Sunday, January 28, 2018


Stanley Family News
January 26, 2018


Dear Families,
 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. 

Library/Technology Update

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: mmorgan@swampscott.k12.ma.us.

Music
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

Mrs.Cassidy's Kindergarten
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. 

Kindergarten Draper
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.

3G News
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!

Closing Thoughts
Thank you to teachers for their thoughtful entries and to all our parent volunteers who support our community each and every day. 

Sincerely,

Tom Daniels
Principal
Stanley Elementary School


Friday, January 12, 2018


Stanley Family News
January 11, 2018


Dear Families,
Due to the snow days we do not have teacher entries for this issue of the Stanley Family News.   Our next Stanley Family News will be at the end of January.

Thanks so much to the PTO for funding and planning yesterday’s Whalemobile visit for K-2.  Be sure to ask your child about going inside an inflated whale replica! 

Today we had 38 students tardy and there is a recurring pattern of way too many late students.  This means a lot of lost learning time waiting to be checked in.  Let’s do a better job as a community to get our children to school on time on a daily basis.

Upcoming Events
Monday, January 22:  Parent Information Session on FY19 Budget, 7:00-8:30pm in Middle School Little Theater
Tuesday, January 23: Kindergarten Information Night, 6:30-8:00pm in Middle School Little Theater

News from the Health Office:

Illness:  We are still having cases of the stomach bug being reported as well as cases of a respiratory virus. Please be reminded that students must be 24 hours free of fever, vomiting and diarrhea before returning to school.  Students diagnosed with Strep throat, pneumonia, conjunctivitis must be on their prescribed antibiotic for 24 hours prior to returning to school.

If your child is going to be absent, please remember to call the school to report the absence and to notify us of the reason for absence. This will allow us to track illness in each classroom and notify parents/guardians of illness when warranted.

Teachers are taking precautions in the classroom to help control the spread of infection.

Students with a cough may bring in a supply of cough drops along with a note from their parent/guardian giving them permission to have a cough drop while in school.  Cough drop supplies should be kept in the health office.  Students with a cough would also benefit from bringing a water bottle to school.

Body Mass Index (BMI) Screening: BMI is a measure that is used to show a person’s “weight for height for age.”  It is calculated using an individual’s height and weight.  Just like a blood pressure reading or a vision screening, a BMI can be a useful tool in identifying possible health risks, but it does not provide a diagnosis.

According to the state’s BMI screening regulations (which were approved in 2013), schools must now collect the heights and weights of students in grades 1, 4, 7 and 10.
BMI data collected for all children in these grades will be gathered and reported to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health as a combined number.  No individual student BMI result will be shared with anyone other than you.

The school nurse will supervise your child’s screening and will make sure your child’s privacy is respected at all times.  The result of your child’s height, weight and BMI measurements are strictly confidential – the results will be kept in your child’s school health record and will not be shared with anyone without your written permission.

Grade 1 and Grade 4 Stanley School students had their BMI measured the week of January 8. Students were pulled from gym class to be measured individually, by me, in the nurse’s office. Please contact me if you would like the results of your child’s BMI screening.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.  You may access additional information about children’s wellness and fitness at www.mass/massinmotion/.

Closing Thoughts
Ask your child about classroom conversations about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  I hope everyone has a good long weekend.

Sincerely,
Tom Daniels
Principal
Stanley Elementary School




Sunday, December 17, 2017

Stanley Family News December 15, 2017


Stanley Family News
December 15, 2017


Dear Families,
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.

Music
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!  

KD
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.
Happy Holidays!

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.  

3G News!
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
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! 

Closing Thoughts
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!

Sincerely,
Tom Daniels
Principal

Stanley Elementary School

Sunday, December 3, 2017


Stanley Family News
December 3, 2017


Dear Families,
Thanks in advance to all of our hard-working Holiday Fair Volunteers! I know this year will be magical and memorable.  Thanks to teachers for their entries in this edition and for their hard work assessing students and writing report cards. 

