Stanley Elementary School
10 Whitman Road
Swampscott, MA 01907
Phone (781) 596-8837
Fax (781) 592-9500
Dear Stanley Families,
Thanks so much to Tracy Spear and all the families and students who generously donated to St. Jude’s Children’s Cancer Research fund as part of our Math-a-Thon. The final total raised was $4,586. Top fundraisers will be awarded prizes at this week’s Superstar Assembly on Thursday.
Attached and below is a letter about student placement agreed upon by the Elementary Principals.
During the month of May, we will begin the process of creating new classes for the 2015-2016 school year. In constructing each class, we examine numerous factors in order to achieve balanced classrooms, including: gender balance, students’ academic strengths and challenges, individual student personalities, and personality combinations. We recognize some children contribute to their friends’ learning while others may inhibit it. Therefore, some children may do well together in the classroom setting, while others may be better served if separated. Your child’s current teachers will take an active role in the formation of next year’s classes. Their knowledge of the students’ academic strengths and needs, personalities, and productive peer groups is invaluable in this process. Support staff
members and special subject teachers will offer assistance, and information from all of these sources will be considered as we work together to create our new class groupings.
As parents or guardians, you may have additional insights and information that will aid in the placement process. If you have information regarding your child and his or her placement beyond what the classroom teacher is already aware of, you may share this information in writing, no later than Friday, May 1, 2015. Please do not feel compelled to write a letter unless there is something beyond our knowledge you feel will directly impact our work in creating a placement for your child. In order to support the needs of all children, requests for specific teachers will not be honored. Additionally, please do not send requests to place your child with
particular friends, as all students will be sent to their new class with “familiar faces.” Your support is requested to ensure a fair and credible placement process for all of our students. In the event you do choose to write a letter, please submit it in hard copy (not via e-mail) to my attention in the Stanley School Office.
We so appreciate working with families who take such a keen interest in their children’s education, and in writing this letter, we hope we have articulated the depth of thought that goes into planning a sound learning experience for every child. Whether you write to us or not, you can be sure your child will be placed in a classroom in which he or she can grow academically, emotionally and socially. We thank you for your understanding and for your ongoing support.
One thing that I, as Principal of Stanley, feel very strongly about is honoring parent requests not to have a younger sibling repeat with a teacher that an older sibling had. This can be a set-up for teacher and student.
This Week’s Highlight
This week I’d like to highlight the entries from our first grade team as they learn about Japan and measurement. This is a great example of cross grade collaboration and integration of social studies and math curriculum.
Grade 1, Mrs. Coletti
First graders in 1C have started our "Scientist of the Day" program. We have enjoyed five great experiments this week. Thank you for all your support with this exciting adventure! Ask your child about some of the experiments we've seen this week. We have started our unit on Japan. We will compare Japanese culture to ours and learn how we are alike and how we are different. Thanks to those families that have sent in related books and artifacts. In math, we have started our "measuring" unit. The students measured how tall they are by using two different "non-standard" measuring tools. (unfix cubes, tiles, paperclips, etc.)
Grade 1, Mrs. Hogan
First graders have been measuring EVERYTHING this week using non-standard units like paper clips and unifix cubes. We also began chatting about the country of Japan and have learned a catchy tune to remember how to count to ten in Japanese. Ask your student what legendary folk tale character we read about this week.
Grade 1, Mrs. Sheehan
We have moved on to our new Math unit on Measurement in First Grade. The students are learning about standard and non-standard units of measurement. We are also enjoying our mini-unit on Japan. One way we were able to integrate these TWO units was when we read and discussed the story THE INCH HIGH SAMURAI, by Shiro Kasamatsu. Ask your child to show you "Heads - Shoulders - Knees and Toes" in Japanese!
Our whale art has been shipped to Square One Art. Look for stickers and order forms after April Vacation. The artwork completed was outstanding. Good job kids!
