Exciting News! Triton Takes Local Fresh Fish to School

Exciting News!  Triton Takes Local Fresh Fish to School

IN SUPPORTING SUSTAINABLE SEAFOOD

Triton Regional School District will be offering fresh wild fish (Sole and Salmon) that is part of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC – a non-profit organization that promotes responsible fishing practices and ensures certified sustainable seafood to consumers), as well as, Red Fish from GMRI’s Gulf of Maine Responsibly Harvested® program. This means 2,800+ students residing in the Triton Regional School District (Salisbury, Newbury, Byfield, and Rowley, Massachusetts) will have the opportunity to eat responsibly harvested seafood that is traceable.

The program will kick-off on Thursday December 14, 2017 by serving “New England Baked Sole” {fresh baked sole with a Ritz cracker crumb topping} to the middle and high school students.

“Serving fresh locally harvested fish is a win-win-win scenario,” said Lucinda Ward, MEd, RD, SNS, and Director of Food Services for Triton.  “We’re supporting our regional food economy and we’re getting a healthy, local food to serve to our students.” Sourcing locally is often the best way to serve fresh, nutritious food that is affordable – an objective of the school’s Food Service Program.  Bon Appétit!

New Program Initiated around 40 Developmental Assets Approach

I apologize for the length of this message, but it contains very important details about a new effort underway. I am writing with information regarding a newly formed regional partnership aimed at strengthening the likelihood of success for our students in school and as members of the community. This regional effort, the Essex County Asset Builder Network, is being funded by the Tower Foundation. The focus is on proactive measures to equip our youth to make positive choices, rather than being reactive following an unfortunate event. The effort is framed around The 40 Development Assets Approach by the Search Institute, and you can read more about it by clicking here.

Research has identified 40 developmental assets comprised of skills, relationships and behaviors that enable youth to be successful as adults. While the assets build youth self-esteem and competence, the framework also emphasizes the importance of building community supports to help youth thrive. Recently, the communities of Amesbury, Georgetown, Newbury, Rowley, Salisbury and Newburyport have partnered together to form the Essex County Asset Builder Network and have received a grant to use a common language of asset development (creating protective factors) that will enhance the great work already being done to support youth and families, and expand community supports, opportunities, and resources. Tina Los is the Regional Project Coordinator for this work.

This fall, all communities in the partnership will be administering the Attitudes and Behaviors Survey which anonymously measures youth assets and risk behaviors with students grades 6 – 12. This data will help create a global picture of strengths and needs of our students and to help us understand how we can best support them to be successful in the future. This survey is being conducted as part of a larger regional partnership bringing the communities of Amesbury, Georgetown, Newbury, Newburyport, Rowley, and Salisbury together to prevent and reduce health risk behaviors among youth. The data will only be reported on a global basis by school, as there won’t be any personal  identifying information included.

We will be administering this voluntary student survey in mid November to all students in grades 6 through 12, with the exact date varying by school. This survey will be administered by your child’s teachers, be taken online, completed anonymously, and will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. As a parent, your child’s school will be sending a form to officially opt out of the survey. However, students will also be instructed that they can opt out on the day of the survey, or they can skip any questions they don’t want to answer if they do participate. This will be made very clear by the teacher when administering the survey. As this is global data, the more responses we receive, the more information we’ll have to know where best to target our prevention efforts.

There will be an information session for parents/guardians at each school. Tina Los will be present, and able to answer questions about the 40 Developmental Assets, as well as the survey itself. While we can’t send home copies of the survey, we will have them available to review at the schools and also during these information sessions.

Parent Information Sessions:

  • Middle/High School: Wednesday, October 25th @ 5:30 PM
  • Newbury Elementary School: November 16th @ 6:30 PM
  • Pine Grove School: November 7th @ 6:00 PM
  • Salisbury Elementary School: November 14th @ 5:30 PM

I would encourage you to attend the parent information session if you have questions about the 40 Assets or the survey specifically. You can also reach out directly to Tina Los at TLos@cityofnewburyport.com or by phone at (978) 992-1671.

Thank you, and I look forward to partnering with you and our community at large on behalf of our children!

Brian Forget

Triton School Lunch Program Celebrates Food Day! Let’s Get Real!

Triton School Lunch Program Celebrates Food Day!  Let’s Get Real!  Tuesday, October 24th is Food Day, a national holiday celebrating the push toward a healthy, sustainable food system.  Food Day inspires Americans to change their diets and our food policies towards reducing the prevalence of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and other health problems.  Join Triton and “Eat Real” on Food Day.  Check out our menu to see what Triton is serving for lunch.

Every October 24, thousands of events all around the country bring Americans together to celebrate eating and enjoying real food and to push for improved food policies.  Food day involves some of the country’s most prominent food activists, united by a vision of food that is healthy, affordable, and produced with care for the environment, farm animals, and the people who grow, harvest, and serve it.

