Welcome to the MacArthur School
The Best Place to Learn
Important Notice for All Families Attending the YMCA Afterschool Program:
There is NO YMCA Afterschool Program Tuesday September 2nd.
(First Day of School).
The YMCA Afterschool Program will begin on Wednesday, September 3rd.
Special PTO Meeting - Thursday September 4th
At 7 pm in the MacArthur Library, a special PTO meeting will be held, at the request of the School Committee and our Superintendent Dr. Susan Nicholson, so that parents can share their input regarding Space Utilization Questions for Elementary Staff & Parents:
Dear Parents, Students, and Friends of MacArthur Elementary School,
On Tuesday, September 2, 2014, we look forward to greeting students for another exciting year of learning and exploration at MacArthur School. We extend a hearty welcome back to all of our returning students entering grade 1-5 and an especially warm welcome to our new kindergarten class, joining us for their first year here at MacArthur School.
Each school year brings renewed excitement and expectations for our students. They look forward to seeing their friends from last year and know they will make many new friends as the year progresses. They are both excited and a bit nervous about meeting their new teacher, but know they will see familiar faces of teachers they have had in the past who will provide support and encouragement when needed.
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to some new staff members who we are delighted to welcome to our MacArthur family.
Mr. Gene Deary - Grade 5 – Resource Room
Mr. Deary is a recent graduate of Bridgewater State College. He has had direct experience working with special needs students and is very excited to be joining our staff . He hails from Connecticut, but has recently moved to Waltham over the summer. Gene is very excited to be teaching at MacArthur and looks forward to meeting his 5th grade students.
Mr. David Dubin – Grade 4 teacher
Mr. Dubin lives in nearby Newton and is married with three children. Last year he was a long-term permanent substitute in a grade 3 classroom in Andover. He received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in Political Science and Philosophy. After spending some time in the corporate world, he realized he had a passion for teaching children and went to UMASS Boston where he received his Master’s Degree in elementary education. Mr. Dubin is excited to have his own classroom and a much shorter commute to work!
Ms. Kristina DiSciscio – Grade 3 teacher
Ms. DiSciscio worked as a frequent substitute last year at MacArthur as well completing her student teaching with Mrs. Binney in grade 3. She is also is a graduate from UMASS Boston, receiving her B.A. in Anthropology, with a focus on Historical Archeology. She also discovered a passion for teaching and returned to UMass to obtain her Master’s Degree in elementary education. She spent some time in Italy this summer and is very excited to be returning to MacArthur as a full-time staff member.
Ms. Krista Coppolino – Grade 1 teacher
Ms. Coppolino comes to us with five years of teaching experience in grade 1 in the Hudson Public School system. She is very happy to be returning to her Waltham roots and to have the opportunity to teach here at MacArthur. Krista received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Boston College. She is certified both as an elementary teacher as well as moderate special needs teacher.
Ms. Julie Derderian – Kindergarten teacher
Ms. Derderian resides in Arlington and worked last year as a long-term substitute in the integrated kindergarten at Fitzgerald Elementary here in Waltham. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Johnson & Wales in hospitality management and then went to Lesley University to earn her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Derderian is looking forward to teaching kindergarten here at MacArthur and is very excited to have her own classroom.
So we begin the year fully staffed and look forward to another wonderful year of learning here at MacArthur. As always we are supported by our wonderful parents who do so much to help us. We have a very active PTO as well as our School Council who help lead our school and make it truly “the best place to learn.”
PTO Officers: 2014-15
MacArthur School Council: 2014-15
Parent Reps: Kathy Mullane, Melissa Rossi, Tracey Ferree, Ken Doucette, Kaj Telenar
Teacher Reps: Kelly McAvoy, Linda Yerardi, Deidre Clapp, Stephanie DiMasi, Elizabeth Uccello
Community Member: Stacey Schaufus
Please be sure to visit our MacArthur PTO website. The link is located in the left menu on the school website or may be accessed directly at www.sites.google.com/site/macarthurelementarypto
As the school year begins, if you have any questions, concerns or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact the school at 781-314-5720 and our secretary, Mrs. Peggy Santana will be happy to assist you.
