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Stanley Elementary School
10 Whitman Road
Swampscott, MA 01907
Phone (781) 596-8837
Fax (781) 592-9500
Tom Daniels
Principal

No school on Monday, February, 2 due to snow forecast.

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES
Wednesday, February 4 Evening Parent Conferences from 5:00-8:00pm
Thursday, February 5, PTO Meeting at 7:00pm
Tuesday, February 10, No School for Professional Development
Wednesday, February 11, Early Release Day with Dismissal at 12:45 and Parent Conferences from 1:00-4:00pm.  New sign ups will be emailed shortly.

Swampscott Begins Kindergarten Registration
Registration for the September 2015 kindergarten class has begun.  Children who are eligible for kindergarten entrance must be five years of age before September 1, 2015. There are no exceptions to the entrance age.  
Registration packets are available at the following location by February 9th.
Student Support Services at the Middle School at 207 Forest Avenue
Packets have also been distributed to many local preschool programs the fist week of February.
Please return the packet to the Student Support Services Office at the Swampscott Middle School by March 1, 2015. Only complete packets will be forwarded to the school assignment committee. All documents must be completed regardless of whether a family already has a student enrolled in the Swampscott Public Schools.

It is very important that all eligible children are registered at this time to insure that they are included in school and class assignments.

Student will be assigned an elementary school in May and will also be notified at this time of kindergarten visitation day in June and the time of the student’s screening appointment in June.

If you have any questions regarding the kindergarten registration process, please email your questions to the following email:  Raymond@swampscott.k12.ma.us







Dear Families,
Teachers have been having lots of fun discussing our whale mascot and a potential upstart mascot, the sea turtle.  After much lobbying by the small but mighty whale faction, the whale was unanimously agreed upon as our school mascot.  Sea turtle fans will definitely have an opportunity to express their love and loyalty as a good friend of the whale.  The theme of this year’s yearbook will be the whale and there will be a daily whale fact on the morning announcements.  We will sing some whale songs at Superstar Assemblies.  We will continue brainstorming ways we can build our already very positive school climate and school unity through our new mascot.

Enrichment Appreciation
I would like to thank our hard working PTO Cultural Enrichment volunteers, Emily Walger, Rachel Dicker and Sheila Yang who have done so much to deepen student learning this year.  Cultural enrichment adds memorable experiences to our student’s school lives and develops background knowledge that is so critical for reading comprehension.  We really appreciate our enrichment volunteers and the donations of our generous parents that support these wonderful programs!

Grade 4 Student Leaders Pajama Drive
Stanley School is partnering with Cradles to Crayons and the Boston Bruins to provide new pajamas (kids‘ sizes 0 – 20) for local children in need across the Commonwealth.  Make a difference by bringing donations to the Large box in Stanley School Lobby.  The drive ends on February 13, 2015.  Thank you in advance for your generosity!

Art, Mrs. DiLisio
We are busy working on a variety of projects.  Kindergarten, first, and fourth are working in clay.  Fun!  Second grade is beginning a large unit on sea turtles.  We will be completing paintings and 3D sculptures.  If anyone has extra Chinet brand plates, please send them in.  They are sturdy enough to use as a habitat for our second grade sea turtle sculptures.  Third grade is working on a Jasper John's inspired Valentine's piece.  We are having a great time, so the year is really flying by fast!  

Don't forget to follow us on Artatstanley.  (Instagram)



Physical Education, Kathy Pacitto
Ask your child to show you a "Balance Challenge" on his/her RIGHT leg and then ask your child to show you a "Balance Challenge" on his/her LEFT leg.  Ask your child HOW LONG can he/she hold this position for on each leg?

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, Mrs. LaRosa
We are proud to announce that three classes from Stanley School have been chosen to participate in the Gelfand Global STEM Ambassador Program with Know Atom.  Each class was sent a kit connected to an engineering component in which a car is built with the assistance of Mrs. LaRosa.  Mrs. Lawler's fourth grade will be using the engineering design process to modify a rear-wheel drive electric car that spins out while moving at high speeds.  Mrs. Waitt and Mrs. Norton's second grade classes will be using the steps of the scientific method to see if rear wheel tire friction affects the distance a rubber band car moves.  All classes were forwarded a kit of materials in which to participate in these projects applying STEM skills and will provide feedback to the organization.

