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As many of you know, in order for parent volunteers to participate in a field trip or ASP class, they are now required to comply with a federal criminal history background check (fingerprinting) in addition to a CORI check.  Many parents have already made fingerprinting appointments in Beverly or Haverhill, but we just learned of an opportunity to have it completed here in Swampscott, thanks to the Clarke School PTA.  Please read below for details and use the Clarke School ID to sign up.
 

Fingerprinting Service Available
Thursday, October 2, 8:30am - 2:30pm
Swampscott Senior Center
200R Essex Street
(rear of High School)
please note parking is limited

  1. Walk through each screen, entering data when asked (agency/sector = PreK-12)
  2. Our school ID is 02910000
  3. When you reach the screen for the appointment details, there will be a map and pull down menu that says "CENTRAL", click and choose "SPECIAL"
  4. You will see a grid with locations. Click "next week" so Oct. 2 shows up on the grid, then at the bottom of the grid click next until you see SPECIAL Clarke School. Click to schedule. Actual location will be Senior Center NOT Clarke.
Click on your preferred appointment time, and complete your registration and process your payment.
Parent conferences are Tuesday, October 21 from 12:45-4:00 and Wednesday,
October 29 from 5:00-8:00pm.  Please look for information from your
child's teacher about signing up for a conference.  

Click on Principal's Page for back issues of this year's Stanley Family Weekly Newsletters.  Here's this week's issue:


Dear Families,
Literacy is front and center this week underscoring the critical importance of reading and discussing books with children.  
        
Ms. Bauer, Literacy Specialist
As we begin the new school year and after school activities, remember to schedule in at least 20 minutes of reading each day.  Research shows that the more time students spend reading, the higher their gains will be in reading achievement. A child who reads about 20 minutes each day will have read around 1.8 million words each year!  To fit in your 20 minutes, try reading at snack time, keeping books in the car, reading while you wait at a restaurant or doctor's office, or setting aside a quiet time to read together. Visit http://www.scholastic.com/bookfairs/family/ to learn about Scholastic's 20 for 20 family reading challenge.

Parent conference schedule is:

Tuesday, October 21 from 12:45-4:00

Wednesday, October 29 from 5:00-8:00pm

Tuesday, January 27 from 12:45-4:00pm

Wednesday, February 4 from 5:00-8:00pm

Look for a notice from your child’s teacher about signing up for a conference.  

PTO
Thank you to the many Stanley families~who have submitted their dues and school directory information.~ We hope to produce the directory by the end of the month, so please complete and send in your forms and dues~if you haven't already.~ The funds generated from the PTO dues go directly back to programming and support for our children.~ For example, at our meeting last week, there was a unanimous vote to fund several educational items for classroom use, including math enrichment and a Museum of Science minerals unit.~ We will also use the funds for many upcoming Cultural Arts programs.~ On another note, the PTO sponsored Fitness Walk for students will take place on Friday, 10/3, this year.~ This event calls for several parent volunteers, so please be on the lookout for more information and timing.~ Finally, Stanley's next days to staff Big Blue Bargains are Wednesday, 10/8 and Saturday, 10/11.~ Please email Julie Phaneuf if you can help out.~ Juliephaneuf@verizon.net

Art, Ms. DiLisio
Inspired by the Peabody Essex Museum's upcoming "Branching Out" exhibit, we are making seasonal tree paintings in the Kindergarten classes.  Students created realistic looking tree trunks and branches with pastel.  They continued by painting the sky, and adding "hundreds" of leaves.  We topped off our work with red delicious apples.  This is the first in a series of four tree paintings that will be collected and returned at the end of the series, aka spring.  Happy Fall Apple Picking!    


Music, Mr. Jack
All third grade students received a notice for our recorder program.  Please fill out and return the form right away.  As soon as all the forms are in and money collected we will start.

On Monday all third and fourth grade students will have their final tryout day in chorus.  A notice will go home for all those who would like to participate.

Physical Education ~  K. Pacitto
60 Minutes of Fitness & Play......  Children need 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity, including fitness & play, every day!!  Students participate in Physical Education class two times per week for 40 minute periods. They also get 20 minute recess periods each day in school.  That means that children also need to get 60 minutes of exercise and play on the other five days of the week!!  Ask your child what physical activities he/she wants to do outside of school and on weekends with you :-)


Mrs. Cassidy's Kindergarten
Thank you for joining me for our Curriculum Night it was nice to start to put names and faces together.... I still need some more time though.  If you were unable to join us please stop by next week so you can do the project that I had out for your child or send me a note and I will send it home for you to do.  Ask your child what "Our Class Song" is ... thanks to Holden we now have a "Class Song"!  We are definitely bonding.  Thank you for sharing your children with me.

Kindergarten, Mrs. Helferich
Topics this week included the concept of same and different. Students compared math manipulatives, identifying attributes, and developing language to describe them. We used visual discrimination to find letters that were the same in language arts and listened closely to like sounds. The first Math Family letter and Week One Fundations Packet went home in student folders. These are a great way to stay informed and practice skills we are working on at school with your child at home. These do not need to be returned to me, but I strongly recommend doing them with your child. Thank you for attending Curriculum Night and to those who donated helping hands items.

Ms. McGowan's Kindergarten
I enjoyed the opportunity to brief you on kindergarten life at Curriculum Night. Thanks for coming  in. If you were unable to complete the KissingHand project, please stop by and see me.
This week we learned about the letter b and f, by sight and sound. We've been working with the calendar, discussing sea creatures, and reading poetry.  The children are acclimating very well to being member s of our Stanley community.

