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Greetings from Newton,
April is a month of transitions. As the weather changes schools start the process of sharing information about students transitioning to a new grade or school. Our third grade students will visit Greenfield Middle School on April 11th. During their visit they will have the opportunity to ask questions of fourth grade students and teachers about life at GMS. This is an exciting field trip for Third Grade! At the same time we are welcoming our new Kindergarten, The Class of 2027, with special t-shirts, school visits and smiles.
On April 8th our Kindergarten students will be going to Shea Theater to see The Pirate, the Princess and the Pea. The Second Grade will be going to the Shea on April 10th to see Wolf! The Third Grade will attend the Symphony at Greenfield High School on the same day. The First Grade has a special trip planned for May. Permission slips will be coming home and must be signed for students to participate in these events.
April Vacation will be from April 21-25 and we are all hoping for a week of sunshine and relaxation.
Please remember to update the school with current phone numbers and contacts for your child.
413-772-1370 ext. 0 or ext. 100
PTO 6:00 Newton Library
Kindergarten Shea Theater 10:00
Second Grade Shea Theater 10:00
Third Grade Pioneer Valley Symphony
Third Grade Visits GMS
Wednesday April 30th
All School Meeting 8:30
Performances by: 3rd Grade Recorder Students, Strings for Kids Students, 1st grade Musical “A Year with Frog and Toad,” and an All-School Sing-a-long
May 13 and 15
Kindergarten Team News March 2014
Kindergartners continue to be very busy. They are excited to be improving their reading and writing, and they love learning new games and sight words that help them with this skill. Please continue to do LEXIA at home to keep their skills sharp!
We will be going to the Shea Theater on Tuesday, April 8 to see The Pirate, The Princess and The Pea.
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.
First Grade News
Let's talk spring! Our reading is even focused on all things springy... changes in nature like caterpillars and butterflies, blossoms and buds sprouting, birds returning... all things that bring us warmer weather! So, where is it?
First graders have been making awesome reading progress on Lexia! They are all earning certificates to show for their hard work! Congratulations! Way to go!
Math has focused on learning about the similarities/differences between geometric solids and plane shapes, congruency, and lines of symmetry.
Our surprise first grade destination field trip is scheduled for May 21st! Stay tuned...
Happy Spring, Ms. Warren, Mrs. Hayes, Mrs. Brown
Second Grade News
Second graders have been very busy during the month of March. Students have been working especially hard in reading, using the computer program Lexia. The competitive spirit is showing through in their quest to win awards at the end of the month for their successful completion of a reading level!
In Social Studies, we have been researching the continents and oceans of the world, finishing off our studies with an essay and poster. Ask your child which continent they worked on, and they will be able to give you some interesting facts.
In math, we moved into geometry with hands-on study of shapes, slides, flips, turns, and congruence. There was a lot of new vocabulary in this lesson. We are now working with fractions, or pieces of a whole shape, and are looking forward to our next lesson on telling time.
We continue to learn about social issues in second grade as well. We had an interesting and fun assembly on bullying early in the month and spent some time discussing and writing about what bullying looks, feels, and sounds like.
Most of all, we are looking forward to spring and all of the beauty it brings!
Ms. Cloutier Ms. McIver Ms. Sherry
Grade 3 News: Happy Spring from the Third Grade!!!!!
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FOLLOWING THIRD GRADE STUDENTS FOR THEIR AWARDS!!!!
LEXIA READING CORE 5
Awards for moving up at least one level during the month of March!!!! Jayson, Lexy, Aneesa, Joe B., Cassie, Kenneth, Natalie, Phoebe, Kameryn, Hunter, Kaine, Ivan, Emma, Riley, Anna, Rikku, Angelina, Dragos, Tyler, Joey W., Abby, Ayden, Leah, Destiny, Cameron, Josie, Ryan, Natalia, Kiana, Diana, Ava, Matt, Izaiah, Joslynn, Karisma, Latayvion, Maverick, Noah, Heaven, Khalil, Jacey, Thomas, Zaday, Soriya, Marcellus, Julian
Music… Ivan and Phoebe
Theater… Anna, Angelina, Emma, Natalie
Art… Kameryn, Phoebe, Dragos
Gym… Joe B.
In Mrs. Iacuessa’s Class a volunteer is coming in twice a week to meet with Phoebe, Anna, Cassie, Abby, and Aneesa for a book club. They are reading The Red Pyramid.
In Mr. Stone’s Class Ayden, Leah, Riana and Ava are meeting for a novel group on the book Bunnicula.
Miss Witherell's 3rd Graders, including Heaven, Julian, Soriya, and Zaday, have started a reading club with Jacqueline Davis' The Lemonade Wars.
Chapter 7 Math test 90% - 100%
Congratulations to …Ayden, Destiny, Cameron, Josie, Ryan, Allie, Natalia, Riana, Diana, Ava, Matt, Izaiah, Joslynn, Karisma, Latayvian, Maverick, Noah
Miss Witherell's 3rd Grade also launched into Space for a unit of study around the Moon, Planets, and the Stars.
It’s finally Spring! Soon it'll be nice and warm and all the snow that covers my front yard will be gone. I can't wait as the winter has been way too long and cold for us this year.
With the coming of Spring we will be working on gardens and a bit of a clean-up at Newton School. An official date hasn't been set yet, but if there is a day or afternoon that you can go and rake for an hour or so please send us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will spread the word.
Lots of fun was had at Newton's annual Bingo for Books event- it was packed and lots of books went to new homes. We also had a great turn-out for or Dining for a Cause night at the 99 Restaurant and
With these fundraisers we are able to help our students go on field trips at no cost. We are also able to help pay for programs that come to the school such as Jay Banks to spoke to the kids about being
U.N.A.F.R.A.ID when they are put in a bullying situation. It was a great presentation.
Save the dates: May 20th-23rd Scholastic book fair! Buy 1 get 1 free!
At our April 1st meeting we will be voting on officers for next year as well as talking about our upcoming events and garden plans. The meeting is held in the school library from 6-7.
Did you know you can keep up with us on the web? We post our meeting minutes as well as new and announcements at www.newtonpto.weebly.com or find us on Facebook: Facebook.com/newtonpto
When most adults think about exercise they imagine working out in the gym on a treadmill or lifting weights.
But for kids, exercise means playing and being physically active. Kids exercise when they have gym classes at school, during recess, at dance class or soccer, while riding bikes, or when playing tag.
Besides enjoying the health benefits of regular exercise, kids who are physically fit sleep better and are better able to handle physical and emotional challenges – from running to catch the bus to studying for a test.
If you have ever watched kids on a playground, you’ve seen the 3 elements of fitness in action when they:
- Run away from the kid who is “it” (endurance)
- Cross the monkey bars (strength)
- Bend down to pick up a ball (flexibility)
Parents should encourage their kids to do a variety of activities so that they can work on all three elements.
Healthy, physically active kids are more likely to be academically motivated, alert, and successful.
Melissa Bednarski, RN
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!
The kids showed George around the school!
George had a lot of fun at Newton!
What an exciting day!
Martin Luther King, Jr. Slideshow
100 Days Celebration
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