Lunch and Breakfast
In order to offer the best school lunch and breakfast payment options, we are providing a summary below so families can make the best choice. The most convenient option is an on-line account at MySchoolBucks.com.  There is no set-up charge and all that is needed to open an account is your child’s student ID number which can be obtained in the school or food service office.

Your account provides access to students’ meal and food purchases and has a cell phone application.  Once established, you can set up an automatic payment plan or low balance alert.   There is a per transaction charge of $2.49 (as of December 11, increasing from $1.95.)  In order to keep meal lines moving quickly, we encourage families to prepay for meals and maintain a positive account balance.

Library
In technology, I introduced 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade students to Type to Learn. Students learned their user name, password, and how to access Type to Learn in school and from home. Students had a chance to log into their accounts and begin using the typing program. A parent letter will be going home within the next week with detailed instructions for accessing Type to Learn from home.

Learning to type is like learning to play an instrument or a sport, the more you practice, the more you will improve. It is up to you how much practice your child gets; 5 minutes a day would be awesome, but 5 minutes three times a week might be a more manageable goal. 

Parents, please pay attention to your child’s finger position when they are practicing. Make sure they place their fingers on the home row (index fingers on f and j, middle man on d and k, ring man on s and l, and pinky on a and semicolon. Use either thumb for space bar.

Kindergarten and 1st grade students are working on their keyboarding skills too. I don’t worry about finger placement with the younger students, their hands are too little. Instead, I focus on recognizing letters and keyboard familiarity for K, and 1st graders also learn about important keys such as Return, Cap Lock, Delete, and Space Bar.

Music
K-2 students are continuing to expand their repertoire of simple songs and singing games. Ask your child to share something from music with you and your family at at home! Third grade students and families may now access our recorder website which will be rolled out to students next week in music class (https://sites.google.com/swampscott.k12.ma.us/stanleyschoolrecorder/home). For fourth grade students in band, we now have a band website which will also be rolled out next week. Please check in for details at this link: https://sites.google.com/swampscott.k12.ma.us/4thgradeband

School Survey
We would like to know your impressions of the school’s strengths and areas to strengthen.  A parent/guardian survey will be sent out online on Wednesday, December 6 and due on Sunday, December 10.  Results will be discussed at the School Council meeting on Monday, December 11.  There will be no homework on Wednesday and Thursday to give time for the survey to be completed.  Thank you in advance for your participation. 

Mrs. Cassidy's Kindergarten
When reading with your child please ask her/him about the events in the story, the characters, and the setting.  Please see if they can tell you what the word setting means.  They are very familiar with Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Billy Goats Gruff and Little Red Riding Hood.  See if they can tell you which story has a setting that changes. Ask if they can retell any or all of the stories listed above.  Thank you for sending your child's sight word bag in on Thursdays ...please practice nightly!!  Lastly, please remember "Sharing" starts next week and continues until sometime in the spring. Have a nice weekend!

KD
KD is wrapping up our fall activities and getting ready for winter. Please be sure to send appropriate clothing everyday especially hats and mittens. In readers workshop we have using The Three Billy Goats Gruff to learn about character and setting. We extended our study of setting into a stem project where students created a new setting for the Troll using various art supplies. Ideas included New York, jail, the beach, a forest, and a castle.  Students were so excited about their new settings and what the Troll might do in the setting that we start a first, next, last writing project This month, we will be discussing celebrations and family traditions.

Ms. Wilson’s Kindergarten 
The children loved presenting their “Tom the Turkey” disguises!  Thank you for your support with completing this project.  We have been learning about identifying the setting in stories this week.  We started our unit on measurement.  Ask your child to compare objects to determine which ones are “longer” and “shorter”.  We are looking forward to sharing our family traditions in the upcoming weeks!  

Grade 1, Mrs. Coletti
Readers in 1C have been learning some tools for understanding our books. We know that we need to think about what is going on in our book and reread if we aren't getting it. We are practicing our doubles facts because if we know our doubles we can easily solve our doubles plus one. Ex: 3+3=6, so I know that 3+4=7. See link to fun song below. We are learning about Families, please discuss some of the traditions your family has so that your child can share in class. 

