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posted Aug 21, 2017, 8:44 AM by Susan Briere   [ updated Aug 21, 2017, 9:17 AM ]

This letter is to introduce myself to you and also provide you with some information about our school, so that everyone may begin what we hope will be a happy and successful academic year.  The first day of school for students will be Wednesday, August 30, 2017.  The first bell (which indicates the start of the school day) rings at 7:55 a.m.  The second bell (which indicates the start of classes) rings at 8:00 a.m.  By the time this second bell rings, students should be in their classrooms ready to learn.  Daily announcements are made over the intercom at 8:05 a.m.  The breakfast program begins at 7:30 a.m.  Since adult supervision of students begins at this time, we ask parents/guardians not to drop their children off at school prior to 7:30 a.m.  

Communicating with families regularly and professionally is very important to us, as we strive to build a strong working relationship with parents/guardians on behalf of their children.  Therefore, copies of our student handbook will be distributed to all families on the first day of school.  The Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union (RNESU), to which Leicester Central School belongs, has also prepared a handbook of district policies and procedures, and we will also distribute copies of this document to all families on that first day.  A weekly newsletter, entitled “The Trailblazer Tribune”, will be distributed to students to take home each Friday.  It will contain news about the school and the fantastic learning going on in classrooms, a calendar of upcoming events, and other information about L.C.S., highlighting why it is such a great place to learn and grow.  Speaking of calendars, you will find one enclosed with this letter.  


We are in the process of forming a Parent-Teacher Organization (P.T.O.) for our school.  Please contact me at tfleury@rnesu.org or 247-8825 if you would like to join this group or for more information about it or about any other school-related matter or concern.   The P.T.O. is sponsoring a reception for parents/guardians on the first day of school from 7:45-9:00 a.m. near the playground (weather permitting) as an opportunity to meet each other and enjoy some refreshments with each other.  The first meeting of the P.T.O. will be on Thursday, September 7, 2017 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the school.  Dinner and childcare will be provided.  We will keep the meeting short, but we do want you to help us create a list of projects and activities on which to work during the school year.  Please join us if you can.   


I am pleased to report that Mrs. Kyle O’Brien and Ms. Melissa Kobelin, two outstanding L.C.S. teachers, will be co-teaching the Grades 5-6 class this year, as Ms. Kara Beste is on leave.  Ms. Jennifer Hogan will be our new Art teacher, Ms. Christine Tate will serve as our new Librarian/Media Services Specialist, and Ms. Kathleen Pominville is now our school nurse.  Ms. Willow Broaddus will serve as the School-Based Clinician for L.C.S, through contracted services with the Counseling Service of Addison County.


That is a lot of information to share.  If you are still reading this letter by this point, I will mention that the bulletin board near my office (across from the Grades Pre-K/Kindergarten classroom) is a good place to check for news, announcements, and other school or community events.  Please see me if you would like to post something there.  Again, I want to stress how important good communication is among all of us.


I promised to include a little background information about myself, didn’t I?  I am very excited to be here with you as co-principal of L.C.S.  Mr. Roderick Driscoll and I will serve as the co-principals of L.C.S. and the newly-created Learning Academy at Whiting and Sudbury (L.A.W.S).  My “home base” will be here at L.C.S., while Mr. Driscoll’s will be at the academy.   (Grades Pre-K through 2 of the academy will be located in Whiting and Grades 3-6 will be in Sudbury.)  I grew up in Burlington and have lived all of my life (so far) in that city or in Winooski.  When not at school, I can be found at a pool or walking or hiking somewhere.  I also enjoy taking day trips to nowhere in particular, especially to sample delicious diner food and meet people all across our wonderful and scenic state.  


I have served as a classroom teacher or administrator at several schools during the past thirty-something years.  As a life-long learner, I am eager to be a part of the Leicester community and grow from the wisdom you offer me.  One thing I always remind people is that they pay my salary, and I am grateful for their generosity.  I am a public servant, a fact I hope I never forget.  I hope you will always feel free to connect with me whenever I may be of assistance to you on behalf of the wonderful children you entrust to us.  Please feel free to contact me when I may be of service to you and your family.  I may be reached at tfleury@rnesu.org or 247-8825.  


I look forward to working with you and your family.


Sincerely,


Thomas L. Fleury, Co-Principal

Leicester Central School



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