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Principal: Melodie Goodwin, M.Ed.
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Newton School Fall 2014
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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.
Melodie Goodwin

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Upcoming Events

October 31st Grade 3 Ms.
Witherell & Mrs. Iacuessa to Amherst Cinema

November 3rd Grade 1
Eric Carle Museum 10:00-1:00

November 7th
Early Dismissal 11:55

November 11th
No School Veterans Day

November 18th Grades 1, 2 and 3
UMASS Basketball  Game 9:45-3:00

November 26th
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!

First Grade
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

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Child in Fall Leaves

 

Second Grade
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
READING
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!!!!

READING LEXIA
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!!

SYMPHONY MATH
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!!

See-Hear-Feel-Film
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


Cafeteria
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

Cafeteria

PTO NEWS
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.

Welcome

  1. Open Officer position- voted uncontested to vice president position Jenni Vernon.  Voted to secretary position uncontested Jenni Vernon.
  2. 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

  1. 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

  1. 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.
  2. 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. 
  3. Book fair update- schedule was well staffed and planned through e-mail notices.
  4. 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

  1. Principal/staff report- Mel discussed her plan for a school parade, a fall festival, and musicians on Oct. 31.
  2. 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.
  3. Pumpkinfest table- the PTO chose to not enter into the pumkinfest sighting many common reasons.
  4. 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


Reminders

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.

Box tops
Box tops
Box tops

HAPPY 100th BIRTHDAY NEWTON!

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

IMPORTANT REMINDER
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

ArtSpace

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

YMCA

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!

I have a Dream Slideshow
Martin Luther King, Jr. Slideshow
January 2014


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

Cafeteria
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.

ELT 1

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.

ELT 2

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 www.stopandshop.com/aplus to register online
OR
Dial 1-877-275-2758 to register your card over the phone.

Dismissal
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
(pdf)


Newton Art 2011
Newton Students Summer Art with Tina Clark

NEWTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IS ONE OF 187 COMMENDATION SCHOOLS IN THE STATE OF MASSACHUSETTS.

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 (http://www.doe.mass.edu/news/news.aspx?id=5729) 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
and
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:
http://msct.crotown.com/

Elizabeth Markofski, Music Teacher (Discovery School @ Four Corners, Federal Street Elementary, Newton School)
http://gpsk3music.yolasite.com/

Ms. Jacqueline Swist-Kindergarten
http://classjump.com/s/swist/


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 (http://art-smart.ci.manchester.ct.us/pta_art.html)

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