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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,
This is a super busy time of year for schools and parents.  It is important to breathe and appreciate all of the gifts of our families, community, school and district.  Thank you all for being so consistently kind and supportive to your children and our staff! Thanks in particular to Kiki O'Donnell and Monica Nason for coordinating the delicious PTO lunch for our staff!   

In looking over the schedule for the next two weeks I realized that our already fast May pace was going to accelerate!  When this happens, teachers and staff can get stressed and it can be a challenge to keep the students from feeling it.  For this reason I have decided to postpone some planned emergency drills and our Memorial Day assembly.  Our Crisis Response Team met last week to plan for an off-site evacuation drill to the middle school.  It was a great meeting but I realized afterward that more in-depth planning needed to be done so the drill would go off without a hitch.  We had planned to do the drill this coming Friday and this will be postponed to the fall.  Postponing it will also allow fewer classes to be doubled up for our Hip Hop enrichment program.  Our Memorial Day assembly will also be postponed to coincide with already planned Superstar Assemblies on May 28th.  This will allow our fourth graders to get that extra bit of MCAS Math learning in before their test which is the next day.

News from the Health Office:
This week the Stanley School Community has had many reports of Strep Throat in all grades. ~Please notify the health office if your child has been diagnosed with Strep Throat. ~Also, please be reminded that students diagnosed with strep throat must be on antibiotics 24 hours and be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school. ~

Many students are suffering from seasonal allergies. ~For students diagnosed with seasonal allergies please be sure they have taken their allergy medication (may be a combination of oral medication, eye drops and nasal spray) in the morning prior to school. ~Please be reminded that no medication, even over the counter medication, may be administered in school unless a Medication Administration Order/ Parent Guardian Consent Form is completed by the child's physician and signed by the parent/guardian. ~Form is available on the district and the Stanley School website under health. ~Also, medication must be brought to the Health Office by an adult and must be in the bottle/box/ packaging from the pharmacy. ~

Stanley School has many students with food allergies. ~Please remind students that they should not be share food (snack or lunch items) with their classmates. ~

Grade 3 parents: Please be reminded that all students must have a current physical on file prior to entering grade 4. ~Current physical (2015) must be on file prior to the first day of school in the fall. ~If your child is due for his/her physical in the fall then please send in a copy of the 2014 physical and update it with the 2015 physical once it is available.
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~Incoming Kindergartners should have all health paperwork (grade 5 physical exam, immunizations, dental form) on file prior to June 1. ~Paperwork may be brought to the health office or mailed to the health office at Stanley School (10 Whitman Road).

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Art, Mrs. DiLisio
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE SQUARE ONE SUPPORT!  Products should be arriving around JUNE 2!  So excited!  
What we are working on in class:  K- Lion Paintings; 1- Class Portraits; 2- Butterfly paintings; 3- Bird Nests and Color Wheel Paintings; 4- Glazing Clay Houses

Mrs. Cassidy's Kindergarten
Ask your child what the three parts of the bean are that we dissected this week.  See if they can show them to you in the bean cup I sent home.  See if your child can share living things vs. non- living things and lastly, ask your child what questions a scientist might ask when trying to determine if something is living or non-living.  Have a great weekend!

Ms. McGowan's Kindergarten
First, a warm welcome to our new student, Will and his family. Will is a wonderful addition to our class!
We are enjoying the fruits of our labor during this season. The children are reading with enthusiasm, display more independence with writing, and are enjoying our units on animals. We've been reading mini plays using the Hovercam and working with the teen numbers.

Grade 1, Mrs. Coletti
First graders have been busy collecting data! Each student thought of a question that they wanted to ask their classmates. Ask your child about his/her survey question and the results. Look for your child's animal research project in their blue folder. Hopefully next week's nightly reading can be focused on the animal they chose to learn more about. Thank you in advance for your help with this project. 1C could use some paper towels and tissues if you have any extras to spare!

Grade 1, Mrs. Hogan
The American flag, Statue of Liberty, and the Liberty Bell are the three national symbols 1H discussed this week. We also chose animals that interested us for our upcoming project! Even though we can hope the flu season is over, it appears as though there are plenty of allergies going around. It would be wonderful if a few families were able to donate a box of tissues for our classroom. Those brown paper towels are scratchy! Thank you to the recent donations of pencils and sharpeners by the Frary and Nason families, as well as tissues from the Gunthers!

Grade 1, Mrs. Sheehan
The first graders have been having LOTS of fun with our new Math topic on Data.  We have been working with tables, bar graphs and pictographs.  We have conducted surveys, collected data, and used that data to build pictographs.  Ask your child what they chose to survey classmates about.  We had LOTS of great questions being asked and analyzed!

Grade 2, Mrs. Norton
Ask your child what stage the caterpillars are in!  We have made an impressive, bigger than life diagram of a painted lady caterpillar.  Our whole class worked on it and labeled it with the body parts of a caterpillar.  The class truly loved building the TiPi with Mr. Cripps.  It was 100% teamwork and good listening that made it so fun and successful.
Monday, May 18th starts our ABC countdown to summer!  WOW!
Please make sure you return the field trip permission slips ASAP.  THANKS!

