From the Desk of Gerry St. Amand
May 25, 2018
Dear Families and Colleagues,
Both buildings conducted Memorial Day programs on Friday, May 25th, to honor and remember all of those individuals who have served in the armed services and have given the ultimate sacrifice during their service. The official Memorial Day remembrance will take place on Monday, May 28th, which is a national holiday and a no school day in Amherst. Students will return to school on Tuesday, May 29th. Wilkins School students will participate in Field Day on Wednesday, May 30th, and will also enjoy the Clark-Wilkins Faculty Variety Show that afternoon. In the event of inclement weather, Wilkins School Field Day will take place on Friday, June 1st. On Sunday, June 3rd, the St. Amand Family will host an “Ice Cream Social” in the multi-purpose room at Wilkins School from 1 to 4 P.M. to allow former and current students, families, colleagues, and friends to connect with Mr. St. Amand before he begins his official retirement on July 1st.
Only a few students need to complete the SAS in grades three and four or the NWEA in grades Kindergarten, one, and two. Individual students across all grade levels are also completing AIMS-web assessments. All of our incoming Kindergarten students are being screened to provide us with consistent data and tools that will help us to establish well-balanced Kindergarten classes for the upcoming school year. All current students in grades Kindergarten through four will participate in Step-up Day on Tuesday, June 12th, the last day of school, which is also a full school day for all students and staff members. Our current fourth grade students will get to visit the Amherst Middle School and our current Kindergarten students will travel to Wilkins School to meet their first grade teachers and classmates. Incoming Kindergarten students will NOT participate in Step-up Day on June 12th, but will meet their new teachers and classmates in late August. Detailed information about that process will be shared as we finalize the composition of all classes.
As I write this letter, I find it impossible to believe that only eleven instructional days remain in the current school year. Our fourth grade students and their families will participate in the Fond Farewell Celebration on Friday, June 8th, which will include special morning activities for all fourth graders coordinated by all of the fourth grade teachers and a special program in the Wilkins School Multi-purpose Room to which families are invited in the afternoon. Thank you, in advance, to the many volunteers who donate time and energy to bring this annual event to fruition and thank you to all families, staff members, and students who also make The Fond Farewell a very memorable and special event.
Many individuals mark the Memorial Day weekend as the gateway to summer, so I hope all of you can find time this weekend to do something special with your families and friends, in addition to finding some time to remember those individuals who have served in our armed forces and whose memories, service, and sacrifices we honor during the Memorial Day holiday.
Enjoy the long weekend,
Gerry St. Amand