Greetings from Newton School,
November is a time of reflection. We watch the change of seasons with sadness and excitement as we approach winter. November is the month we give thanks to the special people in our lives. As a school community we display a Thankful Tree in our lobby with the thankful thoughts of our children. Join us in giving thanks.
On November 7th we will be dismissed early to allow our teachers time for parent conferences. If you have not signed up for a conference please contact your classroom teacher. It is important to sit down and talk about your child and their progress. We look forward to seeing you at Newton School!
On November 11th we celebrate Veterans Day as a country. It’s a time to thank the men and women who have served our country. In school we study history and the people who make history. This year Newton School will be thanking local veterans for their service with music and poetry on Friday, November 7th at 9:00 a.m.
As the weather changes and families spend more time indoors we ask for your help with math fluency. We need our young students to be fluent in addition and subtraction facts. Fluent means automatic. A child needs to be able to quickly tell you the answer to an addition or subtraction fact. We want every grade 1-3 student to be fluent in their facts before Thanksgiving. We need your help. Our children need practice every day. Young children need to be taught how to practice. Make practice fun and find ways to show your children how you use math every day.
On Tuesday, November 18th we will attend a University of Massachusetts basketball game. In the words of our children it’s “the best field trip ever”. Our PTO makes our field trips possible. This month we have a new fundraiser to support our field trips. We hope you have had a chance to look at our Great American Coupon book. If you are not interested in fundraising please return the materials to school. Children will receive a prize for returning the materials and earn prizes for sales. The Newton PTO works hard to provide funds to support our adventures. We understand that many families cannot afford to pay for school trips and that fundraising is a way everyone can help. Thank you for your help!
As you gather the hats, mittens, boots and warm clothing remember that your children shed their clothes at school. Please mark your child’s clothing with their name so the lost item can be quickly returned to the rightful owner. If your child has outgrown their winter clothing please consider donating to our Health Office. We never have enough snow pants!
Please read to your child every day and make math practice fun.
Happy November! I am thankful for Newton School.
October 31st Grade 3 Ms.
Witherell & Mrs. Iacuessa to Amherst Cinema
November 3rd Grade 1
Eric Carle Museum 10:00-1:00
Early Dismissal 11:55
No School Veterans Day
November 18th Grades 1, 2 and 3
UMASS Basketball Game 9:45-3:00
Early Dismissal 11:55 Thanksgiving Break
Kindergarten Team News for November 2014
Oral language skills are an important part of our kindergarten literacy curriculum. During the first months of school we spend much time developing speaking and listening skills. At this time of year the children are enjoying many games to improve their phonological awareness. This includes recognizing initial sounds, sounds within words, syllables and rhyming words.
Our kindergartners have just been introduced to the Lexia reading program in the computer lab. We hope you will allow them to practice a few minutes each day at home to reinforce the literacy skills taught in the classroom. They are excited about learning!
November is a busy month in Kindergarten. During this month students will be discussing how each of their families is very special and unique. Ask your child about the “special glue” that holds families together!
Dear First Grade Families,
Thank you to those of you who were able to attend our “Falling into Fun” Parade. The children enjoyed putting their creative minds to work as they designed their “Hungry Caterpillar” leaf bag costumes. Speaking of which, on Monday, November 3rd, all first graders who have returned their completed permission slips, will be attending an awesome field trip to the Eric Carle Museum.
Walk to Read has been going very well! All the children are making progress at their own pace. We are already seeing lots of reading growth. You have heard, or will be hearing soon more about this during your Parent/Teacher Conference.
During math, the children having been working on addition and subtraction. Please practice and reinforce these skills at home using beans or pennies. Every little bit counts. Your child should also be practicing counting forward and back on the hundred chart.
Thanks for all your help,
Mrs. Brown, Ms. Hayes, & Ms. Warren
Second grade has been busy with so many different things this month! At the beginning of the month, we attended the Multi Bands concert at UMass, and it was a huge hit! We look forward to visiting UMass again for a basketball game in November. We also want to extend a special thank you to Jenn and Marcus Paulin, Mike Perrault, and Tony Thurston for being AMAZING community readers at Pajama Night-you rock!
In Math, second graders have been learning addition strategies, like making ten, doubles, near doubles, adding three numbers and using pictures to represent word problems. Next in math, we will be working on strategies. Second grade’s goal this year is for students to become fluent mathematicians. Learning strategies will aid in automaticity-please practice facts at home!
We have started walk-to-read in second grade. Many students will be staying in their homerooms for reading this year, but some are “walking” to another room for reading instruction. We are looking to level our classroom libraries to make choosing just right books easier for our students. If you are interested in helping us-let us know!
Third Grade News
Third Graders will have a chance to read to Emma Pickle this year! Emma Pickle, a five year old golden retriever, is a Bright Spot Therapy Dog Reading Buddy!!! All students need to practice their fluency and gain confidence as readers. The canine reading buddy helps readers to accomplish this important goal by being a gentle, non-threatening listener. Emma Pickle loves to visit Newton School! The students and the teachers are always happy to see Emma Pickle! Third Graders and teachers want to thank Emma Pickles’ owner Mrs. MacCaffrey, a former teacher in the Greenfield Public Schools, for this wonderful opportunity!!! Their visit each week makes our day!!!!
The following students have completed ALL levels of Lexia!! Congratulations to Emy and Andrew!!
The following students have moved up at least one level this year in Lexia: Kevyn, Lydia, Kayley, Illiana, Jessica, Julia, Aleda, Nola, Sam!!
