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

Dear Families,
Last Monday the principals gave MCAS presentations to the school committee.  The slides related to Stanley can be found under News and Events.   Stanley did well in third grade and scored above state average in fourth grade but we clearly have room to grown in 4th grade ELA writing and open response.  The powerpoint has more specifics and an action plan.  

Kindergarten Registration
Please see the information below from Martha Raymond about kindergarten registration.

Health Education,
Mrs. Sheehan & Mrs. Blasi
We conducted a great hand washing experiment this week!  Our first graders made hand washing a priority and reviewed the 6 steps involved.  They know soap is vital and they need to scrub for at least 20 seconds to get rid of the germs.   The students applied simulated germs (bright orange glo-germ) to their hands and then washed them.  A special "magic black light,” illuminated any germs they missed and they glowed brightly in florescent orange. The students learned which parts of their hands were harder to clean: in between fingers and the back sides.  Students were encouraged to wash every part of their hands, not just their palms.  Ask your child about glo germ and what it felt like on their hands (it felt like pizza grease).


Health Office:
Thanksgiving Meal:
Stanley School is fortunate to have a local resident who is offering to pull together Thanksgiving meals for local families in need.  She will provide a Turkey, veggies, pies etc. for families to cook for themselves if they do not have any other means to plan a family meal.  She will deliver the meals to Stanley School on Tuesday, November 25 for families to pick up or she will deliver meals to the home on Wednesday, November 26 between the hours of 12 noon and 3:00 PM.

If your family would benefit from having a Thanksgiving meal provided for them then please contact me prior to Friday, November 14.  I will need to know the name of the family and the number of people who will need a meal.  If the meal is going to be delivered to the home then please your address and a contact name and contact phone number.   If a meal is to be delivered please ensure that someone will be home between the hours of 12-3 on Wednesday, November 26.

Toys for Local Children:
The Swampscott 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.  I will help you process your request.  Confidentiality will be assured.


Art, Mrs. DiLisio
Don't forget to follow Artatstanley on Instagram. We are exploring trees in our art this year at Stanley School.  The "Branching Out" exhibit at Peabody Essex Museum is our inspiration for this theme.  The Kindergarten students are continuing their painting series of trees through the seasons.  They are working on beautiful fall colored paintings.  The 1st graders are learning to mix orange by using red and yellow in their paintings of leaves.  The second graders are learning about Georgia O'Keefe's leaf paintings.  Third graders are making leaf dishes out of clay, and 4th grade will be starting fall foliage landscapes soon.

Music/Band, Mr. Jack
The kindergarten tried out One Man Band, an online game that allows students to mix different instruments and hear the song they put together.
The first grade had an opportunity to watch the Piano Guys.
Grade two has continued on keyboards and is working on reading music.
Third grade has started on recorder and will continue through January.
Grade four has finished a unit on Beethoven and the instruments of the orchestra.

Band is going well.  Please contact the rental company for extra reeds.   

Physical Education:  K. Pacitto
Please ask your child if he/she has a warm winter jacket, hat & mittens or gloves for outdoor physical education classes and for recess.  P.E. classes run 40 minutes outdoors and recess is 20 minutes each day.  Ask your child how he/she "feels" after completing a long distance run.......  1/2 mile or one full mile depending on grade level.

Ms. Bauer, Reading Specialist
There are lots of strategies for students to use when they come to a tricky word while reading. When your child is struggling with a word and isn't able to simply "sound it out," encourage him or her to look for familiar word parts, think about what would make sense and sound right in the sentence, and/or to skip it and go back. Check out http://www.scholastic.com/parents/resources/article/developing-reading-skills/reading-comprehension-and-decoding-strategies for more tips to try at home!

Mrs. Cassidy's Kindergarten
Ask your child what Veteran's Day means to them.  See if they can tell you some of our national symbols.  I would like to take this time to thank our room parents Mrs. Bookman and Mrs. Carter for organizing our wonderful Halloween party.  We all had a blast!!  Lastly, just a reminder that I sent home our word bags to be kept at home until next week ... Thursdays being a good day to return them so I can put in another word on Fridays.  Thanks so much and have a great weekend.

Kindergarten, Mrs. Helferich
Leaves are everywhere! The children selected one leaf to look at closely and make observations. The hovercam was an excellent way to get a close up view. The children used words to describe its size and color. We read Lois Elhert's Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf. Students practiced asking questions before, during, and after reading. We also focused on number five, and letters Ee and Uu.  Thank you families for meeting at conferences.

Ms. McGowan Kindergarten News
We have begun to explore the meaning behind Thanksgiving. Native American artifacts are on display and new books will teach us more about life long ago.
Each child has a new "browsing bag" of books at school. If you receive a book in your child's home school folder, please assist them to read before returning it. They will have the opportunity to read to the class!(with my help)  Super thank you to our Halloween party helpers: Mrs. Richardson, Mrs. Oppenheim, and Mrs. McClure. The children had a memorable day!!

Grade 1, Mrs. Coletti
First graders have been learning about the "First Thanksgiving." Ask your child to tell you about the Pilgrims and some of the interesting facts they have learned. Our class wrote notes and cards for our troops today. Thank you to Mrs. Westwood for sharing some of her military experiences with us! Look for your child's DOUBLES flip book. Please help your child to memorize the doubles facts.

Grade 1, Mrs. Sheehan
The first graders have completed their first big "process writing" assignment on a scarecrow.  They had a chance to follow the writing process and use their imaginations to create a story about a scarecrow.  Check it out if your in our classroom sometime soon. We have begun our new Social Studies unit on Pilgrims.  The children are SO enthusiastic about learning about the voyage on the Mayflower.  Ask your child to tell you one thing that they can do that the pilgrim children could NOT do.  It was great to connect with all of you last week and the week before at conferences!

