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Check out the Wicked Local article on the Tin Box poet visit to Mrs. Lawler's class:  http://swampscott.wickedlocal.com/news/20161108/tin-box-poets-share-prose-with-fourth-graders 


Stanley Family News
October 30, 2016

Dear Families,
At Thursday’s PTO meeting I was late because I was delayed with the 1929 building’s heating issues.  As it typical on many days during the year, several rooms are way too hot while others are way too cool.  This is all despite the very best efforts of our wonderful and hard-working facilities staff and custodians who seem to be constantly wrestling with heating issues having to do with the age of the building.  On Tuesday we will host teachers from Clarke and Hadley to observe balanced literacy lessons co-planned by teachers and Teaching and Learning Alliance coaches.  Given our fairly limited professional development budget each elementary school takes turns hosting these coaching sessions.  As it is now, a good deal of regular education pull-out services happen in hallways.  We’re lucky that we have outstanding interventionists that can maintain student engagement even as lines of classes pass by for specials.  However, often it is the very same children who struggle with attention that are receiving intervention in the hall.  At the meeting we discussed the benefits of a consolidated district elementary school.  It would eliminate the time, energy, money and focus away from teaching and learning that our current heating problems require.  It would make professional learning much more efficient given that all teachers at a grade level would be in one place.  It would also allow students who need pull-out services such as Math Tutoring to have them in quiet, private spaces.  

Here is a long calendar of upcoming events.

Tues.
1-Nov
5:00 PM
Swampscott Youth Cheering Practice
Wed.
2-Nov
7:00 PM
Principals Present PARCC and MCAS to School Committee
Thurs.
3-Nov
5:00 PM
Swampscott Youth Cheering Practice
Thurs.
3-Nov
Book Fair
Fri.
4-Nov
Lost and Found Reminder
Mon.
7-Nov
Tin Box Poets at Stanley with 4L
Tues.
8-Nov
5:00 PM
Swampscott Youth Cheering Practice
Tues.
8-Nov
Professional Development Day
Wed.
9-Nov
2:30 PM
School Council
Thurs.
10-Nov
8:30 AM
Veteran's Day Assembly
Thurs.
10-Nov
5:00 PM
Swampscott Youth Cheering Practice
Fri.
11-Nov
Veteran's Day No School
Thurs.
17-Nov
8:20am
PTO Meeting
Fri.
18-Nov
7:45 AM
Student Leadership Team
Lost and Found Donated
Sun.
20-Nov
Stanley Family News
Wed.
23-Nov
12:00 PM
Noon Dismissal
Thurs.
24-Nov
Thanksgiving 2016 No School
Fri.
25-Nov
No School Thanksgiving Break
Thurs.
1-Dec
8:45 AM
Gr. 4 Geology in Library
Fri.
2-Dec
Report Cards go home
Tues.
6-Dec
12:30 PM
Early Release Day Elementary
Thurs.
8-Dec
8:20 AM
PTO Meeting
Cultural Arts Sarah Pirtle tentative
Evening Parent Conferences
Sun.
11-Dec
Stanley Family News
Tues.
13-Dec
12:30 PM
Early Release Day
2:30 PM
School Council
Thurs.
15-Dec
8:30
Superstars
Fri.
16-Dec
7:45 AM
Student Leadership Team
Lost and Found Reminder
Wed.
21-Dec
Cultural Arts Amelia Earhart
Fri.
23-Dec
Lost and Found Donated
Sun.
25-Dec
Christmas Day No School
Mon.
26-Dec
Stanley Family News

NEWS FROM THE HEALTH OFFICE
Trick or Treat Safety Tips:

halloween_safety_caution.jpgChildren should always go out trick or treating accompanied by a responsible adult. If you have a group of kids going, the parents should choose two or three of them to go along and keep an eye on things.
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halloween_safety_caution.jpgSome towns set a curfew for trick or treating which makes it easier for townsfolk to know who's coming to their door. Make sure and stick to the curfew times and stick to subdivisions and areas with a lot of homes so your kids can get in as much trick or treating as possible in a few hours time.

Plan a safe route so parents know where their older kids will be at all times. Set a time for their return home. Make sure that your child is old enough and responsible enough to go out by themselves. Make sure that they have a cell phone.

halloween_safety_caution.jpgLet your children know not to cut through back alleys and fields if they are out alone. Make sure they know to stay in populated areas and not to go off the beaten track. Let them know to stay in well lighted areas with lots of people around. Explain to them why it can be dangerous for kids not to do this. If they are going out alone, they are old enough to know what can happen to them in a bad situation and how to stop it from happening.

halloween_safety_caution.jpgInstruct your children not to eat any treats until they bring them home to be examined by you. This way you can check for any problem candy and get the pick of the best stuff!

halloween_safety_caution.jpgInstruct your child to never go into the home of a stranger or get into their car. Explain why this is not a god idea and what to do if someone approaches them and tries to talk to them.

halloween_safety_caution.jpgMake sure your child carries a flashlight, glow stick or has reflective tape on their costume to make them more visible to cars.

halloween_safety_caution.jpgLet them know that they should stay together as a group if going out to Trick or Treat without an adult.

