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Principal: Melodie Goodwin, M.Ed.
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March Newsletter

Newton Students

Greetings from Newton School,
On Monday, March 2 the United States celebrates Read Across America.  The Newton School PTO in partnership with The World Eye Bookstore has planned a special Authors’ Night for families and friends.  The teachers have been introducing the authors’ books to their students and we are very excited to meet the people who wrote the stories we enjoy and love. We hope you will join us on Monday, March 2 at 5:30 for our celebration.  Come and meet The Cat in the Hat!

Our Third Graders will be participating in state testing called the PARCC this month during March 25-April 6 and again in May.  Please make sure your third grader gets a good night’s sleep and has a special snack.  You will be hearing more about the PARCC as the state of Massachusetts debates whether they will adopt the PARCC or continue with the MCAS test. 

On March 20th we celebrate the first day of spring with a trip for our first and second graders. They will be going to the Academy of Music in Northampton to see The Jungle Book.  Many thanks to our PTO for scheduling and paying for us to see the show.  Fundraisers like the Newton PTO Butter Braids help make these trips possible.  Butter Braid order sheets are due on March 3rd.

Kindergarten Registration will take place on Wednesday, March 25th from 9-2 and 4-6.  Please let friends and neighbors that it’s time for Kindergarten Registration. We are excited to meet the new members of our Newton family.  We hope our new Kindergarten Class will join us for our Family Events this month. Welcome the Class of 2028!

Bingo for Books will take place on Monday, March 30th at 5:30 in the cafeteria.  This is a fun family night with families playing Bingo and winning books.  Come and play Bingo and pick up your Butter Braid fundraiser at the same time.

Please read to your child and share the love of reading.  In our lobby we have a bulletin board where staff are sharing their favorite books when they were children.  What was your favorite book?  Share your memories and the book with a child.

It’s time to Think Spring!
Melodie Goodwin

Jane Yolen
Jane Yolen is happy to meet The Cat in the Hat
Our wonderful authors ready to read!
Natasha Lowe introducing the Kindergartners to Poppy Pendle!
Superintendent Harper and the Cat in the Hat
Superintendent Harper and The Cat in the Hat


Upcoming Events

March 2nd Author’s Night
5:30- 6:30

March 3rd
Amherst Cinemas Grade 3 Butter Braid orders due

March 3rd
PTO meeting 5:30 in the Newton Library

March 18th
Dining Out for a Cause at the 99 Restaurant                 

March 20th Academy of Music
2nd and 3rd grades 9:30

March 25th Kindergarten Registration
9:00- 2:00 and 4:30– 6:00   

March 30th
Butter Braid pickup

March 30th
Bingo for Books 5:30 in the Newton Cafeteria

Any student being dismissed early must be picked up prior to 3:15
to maintain the safety of our dismissal process.
Thank you for your understanding.

Kindergarten Team News
Registration for next year’s kindergarten students is taking place on Wednesday, February 25 and Wednesday, March 25   Parents and future kindergartners are welcome to visit our school from 9:00-2:00 and  4:30-6:00 on those days.   We look forward to meeting the many preschoolers who are eager to begin their kindergarten year in September 2015! If you know the parents of any child who will be 5 years old by September 1st please urge them to register soon. 

During the first week of March we will celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday by sharing many of his books with our students. Kindergartners enjoy Fox in Socks, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish and The Cat in the Hat. We are also especially excited to meet several local authors here at Newton School on Monday, March 2nd! Please join us from 5:30-6:30. And wear your Seussical hat!

We are looking forward to the arrival of spring in kindergarten. As much fun as the snow has been, it will be wonderful to free ourselves from boots and snow clothes! Our first springtime event will be Bingo for Books on March 30th. Everyone wins a book! YAY! We love to read!!!

First Grade News
We are getting ready for Unit 3 in our Scott Foresman Language Arts Program. Our new focus will be on 'Changes'- Some of the questions we will be asking are-How do places change? What do we learn as we grow and change? and what can we learn about animals as they grown and change? We will continue to practice the first grade literacy fundamentals- reading with fluency and comprehension. Please be mindful of reading each night with your child- take turns, read aloud, have them read to you!

In math, we continue to work on mastering our addition and subtraction facts to twenty. We also learn different ways to count to 120- number patterns as a strategy for doing so. Use flash cards, review your child's daily math practice, skip count by 5's, and 10's.

We will begin March with an author celebration on March 2 from 5:30-6:30. On March 20 we will head to Northampton for a performance of The Jungle Book. On March 27 there will be an All School Meeting at 8:30. Finally, March 30th is Bingo for Books!

Please keep your child bundled appropriately each day- mittens, hat, snow pants, boots and a jacket are essential for playing outside.

Second Grade News
Second Grade has been busy!  It’s been incredible to see how independent they are becoming as the year progresses!

