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A Message from Mrs. DeRubeis: Week of January 17th, 2023

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Melissa Wall

There is a lot happening at Stark this month! Keep reading to find out all the details!

Dear Stark Families,
  It’s hard to believe that we are quickly approaching the end of January.  While it is evident that student learning, engagement, and safety continue to be our main priorities, we still make sure to have fun along the way.  

Stark school is embracing the Choose Love Movement. With the Choose Love Movement we are embedding and practicing the four pillars and character values essential in “Nurturing Healing Love,” which are: Courage + Gratitude + Forgiveness + Compassion. These four character values are embedded into our learning. When practiced, they strengthen the health and resilience of individuals, improve the community and culture of groups and promote a safer, more peaceful, and loving world. 

We kicked off January with the pillar COURAGE = the willingness and ability to work through obstacles despite feeling embarrassment, fear, reluctance, or uncertainty.

People who practice the Choose Love Formula™ are reporting remarkable results!


  • Less anxiety and stress
  • Less fearful (in the present and future)
  • Enhanced self-esteem
  • Improved ability to express oneself and one’s feelings
  • Increased self-awareness
  • Willingness to try difficult tasks

Attendance Matters: Parents you are vital in helping to build healthy habits of Good Attendance- please be that role model for your children by sending the important message that school is important. There is a strong connection between chronic absences and a student’s academic achievement. 

Our English Learners will soon begin the testing process for LAS Links. This test is organized around the four major language domains of speaking, listening, reading, and writing, with a balance of constructed-response and multiple-choice items. A combination of tasks allows for an easy way to screen students’ basic level of English proficiency. The LAS Links Placement Test considers that students coming into classrooms faced with higher language demands to participate in instruction. The test is based on three dimensions of language proficiency: conversational fluency, discrete English skills, and academic language. 

Looking and Planning Ahead:      
January 25   Early Release Day 1:20 PM


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Jennifer DeRubeis, Principal

Julia A. Stark Elementary School
203-977-4585       fax 203-977-5426