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Elementary School Grades K-3

Principal: Melodie Goodwin, M.Ed.
Administrative Assistant: Tami Silk
Senior Elementary Principal
: Joan Schell, Ed.D.

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Enroll for Grades 1-3; Enroll for Kindergarten

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Greetings from Newton School,
The beginning of the school year is an important time of year. Teachers and students are practicing routines that need to be in place for successful learning.  We practice everything from lining up, recess and how to take a break. Our children are discussing their hopes and dreams in morning meeting. Children are working together to create classroom rules with their teachers and then children from each classroom will came together to create our Newton School Social Contract.

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.

Upcoming Events

September 25th-Kindergarten
Mrs. Encarnacao Apple Orchard 8:45-10:30

September 30th-Kindergarten
 Mrs. Brown Apple Orchard 8:45-10:30

October 2nd
Second & Third Grades to UMASS Multiband Festival 9:00- 12:00

October 7th-Kindergarten
Ms. Swist Apple Orchard 8:45-10:30

October 8th-10th
Book Fair

October 9th
Pajama Night with Community Readers 5:00-6:00

October 10th
Picture Day

October 15th
First Grade Parent  Night 5:00-6:00

October 24th
Early Dismissal

October 31st Grade 3 Ms.
Witherell & Mrs. Iacuessa to Amherst Cinema


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 News
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

Second Grade
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:

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 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 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

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!

We look forward to working with you and your family this year! Join in the conversations on Facebook in our newly renamed "Friends of Newton School" group Leave us a message at 413-376-8666 or

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.

Box tops
Box tops
Box tops


To celebrate, current Newton students and students past created a float for the Franklin County Fair parade!
Cake Float Ready to Start
Parade by Red Door arade by Red Door 2

Please remember to update the school with current phone numbers and contacts for your child.
413-772-1370 ext. 0 or ext. 100


Music1 Arts Showcase
“A Year with Frog and Toad,” and an All-School Sing-a-long

A year with Frog and Toad
Watch the movie

Newton Volunteers
Thank you for helping us grow at Newton School!

Thank You Tara

Amanda Lynch

Amber Doyle

Angela MorrisseyNewton

Angelica Brewer

Ann Pease


Barry McColgan

Bob Williford

Brian Hayes

Carrie Brown

Cassie Arsenault

Council on Aging

Cultural Arts Council

Dan Smith Hands

Danielle Jenczyk

Deedee Heck

Deerfield Academy

Ellice Johnson

Francia Wisnewski

Fred Bruce

Freedom Credit Union

George Forcier

Jennifer Caples

Jennifer Vernon

Jimmy Tomasi

Joan McKelvey

Kay Lyons

Kevin and Dina LaMagdelaine

Kristen Halla

Laurie and Sue Newsome

Lindsey and Alex Siano

Liz and Steve Ortiz

Marcus and Jen Paulin

Marcus Bevan

Marianne Harcourt

Marianne McCaffrey

Curious George

Mark Iacuessa

Michael and Jennifer Perrault

Mr. and Mrs. Burns

Natasha Lowe

Susanne Gale

The Greenfield Elks Lodge

Tara Cloutier

The Greenfield Police and Fire Departments, Sheriff’s Department and The State Police

The Greenfield Moose Lodge

The Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church

The Greenfield Recorder

Tony Thurston

Tiffany and Cameron Ward


University of Massachusetts


We Love our fabulous volunteers!

Reader’s Oath
I promise to read
Each day and each night.
I know it's the key
To growing up right.
I'll read to myself,
I'll read to a crowd.
It makes no difference
If silent or loud.
I'll read at my desk,
At home and at school,
On my bean bag or bed,
By the fire or pool.
Each book that I read
Puts smarts in my head,
'Cause brains grow more thoughts
The more they are fed.
So I take this oath
To make reading my way
Of feeding my brain
What it needs every day.

Cat in the Hat

Curious George Visits Newton, February 2014

Curious George 1
Curious George was so excited to be at Newton School for kindergarten registration!
Curious George 2
He met Mrs. Brown…
Curious George 3
Mrs. Encarnacao…
Curious George 4
And Mrs. Swist!
Curious George 5
He read a book about his adventures!
Curious George 6
George loves to read!
Curious George 7
He also loves to play in the Gym!
Curious George 8
George was excited to see the Cat in the Hat for Dr. Suess’ birthday!
Curious George 9
He met lots of kids excited about school and excited about reading!
Curious George 10
The kids showed George around the school!
Curious George 11
George had a lot of fun at Newton!
Curious George 12
What an exciting day!