Grade 1, Mrs. Ellis
We can plug in our electronics and keep our food cold but the Pilgrims couldn't! Ask your child what it was like to be a Pilgrim on the Mayflower back in 1620 and then in a completely new (and COLD in the winter!) world in 1621. Now that we have begun comparing families long ago to families of today, we cannot wait to learn more about each other's families in our class during the month of December!

Grade 1, Mrs. Sheehan
We have moved on to our new Social Studies unit on FAMILIES, and are learning about the different kinds of families, as well as family traditions.  Continued numeracy work includes working with numbers and fact strategies up to the number 12.  At Reader's Workshop time, the students have really enjoyed learning more about specific topics through non-fiction print.  As your child to share one interesting fact they have learned through their reading!

News from 2C
Welcome December! Be sure to ask your child about the holiday poetry project that they just completed! Be on the lookout for WATER FORMS books traveling home this week. The children are eager to share their writing and illustrations! We continue to practice new strategies when adding including breaking apart one addend, using a one hundred chart, and using rods and units. We have also been practicing reading longer and stronger during our reader's workshop.

A friendly reminder that our class is nut free and enjoys a healthy snack each day. Kindly check the labels on your child's snack before sending them to school. 

Thank you very much for the continued donations of hand wipes! They certainly are a necessity this time of year!

Grade 2, Mrs. Norton
Ask your child about their ISLAND!  Students completed their CEPA (Common Education Proficiency Assessment) for our Landforms and Bodies of Water unit. They will be happy to tell you what landforms are included on their islands. In math we have been very busy practicing strategies for Mental Addition. Give your student some problems to solve in their head (ex.  35 +63, 29 + 45, etc...) when you are out and about this weekend. Writer's Workshop has been focused on "How to" essays.  In reading it’s all about being able to RETELL a story to help us understand and remember what has been read.
2N could use some anti-bacterial wipes.  Thanks! 

Grade 2, Mrs. Stephens
2S is finishing up our science unit on Land and Water Forms.  Ask your child to name the five rivers we studied. Be on the lookout for our final projects coming home soon.  We wrote great “How to Poems,” How to brush your teeth, how to make your bed and even how to clean your hamster’s cage.  The kids did a fantastic job using details.  We have also been reading stories and figuring out what the author is teaching us. Try this with a reading book at home.

Just a reminder that we will go outside everyday unless it is in the 20’s.  The fresh air is good for all of us! Please make sure your child is coming to school with a warm coat.  

3G News!
Ask your son or daughter about The Prophecy of Gray. Is Gregor the Warrior, the Son of the Sun, he who calls and the one to save The Underland? Will they find his dad on this quest? Ask your son or daughter about the main idea of a text. What is it, and what clues help them determine the Main Idea? Ask your son or daughter about vivid verbs. Can they use some to describe their actions from the weekend? Ask your so or daughter about how we borrow and regroup when subtracting. Ask your son or daughter about the items they’d bring with them if they traveled to the New World on the Mayflower.

Grade 4, Ms. Shypula
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! In math, we started a new unit on fractions.  Currently, we are working on comparing fractions.  Ask your son/daughter how to compare fractions that have a different numerator and denominator.  In reading, we are continuing our work with fiction. Students are just beginning to work on an opinion piece related to our class read aloud.  Ask your child what his/her opinion piece is about.  Have a wonderful weekend

Miss Winkler-Grade 4
We have been working hard in 4W! In Reading, we have been working on comparing and contrasting firsthand and secondhand accounts while finding evidence in the text to support our answers. In Writing, students have chosen two topics to analyze and compare and contrast. We are hoping to have our Writing Celebration this upcoming week! In Math, we have begun to work on factors, prime vs composite numbers and fractions. Ask your students about their Writing project!

Closing Thoughts
I was in the school parking lot yesterday teaching my son Oliver how to parallel park using the fire hydrant and the trash can as pretend cars.  On the field there were two of our students, smiling brothers, kicking a soccer ball and wrestling like happy puppies. In the short dark days of December, with the year ending, it makes me think of the long time span of child development that each student goes through in our Pre-K to 12 system.  So much learning happens outside of school through interactions with parents and siblings. Taking the long view of a thirteen year experience can be reassuring and calming when dealing with bumps in the road when children struggle.

