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Pioneer Valley Regional School District

104 Main Street
Northfield, MA 01360

(413) 498-5842


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"To achieve our vision, the mission at Northfield Elementary School is:
to introduce children to a developmentally appropriate and comprehensive curriculum that includes experiences for academic, social, physical, and emotional growth and that is sensitive to the changing needs of society;
to build a solid foundation for students to become lifelong learners by fostering natural curiosity and developing positive attitudes;
to provide for each child multi-faceted experiences encompassing effective communication, critical thinking, creative and cooperative problem solving, independence, responsibility, self-esteem and discipline, accountability, and socialization skills;
to encourage acceptance and respect for the differences that exist within our school community and an appreciation for cultural and learning diversity in our own society and throughout the world;
to develop creativity and nurture aesthetic appreciation through curriculum and class exposures to art, music, literature and theater;
to maintain a safe, secure physical, social, and emotional environment that encourages risk-taking and ensures that maximum benefits for learning take place;
and, to involve parents and the community at large in as many aspects of the school as possible.
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"Daily Routine:
8:55 Arrival: Breakfast available, free play
9:15 Morning Meeting
9:30 Small groups
10:00 Outside (all seasons)
11:00 Worktime
11:45 Movement Meeting
11:50 Lunch
12:35 Washing/Toileting
Preparing for rest with quiet activities
12:45 Group Story
1:00 Rest
1:45 Quiet Activities/Outside-weather permitting
2:30 Afternoon Snack/Toothbrushing
2:45 Closing Meeting
3:00 Dismissal
Excerpted from the preschool's website