The latest Newsletter has been posted on the Newsletter page. Click on the Parent Newsletter link on the top left of this page. Here's the citizen's of the Month for December:
Hi All! I hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday and was able to spend time with your family. I would like to wish you and your family a Happy and Healthy New Year!
The list of practice dates and times for the Parks and Rec basketball program here at Chamberlain have been posted. I have added it to the Parent Newsletter page that is located to the top left of this page.
The Chamberlain Apparel Order is officially live! We have a
short ordering period in order to get the items in time for Christmas. Tomorrow, Wednesday, Dec. 7, is the last day to order.
Link is here:
Ali Fazekas, Alyvia Stevens, Sydney Daly,
Makenna Stevens, Anna Stanley
amazing young ladies represented Rochester School District at the Christa
McAuliffe Technology Conference in Manchester, NH. They spoke to educators from across New
England about using Osmos and Bee Bots in our school. They chatted in small groups and individually
with teachers and other students to show them how to use this technology. Watching the girls overcome nerves and the
fear of the unknown they worked collaboratively to present in a very
professional manner. To say I was proud
of them would be an understatement. J
2016 Chamberlain Toy Drive will begin Saturday, 12/3 at our Breakfast with
Santa and continue through Friday, 12/16.
help us to "take care of each other" by donating a new unwrapped toy
for a child ages newborn-12. Toys will be distributed directly to Chamberlain
Street families who are struggling this Holiday Season.
contact Family Support Coordinator, Kelley Simpson, with any questions or to
Street/Chamberlain Street Schools
We had a wonderful Veterans day ceremony last Thursday. We had 20 Veterans show up for breakfast and then we went outside in front of the building and had a small ceremony recognizing the Veterans and what they stand for. It was a special moment to have everyone together saying the pledge of allegiance while the flag was raised. Most everyone was saying it together, but the younger students said it a little slower, thus making it sound as it had a slight echo. It was a touching moment with the purity of the youngest of the students finishing the pledge. After the ceremony, every student and staff member shook each of the Veteran's hand and Thanked Them for their service. I can't thank the Veterans enough for all they have done for our country, as well as taking the time to celebrate this wonderful day with the students and staff of Chamberlain Street School.
The universal/target team is trying to follow the monthly themes. This month is gratitude. We have created a bulletin board in the gym that has a large tree on it. We would like every student to fill out a leaf with something they are thankful for. I will be doing this assignment in PE on Wednesday. But for those of you who do not have PE on Wednesday, we are asking that you have the students do this at some point, maybe during a writing time. After you have the leaves completed you may come down to the gym and staple them on to the board. The leaves will be counted and put in your mailbox. Thanks for your help!
The PBIS Universal Team
Another Flexible Friday Activity:
In Mrs. Diamond’s 4th grade class, the students challenge was to make a tower that would hold a mini pumpkin 6 to 12 inches off the ground using only 50 straws, a paper plate, and a yard of masking tape.
Exciting News...... we have been able to get enough adult coverage to start Morning Recess!!! So, starting Wednesday, Oct. 26th, we will have morning recess.
The PTA Spooktacular that was scheduled for Friday has been Cancelled.
King Arthur (the player from the Harlem Wizards) has written a book and we are taking orders for his book. If interested in purchasing a book, Please send in the order form and $20 dollars by the end of the week. You can make a check out to Chamberlain if so desired.
We are going to start a Veteran's Day Tribute this year. If you have someone who is in
or has been in the military, please send in a copy of a photo with the person's name, what branch he/she was in, and the person in the school they are related to. We will start to put the pictures up on a dedi
cated bulletin board by the office as a tribute.
If you have any questions, please contact the office.
We will have a Literacy Parade
this Friday starting at 1:30. The parade
will be of all the students and we will go out to the field and allow the
students to walk around the field to show off their outfit. The students can dress up as ANY character
that is in a book. PLEASE, no weapons,
blood/gore, full masks to cover the face, or full make-up to cover the
face. The students will be writing about
their character in class and sharing their writing with two other
students. This is a great way to
emphasis reading during this particular time of the year. All parents are welcome!
Flexible Friday event in Ms. Stewart's 5th grade classroom:
Students experimenting with
the water cycle! Watching how water evaporates, condenses and precipitates!