Jane Gately, Principal
Seeley Okie, Assistant Principal
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Important Information for All Parents and Volunteers
Please be advised that any and all persons employed by, contracting with or volunteering in the Waltham Public Schools are subject to a CORI report. In addition, due to recent changes in Massachusetts State Law, all staff and chaperones are required to be fingerprinted per MA state law. For more information please view this document.
Food Allergy Alert: As the new school year begins, we are reminding all parents that we have a number of students in our school who have life-threatening food allergies. As a result, we must remind you of the established policy that no food or candy of any kind should be sent to school to be shared or distributed to students in any classroom in grades K-5. We ask your cooperation and compliance with this policy.
|Aug. 28th||Convocation||WHS Auditorium|
|Sept. 1st||Labor Day||No School|
|Sept. 2nd||First Day of School||Welcome Back!|
|Sept. 2nd||NO YMCA AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM|
YMCA Afterschool Begins
|Sept. 25th||Rosh Hashanah||No School|
|Sept. 30th||Back To School Night||6:15 - 8:30 pm|
|Oct. 10th||MacArthur PTO Golf Tournament||Flyer|
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Welcome Back to a New School Year!
Reminder about Changes in Student Daily Dismissal plans:
We realize that at times it is necessary to make a change in how students are going home. We ask that if you know that your child will be picked up rather than take the bus or vice versa, that you please notify the office as early in the day as possible. The best procedure is to send a note to the teacher that day and the teacher will forward the note to the office to inform the secretary. If that is not possible, please call Mrs. Santana as soon as you can to notify her of the change so she can inform the teacher. Please make every effort to call before 2:00 p.m. In this way we are sure to be able to notify both the teacher and student of the dismissal change.
The office is very hectic at the end of the day and the earlier we are notified of dismissal changes, the smoother dismissal will be. Also, please do not send an email to the teacher about dismissal changes. Very often teachers are unable to check their email during the day as they are busy teaching. When this happens and emails are not read, the school is unaware of the dismissal change. Finally, please remember if you send another person to pick up your child, that person must be listed on your emergency form or we cannot release the child. Also, please make sure the person picking up brings an ID so we can insure the person picking up is the person you authorized to do so. Thanks for your cooperation with this policy.
Parent drop-off and pick-up procedures:
If you are transporting your child to and/or from school by car, please follow the procedures outlined below:
For morning drop off:
Students who are being dropped off must exit their car using the passenger side door. Drop-off on the driver’s side is extremely dangerous as a car may be attempting to pass by, possibly resulting in an injury to a student.
- The primary drop off is the parking area closest to Lincoln Street. Vehicles should pull up to the crosswalk to let students out so they can proceed safely through our crosswalks and into school.
- When and if the primary parking/drop off area backs up onto Lincoln Street, students may be dropped off in the second parking area. Vehicles should stop just before the crosswalk to let students out, so vehicles don’t interfere with students crossing from the primary drop off area. Vehicles should not be dropping students off one, two, three or more car lengths away from the crosswalk. Also, please do not park in the second parking area, as it is designated for staff only.
- Student should be dropped off as close to 8:25 as possible and no students should be arriving to school before 8:15. Outside supervision does not begin until 8:25 and students are let into the building at 8:35.
- In good weather students will line up by grade level just outside the school entrance. During inclement or very cold weather, students will line up inside the school.
It is extremely important that students arrive to school on time! Children arriving in classrooms after 8:42am are marked tardy and must sign in at the office before going to their classroom. Parents are encouraged to say goodbye to their children outside of the building and should report to the office to sign in and request permission if they need to go to the classroom for any reason.
For afternoon pick up:
- Students that are picked up from school are dismissed from class at 3 pm. and will arrive outside by 3:05.
- Due to increase in students being transported by bus or van to MacArthur School, we are using the front entrance way for other dismissal purposes and parents are asked to wait outside for their child or children to arrive.
- All parking should be in the parking lot closest to the Lincoln Street. Vehicles should not be parking in the staff parking lot or along exit or entrance ways. This presents a danger for cars and children alike.
- Parents must get out of their vehicles to meet students who will be walked to the meeting area in between the staff parking area and the parent pick-up parking area (there are several black benches in this area). We will no longer hand off children right outside the school entrance.
- Please take your time when pulling out of your parking spot. In an effort to save a few minutes, you may endanger a child or adult by leaving too quickly.