Stanley Family News
December 15, 2017
Thank you so much to our hard-working, fun-loving Holiday Fair volunteers! The kids had a ball!
We had a great staff meeting this week. We made some important decisions. One is that we want students to be quiet in the halls. Another is that there will no longer be hats worn in classrooms or the lunch room. Both of these changes will begin in January. Lastly, we will go outside for recess when the temperature feels like 20 degrees or above. Shorts can be worn outside when the temperature feels like 40 degrees or above. It would be most helpful if you would discuss these changes and policies with your children. Lastly, please make sure students have the “high five” each day to go out for recess during the winter: hat, mittens/gloves, boots, snow pants and a warm coat.
News from the Health Office:
Jane Cassidy RN
Thank you to all who contributed to our Toys for Local Children program. With your generosity we are able to enhance a child’s holiday season by providing a few presents for children in need.
ILLNESS: What are we seeing at Stanley School this week? A number of students are presenting with symptoms of an upper respiratory infection: nasal congestion, sore throat, cough, and headache. We have had 2 cases of pneumonia and 2 cases of strep throat reported this week. Please remember to notify the school nurse should your child be diagnosed with: Strep throat, Pneumonia, Flu, Norovirus, Conjunctivitis, Fifth disease, headlice, Concussion. The school nurse should also be notified regarding any surgery or hospitalization and a doctor’s note stating the child may return to school should be delivered to the school nurse prior to the student returning to school.
Flu Prevention: The CDC recommends the following everyday preventive actions:
· Try to avoid close contact with sick people
· If you or your child gets sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you (or your child) stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone. The fever should be gone without the use of fever-reducing medicine.
· While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
· Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. If no tissue is available cough or sneeze in to your upper arm not your hands.
· Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
· Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way!!
· Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.
· If an outbreak of flu or another illness occurs, follow public health advice. This may include information about how to increase distance between people and or other measures.
Water Bottles are Welcome: To quench thirst throughout the day and as a healthy option for snack. Water soothes cold symptoms and helps keep lips and skin from dryness.
Chap Stick Welcome: If your child has dry chapped lips, feel free to send in chapstick to keep in their desk or backpack. Several students ask to leave class to see the nurse for chapped lips ☹
Dress for the Weather: Children will be going outdoors for recess when the weather allows. Fresh air and exercise help keep us healthy. Please have children dress appropriately for outdoor recess.
Health Screenings: Vision and hearing screenings have been completed. If your child did not pass a screening then you were sent a referral to follow up with your child’s doctor. Height and Weight (BMI) Screening will be conducted for grade1 and Grade 4 students during a Physical Education class in January.
Wishing you all safe and healthy Holidays!!!
Art, Mrs. DiLisio
We are excited about our upcoming Square One Delivery. I hope everyone enjoys their purchases. We have been able to complete some really amazing projects throughout the year based on your continued support of this fundraiser.
Kindergarten is studying shape and architecture right now. First graders are building theater sets. Second grade has begun work based on the art of Eric Carle. Third graders are studying well-known artists. Fourth graders are completing clay pieces.
Library/Technology Update, Mrs. Morgan
Last week in technology all students participated in the Hour of Code. The Hour of Code is a relatively new initiative that aims to get all school children around the world to spend at least one hour learning to code. What is code, you ask? Coding is what makes all of the computer games our children play work. Coding is also what makes many other household appliances, features on vehicles, and apps on the phone or iPad work. To read more about The Hour of Code, visit this website: https://hourofcode.com/us.
Not all children will grow up to be computer programmers, but we all use code to some degree in our lives and understanding how coding works benefits all. Coding develops skills such as problem solving, creativity, and critical thinking. There are links to the Hour of Code activities on the library website (https://sites.google.com/a/
swampscott.k12.ma.us/stanley- elementary-school-library/home ),
organized by grade level (click the link for December). Students can continue
to participate in the Hour of Code at home, if parents permit.