Sincerely,
Tom Daniels
Principal

Stanley Elementary School

Monday, November 20, 2017

Happy Holidays Stanley Families! I hope you enjoy this latest edition of the Stanley Family News blog. 

News from the Health Office:
Toys for Local Children:
The Swampscott Toys for Local Children (TLC) Program is once again preparing for the holiday season.  This wonderful program helps to enhance a child’s holiday season by providing a few presents for each child in the family.  Many families find this time of year particularly difficult due to added burdens which come at the holidays.  If you feel that your child might benefit from the TLC Program, please contact your school nurse by  Friday, December 1, 2017.  The nurse will help you process your request.  
Confidentiality will be assured.
Jane Cassidy
Stanley School Nurse: 781-596-8837

Sick Call:
As you may be aware, it is school policy to report the type of illness that your child has when he/she is absent related to being ill.  Thank you to those of you who already do this consistently.

The purpose of this letter is to request that everyone do this, especially if your child, or anyone else in your family, has Strep throat, Pneumonia, Flu or Norovirus (stomach bug).  There are students at Stanley School who have a severe and profound negative reaction if they come in contact with strep or other illnesses.  It is important for the families of these students to be notified as soon as possible if their child/children have come in contact with anyone who may have been exposed to Strep as well as Pneumonia, Flu, and Norovirus.

Please report all illness to me, as soon as you become aware, so I may alert the effected students’ parents/guardians. Thank you in advance for helping to keep our students healthy.

Cold and Flu season:  CDC recommendations for staying healthy.
·         Try to avoid close contact with wick people
·         If you or your child gets sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you (or your child) stay home for atleast 24 hours after the fever is gone except to get medical care or other necessities.  The fever should be gone without the use of a 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. Another option is coughing or sneezing in to your elbow.
·         Wash your hands often with soap and water.  If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
·         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 other measures.

Head Lice: Please continue to do weekly head checks on your child checking for head lice.  If you find head lice on your child please contact the school nurse so I can notify other students in your child’s grade.  For more information go to: www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head/parents  and www.headlice.org

School Survey
We would like to know your impressions of the school’s strengths and areas to strengthen.  A parent/guardian survey will be sent out online on Wednesday, December 6 and due on Sunday, December 10.  Results will be discussed at the School Council meeting on Monday, December 11.  There will be no homework on Wednesday and Thursday to give time for the survey to be completed.  Thank you in advance for your participation. 

NO PM Extended Day on Wednesday, November 22nd.
  We will have morning Extended Day at the Elementary schools.

Mrs. Cassidy's Kindergarten
Wow! What a week in KC!  Ask your child what is the name of the ship the Pilgrims traveled on.  See if they can tell you why a ship can float.  Please let them use the Sculpey Clay to show you why a ship can float.  It was our STEM project for the month! Happy Thanksgiving!

Ms. Wilson’s Kindergarten
Thank you to all the families who participated in our Veterans Day project.  The children loved presenting the interviews and pictures.  We have a beautiful display outside our classroom to share with the school community!  The students have been learning about characters.  Ask your child about the characters in Chicken Little .  We also had fun completing a STEM project where they had to create a shelter for Chicken Little to prevent the sky from falling on him.  Ask your child about how they were engineers and about the shelter they built.  We are looking forward to sharing our Tom the Turkey projects next week!  Happy Thanksgiving!

Grade 1, Mrs. Coletti
Thank you for helping your child with our "thankful platefull" projects! We had so much fun sharing and learning about all the things for which we are thankful. Ask your child to teach you some things they have learned about the Pilgrims. Please have your child practice math facts every night. Card games, dice games, worksheets, flashcards are just some ideas.

      Grade 1, Mrs. Sheehan
First graders have begun our Reader's Workshop unit on non-fiction reading.  The students have enjoyed feeling empowered to make decisions about what they choose to learn more about through print.  Ask your child to share with you one topic they have learned more about through non-fiction print!   Happy Thanksgiving!

