Steere Farm Elementary School
Welcome to 2021! Here's hoping that the new year has happy and healthy times ahead for all! As we continue moving through our school year, it's hard to believe that it's January and that we're in the second trimester. We are working hard every day to ensure that all of our students, when in-person or in the BDLA, are receiving a positive and meaningful educational experience. This pandemic sure has thrown us some curve balls, but even so, we have been so flexible and resilient, and I'm SO proud of our SFE families and staff. Families, I can't stress enough...if your child is in BDLA or needs to be virtual due to being quarantined, we need their active participation in class each and every day. Our teachers are working so hard to ensure that all students receive well-planned, rigorous, and relevant lessons, and we ask that parents - even in this crazy pandemic time - stress the importance of school, daily participation, and on-time work-completion daily. Please, as always, reach out to me or your child's teacher if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you for the support that we continue to receive from you. We will get through this unprecedented time in our lives, and we will do it together.
Welcome to Steere Farm Elementary School! Whether your child will be receiving their schooling at Steere Farm or through Distance Learning, we are excited to begin a new year together! Wow - it sure has been an interesting spring and summer, and here we are looking at an equally interesting fall. No one could have ever imagined how this pandemic would be distrupting the education journey of our students. School is not only a place to learn to read, solve mathematical problems and learn about so many cool things in science, it's also a place to be together, to socialize, to play sports or an instrument, or enjoy art. Our new normal, whatever that is at this moment, is continuously changing, and here in Burrillville we are striving to ensure that those changes are shared with our families in a timely manner. No matter how your child attends school this year, we will continue to support our students not only in their academic journey, but we also support them in being respectful, responsible, and ready to learn each day - in person or online. We ask students to be kind and to think about the feelings of others. We ask them to think about themselves and to think about what they need as they learn, and we ask them to work hard each day in school and to never give up - nothing is ever too hard! Our teachers are committed to providing our students with daily learning experiences that are both rigorous and meaningful. They help students to build upon their prior knowledge, and they aim to extend the learning of their students as they become proficient in their academic areas. So, in person or online, we will all work hard, but we will have some great fun as well! We are looking forward to another great school year and we look forward to working with our wonderful families and community members!
Safety is a Top Priority! Steere Farm will continue to stay vigilant with regards to school safety each and every day. We will continue our fire and lockdown drills, we will continue to check identification of all who enter our school.
The Importance of Attendance School attendance is super important to the academic achievement of our students. The school year is 180 days, and if a student is absent 18 days, he or she has missed 10% of the school year! That's a lot of time! That's 18 days of missed instruction, hands-on experience, and important discussion about learning. Absences should be used for illnesses, which are inevitable. While family vacations are great fun, missing school immediately puts students behind. Please plan vacations for times when school is not in session - this will help our kiddos to stay on track!
What do we mean by Respectful, Responsible, and Ready to Learn? These are our school rules. We are a Positive Behaviors and Instructional Supports (PBIS) school, and we work to highlight positive behaviors in order to change negative behaviors. Our students earn SuperStar tickets throughout the various areas of the school, and they can use those tickets to "purchase" small items or activities each week. There is a home matrix as well, so that our families can use these same structures in the home.
Wright's Farm Wright's Farm has been our business partner for 23 years, and we are so grateful and appreciative for all they do for our students and staff! Our greatest thanks to Wright's Farm for so many years of support!