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10 Whitman Road
Swampscott, MA 01907
Phone (781) 596-8837
Fax (781) 592-9500
Tom Daniels
Principal


Stanley Family News
January 24, 2016

Dear Families,

I would like to feature Ms. Bauer’s literacy entry this week.
Ms. Bauer, Literacy Specialist
What is a "just right" book?  If a book is "just right," students should be able to read most words correctly, read smoothly, and understand what they are reading.  During Readers Workshop, teachers are guiding students to find "just right" books for their independent reading.  This allows students to feel confident with their reading while increasing their fluency and comprehension.  Check out www.readingrockets.org/article/selecting-books-your-child-finding-just-right-books for more information!

Classroom teachers spent two hours working with a consultant from Teaching and Learning Alliance or TLA last Thursday.  The work centered around a model lesson on conferring with students and teaching a small group reading strategy lesson.  Teachers spent about 45 minutes before the modeled lesson talking about what they would see and what they should look for and then took time after the lesson to debrief.  It was clear that our teachers had done a great deal of work learning about Readers’ Workshop including “just right” books and that they were excited to trying out the practices learned from the consultant.  For more information about TLA go to:  [ http://www.teachinglearningalliance.org/about.html ]http://www.teachinglearningalliance.org/about.html.  

Physical Education, Kathy Pacitto
THANK YOU to the Stanley PTO for the sponsorship of the YOGA program here at school!  Our yoga specialist Miss Heather says that there are over 1,578 yoga poses in the world!  Ask your child to show you the following poses:  tree pose, crow pose, stick pose, snake pose, candlestick pose, half-moon pose, bridge pose, half-star pose, starfish pose, push-up pose....... The students were very well behaved.  The kids really got a lot out of the yoga lesson and had fun!  Miss Heather returns to Stanley for more yoga classes in March!  

Hip Hop:  The PTO Hip Hop program is coming to Stanley School in February during the week of February 8th.

Did you know.......  The sport of Basketball will be celebrating its 125th birthday in the year 2016!  Basketball was invented in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1891 so the sport has been played here in MA for the past 125 years!  It is now played all over the entire world!  Volleyball was also invented in Massachusetts 120 years ago in Holyoke, MA.  

Mrs. Cassidy's Kindergarten
Ask your child how they can share a book with their reading partners.  See if they can tell you what "sharing with a partner helps them to do.”  I am so very proud of the patience and kindness that our class gives to one another especially at "Readers Workshop.”  It is amazing how you all have raised your children in such a kind and considerate manner.  Thank you for sharing them with me. We continue to work hard on all of our skills but if you could keep the sight word bag home and practice reading them nightly I believe it would greatly increase their reading skills.

Kindergarten, Ms. Fleischner
First some exciting news…  100% of our KF community has passed the Red List! Great job KF Readers! In Readers Workshop KF has been practicing different ways to have collaborative conversations with a partner about reading.  After reading independently for 8 minutes, students turn to their Powerful Partner and share. Ask your child what they share with their Powerful Partner (personal connections, new information, something cool, or my favorite part) and if you could try being a Powerful Partner too. Next week we will continue investigating 2D and 3D shapes and exploring how to put shapes together to build a different shape.

Kindergarten, Mrs. Helferich
Ask your child about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr? We celebrated this special day by brainstorming and writing about how we can be respectful to others. Sharing, helping one another, making cupcakes, and being a friend are just a few of our great ideas!  Please be reminded to send your child's lunch money in a labeled bag or envelope. Checks are preferred.

Grade 1, Mrs. Coletti
First graders in 1C have been busy in our readers' workshop rereading text so that we sound smooth. We know that fluent readers use a storyteller's voice when they read. This means that we may need to read the same text over and over until we sound smooth. We will start investigating the properties of liquids next week! Ask your child about the new game we've learned called "Single-Out." This is a fun way to practice adding three numbers!

Grade 1, Mrs. Sheehan
We have been working on adding details to our writing in the first grade.  The students are working on a "How To" piece of writing about how to build a snowman.  When we are finished, we will be sharing with Mrs. Chronis' third grade class, as they have completed a similar piece of writing.  This activity will be an exciting way for the students to measure where their writing is going to and where it is coming from!  Thank you to the PTO for inviting author Jerry Pallotta to come and share his enthusiasm here at school!  The children LOVED it!

Grade 2, Mrs. Norton
2N is having a great time being scientists!  This week we did two fun activities that helped us understand the habits, behaviors and bodies of penguins.  Ask your child about the Emperor Egg activity.  We are learning different strategies to help us add two digit numbers. Our Non-Fiction unit in Reader's Workshop is going very well.   Please remember to read and practice math facts nightly. Thanks!

Grade 2, Mrs. Stephens
2S sends a HUGE thank you to our PTO for bringing in author Jerry Pollatta.  He was a great presenter and the children (and teachers) were thrilled! We've started regrouping in math.  Knowing the math facts is crucial. Keep practicing!  Ask your child how many species of penguin there are? Ask them which is their favorite and why?