Grade 2, Mrs. Norton
Ask your child to tell you the story of StellaLuna by Janell Cannon.  We used this book to practice our retelling skills and to focus on word choice (vivid verbs) in our writing.  It also gave us a chance to do some further investigations into the amazing world of bats!  All week we practiced writing with suffix -ed.  Ask your child what three sounds -ed can make at the end of a word.  We played some fun math games this week, including "Group Challenge"!  Thanks to all those who donated a book to our class from the Book Fair.  That was very thoughtful of you.  On Friday, children were told about an enjoyable upcoming project, "An Animal Thanksgiving"  look for this information in your child's backpack.  Thanks!  :)

Grade 2, Mrs. Stephens
A big thank you to all of the parents who donated books from the book fair to our classroom.  The kids love reading new books, especially when it is one they have donated. :-) The winter weather is upon us.  Please make sure kids are coming to school with coats.  Sometimes it may not feel like it is necessary, but often when we go out we can really feel the chill when the wind blows.  Ask your child what bird has made an appearance outside of our window? Hint: its nickname is the "snow bird".

Grade 2, Mrs. Waitt's Class
Ask your child, How did the dirt make their dinner?  We have started our Science Unit on Soils recently. The class has  enjoyed
observing, comparing, and testing  different types of soils. Mrs. La Rosa, our STEM science teacher, also shared a lesson which included live earthworms. We are completing Topic 4 in our EnVisons  Math program. Ask your child to build an array to demonstrate addition and multiplication. We are  working  very hard  every day to build  independent reading  stamina , and to improve  fluency and comprehension. THANK YOU to parents for their support of our Adjective Parade last week, and THANK YOU to our Room Parents Mrs. Roberts and Mrs. Kerr for the wonderful Halloween celebration.

News from 3C
Thank you so much to our book fair volunteers and the many families that donated books to our class! We would also like to thank Mrs. Croft and Mrs. Butt for organizing an amazing Halloween party! The children had a super time in Frankenstein's lab! Be sure to ask your child about Daniel Pinkwater, salt horse and hard tack, and using flats, rods, and units to add. Our school day begins at 8:15 sharp with an independent task and lunch selections. Arriving for school on time allows children the opportunity to begin their day in a positive and productive manner.

Grade 3, Mr. O’Donnell
Mr. O'Donnell, Grade 3: We are off to great start in November in "30." We began our unit on Pilgrims this week and the students have really enjoyed comparing life in 2014 to life in 1620. Ask your child how long the pilgrims were on the Mayflower for? We completed unit 2 from our math program, which focused upon estimating and rounding, and the students took their math assessment today. In literacy we learned about a fantasy story concerning space, and the students liked how funny and silly it was. Thank you to the PTO for putting together a wonderful book fair! Have a great weekend!
                     
Grade 4, Miss Boudreau
I was beyond impressed with the Biography Pumpkins that we presented last week! The students put a lot of time and effort into both decorating their pumpkins and producing wonderful reports full of fantastic information. Please be sure to send Weekly Student Reflection sheets back to school on Mondays. The corrected work can stay at home, but please return the initialed page back. Continue practicing math facts, as we are getting deeper and deeper into multiplication. I highly encourage math fact practice on Johnnie’s Math Page (google this website and you’ll be able to follow the link). Please contact me if you have any questions regarding this. We are currently working on a writing assignment that is related to the story Pumpkin Soup. I am continually impressed by the high quality of writing and the creativity that the students have shown over the past few weeks!

Grade 4, Mrs. Lawler
It was a delight to meet parents during our conference time and share ideas, observations, and goals for the children. Thank you for coming.

Thank you for your good work at home to help your child do his/her very best.  Our past two weeks have been packed with learning and fun. We were happy to offer our electricity studies kick-off lesson with Mrs. LaRosa (our STEM consultant) this week. She delighted the children with her plasma ball and electricity/inventors lessons to accompany the demonstration. We have invited her to come back very soon with more electricity demonstrations involving the Van de Graaff generator!  

Daily purposeful writing has been a staple of our day. We have reached out to a small class at the High School for pen pals writing and have also made connections with a poetry group in town, The Tin Box Poets.  Stay tuned for more on their upcoming visit to our classroom next month.  The children's Pumpkin Biography writing and oral class presentations have delighted our days!  Thank you to the kind parents who purchased books as a gift from the Book Fair for our classroom.  They have been scooped up by enthused readers already!

Grade 4, Mrs. Wood
As always, we have been busy learning new things.  We finished up with Topic 5 in math, which covered meanings of multiplication and division.  We will be moving on next week to multiplying 1 digit by 2 digit numbers.  In reading we have talked about story elements such as plot, setting, rising action, falling action, and characters.  We continue to move forward with writing.  Students have finished up their Halloween stories and are moving on to a new writing assignment, which involves perspective.  Today we talked about the animal adaptation activity we will be starting next week.  Students will have to create an animal with at least two adaptations and describe the animal's habitat and environment.  Don't forget - There is no school Tuesday due to Veteran's Day!

Closing Thoughts
Thanks so much to teachers for their substantive entries!  Thanks to our Book Fair volunteers for working so hard to set up, run and close out one of our biggest fundraisers of the year.  

Be sure to talk to your children about the sacrifices of our Veteran’s on Tuesday.  There is no school that day.

Sincerely,
Tom Daniels
Principal
Stanley School







Swampscott Integrated Preschool
207 Forest Avenue
Swampscott, MA 01907
781-596-8800 x375



KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION

The Swampscott Public Schools is beginning the registration process for kindergarten students for the 2015-2016 school year. 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.






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