Stanley Family News
January 26, 2018
Stanley School is a diverse community and getting more so all the time. For example, next year we will have the STRIVE program at our school which will increase the number of students with special needs at Stanley. Our ELL population is increasing as well. I had a meeting on Friday with some past and present Stanley parents and teachers about diversity. We are planning to build and decorate the buddy bench and an accompanying picnic table at long last and unveil it at a Diversity Dinner Dance in the late spring. We are also brainstorming ways to support and promote awareness and celebration of diversity for parents, teachers and students. It was a great meeting and I look forward to our continuing work together. We would love to broaden this group so please let me know if you are interested in this.
Third and Fourth Grade Update
Third and fourth grade students are working with a partner on a research project during library/tech time. Third grade students are researching animals and fourth grade students are researching natural disasters.
Students are using Britannica and KidsInfoBits to find chapters from books, newspaper, and magazine articles about their topics. Students are also learning to use Follett/Destiny (the school's library catalog) to find websites about their topics. Follett/Destiny provides a kid friendly and safe web search engine to find websites appropriate for students in grades 3-5.
The culminating project will be a green screen video using an iPad app called DoInk! where students will report their findings 'from the scene.'
Second Grade Update
Second grade students have been communicating with their pen pals, second grade students from Crystal Lake, IL, using a variety traditional and technological tools.
Kindergarten and First Grade Update
Kindergarten and first grade students are using MS Word to type. Kindergarten students are focusing on typing the alphabet and finding the letters in their names, while first grade students are learning to use the shift key to type upper case letters, and exclamation marks. They are also learning about the delete key, return/enter, comma, period, and question mark.
Type to Learn Reminder for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade students: practice makes perfect! Please ask your student to spend a few minutes each day using the Type to Learn program. You may contact me if you need help logging into your student's account from home: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stanley School Beginning Band Winter Concert is on Tuesday, January 30th, 7:00 pm at SHS Auditorium. Participating band students must arrive at 6:30 to warm-up. Please come out to support your neighbors and family friends in the band program at Stanley School! Band families can see our website for more details: https://sites.google.com/swampscott.k12.ma.us/4thgradeband
Grade 4 students will be asked next week to bring in their recorders from last year. A letter will be sent how to obtain a recorder if a child no longer has last year's recorder. Grade 3 students will be coming home recorders within the next few weeks. Please see our recorder website for additional information on practicing at home for grades 3-4: https://sites.google.com/swampscott.k12.ma.us/stanleyschoolrecorder
Ask your child about Writers Workshop and the new Journal they received. See if they can tell you about the writing checklist that helps them throughout the writing process. Help your child when he/she asks for the spelling of a word by reminding him/her to stretch out the word and write the sounds down. Thank you for using the "Sharing" paper that was sent home last week. All the children have been doing such a great job during their sharing day. It is amazing the growth the class is demonstrating. Thank you for all your help. Please keep an eye out for two important projects .... our 100th Day of School Family project and creating a Valentines Day box and Valentines! Enjoy your weekend.
Wow! While KD has been working hard January passed us by. In Reading we have been focusing on finding patterns in text and using the patterns to become fluently readers. Our focus on patterns has extended into writing where the authors of KD have been writing and illustrating their own pattern books. This month we learned about Martin Luther King Jr. and his dream for equality. Our Math explorations have focused on measuring (using non-standard measurements). At home you can have fun measuring objects around your house. For example, many many blocks tall is the couch? How many bananas long is the table? Next month brings the 100th day of school and Valentines Day. Be on the lookout for notices regarding those festivities. Please continue to send students with a hat, mittens/gloves and a warm jacket everyday.
Ms. Wilson’s Kindergarten:
The students in KW have been working hard utilizing their “reading superpowers”. The past few weeks we have focused on decoding patterns in books and started making predictions. In math, we have become measurement detectives and have loved this hands-on learning. Ask your child about the different items we have been measuring in class including a basketball star! With the recent Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, we read books and learned about his heroic actions. Ask your child about the brown and white egg experiment. Thank you for your continued help with practicing our sight words!
Grade 1, Mrs. Coletti
First graders had so much fun celebrating the 90th day of school. It's hard to believe that we are halfway through the year! We will be starting number scrolls and are in need of paper towel rolls. Please send in as many as you can over the next couple of weeks. Ask your child about keywords. We have been learning how to get super smart about nonfiction topics!
