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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,
Wear Red for a Bed Day is Friday, March 6.  Students and staff are encouraged to wear red and donate $5 to buy a bed for a homeless child.  This is an initiative from our Grade 4 Student Leaders.   

On Saturday the school hosted Odyssey of the Mind judges training. You are cordially invited to the state OOTM competition next Saturday at Marblehead High School at 2 Humphrey Street in Marblehead.  I’m hoping to convince some parents to start teams for next year’s competition.

Thanks so much to the PTO for funding additional plowing of our car lane. This will speed things up enormously. Thanks again to Tom Bartholomew, Leroy Lowry, Terry Johnson and Garrett Baker for their continued hard work beyond their regular hours to clear and plow all this snow!   

Art, Mrs. DiLisio
We are back in business!  Kindergarten students are drawing the sweetest self portraits.  First graders are working on their Jan Brett "The Mitten" paintings. Second graders are working on their sea turtle clay sculptures and paintings.  Third graders are constructing 3D trees.  Fourth graders are working on clay relief sculptures of their homes.   

Physical Education, Kathy Pacitto
THANK YOU to the Stanley School PTO and to Melissa Straz, yoga instructor, for bringing YOGA back to Stanley again this year....... Our students love it!!

Ask your child to tell you and show you what the Sanskrit words Balasana (child's pose), Sukhasana (easy pose) and Vajrasana (thunderbolt pose) mean in yoga.  Ask your child if he/she enjoyed the relaxation portion of the yoga lesson?  Namaste :-)

Mrs. Cassidy's Kindergarten
Ask your child why we celebrate Presidents Day!  What two Presidents' birthdays are in the month of February?   Please see if they can tell you what coins they are on and also ask them if they can describe one fact that they learned this week about each of them.  A lot of our word bags where missing since before vacation so I kept them.  We now are back on track, thank you for working so hard with your children.  Have a good weekend!

Kindergarten, Mrs. Helferich
Your child is learning to recognize him or herself as a writer! Children have varied opportunities throughout the day to practice and naturally weave writing activities into play especially in our classroom post office. The kindergarteners use invented spelling. They are learning to "stretch" out words to help hear sounds to write and label pictures and to create sentences. They are also developing a bank of frequently used words that can be spelled correctly. Writing sight words the correct way will help your child read them.  Show your child how useful and necessary writing is at home. Try making birthday cards or lists. Encourage your child to read his/her writing back to you. Motivate your child to write by providing colorful paper, glittery pens, markers, and materials.

Ms. McGowan's Kindergarten
We are studying the short vowel sound of "e" this week and using it to read and write 3 letter words i.e. pet.  
Ask your child about the book Flat Stanley that we are reading.  It is a real hit with our class.
Force and motion are the concepts for science.

Grade 1, Mrs. Coletti
First graders have been learning about Geography! Ask your child to sing the continents song. In math we are practicing using a hundred grid to add and subtract 10 from a number. Try playing a guessing game while in the car..." My number is 10 less than 54. What number am I?" When this becomes easy add some mental math steps... "My number is 10 more than 78 minus 2. What number am I?" Please encourage your child to return his/her reading (R.A.H.) folder so there will be plenty of good books to read. Our class is in need of glue sticks if anyone would like to donate.

Grade 1, Mrs. Hogan
Finally a full week! 1H reviewed the three syllable types we have learned so far: closed (consonant after vowel gives it a short sound), open (vowel is at the end so it says its own name) and silent or "magic" e (e at the end make the vowel say it's own name). We also have begun our unit on maps. Ask your student if he or she remembers our continent song!
This cold season has been a long one and we are almost through the tissues donated by families in September. If you are able to donate a box of tissues to our classroom we would all appreciate it very much!


Grade 1, Mrs. Sheehan
Oh my goodness!  We had SUCH a great time playing outside in the snow today, as our reward for filling the popcorn jar!  Hopefully our opportunities for learning about snow subside soon, though!  It felt good to have five days in a row of learning, and we continued our work with our unit on Non-fiction during Reader's Workshop.  Ask your child to tell you something that they notice about Non-fiction books!

Grade 2, Mrs. Norton
This week in 2N we enjoyed starting a wonderful new story during read aloud, Poppy by Avi (one of my all-time favorites),  ask your student about it.  We did a lot of writing and enjoyed mixing and mingling to dance music while we shared what we wrote.  Next week we will continue to work on subtraction with and without regrouping.  See if your child can explain the BBBB system. :)  We will also start a science unit on CHANGES and we’ll do some word work (antonyms/synonyms/homophones/compound words, etc...).  See you in MARCH!  Yay!

Grade 2, Mrs. Stephens
2S had A great FULL week! We took a test on regrouping and everyone did an excellent job. Now we are working on subtraction (borrowing). Please keep studying subtraction math facts at home. We also started our new science unit on changes. We are observing what happens when you mix solids, gases and liquids. Ask your child about our experiment!

Grade 2, Mrs. Waitt’s Class
This week the class was interested and excited to write a "How to Be a ...'poem.”  Ask your child what their "How to Be a … " poem was about .  Thank you to Sharon LaRosa, our district STEM teacher, who completed the Know Atom lessons about Friction and Energy with our class. We had great fun making rubber band cars and experimenting with them on a track to test how far they would move.  We also enjoyed our class reward, Show and Tell day, where many special items from home were displayed and talked about. Think SPRING!!