The following students have completed all levels of Symphony Math!! Congratulations to Kevyn, Andrew, and Samatha!!
The following students have moved up at least one level this year in Symphony Math: Julia, Aleda, Dylan, Illiana, Jessica, Andrew, Nola, Gabe, Samatha, and Lydia!!
All third Graders will be attending Amherst Cinema this fall to participate in See-Hear-Feel-Film. This is a literacy program that emphasizes the power of story and teaches children active listening viewing skills. The program will also develop traditional skills such as reading, writing, speaking, listening, working in groups and presenting!! Mrs. Iacuessa and Ms. Witherell will be taking their classes on the morning Friday, October 31. Mr. Stone will be attending on December 11th.
SCHOOL ADJUSTMENT COUNSELOR
Hello to all new and returning families! My name is
Katie Irizarry and I am the School Adjustment Counselor at Newton School.
School Adjustment Counselors help parents, students, and school staff identify needs that interfere with learning, and work with students/families to get the services they need. I work with general and special education students and their families to resolve social, emotional and behavioral problems. This is done through assessment, consultation with school staff and community providers, crisis intervention, and providing indirect and direct services including individual and group casework. As a School Adjustment Counselor, I strive to bridge school, home and community to help students be as successful as possible.
If you have any questions, please contact me at 772-1370 x 110. I am at Newton Monday through Thursday from 8:15-3:00.
I look forward to a great year filled with fun, friendships and learning!
Katie Irizarry, LICSW
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
Fall is upon us and soon to follow is winter. We may not want to be thinking of the cold temperatures, snow and the holidays- but they are all on the horizon. This November is when we'll be offering our fall fundraiser, Uncle Jerry's Tees, along with a local area coupon book. Uncle Jerry's Tees is part of the Natures Vision fundraiser we did last spring which was very successful. We have timed these fundraisers to coincide with the holiday shopping season. Many of these items make great gifts and they will arrive before winter break. Aside from T-shirts, blankets and towels they also offer candles and wrapping paper which people had expressed an interest in as a fundraiser for the fall. Around February break we will be selling the ever popular Butter Braids, as well as some Cookie Dough that will come in at the end of March. With all our fundraisers, we understand if you prefer to not participate or if you would rather donate money that is okay too!
Fundraisers will be due back immediately after Thanksgiving break on Dec 1st. In addition to funding field trips and supporting the teachers and school events, we are also fundraising for a new playground so every little bit helps!
Thanks for your support at our Book Fair! We were able to raise more than enough money to purchase books for the annual Bingo for Books event in the spring. Thanks so much for coming out and supporting reading with your family.
Best BOXTOPS participation ever! A HUGE thank you to all the families that turned in Box Tops during our contest! We have submitted about $400 worth of coupons- more than any other fall submission! WAY TO GO! Our Box Tops coordinator, Kia, will be continuing fun themes throughout the year to keep the energy going leading into our next submission.
Our next meeting will be Nov 12th at 5:30pm in the school library
October 1, PTO minutes
In attendance: Kia Burton-Mclaughlin, Jazmin Ramirez-Caraballo, Jami, Witherell, Erica Burns, Jen Perreault, and Jenni Vernon.
- Open Officer position- voted uncontested to vice president position Jenni Vernon. Voted to secretary position uncontested Jenni Vernon.
- Budget update- $485 raised in Greenfield Garden Cinema box troll movie fundraiser. PTO money used to provide field trip to apple farm for kindergarten students and trip to UMass to see multiband. First grade has not had a PTO funded field trip.
On the table
- Scholastic News follow-up-$683.83 scholastic dollars available. Kindergarten and second grades get scholastic news at $5 per student. No other grades are requesting scholastic news currently.
Fundraiser follow-up discussion
- Greenfield Garden Cinema update- great time $485 raised great fundraiser $1,000 could be raised. This fundraiser needs to be booked far in advance as they only do one fundraiser a month.
- Re-discuss fundraising plan for fall- Uncle Jerry’s tees decided to do this year in November over Thanksgiving break. Butter braids will be done this year in February for Easter. 99 Restaurant was done last year in March and original works was done last year for mother’s day.
- Book fair update- schedule was well staffed and planned through e-mail notices.
- District Volunteer form- a district volunteer form was passed out in paper form, it is also available on our Greenfield public school website gpsk12.org. The advantage of being a registered volunteer is a free lunch at the end of the year as a way of thanking volunteers.
New to the table
- Principal/staff report- Mel discussed her plan for a school parade, a fall festival, and musicians on Oct. 31.
- Staff requests- No staff requests have been made although I am reminded that the first graders have not had a field trip or anything PTO sponsored.
- Pumpkinfest table- the PTO chose to not enter into the pumkinfest sighting many common reasons.
- Misc/other- Ladies this was our first PTO meeting of the 2014-2015 year. It was a pleasure to meet all of you. We are happy to have everybody on board of the Newton School PTO. We will enjoy this year together and everybody is welcome and appreciated; for the person they are and the gifts they possess they will bring to this organization.
Join in the conversations on Facebook in our newly renamed "Friends of Newton School" group http://www.facebook.com/NewtonSchoolfriends. Leave us a message at 413-376-8666 or Newtonpto@gmail.com
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.
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.
HAPPY 100th BIRTHDAY NEWTON!
Each day and each night.
To growing up right.
I'll read to a crowd.
If silent or loud.
By the fire or pool.
The more they are fed.
What it needs every day.