Grade 1, Mrs. Ellis
We made it: 90 days of first grade! It was so interesting to share our opinions on what would be awesome to only have half of and what we would really be disappointed about if we only had one half. We decided that we would love half of our spinach and homework but we don't want only half of our birthday cake or vacation. Our room sure felt toasty as we danced to calypso music and imagined it was actually 90 degrees on this wintry day!
Grade 1, Mrs. Sheehan
The first graders had a fun day of STEM activities as we celebrated the 90th day of school! We worked with temperature, fractions, and groups of ten to the number 90. We wrote about things that made sense based on the temperature (actual and imagined!), and we enjoyed reading our books on beach towels!!! Ask your child to share with you his/her favorite "Half-way Day" activity!
News from 2C
Our class has been enjoying a science unit on penguins. Be sure to ask your child about Mr. Popper and his performing penguins! Each child is happily researching a penguin species and we will be presenting them to our first grade buddies next week! During math we have been practicing regrouping with, and without, manipulatives. Please be sure to continue nightly math fact practice. Math fact knowledge really helps when solving multi-step computations. We are also continuing our study of r controlled vowel sounds.
Be on the look out for a class list for Valentines next week!
Just a reminder-Math homework is due the day after it is assigned. Spelling packets are due each Friday.
Grade 2, Mrs. Norton
Ask your child about the penguin they learned about! We are using penguins as a theme for our Non-Fiction Text Features lessons as well as our Writer's Workshop practice. In math we are practicing the paper & pencil method of adding two two digit numbers with or without regrouping. PLEASE keep up with those math facts!
Reminders and Requests: On chilly days remind your child to bring a hat and mittens/gloves. It was cold out there today! Students reviewed what "fidget" items are helpful "tools" vs a "toy". Please help your child know that one fidget item, like a squishy is PLENTY. We have some things that students can share as well. Snack time has been getting a bit out of control. Students have ten minutes in the morning, kindly pack one or two nutritional snacks and water.
Ask your son or daughter about The Commutative Property of Multiplication. Ask them how Nike and Jordan Sneakers helped us learn about The Associative Property of Multiplication and multiplying with three factors. Ask your son or daughter about the animal they are designing to live here in Swampscott. What features does it have? What other animals did were they inspired by? Ask your son or daughter about writing a summary for a nonfiction article or text. Ask your son or daughter to give you an example of each of the 4 Types of Sentences!
Grade 3, Mr. O’Donnell
30 has had a very busy January! Ask your child about all the multiplication fact tricks and hints we have been working on lately. Also, ask them about all the strategies we have been working on to solve multiplication problems. During Literacy, we have been summarizing non-fiction articles, as well as identifying the four different types of sentences. Ask your child what the 4 types are, and have them give you an example of each. Lastly, Miss Porter, our STEM teacher, joined us this past week as we completed our last science lesson in our Organisms Unit. Ask your child what, "Oh Deer," means, and what happens when an animal cannot meet its needs. I hope you're all enjoying the warm January weather this weekend!
Grade 4, Ms. Boudreau
Happy New Year - I hope everyone has been having a wonderful New Year so far! 4B has been very busy to start off 2018. In Math, we have been practicing fractions on many different levels. Ask your son or daughter how to put a fraction into simplest form or how to compare fractions! In Science, we are continuing on with our Weather, Erosion and Deposition unit. Students are learning all about how these processes impact the Earth’s surface. In reading/writing, we have crafted some wonderful writing pieces based on the skill of compare and contrast. Ask your son or daughter what topics they decided to use for these pieces! Remember to keep practicing math facts, to read every night and to continue practicing word sorts.
Grade 4, Ms. Winkler
We have been working hard in 4th grade! In Reading Workshop we have been learning about different text structures, while continuing to practice constructed responses. In Writing, we have started to study the different regions of the United States, and each student has chosen a state to research and write an informational essay on. In Math, we have continued to work with adding, subtracting, and now multiplying fractions. Be sure to ask your child about his/her state!
Thank you to teachers for their thoughtful entries and to all our parent volunteers who support our community each and every day.
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