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Stanley Family News
November 15, 2015
In this time of mourning for the victims of terrorism in Paris we all feel deep appreciation for the members of the armed services and our veterans who serve our country and protect our freedom. Thanks to all the families that contributed to our first annual Veteran’s Day Wall of Honor. Our Veteran’s Day assembly took place last Thursday morning and we were joined by Kyle Butt’s uncle and Sara Westwood. Kyle’s uncle is an active duty navy officer and Sarah was in the army reserve and was deployed in Iraq. Many students raised their hands and shared about family connections to veterans, particularly grandfathers. Grade 2 student representatives shared Veteran’s Day poems and some of Mrs. Lawler’s fourth graders shared poignant poems they wrote about Veterans Day. Be sure to
check out the grade 1 veterans paintings on the Veteran’s Day Wall of Honor.
Tree Update: Our facilities department will work closely with the Department of Public Works to check the trees around our playground to make sure any risky trees are pruned or cut down.
Mrs. Cassidy's Kindergarten
Ask your child to name all the parts of a book ... including the text(or words). Where do you start when you are about to read a book? Ask your child, “what do good readers do each and every day?’ See if they can name the "SUPER POWERS"!!!
Kindergarten, Ms. Fleischner
KF has been discussing why we celebrate Veteran's Day. Ask your child if they can sing our Veteran's Day poem, See the Veteran. This week the KF scientists wrapped up our study of leaves by conducting three leaf experiments and recording the data. Ask your child if they can recreate one of the experiments and show you how to record the data (how long does it take a leaf to fall to the ground, how many steps can you take while balancing a leaf, can you make a leaf move without touching it?). KF has been excited to see and share all the creative turkey disguises and is looking forward seeing more ideas next week.
Kindergarten, Mrs. Helferich
Who? Where? What? Nuts to You! by Lois Elhert prompted lots of questions during read-aloud. A curious squirrel finds his way into a home. Ask your child why? Encourage your child to ask questions before, during, and after reading to deepen their understanding of a story. Other highlights include letters Ee and Rr, a Veteran's Day assembly, and comparing lengths. A special thank you to Frank Pappalardo and Sean for visiting our class to discuss fire safety.
Grade 1, Mrs. Coletti
First graders in 1C have proved to be fine meteorologists. Ask your child to share some things they know about clouds. In math, we are learning to use a ten-frame to help us know parts of ten. Your child should be working on practicing math facts daily. This can be done using flash cards, X-tra Math, or other math sites. Using playing cards to add and subtract is also a fun way to mix up the practice. In class, we say that all face cards are worth ten. Ex: Jack +5= 15 Queen- 7=3
Grade 1, Mrs. Hogan
First grade has begun to learn about the Pilgrims' journey in 1620. Ask your student why the Pilgrims decided to leave England and what the trip on the Mayflower may have been like.
Grade 1, Mrs. Sheehan
We have been busy during Reader's Workshop time learning about character traits that we can see versus character traits that you must figure out through reading. The next time you are reading a fiction book with your child, ask him or her to name a character trait of each type about one of the characters in the book.
Grade 2, Mrs. Norton
Ask your child about his/her research for the Animal Thanksgiving project. We are writing detailed paragraphs about what the animals would be thankful for if they celebrated this holiday. Paper Plate Masks are due on 11/23. Please join us on Wednesday, November 25th at 11:30 to hear our projects. Location: TBA. In math, students have been working on pre-multiplication skills by building arrays and using them as a strategy for repeated addition. During Reader's Workshop we have been focusing on reading smoothly and more fluently. We pay attention to our punctuation, rate, expression, phrasing and accuracy.
Grade 2, Mrs. Stephens
2S was rewarded with popsicles today! Our class collected the most box tops! Thank you to all the parents who contributed. We also had 2 visits from our Poet in Residence Julia Thacker. The kids did a great job writing poems. Ask you child what a comparison is?
Grade 2, Mrs. Waitt's Class
Ask your child what living and nonliving things they found in their local soil samples! We are excited to learn about how important soil is in our Science unit about Soils this month. We have been reading independently and with our reading partners. Ask your child what they "talked about,” while partner reading this week. Thank you for all the parental support of at-home reading and at -home math facts practice. Happy Thanksgiving!
News from 3C
We would like to begin with a few appreciations. Thank you so much to Mrs. Spear, Mrs. Hersey, Mrs. Reen, and Mrs. Brogna for our amazing Halloween Party! Thank you also to Mrs. Bookman and Mrs. Cassidy-Driscoll for traveling with our class to Plimoth Plantation. Lastly, thank you so much to the many families who donated books from the book fair last week! It truly takes a village and we appreciate all that our families do to make our school a special place!
Be sure to ask your child about our windmill project, four types of sentences, and the ways that an equal sign is similar to a balance scale.
Grade 3, Mr. O’Donnell
What a busy November we have had so far in "30." The students enjoyed picking out books for our new book bins at the fair last week. Thank you to the book fair volunteers and the many families who purchased books for our classroom library. In addition, the students were introduced to the engineering design process through a Museum of Science travel program this past week. They did a wonderful job working in pairs and doing some trial and error experiments, just like real scientists! Ask your child what their job was during the presentation. In the classroom we are continuing our study of addition and subtraction strategies, with an assessment coming next week. During our literacy block, the students have been learning about author's purpose, and deciding why an author wrote a particular book. Ask them what
P.I.E. stands for in relation to author's purpose. Lastly, due to our trip to Plimoth the students are already Pilgrim experts, as they have been sharing what they learned during the trip during our pilgrim unit. Ask your child how long the Pilgrims werre on the Mayflower for. Wishing everyone a happy and healthy weekend!
Grade 4, Ms. Boudreau
4B has been working very hard on our personal narratives lately! Ask your son or daughter about their topic and what they learned from that experience. Next week, we will be starting on multiplying 2-digit, 3-digit and 4-digit numbers by 1-digit numbers. We will be practicing a lot and the students will come home with many different methods for solving these problems, but if you have more please feel free to share them! We want to say a big thank you to our Poet in Residence, Mrs. Thacker, for her wonderful lessons of the past week!
Grade 4, Mrs. Lawler
We were so fortunate to have the esteemed Tin Box Poets come by to visit our class and share their poetic inspiration. This was perfect timing with our writing sessions from Stanley's Poet-in-Residence, Ms. Thacker. We are grateful to Luca's and Evelyn's moms who worked hard organizing delicious refreshments for thirsty and hungry poets, allowing us to do the "write" thing creating our Swampscott poems! Thank you also to the kind and generous families who have donated to UNICEF. Such important and meaningful work they do! If you haven't yet sent in your orange box, it's not too late.
4S Stanley Family News
Thank you to our Poet in Residence, Mrs. Thacker, who has come in and worked with students on poetry over the past two weeks. Ask your child about his or her fury, color, or object poem. In writing, students have been working well in small groups to peer revise their personal narratives. In math, we just finished chapter 5 and will begin working on multi-digit multiplication using both the expanded and standard algorithm.
I have had the pleasure of starting formal observations of teachers and it is so uplifting to see what skill they bring to the classroom. I have observed absolutely outstanding classroom management and a laser like focus on learning objectives. We are so fortunate to have such an experienced, knowledgeable faculty.