Grade 1, Mrs. Coletti
It was so nice to meet so many parents on curriculum night. Our first week of spelling homework went well. It was great for me to see all the different ways students practiced their words. Next week I will attach handwriting paper so that they can form their letters properly on the lines. Remember that I sent home an alphabet handwriting model if you need a reference. Ask your child to teach you the card game A-10. This is a great game for ordering numbers and organizing cards in a ten-frame.

Grade 1, Mrs. Hogan
We completed our first full week! First graders have begun to talk about tall tales. We discussed that these stories usually have a hero, something funny or silly, a larger than life character, and something is exaggerated. It was so wonderful meeting so many families at curriculum night. Thank you for giving up an evening to visit your student's classroom!

Grade 1, Mrs. Sheehan
Thank you for the GREAT turnout at Curriculum Night!  It was wonderful to see and meet so many of you.  We have had a busy first FULL week of first grade.  We began our unit on TALL TALES by learning about Johnny Appleseed.  Ask your child what Johnny's REAL name was.  We have also enjoyed many fun dice activities as we practice combining numbers for part-part-whole relationships in Math.  

Grade 2, Mrs. Norton
Ask your child about our circle games, "Sparkle" and "Number OUT.” We are having great fun using these activities to practice spelling rules and skip counting patterns.  This week we enjoyed some stories by author, Kevin Henkes.  We made lots of connections to his character Chrysanthemum.  We will continue to read more of his books in our author study,  Thank you for coming to Curriculum Night. It was great to see you!

2S
It was great to see everyone at Curriculum Night!  This week we did a lot of activities based on the book The Day the Crayons Quit!  Ask your child what their favorite “crayon” was.  We did Reader's Theater where everyone got to “be a crayon”. We practiced using expression in our reading.  We have started our first math unit on addition and subtraction.  Please make sure to practice math facts daily.

News from 3C
Thank you so much to the many parents that attended curriculum night! I always enjoy the opportunity to learn more about my students by meeting and speaking with their parents. Our third grade enjoyed a very productive week of learning. Be sure to ask your child about Philippe Petit, Old Ironsides, subject and predicate, and what we all learned from The Hundred Dresses.
Don't forget to log on to Xtra math at least four times each week!


3G News!
It was fabulous to meet with many of your at the Parent Night! We worked on reading, creating and interpreting Line Plots, Bar Graphs and Pictographs this week. We will continue to do so next week and will have Assessment midweek. I was pleased with how effectively the students worked in small groups.

We read our first story from our anthology Book, How I spent my Summer Vacation, by Mark Teague. The students worked on a sequencing activity and we practiced restating the questions in our answers to comprehension check questions. Ask your son or daughter about our Social Studies textbook scavenger hunt and about their flower glyph. We will be starting to learn about Plants next week!

Grade 3- Mr. O'Donnell
Grade 3- Mr. O'Donnell: We have had a very busy week here in "30!" We finished reading our first story from our reading book, "How I spent my summer vacation," and the students wrote about their own summer vacations in their language journals. We are working on data as our first math unit and the students have done a wonderful job interpreting graphs and making conclusions about them. They are also really enjoying our first read aloud, "BFG," by Roald Dahl. Thank you to all who attended curriculum night on Tuesday, and have a great weekend!

Grade 4, Ms. Boudreau
It was so great to meet just about everyone at Curriculum Night on Tuesday evening! Don’t worry if you missed it – your son or daughter will have a handout from the night to pass along to you. We had a wonderful first full week of school! We have really started to get into our main classroom routine, and it has gone very well. Ask your son or daughter about the Runaway Pepper Experiment and how we related it to the scientific method! Next week we will be starting with spelling lists – so be on the look out for the homework. We have been using our read aloud, The BFG, to review story elements, such as plot, problem and resolution. I highly encourage you to continue practicing math facts with your child. Even if you don’t receive a practice sheet that night, you can find examples online or come up with your own! Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions at all!

Grade 4 Mrs. Lawler
Dear 4L Families, What a joy to meet so many families this week during Curriculum Night.  The evening went by so quickly.  One fact I didn't have a chance to mention was that the time period for the fall parent conferences has now been set. The afternoon time is Tuesday Oct. 21st from 1 pm on, the evening of Wed. Oct. 29 from 5 pm to 8 pm, and several before-school time slots at 7:45 am. You will receive a "Sign-up Genius" notification to sign up for your choice of a time slot later, but I wanted to be sure we have everyone's current email address, as that will be the way to contact you.  Remember to keep those math facts in mind as you adventure through your weekend together!

Ms. Wood - Grade 4
Hello Families,
It was so nice to meet you on Curriculum Night.  Thank you for taking the time to stop by and visit our classroom.  We have had a busy first full week.  We have been learning about place value and number relationships in math.  Reading has been focused learning reading strategies. The children learned about text-self, text-world, and text-self connections.  See if they can explain them to you!  In writing we have begun talking about the differences between a sentence and a sentence fragment.  Social Studies has been focused on learning about direction (N, NE, NW, S, SE, SW, E, & W).  We have done a couple of map activities that work with these directions.  The directions and map skills will be leading us into regions of the country.  I have truly been enjoying your children.  I hope that they are all finding school to be a positive experience.

Closing Thoughts
Our year is really in full swing now as basic routines have been mastered.  This is a time that some children test limits, particularly in kindergarten. Please remind them to keep hands to themselves and get a teacher if they are angry.  For all students, please remind them to read and practice math facts nightly.  

Thank you to all families for all your support!

Sincerely,
Tom Daniels
Principal
Stanley School




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