Stanley Family News
October 9, 2017
I hope everyone had a wonderful long weekend!
Megan Simon, Literacy Specialist
As children develop as readers, it's important for them to build their automaticity with sight words. However, finding new and fun ways to practice sight words can always be a challenge! Check out this blog post for some activities you can do with your child to practice sight words at home: https://teachingmama.org/fun-ways-practice-sight-words/
News from the Health Office:
Health Paperwork, Physical Exams and Doctor’s Orders: If you still owe the Health Office a physical for a Kindergarten, Grade 4 or a New Student, Please send or fax (781-592-9500) a copy ASAP. Any other First Day health paperwork and Doctor’s Order’s for daily or ‘as needed’ medication should be turned into the office ASAP as well.
Classroom Parties: Due to the number of Stanley School students with food allergies and to the nationwide appeal to promote healthy eating habits, classroom parties and the consumption of food in the classroom will be restricted to 3 ‘parties’ a year ( Halloween, Valentines Day and End of the Year). Aside from these 3 parties all non- curriculum related classroom-based celebrations and parties are to be food and beverage free. Foods and Beverages are not used as a reward or incentive, except as documented in a child’s Individual Education Plan.
Food for the 3 designated classroom parties must be approved by the school nurse prior to the day of the party. The focus of the party should be centered a round an activity and then a few healthy food choices may be provided. No home made products will be allowed. All foods served must have an ingredient list available. All products must be peanut, tree nut free and take in to consideration any other allergies of students in the class room. Snacksafely.com is a good resource for a ‘safe snack guide’.
Check out the Teal Pumpkin Project: Promoting Inclusion of All Trick or Treaters.
The Food Allergy Research and Education’s (FARE) Teal Pumpkin Project is a wonderful way of raising awareness of food allergies while promoting the inclusion of all trick or treaters. Participating is easy: You simply place a teal-colored pumpkin on your doorstep (available at various retail outlets and from Allergysuperheroes.com) indicating you have non-food treats available for children with food allergies and other conditions.
More information is available at SnackSafely.com.
Vision and Hearing Screening: Vision and Hearing Screening will be conducted at Stanley School on October 17 and October 24. If your child wears glasses please be sure he/she brings their glasses to school on these dates.
Pediculosis/Head Lice: As activities more indoors and students participate in group activities and sports the incidence of Head Lice increases. Parents are reminded to check their child’s head weekly and for any complaint of an itchy head. For more info including VIDEOS on how to treat head lice go to: www.headlice.org. Also, more info for parents on the web: www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head/parents.
Clothing Donation: The Health Office is looking for a donation of new girls and boys underwear, sizes 4-5 and 6. Also, size 4 and up of pants and tops to be loaned to students who’s clothing becomes wet or soiled during the school day.
Click Here to read about and view slides from the recent Google Presentation for Parents. This was really informative and interesting.
No More Emailed Flyers: Central Office will no longer send flyers through each school office for email distribution. Instead, all flyers will be posted on the district website under the community flyers link. Please remember to visit the district website community flyers link for the latest information.
Dogs on Path Make Some Kids Anxious Before School: Please don’t tie up your dog on the path from the Unitarian Church. While most dogs are nice most of the time, it only takes a growl or a lunge to deeply scare a child walking to school. For those who are afraid of dogs or allergic it can cause added anxiety during the very important transition to school.
Art, Mrs. DiLisio
We are wrapping up our Square One Art pieces. The ocean-themed artwork is beautiful.
Library and Technology Update
New This Year! For the next six weeks in Library and Technology, all K-4 students will be participating in the Global Read Aloud. The Global Read Aloud connects school children around the world through books and technology. I will read six different Mem Fox books (Koala Lou, Possum Magic, Tough Boris, Whoever You Are, Hattie and Fox, Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge) and to students in grades K-2, and I will read The Wild Robot by Peter Brown to 3rd and 4th grade students. Our 2nd and 3rd grade students will be assigned a pen pal. Our K, 1st, and 4th grade students will participate in a postcard exchange. For 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade students I am using a secure blog for schools called Padlet for students to ask and answer questions about the books we are reading in class with other students. I invite parents to email me with questions! firstname.lastname@example.org
Music, Mr. Seipt
Students in grade K-1 are learning a variety of new songs and finger plays, some of which parents and guardians may aready know. Students in grade 2 are beginning folk dances, grades 3-4 are expanding on existing repertoire of singing games as well as advancing musical literacy. Ask your child to share something they have learned in music class with you and your family at home!
Physical Education: Kathy Pacitto
The weather has been so beautiful thus far this fall season. Physical education classes are held outdoors each day. Please have your child/children wear a jacket and be sure they wear their sneakers daily for P.E. Ask your child to show you how he/she can tie his/her own sneaker laces..... if they cannot, please help your child learn. Thanks!
Students have been practicing hand-eye coordination skills as well as foot-eye coordination. Ask you child to show you drills that involve these skills, .i.e. tossing & catching a ball with hands and kicking, trapping, and passing a ball with the foot.
