Office Of The Principal

September 2016

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Chelsea Public School is thrilled to welcome back our students and to extend a warm greeting to our new families.  We opened our doors to 176 students on August 31st. We welcomed back 19 new or returning students to Chelsea at Opening Assembly.  Our school is made up of students and staff that are involved in school activities, teams and performing arts events.  We encourage families to get involved with the school as well.  We really promote a family atmosphere at Chelsea Public School and foster a personalized sense of belonging with all of our students. The more comfortable they feel at school, the better they will do academically. By working together, we can provide our students with an outstanding educational experience.

The student and parent portal in our Web2School Student Management System is an efficient way to monitor academic progress. All parents and students have log-in information and passwords to access the portal to view attendance, assignments, and grades in real time. Our expectation for teachers is to update their grade books in a timely fashion (a minimum of every two weeks), so we ask that you be patient with the grading of assignments.  This wonderful online feature will keep you and your student apprised of their progress, but we also encourage you to call or e-mail teachers if you have any questions using our school website.  If you need us to reissue your log-in and password information, please contact Administrative Assistant Kelly Doyle at kdoyle@wrvsu.org.

Upgrades in technology have certainly made things much easier and faster to communicate.  We recognize that and give our students autonomy, because we feel as young adults they are responsible enough to handle it. The school uses Google Applications for Education.  This enables our middle and high school students to use an internal email system for collaboration between students and among their teachers.  These accounts are able to be tracked by IT and administration, and only allows for use by students and staff within our school.  Students are allowed to use cell phones, iPads, and iPods in non-academic areas.  If you need to contact your student during the day, please contact Administrative Assistant Kelly Doyle at kdoyle@wrvsu.org and we will get them the message.  We discourage the use of these devices for calls, texting, and e-mailing in classrooms, as it is a distraction to the educational process throughout the day.  Your support towards that effort is greatly appreciated.

For the protection of our students, it is important that you notify the school when your student will not be in attendance. School Board policy requires the school offices to contact the homes of students whose absence has not been reported.  The purpose of this policy is to avoid any delay in determining that the student is in your care.  To report an absence call Administrative Assistant Kelly Doyle at 685-4551 by 8:30 AM.  Please tell us the student’s name, your name and relationship to the student and the reason for the absence.

There will be many opportunities for you to visit our school this year to enjoy a variety of programs, athletic events, concerts and theatrical events we will feature.  Check out our events calendar on the Chelsea Public School website for times and dates (www.chelseaschoolvt.org).  Below, please find a listing of our parent, community breakfast/luncheon outreach events for the 2016-2017 school year:

  • Farm-to-School Luncheon/Student Sampler – Thursday, September 22, 2016
  • School Open House – Thursday, October 20, 2016 (5:30-7:00 PM)
  • K-5 Grandparent Luncheon – Thursday, October 20, 2016
  • Chelsea Area Senior Citizens Luncheon (12:30 PM) – Friday, November 18, 2016
  • K-5 Parent Luncheon – Thursday, January 19, 2017
  • Diversity Day – Thursday, February 2, 2017
  • K-5 Parent/Grandparent Breakfast – Thursday, March 16, 2017
  • Chelsea Area Senior Citizens Luncheon (12:30 PM) – Friday, April 28, 2017
  • Vermont Green-Up Day/Outdoor Luncheon – Friday, May 5, 2017
  • Senior Class Brunch (12:30 PM) – Friday, June 9, 2017 (pending snow days)

Chelsea Public School takes great pride in providing an environment that is respectful and safe for the social, emotional, and academic success of our students.  On behalf of the faculty and staff, thank you for your continued support and partnership as we work to fulfill our motto “Learning, Community, Respect.”

Sincerely,

Mark A. Blount, Principal