News from 2C
Happy Thanksgiving to all of our 2C Families!
This week the children wrote humorous stories in which they disguised a turkey. Their ideas were creative and witty! We also continued our study of landforms with online research on mountains and mountain ranges. Be sure to ask your child what they discovered! During math we practiced our addition facts with great games like "knock out" and "gobble bump". 
Please accept my wishes for a wonderful holiday with your families!

      Grade 2, Mrs. Norton
Ask your child how you can tell if any given number is odd or even? In writer’s workshop we used laptops to word process “thankful” paragraphs. Lots has been happening with our STEAM lessons on Landforms and Bodies of Water- wait til you see our final projects! 
Thanks to all the parent volunteers who have been coming in! If you’d like to come in some time, please let me know. Enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving!

      Grade 2, Mrs. Stephens
2S continues to work on our study of landforms and bodies of water.  Ask your child to name the 7 bodies of water we are studying.  We’ve had some exciting visitors at the birdfeeder including a Red-Bellied Woodpecker! Also, the Dark Eyed Juncos have returned. Ask your child what this means for the weather.  Check out this link for more info on Dark Eyed Juncos Click Here Keep practicing math facts for fluency. The children have been playing a great math fact game called “Knock Out”. Ask them about it! In reading we have been looking for places where they author makes us have a reaction to their writing (surprise, giggle, sigh). Practice this when reading with your child.

3G News!
Ask your son or daughter about the Addition Strategy they enjoy using! Do they like the “Old School” Standard Algorithm or the “New School” Break Apart Algorithm? Ask them when we would need to do an Estimated Sum. Ask your son or daughter about the difference between a Fact and an Opinion. We have been working on our Persuasive Letters. Ask your son or daughter if they would have enjoyed being a child on the Mayflower! Ask your son or daughter about a their initial impression of our read aloud book, Gregor the Overlander. Is he dreaming all this up, or has he actually fallen down into another world below New York City? I’m sure they will or have shared with you some of his sister, Boots’, hilarious comments!

Grade 3, Mr. O’Donnell
The only five-day week in November was a busy one in 30! We did math review centers today in preparation for our Addition Assessment, which will take place on Monday. Our unit on Subtraction will begin the Monday following Thanksgiving. During Literacy we are using our read aloud and our small reading groups to study and discuss non-fiction text features. Ask your child about our text feature scavenger hunt this week! The students have taken on the role of Pilgrims and have written letters to family members about their experiences on the Mayflower. Ask your child what they included in their letter! Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving full of great times with family and friends! Go Big Blue!

      4B
4B has been working extremely hard in all areas! In writing, we are finalizing our narrative fiction pieces - feel free to log in to Google Drive at home to ask your son or daughter to share their final product with you (login example: rboudreau26@swampscott.k12.ma.us). In reading, we have been practicing purposeful talk in conversations about texts. This can be a useful strategy to use at home when students practice their independent reading. In math, we have been working greatly on multiplication. We learned about the box method and the standard algorithm for 2-digit x 2-digit multiplication problems. Remember to keep practicing math facts! We learned about the Scientific Method and had the chance to practice using it during the Runaway Pepper Experiment. I wish everyone a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

Miss Winkler-Grade 4
We have been working hard in fourth grade! In Literacy, we are comparing and contrasting first and secondhand accounts from the same event. In Writing, students were able to choose two topics they wanted to research to compare and contrast in a multi-paragraph essay. We are wrapping up our unit on long division and prime and composite numbers in Math. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Closing Thoughts
During this holiday week of gratitude I want to take a moment to appreciate our stellar staff, caring families and extraordinarily kind students.  One of the things that is uniquely special about Stanley is our two Special Education programs and the diversity of our students and families.  It is such a gift to all of us to learn together with others who bring special abilities and special challenges.   It presents opportunities for perspective taking and empathy that allow our students to grown into such wonderful people.  Thank you to everyone who supports our schools’ efforts in this regard and Happy Thanksgiving to all!
   
      Tom Daniels
Principal

Stanley Elementary School