Parents are the first teachers of children. We need your help. We want our children to love to read. The love of reading is a special gift. We need for you to make time in your busy lives for your family to read. Please read to your child every day. Each time you read to your child you are giving the gift of learning. The number one way to improve your child’s vocabulary and comprehension is through reading or listening to someone else read. Share the gift of a great story. Our teachers are sending home books from our library and if your child is not bringing home a book please let your teacher know. Greenfield has a wonderful Public Library on Main Street and we encourage you to make going to the library a regular family trip. Our first family night will be on October 9th at 5 p.m. Families are invited to come in their pajamas to hear stories shared by community readers. It will be a fun night and we hope your family will join us. On October 15th our first grade families are invited to Newton School to share a community meal and discussion on reading in first grade.
Newton School is an extended learning time school and each year our enrichment programs change to fit the needs of our school. This year our students are receiving music instruction that includes the ukulele, violin, piano and singing. In addition students receive instruction in swimming, movement, dance and hoola hooping. We are proud to be working with our community partners Artspace and the YMCA. Throughout the school year we also plan assemblies and field trips to enrich the learning experience at each grade level. Our PTO funds many of our field trips and we hope you will support our PTO’s efforts either through donations or fundraising. This month the Kindergarten will go Apple Picking, the second and third grade will be attending the UMASS Multi-Band performance, and our first graders will be visiting the Eric Carle Museum.
Drop off is at 7:30. We are unable to care for children before 7:30. Thank you!
Please send a note with your child or call the school before 2:00 if he or she has a change of dismissal
If your child is going to be late for school please call before 8:30 to order a lunch
At dismissal parking is allowed on the school side of the street only
Dress for the weather. Fall weather is here make sure your child has a jacket or sweatshirt for cool mornings.
Kindergarten Team News for October 2014
During September the youngest students at Newton School learned the names of their new friends and important classroom rules and routines. We are all settling in happily!
The familiarity of nursery rhymes offers a great way to begin our year together in Kindergarten. Nursery Rhymes provide an opportunity for us to discuss spatial concepts (in, on, over, beside) while we also enjoy the rhythm and rhyme of the verses. These early experiences with phonological awareness (hearing sounds in language) will be valuable resources as we learn to read and write.
The kindergartners are now becoming more comfortable with their new school environment and each other. In October we will begin to explore our many similarities and our unique differences. Songs like “I Am Special” and the book, We Are Alike…We Are Different will help us to understand and appreciate the diversity in our classroom as we grow into a supportive community of learners.
Many thanks to the PTO for funding a fun autumn field trip to the Apex Apple Orchard.
Two of our classes went in September and the last class will go in October. The children enjoy a hayride through the apple orchard, pick apples and pumpkins to take home and snack on tasty donuts and apple cider. We look forward to this field trip each year!
Mrs. Brown, Mrs. Encarnacao, & Ms. Swist
Hooray to all our first grade families!
We have just completed a series of back to school assessments for reading and math. We are off to a wonderful start!
You should be noticing homework coming home. Please make sure your child completes and returns his/her homework. Also, your child needs to read to or with you EVERY DAY at home for at least 30 minutes. This is a crucial part of the daily homework.
We are also very busy learning to be respectful first grade students. Thanks for all your help and support. We look forward to a productive year together. Stay tuned for several upcoming events in October!
Mrs. Brown, Ms. Hayes, Ms. Warren
The second grade team is excited to start a new school year with a wonderful group of children. Our rooms and bulletin boards are all sparkling with information about our students and samples of their hard work. We are working on getting to know each other while refreshing our minds and practicing some of the skills we learned in first grade. In Math, we have been working on addition and subtraction, using all kinds of new materials. We are learning a new strategy using Cuisenaire rods. In Reading, we also have all new materials and access to more technology. Our SMART Boards are getting quite a workout and the students love watching and listening to characters introduce our first unit about exploring our community. We are learning about the similarities and differences in rural and urban communities through writing, reading, and listening. The students seem to love our new specials, singing, movement, and music. They are all learning to play the ukulele and the violin. What a hit!
We look forward to an exciting new academic school year.
The Second Grade Team
Ms. McIver, Mrs. Pecoy, and Ms. Sherry
Third grade students are off to a GREAT year!!!
AWARDS Congratulations to the following students who received awards this month:
COMPLETION OF A LEXIA LEVEL:
Emy finished all 18 levels in the Lexia Program!!
Andrew has one more level to complete!!!
Kevyn finished level 16.
Kaylee and Lydia finished level 15.
Julia finished level 8.
Joanis finished level 2.
Nola, Andrew, Samantha, and Xavier
HOMEWORK Students have homework Monday through Thursday each week. All students have a green homework folder that says, “Where Readers are Leaders and Mathletes Count!” Ask to see your child’s folder. It may also include notices.
READINGStudents should be reading each night. They may borrow books from the school library to take home to read. The Recorder newspaper will now be a part of our classroom library.
Students are working on unit one in reading. This is called Living and Learning…Which skills help us make our way in the world? We will read stories that will integrate science and social studies. The genres include narrative nonfiction, a fable, and a tall tale.
MATH Students have new math books Envision Math Common Core. The first chapter we are working on is Numeration. This includes skills using the number line rounding and making an organized list.
REMINDER…no toys to school please….toys do get lost, broken or stolen at school. Students love to bring in things to share with their peers….favorite books, photographs, awards, or certificates of accomplishments are always welcomed!
Welcome back to another fun year at Newton School! PTO has returned and we hope you all received our welcome letter inviting you to join us. If you haven't returned the slip, please do, so I can gather your information. You can also submit your information via our website www.newtonpto.weebly.com where we conveniently have our meeting minutes, and other tidbits of information.
Did you spot us in the Franklin County Fair parade?! Several current and past families worked together to represent our school and our 100th birthday coming up in 2015! We are hoping to have some special community fundraising opportunities through the year to help fund a new playground which is in the early stages of planning! We are all very excited that in the near future we will have an amazing new structure for our community! If you are a person that likes planning and putting together a community wide fundraiser for this cause interests you, please contact us!
Coming up on October 8-10th we will be hosting our fall Scholastic Book Fair! There will be times during the school day for your child to browse and/or shop. There will be afterschool times as well as shopping the night of our Pajama Night on October 9th. To see the hours, that will be available, or to shop online go to http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/newtonschool If you are interested in helping work at the book fair, or setting-up or clean up, please leave us a message at 413-376-8666 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fall Fundraisers- Thanks to everyone for purchasing tickets to see The Boxtrolls on Sept 27th! We appreciate your support. Our fall fundraiser will go out later this fall items will arrive in early to mid-December before winter breaks. Look for more information in your child's backpack!
Box Tops for Education
Please help us. Box Tops for Education is an ongoing program that supports local schools. Box tops are on many things we use every day we just need to get into the habit of looking for the box top and cutting it off the package. Each box top is worth ten cents to our school. This month to promote our Box Top campaign we will be rewarding classrooms who turn in the most box tops with an ice cream party.