Lice: We have had cases of lice reported at Stanley School during this past week.  Please get in the habit of checking your child weekly for lice.  If you determine your child has lice then please notify the school nurse.  

Snacks for PTA After School Programs: Due to the number of students with various food allergies no snack will be provided for PTA after school programs.  Please send your child with an extra snack (peanut/tree nut free) for them to enjoy at the start of their after school class.  Snacks should be simple to eat and mess free.

Cold and Flu Season: Cold and Flu season has arrived.  Please check with your child’s health care provider regarding getting your child a flu shot.  Please be reminded that proper and frequent handwashing will help your child stay healthy.
Out Door Recess: Please be reminded that students will be going out doors for recess when the temperature is 30 degrees or higher (wind chill factored in).  Please send your child to school dressed appropriately for the weather (coats, hats, mittens, boots).  Dressing your child in layers tends to work best.

Physical Education:  Kathy Pacitto
Physical Education classes will continue to be outdoors until November 23rd so please have your child come to school dressed appropriately for the cold weather........ hats, coats, scarves and mittens/gloves, etc should be worn for gym class as well as recess.  Recess is a 20 minute period and Physical Education is a 40 minute period.

Ask you child how he/she performed on his/her one-half mile run.  Every grade level and class (K-4) completed this run. Grade 4 students complete a one-mile run as well.  Students are now training for the 3rd annual Elementary School Cross-Country State Meet which is going to be held on Friday, November 11, 2016 at 8:30 AM at Gannon Golf Course. This day is a NO school (holiday) for students.  

A REMINDER: Parents please remember to turn your car engine OFF while waiting in the Stanley Car Lane at 2:15 PM.

Mrs. Cassidy's Kindergarten
Ask your child what "Private" reading time is and "Partner" reading.  See if he/she can tell you who their "elbow reading partner" is.  We have been enjoying our Readers Workshop and Literacy Labs.  It is so obvious to me that everyone is so very invested in their child's learning process and I really appreciate all that you do.   Keep an eye out for Sharing homework and Sight Word Homework coming soon! Ask your child what it means to be a scientist ... what do scientist do?  See if they can tell you about our observations and recording our data.  A special thank you to our chaperones on our field trip ... it was a great day!!

Mrs. Draper's Kindergarten Class
Pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins! Our trip to Smolak Farms provided KD with the opportunity to experience the sights, sounds and smells of a farm and pumpkin patch.  Each student returned to school with their very own pumpkin and an enthusiasm to learn more about them. KD has been immersed in the scientific method as they observe, ask questions, make predictions, record data, experiment,  and draw conclusions about their pumpkins.  Ask your child to sing the scientific method song (first your make and observation of the world around) and show you the sign language that matches.  Have a spook-tacular weekend!

Kindergarten, Mrs. Helferich
It has been a busy October in KH!   A highlight this month was the tour of Smolak Farms.   Students selected their very own pumpkins and then we set out to explore our pumpkins.  KH has estimated the number of seeds and weight as well as completed graphing activities in their pumpkin journals.  Ask your child their length when measured on our pumpkin chart!   

Grade 1, Mrs. Coletti
Artists in 1C have been working on their family portraits! Thanks to Lara Goodman for leading this great project. Ask your child what they have learned about drawing a face. We have just finished our first unit in our Reader's Workshop. Ask your child about some of the good habits they have as a reader. In math, we are working on solving subtraction problems. Ask your child to solve subtraction stories, making a connection to their world. Ex: " Sally has 10 books, she's read 4. How many more does she have to read?" After the story is solved it is helpful to show the number sentence. 10-4=6

Grade 2, Mrs. Stephens
2S has been busy.  We had one late monarch chrysalis that almost got mailed to Texas to hatch and migrate to Mexico. Luckily it hatched (eclosed) yesterday. The kids have been doing a great job writing their first story in Writers Workshop and sharing them with the class. We started our science unit How Wind and Water Change the Earth.  Ask your child what a hypothesis is.  We have been reading and discussing how an author writes and how it makes us react when we read it.  The children have enjoyed finding and sharing story parts that reflect this. Ask your child to point this out as they are reading to you.

