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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,
I want to highlight Mrs. Stephens’ entry this week because this Pennsylvania Bald Eagle live camera is just so riveting.  Here it is:

Grade 2, Mrs. Stephens
It has been a great week in 2S! We read some stories that were about eggs (The Talking Eggs and Chicken's Aren't the Only Ones). Children got to actually hold the largest egg in the world.  Ask them what it was. We also compared that egg to a duck and cockatiel egg. The size difference was amazing.  In science, we dissolved salt in water.  Ask you child what happened after the salt water evaporated? We have been closely watching the Bald Eagles in Pennsylvania.  Her 2 eggs hatched this week and we have been watching her feed the babies.  We have also seen Dad bring fish to the nest.  Here is the link:

Beach Day for Buggies Thank You!
Thank you so much for all the generous donations to Steppingstones for Stella for rugged outdoor wheelchairs or “buggies” for children with cerebral palsy.   Together we raised $1,196 which will fund more than 2 buggies!  The Stanley Family is so incredibly caring and giving.  

Student Leaders have had so many fundraisers this year that we are going to take a long break from them for a while. The next one will be in June.  More information is below under Mrs. DiLisio’s Art entry.  Once again we so appreciate your generosity.  Student leaders will focus their efforts now on appreciations and community service.  

Health Office, Mrs. Cassidy
MCAS:
With the arrival of April comes MCAS testing: These are important things to to keep in mind when preparing children for any testing:
1.A regular bedtime- this provides for a good night's sleep.
2.A breakfast that is protein based- it has longer staying power.
3. Snacks that are not loaded with sugar (always recommended)
4. Lots of fluids - a water bottle is a good idea.
5. After school schedules kept light.

Also, the MCAS testing comes right at the time of allergy season. ~~Some students are given antihistamines during this time to help minimize their allergy symptoms. ~One of the medications prescribed is Benadryl. ~Please explore with child's physician about a possible alternative medication during this testing time that may have fewer side effects. ~Some Antihistamines cause sleepiness and decreased cognitive function.

Grade 3 Parents:
A notice will be going home soon re: the required physical exam for entering Fourth Grade. ~A current physical must be on file in the health office before the first day of school in the fall. ~Kindly submit physical exam forms to the health office as soon as possible. ~Students with a fall physical date should send in their 2014 physical form and update it with the 2015 form once they have their physical next fall.

Recess Attire:
With the arrival of spring and fluctuating temperatures, please send your child with layered tops for a cool morning and a hot recess. ~No spaghetti straps tops are allowed. ~The 'flip-flop', crock, and loose fitting sandals are very fashionable but not appropriate for school. ~Children tend to trip while running at recess and while negotiating the stairs.

Incoming Kindergarten Students:
Physical exam including immunization record and dental form are due to the Student Support Services office no later than June 1, 2015. Please mail all paperwork to Student Support Services c/o Martha Raymond, 207 Forest Ave., Swampscott, MA 01907

Art
I am excited about an upcoming opportunity with Square One Art.  We are working on whale themed projects that will be made available to purchase on T-shirts, mugs, magnets, etc. as a fundraiser for our Art Department.  Each grade is working on a whale project at the current moment.  In the upcoming months you will be notified further about the fundraiser, so stay tuned.  We have to complete the artwork in class first.  Students are turning in some impressive whale art.  All students will receive complimentary stickers with there whale art on it as a bonus!


Health Education, Mrs. Blasi & Mrs. Sheehan
Health is in full swing and looking forward to spring! First grade is putting the finishing touches on their body systems books. They worked very hard and loved creating a page about each body system. Let them read it to you and explain how each of the systems works! Grades 3 and 4 are finishing up lessons on the circulatory system and taking care of their heart. A few classes are still investigating smoking and the harmful effects it has on the body. Dental health will be a big topic this month. Students will be learning all about the teeth and how to properly care for them. We are looking forward to learning the skills to have happy and healthy smiles for a lifetime.