Flexible Friday events in Mrs. Rhoades building devices to bob for apples:
and Mrs. Cabral's class do an activity to see what solvent a Peep would dissolve the fastest in:
I want to congratulate the following students for the earning the September Citizens of the month. This is another example of the many awesome kids we have here at Chamberlain Street School.
The school district has reviewed the bus policy for dropping
students off and a new rule has been put in place to help ensure the safety of
the younger students. All kindergarten,
first grade, and 2nd grade students riding the bus will NOT be let
off unless a parent is there to take them off the bus. If that occurs, then the student will remain
on the bus, we will contact the parent and the bus will bring the student back
to school. As a parent, you will have
the option to sign off to allow your student off the bus even if there is no
adult at the bus stop. There is a form
that went home with the students riding the bus and we ask you to please return
it by Wednesday. If you have any
questions or concerns, please call me at the school (332-5258). The form is under documents on the top left side of the webpage, under HOME in the Navigation table.
We went through our first week where we had five days of school and the kids did well. I have to say, it was awesome to see everyone on Tuesday all dressed up for school pictures. The kids looked fabulous and it just made me smile. The students are settling into their routines and the teachers are working hard with engaging lessons. I did want to share a few activities that teachers have done so far to help create the picture of the kind of learning that is taking place here at Chamberlain.
On the left: In Ms. Rhoades fifth grade class, the students have been
volume and this activity was helping the students better understand it
by using the blocks to create an area. They
then calculated the volume of what they created using the blocks they used.
Below: In Ms. Byrnes first grade class, the students were using matchbox cars to make predictions on how far the cars would travel and then measure the exact distance they actually went.
These are just two examples of the continued efforts by all the teachers to integrate what the students are being taught into hands-on activities they can relate to. These activities are examples of assessing students through their performance and not just through paper and pencil exams.
I wanted to thank all the staff members for the fabulous start of the school year. They have been terrific and have done an incredible job with the students. It's been great to come to a school that has been so welcoming and truly allowing me to feel comfortable. I'm really enjoying getting to know all the students and it's been a pleasure to meet so many of the families. I felt the Back to School night was very successful and the open house was well attended. I also really enjoyed attending the first PTA meeting this past Tuesday (Sept. 6) and I'm impressed with the enthusiasm of the members. I am duly impressed with the organization of so many events that support the students and the building as a whole. The PTA is always looking for more members, so please consider joining.
Finally, I am a big Broncos fan and was very happy with their first win last night, but I was surprised to come in to my office this morning with some new decorations. I believe Mrs. Downs is trying to convert me. The photo tells the story. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.
I really enjoyed attending the Rochester National Night out at the Commons on Tuesday, Aug. 2. It was great to meet so many people. The weather was outstanding, I enjoyed my time with Mr. LeClair, the farmers market was great, and the event was a lot of fun. I would like to thank all of the students and parents who came by to introduce themselves and to say "hi".
Kindergarten Day will be on Monday, Aug. 22 from 10:00-12:30, with lunch being served by the PTA at 12:00. This is a day for children to see the rooms, meet the teachers, and get familiar with the kind of things they will do in class. It also gives parents the opportunity to get information about what their child's day will be like, and to ask the administration any questions. This is a great event and we look forward to seeing all the kindergarten students and their parents on Aug. 22.
Hello Everyone! My name is Mark Campbell and I'm the new principal here at Chamberlain Street School. I'm very excited to join the staff and be a part of the learning community here in Rochester. I have been in education for 22 years and enjoying every minute of it. I started out as a high school science teacher for the first 11 years and the last 11 as an administrator. I became an assistant principal for 8 years, mostly at Chester Academy (a public K-8 school), and was the principal at Hillsboro-Deering Elementary the past three years. I come from a family of educators with my father a retired high school teacher, my mother a retired elementary teacher, my older brother a high school math teacher, my wife a elementary teacher, and my younger daughter going to college to become a teacher. In essence, I value education and helping ALL the students learn and be successful. I believe in a team approach and feel it's important that we all work together. This is a community school and that's important for me. I believe education is a partnership with the families and the community, so I want to build positive relationships so we all feel good about the safety of the building, the good learning that is occurring, and the positive atmosphere that people feel from the students, the staff, and the school as a whole. I look forward to meeting you and the start of the school year. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call me or to stop by and say "hi", I'm here all summer.
Chamberlain Street School
603-332-5258 Ext. 5101