Greetings from Newton School,
It has been a very long winter and Newton School is looking forward to the warmth of spring. We are very excited to welcome the Class of 2028! Kindergarten registration is open to all families and we look forward to meeting the newest members of our family. It was recently decided that grade four would remain at elementary schools. Third grade families still have the option of applying to The Math and Science Academy for fourth grade. At Newton School our two modular classrooms have to be removed and this may impact our grade four. We are hopeful that the town will approve funding to replace our classrooms. Please let your local town councilor know how important it is to keep fourth grade at Newton School.
We finish our third grade PARCC testing on April 6th and to celebrate we have the Tanglewood Marionettes coming on April 7th to present Cinderella. This is something special we look forward to every year. Children get to see a story brought to life in an amazing way. On April 9th the third grade will be attending the Pioneer Valley Symphony at GMS. Our children are excited about music and enjoy experiencing different types of music. Thank you to the Pioneer Valley Symphony for performing for the third and fourth grade students of Greenfield. Bravo! The Greenfield Public Schools Film Festival will take place on April 10. Please join us for a fun night of watching films and paying tribute to our film stars! Our students have made amazing films that will be shared at the festival. On April 10th and 17th, students will be dismissed early at 11:55 for parent conferences. April vacation is from April 20th-24th. On April 30th Newton School will join the other elementary schools on a Walk to School Event. This is a fun and healthy event to promote pedestrian safety and walking in our community.
On April 8th at 5:30 in the Town Hall Conference Room there will be a public hearing requesting funding for the Newton Playground. Please join us in telling the town how important a new playground is to Newton School. Your voice counts!
Third Grade, Pioneer Valley Symphony
Early Dismissal 11:55
Parent Teacher Conferences
Come to the Fifth Annual GPS Student Film Festival event!
Celebrate our student filmmakers!
Friday, April 10, 2015, at 6:30pm
At Greenfield MIDDLE School
Winning films made by students
in Kindergarten through High School
Prizes will be awarded
Come cast your ballot for audience award!
Free Admission and Popcorn - Donations Welcome
Sponsored by Lundgren Honda, and Popcorn donated by 99Restaurant
Contact Mary Link, Film Festival Coordinator:
See you at the Movies!
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 413-772-1313.
Early Dismissal 11:55
Parent Teacher Conferences
April 20th – 24th
Kindergarten Team News-April 2015
Kindergartners continue to be very busy. They are excited to be improving their reading and writing. They love learning new games and sight words that help them with this skill, so please continue to do LEXIA at home to keep their skills sharp!
In April, as Earth Day approaches, we will explore some ways that we can help take care of our beautiful planet. We will also be going outside to observe the many changes that have taken place now that spring is here –finally!
Parent Conferences will be on Friday, April 10th and Friday, April 17th. We look forward to meeting with you once again.
First Grade News
Dear First Grade Families,
Is Spring really here? Please continue to remember your winter warm clothes. The snow and cold temperatures require that the kids are bundled up to play outside. At this time of year, we would also like to remind you that morning snack is provided by YOU while afternoon snack is provided by Newton. Your children are hungry in the morning and need something healthy and satisfying before lunch.
First Grade enjoyed a terrific field trip to The Academy of Music in Northampton. We watched a musical presentation of Jungle Book. What a treat! Thank you PTO!
We are continuing to practice our reading fluency and comprehension skills. Please continue to read with/to your child EVERY DAY at home for at least 30 minutes. This daily practice at home really does make a difference to your child's academic success. In math, we are practicing related facts and fact families. We are also mastering fast facts with both addition and subtraction to twenty. Use flash cards, play math facts orally, encourage your child's automaticity with addition. Thank you for your help this year!
Ms. Warren, Ms. Hayes, and Ms. Purinton
Second Grade News
Second graders have had a very busy schedule in March. We have mixed some fun in with our learning with a brass band assembly, a visit to the Northampton Academy of Music for a presentation of, “The Jungle Book,” and a very special Author’s Night held earlier in the month. We were especially excited to meet and listen to some of our favorite authors, as well as meet new ones and sample their books.