Music, Mr. Jack
All grade levels have been working with Boomwhackers.  These are tuned tubes where students can work together to play scales and songs.  Classes have played songs including Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Jingle Bells, The Flintstones and Are You Sleeping? Some classes have even begun adding harmony to the music.

Physical Education, Kathy Pacitto
Physical Education:  Kathy Pacitto

Ask your child to show you how he/she TIES his/her SNEAKERS.  Is your child practicing this at home with you?  Also, SNEAKERS are the proper footwear for SAFE participation in Physical Education.  Your child is at risk of injury if he/she is not wearing sneakers during gym and/or outdoor time.  Thank you.

Mrs. Cassidy's Kindergarten
Ask your child to tell you a fun fact about clouds.  We had "Windy Day" must do's and "Cloudy Day" must do's.  Ask your child what happens when cold air and warm air collide. Lastly, we worked on decomposing numbers.  Ask your child how many ways they can make 5.  Also ask them: how many ones are in the number 15; and how many tens are in the number 15?  Have a great weekend!


Kindergarten, Mrs. Helferich
Spring is here! Look around what do you see? This week the children read and performed a reader's theater selection called Spring. We are anticipating green leaves, flowers, eggs, and forsythia bushes. Ask your child to read their line to you. Other skills this week included blending and reading three sound short vowel words and introducing plus and minus. Thanks to all who participated in our Beach Day for Buggies event! The class enjoyed playing ABC beach ball games in class.

Ms. McGowan's Kindergarten
Signs of spring dominate our recent activities, resulting in a bulletin board of children's artwork with labels.  We are learning about clouds and wind through Science Spin and poetry in science. Ask your child to read and act out "the Wind" poem. The short a sound is a focus in literacy, as well as stories about the season.

Grade 1, Mrs. Coletti
Students in 1C have been learning a lot about whales. Ask your child to share some things they have learned about whales with you. Many students have been working on singing " The United States" song from memory. The song names the 50 states in alphabetical order, quite an impressive talent to share with friends and family! In math we are working on double digit subtraction. We have learned a new math game called "Puddle Jumping." You start with a given number and each puddle has a different direction. (+10,-10,+1,-1,+100,-100) This offers great place-value practice.


Grade 1, Mrs. Hogan
Our class loved listening to "Pardon Me!" this week by Daniel Miyares. We talked about what an "inference" means and had a lively discussion about the characters' words, facial expressions and how the story could possibly turn out. We have also jumped right into subtracting using two-digit numbers. 1H friends are doing a very nice job using what they know about basic subtraction, as well as tens and ones, to help navigate through the process.

Grade 1, Mrs. Sheehan
The First Graders have finished work on Addition with TENS and ONES.  We will now be working on Subtraction with TENS and ONES.  We have been using 100's charts and base 10 blocks to practice working with these larger numbers, and regrouping numbers when necessary.  In Reader's Workshop we have been learning about "Character" , and characters in a book series.  Ask your child to point out how a character's mood changes in a story the next time you are reading together at home.

Grade 2, Mrs. Norton
Ask your child about the interesting science observations we made when we added salt to water and then saw what remained after the water evaporated.  In math, we have been very busy working on BIG numbers.  Have you child show you how to write a three digit number in expanded form.   This is an important concept that helps to build our number sense.  In literacy we enjoyed a "close read" of an "untitled" poem.  Your student brought that home.  Have him/her read it to you.  Thanks for all the prize drawer donations.  

Grade 2, Mrs. Waitt’s Class
Ask your child what happened to   them in the "Lucky Day" story  they wrote last week . The children wrote creative  and humorous stories about an imaginary lucky day they would like to have. We are continuing to learn more about place value and three digit numbers to 1000. Ask you child to figure out what is 100 more or 100 less than any three digit number. We are enjoying our Science Unit about Changes in Solids, Liquids and Gas. We have done experiments which demonstrated how to mix and separate 2 solids.  Thank you for continued support with homework and at home reading.  Think SPRING!