Health Education, Mrs. Blasi & Mrs. Sheehan
Mrs. Sheehan's Grade K students just finished a fantastic poster project about keeping their hearts healthy. They worked really hard, assembled them, and were encouraged to hang them up at home. Grade 1 continues working on their human body books. We have completed 4 body systems and have two remaining. Ask your child why the Circulatory System reminds them of a circle. Grade 3 continues their presentations of their "change the ad" project. They took cigarette ads that do not tell the truth about smoking and changed them to tell the truth! They are very creative. Grade 4 just learned about the history of smoking...can they remember what year smoking was discovered to be dangerous? Mrs. Blasi's classes and Mrs. Sheehan's second grade class are working on the
importance of dental hygiene. Remind your child to brush and floss daily!
Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Mrs. LaRosa
Kindergarten learned about owls this week with Mrs. LaRosa. We talked about how they are nocturnal, what they eat, and how owl pellets contain the food they cannot digest. We dissected an owl pellet and separated all the bones and fur and showing it on the document camera. We were able to identify what the owl had been eating by comparing the bones we found to a chart with diagrams of bones from different small animals that an owl might eat.
Mrs. Cassidy's Kindergarten
Spring is such a great time of year for science, science and more science!!! Ask your child about our "Egg Stations" and what happened when Mrs. LaRosa had us soak an egg in vinegar for a week. She came back this week and we found out!! Also ask your child what an owl pellet is and what did Mrs. LaRosa do to it. What was inside? How did we like it? Lastly ask your child what happened with our bald eagle family on the smart board that we have been watching for 2 weeks!! Such exciting fun! Have a great weekend.
Kindergarten, Mrs. Helferich
Whoosh! Shoosh! The Storm Monster by Craig Brown whipped into our classroom creating quite a stir. This tale is about a young boy and his dog Waldo and what they do during the "storm". Thankfully, The Fantastic Four joined our kindergarten to help us with our reading comprehension strategies during this read aloud. Ask your child about Paula-the Predictor, Quincy-the Questioner, Clara-the Clarifier, and Sammy- the Summarizer. In phonics, we focused on blending and reading short words containing the vowel "i". Math activities included addition and subtraction activities. Did you know the Five Little Monkeys song is a math story? Other highlights this week included rainy day paintings and a visit from Mrs. LaRosa, our science coach. Students used
observation skills to look carefully at an owl pellet, making interesting discoveries.
Ms. McGowan's Kindergarten
Ask your child what Mrs. LaRosa found under the Hovercam!
We are reviewing beginning, middle, and ending sounds. Math includes +/- and addition by a roll of the dice.
Grade 2, Mrs. Norton
Ask your child about our 7 continents and 5 oceans. We are starting our social studies unit on these land masses and ocean regions. We also focused on pronouns and continue our work with three digit numbers and operations. We have enjoyed analyzing the characters in an Anansi folktale and continue to work on writing a good, solid paragraph. I think this week will bring the green grass and No more sign of snow! Fingers crossed! :)
Grade 2, Mrs. Stephens
2S has been watching those eaglets in Pennsylvania grow like weeds! We have enjoyed seeing how much they change in such a little amount of time. As a class, we made a model of an American bald eagle (actual size). Ask your child what the wingspan is. We enjoyed writing about them as well learning many interesting facts. Has your child mentioned "big night" to you? It's a very important time in spring… Check out this link for more information
We also have been working on adding and subtracting three digit numbers with regrouping. We are finishing up our science unit on states of matter and are beginning to talk about continents and oceans
Grade 2, Mrs. Waitt’s Class
Ask your child what they saw when they separated mixtures of color from a marker? We were excited to see the many colors separate after we experimented with dropping water onto black and green marker dots. We also began to add and subtract 3 digit numbers this week. Practicing math facts at home is beneficial. The class is continuing to build stamina during our daily independent reading time! Many new fiction and non-fiction titles arrived in the classroom this week. Ask your child which books they read this week during reading. The class earned another reward, and voted to have NO homework next week. Their Book Reports (with character puppet) are due April 15. Also, please continue at home reading ( record on April reading logs) next week. Think sun!!
News from 3C
I am so very proud of the amazing job our class demonstrated on their MCAS assessment! This was the first time these children were ever asked to stay seated, remain silent, and work independently without assistance for well over an hour. This is a truly daunting task for any eight or nine year old child! They truly rose to the occasion!