We look forward to the upcoming concert season in the new year for chorus and band. Please come out and support the students in grades 3 and 4 choruses on Tuesday, January 16th. The concert starts at 7:00 pm and will be held in the Swampscott High School Auditorium. Students in the chorus will report at 6:45 pm to warm-up. Band students have an upcoming concert on January 30th in the SHS Auditorium as well. Please see the website for additional information.
Physical Education: Kathy Pacitto
PARENTS: Please have your child/children pack their SNEAKERS in their backpack to bring to school to change into upon arrival at school. No student should be wearing snow boots for the six hours they are in school, plus sneakers are mandatory for safe participation in physical education. THANK YOU.
Health: Kathy Pacitto
Ask you child to name the five food groups .Ask your child to give you some examples of foods from each group. Students: Remember BREAKFAST is a very important meal that should not be skipped!
HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL!!
Mrs. Cassidy's Kindergarten
Ask your child about our "Reading Superpowers"!! See if they can tell you which superpowers they have been using or learning about. Thank you for completing our sight word homework each week. Sorry about the confusion regarding the sight word bags but I didn't have enough to send them home. If it is helpful try to only send the bags back to school on Thursdays. Thank you!
Thank you to all who completed their family traditions homework. They look wonderful! Students have had a great time sharing their posters. In addition to learning about each other we are using the posters as an opportunity to focus on the difference between questions and compliments. In writing, we are working through the writing process (brainstorming, rough draft, edit, publish, share) as we create first, next, last stories about a family tradition. Ask your child which tradition they chose to write about.
Ms. Wilson’s Kindergarten:
The students have loved presenting their “Family Tradition” projects. Thank you for your support with completing them! Ask your child about the reading “super powers” we have learned this week. In math, we have been comparing number of letters in names. Ask your child to compare the length of their name to other members in their family. Warmest wishes for Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!
Grade 1, Mrs. Coletti
Thank you to all the families for helping your child write about one of your family traditions. We will write a final copy next week and share with our class. The children had so much fun at the Holiday Fair! Thanks to all who helped make the day so special for them! Wishing all of our families a very happy and healthy holiday season!
Grade 1, Mrs. Ellis
Happy holidays to you and yours!
First grade has been having so much fun learning about each other’s traditions and holiday celebrations! It is so wonderful to hear about how each family is special and unique. In literacy we have been practicing sharing what we have learned while reading with a partner and noticing suffix -s when we read and spell. Working on new strategies to solve addition and subtraction problems will help us continue to work on our accuracy and speed. Continue the great work at home over vacation with the math facts and daily reading!
Grade 1, Mrs. Sheehan
What a fantastic holiday fair we had today! Thank you to all the parents who donated their time and effort. The children had a wonderful time "spending" their tickets.
We will be finishing up our unit on Families and Traditions next week before the holiday break. If you haven't sent your child's family tradition sharing in yet, please do so on Monday so that we can work on our writing project and share!
News from 3C
Thank you so much to the many volunteers that helped make our Holiday Fair a huge success. It is a day that we all look forward to and it would not be possible without the work of so many!
Our class has been enjoying wrapping up our landform unit in science with a project that has them creating their own island. Ms. Porter has been joining us on Wednesdays to assist in their creation. We are also working in groups to create large world maps with many features. These great projects have kept us excited and invested in science and social studies each day!
A few reminders:
-On Friday we will be having a class School Supply Swap. A small wrapped school supply is due before Friday.
-Also on Friday we will be keeping things comfy and casual by wearing our pajamas.
_ On the days that children need to wear snow boots please send sneakers along for necessary quick changes.
This is an amazing time of year to spend the day with young children. Their enthusiasm and the joy that they bring is contagious. The week before a holiday break can be a bit hectic but it is also an exciting and magical time that I would never trade. I wish each family a wonderful holiday and Happy New Year!
