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Greetings from Newton,
March is a busy month that promises the hope of warm weather with shamrocks and the first day of spring. Beautiful shamrocks decorate the trees in the front of Newton to remind us that spring is coming. Thank you for the shamrocks Lindsay Siano! Last week Newton had a visit from Curious George. Curious George welcomed the Class of 2027 at Kindergarten registration and was a celebrity at our All School meeting. This week the Cat in the Hat wandered our halls and read Dr. Seuss stories to the children of Newton. On Thursday, the PTO is sponsoring Bingo for Books from 6 -7 P.M. We hope you will join us for this fun family event.
At Newton School we are starting a new Walk to Reading program that allows teachers to regroup students based on what type of instruction they need. Our goal is to accelerate growth in reading for all of our Newton students. This new program allows our struggling readers to receive ninety minutes of reading instruction in a small group from a teacher trained in a program called SPIRE.
The second grade won our Penny War. Congratulations to the Second Grade for raising $833.42 for the Franklin County Regional Dog Shelter. Many thanks to Kristie Joy from Freedom Credit Union and Jen Perreault from our Newton PTO for the hours they spent counting our pennies.
Newton students are entered into a program called Read to Succeed by Six Flags Amusement Park. If your child keeps a reading log, reads for 360 minutes and submits their log to their teacher, they will receive a free ticket to Six Flags Amusement Park!
Bring on Spring!
Please remember to update the school with current phone numbers and contacts for your child.
413-772-1370 ext. 0 or ext. 100
BINGO for Books 6:00-7:00
March 18th & March 20th
Ninety Nine Restaurant Fundraiser
Early Dismissal for Parent/ Teacher conferences
All School Meeting 8:30
Early Dismissal for Parent/ Teacher conferences
PTO 6:00 Newton Library
On March 18th and March 20th our third graders will be taking the English Language Arts MCAS Test. Children in Massachusetts take MCAS tests in English Language Arts and Mathematics every year, starting in third grade. It is important that every child do their best on our state test. Please mark these dates on your calendar and think of ways you can help your child. For example:
- Make sure your child has a good night’s sleep.
- Start a testing day with lots of positives and avoid arguments.
- Make sure your child arrives at school on time.
- Plan a special snack for testing dates.
If your child is sick please keep them home. We have a few days to make up the test for those students who are unavailable for testing. We don’t want your child to take a test when they aren’t feeling well.
Kindergarten Team News March 2014
Registration for next year’s kindergarten students took place during the last week of February. We were happy to meet so many pre-schoolers who are eager to begin their kindergarten year in 2014! If you know the parents of any child who will be 5 years old by September 1st please urge them to register soon.
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!
During the first week of March we will celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday by sharing many of his books with our students. Kindergartners usually enjoy Fox in Socks, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish and The Cat in the Hat.
Spring arrives mid-March, as well as, Parent-Teacher Conferences at Newton School.
Parent-Teacher Conferences will be scheduled on Friday, March 21st and Friday, March 28th. Please be sure that you have arranged a conference about your child’s progress in kindergarten. We are always happy to share our thoughts and observations with you. And also to hear yours!
First Grade News
Thank you for your flexibility with our Valentine’s Day celebrations. We are busy catching up from the extended February break. First Grade enjoyed our 100th day celebrations! Your 100 collections were terrific! In math we are working in doubles and doubles plus one facts. For language arts we will celebrate Dr. Suess’ birthday. We hope you all plan to attend Bingo for books on
Thursday, March 6th from 6:00-7:00.
Mrs. Brown, Mrs. Hayes and Ms. Warren
Second Grade News
Second graders have been studying world geography, including continents, oceans, hemispheres and poles. We have kicked off our geometry unit as well; please help your children by pointing out the geometric shapes in our daily lives. We are scheduled to go to Northfield Mountain on May second to participate in their "Ponds and Aquatic Animals" program, please contact your child's teacher if you would like to be a chaperone.
Our Lexia awards this month are as follows:
Serghei Doncev, Gabe Tomasi, Jaimee Wimer,
Lydia Wood, Shaun Turner, Xavier Blagojevic, Sunelis Labron, Kevyn Senecal, Haylee Tuttle, Sabrina Cote, Virginia Marin, Brayden Arsenault, Cheldon Greene
Ms. Cloutier, Ms. McIver and Ms. Sherry
HAPPY ALMOST SPRING!!!
