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Cognitive Skills

A list of games for better cognitive skills.

Core Knowledge

The Core Knowledge Sequence provides a clear outline of content to be learned grade by grade so that knowledge, language and skills build cumulatively from year to year.
Content and Skill Guidelines for PreSchool (large file)
Content and Skill Guidelines for Grades K-8 (large download)

Cooperative Children's Book Center

This site has extensive book lists by grade/theme.

CT Dept of Education
Division of Family and Student Support Services

Parental Notification of the Laws Relating to the use of Seclusion and Restraint in the Public Schools
Revised 09/15
Steps to Protect a Child's Right to Special Education: Procedural Safeguards

Eureka Math

Support for Parents
A suite of resources that will help you to help your child become proficient in math.


FEMA for Kids

This site teaches you how to be prepared for disasters and prevent disaster damage.

Imagine It

Imagine It: A Proven Instructional Plan.

National Association of
School Psychologists

Resiliency: Strategies for Parents and Educators
ADHD: A Primer for Parents and Educators




Foster \ Adopt

The Department of Children and Families needs foster families for children of all ages. Attend an information meeting for descriptions of the foster family programs. 

Homes are especially needed for children ages 0 to 5 and 12 and over.

Bilingual families are needed and encouraged to attend.

< Click here for more information >


Recommended Books

E.D. Hirsh's Core Knowledge Series of books:

  • "What Your Preschooler Needs to Know: Get Ready for Kindergarten"
  • "What Your Kindergartner Needs to Know: Preparing Your Child for a Lifetime of Learning"
  • “What Your First Grader Needs to Know: Fundamentals of a Good First-Grade Education”
  • "What Your Second Grader Needs to Know: Fundamentals of a Good Second Grade Education”
  • “What Your Third Grader Needs to Know: Fundamentals of a Good Third-Grade Education”
  • “What Your Fourth Grader Needs to Know: Fundamentals of a Good Fourth-Grade Education”
  • “What Your Fifth Grader Needs to Know: Fundamentals of a Good Fifth-Grade Education”
  • “What Your Sixth Grader Needs to Know: Fundamentals of a Good Sixth-Grade Education”

Available at and other fine bookstores.



Read Across America



Wednesday, August 31, 2016 is the first day for students.  It is an early release school day.  Dismissal is at 1:00 P.M. for all students, bus students and pick-ups.  Preschool will run on its early release day schedule from 8:35 A.M. – 10:15 (A.M. session) and 11:00 – 1:00 (P.M. session). 

Breakfast and Lunch

Breakfast and lunch are available for students in K-8 starting August 31, 2016.  The full cost of breakfast is $1.00.  For qualifying students, reduced breakfast is 30 cents or free.  The full hot lunch price is $2.25.  Reduced lunches are 40 cents.  The price of milk is 35 cents.  Students have individual accounts in our computerized system.  Students may add money to their accounts with cash or check Monday through Friday from 8:15 A.M. until 8:35 A.M.  Parents may make payments online at any time at  If you wish to use the online system, please contact Mrs. Williams at Ext.197 for your child’s ID number.  Applications for the free and reduced breakfast and lunch program will be sent home with all students during the first week of school.  State guidelines for family income will be included with the application.  Applications should be completed and returned to school as quickly as possible.

Bus Routes

First Student will send a post card to each family with bus route information.  Times may change slightly after your notice due to last minute enrollment changes, but will become more consistent after the first few days of school.  We appreciate your patience during the first few days of school.  If you have questions or need to make changes, please call First Student 860-886-4194.

Morning Drop-offs

Please do not drop any students off prior to 8:15 A.M.   There is no supervisory staff available prior to that time.  Use the drop-off lane and ensure that your child crosses at the cross-walk for his/her safety.  Students dropped off after 8:35 A.M. are tardy and cannot be accommodated for breakfast.   During the first two days of school, parents may bring their children into the school to visit the classroom if they wish.  If you need to speak to someone in the school, check in at the Main Office.  Please do not “drop-in” to classrooms to talk with teachers.  This disrupts the teacher’s ability to start the day and appropriately supervise the classroom.  Call or email the teacher to arrange an appointment if you have questions or concerns.  

Parents of preschool children should park and walk your child to the preschool entry, located at the north end of the building (all the way to the right when facing the main entrance.

P.M. Dismissal

Regular student dismissal for all students, bus students and pick-ups is 3:00 P.M.  Please note that all students will be dismissed to the buses beginning at 3:00 P.M.  Parents who pick up their students can arrive between 3:00 P.M. – 3:25 P.M.  (On early dismissal days, dismissal of pick-ups will be from 1:00 P.M. – 1:25 P.M.).  Drivers should line up in their cars in the designated pick-up lane in front of the school, turn off the engines and remain in their vehicle at all times.  Drivers should pull up directly behind the car in front of them to maximize the use of available space.  A Sayles School staff member will escort each child to the appropriate car.  Staff will wear identifying safety vests to improve their visibility and identity themselves as school staff.  To avoid confusion, please send a written note with your child if you plan to pick him/her up.  If you plan to do so every day, indicate that in the note.  Also, please send a written note if you wish for your child to be dismissed in any way other than their assigned bus during the 15 – 16 school year, even if the school has a note from the previous school year.  This helps us ensure we are aware of your current wishes regarding your child’s dismissal.   In order to prevent confusion, we do not retain notes from the prior year.  We are concerned about your child’s safety and want to ensure their arrival at the correct location.