Grade 2, Mrs. Norton
What a week! Students in 2N have been busy! In math we continue to gain practice in mental math strategies and have been learning some new math games. Students enjoyed writing a persuasive essay in Writer's Workshop.
Thanks so much to all who helped with the Holiday Fair. The kids thought it was a huge success.
Grade 2, Mrs. Stephens
2S We are land and water form experts! We built our own islands this week out of the dough that was sent in (thank you!). They are painted and ready to go home Monday. Be sure to ask your child what land and water forms they included on their island. Did you know non-fiction is everywhere? We are learning to become non-fiction readers. We are paying attention to details and learning from them. Ask your child what they learned from the details on a penny. Our male Northern Cardinal has finally made his appearance this year. He was worth the wait. A new bird was also sighted on Friday. A bird that I’ve never seen at Stanley School before. A Fox Sparrow! Everyone (including me) was very excited for this visitor. To learn more about the Fox Sparrow, click here.
The class did a phenomenal job on their Subtraction Test. Each student improved their score from our pre-assessment to this final assessment; some students improved by 20-40+ points! Ask your son or daughter about the key words to determine if they should add or subtract in a word problem. Ask them about the hidden question in multi-step word problems. Ask your son or daughter how they can learn about an organism and its environment from just a fossil! Ask your son or daughter about an animal adaptation and how it helps them survive in their environment. Ask your son or daughter about the Tolga Bat Hospital in Australia and what they do to help bats. Ask your or daughter about verb tenses and how they make a verb past or future tense. Ask your son or daughter about Gregor the Overlander and how he fulfilled the Prophecy of Grey. Ask them what they think the Prophecy of Bane will be and why Gregor will need to return to the Underland. A lot of students have asked me for extra snacks.I usually have extra snacks in my room, but please talk with them and see if they may need more snacks!
3O wrapped up our Subtraction unit today with an assessment, and will begin Multiplication once returning from the holiday break. In our reading groups, we have been focusing upon reading non-fiction text, and while doing so, we have been practicing finding the Main Idea, and supporting details for multiple sections of the text. Ask your child about "Boxes, and Bullets," and how we use that strategy to write out our thinking. We recently completed a "quick write," about the first snowfall, ask your child to share with you what they wrote, and what they learned about "Snowflake Bentley." Lastly, your children became Paleontologists this week, as we studied fossils of a variety of organisms. Ask your child all the things we can learn from a fossil! Wishing all the 3O families a relaxing holiday season full of wonderful memories made with family, and friends.
Grade 4, Rebecca Boudreau
Happy Holidays to all! We have been working very hard in 4B! In the area of math, we have completed our multiplication units and are working greatly in the area of long division. In social studies, we have been practicing our close reading skills with different landform topics. Ask your son or daughter about a plateau, mountain and plain! In reading, we have been transitioning into nonfiction texts by identifying nonfiction text features. We have also been working a lot on summaries; how to organize our ideas and put them into paragraph form. On Monday, we completed a wonderful STEM project -- courtesy of our Kindergarten Buddies in KC! In this project, students worked in groups to craft a sled carrying cargo that was tested on different types of ramps. Ask your son or daughter how their sled did! I would like to thank all of the volunteers for their hard work putting together the Holiday Fair, and I’d like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season!
Miss Winkler-Grade 4
We have been working hard in fourth grade! We have dug deeper into our fractions unit in Math, by learning how to create common denominators to compare, add, and subtract fractions, using the backwards Z method. In Writing, each student picked an article about the American Revolution and took notes on key events/people to create their own newspaper article. On Monday, we will dip our posters into tea to give it an “old look.” Lastly, in reading we are continuing to work on our constructed responses and pulling evidence to support our answers. Thank you for all your help with the holiday fair- it was wonderful! Have a great holiday break!
Thank you to our hard-working and caring teachers for their entries and their dedication to our students. This was the most important piece of feedback in our recent school council survey, our teachers are fantastic!
Stanley Elementary School