The development of oral language is a very important part of kindergarten. Since September we have made much progress in this area. The kindergartners are now more comfortable speaking in front of the class, and most are using complete sentences consistently.
All of the students are enjoying some form of “show and tell” or “sharing time” in our classes. They eagerly participate in this activity by giving clues or simply describing an object from nature, an item that means something to them, or an experience they have had. This is a great exercise in language and logical thinking skills!
Please continue to work with your child this summer by READING and/or writing with them daily. Honing their skills during summer vacation will pay great dividends as they start first grade!
Happy and Safe Summer!
Mrs. Brown, Mrs. Encarnacao, Ms. Swist
First Grade News Dear First Grade Families,
Can you believe our first grade year has come to an end? We are so proud of all the children’s accomplishments; we're sure you are proud too! We would like to celebrate all of their success with you by showcasing their Eric Carle inspired artwork. You are cordially invited to attend this end of year celebratory art exhibit on Friday, June 13th at 2:30pm in our school gym. Following the exhibit please join us for some refreshments! We hope you will be able to contribute by baking/bringing healthy treats according to the following:
Last names A-I
Last names J-S
cheese and crackers
veggies and dip
Last names T-Z
Thanks again for a wonderful year!
Second Grade News
The month of May has been full of fun and learning for students in second grade. We started the month off with a field trip to Northfield Mountain, where we did a pond study and went on a long hike. It was a beautiful day filled with discovery. We caught pond creatures and explored them under different types of microscopes before putting them back into their natural habitat. We hiked the trails and saw many of the creatures that live outside of the pond…even some who started off in the pond before moving to dry land!
In Math, we started working up to 1,000 counting by hundreds, tens, and ones. We added and subtracted three digit numbers, looked for patterns, ordered numbers, and started talking about that “M” word…multiplication! WOW, have we come a long way this year!
In English Language Arts, we practiced writing a thank you letter, worked on vowel patterns in multi-syllable words, and did some reflective writing.
We had our final MAP testing for this year and performed beautifully. This will give our teachers for next year a good idea of just how hard we worked this year. Mrs. Berger, who teaches strings, spoke with us about possibly taking violin or cello lessons next year. It was fun to see some of the third graders play those instruments. All of the students at Newton joined for a film festival in the gym. What a fun time we had watching movies that students and classes made throughout the year!
Grade 3 News:
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FOLLOWING STUDENTS FOR SCORING 90% OR HIGHER ON CHAPTER 1-12 MATH TEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jayson, Aneesa, Cassie, Ivan, Anna, Abby, Dragos, Tyler, Joey W., Phoebe, Ayden, Leah, Cameron, Diana, Ava, Izaiah, Joslynn, Latayvion, Noah, Khalil, Thomas, Heaven, Julian, Soriya, Marcellus, Zaday
Third Grade students recently took MAP testing for both ELA and Math. Students should gain at least 10 points from September to June.
The following students made over 20 points since September!!!
ELA ….Lexy, Emma, Rikku, Dragos, Matt, Cameron, Natalia, Diana, Izaiah, Julian
MATH…Jayson, Lexy, Joe B. Angelina, Zaday, Jacey, Marcellus
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THIRD GRADE STUDENTS FOR PASSING AT LEAST ONE LEVEL IN LEXIA!!!!
Reminder 3rd Grade celebration Luau on Monday, June 16th from 5:00 – 6:30 in the Newton School Café. Please send RSVP slips back as soon as possible.
____________________________________________ THIRD GRADERS HAVE A WONDERFUL SUMMER AND REMEMBER TO READ, READ, READ!!!!!
Health News Hello Newton Families,
It is hard to believe how quickly this year has passed and the end of the year has come.
The hot, sunny weather is around the corner. Please remember to apply sunscreen to your child before coming to school. The staff is not responsible for applying sunscreen to children.
Field day is coming June 11th. The children will be outside for longer periods on this day. Please remember to use sunscreen prior to coming to school. There will be a lot of running activities involved so please have your child wear sneakers to school.
