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Stanley Family News
April 30, 2016

Dear Families,
I would like to thank our PTO for all their hard work to raise funds to support our many outstanding cultural arts programs. Grade 2 teachers are looking forward to an upcoming visit from Dan Cripps from Native American Perspectives.  Dan helps students build real tipis collaboratively. This annual program is always extremely well done.  Here’s a video link to give a sense of the program.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tlbfp0Ap9sw

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I am really proud of our grade 3 and 4 students and teachers for their great work on PARCC testing this week!  It is an extremely challenging test but our students bore up well to it.  It is important to reassure students to just do their best and not worry about it as it does not count for this year.  

Art, Mrs. DiLisio
Kindergarten students are working on cherry blossom trees.  This will be the fourth painting in their series of seasonal trees.  1st grade students are working with clay to create the mice from the story Mouse Paint.  The story teaches the children about color mixing.  Second grade students will soon begin work in clay.  Third grade students are working on a Henri Matisse inspired painting that explores color choices, pattern, and mood.  Fourth grade students are set to begin work on clay coral reefs.  

Physical Education:  Kathy Pacitto
Next week is MAY and PARCC testing will continue..... as the weather gets nicer & warmer P.E. classes will be heading back outdoors to the ball field for outdoor P.E. after the completion of school testing.  Please make sure your children wear SNEAKERS and bring a jacket or coat for outdoor participation in P.E.

Massachusetts' Walk to School Day ~ May 4, 2016:  Believe it or not, MAY 4th is just around the corner!  The sun will soon be shining, the birds will be chirping, and students from all over Massachusetts will be WALKING and BIKING to school.  This is the 7th year for Massachusetts' Walk and Bike to School, and we hope to make it the biggest and best!  This event will happen rain or shine..... The Stanley School PTO SAFETY Committee will have tables set up in front of the school to welcome students & parents.  There will be small prize bags and a snack for students and coffee for the parents.  Have fun walking and be safe!!!

Mrs. Cassidy's Kindergarten
Ask your child what they dissected this week.  See if they can name all the parts of a seed (Lima bean).  They were amazing scientists.  A special thank you to Miss Messina ... Today concluded her student teacher hours in our class.  She did a great job and the children enjoyed her greatly!

Grade 2, Mrs. Stephens
What has 6 flat surfaces, 8 vertices and equal sides? Ask your child.  We have just finished up our unit on geometric shapes.  Biography reports went home.  The kids did an amazing job!  We have started a new science unit on Erosion: the effects of water and wind on the Earth's landscape.  Our new S.T.E.M teacher, Ms. Porter has done some lessons with us.  Ask your child what a hypothesis is. Be on the lookout for the field trip permission slip. It will go home next week. Our trip to the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary is scheduled for Wednesday, June 8th.

Grade 2, Mrs. Waitt’s Class
Ask your child about a special poem they read in school this week. This week Mrs. Waitt's Class was busy learning about and writing Poetry as we implement a Poetry Unit in  our Readers Workshop. Mrs. Moschella worked with the class to complete  a poetry  writing and artistic  project which included an acrostic poem. Ask your student what they caught in their mason jar!  Field Trip information will sent home soon.  Happy spring!

Grade 4, Mrs. Lawler
What a conscientious job the children did for their first session for the PARCC testing this past Wed.! They took it very seriously and worked quietly and with diligence. I told them to tell you I was very proud of their efforts.  The timed aspect is a difference from the MCAS test and presents as a challenge for some children. If that was the case for your child, tell them to do their best and not to worry.  The testing schedule alternates weekly: either on a Wed. or on a Tuesday and Thurs., so next week we have it on Tues and Thurs.  On the nights before the PARCC ELA test, we will not send home our math papers, but the Word Study work may be continued with independent reading and math fact study, additionally.  On the nights before the PARCC Math test, we will take a break from Word Study and may send home math papers for added reinforcement.  This week we welcomed back our STEM consultant, Ms. Porter, to lead us into the new grade 4 unit of Weathering and Erosion.  The science units of study for some grade levels have changed and we are delighted to have Ms. Porter's expertise!

Closing Thoughts
To piggyback on Sami Lawler’s entry, our district STEM Teacher, Catie Porter, joined us this week and has been getting around to many classrooms to teach and co-teach engaging science lessons.  She brings tremendous knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to Stanley.  

Sincerely,
Tom Daniels
Principal
Stanley Elementary School





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