Stanley Elementary School
10 Whitman Road
Swampscott, MA 01907
Phone (781) 596-8837
Fax (781) 592-9500
“I’m an expert at eating cheese.”
“I am an expert in speaking Russian.”
“I am an expert in Lego.”
These were just some of the comments of Mrs. Helferich’s kindergarten class as they wrote and illustrated books recently. Their enthusiastic writing was motivated by a picture book read by one of our candidates for our kindergarten position vacated by Ms. McGowan’s retirement. I was struck by the level of sophistication of the children’s writing which was complete with a good deal of conventional spelling and very clear handwriting as well as captivating illustrations. Students made good use of the word wall. This functions as an important reference for high frequency words and words relevant to the current unit or topic. Earlier that week these same students engaged in a lesson taught by another candidate related to discerning the difference between fiction and non fiction.
Groups of students sorted books and were assessed on their level of understanding. Once again, these students were skillful at discussing, collaborating, analyzing and drawing conclusions.
Our committee made up of teachers and parents has been meeting to do their analysis of interviews and observed lessons and I so appreciate their good work. Our conversations continue to remind me how blessed we are at Stanley, with teachers and parents who are so experienced, knowledgeable, wise and easy to work with.
Our district is moving forward in balanced literacy with the types of lessons taught by these candidates and this was in evidence at Friday’s district wide professional development fair. As a parent myself, I am keenly aware of my children being dismissed early and having to arrange supervision for them, but having witnessed Friday’s fair I was once again reminded of the critical importance of giving time to teachers to collaborate and share their good work with others. I was particularly proud of our Stanley teachers who collaborated to write units of study on “Launching Readers Workshop,” an important first unit to set the stage for self selection of interesting independent reading books at each students’ readiness level and for creating a classroom community that values discussion of
books much like an adult book club. Kindergarten teachers worked closely and well with their kindergarten colleagues at Clarke and Hadley to learn the in-depth MKEA Gold assessment.
Other great presentations included Sharon LaRosa’s and Janet Frasca’s work on a preliminary computer programming software called Scratch Jr., which gets kids ready for a middle school programming tool called Scratch. Kathy Pacitto teamed up with other district PE teachers to present a great project on building core strength and Ed Jack teamed up with other district Music teachers to share their terrific work on establishing a new handbell program which gives all students the experience of playing in an ensemble and teaches the basics of the scale and harmony. Erin DiLisio did an amazing tree art project in conjunction with the Peabody Essex Museum while Liam Hurley and Kerri Jacob worked with other district teachers to create curriculum to help students with anxiety. Melissa Harper shared her
inspiring powerpoint of student’s heartwarming behavioral and academic progress in our effective Discovery Learning Program. These are just some of the many interesting projects that Stanley teachers shared and they all deserve a pat on the back for their great work!
Nurse, Jane Cassidy
Happy Summer from the Health Office:
Physical Exam Reports are required for entry into 4th grade. ~~Please contact me if you have any questions.
Medications (Inhalers, Epi pens, etc): ~Parent/guardian must pick these up no later than the last day of school. ~~State law requires disposal of medications left in school. ~~~
Medications for next school year: ~New written doctor’s orders signed by your child’s physician are required each year. ~Forms are on the school and district website under Health Services. ~~Meds need to be in original pharmacy labeled container.
As we all enjoy the warmer weather, the Swampscott School Nurses want to remind you of some Summer Safety Tips for your family: ~
- Wear helmets while riding bikes, scooters, skateboards or roller skates
- Check your children for ticks after they have been playing outside
- Keep well hydrated - drink plenty of fluids, particularly water
- Remember kids need constant supervision around water - pools, lakes, beaches
- Pack a summer First Aid Kit for your car and to bring on vacation - include band-aids, soap &~ sanitizer, hydrocortisone cream, ice packs, gauze pads, tweezers, and water
- Protect the skin you are in and wear a sunscreen with at least a SPF 15 and reapply every 90 minutes while outdoors
Have a safe and happy summer!
Art, Mrs. DiLisio
We've had a fabulous year! I've had so much fun. I hope everyone has the best summer ever. Congratulations to graduating 4th graders, we will miss you so much. Good luck to students that are moving or changing schools. We wish you well!
Physical Education, Mrs. Pacitto
Ask your child how much fun did he/she have at Fun Field Day? Ask your child what was his/her favorite station? Maybe we should change the name of our field day to: SUPER FUN Field Day! THANK YOU to all the wonderful parent volunteers who helped make this day so successful and FUN for our kids! The weather on Wednesday, June 17th was sunny and just perfect for our event!
JUNE, JUNE, YELL & SHOUT, SUMMER IS HERE AND "SCHOOL IS OUT!" HAVE A HEALTHY AND SAFE SUMMER!
Kindergarten, Mrs. Cassidy
Well it is here ... The end of a very successful year! I always like to think of all endings connected to a new beginning. Your children have worked so hard all year and it has been such a privilege to be part of their kindergarten journey. I wish you all a wonderful summer it has been a pleasure! Here comes First Grade!
Kindergarten, Mrs. Helferich
Kindergarten is an ocean of fun! Ask your child to share their nonfiction writing about whales. We used mixed media, water colors and crayons to create ocean artwork and shared many stories. Thanks to all those who contributed to the many end year activities. We had a great time at our science showcase, field day, and end year party! Have a happy summer!