As readers, we continue to get our hands on a variety of genres such as folktales, fairy tales, fiction chapter books, non-fiction books and articles.  Dr. Seuss has been an author of focus lately and we love his interesting and silly language!  We are starting to look at books written by the same author to compare and contrast what is similar, and what is different.  Lately we have been determining the author’s purpose for writing certain books (to inform or to entertain).  We have seen so much growth in reading skills, and thank you for supporting your child in their reading adventures at home! 

As writers, we have created a variety of pieces.  Students are learning to strengthen their writing using a mix of interesting language and details!  For Penny Wars, we wrote persuasive pieces to try to convince all of Newton to Donate to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Regional Dog Shelter and Adoption Center.  Unfortunately, we didn’t win the Penny Wars, but we sure did learn about the importance of “paying it forward” to others!

As mathematicians, second graders are continuing to step-up their fact fluency!  This has helped us to tackle more challenging math work such as subtraction with and without regrouping (also known as “borrowing”.)   We are also working on interpreting and creating our own word problems.  There are so many math games that we get to play that are all helping us to become even better at addition, subtraction, and problem solving! 

It’s unbelievable that the year is more than half over, but we look forward to working with you to help your children to grow even more!

Third Grade News
Congratulations to the following students for their achievements in READING and MATH during the month of February!!




Andrew, Gabe, Kaleb, Kevyn

Level 13

Jordan, Kylee, Chris

Level 12


Level 11


Level 9

Janiyah, Nola




75 points


57 points


47 points


46 points


32 points


28 points


21 points


MATH-90% or better on Topic 6 math test
Shaun, Preston, Brayden, Kylee, Angel, San, Joanis, Julia, Aleda, Dylan, Sunelis, Andrew, Kevyn, Gabe, Haylee, Samantha, Lydia



7,030 points-Mastermind


3,781 points-Mathematician


2,664 points-Expert


2,504 points-Expert


1,427 points-Whiz


1,414 points-Whiz


1,355 points-Whiz


1,314 points-Whiz


School Adjustment Counselor
“The only way to have a friend is to be one”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet.

During the months of January and February I have been talking with children about how to be a good friend. This also includes discussing the various traits students should look for in others when making friends. We have had many great conversations and some of the common qualities Newton children agree upon as important parts of a good friendship include: sharing, respect, kindness, honesty, helpfulness, caring, fun, safety and listening to others. 

As parents and caregivers, I encourage you to reinforce these positive qualities at home and talk to your children about their relationships with friends. Discuss both the affirmative aspects of their friendships (happy times, thoughtful gestures and times when others have been especially helpful) as well as more difficult times (when they felt left out, picked on or put down). Listening to what they have to say, showing understanding (you may want to share a time when you felt the same way or had a similar experience) and expressing how you feel about their relationships are all good ways to nurture healthy friendships that will last a long time.
Katie Irizarry, LICSW

PTO News
Our PTO has been working hard with the school putting some events together.

Our school has been working hard towards our $1000 goal for Box tops for Education, and we are nearly there- so far this year we have raised more than $600 for our kids! Thank you so much for submitting all those Box tops. They certainly add up!

On March 2nd we are hosting our first author's night with the help of World Eye bookshop. All proceeds from book sales at the event will go towards our school library. PTO is offering a coupon for all newton families towards the purchase of books that night. We hope to see you there in your best Dr. Seuss attire!

On March 3rd, our spring fundraiser orders are due for Butter Braids and Cookie Dough. The products will be available on March 30th at the school's Bingo for Books event!

Also on March 3rd is our PTO meeting starting at 5:30pm in the school library.

On March 18th our school community's families & friends will be Dining Out for a Cause at the 99 Restaurant- we hope that you can participate and share the word. Flyers will be sent home (and posted on our website) with coupons that need to presented that night. Starting at 5:30 we will be selling raffle tickets for items in the waiting area. Winners will be drawn around 6:30.

On March 30th is our school's annual Bingo for Books event! This is such a fun night where families can play bingo together and all the children win a book to keep. We will also have our Pick-up for the Butter braids and cookie dough. If your family participated the items will need to be picked up as they are too cumbersome (and frozen!) to be sent home with students. Volunteers will be needed to help sort orders when they are delivered after school. If you have any questions or concerns PLEASE contact us so we can work with you to get your items.

Did you or a family member attend Newton as a child? We will be celebrating Newton's 100th birthday in October and plan to have a multi-generational group in the county fair parade in September. Please visit our website for more information.

Did you know you can support our school at stores you use? Both Stop & Shop (school code: 05174) and Target (school code: 59293) have programs where they will donate to our school. It's worth checking to make sure it is indeed set up on your accounts.

It's not too late to be added to our email list- If you're interested send us an email.

Twitter: @newtonschoolpto

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 snow pants must be worn to play in the snow.


  • School cancellations are posted on  local news programs and local radio stations (i.e. WWLP or WHAI 98.3 FM
  • 2 hour delay school starts at 9:30 with no breakfast being served


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!

MLK 2015
Martin Luther King, Jr. PDF
January 2015

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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