Important Back to School Information

Important WCS Back to School Information
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The following outlines important information and upcoming dates to remember. Please refer to windhamsd.org for any updates or changes.






Are you ready for the first day of school?

Important Back to School Information

The first day of school is August 30 for Grades K through 12 and September 4 or 5 for Preschool. Are you ready? Are you looking forward to meeting your teachers? Have you finished your summer reading? Do you have all of your school supplies? Here is some important information to help you prepare.



What’s New for 2017-18?

PowerSchool Now Available In All Grade Levels:

The Windham School District is delighted to now offer the PowerSchool Parent Portal at every grade level. PowerSchool streamlines communications and will help keep students and parents informed of upcoming assignments, grades, classroom activities and other important information. Content availability will depend on individual grade level. During the individual Grade K through 8 open house events, parents will be introduced to the portal and it will be made available for parents to access. Instructions for setting up new parent accounts as well as user Access ID and Access passwords were provided within the recent InfoSnap registration verification, however, these will be resent as we get closer to open house events. Windham High School students and parents will be able to access PowerSchool Portal and class as of the first day of school.


1:1 Technology:

We are delighted to announce that beginning this year, each student in the district will be equipped with 1:1 technology. We will be distributing MacBook Airs to all high school students; Chromebooks to every student entering grades 2-8 and iPad resources to kindergarten and grade 1 students. With 1:1 technology, the Windham School District is able to provide a 21st century learning environment and effectively integrate technology into curriculum and instruction to improve student learning, increase learning opportunities, and encourage the use of different and innovative teaching methods.


Ready Set Go:

Studies have found that adding more recess time improves academic performance. This year, we are pleased to introduce Ready Set Go where we will add additional recess time at Golden Brook School and Windham Center School. Children will spend this time on the playground, weather permitting. The additional recess time can be found below:

Kindergarten and Grade 2, Golden Brook School : 8:20 to 8:40 am

Grade 1, Golden Brook School:  8:40 to 9 am

Windham Center School: 8:15 to 8:35 am


GO (Get Organized) Binders:

In order to get students’ organized and improve effective functioning skills as well as communications, we are introducing the new GO Binder for Golden Brook School and Windham Center School students. Students are required to take their GO Binders back and forth from school. The binders feature district and classroom schedules, teacher contact information, homework folder, parent/communication folder, schoolwide information and learning resources.  



Helpful Information for the Upcoming School Year

2017-18 District Calendar (PDF)

PLEASE NOTE:  Friday, September 1 is a full day of school and there is no school on Monday, September 4.


Bus Information:

As a reminder, we encourage all students to take the bus to ensure safety. If your child will not be participating in the busing program for the upcoming school year, please notify the district at the earliest convenience in order that we can adjust routes and schedules accordingly. Bus routes are available here.


School Menus:

Menus are available here.  


School Messenger Communication System:

As a reminder, the District contracted last year with SchoolMessenger Solutions as our provider for parent notifications.  SchoolMessenger offers a variety of communication options to utilize when sending messages regarding attendance calls for unreported absences, emergencies, school closings and delays, newsletters, school announcements, athletic updates, and other types of information.


Emergency Messages and Attendance Calls

Parents/Legal Guardians are automatically enrolled based on the information provided for both the Mother/Legal Guardian and Father/Legal Guardian.  The home phone number that has been provided is designated as a required number for Emergency and Attendance Calls.  Cell phone numbers may also have been entered as the primary home number.  Cell phone and email options will also be utilized, but you will have the option at a later designate preferences or to opt-in to receive text messages.


infoCenter – Preferences

SchoolMessenger offers a variety of ways for parents and guardians to manage their communications preferences.  You can download the InfoCenter mobile app from Google Play or the Apple App Store, as well as sign up online by visiting infocenter.schoolmessenger.com, which will also be available as a link via your PowerSchool Parent Portal account.  In InfoCenter you may designate which of your numbers you wish to opt-in for text messages or select email only for newsletters and other non-emergency announcements.  For more information about SchoolMessenger and InfoCenter, please download the following document or visit our district website to learn more.  SchoolMessenger InfoCenter for Parents.pdf


Windham Center School


WCS Staff Directory:

The staff directory can be found here.


WCS Handbook:

The handbook can be found here.


School Supply List:

Suggested school supply lists for each grade can be downloaded here.


Teacher Meet and Greet Information:

8/28, 1 to 2 pm


Open House Information:

9/13, 6 to 7:30 pm, Grades 3 and 4 (Parents of Grade 3 students at WHS should report first to the WCS Gym)

9/14, 6 to 7:30 pm, Grade 5


Picture Day:

Friday, September 22


Windham Center School Ice Cream Social:

9/21, 5 to 7 pm

 




 


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