Grade 2, Mrs. Waitt's Class
We have continued to focus our independent reading on nonfiction books and biographies. The class is enjoying reading about so many incredible things and people! Ask your child which nonfiction book they read this week during Readers Workshop, and if they can retell an interesting fact from it.  We will complete Topic 8 in Envisions Math soon, which involves 2 digit addition with regrouping. At-home math fact practice has really helped the class to move through this chapter quickly. Look for a notice next week about a creating a Valentine Box at home for our Valentine's Day celebration on Feb 12. Thanks to our Library parents volunteers.  Stay warm!

News from 3C
Our class has continued to study multiplication strategies, adverbs, and recognizing the main idea/details when reading. Last week we enjoyed a morning with author Jerry Pallotta. The children enjoyed his presentation and are really invested in reading more of his interesting books! Thank you so much to our PTO for organizing this great assembly!
Be sure to ask your child about Harriet Tubman and Faith Ringgold!
Scholastic Book Club Online Orders are due on January 29th.
Please continue working on Biography Projects. All of the due dates and details are available on our class web page.

3G News!
Ask your son or daughter about:   patterns for multiples of 2’s and 5’s; the zero and identity properties of multiplication; their dream for a better tomorrow; and main idea and supporting details. When you come across nouns, ask your son or daughter to replace it with a pronoun!  Please be working on your Biography Project. The due dates in the packet are suggested dates when students should be finished with parts of the project. Nothing needs to be turned in, until the final report, presentation and costume on February 26th.

Grade 3, Mr. O’Donnell
Over these past few weeks, we have working on a number of different activities in Math and Literacy.   During Math, we have continued our study of multiplication.  Currently we are focusing on looking for patterns, and multiplying by specific numbers.  An assessment on Chapter 5 will occur next week. In Literacy we are studying the comprehension strategy of main idea through reading short non-fiction stories and articles. We are also continuing to study adverbs.  Ask your child what questions adverbs answer. We are about half-way through our read aloud, "The Cricket in Times Square.”  Ask your child what has happened so far. As we approach the middle of the school year, we are running low on both glue sticks and hand sanitizer.  Any donations would be much appreciated. Also, please continue to work on the biography book projects! Thank you and have a wonderful weekend, and go Patriots!

Grade 4, Ms. Boudreau
4B has been very busy lately learning so many new topics and ideas! In Social Studies, we are learning a lot about the Northeast Region. In science, we are learning about Animal Adaptations. Ask your son or daughter about physical adaptations of animals! Math has been quite challenging lately as we delve deeper into Long Division. I have been really impressed with the dedication of the students during this math time – it is long, but they’ve been very positive! Remember to keep practicing math facts every single day because this will really help even more with Long Division. We have been working on persuasive writing through the OREO model – ask your son or daughter about it! We are currently looking for some donations to the classroom: white-lined paper, glue sticks, crayons and small sticky notes (small enough to cover up numbers in a math problem). Thank you SO much!

Grade 4, Mrs. Lawler
Welcome to the chilly, cozy days of winter! Perfect for reading and writing, and that is just what we have been doing! Just prior to the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend, we were honored with a visit from an invited guest reader, Mr. Greene, who shared a book about the METCO program with the class.  Preparing for the past two weeks for our Learning Buddy (KH) visit,  we have been delving into fairy and folk tales and practicing reading aloud for our buddy visit.  We have also been enjoying The Lightning Thief as a class read-aloud in preparation for our upcoming field trip to the North Shore Music Theatre (permission slips have come home!).  Our letter writing/paragraph writing has continued with letters now also being sent to a high school pen pal class.  We know we are doing the "write" thing reaching out to community members! Speaking of writing, we hope everyone received the Town Poet Laureate request for original poetic submissions. We know there are many talented poets in the Stanley community! Last, but not least, our time has been "divided" with engaging productively in our long division process.
And, of course, Go Pats!!!

4S Stanley Family News
In readers' workshop, I have introduced students to the wonderful genre of narrative nonfiction!  We have begun to critique the content of nonfiction books on the same topic, to compare and contrast the ways in which knowledge is represented within different texts.   Working with and discussing multiple texts on the same topic will be embedded throughout our new science unit--Ecosystems at Risk.   Just this past week we have begun to evaluate nonfiction text.  This week specifically we examined books to determine whether or not they are accurate, reliable, and reputable sources for information.  Ask your child about some of the ways he/she can determine if a text is reliable.  We are starting to learn our capitals one region at a time.  Right now, students are learning the capitals for the Northeast states.  Quiz your child to see if he/she can name all the state capitals!

Closing Thoughts
Thank you so much to all of the families and staff that donated so generously to the Grade 4 Student Leaders Wear Blue for Brady event on Friday!  Together we raised $1670 which will be used for a piece of physical therapy equipment the family wanted to purchase to help with Brady’s rehabilitation.  Thanks to Nancy Hanlon for organizing a great picture of all the students in the gym wearing their Brady blues!  

Sincerely,
Tom Daniels
Principal
Stanley School







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