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Stanley Family News
May 15, 2016

Dear Families,
Thank you so much to Kiki O’Donnell and Monica Nason and all the volunteers who made this year’s Teacher Appreciation lunch so lovely!  We all appreciate the festive decorations, delicious food and beautiful flowers!

Re-assignment of Math Tutor: I have decided to re-assign Mrs. Miaskiewicz to being in Ms. Shypula’s room full time.  Unfortunately, I cannot present the rationale for this decision but I want you to know that there are compelling reasons for it.  I also want the community to know that we are committed to serving the needs of struggling math students. I will meet with a group of teachers and staff this Monday to discuss how we can best balance and serve the needs of all students involved in this decision. Please feel free to contact me about this at (781) 596-8837 or at daniels@swampscott.k12.ma.us.  

Idling:  We have received reports that cars are idling outside the school.  This is illegal and does contribute to unhealthy air inside the school as air intake vents are located on the walls parallel to the car lane.  Please turn off cars as you wait for the car lane to start.  Thank you.

Art, Mrs. DiLisio
Please check out this article by the Swampscott Reporter about our 3rd grader's murals.  Well done kids!  http://swampscott.wickedlocal.com/article/20160502/NEWS/160509275

Also, our website has some new art additions. Please take a look.


Physical Education:  Kathy Pacitto
Our end-of-year physical fitness testing has begun!  Please ask your child how his/her long distance endurance running is going.  Please have your child wear SNEAKERS and bring an 8 oz. water bottle to P.E. class.  Thanks!

Pedestrian Safety Training:  Grade 2 classes are scheduled to have Pedestrian Safety Training during P.E. time on Wednesday, June 1st.  We are currently looking for parent volunteers to help out with this important training.  Please call the office if you are wiling to volunteer and/or get in touch with Mrs. Riddell from the PTO.  8:20-9:00 2W; 11:05-11:45 2N; 12:50-1:30 2S

Fun Field Day:  This year's Fun Field Day is scheduled for June 10th (rain date: June 17).....more details will be coming.

Mrs. Cassidy's Kindergarten
Thank you very much for your generous class gift ... I felt most appreciated!!  Ask your child what earth surfaces he/she learned about during our science lessons with Miss Porter.  See if they can tell you what they observed and recorded.  Also ask your child what a number bond is and see if he/she can show you one.  Thank you for participating in our homework this year, it has been so helpful.  All homework will end May 27th.  I appreciate all you do as parents.  Your dedication to your child's education is amazing!

Ms. Fleischner's Kindergarten Class
The spectacular scientists of KF have been working hard on their collaborative Animal Research projects. After returning for our wonderful trip to The Franklin Park Zoo students voted on the animal they were most excited in finding more about.  Teams were created and the research began.  So far the groups have worked together to brainstorm what they already knew, record information as they researched on the computer and in books and decide what information to share on their poster.  Ask your child what facts they have learned about their research animal.  In math, KF’s marvelous mathematicians are learning about subtraction.  Ask your child about Linus the Minus (a minus sign who loves to take away, he always makes a difference and leaves you with less).  

Grade 1, Mrs. Coletti
First graders in 1C have been enjoying learning about Japan. We have learned so much about Japanese culture and customs. We've had so much fun learning how to count and singing "head, shoulders, knee, and toes" in Japanese. Ask your child to share with you his/her bag of Japanese related projects that will come home next week. Scientists in 1C have been investigating sound. Ask your child about some of the fun hands-on activities we have done to learn about how sound is made.  We would love donations of paper shopping bags with handles and paper towels.


Grade 1, Ms. Germain
Hello Stanley Families!
1G has been working hard learning about the differences between American culture and Japanese culture. Be on the lookout for your student’s hand-made Japanese fan, geisha, and Koi fish! We even learned the “Head, shoulders, knees, and toes” song in Japanese, ask your student to sing it to you! Ms. Germain’s first grade students also started their unit in Science and students are really enjoying this hands-on curriculum! So far, we have been learning about different sounds and the meaning of pitch, volume, and hypothesis. See if your child can remember the difference!

Grade 1, Mrs. Sheehan
We have been learning LOTS of interesting facts about our National Symbols and our Nation's Capital.  Ask your child to tell you about the crack in the Liberty Bell!  The children are also really excited about learning how to tell time on an analog clock during Math time.  Thank you for sending your children to school in layers as the Spring weather has arrived.  Our classroom can get very warm, but it can still be chilly outside at recess.

