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Hello dear families! We have all been very busy during the months of February, March and part of April with MCAS testing and many other exciting things going on in our school and school district. But we have even more to come in these next few weeks as we approach the end of the school year.

This month is a time to recognize the history, culture, and contributions of Arab American people in America. In 2022, President Joe Biden proclaimed April as National Arab American Month. Arab Americans are Americans of Arab descent. But, Who is an Arab? “Arab” is a cultural, linguistic and geographic term. It refers to those who speak Arabic as a first language. Arabs are united by culture and by history. Arab people are also very diverse in appearance. Most Arabs are Muslims but there are also millions of Christian Arabs and thousands of Jewish Arabs, just as there are Muslim, Christian, and Jewish Americans. The Arab World consists of 22 countries in the Middle East and North Africa: Algeria, Bahrain, the Comoros Islands, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. Iran and Turkey are not Arab countries and their primary languages are Farsi and Turkish respectively. Arab countries have a rich diversity of ethnic, linguistic, and religious communities. These include Kurds, Armenians, Berbers and others. There are over 300 million Arabs.

Then in May we celebrate Jewish American Heritage Month by recognizing the history, culture, and contributions of the Jewish people in America. In every sector, Jews have made vital contributions to the culture and development of the nation. Each generation has had positive and lasting impacts on science, education, law, business, the arts, and more.

What do we know about Jewish American Heritage?

According with Harmeet Kaur, CNN journalist on her article titled What does it mean to be Jewish in the US?: “There isn’t any one way to be Jewish. Judaism is one of the world’s oldest surviving religions. But Jewishness is more than that. Jews have shared customs, traditions and histories. People can be Jewish and secular. They can convert into the faith. There are Jews who consider themselves White and Jews who are people of color. At various points in time, the Jewish people have been characterized as a nation, an ethnicity and a race. Trying to distill Jewishness into any one classification is unproductive – both because of how slippery these categories are to begin with and because Jews view their own identity in all kinds of different ways. But scholars and leaders who have spent time thinking about these questions generally agree that Jewishness is an expansive, intersectional identity that can’t quite be captured by a checkbox on a form.” Read full article here: https://www.cnn.com/2023/04/04/us/us-jewish-racial-identity-religion-explained-cec

Also, in May we celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (AAPI) to recognizes the historical and cultural contributions of individuals and groups of Asian and Pacific Islander descent. These contributions have significantly impacted many facets of American culture and society, including science and medicine, literature and art, sports and recreation, government and politics, and activism and law.  AAPI Heritage Month celebrates the life journey of all AAPI immigrants and citizens in the United States and their unique experiences, traditions and cultures.

Asia and Oceania represent a vast area of the Earth.  The AAPI umbrella term includes cultures from the entire Asian continent — including East, Southeast and South Asia—and the Pacific Islands. AAPI cultures are not “monolithic”. This means that each country has its own unique heritage and cultural identity.  Even within countries, there are different groups. For example, Papua New  Guinea is home to ⅓ of the world’s languages – 780 distinct languages. Why this important to Celebrate AAPI Heritage?

As of the 2020 U.S. Census, there were about 20.6 million people of Asian or Pacific Islander descent in the United States.  According to the Pew Research Center, AAPI people make up about 7% of the total U.S. population. Also, here in Salem Public Schools we have many Staff and Families that are AAPI or AAPI descendants.

We regret to inform you that for reasons beyond our control, the Dominos Tournament has been cancelled. This event will be rescheduled for next school year as part of the Hispanic Heritage celebrations. Please stay in touch for more information.

This Tournament will be open to OUR ENTIRE SCHOOL DISTRICT, and Salem Community and FREE but registration would be required. For registrations please contact our school Family Engagement Facilitator: Jenni Espinal at jespinal@salemk12.org or 978-771-6451.

Finally, This celebrations provides an opportunity to center the stories and histories of Arab, Jewish and AAPI people in our country and also in our own community. It is also a time to reflect on instances of anti-violence and discrimination throughout our nation’s history and also in our district. In this world, we all deserve love, so spread it all around you wherever you go! Celebrate all kinds of love in your life. Real love is about connection, respect, trust and appreciation, not online validation. Appreciate the people in your life and also love to value yourself. Check up on all your loved ones even if you think they are well and thriving, remember that what many post on social media is not necessarily how things really are.

Then we will enter in June!!!!

