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

Dear Families,
On Monday you will receive a letter and a form about unscheduled early dismissals.  Recently students were dismissed early from Hadley due to a building issue.  Administrators met to discuss preparation for unforeseen early dismissals.  It’s critical for each teacher to have two adults designated by parents to pick up each student in an unscheduled early dismissal.  Thank you for returning these forms as soon as possible.

We are also scheduling our annual lockdown drill for early November. Like fire drills, lockdown drills reacquaint staff, students, administration and the School Resource Officer with the procedures and important things to be aware of.  

Community Flyers Reminder:
The district community flyer link is http://www.swampscott.k12.ma.us on left side of page.

Appreciations
Thank you to Dawn Thompson, Tom Bartholomew, Leroy Lowry, Emily Walger and Rachel Dicker for all their hard work on our latest cultural arts programs from the Museum of Science.  So much time and effort goes into planning and implementing logistics for programs and we really appreciate it!

Art, Mrs. DiLisio
Ask your 1st Grade student if they know the order of the colors of the rainbow.  We have made mosaic rainbows and beautiful rainbow line paintings recently.  However, our next 1st grade project is a completely void of rainbow colors: CHARCOAL! Please be careful not to send your children in their very best outfits on art day, as charcoal can get messy easily.  We take a lot of precautions, but its difficult to keep everyone totally clean.  Thank you for your understanding.      

DLC, Ms. Breen
Ms. Breen did send me an entry this week but for some reason my computer couldn’t open it and she didn’t get my email before deadline.  We’ll get this out to you ASAP

Health, Mrs Sheehan and Mrs. Blasi
Germs! Germs! Germs! Germs Are Everywhere! In Health Education this week
all grades began or continued our unit on germs. Students are exploring what germs are, where they are found, and how to protect their bodies from the germs that make us sick.

Grades 1 and 2 became PDI Agents (Protect Don't Infect) where they pledged to follow 3 simple steps to block the spread of germs and promote the PDI message to others. Ask your child to tell you what the 3 steps are.

Please remember proper hand washing is the single most important thing you can do to avoid getting
sick or passing germs. Look for information and activities coming home with your child next week on
proper hand washing techniques.


Physical Education, Kathy Pacitto
Ask your child if he/she has interest in playing soccer after school in the back yard, perhaps at the YMCA or on a Swampscott town team.  In years to come your child can try out for the Big Blue Soccer team!  There are also many indoor soccer facilities and clinics located on the North Shore.

Anti-Bullying Day ~  On OCT 30th students and staff are encouraged to WEAR ORANGE clothing to school to make a statment of "STAMPING OUT BULLYING IN SCHOOL".  Students make a promise to NOT bully anyone in their school or their community and at the same time make a commiitment to not allowing anyone to bully them!  Students are strongly encouraged to "REPORT BULLYING TO AN ADULT".

School Psychologist, Mr. Hurley
Looking for a way to talk to your child about bullying?  Try one of these books!


Mrs. Cassidy’s Kindergarten
Ask your child how they liked our Animal Habitat Assembly.  See if they can name the animals they investigated and what their habitats were.  Also ask your child about "Whole Body Listening". Our Adjustment Counselor, Mr. Hurley has given us a mini-series of books to help with whole group and small group listening skills. Looking forward to seeing everyone at conferences ... if you haven't signed up or can't find a time that works, please email me so we can make a date. Enjoy your weekend!

Kindergarten, Mrs. Helferich
Fall fun continues in our classroom! The Where is Pumpkin? edition of Let's Find Out magazine and interactive tool reinforced concepts of print during reading (following words left to right, top to bottom, return sweep). It is important to encourage 1-to-1 match of spoken words to printed words. Other learning included high frequency words "can" and "see", rhyming, letter naming, counting and number recognition skills.  Emails with an invitation for a conference were sent. Please remember to sign up. Lastly, a big shout out to our class for terrific listening during our Museum of Science Animal Habitats program.

Ms. McGowan's Kindergarten
Ask your child to describe photosynthesis. Letters this week were g and o. We are  learning Halloween riddles and songs and making decorations for our classroom.  PThe Museum of Science animal program was a big hit.Thank you to our  new room parents-Mrs. McClure, Mrs.  Richardson,  and Mrs. Oppenheim.

Grade 1, Mrs. Coletti
First graders enjoyed a special program on “Animal Habitats.”  Ask your child how our observations about an animal can help us figure out its habitat.  Does it have webbed feet?  We are making lots of observations about our weather as good meteorologists do!  Ask your child about his/her puddle book and to make a prediction about what will happen to the “puddle.”  Some of them have very interesting thoughts!  Thanks for all the Xtra-Math practice at home!