In Writing, we are working on “Don’t Tell, Show!” We are trying to spice up our writing so the reader can sense what we are saying through descriptive types of language. In Reading, we are learning about biographies and inventors. We are really working hard in Math, with addition and subtraction of three digit numbers and place value to 1,000. We appreciate your help with learning those math facts!
We can’t wait for it to FEEL like Spring!
The Second Grade Team,
Ms. McIver, Mrs. Pecoy, and Ms. Sherry
THIRD GRADE CLASS ACHIEVEMENTS!!!
Once again we have many third graders to congratulate on their reading and math achievements for the month of March!!!
TOPIC 9 MATH TESTS-Scores of 90% and higher
Julia, Aleda, Dylan, Sunelis, Andrew, Kevyn, Gabe, Haylee, Samantha, Lydia, Shaun, Brayden, Aaron, Preston, Josh, Neldy, and Shayley.
Mrs. Iacuessa’s Class…Third grade students have been practicing their keyboarding skills on the computer. Students edit their open response writing and use the tools on the computer to type a “finished piece of work”!
Mr. Stone’s Class…Third grade students finished their animal reports. There were reports on owls, bears, honey badgers and more!!! Mr. Stone said “GREAT JOB!!!”
School Adjustment Counselor
One of the most important communication skills a child can learn is to accept responsibility for their feelings and express these feelings using an “I” statement. According to Thomas Gordon, the founder of Gordon Training International, “I-Language won’t work in families where the parents tend to not listen when their children have problems. If you want your kids to listen to you when you have a problem, they must feel that you listen to them when they have a problem. I-Language must be seen as a direct appeal for help. Ask if the child would be willing to help you.”
I statements have four parts:
1) “I feel…….…” (state how you feel)
2) “When…...…” (state the behavior that makes you feel this way)
3) “Because…..” (explain why you feel this way)
4) “I want ……..” (state what you want or need to improve the situation)
An example of an “I” statement is: I feel angry when you call me names because it hurts my feelings. I want you to stop calling me names and apologize. When using an “I” statement it is best to state facts not opinions. “I” statements are constructive methods to express how we feel in a way that avoids blaming others for our emotions, accurately expresses our feelings in a less hostile manner, informs someone that their behavior is causing a problem and lessens the chance that we make the other person feel guilty, put-down, or resentful.
We are practicing using “I” statements at Newton School and I encourage you to try using them at home too!
Katie Irizarry, LICSW
The school and PTO have been super busy in March: We had Author's Night, Dining for a Cause, PARCC testing, Bingo for Books, Butter Braid fundraiser pick-ups, and the Original Works fundraiser for Art went home. Thanks to EVERYONE for participating and/or helping in all the ways you have been able too, it's truly appreciated!
In April, we are dialing it down and breathing and resting ourselves for April vacation. We have our meeting scheduled for Tues April 7th @ 5:30 in the library. On Weds April 8th there is the district PTO networking meeting at 4pm that our school is hosting, and then at 5:30 is the town meeting that parents can attend to support the town in voting in favor of spending funds for our school's new Playground!
UPCOMING: our spring BOGO Book fair coming the first week in June! If you are wanting to help Set up/ break down, work the register, and/or help plan the book fair please contact us via email, voicemail or on Facebook. You can also see all that has been going on and announcements on our website!
If your child is going to be late for school, please call
772-1370 ext. 0 or ext. 104 before 8:30 to order a lunch
Jane Yolen is happy to meet The Cat in the Hat
Our wonderful authors ready to read!
Natasha Lowe introducing the Kindergartners to Poppy Pendle!
Superintendent Harper and The Cat in the Hat
SCHOOL SAFETY NOTICE
Any student being dismissed early must be picked up prior to 3:15
to maintain the safety of our dismissal process.
Thank you for your understanding.
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