Friday, September 7, 2018

New Member to the Team!

We are happy to share that we have a new member on the EW Special Education Team. Elisabeth D'Amato is our school psychologist! We are so excited to have her as part of our team and she will be helping us write some blog posts this year. 

Just a reminder for those who may not know, the special education team consists of...

Deborah Byrne, Special Education Teacher for grades 4-6
Rita Heinze, Special Education Teacher for grades K-4
Melissa Florio, Speech and Language Pathologist
Carissa Mierzejewski, School Social Worker
Liz D'Amato, School Psychologist

We hope to create some helpful and informative blog posts for you this school year. We are so excited for another school year with your amazing children! Please keep an eye out for more blog posts coming soon!

Monday, June 4, 2018

Summer Send-Off

With only three weeks left of school, we wanted our last blog post of the 2017-18 school year to be about SUMMER! Summer is full of exciting events like BBQs, beach trips, vacations, camp, etc. There is also a great amount of down-time for kids during the summer season, which may actually be a good thing! Below is a link that is all about free play - unstructured time for kids to be creative, discover, and initiate tasks independently. So when you hear your child exclaim that they're bored (because it is bound to happen), embrace it! This time helps kids to grow as learners! 

Free Play Article

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Social Emotional Learning

We have exciting news to share with you! Wethersfield Public Schools has developed a social emotional learning curriculum for Kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade students. Kids will be learning social skills such as impulse control, whole body listening, coping skills, and problem-solving. These are important life skills for students to learn at an early age so they can be successful in school and beyond. Lessons at EW are going to be taught in the classroom by the school social worker, speech pathologist, and school psychologist in collaboration with their classroom teacher. Keep checking this blog because we're planning on doing future blog posts about some of the topics we're working on and the language that we're using!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018


The Emerson-Williams school community will be spending the next few weeks focusing on the importance of responsibility. It is one of our three main behavior expectations at EW, along with respect and safety. In each classroom, students are expected to demonstrate responsible behaviors by doing their best work, utilizing technology for school tasks only, and helping to keep their classroom clean. Some teachers help instill responsibility by assigning classroom jobs to students, giving incentives and/or consequences for missed homework assignments, and encouraging students to be problem-solvers on the playground.

Students should be demonstrating responsible behaviors at home as well. Make this a topic of conversation at your next family dinner or while taking a ride in the car. What responsibilities does your child have at home? Do they clean up after themselves or put away their own laundry? Do they complete their homework independently? Do they take responsibility for their words and actions? To help stir up the conversation at home, try using one of the videos and/or books listed below. They are great for teaching responsibility!

That Rule Doesn't Apply to Me
What if Everybody Did That?
But It's Not My Fault
Responsibility Song
Berenstain Bears Trouble at School
Berenstain Bears Pick Up and Put Away

Friday, February 9, 2018

Random Acts of Kindness

Random Acts of Kindness Week is during the month of February. At Emerson-Williams, we will actually be focusing on kindness for the entire month! We are encouraging students to do random acts of kindness, no matter how big or small, to help brighten someone's day. Some student council members helped create the Bingo board shown below with a bunch of kind acts that kids can do.

If you would like more information about Random Acts of Kindness, check out their website at

If you'd like to read some books with your children about kindness, we recommend reading these...

Have You Filled a Bucket Today?
When I Care About Others
Kindness Counts
Kindness is Cooler, Mrs. Ruler

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

What is SRBI?

SRBI stands for Scientific Research Based Interventions. You may have heard this term from school meetings or from other parents, so we want to take some time and explain what it is.

SRBI is broken down into three tiers - Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3. The four categories for SRBI support are reading, writing, math, and behavior.

Tier 1 consists of interventions that are provided within the classroom setting by the classroom teacher. Some examples of Tier 1 interventions include working in a small group, having a behavior chart, or reteaching material.

Tier 2 interventions may involve a tutor providing additional support. If a student is in SRBI for behaviors, they may work with the school social worker or school psychologist at this Tier.
Students may leave the classroom to work on specific goals in a smaller setting.

Tier 3 interventions involve more intensive support. The student may receive more frequent services from the support staff previously listed. Students in Tier 3 are working on specific goals and their progress towards achieving these goals are monitored often.

We hope this helps you understand the various support services that are we offer at EW to ensure that every student succeeds!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Cyber Safety at EW

Thanks to our amazing EW PTO, we were able see Scott Driscoll present about internet safety last week. We learned so much and wanted to share some main concepts from the presentation for those of you who were unable to attend. Apps are ever changing, but the biggest ones being used by elementary students right now are; Instagram, Snapchat,, and YouTube. Here are some key things he suggests to do when talking to your child/children about internet safety.

  • Sit and learn from your children about what they're doing with technology 
  • Set up ground rules and consequences
  • Go through your child's social networking accounts and see who they're communicating with
  • Discuss privacy settings with your children and why they are important
  • Never share personal information online
  • Don't share passwords with friends
  • Don't say or do anything online that you would not do offline
  • If something does go wrong, tell a trusted adult immediately

Here are some websites that Scott Driscoll shared with us...

Scott Discoll's company is called Internet Safety Concepts and more information can be found on his website at