Grade 2, Mrs. Norton
Ask your child about the American Toad and real live Alligator that visited the school this week.  It was a great program about Animal Habitats (Museum of Science)  brought to us by the Stanley PTA.  Our week was another busy one.  We are learning and reviewing all the "glued letter" patterns in Fundations  (ex. ank, ink, onk, all, etc...)  The students in 2N love to read independently and choose JUST RIGHT books for our book bins.  Ask your child what books they have picked for next week. Our math lessons are reviewing strategies we use to help us subtract numbers.  Please help your child MEMORIZE the number facts up to 10.  (ex. 6+2, 5+3, 4+4, 1 +7, 0+8 all = 8).  The Adjective Parade is fast approaching, I can't wait to see the costumes!  Thanks for signing up for Parent Conferences!  See you soon!  :-)

2S
        Another great week in 2S! Thanks so much to the PTO for yet another fantastic program.  The MOS came and did a lesson on animal habitats.  Ask your child which animals they got to see.  We have been working on persuasive writing.  Don't be surprised if your child tries to talk you into something. :-) The kids are working really hard at being bucket fillers and have earned A LOT of pom-poms this week. We had a very interesting experience with a squirrel outside of our window on Thursday.  Ask your child to tell you what happened. I am looking forward to seeing parents at conferences next week.

Grade 2, Mrs. Waitt’s Class
Ask your child who Officer Buckle is and to to name a few of his safety tips. This week the class read an amusing  story which was awarded the Caldecott Medal , called ,"Officer Buckle and Gloria". We enjoyed writing letters to Officer Buckle, mapping the story, and sharing his safety tips. Our class has been signed into xtramath.org. Information about first time log in was sent home this week. Please help your child master their addition and subtraction facts by using this website. Thanks to parents for supporting our Adjective Parade next Wednesday October 29. We are looking forward to some fun learning!
News from 3C
This week our class completed their place value projects as well as the math unit on place value. Be sure to ask your child about the three properties of addition, nouns, marine scientist Fabien Cousteau, The Widow's Broom by Chris Van Allsburg, and cranberry acrostic poetry. Please continue working on the SPOOKY STORIES!  Our class could still use a few clipboards and three ring binders if anybody has them available to donate.
Grade 4, Ms. Boudreau
This week we were assigned our Biography Pumpkin Reports, which are due on October 27th. Please email me if you have any questions about the project or book choices! We started working on the meanings of division this week. Ask your son or daughter about some strategies that they can use to solve division problems. Continue working on xtramath! If your son or daughter has completed the program, I’m doing a bit of research on how to continue either with xtramath or with a new program – so please stay tuned! In writing, we created paragraphs on our least favorite foods. I was extremely impressed with the creativity that all of the students demonstrated throughout this writing process. If you have not signed up for conferences, please do so before all the time slots have been filled!


Grade 4, Mrs. Lawler
We have been so enjoying our work with Julie Thacker this week and last. To keep the poetry connections going, we have reached out to Swampscott's own "Tin Box Poets" and have invited them to join us in the near future to share some of their craft and inspiration in their poetry work. Stay tuned.  I am looking forward to our parent conference time beginning next week. It's a special time to share ideas and celebrate the good work seen thus far. We are still seeking any parent volunteers to deliver and pick up boxes for our UNICEF work to and from the other schools in town, if you have some time for community service work. Enjoy the fleeting colors of this fall.

Ms. Wood - Grade 4
This week has been super busy with chorus and band and Julia Thacker visiting us 3 times this week.  We were able to squeeze in a little bit of work! ;-).  In reading we moved from predicting to inferencing.  Trying to distinguish between the two can be tricky.  We will continue to work on this through next week as well.  We talked about the meanings of division and will be moving on to how multiplication and division relate to each other.  Please remember to keep practicing those math facts.  We will be getting into dividing 2digits by 2 digits and long division before you know it.  Knowing multiplication facts with automaticity is a huge advantage to have when learning these new skills.  We began working on our first official writing project.  The students had to write a paragraph about their least favorite foods.  We brainstormed some fabulous adjectives to use for describing those "yucky" foods!  It is my hope to have them hanging up when conferences begin next week.  Three of the groups from the anti-bullying PBL project we started last week were able to present their posters to the class today.  The students seemed to really enjoy this activity and came up with some great posters and speeches to present.  Finally, I sent home the Biography Pumpkin assignment on Tuesday.  It is due on October 27th.  I explained to the class that this is not a giant pumpkin contest.  The pumpkin does not have to be very big.  It should be big enough to present the face of the person the biography is about.  If your child has not decided on a person or can't find a book about the person they chose please work on that this weekend.  Please email me if you are having any problems or questions and I will be happy to help.  Finally, please be sure to sign up for a conference if you haven't done so yet.  You can find the link to my sign up genius on my webpage.  Have a great weekend!

Closing Thoughts
I really appreciate teachers entries to our weekly newsletter and all their hard work to analyze assessments for each student in preparation for conferences.  Please sign up for a conference if you haven’t already done so.

Sincerely,
Tom Daniels
Principal
Stanley School




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