I have a Dream Slideshow
Martin Luther King, Jr. Slideshow
January 2014

100 Days Celebration

100 Days Photo 1
Ms. Witherell’s third grade explains how they will be
taking data from the Olympics and reporting it to each
class. Every class has chosen a country to keep track
of during the winter games. This third grade is
representing Norway.
100 Days Photo 2
Team Norway!
100 Days Photo 3
Students are awarded at our hundred day ceremony
for their hard work with Lexia and perfcect attendance!
100 Days Photo 4
Celebrating hard work with Lexia and perfcect attendance!
100 Days Photo 5
100 day celebratory hats
100 Days Photo 6
100 day celebratory hats
100 Days Photo 7
Students in 2nd Grade celebrate 100 days in school
by finding 100 objects, including 100 Uno cards,
pennies and cereal!
100 Days Photo 8
Counting those objects
100 Days Photo 9
More items to count

Winter Pictures

Newton Winter Pic
Mrs. Waren's and Mrs. Swist's classes sing about Santa
Newton Winter Pic
Newton Winter Pic
Mrs. Witherell's class sang about walking in the snow.
Newton Winter Pic
Mrs. Cloutier's class sang about the sun.
Newton Winter Pic
The 2nd and 3rd grade chorus was all smiles
Newton Winter Pic

Newton Winter Pic
We also had some special guess from the high school
come and sing for us.

Newton Winter Pic
Newton Winter Pic Newton Winter Picture
Newton Winter Picture
Newton students had fun playing in the snow.
Luckily, they all were dressed warm in lots of layers.
Newton Winter Picture
Newton Winter Picture

January 29th UMASS Women’s Basketball  VS George Washington

Student Support for UMass
Newton students show their support for UMass!
School Pride
Newton students exhibit school pride!
Sam the Minuteman
Newton students enjoyed meeting Sam the Minuteman at the UMass basketball game!

Matt Caron from 22 News comes to visit Newton School

Math with Students
Mrs. Iacuessa’s class poses with their guest reader

Matt Caron
Matt told Mrs. Iacuessa’s class all about being a news anchor
Matt with Students
Matt shares his favorite book with Mr. Stone’s class
Matt with Students
Mr. Stone’s class poses with their famous reader
Matt with Students
Mrs. Cloutier’s class poses with their famous guest!
Principal Melodie Goodwin with Matt Caron
Mrs. Goodwin and her former middle school student turned celebrity, Matt Caron!
Student with Microphone
A student examines Mr. Caron's microphone

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.

MA Expanded Learning Time Initiative: Farther Reaching than You Think
By Shaunda Lewis on March 26, 2013 - 1:47pm
Shaunda Lewis is a coordinator for Massachusetts 2020. Massachusetts 2020 is a state affiliate of NCTL.

The Massachusetts Expanded Learning Time (ELT) Initiative serves 10 districts throughout the Commonwealth, but none as small or remote than the city of Greenfield. Greenfield, which is situated in the northwestern section of the state, is defined by its scenic views. With a majority of the population residing in the “Boston Bubble” it is sometimes difficult to have that small-state sense of community come to life. But, even in the shadow of its resource-rich neighbors to the east, there seems to be no lack of positive energy emanating from the people that live and work in Greenfield; a positive energy that is especially felt amongst its smallest inhabitants and their teachers.


Greenfield, which serves about 2,000 students, has been implementing an expanded school day at its middle school and one of its four elementary schools for the past six years. Both schools were a part of the MA ELT Initiative’s third cohort and have been receiving technical assistance from Massachusetts 2020 since joining the ELT network. Greenfield’s ELT elementary school, Newton School, has responded extremely well to the support they have been receiving, and have made a number of considerable improvements. Newton established a strong instructional focus on comprehension across their expanded school day, and as a result, has increased the percentage of their students proficient or above on the MCAS by nineteen points in ELA and 16 points in Math since 2008. Greenfield being a city where the median household income is about $39,000 doesn’t make it much different from the other districts the MA ELT initiative supports, but what does set it apart is the limited amount of resources its schools are able to utilize. The combination of these two characteristics, plus the fact that about seventy-two percent of Newton’s students qualify for free or reduced lunch, makes it amazing to see the level of improvement the school has made over this short amount of time. While improvements in data and instructional practices at the schools our organization supports is great to see on paper, and hear of from others, nothing is as priceless as being able to see that improvement in action. 

In between the full-day technical assistance workshops Massachusetts 2020 holds for its MA ELT schools, clusters of school teams gather together for cross-school sharing in their improvement efforts. I recently had a chance to visit Newton Elementary School, with the four other elementary schools that the ELT initiative supports, when they hosted the Elementary Cluster Meeting. We were there to witness first-hand why Newton has had such success in implementing their expanded school day. The first thing I noticed when walking through the front doors is that there are no shortage of warm greetings and smiling faces from both faculty and students. Even with a high level of structure in place, students’ spirits are high. Walking through the classrooms, from kindergarten through third grade, common comprehension strategies tied to their school-wide focus are implemented by the faculty and visually displayed. Students know routines, are respectful of each other and their teachers, and are able to explain their work. 

