Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Sept 14

E-Race Irene!  This Sunday, September 18th, you can help Waterbury's flood relief efforts by Running or Walking 5K!
Hope Davey Park, Registration 8:30, Start 10:00 am, $25 Entry Fee, Includes T-shirt for first 300.  For more info email  

3SQUARESVT TO REPLACE LOST FOOD: Due to power outages, flooding, and devastation caused by Tropical Storm Irene, the Department for Children and Families(DCF) can provide replacement benefits to current 3SquaresVT participants who lost food due to the storm. The deadline is MONDAY, SEPT. 19 for participants to report their loss by calling DCF at 1-800-479-6151. You will need to report how food was lost (power outage of more than four hours, flooding, etc.) and the dollar value of the loss up to the value received for August. Participants will not be eligible for replacement value unless they file a food loss report. 


"Anxious Parenting:  A Historical Perspective"   The Vermont Center for Family Studies is bringing a distinguished historian of parenting to Vermont on Friday, Oct 28th.  Dr. Stearns is an engaging speaker who connects with educators and parents, helping them to gain a broader perspective. For more information, click here

NECAP Testing in October! 
Crossett Brook Students in Grades 5 through 8 will participate in the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP). Students in all of those grades will be tested in reading and mathematics, and grades 5 and 8 will be tested in writing.

The NECAP tests were designed to measure your child’s progress in meeting Vermont’s Grade Level
Expectations, or G.L.E.’s. that define the knowledge and skills a student should have mastered by the end of each school year. The Grade 6 test, for example, will measure what a student should know and be able to do after completing fifth grade. The reading and math test includes short and long reading passages that are followed by several multiple choice questions, as well as one or two “constructed response” questions that require a short written answer. The writing test includes multiple choice and constructed response questions, and a single extended writing prompt. A constructed response question requires students to show their work and/or explain their reasoning. Test results for all students will be available in March 2011.

The New England Common Assessment Program is one of the important tools available to parents and educators to determine how well our school is helping students meet standards and grade level expectations. In every assessment, scores are only as meaningful as the effort students put into the tests.

HOW YOU CAN HELP: Encourage your child to take the tests seriously and to give his or her best effort. You can best help your child prepare for the assessment by making sure that she or he is rested on the days the tests will be given. As with every day, it is critical that students have a good breakfast before heading off to school. One math section must be done without calculators, and two require calculators. So, if your child owns one, please send it in on Monday, October 17. Thank you for supporting your child and our school during the testing period.

For your information and planning, we plan to follow this testing schedule:


Tuesday, October 18
Reading Part 1

Wednesday, October 19
Reading Part 2

Thursday, October 20
AM - Reading Part 3

PM – Math Part 1
12:25 -2:10

Tuesday,  October  25

Math Part 2

Wednesday, October 26

AM- Math Part 3

PM – Writing Part 1
5, 8
5 – 12:35 – 2:10  PM
8 -12:35 – 2:10 PM

Thursday, October 27
Writing Part 2

Please try and avoid scheduling any appointments during this time as students do better when they test with their peers. Please call or e-mail us if you have any questions.

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