Physical Fitness is our Sept & Oct focus in physical education and health......
International Walk to School Day: Thank you to all our great parent volunteers who helped out with this annual event. It is amazing to think that on Oct 4, 2017 children and families from all around the world walked to school all on the same day!
Mrs. Cassidy's Kindergarten
Thank you to our chaperones for a wonderful field trip to Smolak Farms! The children were fabulous and the weather was great! Ask your child about Christopher Columbus, and why do we have a day off. See if he/she can name the ships. Ask your child what did he think he discovered and actually what did he discover. Lastly a special thank you to our volunteer room parents, Reese Dahlberg ( Charlie's mom) and Shawna Daoust (Lucas and James' mom).
Click here to link to Mrs. Draper’s fabulous website with photos of the recent field trip and much more!
In KW, we thoroughly enjoyed our apple picking adventure at Smolak Farm! The children loved the apple picking, tractor ride, farm animals, apple cider donuts/cider snack, and playground fun. Thank you to all our chaperones who helped coordinate this memorable field trip! Ask your child about the apple investigations we conducted. We are looking forward to more fall fun in the coming weeks!
First graders in 1C have finished our Tall Tale unit. I hope you have enjoyed reading your child's book and learning about some of these interesting characters. In Reader's Workshop we are learning strategies to solve tricky words. Today we practiced looking across the whole word and looking at all its parts. In Math, we are beginning to learn about subtraction. We think about the whole and its parts. Ex: If we know 5+2=7 then we know that 7-5=2. Tuesday we will begin a new unit called Patterns in Space. Enjoy the long weekend!
1E has been working on becoming "Just Right" readers. A book that is just right for us still has some challenging words but we understand what we are reading without having to pause to decipher every single word. It is important to enjoy and learn from a book without feeling stressed out! Ask your student what they do to decide if a book is just right for them.
It's hard to believe that we are already in the month of October! We finished up our Tall Tales unit, and are looking forward to beginning some work in Science on learning about patterns of the sun and the moon. In Math we are working on number sense and number relationships. Fun activities that you can be trying at home ( for your math log! ) to reinforce this would be playing any board games using dice, or card games like Uno. Ask your child to tell you something about a new book they have read at school during Reader's Workshop!
News from 2C
Our second grade class welcomed October with an autumn poetry project and lots of planning for our ADJECTIVE PARADE! During math we've been practicing addition with three addends and our weekly estimating jar activity. Be sure to ask your child about their "just right books" and their favorite character from the chapter book "The Journey of Edward Tulane".
Thank you so much to the families who shared hand wipes with us. They are certainly coming in "handy" after snack each day!
Ask your child about their book bins and what titles they "shopped" for this week. We are practicing choosing books that are "just right" and we use the "5 finger rule" to check. Students listened to Miss Alaineus by Debra Frasier this serves as our springboard for THE ADJECTIVE PARADE. This annual even is coming up on Friday, October 27th. So exciting!
Thank you to Jackie Shanahan and Jackie Kirchhoff for volunteering as Room One's Room Parents.
Ask your son or daughter about the ways we Represent Numbers. Ask them how to give you the word form, standard form and expanded form of a number in the hundreds and thousands! Ask your son or daughter about the value of the 5 in the number 1,569. Ask your son or daughter about the Six Land Regions of Massachusetts. Which one is Swampscott a part of? Ask your son or daughter about the Comprehension Check Good Readers Give themselves. Ask your son or daughter about the silly story the created today! Ask your son or daughter about fossils!
October is off to a great start in 30! We began our Place Value unit in Math, and the students have done a great job utilizing what they already know about place value to name four digit numbers. Ask your child the three ways we name numbers. During Literacy Block we have practicing making predictions in our independent reading books, then the students have been recording them, and stating their evidence, in their reading journals. Ask your child what chapter book they are currently reading. Lastly, we have continued our study of map skills, and an at home map project will be coming home with your child on Tuesday. Ask your child what elements all maps have. Have a great long weekend!
4B has really gotten into the swing of things this year! We are busy, busy, busy at work in all subject areas. In Math, we have finished up our Addition/Subtraction unit and are moving along to Multiplication/Division. We are working on some very interesting narrative fiction writing pieces - everyone has come up with extremely creative topics! We are continuing work in our fiction reading unit, which has greatly supported our writing unit. We will be starting work in Map Skills this upcoming week. Remember to keep practicing math facts and word sorts on a nightly basis!
We have been working hard in 4W and have jumped into our Character Study Unit, and have started our daily book groups. We are focusing on inferring our character's trait and finding evidence from the story to support it, then writing about it. In Math, we are working on our multiplication strategies, and using our area and perimeter algorithms to design our dream homes. Ask your child about the personal narratives we are working on in Writing Workshop!
Thanks to teachers and staff for their entries and all their hard work to make these first six weeks of school so engaging for students! Thanks to our PTO Leaders and Volunteers for all their hard work to get the year started on a such a good note, from chaperoning field trips, to helping in the Library to coordinating exciting cultural arts programs, our PTO is amazing.