Stay Connected
September 14, 2016
Friday, September 16th
6pm – 9pm :   
A Tasteful Evening Beer & Wine Tasting
Important Dates


Thursday, September 15th: Back to School Mass @ 1:15pm (Fr. Jared)

Monday, 9/19/2016 at 7pm:  First PTO Meeting of the 2016/2017 School Year

Wednesday, 9/21; 6-8pm - Back to School Night (Open House)

7pm 8th Grade Parent Meeting for D.C Trip

9/28 - Magazine Drive Begins

October 5th 3-6pm - FLU Shot Clinic

October - Date TBA:  Halloween Spooktacular Fun Family Event

News from the Principal

     With the expansion of the MCS Early Learning program (to include “The Little Angels Early Learning Center” for children 18 months to 3 years) we’re often asked, are our programs play-oriented or academically oriented?  This dichotomy, pitting play against academics, depicts academic schools as embracing the resulting “push-down” of concepts that were previously taught in kindergarten to preschool, and play-based schools as rejecting it. The truth is that many researchers and educators believe this debate is the result of a poor understanding of how young children learn. Those of us who work with young children know that they learn through play.  More importantly, they enjoy learning more and invest in it more strongly when what they’re learning is FUN.

    In our Early Learning Programs, children are learning about math, language arts, social studies, science, music, visual & performing arts and fine and gross motor skills. Every day when they play, they’re more than likely learning about them in a more solid way than if they were manipulating symbols, being lectured to, or merely shown things. That’s not to suggest that all this is done without thought or adherence to what we know are developmentally appropriate practices.  The MCS Early Learning staff are committed to children being engaged in learning, moving, playing and experiencing as opposed to sitting at a desk looking at flash cards or engaging only in pen and pencil activities.  Academics can be taught in many ways and through many modalities.  

     This is what separates the MCS Early Learning programs from other chain based programs that focus largely on day care and custodial services. We invite anyone to stop in and see what’s happening with our “Little Angels and Little Waves” anytime

Peace, 

Dr. F

Important Announcements
Calling Volunteers

Sara Marshall in the Advancement office is looking for some volunteers for the upcoming event.  

Set Up at 8:30 am on Friday, Sept 16th

Help selling raffle tickets at the event

(2) Volunteers to help assist vendors with ice refills and refills of self serve non-alcohol beverage station

Tear Down on Saturday morning, Sept 17th

Contact Sara Marshall at  smarshall@monsignorclarkeschool.org


 
Easy way to get your
FLU SHOT
Wednesday, October 5th from 3-6pm

Don't Forget that September 21st is the "Back to School Night" Open House
  

Attention 8th Grade Parents!!

There will be a trip information meeting for the Washington D.C. Trip on September 21st at 7:30 pm in Ms. McClatchy's Room


trumpet.jpg
Join the school band & string program! 

Band program is available to students  in grades 3-8.
Violin is offered to grades 1-8.
Forms are due Monday, September 19. You can also register online at:
pemusic.com/join


Sports Corner
Cross country will have their first meet today at Goddard Park at  5pm .  Bussing is provided to Goddard Park only.  Student will have to be picked up from the meet. 

Boys and Girls Soccer will have their first games against Jamestown on Thursday, September 15 th  at 3:30pm.   Boys are away at Jamestown and Girls are home at Brousseau Park.

There are basketball registration forms in the office and these will need to be turned back in by Monday, September 26 th
The Basketball Season starts November 19 th

Please feel free to contact me with questions or concerns 
A Message from our Athletic Director
I’d like to thank all the sports families here at MCS in the middle school for their understanding as I venture into my role as the Athletic Director.  I would like to take a moment to explain what our athletic fees encompass. The athletic fee covers  our membership fees for each sport that is part of the Catholic Athletic League, the registration fee for The Rhode Island Principals’ Committee on Athletics, the fees for referees and officials as well as equipment and uniform replacement.  Fees also cover the modest stipends that we are giving coaches that offer their time to coach our teams.  Unfortunately, the fee has never been able to cover the cost of bussing, even though we wish it could.  I understand that parents work and the need for transportation is great in order to allow them to participate.  In an attempt to save money, and not have to increase fees for our families, we were attempting to do away with bussing.  With that said, we will be assessing a transportation fee of $25 for each student athlete based on the sport and their bussing needs.  So in regard to fall sports the fee will be assessed for soccer and cross country and going forward there will be bussing to all meets.  
 
Sincerely, Cassie Barbado

 
Updates from the Advancement Office

Last chance to purchase your tickets at a discount!

 Tickets will be available at the door for $50 

If you are thinking that a Beer and Wine Tasting isn’t your thing, please reconsider.  There will be other beverage options, so bring some friends and enjoy a nice night out.  Tickets can be purchased online through our website or here in the office.  I am counting on the support of friends and families to help kick start our Advancement efforts. 

A Tasteful Evening will take place from 6 pm – 9 pm here at the school.  This is a 21 and older event and the format is a Beer & Wine tasting  with live music and great food.  The setting will take place on the back lawn, weather permitting.

This is an initiative that is so important for both retention and enrollment.   


 
Tell Your Friends....Little Angels Early Learning Program is Open!

 
We are proud to announce the opening of our new Early Learning Program.  Children 18 months to 3 years old will now be able to enjoy a safe and nurturing learning environment here at MCS!

Now Enrolling!
Call today for an appointment 
MISSION TRIP PROPOSAL FOR GRADE 7 IN THE WORKS!  
Information is being sent home today with 7th grade students about a proposed mission trip.  Mrs. Jeanne LaBelle originally brought the idea to our new religion teacher Mrs. Wessman about the organization, Heifer International.  The mission of this organization is to provide sustainability throughout the world in an effort to end world hunger.  Our students have the opportunity for a "Global Gateway" overnight mission trip where they will prepare a meal with limited resources.  This is an exciting opportunity for our middle school students to learn more about service globally.   For more information about Heifer International Click Here