Mrs. Cassidy's Kindergarten
January 15th Entry: What a great week we had in school!!  Ask your child why we do not have school on Monday.  Also what is the one word that best describes MLK Day?  We had our very first Mystery Readers this week!! Ask your child who they were and what book/ project did they do.  Thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Reen for their time and energy signing up to be part of our class fun!  They were great!!  Lastly congratulations to superstars: Lyla, Gabriel and Callia for being such good role models!!  Have a great weekend.

January 24th Entry:  Ask your child to describe Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to you.  Why was he famous?  Why did we have a day off from school?  Also ask your child if he/she can count in 5's and 10's for you.  We have been working on our writing skills during, “writer’s workshop."  The children are applying their sight word knowledge and stretching their words beautifully.  I look forward to sharing all their success with you at our conference times.  

Kindergarten, Mrs. Helferich
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wanted all people to be treated fairly. Discuss with your child what it means to be fair. Ask your child to show you a peace symbol? We created a dove in the art center. Skills this week included:  uppercase letter formation; isolating individual sounds in words; and accurately counting up to 20 objects. Other highlights include nonfiction writing about penguins and comparing our height to an emperor penguin.
        
Ms. McGowan's Kindergarten
Ask your child about our favorite story this week, The Mitten, by Jan Brett. See if they can retell the story.
We have yet to experience sustained temperatures below freezing in order to freeze our cups of water but we will keep trying! Our Learning Buddies entertained us this week with a modern version of The Three Little Pigs. It was fabulous.  Stay posted for info on 100th Day Projects and Valentine's Day info coming home in your child's home-school folder.

Grade 1, Mrs. Hogan
Congratulations to our Super Stars Marta, Lex, and Connor last week! This week we read Bartholomew and the Oobleck as a class and learned that sometimes saying "I'm sorry" can fix a situation that feels like a really big problem. We also made our own Oobleck! Ask your student what scientific properties make Oobleck seem like a solid and what properties make it seem like it must be a liquid.

Grade 1, Mrs. Sheehan
The first graders REALLY enjoyed learning about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.   Ask your child to tell you what he or she thought was the most amazing thing in the Youtube video of Dr. King's famous I HAVE A DREAM SPEECH.  We are continuing our work in Math on number patterns and concepts to 120.  The children also enjoyed celebrating HALF-WAY Day on the 90th day of school.  Be looking for a notice about our 100th Day Food Drive!

Grade 2, Mrs. Stephens
Grade 2 continues to be all about penguins. Have you ever wondered how the Emperor Penguin carries his egg on top of his feet? Ask your child.  We tried it (with a Playdoh egg) It was not easy! Students have also picked one penguin species to do a mini folder report on.  Watch for those to come home.  We have started regrouping in math (carrying).  Please continue to practice math facts at home for mastery.  It really helps the children when they are regrouping.

Grade 2, Mrs. Waitt’s Class
Ask you child about the book "Creepy Carrots." by Aaron Reynolds   Mrs. Waitt's students read the story, "Creepy Carrots" by Aaron Reynolds and had fun working with a partner to write about how they would stop the  carrots from creeping out. We also enjoyed brainstorming creepy word lists and creating story maps.  We have started Topic 8 in EnVisions Math which is about adding 2 digit numbers with regrouping. Please keep up addition and subtraction fact practice at home so students attain mastery. The class in continuing it's Penguin Unit and recently completed making Penguin Posters which show 17 different kinds of penguins. Thank you to parents for support of at home Reading Logs and weekly homework.

