Trottier’s Back to School Newsletter

by beth on August 16, 2017

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Don’t look in your mailbox for the District’s Back to School letter this year. The schools are shifting that to online communications.

Trottier Principal Kieth Lavoie reached out to ask me to point readers to the middle school’s online newsletter welcoming new and returning students.

The newsletter, posted this week, covers topics including:

  • Summer Reading
  • School Supplies
  • Student Schedules
  • Buses
  • Lockers
  • Assignment Notebooks
  • What to bring on the First Day?
  • First Day of School Forms
  • Trottier Traffic Pattern
  • Special Notes for our 8th graders
  • Calendar of Events

The newsletter opens with an intro from the Principal:

This newsletter is designed to prepare students and their families for a new school year. Everyone wants the start of school to be smooth and problem free, which makes us all nervous in our own way.

My best advice is to take it moment by moment and enjoy! Before you know it, we will be in full swing!

We are excited to be welcoming our students to another school year. The beginning of the year is full of activity. We will start the year with the inspiration story of Rick and Dick Hoyt, the famed Boston Marathon runners, whose commitment to each other surpasses all norms. Sponsored by SOS, Dick will be joining us to share his story on the first day of school. This will give us the opportunity to set goals and be inspired to challenge ourselves.

Based on the Hoyt message – we want our students to try new things and explore the opportunities that Trottier offers. From academic to extracurricular challenge, our students have an ever-changing set of opportunities in front of them. We encourage all students to try something new! It is what makes the middle school experience special.

For more information about Rick and Dick Hoyt, feel free to check out their website:
Team Hoyt Website – Click here

You can view the newsletter on their Google Drive, here. Or you can open a pdf file here.

And you can find more Trottier news and information on their website.

(logo from school website, photo cropped from image by Susan Fitzgerald)

1 Mom August 16, 2017 at 11:07 PM

Do the kids really, truly need all of the items on the supply lists?
24 blue pens and pencils? & does it really have to be medium points & #2s?
So much paper? Will they really need 120 sheets of lined & 5 100 sheet composition note books?
And how about reinforcement round white 1/4″? I’m guessing that’s those little circles used to reinforce the holes in the paper. Do the kids really need 2 100 packs of them? Does anybody really use them?
I have to wonder when the last time the supply list was updated. Why would 1 student need 12 red pens for 1 foreign language class?

2 beth August 17, 2017 at 7:08 AM

I have to admit, I wondered the same thing. Honestly, I planned to buy less and have my daughter tell me partway through the year if she was low on anything.

3 Resident August 17, 2017 at 9:50 AM

Yeah. My upcoming 8th grader only used one red pen in his French class all year last year, and the pen only used maybe 15%-20%. I have accumulated so many extra supplies over the years. Almost all notebooks and composition notebooks have only about 5-10 pages written coming home at the end of each year. Very wasteful. In addition, my kids started using mechanical pencils years ago and preferred one big binder for all classes instead of several smaller ones, so I somewhat ignore the supply list.

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