Grade 2, Mrs. Waitt’s Class
Ask your child: what is "author's craft?” Second graders are using post-its to record exceptional parts of the stories they are reading this week.  Ask your child:  how are you learning to notice powerful moments in stories?  We began our Science unit “How Wind and Water Shape the Land.” Ask your child: what is a hypothesis? We are learning about mathematical arrays and we are practicing relating addition and multiplication. Thank you to parents for supporting the second grade Adjective Parade on Monday October 31st.  We look forward to an exciting week!

News from 3C
Our class had an amazing pumpkin day celebration on Friday! We weighed, measured, predicted, estimated, counted, and described our class pumpkin! At the end of the day our third grade gathered for the annual pumpkin drop from Mr. Geraci's window! Thanks to Mr. Lowry for the quick clean up!  Be sure to ask your child about fossils and organisms, rounding numbers, the fate of Ichabod Crane, and their favorite piece of writing from their language journals!  Spooky stories are due on Monday! Please be sure to submit the graphic organizer, first draft, and final copy! Extra credit will be given for creative illustrations!

Have a great weekend!
Mrs. Chronis

3G News!
We had a great Pumpkin Day today! The students were well behaved and listened & followed directions effectively! Ask your son or daughter to show you their Pumpkin Observation sheet! Ask your son or daughter if they enjoyed taking the guts of our pumpkin out as we counted the total seeds inside. Do you know if a pumpkin sinks or floats? Ask them about the Pumpkin Chunkin, Pumpkin Boat Race, Pumpkin Time Lapse, Creative Pumpkin Carving and Giant Pumpkin Car Smash videos we saw today! Mr. O’Donnell’s and Mrs. Chronis’ class joined us as we Manually Pumpkin Chunked our pumpkin out of the window and enjoyed seeing it smash on the ground! Thanks to Mr. Lowry for the cleanup! Ask your son or daughter about the Cause and Effect Illustration they created yesterday! We finished our Place Value Unit and we will be starting our Rounding Unit next week. We will start to learn about Possessive Nouns and an Author’s Purpose for writing a book or story.

Spooky Stories are due on Monday and I cannot wait to hear their creative stories! We will enjoy our Halloween Party on Monday from 10-11am and a BIG thank you to our Room Parents and volunteers for planning, setting up and throwing our party! A friendly reminder that Assignment Notebooks, Home/School Folders and nightly math homework assignments need to be in class each day! Some students are still forgetting to bring these to school each day. Enjoy Trunk or Treat tonight!


Grade 3, Mr. O’Donnell
We celebrated Pumpkin Day this week in 3O! Ask your child how much our pumpkin weighed, and how many seeds were inside! We also learned how to make a replica of a fossil as we launched our first science unit of the year, which is about Organisms in our Environment. Ask your child how we made our own fossils! During Math, we have been rounding to the nearest 10 and 100's place.  Ask your child what the rounding rules are. Lastly, during Literacy Block we have continued to practice the comprehension skill of cause and effect.  Ask your child about our write around activity, where each table created different effects to match one cause! As a reminder, the Spooky Stories are due this Monday as part of our Halloween celebration, I can't wait to hear them all! Wishing everyone a great weekend, and a Happy Halloween!

Grade 4, Mrs. Lawler
What a fun and busy week 4L has had!  The character-pumpkins have enthusiastically arrived for the children's Pumpkin Biography book report project, and amazing and adorable, they truly are!  We have been studying story elements in our fiction independent reading. Using our colorful sticky notes kindly donated by Graham's and Chris's families, we have investigated the important character-forming qualities in our stories, much like we have understood in our famous-people biographies.
Additionally, the "where" and "when" identified by our stickies in our fiction reading show the evidence we found in the story to support the vitality of the setting.  Launching our grade-level Peace Corps Pen Pal writing project to students in Comoros (off the east coast of Africa) has been a delight as we learn about children in schools far away across the globe.  Congrats to Thomas and Avery for having their UNICEF poems chosen to be published in the Swampscott Reporter this past Thursday!  Remember to Trick or Treat for UNICEF this Halloween season!  (No homework this upcoming Boo-tiful Monday night!)

4S Stanley Family News
4S has been working hard in writing!  Students are preparing to write their first realistic fiction story.  So far, students have used an organizer to map out the main conflict, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution for their story.  Students are now working on developing believable characters by listing internal and external features of their main character.  Next week, we will work on developing the main character’s attitude(s) towards him/herself and the attitudes others have towards the main character.  Students are off to a great start so far! Ask your child to tell you all about the story he or she plans to write!

Closing Thoughts
We had Teacher Leaders from Florida visit Stanley on Wednesday morning.  They observed lessons in four primary classrooms and had glowing things to say about their experience.  It was so nice to see Stanley through their eyes and I really appreciate the teachers who were willing to share their practice with them.


Sincerely,
Tom Daniels
Principal
Stanley Elementary School



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