Congratulations to the following third grade students for their awards in our new reading program Lexia.
Students work on this program each day at school for a half hour to improve their reading skills.
Aneesa, Joe B., Cassie, Ivan, Anna, Rikku, Abby, Josie, Ally, Leah, Heaven, Jacey, Thomas, Zaday, Julian(2)
CHAPTER MATH 1-6 TEST
Congratulations to the following students for 90% - 100% in the Chapter 1-6 math test.
Anessa, Cassie, Ivan, Anna, Jayson, Natalie, Abby, Phoebe, Ally, Josie, Diana, Karisma, Matt, Kiana, Joslynn, Ayden, Heaven, Soriya, Kevyn, Serghei
FIRST IN MATH AWARDS
Congratulations for receiving over 1000 points!!
Leah, Latayvion, Ryan
Congratulations for receiving over 2000 points!!
WAY TO GO THIRD GRADERS FOR YOUR HARD WORK!!!!
Third grade students will be taking the MCAS English Language Arts on Tuesday, March 18th and Thursday, March 20th.
Spring is on the horizon and boy, have we earned our warm seasons this year! It's been tricky trying to schedule family events this winter, but soon the snow will be gone (we hope!) and we won't have to worry about the weather as much.
THANK YOU so much to everyone who participated in our Natures Vision fundraiser! We were able to raise over $1500 to help fund field trips and events at the school, Without this fundraising these events would not be able to happen for our kids. I would also like to thank Freedom Credit Union for coming out to count the coins each day of the Penny Wars. This was such a huge help for our school! Our school raised over $830 for the Franklin County Regional Shelter, the charity designated by the winning Second Graders!
We have been planning a free movie night on a date to be determined. We have been waiting for equipment to be installed. More details on this as they come.
Our school's annual Bingo for Books event is coming up on March 6th from 6-7 pm! It's a great fun time for all members of the family, so come join us!
Also, on March 18th we are teaming up with 99 Restaurant's dining out for a cause program. By presenting a coupon, they will donate 15% of proceeds to our school with no extra costs from you while you enjoy a nice dinner out with friends and/or family. We will also have items up for raffles in the lobby, so stop by!
We are also working on some gardening/landscaping projects this spring. Some possibilities include a clean up day, updating/relocating the butterfly garden and getting benches to go around our trees by the main entrance. If gardening/landscaping is something that interests you please contact us.
As always our meetings are held the second Tues of the Month 6-7(:30) in the school library, and we have childcare available thanks to the National Honors Society at GHS. You can leave us message at 413-376-8666 email@example.com or visit us online www.newtonpto.weebly.com, wwwfacebook.com/newtonpto
Hello Newton Families,
It was great to see the response for the dental program. Thank you to all that participated or will participate in the upcoming weeks. Your child’s oral health is an important part of his/ her overall health. Dental problems in school ages children can result in pain, infection, difficulty concentrating, limited ability to chew foods, speech defects and premature loss of teeth. In order to promote your child’s dental health, we encourage you to teach your child good brushing and flossing habits, and healthy eating habits with a varied diet. Remember to take your child for regular dental examinations.
It’s hard to believe that spring is right around the corner with all the snow still on the ground, but it will be here soon and that means a wet and muddy playground. Please consider sending in extra clothing each day with your student to use if needed.
As always, we will gladly accept donations of clothing especially snow pants, socks, boots, gloves, and mittens.
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
Banking will be on Thursday, December 12th in the library
December 21st Chorus Members in 2nd and 3rd grades
sing with the Pioneer Valley Symphony at 7:00 P.M.
Greenfield High School
Winter Break December 23rd through January 1st
Newton students show their support for UMass! |
Newton students exhibit school pride!
Newton students enjoyed meeting Sam the Minuteman at the UMass basketball game!
Greetings from the Nurse!
Cold weather is upon us. Please make sure your child is coming to school dressed appropriately. Students continue to go out for recess in the cold. Students who are not dressed appropriately will not be allowed outside for recess.
Thank you to those who have donated clothing to the school. It is much appreciated. We continue to need winter clothing, especially coats and boots.
Please continue to update the school if your student’s contact information has changed.
Melissa Bednarski, RN
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
ies, 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