News from 3C
Our class has enjoyed a busy month of January! We continue to refine our multiplication and problem solving skills! The children enjoyed the trickster tale "Tops and Bottoms' as well as a few biographies on Martin Luther King Jr. Be sure to ask your child about the great molasses flood of 1919! Please continue to work on biography projects. We are all looking forward to our special day at the end of February!

3G News!
We are continuing to practice our Multiplication Facts! Ask your son or daughter about The Distributive Property of Multiplication. Please continue to go on XtraMath to practice your math facts. Students can go to multiplication.com to play fun games to help learn their facts! Ask your son or daughter to give you some irregular past tense verbs! We practiced using the dictionary to find the definitions of the vocabulary words for the new story we are reading in our Reading Textbooks, Night of the Pufflings. Ask your son or daughter about their favorite part from the story. Ask your son or daughter about their thoughts on why Ares saved Gregor instead of his bond, Henry. Ask them about their prediction for the second book in the Underland Chronicles, Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane!

Please continue to work on your Biography Report. Students should be reading their biography and filling out their graphic organizer. You may also go online, with parental support to find additional information on your person! The final report and presentation are due on February 27th.

Grade 3: Mr. O'Donnell
We have had a busy, short week here in "30." In Math we began our new unit, which is still focusing upon patterns of multiplication. During our Literacy time we are working on recognizing verbs, and what tense they are in ( past, present, or future). The students are also practicing the comprehension skill of sequencing. Please remember that the students should be reading their biography book, and that the book should be completed by next Friday. We have had several illnesses in our class lately, so I have been reminding the students to frequently wash their hands, or use sanitizer, as well as keeping their hands away from their face. Thank you to those who donated tissues, we go through them so quickly! Have a happy (and hopefully healthy!) weekend!

Grade 4, Ms. Boudreau
We had an extremely productive week in 4B! On Tuesday we started long division and we have been practicing non-stop! Look out for a bookmark that will be coming home early next week with the steps of long division on it. In English Language Arts we have been focusing on prefixes and how to identify a prefix. So far, we have learned about the prefixes anti-, de-, dis- and en-/em-. Ask your son or daughter about each definition and to share some examples of each prefix. On Tuesday, the fourth grade team sent home another MCAS Long Composition writing piece. This is due on Monday, February 2nd – the early due date is Friday, January 30th (for those who don’t want to spend time writing during the Super Bowl!). We have worked a lot on opening paragraphs in our writing and all students have many wonderful ideas and suggestions for how to “grab” their reader’s attention. In class we are focusing on a writing piece that is based on a book we read called The Secret Knowledge of Grownups. We had the opportunity to share our opening paragraphs for this writing and I cannot emphasize enough just how impressed and excited I was to hear what everyone had to share!! Conferences are this coming Tuesday (1/27) and on Wednesday 2/4. Don’t forget to sign up through the SignUp Genius that I created! If for some reason you never received an email regarding sign ups through Sign Up Genius, please email me!

Grade 4, Ms. Wood
4W has been working hard these past couple of weeks.  We began learning about long division with 2 digit and 3 digit dividends.  It was a little tricky at first but I think we are getting the hang of it.  In writing we have been finishing up our Secret Knowledge of Parents writing.  Ask you child to explain the book and what rule they decided to write about.  Since we sent home our latest long writing prompt we have been practicing how to create a graphic organizer and how to write interesting opening and closing paragraphs.  Our social studies focus is the 3 branches of government. Ask your child if they can name them, who is in charge of each, and what building each one is located in.  Thank you for your support in keeping the "thinking putty" out of the classroom.  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Closing Thoughts
Conferences are coming up this Tuesday from 1:00-4:00.  Please sign up for a conference if you haven’t done so already.  Remember that Tuesday is an early release day with dismissal at 12:45.  Please remind parents and caregivers.  Teachers work so hard to prepare for parent conferences.  They spend a great deal of time assessing and thinking about the particular social, emotional and academic profile of each student which helps them plan lessons and interventions that are tailored to small group and individual needs.  I really appreciate the dedication of our teachers in particular around conference time.


Sincerely,
Tom Daniels
Principal
Stanley School













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