October 2016 Principal’s Letter

Dear Parents/ Guardians,

The school year is off to a great start. It’s hard to believe it’s already October. Thank you for all of your support in helping us have a smooth opening of the school year.

The Olmsted Afterschool Program for students in grades 5-8 begins in a few weeks. Letters went home to the parents of those students eligible for the program. This program is for students needing additional assistance in either ELA or Math. Students will have the option of coming for either two days or four days. There will be an enrichment component to this program as well as instruction in ELA and Math. Bussing will be available for this program which lasts from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.

A high school program is also being planned. That program will have two components -tutoring, either before or after school, and Regents preparation during the months prior to January and June examinations. Information on tutoring is being given to high school students. Additional information on the Regent’s prep will go home prior to the start of the review period.

The Booster Club Fundraiser is Wednesday October 12th at the Essex Street Pub. All funds raised go to defray the costs of sports and clubs. A flyer was sent to all families.

Anxiety among students in schools across the country is increasing. There are various causes for this – pressure for grades, body image, and social media. This subject came up last year during our SBMT meetings. As a result a workshop for parents is scheduled for Tuesday evening October 18th at 6:30 p.m. to address the topic of student anxiety.

Admissions testing for the 2017-2018 school year begins October 15th. Testing for will be for seats in Olmsted’s Gifted and Talented program as well as for City Honors. Students currently in grades 4, 6, and 8 and can take the test in-school. Other interested students can test on the designated Saturdays. Current Olmsted students not in the GT component are encouraged to test. An Open House for prospective students will be held on Wednesday October 5th from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Homecoming/Spirit Week is the Week of October 10th. A number of activities are being planned for students. The week will culminate with a Homecoming Dance on Friday October 14th for high school students.

Safety and security are extremely important to us at Olmsted. We have many doors through which people can enter and exit. Problems often occur after school when students exit through a variety of doors, often leaving them open. The school policy is that after 3:00 p.m. the back doors near the pool are to be used. This may be an inconvenience, but the safety of students and staff has to be ensured. Thank you for cooperation in this matter.

The cafeteria offers students either hot or cold lunches and students have the option of bringing a lunch from home.  A number of students are bringing lunches from home and then asking that they be heated up/microwaved. We do not have the staff to accommodate these requests.

Finally, just a few things:

The Student- Parent Handbook is on-line at www.olmstedatkensington.org.

  • Contributions to the Olmsted Foundation can be made through the United Way.

Just a reminder that Early Release Day is Wednesday October 5th. Students will be dismissed at 11:00 a.m.


Upcoming Dates:

October 3rd               Senior Picture Day

October 5th               Early Release Day

Open House for Prospective Students 17-18 school year

October 6th               Hispanic Heritage Baked Goods Sale

October 7th -10th        Traveling Owls Trip to Boston

October 10th             Columbus Day (No School)

October 11th-14th       Homecoming/Spirit Week

October 14th             Homecoming Dance (High School)

October 15th             Testing for New Students

October 17th             SBMT – 2:45 p.m.

October 18th             Anxiety Workshop – 6:30 p.m.

October 22nd             Testing for New Students

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at 816.4330.


Michael Gruber


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