Welcome to School #1!
A place where MIDDLE MATTERS
Philip Ligus
Phone: 973-256-1033 (x1101)
Fax: 973-785-4857
E-mail: pligus@lfschools.org
Ms. Emma DeFeo
Secretary to the Principal
Phone: 973-256-1033 (x1100)
Fax: 973-785-4857
E-mail: edefeo@lfschools.org
Dr. John DiGiovachino
Director of Special Services
Phone: 973-256-1033 (x1103)
Fax: 973-785-4857
E-mail: jdigiovachino@lfschools.org
Debbie Sauter
Secretary to the Director of Special Services
Phone: 973-256-1033 (x1102)
Fax: 973-785-4857
E-mail: dsauter@lfschools.org

What's Happening at Little Falls School No. 1

August 12, 2015

Dear Students, Parents and Guardians,

I hope that you all are enjoying the summer months. The first day of school for students, September 3rd, will be here shortly. I would like to take this opportunity to share information that I feel will help start the school year on a positive note.

2015-2016 student schedules will include:

Grades 5 & 6

English Language Arts: 2 Periods/daily
Math: 7 Periods/weekly
Science: 1 Period/daily
Social Studies: 1 Period/daily
Physical Education: 2 Periods/weekly
Technology: 1 Period/weekly
Health: 1 Marking Period
Art: 1 Marking Period
Music: 1 Marking Period
Spanish: 1 Marking Period

Grades 7 & 8

English Language Arts: 2 Period/daily
Math: 6 Periods/weekly
Science: 1 Period/daily
Social Studies: 1 Period/daily
Physical Education: 2 Periods/weekly
Technology: 1 Period/weekly
Health: 1 Period/weekly
Art: 1 Trimester
Music: 1 Trimester
Spanish: 1 Trimester

Physical Education will remain part of the 5th and 6th Grade recess time. Physical Education Teachers will be on hand to facilitate activities for the students. The 7th and 8th Grade recess time will offer opportunities to meet with teachers for additional help and enrichment in the areas of Art, Music and Technology. The use of technology will continue to expand as we introduce to each classroom mounted LCD Projectors equipped with Smartboard capabilities.

Also enclosed, you will find a separate letter that provides a user name and password for the Real Time Parent Portal. This remains an important part of the partnership between parents, students, teachers and administrators for the purpose of improving our students’ educations and thus insuring their future success. Real Time is also extremely important as the means of providing emergency information to all members of our community. When you enter the Real Time Parent Portal, review and update all your contact information for accuracy. Please notify the main office if you need assistance with regards to updating your information.

As always, I would encourage discussion at home regarding the start of a new year. I hope that all the students are excited about returning to school and continuing their growth through education. Please be reminded that our dress code requires that all clothing ensure that no undergarments are visible. Skirts and shorts must be at or below fingertip length. The purpose of our dress code is to acquaint students with what is generally acceptable in today’s workplace, so I am soliciting your support by asking that you monitor your child’s clothing before he or she leaves for school. Also, in keeping with our goal of preparing students to be productive members of our country’s workforce, it is also necessary that we work together in establishing a responsible attitude towards school attendance. Students that are chronically late will be subject to disciplinary consequences.

There will be a continuous expectation of appropriate behavior at all times. Students will be responsible for their behavior and no justification will be accepted for disrespectful or uncooperative responses. We wish to foster an atmosphere of cooperation and hard work. Mutual respect of individual goals and responsibilities by both staff and students will go a long way in helping to maintain a school of which we can all be proud.

Thank you for your time and I look forward to seeing you at “Back to School Night” on Monday, September 21st. On that evening I would ask that all 8th Grade Parents make themselves available for a brief but important meeting regarding the events that are unique to the 8th Grade Class.

Respectfully yours,

Philip Ligus, Principal

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