On occasion, news media visit the school without prior notice on the first day of school.  We will also take photos and/or video of students during the year to post in the school and/or on our website.   If you object to having photos or video taken of your child, please contact Mrs. Burns at 822-8264, Ext. 106 by August 31, 2016.


Student Accident Medical
Insurance Protection

Underwritten by:
AXIS Insurance Company


For questions, inquiries and information contact:
Lefebvre Insurance, LLC
850 Franklin Street
Wrentham, MA 02093

< Click here to download a brochure and application. >



The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are a set of academic standards in mathematics and English language arts/literacy that are grounded in evidence and designed to ensure that all students have the academic knowledge and skills they need in these core subjects to succeed after high school. 

The CCSS were developed in a state-led process under the leadership of governors and chief state school officers with participation from 48 states. The process included the involvement of state departments of education, districts, teachers, community leaders, experts in a wide array of fields, and professional educator organizations.


Spotlight on Resources

Math Resources for Students & Families


1. Khan Academy
Click here

Students can make use of our extensive library of content, including interactive challenges, assessments, and videos from any computer with access to the web. Practice math at your own pace with their adaptive assessment environment. You can start at 1 + 1 and work your way into calculus or jump right into whatever topic needs some brushing up. Each problem is randomly generated, so you never run out of practice material. If you need a hint, every single problem can be broken down, step-by-step, with one click. If you need more help, you can always watch a related video.


2. Xtra Math
Click here

XtraMath is a free web-based program that helps students master basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts. Students learn to recall them quickly and accurately and can then use these math facts as a basis on which to build more complex problem-solving skills.

3. National Library of Virtual Manipulatives
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The National Library of Virtual Manipulatives (NLVM) is a National Science Foundation supported project that began in 1999 to develop a library of uniquely interactive, web-based virtual manipulatives or concept tutorials, mostly in the form of Java applets, for mathematics instruction (K-12 emphasis). Learning and understanding mathematics, at every level, requires student engagement. Mathematics is not, as has been said, a spectator sport. Too much of current instruction fails to actively involve students. One way to address the problem is through the use of manipulatives, physical objects that help students visualize relationships and applications. We can now use computers to create virtual learning environments to address the same goals. 

4. Braingenie
Click here

Braingenie builds deep mastery and sharpens problem-solving skills with videos and interactive exercises for math and science. Many of the exercises are for advanced concepts, ideal for middle and high school students. 

5. Hooda Math
Click here

Over 350 free online math games for kids of all ages. You can search games by grade and subject.


6. Hunt Institute

 Click here


The videos were developed to help diverse groups - educators, policymakers, parents - better understand the breadth and depth of the Standards and how they will improve teaching, make classrooms better, create shared expectations, and cultivate lifelong learning for all students.


7. National PTA
 Click here

National PTA® comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of parent involvement in schools. National PTA® includes resources such as parents' guides to student success, special education resources, etc.


8. Council of the Great City Schools
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The Council of the Great City Schools' parent roadmaps in mathematics provide guidance to parents about what their children will be learning and how they can support that learning in grades K-8. These parent roadmaps for each grade level also provide three-year snapshots showing how selected standards progress from year to year so that students will be college and career ready upon their graduation from high school.


Books Key to

Children who grow up in homes with many books get three years more schooling than children from bookless homes, independent of their parents' education, occupation and class.  

This is as great an advantage as having university educated rather unschooled parents, and twice the advantage of having a professional rather than an unskilled father.  It holds equally in rich nations and in poor; in the past and in the present; under communism, capitalism and apartheid; and most strongly in China.

The authors reported their findings after studying representative national samples in 27 nations, with over 70,000 cases.

Source: "Family Scholarly Culture and Educational Success: Books and Schooling in 27 Nations," by M.D.R. Evans, Jonathan Kelley, Joanna Sikora, and Donald J. Treiman.  Research in Social Statification and Mobility 28, no. 2 (June 2010): 171-197.


B r r r r r !

Sayles School will use the below chart as a guideline for determining if recess is indoors or outdoors.  

<Click here to open or download the
Child Care Weather Watch>

The Weather Channel website will be used to determine temperature and wind chill factor. 

When the weather is borderline, the decision will be made in the Principal's Office after consultation with the recess duty staff.

Please let me know if you have questions, concerns or suggestions.

Mrs. Wierzbinski, Principal




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