Can you believe it?! We just have a few more weeks of school and with that will come all the celebrations of the end of the year, we also commemorate Juneteenth, but What is Juneteenth? Juneteenth is an annual observance on June 19 to remember when Union soldiers enforced the Emancipation Proclamation and freed all remaining slaves in Texas on June 19, 1865. This day is an opportunity for people to celebrate freedom and equal rights in the United States. Slavery in the United States can be traced back to the 16th century when Spanish explorers brought African slaves with them to the New World. It lasted until the Emancipation Proclamation came into effect on January 1, 1863. On that date Texas was largely controlled by forces fighting for the Confederate States, which opposed the abolition of slavery. On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers arrived to take control of Texas and enforce the emancipation of slaves in the state. In Galveston, Texas, the newly freed slaves held large public celebrations and so laid the base for future Juneteenth activities. The word ‘Juneteenth’ resulted from the words ‘June Nineteenth’ being combined together in speech.

Many people in the country celebrate by getting together for potlucks, picnics, sport games, ceremonies and/or other events. Other decorate their houses, place signs on their yards or wear gear with Juneteenth flag to create awareness of the day and the history behind.

But also June is PRIDE month. Our school, like every school in Salem Public School District will be engaging in different activities during the month according with the grade level. In our district we respect and value the freedom that every individual have to their our preferences and values.

Also the City will be hosting various events and celebrations starting with the the upcoming City of Salem Pride Month Flag Raising Ceremony. Celebrate the beginning of LGBTQIA+ Pride Month with a flag raising that will take place on Sunday, June 2, 2024 at 12:00pm noon at Riley Plaza (1 Margin Street) in Salem. And The North Shore Pride Parade and Festival in June 22, 2024.

Here at Salts, we are constantly working on helping every child and family member feel welcome, connected and a part of our school family. As part of that work, we will be updating this page accordingly with important events for our school and community.  

We hope that you will find our website helpful and informative. On an effort to keep families inform, we will be updating this page with important informations and school events in a regular basis but we encourage you to download our communication app: Parent Sq. Look for the QR Code bellow and scan it with your phone to take you straight to your app store. This app not only allow you to see our post but also to send and receive direct messages our teachers.


We at Saltonstall wish you a beautiful 2024 filled with love and happiness.


Enrolling your child in Kindergarten???

We are still scheduling School Tours and Visits!

If you are interested in visiting our school, Please Contact Jenni Espinal, Family Engagement Facilitator

jespinal@salemk12.org | (978) 771-8309

Meet our School Family!

Joy Richmond-Smith

City Connect Coordinator (Spanish Speaker)

Giselle Baez

Front Office Administrative Assistant (Spanish Speaker)

Jenni Espinal

Family Engagement Facilitator (Spanish Speaker)

Mission and Vision

We are a K to 8th school and our mission here at Saltonstall is to meet the needs of all members of the Saltonstall Community by collaborating to create equitable and meaningful learning experiences that motivate, engage, and connect to all learners.  The vision is to build educational experiences where children uncover their potential to be compassionate and engaged citizens of our school and the greater community regardless of socioeconomic status, race, native language, or other elements of privilege or challenge.   Through the collective engagement and commitment of our students, staff, and families to creating a truly inclusive experience for all students we will ensure all students achieve at the same high level. 

ABOUT

Saltonstall School

Saltonstall School is a special place in which to learn. Here, we have multi-age classes. We are with the same teacher for two years. We really get to know our teachers and they really get to know us. Plus, because we are in the same classroom for two years, we help one another learn.

School Type

K-8 School

Estimated Enrollment

400 Students

School Meals

Breakfast & Lunch

Hours

Mon-Fri: 8:20am to 3:20pm, Early Release dismissal at 11:45am

2023-2024 School Calendar

Principal

Bethann Jellison

School Calendars

Reminders and Upcoming Events

If you need support with any school form or have questions please reach out to Jenni Espinal-Family Engagement Facilitator at 781-771-6451 or Giselle Baez-Front Office Administrator at 978-740-1297 to make an appointment.

Safe School: Welcome to our School! Just remember that ALL visitors must be registered. If you visit our school or need to enter our building please go to the main entrance and ring the bell. Then go straight to the main office and the sign in sheet at the front desk.

Medical paperwork is due the First day of classes. Please reach out to nurse Marie Feldmannova ASAP at 978-740-1218 if your student needs any medication, still need to bring Physical or vaccine documents.

Absences, Late Arrival and/or Early Dismissal:  Please inform us as soon as possible, if your child will be absent,  will arrive  late or will be dismiss early. In many cases documentation may be needed. When Reporting an absence, late arrival or early dismissal, ALL calls and documentation must go to the school’s front office. You will have the option to leave a message if your call is not answered.

To get involved in school events and volunteer opportunities the Saltonstall School Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) their email is: SaltonstallPTO@gmail.com or follow us on Facebook, Instagram and/or tweeter.

211, Lafayette Street, Salem, Massachusetts, 01970, United States

ADDRESS
211 Lafayette St
Salem, MA 01970
PHONE
978-740-1297
FAX
978-740-1288