As the end of the school year approaches, please remember to pick up your child’s medication from the nurse’s office. A responsible adult must pick up the medication. Medication is not allowed to come or go in a child’s backpack or on the school bus. The school cannot store any medication for the following school year. Any medication not picked up and taken home will be destroyed. As a reminder, the medication administration forms must be renewed annually, and a form must accompany all medication before it can be administered.
If you have any health related questions or concerns please contact me.
Have a Safe, Happy, and Healthy Summer!
Melissa Bednarski, R.N., School Nurse
Another year has come and gone and our little ones continue to grow and flourish! We hope that you have a FANTASTIC summer and see you all again next year. Come the beginning of the year we are working with the Garden Cinemas for a movie fundraiser one of the Saturday's in September with date and movie TBD later.
I'd like to thank everyone who has helped with our group this year, I really do appreciate all of your help! I'd like to especially thank Tara whose daughters are graduating out of Newton this year so she is moving on. Tara has been a fantastic asset to our team and we'll miss her! Another special thanks to all the National Honors Society students that have helped us in so many ways this and previous years. Many things could not happen without their help.
We will not be having a June meeting after all, but if you'd like to keep up with us, email us email@example.com and we can add you to our email group. It is likely we will get together sometime over the summer so be sure to check in with us. We are also online at www.newtonpto.weebly.com and join in the conversations on Facebook in our newly renamed "Friends of Newton School" group http://www.facebook.com/NewtonSchoolfriends
Have a great Summer!
IMPORTANT REMINDER Please remember to update the school with current phone numbers and contacts for your child.
413-772-1370 ext. 0 or ext. 100
Arts Showcase “A Year with Frog and Toad,” and an All-School Sing-a-long
Newton Volunteers Thank you for helping us grow at Newton School!
Council on Aging
Cultural Arts Council
Freedom Credit Union
Kevin and Dina LaMagdelaine
Laurie and Sue Newsome
Lindsey and Alex Siano
Liz and Steve Ortiz
Marcus and Jen Paulin
Michael and Jennifer Perrault
Mr. and Mrs. Burns
The Greenfield Elks Lodge
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
Tiffany and Cameron Ward
University of Massachusetts
We Love our fabulous volunteers!
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.
Curious George Visits Newton, February 2014
Curious George was so excited to be at Newton School for kindergarten registration!
He met Mrs. Brown…
And Mrs. Swist!
He read a book about his adventures!
George loves to read!
He also loves to play in the Gym!
George was excited to see the Cat in the Hat for Dr. Suess’ birthday!
He met lots of kids excited about school and excited about reading!
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
Students are awarded at our hundred day ceremony
for their hard work with Lexia and perfcect attendance!
Celebrating hard work with Lexia and perfcect attendance!
100 day celebratory hats
100 day celebratory hats
Students in 2nd Grade celebrate 100 days in school
by finding 100 objects, including 100 Uno cards,
pennies and cereal!
Counting those objects
More items to count
Mrs. Waren's and Mrs. Swist's classes sing about Santa
Mrs. Witherell's class sang about walking in the snow.
Mrs. Cloutier's class sang about the sun.
The 2nd and 3rd grade chorus was all smiles
We also had some special guess from the high school
come and sing for us.
Newton students had fun playing in the snow.
Luckily, they all were dressed warm in lots of layers.
January 29th UMASS Women’s Basketball VS George Washington
Newton students show their support for UMass!
Newton students exhibit school pride!
Newton students enjoyed meeting Sam the Minuteman at the UMass basketball game!
Matt Caron from 22 News comes to visit Newton School
Mrs. Iacuessa’s class poses with their guest reader
Matt told Mrs. Iacuessa’s class all about being a news anchor
Matt shares his favorite book with Mr. Stone’s class
Mr. Stone’s class poses with their famous reader
Mrs. Cloutier’s class poses with their famous guest!
Mrs. Goodwin and her former middle school student turned celebrity, Matt Caron!
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
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 www.stopandshop.com/aplus to register online OR Dial 1-877-275-2758 to register your card over the phone.
Dismissal 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 Expanded Learning Time Movie
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Newton Students Summer Art with Tina Clark
NEWTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IS ONE OF 187 COMMENDATION SCHOOLS IN THE STATE OF MASSACHUSETTS.
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 (http://www.doe.mass.edu/news/news.aspx?id=5729)
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
"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."