Our year together is finishing up with a look at what lives in the ocean. It is a fascinating unit for the class. We continue to learn about teen numbers. The children and I were so pleased at the turnout( at our Science Showcase. P.S. Our new seeds sprouted!
This has been an awesome last year for me at Stanley. I appreciate all that the Stanley families have done in the way of support. A special thank you to this year's room parents, Mrs. Oppenheim, Mrs. Richardson, and Mrs. McClure.
Grade 1, Mrs. Coletti, Ms. Hogan and Mrs. Sheehan
The first graders had a BLAST at our field trip to see "Captain Neil" at Fisherman's Beach. It was a great chance for the children to demonstrate all that we have learned about lobsters, as well as ask many excellent follow up questions. Ask your child what are the three types of lobsters that must be put back in the ocean after being caught. Thank you to all of the parent chaperones who were able to come and help make this a safe and successful trip!
What an amazing and fast year this has been! These past few weeks have been so busy and exciting! The second graders have participated in our Science Showcase/Butterfly Release, a Field Trip to the Ipswich Wildlife Sanctuary, Superstar and Awards Ceremonies , and Fun Field Day. WOW! The second graders are now reading independently for over 25 minutes each day A big thank you to all parents who are supporting second grade programs, curriculum, and activities. You are very very appreciated. Have a safe and FUN summer!
News from 3C
Thank you so much to the many parents who attended our "Afternoon of Science and Photography". I am so very proud of the children and their amazing projects! Please accept my wishes for a wonderful summer vacation! It has been a privilege and a pleasure teaching your children this year. Their growth and accomplishments should be celebrated! Please be certain to read on a regular basis during the summer break. The simple act of sharing a great book with your child is a gift with lasting benefits. A consistent summer reading routine will prevent regression and assist with the transition to fourth grade.
Thank you for coming to our Science and Social Studies Showcase! The students were so excited to share their projects with you! I hope you got a chance to see their History of Swampscott Photo Projects on display at Loop Consignment or read about them in The Swampscott Reporter. On the 4th of July, walk by the boardwalk near Whales Beach and look for your son or daughters’ tag about why Swampscott is important to them! I have really enjoyed working and teaching your children this year! We had an amazing and productive year and all of the students should be proud of their hard work and achievements! My door is always open and I hope you will come by and say hello! Please continue to read over the summer and practice your math facts! Remember, to stay cool, calm and collected and be respectful! I will miss all
of my students and I hope they have success and happiness in the near and distant future!
Grade 3, Mr. O'Donnell
For these last few weeks of the school year we have working on many activties based around memories. The students have been creating memory quilts ( which are coming home today) memory books and a few other activities. The students enjoyed recalling all the events of the school year, in particular naming our koala, building the Rube Goldberg devices, and tracking all this winter's snowfall just to name a few. It has been a wonderful year. The students have worked so hard in all academic areas and certainly deserve a break for the summer! Wishing everyone a fun-filled, relaxing summer!
Grade 4, Ms. Boudreau
It has been a wonderful year in 4B! Thank you to all of the hard work that each and every student exhibited and to the dedication that I saw every day! I will miss all of you very much, but I’m so excited for all of the new adventures you will experience in middle school. Thank you for an excellent year! Have a safe, relaxing and enjoyable summer vacation!
Grade 4, Mrs. Lawler
Thank you to the 4L families for the many wonderful ways you have helped your students and our class all throughout the year! We are so fortunate to have a terrific group of students (and wonderful aide, Miss LeClerc!); thus, it is with bittersweet feelings I say "Farewell" to our class on Tuesday. I'm looking forward to seeing families at our Moving On ceremony on Tuesday morn at 9 am in the Stanley library. It is time for the children to be moving on to their next learning adventure, but they will be dearly missed at Stanley School. Come back to visit soon!
Grade 4, Ms. Wood
It’s hard to believe that the end of the school year is only 2 – half days away! Your children have worked hard all year and are ready to move onto the middle school and become fifth graders. It has been a great year and I have truly enjoyed working with each of your children. I hope that you all have a safe and enjoyable summer break!
We have a number of teachers who will not be at Stanley next year. Roberta McGowan and Sheila Cook are both retiring after many years of fine service to Stanley. Robbie has brought so much to her kindergarten team, wise judgment, perspective, caring and humor. Sheila could always be counted on to manage large and small groups of students assertively, kindly and skillfully. Hers will be hard shoes to fill. Amanda Wood is transferring back to where she started at Clarke school and we will miss all that she has brought to her fourth grade team. Molly Iberger accepted a teaching position in Marblehead and her great work in our Discovery Learning Center is much appreciated. Christine Collins is transferring to the middle school and we will miss her incredible work ethic and
dedication to students with academic special needs. Christine Hogan will be out on maternity leave in September and we are thrilled for her. Gloria Salvanelli will be working only at Clarke School next year as the ELL population there is much more numerous than at Stanley. We are hiring an ELL Tutor for Stanley to replace her. Gloria has done an outstanding job organizing documents, assessing students and teaching small groups and individuals so several students are able to exit the program. Diane Spencer will be retiring from her new role as Wilson Reading Teacher and we will miss her great work with students and her quiet kindness and humor. There is much more to say about all these teachers who are leaving Stanley. Each of them has brought passion and dedication to their work with students, staff and families and we wish them all the best.