News from 3C
Our class has done an excellent job with our new learning unit on fractions this week! Our beautiful fraction flowers fill the hallways outside our classroom and are truly a sign of spring! During language arts we have concluded our study of folk tales with a story from Mexico titled, "The Woman who Outshone the Sun". Be sure to ask your child about Lucia Zenteno and her loyal iguana.

Our class webpage is updated and full of pictures of our class community learning and having a great time! Be sure to check it out!

MCAS is upon us! On Wednesday, April 1st we will take our first MCAS test. Please be sure to be on time for school as we begin our day with a pep talk and cheer! Comfortable clothing and a hearty breakfast are a must on our MCAS days! We can't wait to "show what we know"!

3G News!
We have started to work with fractions! Ask your son or daughter to find some fractions of a region (flags, rugs, wallpaper, paintings with equal parts) or fractions of a set in your home! (Legos, sports equipment, erasers). Ask your son or daughter to tell you the fractional part of a set (You use 1/4 of 16 Shopkins, how many Shopkins did you use?). Ask your son or daughter about their feelings towards Gregor and his encounter with the Bane. Were they surprised with his decision? Ask your son or daughter what an Adverb does? See if they can give you some examples! Ask your son or daughter why rocks rock! ELA MCAS dates are April 1st and 9th. Students are encouraged to get a good night’s sleep each night of the week. Please have breakfast before school and come dressed comfortably! Remember to go on XtraMath at least 4 times a week.

Grade 3, Mr. O'Donnell
Mr O'Donnell: Over the past few weeks we have completed our math unit concerning division, and have now moved onto fractions. The students have enjoyed it thus far as we have included some art activities, such as creating fraction flags. Ask your son or daughter about which country's flag they designed. During our literacy block we have been continuing to prepare for the upcoming MCAS tests as well as focusing on contractions, pronouns, and synonyms and antonyms. We have also kicked off our rocks and minerals science unit and the students are very enthusiastic about it! Please take a look at the purple MCAS information sheet that was sent home today, as it has important dates and helpful advice, have a wonderful weekend!

Grade 4, Ms. Boudreau
We had a great week in 4B! We are definitely very well prepared for the MCAS test next week and I am constantly impressed with the high levels of motivation from all students! We began some very challenging fraction work this week. Ask your son or daughter how to convert from mixed numbers to improper fractions and vice versa! We presented our very excellent Animal Adaptation projects this week – all students shared wonderful posters and had fantastic information about the animal that they researched. Last week, we wrote Fables and this week we were able to share them with our Reading Buddies in 2N – everyone did a fantastic job! Remember to get a good night’s sleep before MCAS and to eat a hearty, filling breakfast!

Grade 4, Mrs. Lawler
It was wonderful to be back Friday with the class after being out this week with two maladies. I really missed the children and received great reports from the visiting teachers. A huge thank you to Miss LeClerc and Mrs. Miaskiewicz for helping out.  The children worked on further developing their writing in many and varied ways this week.  We are looking forward to seeing what the 2015 Grade 4 Writing Prompt will be on Thursday and are ready to put our skills and efforts to the task.  A good breakfast and a well-rested night before will be perfect complements to our year-long preparation for this endeavor.  Help your child select a
good reading book to bring in for the early finishers on MCAS testing days. I will miss the children again the beginning of next week due to traveling to England with my husband, who's presenting at a scientific conference there. The last time we tried to go, an Icelandic volcano disrupted flights!  Best wishes to our families for a peaceful and happy upcoming spring holiday season and, finally, happy spring to all!

Closing Thoughts
Before I moved to Swampscott a few people warned me that living in town might be a little tricky, for example running into parents at the grocery store.  I was at Market Basket in Salem on Friday night and ran into a Stanley parent.  We stopped and chatted animatedly and sincerely about how much we both love Stanley School and what great teachers we have and how nice all the parents are and such.  Thanks to everyone for making our community so great!

Sincerely,
Tom Daniels
Principal
Stanley School








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