2010-04-22 / News

School committee members hear about busy spring schedule

By Eileen Daly

Last Thursday’s meeting of the Jamestown School Committee was quick and quiet with Superintendent Marcia Lukon and School Committee Chairperson Cathy Kaiser both absent.

Lukon and Kaiser were attending a meeting with other superintendents and school committee chairs, called by R.I. Education Commissioner Deborah Gist as she continues to strive toward earning remaining federal Race to the Top funds.

Melrose School Principal Carole Melucci was also unable to attend the meeting.

In their absence, Lawn Avenue School Principal Kathleen Almanzor reported on the spring after-school enrichment programs, which began April 5 and are offered through the Jamestown Education Foundation.

Melrose enrichment programs include karate, cooking, Spanish, fitness for kids, art, strings, drama, yoga, running and hip-hop dance. Lawn’s enrichment programs include Spanish, robotics, writer’s club, video 101, cooking and Student Council.

Getting kids involved in these after-school enrichment programs is a great way to keep them interested and involved with school during these sunny spring days, Almanzor said.

In other school news, report cards were distributed Friday, April 16. The first-grade musical will be performed for the school on Wednesday, April 28, and for families on Thursday, April 29. Grade 2 will visit Casey Farm on Friday, April 30, and the kindergarten class will visit on Wednesday, May 5.

The first grade will also visit the Biomes Marine Biology Center in North Kingstown on Friday, May 14. Finally, recess at Melrose School will take place before lunch when the children return from April vacation.

In other business:

• Next year’s preschool tuition will remain the same.

• A statewide special education survey to determine what services are available to special education students will be conducted in May, according to Director of Student Services Gwenn Spence. This federal survey will provide information on what kinds of programs children in special education have access to in the schools, Spence said.

• The Special Education Local Advisory Committee (SELAC) will sponsor a social skills workshop in May. Contact SELAC Chairperson Jill Ball for more information.

The next workshop meeting of the Jamestown School Committee will be Thursday, May 6. The next business meeting will be Thursday, May 20. All meetings begin at 7 p.m. in the Lawn Avenue School library.

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