Be sure to ask your child about our most recent science experiment with rocks and minerals. We used Mohs Scale of Mineral Hardness as a guide to test ten different rocks and minerals. We also classified each as metamorphic, igneous, or sedimentary. We continue to work on fractions and elapsed time during math. Keep up the great work on the Xtra math web site! Our students loved sharing their persuasive writing and poster projects on Friday afternoon!
Be sure to take a peek at our freshly updated class website! It is full of our science experiments with marshmallow Peeps!
Ask your son or daughter about comparing fractions with the same denominators! Ask your son or daughter to give you three other ways to say the time, 2:15! Ask your son or daughter how to tell time to the minute! Ask your son or daughter what a homophone is and to give you an example that was not on our spelling list from this week. Ask your son or daughter about fragments and run-on sentences. Ask your son or daughter what they think about the start of book 3 in The Underland Chronicles: Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods! Will Gregor help The Underlanders solve the next prophecy? Can the Gnawers and Regalians work together? Will Gregor’s new friends Luxa, Aurora and Temp be found? Please make sure you are going on XtraMath at least 4 times a week.
Grade 3, Mr. O'Donnell
Mr. O'Donnell: I am so proud of the students for working very hard on the ELA MCAS tests. Many of them shared on Thursday morning that they felt confident and prepared, which was great! During our math time we have continued studying fractions, which there was a recent assessment on, and next up we will continue to look at fractions, as well as beginning a unit on time. Similes have been our focus at our literacy time. Ask your child to share some of the great similes they wrote this week. In addition, we have been studying rocks during our science unit. Ask your child how many types of rocks there are, and challenge them by asking the names of them! Lastly, during our "brain breaks" we often look at the koala cam on the San Diego Zoo website and we finally given the koala a name- Toby! The students
were very excited to vote on this! Have a great weekend and wonderful vacation!
Grade 4, Ms. Boudreau
I am SO proud of our fourth grade students for the tremendous effort that they showed during our three days of MCAS testing! They have accomplished so much and had the chance to show off their incredible skills. Wonderful, wonderful job!!
In math we have gotten much deeper into fractions! Lately we’ve been working a lot on adding/subtracting mixed numbers, converting from mixed numbers to improper fractions and converting from improper fractions to mixed numbers. Remember to keep practicing – Johnnie’s Math Page is a great online resource that contains excellent fraction games. We will be continuing with our Weather unit in science. We have completed some very fun Web Quests, in which the students use a particular website to search for the answers to questions on the different parts of weather. We are currently running very low on pencils and white-lined paper – any and all donations would be greatly appreciated! Thank you! Enjoy the warm weather that is hopefully coming our way!
Grade 4, Mrs. Lawler
Dear Families, You have much to be proud of with your children's efforts to do their best on the ELA MCAS this week and last. There will be no homework next Thursday as a thank you to the children for working diligently on their ELA homework this week. We will next be focusing intently on preparing for the MCAS math coming up shortly on Thursday, May 14 and Thursday, May 21 (less than 4 weeks from now). We are also looking for more completed book reviews to be submitted from the long-term assignment. Please encourage your child to finish their book and prepare the book review. The kind editor of the Swampscott Reporter is leaving shortly and he was our best fan for our student poems and book reviews! Take-home message: Spring into Reading!
Grade 4, Ms. Wood
Well, we have made it through the ELA MCAS! As I said before I couldn't be happier with the amount of effort and time your children put into their tests. You should all be very proud of them. Now that we have moved on from the ELA portion of the MCAS we will be spending a little more time on math. Mark your calendars, the math MCAS will take place on May 14th and May 21st. Some things we will be working on over the next few weeks include: adding and subtracting mixed numbers (with and without like denominators), converting fractions to decimals, measurement, and geometry (i.e. lines, angles, and shapes). We will continue to work on book reports during our reading time in class. The students have been producing some really great reports and have continued to be invested in the
activity. I am displaying some in the classroom right now and when I take them down I will be sure to send them home for you to see. We will also be keeping up with writing by doing some smaller writing projects throughout the rest of the year. I can't believe that April vacation is so close. I hope you all have a safe and enjoyable vacation!
I just can’t believe how much great work goes on at Stanley all the time, from owl pellets to long compositions, from Japan to rocks, there’s always something interesting happening at our school. I really appreciate all the great work that our staff and students do on a regular basis.
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