Stanley Elementary School
10 Whitman Road
Swampscott, MA 01907
Phone (781) 596-8837
Fax (781) 592-9500
Thank you to Sheila Yang for organizing our Evening of Poetry last week! The poets were phenomenal!
Thank you to PTO for funding our poet-in-residence, Julia Thacker!
I want to thank the Holiday Fair volunteers for all their hard work to plan what is sure to be another magical event! I also want to clarify that, of course, no child will be denied access to the fair if their families don’t buy a pass. While the fair is an important PTO fundraiser and donations are very much appreciated, they are not required.
Professional Learning Community Meetings
Friday saw each grade level in my office meeting about reading and math data and building this year’s data wall. As teachers work together to post, analyze and interpret student achievement data, we all get a much clearer grade level and school wide view of where needs are. This helps enormously in allocating intervention staff and advocating for staffing at district administrative budget meetings. It also builds trust among grade level teachers which is so critical to collaboration and improved instruction.
Room Parents: please be reminded when planning classroom parties for the winter holidays, the only classroom parties where food may be served are parties for Halloween, Valentines Day and end of the year. ~The Holiday Fair is considered as a celebration with food for the Winter Holidays. We thank the PTO for providing pizza for lunch on the day of the Holiday Fair. ~The classroom holiday party should focus on an activity and not food.
Physical Education: K. Pacitto
Ask your child how he/she contributes in "Reducing, Reusing and Recycling" in his/her school environment and how one can "Green Your Routine" in daily living...... Let's all work together to RECYCLE at school, at home, and in the community.
Ask you child how the game of SPEEDBALL is played. What three sports does this game involve when playing?
Mrs. Cassidy's Kindergarten
Ask your child what might be one reason winter holidays are celebrated with lights? During math we started our measure and compare unit ask your child to compare who is taller, shorter or the same height in your family. Please remember to practice sight words each night or every other night and return bag only on Thursdays. I can not believe how much your children LOVE "Writers Workshop"!!! Have a good weekend!
Kindergarten, Mrs. Helferich
What is the difference between wants and needs? Ask your kindergartener. The class brainstormed list of things to be thankful for some are things we cannot live without; others are things we wish we had. Literacy skills emphasized the letters p and j and counting words in sentences. Math workshop activities focused on developing vocabulary for quantities (more, greater, less, fewer, most, least, equal) and comparing lengths (long, short, same). We compared our names to see who had more, the same, or less letters.
Ms. McGowan Kindergarten News
As the holiday season is reflected all around town, our class is discussing universal symbols such as candles, gifts, and family gatherings. We are making a paper chain to make our room festive.
In literacy, we read My Penguin Osbert by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel. Our sight words so far are : I, a, we, went, can, and see. Letters this week are q and x. Math activities include counting with "inventory bags". Art-Yhe Peaceable Kingdom by Edward Hicks was explored for meaning.
Grade 1, Mrs. Coletti
First graders have been learning about Families. We know that the most important thing about families is LOVE. Ask your child to tell you about the Family poster they made or a tradition that happens in someone else's family. In math we are learning to use some new strategies when adding and subtracting within 20. If we know that 8+8=16, then we know that 8+9=17. We built doubles towers with cubes and then added one more to show this concept. Thank you for encouraging your child to work on X-tra Math. Fact fluency in 1C is really improving!
Grade 1, Mrs. Hogan
We talked about snowflakes and families in 1H this week...no two are alike and they are all beautiful! Digraphs (sh, ch, th, wh, ck) also continued to be our focus in phonics. Make one of the sounds and ask your student to differentiate between the digraphs or say a word and ask your student if they hear the digraph at the beginning or the end!
Grade 1, Mrs. Sheehan
One of the last activities we enjoyed while learning about the PILGRIMS was an activity that we participated in with the other two first grades. We ALL went out to the school yard and worked with teams to find building materials and build a shelter. This activity gave us a better idea of what the Pilgrims must have felt like when they arrived in the New World. We were VERY lucky that it was a nice day!! Our current Math Topic is ADDITION FACTS TO 20. We are using strategies that we have previously learned to work towards mastery of these more difficult math facts.
Grade 2, Mrs. Norton
Ask your child about the Hundred Chart game we play, "Thinking of a Number". We use that to practice using good math talk... like, "It has a 5 in the ones place" or "It is an odd number.”
