Fiske Weekly News

Upcoming Dates

August 28, 2018 First Student Day, Half Day ALL Students

August 28, 2018 PTO Welcome Back Coffee, 8:30-9:30, Enter through gym doors on Colony Road

August 29, 2018 Second Day, Full Day, Grades 1-5, Kindergartent HALF DAY

August 30, 2018 Third Day, Half Day ALL Students

September 16, 2018 New Family Ice Cream Social, 3:00-4:30, Fiske Playground

Of Interest...

Summer Mailing 2018-2019

This summer, we will be sending our summer mailing home to you electronically. After speaking with Middle School Administrators last year, we realized we can be more efficient by sending out our mailing to you, and then sending home a few documents on the first day of school. This allows you to get the mailing directly, no matter where you are, it saves a lot of paper and is better for the environment, and we save the district a significant amount of postage. Generating the summer mailing electronically will also be significantly faster for the school.

In the summer mailing, you can expect to receive:

-Principal Summer Letter

-Classroom Teacher Letter

-PTO Welcome Letter and associated Flyers

On the first day of school, you can expect to get the following per family, via paper:

-Fiske Insiders Guide 2018-2019

-Parent Handbook Sign Off

-Volunteer Form

-Student Technology Contract

As we have done over the past few summers, once the summer mailing goes out, we will ask you to give us your child/ren(s) dismissal information for the first day of school.

Colony Road Card Sign Up

Below is the link to sign up for Colony Road cards for the 2018-2019 school year. You can pick up cards in the main office at Fiske after July 1st. Cards not picked up by August 10th will be mailed home.

Fiske Global School Play Day 2018

This coming month, on February 7th, Fiske will be participating again in Global School Play Day. This day has been created and implemented around the globe, in response, to what educators and other professionals believe to be a decline in play by children. The underlying premise and concern around the decline of play, is that children actually learn a number of valuable skills and lessons through play. Below is a short TEDx video with Peter Gray about the decline and importance of play. We're looking forward to our FULL DAY of supervised, undirected play on February 7th here at Fiske! Check out the album to the right!

Fiske Student Twitter Center

See the Fiske November News with information about this initiative from Mr. Martellone and also check out the video below that was shared with students at our most recent All School Meeting! Fiske is sharing out the great things happening with the world!

Positive Behavior Supports (PBIS)

School Wide PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Support)

Many parents may have heard their child talk about getting WHOO Cards, sitting in the “Owl’s Nest”, having lunch with the principal/assistant principal, or taking part in our school wide “dance party” every two weeks for earning 500 WHOO Cards. All of those things are part of our School Wide PBIS system.

PBIS stands for Positive Behavior Intervention and Support. It is a program designed to teach respect, responsibility, and safety at school. At Fiske, part of our job is to encourage students to continuously make good behavior choices through this program.

PBIS provides teachers and other school staff with information to help prevent behavior problems and make school a safe learning environment.

Research shows that the use of PBIS in school has resulted in increased time for instruction. It also increases positive behaviors school wide, and decreases disruptive behaviors.

How Does It Work?

A PBIS school teaches the expectations to all students and provides frequent opportunity to practice. A PBIS school provides a consistent, predictable, and fair use of consequences for all students. At Fiske we teach students what Respect, Responsibility and Best Effort look like in all school settings through our school’s PBIS matrix.

When we see students meeting those expectations, we give them WHOO Cards as a form of positive recognition, which also gives them a chance to participate in school wide incentives mentioned at the beginning of this newsletter article.

What Can Parents Do

  • Read and discuss the Behavior Expectations Matrix found in the headlines section of our school website.
  • Ask your child if they’ve earned any WHOO Cards and ask them why they earned them.
  • Review the Behavior Expectation Matrix with your child if he or she experiences behavior problems in school
  • Work on a plan to help them with strategies for appropriate behaviors
  • Support teacher and administrative behavior decisions
  • Discuss problems privately with staff

Click on this link to view our School Wide PBIS Expectations Poster: Fiske PBIS Poster

Safe and Supportive Schools

The Lexington Public Schools strives to ensure that all students have full and equal access to all programs and services. Accordingly, the School Committee has amended its anti-discrimination policies to reflect the Act Relative to Gender Identity that went into effect in Massachusetts in July 2012. A key component of this law was the amendment of various Massachusetts statutes prohibiting discrimination on the basis of gender identification. For further information regarding safe and supportive schools please go to the following web-address: