Stanley Elementary School
10 Whitman Road
Swampscott, MA 01907
Phone (781) 596-8837
Fax (781) 592-9500
I want to highlight the close collaboration taking place in our fourth grade team recently. Classroom teachers, Amanda Wood, Rebecca Boudreau and Sami Lawler are teaming up with Reading Specialist, Megan Bauer and Special Education Teacher, Christine Collins to roll up their sleeves, analyze MCAS and formative assessment data to plan targeted instruction and intervention. The goal is a higher level of understanding and performance related to Massachusetts’ rigorous academic standards. Observed instruction shows fourth grade students engaged in higher order thinking on a regular basis.
In the rare even of an off-site evacuation we will walk to the Swampscott Middle School, (SMS), located at 207 Forest Avenue. Students and staff will convene in the Little Theater at SMS. Parents and caregivers will contacted through Blackboard Connect phone calls and will pick up students at designated stations in the school so each student can be fully accounted for with a signature from the pick-up person.
It would be enormously helpful if all families had large, clear placards on the dashboard with the family name for efficient dismissal. Parents and caregivers should stay in their cars and wait for designated Stanley staff to bring children to cars.
The Swampscott Public Schools is beginning the registration process for kindergarten students for 2015-2016. If your child is the age of 5 before September 1, 2015, please contact Martha Raymond at Raymond@swampscott.k12.ma.us notifying the school district of your child’s name, address, phone number, and date of birth. Please notify the school district if you plan to send your child to a private school or you are planning an additional year of preschool for your child. The school district is in the budget phase of
planning and wants to insure the correct number of teachers for the kindergarten class.
The kindergarten packets will be available in February to complete this process. Packets will be distributed to local preschool programs or will be available at the Integrated Preschool located at the Swampscott Middle School. Please look for notices in the Swampscott Reporter or the school district website at Swampscott.k12.ma.us as a reminder regarding the next step of registration.
Mrs. Sheehan & Mrs. Blasi
The students are wrapping up our unit on germs and hand-washing. The have done a great job learning about how to be a "germ buster". Please continue to encourage your child to wash their hands throughout the day. Proper hand washing with soap is one of the best things you can do to prevent the spread of germs and keep yourself and others from getting sick.
We will be moving on to safety and discussing many ways to keep ourselves safe and out of danger. Grade K-2 have been discussing fire safety and practicing what to do in the event of a fire. Grades 3 and 4 have been brainstorming about different safety hazards throughout the home. Students have come to the conclusion that many of these dangers are in the kitchen. They are correct! Kitchen/cooking is the number one cause of house fires in the US. Ask your child to give you some of the kitchen fire safety tips they have learned.
News from the Health Office:
Ways to Support Toys for Local Children (TLC):
Stanley Families, Please see the two attached flyers with information on how you can support the Toys for Local Children program this holiday season. ~The Toys for Local Children (TLC) program helps to enhance a child's Chanukah or Christmas by providing a few presents for each child in a family. ~There are a variety of ways you can help support this wonderful program. ~The attachments titled TLC Decorations and TLC contribution request outlines how you can support this program.
Request for TLC:
The Swamps Toys for Local Children (TLC) Program is once again preparing for the holiday season. ~This wonderful program helps to enhance a child's Chanukah or Christmas by providing a few presents for each child in the family. ~Many families find this time of year particularly difficult due to added burdens which come at the holidays. ~If you feel that your child might benefit from the TLC Program. please contact me as soon as possible ~firstname.lastname@example.org~or 781-596-8837. ~~I will help you process your request. ~All
requests should be made no later than Friday, December 5, 2014. Confidentiality will be assured. ~~
Art, Mrs. DiLisio
Kindergarten students are making turkeys filled with different types of lines, gobble gobble. 1st graders are finishing up a beautiful leaf piece, exploring warm colors yellow, orange, and red. 2nd graders are set to begin creation of a 5 foot paper mache tree sculpture. 3rd graders have created special leaf sculptures that we will be glazing soon. 4th graders are finishing up the most colorful and cool looking skyline art I have ever seen! Have a great THANKSGIVING!
Music/Band, Mr. Jack
This week the kindergarten all played the tambourine learning to keep the beat. First graders sang, moved and added their own lyric ideas to the song, Cousin Peter. Second grade will be working on Jingle Bells on the keyboard and third grade will learn Mary Had a Little Lamb on recorder. The fourth grade tried a little orchestral conducting and will be learning about Tchaikovsky.
Physical Education: K. Pacitto
THANK YOU to the Stanley PTO for the annual YOGA program brought to our school. Ask you child what he/she learned in yoga this week. Ask him/her how the yoga instructor Melissa made a nice connection of yoga to Thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving to all!
Mrs. Cassidy's Kindergarten
Ask your child: if they recall the name of the ship the pilgrims traveled on to the new world; an how many days did they travel before finding land. See if they can tell you the name of the Native American People that they met when they landed. I would like to send a big thank you to Mrs. Sheehan and the first grade team for inviting us up to her classroom to get a feel for what it was like to be on the Mayflower. I would also like to thank all of you for our first week of "Sharing.” It was a huge success! Everyone remembered! The children where very excited. Just a reminder, please continue to send your child into school with his/her sharing item every week. Thank you very much and have a great weekend and an even better Thanksgiving!!
Kindergarten, Mrs. Helferich
Help your child recall the events of a story in the proper order. Sequencing is an important part of problem solving that aids in comprehension. Try using the storytelling bag from There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly or ask your child to retell Jack and The Beanstalk. Other highlights this week included a simulation of the Mayflower Voyage, a turkey craft, feasts of now & long ago in the dramatic play center, and comparing lengths in math.
Ms. McGowan Kindergarten News
First, thank you for the generous book donations. The last few weeks’ highlights include: learning Thanksgiving poems, songs and Native American customs; counting contents of "inventory" bags; and leaf printing. Ask your child what their Native American name is.
Grade 1, Mrs. Coletti
First graders have been busy learning some history about the Pilgrims. We have seen some original journal entries from the Pilgrims on the Scholastic web site. The students reenacted the Mayflower's voyage with the three kindergarten classes and all three first grade classes in Mrs. Sheehan's room. It was one crowded ship! Ask your child to teach you something they learned from this great lesson! Thank you to all the families for having your child return his/her R.A.H. folder. These folders should be returned at least once a week so that new books can be sent home. ***Please look for the visual, “Why read 20 minutes at home?" in your child's folder. The standardized test scores data is VERY motivating!
Grade 1, Mrs. Hogan
First grade friends have been learning about the story behind the first Thanksgiving. Ask your student for details like: "Who was the baby born on the Mayflower?" or "What is the nickname for the crops the Native Americans helped the Pilgrims to grow?" We have also continued to work on our welded sounds (am, an, all, ank, ing etc.). Maybe your student can teacher you how to fingerspell them in ASL!
Grade 1, Mrs. Sheehan
As you may have noticed, we have been learning quite a bit about the Pilgrims and their voyage on the Mayflower. We invited the kindergartners and the other first graders to come to our classroom for a chance to learn about the voyage and experience the crowded conditions! Ask your child to tell you whether they would rather have been a pilgrim child or a ship's apprentice. They have some opinions about who had a more difficult journey!
Grade 2, Mrs. Stephens
We earned our first bucket filling reward! We had pajama day on Friday 11/21. 2S filled buckets over 90 times in the month of October! I am very proud to have a class of such caring children. We have been working hard in writing. We wrote paragraphs using a topic sentence, 3 details and a closing sentence. Ask your child the difference between a fact and an opinion. Thank you to the PTO for the wonderful Jack and the Beanstalk puppet show. The class has just finished a "turkey leg transformation". Ask your child what they turned their turkey leg into. Enjoy the Thanksgiving break!
Grade 2, Mrs. Waitt's Class
Ask your child which items the Pilgrims brought with them to the new world to make their new life. This week we were excited to work in groups brainstorming which things the Pilgrims might have packed in their trunks on the Mayflower. We then compared our lists to the actual Provisions document (1620) from the Mayflower. We were surprised and interested to find out what food, tools and clothing were listed. During reading, our class continues to work on identifying the problem and solution of our fictional stories. We are working on Topic 5 in EnVisions Math which includes numbers to 100 and mastery of math facts to 20. Thank you to parents for supporting homework and at-home reading.
News from 3C
Our class has enjoyed a very busy and productive month of November! Be sure to ask your child about the many myths associated with the Thanksgiving holiday! They are very proud historians! In addition to our rich learning unit on Plymouth Colony we have also just finished a math block on addition and subtraction with regrouping. This unit presented the children with many different strategies to incorporate into their math "toolboxes".
Mrs. Hogan and I wish each family a Happy Thanksgiving filled with food, friends, and family!
Ask your son or daughter about subtracting across zeros! We learned about the Algonquin Native Americans and the students made their own War Shield to help give themselves strength and courage. Ask your son or daughter about their Spirit Animal! Ask your son or daughter what happened to Pete the Pumpkin. Ask your son or daughter about their initial thoughts on our Read Aloud story, Gregor the Overlander. We are working on Thankful Letters. Ask your son or daughter about the person in their life they are most thankful for!
Remember to practice your math facts at least 4 times a week on XtraMath. Thank you again, to the families who purchased books from the Book Fair for our classroom library. The students are very excited to read our new books! Please remind your son or daughter about reading the directions carefully, about slowing down when working on assignments, and about “Discount Double Checking” their work. I hope you all have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving.
Mr. O'Donnell, Grade 3:
We had a busy and exciting week here in "30." We continued our study of the first Thanksgiving and the students learned about the daily life of the Pilgrims and Wampanoag Tribe, as well as what the first Thanksgiving feast looked like. In math, the students are currently solving three digit addition problems, as well as using diagrams to solve word problems. In Literacy, our theme this week was weather and our story was about tornadoes. The students enjoyed sharing their own stories about weather, and we looked at the Revere tornado from over the summer and the current blizzard in upstate New York. Thank you to the PTO for the puppet show this past week, the students really enjoyed it! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving break!
Grade 4, Miss Boudreau
Our week was very busy, yet very productive in 4B! We completed our Topic 6 test in math on multiplying by 2-, 3-, and 4-digit numbers. Ask your son or daughter how main idea, topic and supporting details can be viewed as a house! We have begun practicing using dialogue in our writing and we have officially “put said to bed!” We are no longer using “said” in our writing, but looking to use synonyms for this word such as, “declared” or “clucked.” Continue to practice math facts and remember to read on a nightly basis. We have completed a series of lessons on summarizing several different short, animated films. Ask about transition words and how they can be used in our writing! Enjoy the holiday weekend and thank you for the continuous support and encouragement you constantly give to your
Grade 4, Mrs. Lawler
Brrr! Be sure to send your children to school with proper clothing to keep warm during outdoor recess...we want to try to get outside as much as possible. Thank you for your support of our MCAS writing prompt home/school writing project. It can be a daunting task and we feel that by presenting it to you and breaking it down into manageable segments, we can help your children feel confident in being effective, talented writers. Speaking of writing, we are looking forward to hosting the Tin Box Poets on the morning of Monday, Dec. 8th. We will each exchange our originally-written poems and share strategies on being more impassioned, elegant writers. If anyone wants to donate some small waters for our poet guests, let me know; that'd be welcome. We have also submitted your children's poems to
The Anthology of Poetry by Young Americans for possible publication in April, in time for National Poetry Month. For other writing tasks, we are looking forward to the student Book Reviews on the great titles for which your children have signed up to be submitted for the Swampscott Reporter's Stanley School Book Notes. It's not too late to send along your Trick or Treat for UNICEF orange donation box. The Stanley families have been very generous, as always. I wish you the very happiest and most delicious Thanksgiving holiday. You must know how truly thankful I am to be your children's teacher!
Grade 4, Mrs. Wood
I can't believe how quickly the weeks have flown by! We finished topic 6 in math which involved multiplying 2 and 3 digit numbers by 1 digit. After Thanksgiving we will move on to topic 7 - multiplying 2 digits by 2 digits. Please make sure students are practicing math facts each night! It is so much easier for them to learn these new skills when they know their facts with automaticity. In reading we have been talking about main idea and how to find it in short stories and our own independent reading books. We will continue a little more practice with this to guarantee understanding. Dialogue has been introduced via a writing activity that involves the students being able to invite any 4 famous people they like (dead or alive) to dinner. They will have to use dialogue to
write about the dinner conversations that could possibly happen. Dialogue includes learning about quotation marks. We are beginning to learn about them and use them in our writing. We will continue practicing with them through the next couple of weeks. Finally, we sent home our MCAS practice writing activity for the long writing prompt. We are trying to develop new ways to help students grow in this area. This activity will allow a group of teachers to analyze the writing and then focus on key areas where students need improvement. Each teacher working on this project will focus on a specific area of improvement and work with students who need help in that particular area. Reminder: The writing prompt activity is due on Tuesday (1/25/14). As always please feel free to contact me with any questions. Have a wonderful weekend and a very Happy Thanksgiving!
In reading each teacher’s entry for the Stanley Family News this week I am struck by the passion and dedication our teachers feel and show for our students and school on a consistent basis. Making sure students learn, show care and respect for themselves and each other, and engaging them in interesting learning experiences are clearly their priorities. Seeing parents and caregivers at morning drop off and afternoon pick up makes me smile. I am sincerely thankful for the close home-school partnership that exists at Stanley.
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