Suffield Public Schools

A. Ward Spaulding School

October 2015

945 Mountain Road | West Suffield, CT 06093 | 860-668-3826 |

Upcoming Events:

Friday, Oct. 2nd

Preschool Birthday Screening

Tuesday, Oct. 6th

Suffield BOE Meeting
6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 8th

Bus Driver Appreciation Breakfast
8:30 a.m.

Monday, Oct. 12th

No School - Columbus Day

Tuesday, Oct. 13th

NCCC Support Group
5:30 p.m.
SHS Room 221

PTO Board Meeting
7:30 p.m.
MIS Media Center

Tuesday, Oct. 20th

Suffield BOE Meeting
6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 27th

AWS and MIS - Early Release - Professional Development
1:00 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 28th

Show & Tell / Book Fair / Ice Cream Social (K & 1)
5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.

Show & Tell / Book Fair / Ice Cream Social (PreK & 2)
6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 29th

STAR Assembly
8:30 a.m.

Spaulding School Picture Retake Day
9:30 a.m.

October 2nd

National Custodian Recognition Day

October 8th

Bus Driver Appreciation Breakfast

October 28th

Show and Tell and Book Fair

October 30th

Costume Day

November 19th

Literacy and Numeracy Night for Parents/Guardians
6:00-7:00 p.m.

"Teachers and parents: With one hand, they love; with the other, they lead." - John Rosemond

Virtual Backpack:

2015 - 2016 District Calendar

Spaulding School Menus

Parent Student Handbook



A Message From The Principal

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Our first month at A. Ward Spaulding School was characterized by warm welcomes, excitement for learning, and a positive energy exhibited by all. We enjoyed seeing families at our Meet and Greet event in late August and Open House in September. The rate and depth of each child's success is directly aligned with the effective and sincere partnership that we share with you. Only by collaborating together can we promote such success.

In early September, we sent a letter home to all families relative to two important initiatives at Spaulding School: increased school security and home school communication. We continue to implement consistent and effective practices for visitors signing in and out of Spaulding School. Such measures increase security and elevate a comfort level for all. Please contact me with any questions that you may have relative to our security procedures.

Additionally, I included in the letter the need for respectful, continual communication between home and school. If you have a question or concern relative to specific classroom procedures, protocols, or teaching, please engage in a conversation directly with the specific teacher. If you wish for me to join you in your partnership with the teacher, I will oblige in an effort to support students, and parents towards the creation of positive and productive relationships. All of us share the same goal—to collaborate on student learning through mutual communication and respect. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

We have much to look forward to in October: Show and Tell Open House, National Custodial Recognition Day, and Bus Driver Appreciation Day. Also we will hold our first Spaulding Star assembly, focused on the character trait of kindness and continue our PBIS lessons that provide a common language and expectations on what it means to be respectful, responsible, and kind.

Please contact me with any questions or suggestions.


Scott P Dunn

The First Day of School: A Shining Success!

Spaulding School was a busy place on the first day of school, as faculty and staff welcomed students. The school community congregated in the auditorium and gymnasium to meet their teachers before walking to classrooms. We were excited to welcome our Spaulding Stars for another year of demonstrating respectful, responsible, and kind behavior!

A Successful Open House

We extend our gratitude to families who were able to attend this year’s Open House, an opportunity to learn about the curriculum, instruction, and assessment that occurs at Spaulding School. We continue to be grateful for our partnership with you!


Our Dedication to Safety


To ensure the safety and security of all of our Spaulding School members, we are implementing the following visitor sign-in procedure in all schools. Visitors will continue to enter the schools via the main entrance foyer. They will sign in, submit their driver’s license as proof of identification, and receive a school-issued visitor’s badge. Visitors will return to the foyer area to sign out and retrieve their license at the conclusion of their visit. These measures will enable us to increase the safety and security of Spaulding School.


Welcome Office Kieselback!


The A. Ward Spaulding School welcomes Officer Tom Kieselback from the Suffield Police Department as our new School Resource Officer (SRO). "Officer Tom" has been a police officer for twenty-eight years, twenty of which in Hartford and eight in Suffield. Officer Tom has become a consistent, visible school community member, visiting our school several days a week to welcome students and also attending our recent Open House. Welcome, Officer Tom!


Spaulding Traditions 2016 – Save the Date!

January 23 Kindergarten Bowling at Bradley Bowl
February 5 Grade 1 PJ Movie Night at AWS
February 26  Grade 2 Pizza Bingo Night at AWS
March 5 Preschool My Gym in Enfield

Trick or Treat for Pets is back! 