Grade 2, Mrs. Stephens
So much is happening in 2S! Our caterpillars are HUGE. Ask your child some of the changes they have noticed. Also, we have hummingbirds! All week long we have had a female Ruby Throated Hummingbird visiting the feeder. For many students, this is the first time they have ever seen a hummingbird up close.  We would also like to thank the PTO for the amazing opportunity to build our very own Tipi as part of the Native American Perspective program. This is always a great team building exercise for students and our class was excellent! We had a few hiccups with scheduling our field trip, but it looks like everything is all set. Permission slips went home yesterday. Please send them back ASAP.

Grade 2,  Mrs. Waitt's Class
Ask your child about a book they read this week during Independent reading. We are enjoying using post it notes to make connections or ask a question while reading.  Our caterpillars are growing! We are recording our observations and are amazed how they have changed in a short time. We are continuing our Geometry unit in enVisions Math. Ask your child how many vertices a rectangle has. Field Trip permission slips have been sent home. We look forward to our trip to the Ipswich Wildlife Sanctuary in Topsfield on June 3. Slips and payment are due by Fri May 22. Thanks in advance for your support!

3G News!

Ask your son or daughter about their Shopping Center they are creating. Ask them the names of their restaurants and shops they came up with! Ask them what the area and perimeter of each store was! Ask your son or daughter about their Wanted Polygon! What was it last seen as? Ask your son or daughter about Simple Machines and how they help us in our everyday lives! Ask your son or daughter for their prediction as Gregor and his friends search for a cure to the “Curse of the Warmbloods” in the Vineyard of Eyes! Ask your son or daughter about the Act they started to research to teach their classmates!

The Cereal Box Book Report is due on Friday May 22nd. The 10 Photos of Swampscott are due on Friday May 22nd also! Please continue to go on XtraMath at least 4 times a week. We have our last Math MCAS on Wednesday May 20th! WOOHOO!

Grade 3, Mr. O'Donnell
The weeks of May are flying by as we have been so busy here in "3O." We have been reviewing various math topics in order to prepare for the MCAS. The first session is complete, and the final day of MCAS is next Wednesday ( the 20th). We have completed our study of the events that led to the American Revolution. Ask your child which tax placed upon the colonists was the worst! We will begin our community unit concerning Swampscott next week! In Science, we kicked off our simple machines unit today, and the students will soon make their own simple machine in groups. Ask your child to name at least two simple machines, and what they do. Some important upcoming dates: The cereal box project is due this Friday ( the 22nd) and the 10 printed photos for the Swampscott project is also due this Friday. Have a wonderful weekend!

Grade 4, Ms. Boudreau
I am so impressed with the hard work that 4B has been putting in to prepare for MCAS! I know we’ve done a lot of math lately, but the practice has really paid off! The students did an excellent job on MCAS yesterday and I know they will put in just as much wonderful effort next Thursday as well! We have been working a lot on our Book Reports lately. The students have created some very creative and interesting projects – I’m very excited for the book reports to be shared. We participated in a very fun writing activity known as a Write Around. In this activity, students used a narrative writing prompt to write a story within a group. Every five minutes the students are shown a different element of narrative writing and must continue writing the story based on this element, while passing the writing piece to the next person in the group. These have been so fun and entertaining to read! We began a Project Based Learning activity on planning a trip to Disney World! This was extremely exciting for me, as I’m a huge Disney fan, but the students really had a great time planning travel arrangements, booking hotels and planning their week in Disney. Ask your son or daughter what plans they made within their groups! Next week we will be doing some very fun activities based on clouds and weather. Be on the look out for a Weather Project that will be starting relatively soon!

Grade 4, Mrs. Lawler
Dear Families, You'd be so proud of your children's dedicated efforts on the Math MCAS this week.  We will continue to work hard for the next half week to continue to prepare and strengthen their math abilities.  Our next and last MCAS is Thursday, May 21.  We are planning many fun events for the post-MCAS period as Grade Four nears the last leg of their elementary school journey.  Mark your calendars and stay tuned for further details on our field trip to Wolf Hollow on June 3rd.  We wish our families a peaceful and happy Memorial Day weekend with each other next weekend.  

Grade 4, Ms. Wood
Time is certainly flying by! We are almost officially done with our Math MCAS testing.  Next week, Thursday May 21st, will be our last MCAS test for the year! As a said in my last SFN entry, this will open up time for us to include more science and social studies into our days.  We will begin working on a weather research project next week.  This will be an in school project that will be presented at our science showcase on June 5th.  This will be an in school research project, however, supplies may need to be purchased and brought to school for your child's project.  There will be more information to follow next week.  The week after next we will begin talking about the regions of the United States and learning state capitals.  Students will be tested on states and capitals based on regions.  Study guides will be sent home. As the year winds down, we will be incorporating some fun little activities.  Students have requested that we do a Rube Goldberg project, which I am happy to do with them.  I am in the process of making a decision on which one we will be doing.  I may need assistance with some supplies for these activities so you may be hearing from me.  Any help is always greatly appreciated!

I am looking forward to having this time to explore other areas with the class.  They have worked so hard all year! You should be very proud of your children!

Closing Thoughts
Thanks as usual to our hard-working teachers.  It’s such a pleasure to read their entries and think about all the great learning happening at our school on a regular basis.  

Sincerely,

Tom Daniels
Principal
Stanley Elementary School
Phone (781) 596-8837
Fax (781) 592-9500
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