In our phonics lessons of "Fundations" we talked about the ""busiest" letter, see if they remember which on that is. We read Latkes and Applesauce by Fran Manushkin as a text to help us practice "Thinking while we read by using Post-It notes.” Ask your child if they remember any of the symbols we use for this. (Wish I had stock in Post-Its!!!) Remember to dress your child for OUTDOOR recess. On Monday I will be sending home a book report. Students will need to read a Holiday picture Book for this assignment. Thanks!
Grade 2, Mrs. Stephens
Thank you to those who were able to come to A Night of Poetry. The children loved having their poems on display!
Has you child told you about the great math game we've been playing? It's called Sum Sense and can be found on Jonnie's math page. Here is the link:
There are tons of fun ways to study math facts and other math concepts on this site. Check it out!
Grade 2, Mrs. Waitt's Class
Ask your child if they can name the different parts in a paragraph. The week we have learned more about topic sentences, supporting details and closing a short story or paragraph. The class also wrote short paragraphs about their houses. Ask your child what memory or description they included in their story. We have just started Topic 6 in EnVisions Math about Mental Addition- which is adding 2 digit numbers mentally. Please continue to review math facts to 20 at home with your second grader. As the cold weather is upon is , we will be having an outdoor recess whenever possible. Please dress your child for the cold temperatures. Thank you to many parents who support reading at home and using our monthly Reading Logs!
News from 3C
This was a week full of milestones in 3C! We began our learning units on multiplication and verbs! We also bid farewell to our friend and classmate Polina. We wish her the best in her new home and school! Be sure to ask you child about the difference between ice pack and icebergs! Our class has completely run out of glue sticks and journal reinforcers! Any donations would be greatly appreciated!
I can’t believe the first term has come to an end! We have had a great start to the year. Ask your son or daughter about rounding to the nearest ten and the nearest hundred. Ask them how we use rounding to find estimated sums and differences! Ask your son or daughter about Guys from Space. We read a very silly science fiction story about guys from space who use plastic fish for money and love root beer floats! Ask your son or daughter about adjectives and what their job is! We read about William Bradford and how he was influential in the start of our country. See if your son or daughter can share some facts about his life.
Please continue to go on XtraMath at least four times a week. It is very important for students to know their math facts by heart. This will help them when we start to learn about multiplication and division. We have run low on tissues and it is runny nose season; donations would be appreciated!
Grade 3: Mr. O'Donnell: We are off to a great start in December here in "30." We completed our math unit concerning 3 digit addition and subtraction, and all students did wonderfully on the assessment! Next up we begin studying the basics of multiplication. In our literacy block we have begun studying the comprehension skill of fact and opinion through our latest story about icebergs and the Titanic. The students have been very enthusiastic about learning about the ship and its history! Because so many of us have had runny noses over the past few weeks we are already out of tissues! Any donations would be appreciated. Have a happy and healthy weekend!
Grade 4, Miss Boudreau
In 4B this week we continued studying multiplication, but more specifically we practiced multiplying 2-digit numbers by 2-digit numbers. While this is a challenging concept, I was very impressed with the positive attitude regarding the new topic and the eagerness to continue practicing. We have learned a few different methods for completing this multiplication, but I definitely encourage any other methods that parents or guardians have to be shared with the students. Remember to continue practicing math facts, as this will further help with more complicated multiplication. We have been doing lots of writing in the classroom, and it has been very fun! The students are consistently producing very creative and interesting pieces. Next week we will be starting a Holiday Gift writing activity and we will also be starting a
unit on Animal Adaptations.
Grade 4, Mrs. Lawler
Poetry Evening was a delight! The children did very well amazing us with their creative poems. What a helpful artist-in-residence program the PTO has provided for us annually. Stanley Grade 4 and helping teachers have been working tirelessly on our writing in preparation for the spring ELA MCAS test. We have had several meetings weekly as a teaching team to see how we can best support our students as they grow into fine writers. To further encourage our future writers, we are very excited to be welcoming our community's Tin Box Poets to our classroom Monday morning to work with us on continuing our individual literary expression. Although in the past, we would have delicious snacks provided for our guests and the class, we now still welcome donations of small bottles of water to serve to help stimulate the
writing brain. Science-wize, another invited guest this past week was our STEM teacher, Mrs. LaRosa, who came to work with us on creating our electric circuits with switches. Thank you, Mrs. LaRosa!
Thanks to teachers for their hard work on report cards. Thanks again in advance to all our hard-working Holiday Fair Volunteers.