  From October 13-30th, Spaulding School will collect dog and cat food (bagged and canned), treats, and toys. All pet food must be unopened and unexpired. These donations will benefit pet food pantries across the state, such as the pet food pantry at the Newington Humane Society. These pantries help pet owners who are struggling financially. Pet food pantries provide people with an alternative to surrendering their pets to shelters. Last year, students and staff were enthusiastic about collecting more than just candy for Halloween! We are looking forward to another successful year.  Families, please look for more information about the drive in Wednesday folders during the first week of October. Trick or Treat!  


  At Spaulding, we began our school year by teaching school-wide behavior expectations in each setting to all students, ensuring success for all during this school year. Our Spaulding Stars practiced expected behaviors in the classroom, hallway, bathroom, cafeteria, and on the bus and playground. By teaching our students the expected behaviors in a positive way, we foster a school community where all students will succeed and grow in a safe environment.

When students demonstrate respect, responsibility, or kindness, school staff (i.e. principal, teachers, cafeteria and recess staff, custodians, bus drivers, and support staff) acknowledges their success with positive reinforcement. Staff may verbally praise a student or give a thumbs-up. Staff may also give pompoms to be collected in their classroom to be exchanged later for a reward or privilege. Pompoms are a new addition to Spaulding School and are used to reinforce expected behaviors. If a student is displaying exceptional or much improved behavior, then they may award a Spaulding Star to a student! Spaulding Stars are color-coded to signify the setting in which the expected behavior occurred (orange = bus, green = cafeteria, pink = recess, blue = classroom, and yellow = school-wide). Golden Spaulding Stars are awarded by the principal and are annually designed by students. Be sure to check out the Spaulding Star Wall of Fame outside of our main office!


Library Media Center

   Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome back to an exciting new year at Spaulding School. We are off to a great start and library books have begun to circulate. The Spaulding library is a busy place. We circulate over 150 books per day! With that many books coming in and out of the library, we are bound to have questions that arise. Here are a few frequently asked questions to help you better understand how the library works at Spaulding School.

Q: What are students learning in the library?

A: Students come to the library every four days. During class, students participate in a whole group lesson focusing on a Common Core State Standard while integrating technology and literacy. Students engage in project-based learning, explore interests, and collaborate to solve problems. The library curriculum integrates classroom units of study to provide the most authentic learning opportunities for students.

Q: When is the library open?

A: The library is always open. Students may come whenever their teacher deems it appropriate during the day to return and take out new books. The opening of school is a common time for students to come down. Students are encouraged to come borrow from the library as often as they would like.

Q: What do I do if my child brings home a book above his/her reading level?

A: This is an excellent opportunity to read the book to your child. This includes reading the pictures and/or the words. As children become more skilled readers, they will become more proficient in their independent reading. It is important to encourage students to choose books that are interesting to them even if they need assistance in reading them. By reading these books, you can stretch their understanding and motivate them to improve their skills.

Q: How can I help my child look for library books from home?

A: Spaulding Library uses Destiny as our library catalog. From your home, please go to and choose Spaulding Elementary School. Choose the catalog tab on the top left. You can browse books by title, author, or even subject. If there is a certain book your child would like, please feel free to send in a note with the title of the book.

Q: What should I do if my child brings home an overdue notice for a book I think was already returned?

A: Overdue notices are meant to be gentle, friendly reminders of the title of the book(s) that are checked out under a student’s name. Many times a child will return books to school, but forget to bring them to the library. Please email us if you keep getting overdue notices for a book you think was already returned. We will do our best to track it down!

Q: What if my child damages or loses a book?

A: We understand that accidents happen and will never be upset by lost or damaged materials. If a book has been lost for less than four weeks, we ask that you keep looking for it. After four weeks pass, the book is considered lost. If lost, we will send a notice home of the exact book and the replacement cost. If the book is found after payment, it becomes your property.

Q: Do you have volunteers?

A: We love having library volunteers! Some parents/guardians/grandparents volunteer during their child’s class while others prefer to come at a certain time each week. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us using the email below. We accommodate any and all schedules.

Thank you for supporting a love of reading!

Contact Information
Shannon Insero


Nurse’s Notes


My name is Cheryl Burkett, the school nurse here at A.Ward Spaulding School. I am looking forward to a great year! Please feel free to stop by or call with any questions, concerns, or to just touch base regarding your child’s medical condition. My office phone number is 860-668-3225. I am here from 8:10 – 3:25 daily. My email is

I would like to remind all parents/guardians that all medications must be delivered by an adult to the nurse’s office with a physician’s authorization to administer. This includes over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol and Advil. Forms may be found on the website.

The nurse’s office always welcomes donations of new underwear for when the children need to change, socks for wet feet, and peanut/nut free snacks. We are appreciate boys apparel, sizes 5-8.

I look forward to partnering with you, to keep your children safe and healthy!


Suffield Public Schools
350 Mountain Road, Suffield, CT 06078
Phone: 860-668-3800 (Central Office)


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