For example, one common strategy I saw in a number of classrooms used to help students explain their work is “TTQA”. In all classrooms, a teacher says “TTQA” and the students “Turn the Question Around”, responding to questions in complete sentences. Another common comprehension strategy used in all classrooms is Question and Answer Relationships (QAR). In Ms. Warren's first grade class, a beautiful visual display of QAR is what helps guide students through the reading comprehension portion of the day. The Problem of the Day is the number one common practice used during math time and its rubric is always displayed and consistent throughout all classrooms. When I visited Mr. Stone's third grade class, students checked their work to the problem of the day by using the rubric and taking turns writing down their answer to each piece of the question.


At Newton Elementary, seamless systems are consistent throughout each classroom, which in turn creates an environment where time is hardly wasted and learning is constantly occurring. Common practices are implemented consistently, school-wide, in large part due to the expanded time that teachers have to collaborate. Yes, these systems have led the school to great achievements, but even with all these systems in place, it is evident that a large part of the success at Newton Elementary in due to the fact that the faculty, and in turn the students, remain positive and are willing to learn. The high morale and warm and intimate setting of the school is reflective of the community of Greenfield. Even amidst a secluded location, and challenging economic conditions, there is never a lack of again, warm greetings and smiling faces. Visiting Newton reminded me that while our urban schools need support, schools in rural communities need it as well. Newton Elementary School in Greenfield, Massachusetts is an example of how commitment to instructional coherence, and a positive attitude, can go a long way.

Stop & Shop A+ School Rewards
Dear Parents:
Newton School has enrolled in Stop & Shop A+ School Rewards program. Starting November 1, 2013 through March 29, 2014, Newton School will have the opportunity to earn cash through Stop & Shop A+ School Rewards Program.

All you have to do is:
Log on to to register online
Dial 1-877-275-2758 to register your card over the phone.

Note:  Please notify the office by note ahead of time or before 3:00 p.m. if there is a change of dismissal plans for your child.

Newton ELT
Newton Expanded Learning Time Movie
Windows Media wmv or QuickTime mov

Newton Art 2011
Newton Students Summer Art with Tina Clark


Patrick-Murray Administration Releases 2010 School and District MCAS Results; Names 187 Commendation Schools (Newton School is one of them! See below.)

School Leaders Hail Improved Performance and Success at Closing Achievement Gaps

BOSTON - Governor Deval Patrick and state education officials today released the 2010 school and district MCAS results and hailed the achievement of 187 newly-named "Commendation Schools" across the state for their academic growth and continued success in closing achievement gaps. The Commendation Schools, announced at Boston's Eliot Elementary School, were recognized for their steady progress in raising student achievement while at the same time demonstrating a consistent narrowing of achievement gaps among students. "There are so many great success stories in schools across this Commonwealth because of the efforts of administrators, teachers, students and parents who are united and committed to making every effort to ensure that every child that walks through the door receives a high quality education," said Governor Patrick. "I congratulate all of these schools on their outstanding achievement."

"We know the recent good news in our public education system is the result of a focused effort to provide every child with effective teaching and learning that inspires students for opportunities to advance in the classroom today and in the future," said Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray. "Our unwavering focus on raising expectations will ensure the next generation of leaders in the Commonwealth are well prepared to succeed."

Annual Yearly Progress (AY) measures district and school progress toward annual performance targets in English Language Arts (ELA) and Math. Those that fail to meet their targets in the aggregate or for any of their subgroups for two or more consecutive years receive an accountability status and are required to take steps to focus efforts on improving student performance. Alternately, schools and districts are removed from the list when they make their targets for two consecutive years.

Among the 62 schools exiting status are: Joseph Lee Elementary and Michael J. Perkins Elementary in Boston, East Middle School in Braintree, Newton School in Greenfield, the George H Dunbar, Abraham Lincoln and Thomas R. Rodman elementary schools in New Bedford, Park Avenue Elementary in Webster, Nelson Place in Worcester, Benjamin Banneker Charter School, and Sheffield Elementary School in Gill-Montague ( Congratulations to everyone at Newton School for our great accomplishments!
Newton’s Instructional Focus:

A coordinated school-wide effort to have all Newton School students demonstrate growth in their ability to read, comprehend, and respond to open response questions in all academic areas using relevant information and supporting details from the text for support.

Newton School…
Where Readers Lead
Mathletes Count!

Newton Movie Highlights:

grade 2 signing

Holiday Signing, Grade 2

Fractions, Part 2
Grade 1
Fractions, Part 2

Happy children

Teacher Sites:

Ms. Rachel Cronen-Townsend's Web site:

Elizabeth Markofski, Music Teacher (Discovery School @ Four Corners, Federal Street Elementary, Newton School)

Ms. Jacqueline Swist-Kindergarten

Newton School Art Show

To view the art slideshow, click here!

"Art is essential to learning--not just an educational frill. Learning about the visual arts gives students a window onto the rich and interesting world around them, teaching them about their own history and culture, as well as those of other people. It cultivates self-expression, imagination and creativity as well as critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. Students who learn about art develop their capacities to weigh meanings and make evaluations and judgments. Understanding and making art can teach students how to work cooperatively in groups and how to work hard to achieve a goal."

The Value of Art Education:
Education in the Arts and Through the Arts,
National PTA & Getty Center for the Arts (

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