Grade 2, Mrs. Norton
How do wind and water shape our land?  Ask  your second grade scientist about all the wonderful, hands on activities we have been doing to explore this question.  This past week students have been very engaged during our poetry writing activities.  Ask about our poems!  In math we have wrapped up our unit on geometry and next week we will start practicing counting money. This is an easy to thing to work on at home too.
Our caterpillars are getting so big.  We have been learning so much by observing these interesting creatures.
Reminders:  Math and Reading logs due every Friday.  Please help your child practice these  important habits daily.  FIELD TRIP SLIPS are due 5/20.  Chaperones were selected today.  They are:  Shannon Croft, Tracy Spear and Audrey Young.  Thanks to all who volunteered!

I'd like to send a BIG THANK YOU for all the amazing gifts of appreciation that I enjoyed last week during Teacher Appreciation Week.  You are all so thoughtful.  The PTO luncheon was fantastic!  I feel so lucky to work here at Stanley. :)


Grade 2, Mrs. Stephens
It’s been all about Science in 2S. Ms. Porter helped us learn more about erosion and what we can do to prevent it.  Children have their own painted lady caterpillar at their desks and are recording their observations in their science journal.  Ask your child what pro-legs are.  We are finishing up our unit on poetry.  The kids have done well writing different kinds of poems (acrostic, haiku, cinquain). We are working on counting money in math.  Empty your pockets at the end of the day and count the change with your child. Ask them how to play “Race to a Dollar.”

Grade 2, Mrs. Waitt’s Class
Ask your child what affect water and wind have on sand and rocks; This week we are learning about how erosion affects our environment. Ms Porter, our STEM teacher has presented science lessons  with interactive  hands on observations, journal recording and experiments. We are completing our Poetry Unit in Language arts this week.  Please practice counting coins to one dollar at home with your child as we have started Topic 13 in Math which practices counting coin combinations. Thank you for continued homework support!

News from 3C
The warm sunny weather arrived just in time to enjoy a bit of extra recess after PARCC testing! Our class has really enjoyed our science lessons with Ms. Porter! Be sure to ask them about organisms, fossils, and the extinct zebra cousin the Quegga! We are also thrilled to share that we have begun learning the basic strokes of cursive writing! Ms. LeClerc is our resident expert with all things cursive and we've certainly enjoyed her lessons! During writer's workshop our class has been busy drafting perspective/persuasive letters to King George of England! We can't wait to share them on our project day in June!

A few upcoming dates:
Swampscott Photo Project
5/20 Bring in 10 hardcopy photos.
5/31 Bring in the 8x10 enlargement.
June 16th at 1:15pm      Project Exhibits in the classroom.
6/1 Field Trip Permission Slips & Payment due
6/8 Field Trip to Historic Salem via trolley






3G News
Ask your son or daughter about: area and perimeter; the “Six Flat Worms” and their bedspread. Ask your son or daughter to show you our Geometry Aerobics for a point, line, line segment, ray, parallel lines and intersecting lines. Ask your son or daughter about:  the reasons why the 13 Colonies wanted freedom from the British Empire and the King and how Swampscott was started.

Students’ 10 photos of Swampscott are due Friday 5/20. Please have the hard copies on this date. Permission slips and payment for the field trip are due on June 1st. Students will not be allowed to attend the field trip without these. If you have any questions, pleas email me at wgeraci@swampscott.k12.ma.us

Grade 4, Mrs. Lawler
Happy Spring-is-really-here! Spring brings with us an elementary band concert this upcoming week, yet, alas, it will be Mr. Jack's last school band concert. He will be so missed as he enters a well-deserved retirement.  Ed Jack was two of my three boys' HS band teacher a few years back. When one of my sons was inducted into the National Honor Society and was asked to invite a teacher to attend the honor, it was Mr. Jack he invited. You can be sure I'll be there to enjoy the evening band concert. Spring also brings fun end-of the year activities such as memorable field trips. We are planning an adventure to Wolf Hollow in Ipswich in June. Stay tuned for permission forms to come home. As we have sprung into the Math segment of our PARCC testing, rest assured that your children were diligent and serious about doing their best. Thank you to the PTO for the lovely Teacher Appreciation luncheon last week. Yum! But best of all, was the kind parent coverage so we could have time to sit down and enjoy the feast with each other.  We are all so grateful.

Closing Thoughts
I continue to be amazed and appreciative of teachers’ hard work and dedication when reading their Stanley Family News entries.  Their thoughtful, creative planning of rich, engaging units and lessons is consistently evident.  They make our children’s school days rewarding and fun.

Sincerely,
Tom Daniels
Principal
Stanley Elementary School



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