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Greetings from Newton School!
The transition from October to November has been one of excitement and change. A Red Sox Championship game started our month with style. The leaves have fallen, temperatures have dropped and many of us have gotten out our winter coats and mittens.
As you enter Newton School you will see our Thankful Tree, created by one of our first grade teachers Mrs. Hayes, which represents the thoughts of our community. I am thankful for the open hearts of our Newton family. Join us in being thankful.
Newton School wants to thank the Greenfield Police Department, Sheriff’s Department and the State Police for their ongoing support and help as we practice our safety procedures and protocols. Many adults remember practicing fire drills in schools along with bus evacuations. Today we practice for the unexpected and to secure our building for a variety of situations.
A special welcome to our two new teachers : Jami Witherell, third grade teacher, and Denise Leitl, Kindergarten/First Grade teacher. Our new classes are bright, cheerful and filled with the voices of excited learners.
We are looking forward to attending a UMASS Basketball Game on November 12th and our Fall Festival on November 21st.
Thankful for Newton School,
Nov. 12th UMASS Basketball Game-Grades 1-3
Nov. 14th Academy of Music 9:30-12:15-Grade 1
Nov. 21st Fundraiser Pickup 5:00
Nov. 21st Fall Festival 6:00
Nov. 22nd Picture Retakes (call the office for order forms)
Nov. 27th Early Dismissal “Happy Thanksgiving”
Newton students show their support for UMass! |
Newton students exhibit school pride!
Newton students enjoyed meeting Sam the Minuteman at the UMass basketball game!
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.
Winter Weather Reminders
· Students go outside everyday unless the temperature is below 10 degrees with the wind chill factor included.
· Coats, hats, gloves/mittens and snowpants must be worn to play in the snow. Please label all your students clothes.
· School cancellations are posted on local news programs and local radio stations (ie. wwlp, whai 98.3 FM,)
· 2 hour delay school starts at 9:30 with no breakfast being served
Oral language skills are an important part of our literacy curriculum. During the first months of school we spend much time developing speaking and listening skills.
Also 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.
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!
First Grade continues to thrive as we practice our reading fluency and develop our writing skills. Reading skills and strategies will flourish quickly by having your child read 30 minutes EVERY DAY! This is the perfect time to read with/to your child from his/her special book bag! In math, children are demonstrating their knowledge of addition and subtraction. We are currently writing addition and subtraction stories and drawing pictures to match.
On Thursday, November 14th, the First Grade will be travelling to Northampton to see Stone Soup at the Academy of Music Theatre. Many thanks to the Newton PTO for sponsoring this trip.
Second grade Mathletes have been hard at work studying digits (tens and ones). Students are using the hundred chart and number line to look at patterns and compare two-digit numbers.
In English Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies, we have explored space, discussed what it might be like to camp out under the starry skies, and identified constellations in our Milky Way Galaxy. We are now looking forward to studying the desert, its plants, animals, and unique characteristics. We have read realistic fiction and expository non-fiction, and we are actively talking about comprehension strategies to use when we read. We have written about some of the things we might want to explore in the future, and how to write a simple letter telling a friend about an experience.
We look forward to a colorful November filled with new experiences in second grade.
Ms. Sherry and Ms. McIver
On Monday, October 21 third graders had a visitor, Matt Caron from Channel 22 in Springfield to share and read his favorite book, Milo and the Magical Stones. The book had a happy or a sad ending that we could choose to hear. It was voted by students to hear the happy ending!!!! Mr. Caron also talked about his job and how he decided on his profession!!
Congratulations to the following third graders who have been recognized by staff at Newton School for being excellent role models!!
Mrs. Iacuessa’s class…. Phoebe, Rikku, Joe, Natalie, Alexis, Jayson, Kameryn, Cassie, Kenneth, Tyler, Joey W., Andrea, and Dragos GREAT JOB!!!!
Ivan, Anna, Xavier, and Kaine have received two awards!!!!
Mr. Stone’s class….Ryan, Heaven, Eric, Destiny, Natalie, Diana, Allie, Maverick, and Latayvian GREAT JOB!!!!
Mrs. Iacuessa and Mr. Stone’s Third Grade classes
1,000 points or more…Aneesa, Phoebe, Allie
500 points or more…Jayson, Ivan, Joey W., Alexis, Ryan, and Leah
The following students have received awards in specials.
Gym…Kameryn and Kaine
Music…Joe B., Joey W., Lexy, and Phoebe
Happy Fall Everyone! The cooler weather has arrived and so have the approach of fall holidays.
Thanks to everyone who participated in our fundraiser! We raised nearly $2000 to help all of our students go on field trips this year! We had one of our best book fairs as well! The funds raised at the book fair will allow us to purchase new books for students during our Bingo for Books event.
Box Tops for Education was a great success. We have over $300 to help us work on PTO projects! It’s amazing how much those little coupons add up. Keep on clipping and save them for our next submission in the spring!
On Thursday Nov 21 please remember to stop at Newton School at 5 p.m. to pick up your Butter Braids, Pies, and Wreaths. After picking up your fundraising items join us for our Fall Festival starting at 6 p.m. All unclaimed food items will be accepted as donations to our Newton food program.
Volunteers are needed for Fall Festival on the 21st. If you are interested in helping please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 413-376-8666
Have a great Thanksgiving!
News from the Nurse
Greetings from the Nurse!
Please return the Student Health Update form to the health office and notify us of any changes in your child’s health and emergency contact information. It is critical that we have current emergency contact information.
It is flu season again. Consider getting a flu shot for everyone in your family. In addition to getting vaccinated, encourage your child to take everyday steps that can help prevent the spread of germs. This includes:
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or cough into the crook of your arm.
- Protect yourself and others by washing hands frequently with soap and water(for as long as it takes to sing the “Happy Birthday “song twice)
- Avoid touching your eyes , nose and mouth. Germs spread this way
Please keep children home from school for at least 24 hours after their fever is gone. (Fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine)
As always, we will gladly accept any used clothing, especially pants for boys and girls sizes 5-7.
Melissa Bednarski, RN