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Stanley Family News
September 17, 2016

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9/22
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9/23
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Stanley Family News



Dear Families,
School Council met Wednesday about assessing and addressing the needs of very bright and perhaps gifted and talented students.  As principal I often get calls from prospective parents asking about how the needs of their bright and perhaps gifted and talented students will be met.  We have a good track record of challenging bright students but we can always do better.   We do our level best to assess students’ multiple abilities and levels of readiness and providing challenge and enrichment is very important to us.  Typically we can meet the needs of  very bright students through differentiated instruction e.g. Readers’ and Writers’ Workshop where students are engaged in independent and guided reading of self selected books and writing with feedback from peers and the teacher geared to readiness levels.  Math is trickier as math programs are typically written with whole class and independent work in mind.  Some teachers are working on using the workshop model in math as well.  We have had success in providing challenge particularly in grades 3 and 4 using the workshop model but this is a work in progress.  

I have been doing some research into what other districts do and I am interested in documenting what we do and particularly how we respond to families who feel their child needs more challenge.  This year I am committed to keeping this topic on the front burner with our students, teachers and parents.  I feel that it is kind and respectful to students to take an honest look at their abilities and do our best to provide challenging and engaging instruction as often as possible given staffing and materials constraints.  I am confident that we can do so very well given existing resources through a commitment to frequent assessment and through sharing best practices and resources e.g. math challenge questions and projects, good titles for advance readers.  

Right now teachers are working extremely hard assessing students in reading and math.  Once these assessments are completed we will have a better idea of what the needs are.  That said, if you have a feeling that your child may need additional challenge please communicate this first to your child’s teacher so they can let you know how they plan to challenge them. I would also like to know about students who might be outliers so we can discuss how to make sure their needs are being met as best we can.  

Library/Media Change:  Our original plan was to have Janet Frasca and Mia Morgan teach Library at all three district elementary schools on a rotating basis.  We later realized that this plan had some serious drawbacks of spreading teachers’ focus and the need for them to create and build relationships with over 800 students!  The new plan is to have Janet at Stanley, Mia at Hadley and both at Clarke on alternating weeks. This means Janet Frasca will be at Stanley teaching Library/Media every other week.

METCO:  We now have eight METCO students, the largest we have had in five years.  Yesterday I got an offer from a parent to host two of them on inclement weather days or in emergencies.  This might involve having the METCO student at your house for a few hours or perhaps overnight.  It would be great to have neighborhood families that would be willing to host one or more METCO students for this same purpose. Please let me know if you would like more information about this volunteer opportunity or if you would be willing to host one or more METCO students.  Thank you!

Student Leadership Team:  We had our first meeting yesterday with over 50 particpants.  Mrs. Pacitto taught us about recycling and we made posters to motivate our community to reduce, reuse and recycle.  While we are good at recycling paper in classrooms we are less good in the cafeteria.  It would be great if families discussed how children could reduce waste, reuse containers and recycle packaging e.g. through bringing plastics home in lunchboxes for rinsing and recycling.  Thanks!

Physical Education:  Kathy Pacitto
Wearing SNEAKERS is a requirement for all students participating in P.E.  Please review the Physical Education website to read the rules and regulations of SAFE participation in the gym and outdoors. Our annual Stanley School Fitness Walk will take place on Friday, September 30, 2016 with a rain date of October 7th.  Please have your child wear their sneakers to walk.  Parents are invited to come help and/or walk with your child's class.   INTERNATIONAL WALK TO SCHOOL DAY will take place on Wednesday, October 5, 2016.  All families are  encouraged to walk to school with their children that day.  Coffee will be available for parents upon arriving at school.  Small prizes will be given out to the students who walk.  Please remember to TURN OFF CAR IGNITION when waiting in the car lane.  It is against the law to idle a car engine for more than five minutes while on school grounds.  The fumes from the vehicles do enter the school where the children are!!!  Thank you for this consideration.

Kindergarten, Mrs. Cassidy
Congratulations on our first full week of kindergarten!!  Your children are amazing!  Ask your child what the "Must Do's" where this week,  See if they can tell you how to make the colors green, purple and orange,  Ask them what tools we used in science.  Lastly ask your child what is "Writer's Workshop".  Thank you so very much for all the supplies and also for allowing your children to independently walk into school.  Have a wonderful

Kindergarten, Mrs. Draper
KD has had a fantastic start to the school year! We have been establishing rules and routines, such as arrival, Morning Meeting, how to walk in the hall and dismissal.  Ask your child to sing our Line Up Song (Our hand are by our hips…).  Most importantly we have been discussing what our KD community looks like and sounds like.  KD earned a Pajama Day for displaying Code of Conduct characteristics as a whole community. Our current Class Challenge is for each student to be able to walk around our circle and identify each student and teacher by name. Have a great weekend!

Kindergarten, Mrs. Helferich
Welcome to Kindergarten! I am pleased to have your child in our classroom community and look forward to our time together. In just eleven short days, we have learned many of the routines that we will continue throughout the year such as beginning our day, calendar activities, lining up, and using materials. We have learned many songs and rhymes. Ask your child to sing "Who Took The Cookie From The Cookie Jar?", "Days of the Week" or retell the familiar "Humpty Dumpty" rhyme.

