found by staff members. Items unclaimed get donated to Goodwill.
LIVESTREAM channel

The East Lyme school district has had a Livestream channel for about three years. It is used to broadcast Live shows as well as pre-recorded videos on-line. You can watch Board of Ed. meetings, our Morning news program, music concerts and some of our special events.

To get to the LiveStream channel, click on this link. Livestream

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INFINITE CAMPUS PARENT PORTAL

Dear Parents & Families, 

As you know we have rolled out our new student information system and parent portal, Infinite Campus. We are very excited to have over 500 families logged in.

A few items to note. If you are calling or emailing about your portal account username/password please make sure to give us your name as well as the student’s first /last name and grade. This will help speed up the process. 

Period attendance in the electronic grade book is new to us at ELMS.  Our old system required home base attendance in the electronic grade book only.  If you are seeing that your student is absent for a particular class, they are most likely at a music lesson, the nurses office, or they may have had an appointment with their counselor. Band/Orchestra students generally have 2-3 lessons per month.  We appreciate your patience while we work out how to record this more accurately.

Lastly, once you login to the portal please take the time to review your household information and contact information. You may make any necessary changes.

Thank you.

Jennifer Berchielli, Technology Consultant

East Lyme Middle School - 860 691-5520

Clothing Drive

What: Service Club clothing drive for Goodwill

When: December 8 – March 31

How: Bring clothing, linens, backpacks/totes, belts, purses, & shoes

Where: Collection bins in foyer of East Lyme Middle School

Put donations in the bins and see Stacy Watson for a receipt for use on your tax return. Clean out your closet and help Goodwill & Service Club at the same time.

Sports Equipment collection

Please consider donating your gently used sporting goods and activity equipment to be given to children in Connecticut suffering from mental health disorders.

Please drop them off at the Parks and Rec office located in the community center next to the public library.         

Donated items will be going to places in CT that cannot afford equipment for sports and physical activities through the Child & Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut. For additional information please contact:
Kathleen.kuvalanka@elpsk12.org