Get in on the celebration!  Use October 24 to start eating a healthier diet and putting your family’s diet on track. Food Day is not just a day; it’s a year-long catalyst for healthier diets and a better food system. Let’s use this energy to make a meaningful and long-lasting difference!

For more information please contact: Food Day – real food, just food. 1220 L St NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20005 | Contact Us

Musical Instrument Donation to Triton Elementary Schools

The Triton community is beyond grateful to be the recipient of a generous donation of 15 woodwind instruments from the Richard Kaplan Instrument Scholarship Fund in memory of SES alum, Dick Kaplan.  Sisters Abby Kaplan Broughton, Laura Valme, and Melinda Kouloheras, raised over $2700 through a GoFundMe campaign to purchase the instruments & distribute them in memory of their late father. “He would have loved this,” Abby said.  Somewhat of a celebrity in the local music scene, Kaplan’s spirit and love of music will ring through the halls of the elementary schools for years to come.

To read more about Dick Kaplan, check out the story in the Newburyport Daily News

BRYAN EATON/Staff photo. The family of the late Dick Kaplan, a well-known local musician, donated $2,770 to Triton Regional District Schools from a foundation created for his memory. Presenting the instruments to school officials are his daughters, Laura Kaplan Valme, left, and Abigail Kaplan Broughton. Back from left, school superintendent Brian L. Forget; business administrator Michelle Cresta; Newbury Elementary School principal Beth Yango and district elementary band teacher Deb MacKinnon.

 

Salisbury Elementary PTA receives Institution for Savings Charitable Foundation Award

Salisbury Elementary PTA (SES PTA) recently received $20,000 from the Institution for Savings Charitable Foundation. This award will go to support a number of initiatives at SES including Parent Speakers, playground equipment, Triton Senior Walk, and a filtered water bubbler and bottle filling station.

Project Information:

The grants committee of the Institution for Savings Charitable Giving announced awarding SES PTA for a number of projects that the PTA supports. As proven throughout town, Institution for Savings believes in supporting Salisbury, education, youth, arts, and culture. They are dedicated to make our community a better place to live. This award is yet another example of putting their mission into motion. Monies from this award will fund a Parent Speaker Series. The 2016/2017 Salisbury Elementary PTA Community Parent Speaker Series created engaging conversations around cyberbullying, technology, learning, anxiety, behavior, positive parenting, and so much more. Community Parent Speaker Series connect the community with leaders in the fields of socio emotional, physical, technological, and education to discuss important topics that impact our children, our families, and our school.  The 2016/2017 Free Parent Speaker Series at Salisbury Elementary funded by Institution for Savings were a wonderful success. SES Cafetorium was filled with those that live and interact with children, many of which attended all sessions. Parenting is an incredibly hard job, it is dynamic and emotional. Empowering those that interact with children with the resources, tools, and knowledge from respected professionals will lead to our children making better choices and our families living happier lives.

A portion of the award will be used to purchase portable playground equipment. SES Playground was constructed in 2000 and contains the original equipment. Portable equipment will provide much needed, immediate, fun and engaging activities to keep children physically active during recess.

A new, but already favorite tradition: Triton Graduate Senior Walk. Triton Graduating Seniors will be transported to their alma mater, SES, wearing their caps and gowns, parading through the school while children line the hallways and high five and cheer them on. Graduates are then to proceed to the gymnasium for question, answers, and short speeches. This event is inspiring for our elementary students, empowering for our teachers, and builds confidence and celebrates our seniors.  Funding will provide transportation and a luncheon to conclude the event.

Lastly, SES PTA will use a portion of the funding to retrofit a filtered hydration filling station near the café and gymnasium. A filling station will quickly fill a cup or a reusable water bottle with FREE, cold, fresh, and filtered water that children, staff, and/or guests can drink throughout the day.  Filling stations will also move the school toward sustainability—reducing single-use plastic water bottle waste.

Once again, the Institution for Savings generosity will have such a huge impact on our school, the PTA, and more importantly our children! Our relationship with the Institute has always been positive and they have shown such generosity in many different ways. They are truly carrying out the vision to positively affect the lives of every person, business and organization within the communities they serve.

Salisbury Elementary School PTA is a nationally recognized PTA School of Excellence and  is also the oldest operating PTA, founded in 1910. SES PTA strives to carry out the mission and values of the PTA, which are to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children. Encouraging and supporting student growth is one of the most important aspects of education. The SES PTA addresses these issues through training and support of local PTA units as well as collaborations on projects and educational programs. SES PTA is continually striving to advocate, communicate and support our units with the ultimate goal of keeping parents and our community involved in our children’s education. 