Grade 1, Mrs. Coletti
The first graders in 1C are off to a great start! Thank you to all the help with supplies for our classroom. Some people have been asking for more specific suggestions for math practice so we will attach some card games and math apps suggestions. Adjust the activities to meet your child's needs. We are learning how readers build good habits. Ask your child about some of these habits. Thanks for coming to curriculum night.  It was nice to meet so many of you!

Grade 1, Mrs. Ellis
We just completed our first five day week and we are off to such a GREAT start!  Ask your child to tell you one thing that they know about Tall Tales.  Please be looking for some fun math fact ideas in next week's homework packet.  Thanks to all who were able to attend Curriculum Night.  It was great to see you there!

Grade 1, Mrs. Sheehan
We just completed our first five day week and we are off to such a GREAT start!  Ask your child to tell you one thing that they know about Tall Tales.  Please be looking for some fun math fact ideas in next week's homework packet.  Thanks to all who were able to attend Curriculum Night.  It was great to see you there!

Grade 2, Mrs. Norton
Ask your child about our routine for the “estimation jar”. ~This week went by really fast. ~Room One continues to work on learning (and following) our classroom procedures. ~Each child has selected some “Just Right” books and I am very pleased with their Independent Reading Practices. ~The class took our first “Spelling Check Up”. ~Our Word Study Notebook went home and I ask that parents/guardians please sign the check up and send the notebook back in on Monday. ~If you’d like to volunteer as a Room Parent, please let me know ASAP. ~By the end of the month, I hope to have a volunteer’s schedule up and running. Thanks so much.

Grade 2, Mrs. Stephens
2S has had a great first full week of school.  The kids are settling in with new routines and new friends.  Thank you for doing such a great job with the Fundations homework and the reading/math logs.   We did a mini author study on Kevin Henkes.  His books shed light on a lot of the worries kids have at this time of year.  We enjoyed comparing his characters’ problems and their solutions. We had Library and took books out for the first time this year.  We will have Library again on 9/29. Kids can return books to the bin in the classroom when they are finished with them. Ask your child what birds they saw at the feeder this week.

Grade 2, Mrs. Waitt’s Class
Ask your child: what is the sum or difference of a math problem?; and what is our second grade "cheer?”
Second graders have been practicing new classroom routines these past few weeks. We have had fun learning new games, reading with a partner, and exploring the new books in our classroom. Thank you to all parents for supplying the second graders and our classroom with so many much needed items.  It was wonderful to meet so many of you at Curriculum Night. Your support with weekly homework is appreciated!

News from 3C
I am so happy to share that our third grade class has settled into a daily routine and has begun our year of learning! This week we studied common and proper nouns, line plots, pictographs, and bar graphs. We also enjoyed the story "How I Spent my Summer Vacation" by Mark Teague. The children wrote in their language journals after reading "Courage" by Bernard Waber. I loved hearing their tales which varied from courageous trips to the dentist to harrowing rides on roller coasters!
Thank you to the many parents that volunteered to be room parents for our class! I have chosen Mrs. O'Donnell and Mrs. Nason but look forward to the many additional opportunities parents will have to donate time to our class. If there is a parent who would like to come in each Friday to laminate projects, prepare packets etc. please let me know. We can always use some extra helping hands!

Grade 4, Ms. Boudreau
Hello families and welcome back to another great year at Stanley School! We have had a wonderful start to the year and I have really been enjoying getting to know your children. We have really begun working in all subject areas, and I hope your son or daughter has been sharing a lot of our activities with you. Ask your child about our Reader’s Response Journals and the types of questions we’ve been responding to daily. Remember to keep practicing math facts daily and to keep reading on a daily basis. Be on the look out within the next week for the start of word sorts – we have been practicing in school, but it is just about time to practice them at home. I hope you’re all enjoying this beautiful weather and please remember you can contact me at any time! boudreau@swampscott.k12.ma.us

Grade 4, Mrs. Lawler
Dear 4L Families, Welcome Back to school for your child's last year in elementary school!  We have hit the ground running. Thank you to the parents who attended Curriculum Night on the third day of school.  It was fun to meet you!  Ask your child about the BAS reading testing we are doing (not all have been done at this point!)  I love the opportunity to work individually with assessing your child on their reading skills and reading thinking.  Thank you to the families who have logged on to Xtra Math for home computer math practice. I receive a Monday morning communication from them as to how the children did over the past week with their practicing. It is very helpful to us all!  We are grateful to our new room parents who have offered to volunteer their time and caring for our class: Karen Roberts, Cheryl Frary, and Jackie Shanahan. Thank you! Have a fun weekend, all!

Grade 4, Ms. Shypula
Parents, thank you for coming to curriculum night.  It was so nice meeting you all!  Over the past few weeks in reading, 4S has been working on building reading stamina during our reading workshop block.  Already, students have worked up to 35 minutes of quiet, independent reading!  I am very impressed! Ask your child about our independent reading rubric and what behaviors students need to display to earn a 4, or “outstanding!”for the day.  


Closing Thoughts
Thanks to our incredible teachers for their hard work and commitment to making the beginning of school so positive for our students!

Sincerely,
Tom Daniels
Principal
Stanley Elementary School



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