Brrr what bitter winter weather! The class has been reading independently and in small groups intently.  We are also learning the comprehension strategy of how to Make a Connection from the text to ourselves or to another story.  Ask your child what connection they have made (on a post -it ) this week while reading. We are continuing to practice adding two digit numbers with regrouping.  Next Thursday February 12th our Book Reports are due, and decorated Valentine boxes and cards should be sent in.  Our Room Parents are planning a (low key) Valentine's Day celebration on Friday, February 13th.  Stay Warm!!

News from 3C
I want to begin by sharing how very proud I am of the students and their amazing biography presentations! We were completely transfixed and enjoyed a wonderful day of sharing and learning! Their enthusiasm for this project made it all the more entertaining! Thank you so much to the parents who lent a hand in helping our class prepare for this exciting day!
Be sure to ask your child about Puritans living in Salem, MA in 1628, strategies that help us to divide with success, and Anansi the Spider!
Our class is looking for unused knee high nylon stockings for a science lesson. Each child needs one nylon stocking for a lesson we are planning in March.

3G News!
We had a great Biography Day! I loved seeing all of the students’ costumes. I was really impressed with their hard work and creativity! Ask your son or daughter about dividing as sharing, doing repeated subtraction and using a multiplication chart to help us learn our division facts. Ask your son or daughter about Sam and his lucky money. Ask your son or daughter about Gregor’s amazing accomplishment during his first training exercise. Ask your son or daughter to give you examples of past, present and future tense verbs. Ask your son or daughter how they scored their last MCAS sample. We did some writing assignments to go along with the 100th Day of School, so ask your son or daughter what their life will be like when they are 100 years old! Please remember to go on XtraMath at least 4 times a week. We are low on tissues, and donations would be greatly appreciated.

Grade 3, Mr. O'Donnell
We had an extremely busy week back here in "3O!" We began our new math unit concerning division, which the students seem to be enjoying. We are also continuing to prepare for the MCAS by reading selections and practicing answering both multiple choice, and open response questions. During our literacy block, we read a story about a student being nervous about being on stage during a spelling bee, which was perfect since we had Biography day this week! The students all did a wonderful job presenting.  It was evident how much work was put into the projects! I hope everyone had a relaxing vacation, and has a terrific weekend!


Grade 4, Ms. Boudreau
It was so great to finally have a full week of school once again! We have begun our math unit in fractions with factors, multiples and prime/composite numbers. Ask your son or daughter to share the different between prime and composite numbers! This was our last week using spelling for weekly homework – next week we will begin the Paragraph of the Week. This will be a fun assignment that will be given on Monday and returned to school every Friday. Directions and guidelines will be sent home on Monday, 3/2. We started a very exciting Animal Adaptations Webquest today – ask your son or daughter which animal they’ve decided to research further! Remember to continue practicing math facts on either xtramath.com or Johnnie’s Math Page. As we get deeper into fractions, knowing our multiplication facts will be extremely important. Let’s hope for warmer weather!

Grade 4, Mrs. Lawler
Fourth grade is working so hard now as we sharpen our pencils, to sharpen our skills, while we practice and strengthen our preparation for the ELA MCAS testing coming up shortly.  On Friday, we passed out small white boards to each child to add to the active engagement of our students during our class questioning time. Donations of black expo markers, (colors don't erase as quickly), white board cleaner, and tissues would complement the use of these boards, please. We continue to have a huge request for replenishment boxes of kleenex...this time of year is challenging for all. (Thank you to Sam's family for sending in a box requested from our last Stanley Family News!)  With two exceptions, parent conferences have wrapped up for 4L this week. I've so enjoyed sharing and exploring your children's gifts and goals with you. We've had 100% parent participation on the Feb./March conferences, which is impressive due to the challenges with re-scheduling and tricky road travel.  Your caring sends a vital message to your children.  Continue to work on the Stanley School Book Notes for the Swampscott Reporter. We enjoyed Carter's over Feb. break and look forward to Will's this upcoming Thursday. Keep reading!

Grade 4, Ms. Wood
Welcome Back!  I hope everyone had a restful February vacation.  4W has been hard at work their first week back.  Due to the many concerns expressed at conferences regarding the spelling homework I have stopped spelling and implemented a Paragraph of the Week.  Each week students will be sent home with a writing prompt.  They need to brainstorm, write a rough draft, edit and revise, and write a final draft.  The rough and final drafts may be typed, however, I want to see the rough draft showing the changes that were made.  Students they are required to do at least 8 sentences but are welcome to do more.  This assignment will be do every Friday.  We finished with long division just before vacation and are beginning to move into fractions.  We will continue to spiral back and review long division and double-digit multiplication to ensure that students have a solid understanding of the skill.  Finally, I have introduced several different forms of book reports to the class with more still to come.  Students are excited and engaged in these projects and I am hopeful these will turn out to be amazing once completed.  Students will share their reports with the class once they are complete.  While these are an in class assignment some small portion may need to be done at home and some materials may need to be brought into school.  Please remind your child that quality of work is important and that it isn't always just about getting the work done as quickly as possible.  

Closing Thoughts
Our first full week back allowed everyone to finally get into a rhythm of learning.  Let’s hope for more consistency in March.

Sincerely,
Tom Daniels
Principal
Stanley School















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