Not only do they provide a voice for our community’s children, they  work hard to ensure these children have enriching educational experiences that they may not have otherwise.

Triton SEPAC Transition Workshops

The first workshop starts on Wednesday, October 4th. We hope to see you there!

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New Grab-n-Go Breakfast Option Comes to Pine Grove Elementary School!

Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day. Research shows that eating breakfast closer to instructional time has a greater impact on academic success. By serving breakfast at school, we can be sure that all PGS students are ready to learn. Success starts with school breakfast.

 

With the help of a grant provided by the Dairy Council, the new option had a kick-off celebration by offering each student a free breakfast on September 15th!

What is it?

Grab-n-Go school breakfast is easy and fun. Students pick up a healthy breakfast in the lobby, check in with the cashier and bring their breakfast to the classroom to eat. Serving Grab-n-Go breakfast limits the morning rush when students get to school and gives them time to eat their meal without having to worry about being late for class. Breakfast will be served from 8:10-8:25 am at the brand new breakfast kiosk located in the main lobby. Price: $1.75 (paid) $0.30 (reduced price) Free (for students who for qualify for free lunch).

 

 

Transportation Update from Superintendent Forget

Good Afternoon,

I apologize for this lengthy email, but please review in its entirety. This information is being sent as a follow up to my message of August 31st. In that message I outlined a change we were making with regular daytime bus runs on a trial basis through this week as a last ditch effort to restore late busses for the current year. For the past three weeks we ran one fewer bus in both Rowley and Salisbury. If these routes had worked, the money saved would have restored late runs at all campuses.

Unfortunately, the changes did not work as smoothly as we hoped, and numbers of students riding have been too high on some runs. We have heard from many families who are not having their children ride because the buses are so packed. Further, arrival times in the morning have been impacted with the changes, causing disruptions to the start of the day. While student numbers are still within safety guidelines, the disruption is too great to continue long term. With that in mind, I have made the decision that we need to add back the daytime runs for both for Rowley and Salisbury, which means late buses will not be running this year.

As outlined in my previous email, we determined that we would make the call by this week, and institute changes as of this coming Monday. Unfortunately, our transportation company (NRT) is still in the process of hiring and training drivers as substitutes and for these runs. This has proven very difficult as there is a shortage of drivers that is well documented across the state and region. We are dependent on the state for their approvals of licenses and testing of drivers, and there is a considerable back log of drivers awaiting approval at the state level. As a result, we will not be able to restore the additional Rowley and Salisbury run until Tuesday, October 10th, the day after the Columbus Day holiday.

Bus routes will be re-posted to the website and a notice sent out to families no later than Friday, October 6th. Again, actual bus stops will not change, but the bus (#) picking up your child(ren) and corresponding pickup/drop off times may change accordingly. Again, these changes will not take place until Tuesday, October 10th.

I sincerely apologize for any confusion this has caused. Given the impact of losing late buses, I still believe it was worth giving these alternate bus routes a try. However, now confirming that the changes have created complications that we can’t remedy, we will not be able to sustain the modified routes, and therefore are not able to add late buses back.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email me.

Thank you,
Brian

American Music & Harvest Festival: Saturday, September 30th

Don’t miss the 2017 American Music & Harvest Festival and support the Triton School District!!

National PTA Names Salisbury Elementary “School of Excellence”

Salisbury, MA (August 18, 2017)–Every child deserves an excellent education and school community. Salisbury Elementary School Community is celebrating the school’s recent selection as a National PTA School of Excellence, for achievement in building effective family-school partnerships. Salisbury Elementary is one of only two Massachusetts schools to earn this national designation (along with Rehoboth), and one in 143 schools recognized across the United States. National PTA’s School of Excellence program supports and celebrates partnerships between PTAs and schools that work to improve the educational experience and school environment for every child. This program provides guidance to assist school in engaging families in the school decision-making, and helps school build inclusive policies related to education, health, safety or the arts. National PTA’s certification recognizes schools that uphold the highest standards in parent involvement and provides resources and guidance needed to improve parent involvement in schools.

Salisbury Elementary School PTA (SES PTA) recognizes that it’s not so much that it takes a village to raise a child, rather than the tremendous strength, growth, and benefits that come from engaging the “village.” SES PTA, the oldest continuously operating PTA (1910), has continuously worked with Salisbury Elementary School (SES) to strengthen ties amongst family and the community. As part of the certification process, SES PTA shared information amongst a team consisting of the principal, teachers, parents, and representatives from the community, completed assessments, and applied for certification of excellence.

SES PTA prides itself in being a powerful voice for children, a relevant resource for parents, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership to SES PTA is open to anyone who is concerned with the education, health and welfare of children and youth. For more information visit our website:  Salisbury PTA.weebly.com