MEMORIAL SCHOOL NEWSLETTER
October 6, 2017
Upcoming Events
Monday, Oct. 9
No School - Columbus Day

Thursday, Oct. 12
Gr. 1 - Field trip to Applecrest Farms

Thursday, Oct. 12
PTO Meeting in the
Library 
7:00 PM

Friday, Oct. 20th
Gr. 5 - Field trip to Boston Tea Party Museum

Tuesday, Oct. 24
Picture Re-take Day

Wednesday, Oct. 25
Fall Fundraiser
Pick Up - Gym
3:00 - 7:00 PM

Friday, Nov. 3
No School 
Teacher Workshop

Wednesday, Nov. 22 - Friday, Nov. 24
No School
Thanksgiving Break

Monday, Nov. 27 - Tuesday, Dec. 5
Scholastic Book Fair

Thursday, Nov. 30
Parent/Teacher Conferences
3:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Monday, Dec. 4
Parent/Teacher Conferences
3:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Wednesday, Dec. 6
Early Release Day

Thursday, Dec. 14
Winter Concert
SRHS - 6:30 PM
(Snow Date: 12/18)

Monday, Dec. 25 - Monday, Jan. 1
No School
Holiday Break

Wednesday, Jan. 10
Early Release Day

Thursday, Jan. 11
PTO Meeting in the Library 
7:00 PM

Monday, Jan. 15
No School 
MLK, Jr. Day


31 West Main Street Newton, NH  03858
603-382-5251
Principal, Dr. Patricia Haynes
Assistant Principal, Donna B. Johnson
Important Reminders
We want to remind parents about a few important  things!
  1. Student drop off is up at the horseshoe drive, located in the front of the building.  For safety reasons, please do not drop students off in the lobby.
  2. Please do not drop your child off before 8:30 AM, staff is not available to watch students.
  3. If your child is going to arrive after the 8:40 AM bell, it is of the utmost importance that you contact the school to let us know.
Thank you for your help keeping our students safe!
Principal's Message
Dr. Haynes
We've turned the calendar to October and autumn is upon us! With the changing seasons, we see changes in our building as well. Just last week, we had our Student Council swearing in ceremony. All students in grades 3-5 assembled in the gym to watch a slice of democracy in action. I lead the Student Council representatives in their swearing in oath, and each of the four officers were sworn in by a special guest they invited to do the honors. 


     


The students selected to represent their peers on the Student Council, advised by Mr. Kevin McKenney, have many great ideas for how to make Memorial a better place, and how to support students in demonstrating CARES throughout the building and community.  We are pleased and proud of all of our students and look forward to a great year.

Another change is the format of our Progress Report, which will be coming home to families on Friday, October 13 th . This year, the Progress Report will give families a brief description of what students are doing in the areas of CARES, Reading, Writing, Math, Science and Social Studies. Teachers will also share how students are doing personally in each of these areas, and will indicate how they are progressing in the standards for each area.

We believe that these revised Progress Reports will give families a more complete picture of what is happening in school and how students are performing at midterm. Please return the signed Progress Report to your child's teacher by Tuesday, October 17 th . If you have any questions about your child's progress in school, at any point in the year, please do not hesitate to contact your child's teacher. Our combined commitment to your child's learning is the best way to ensure success!

School Nurse

IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS FOR FIFTH GRADE STUDENTS
Please be advised that when your child turns 11 years old, and it has been 5 years or longer since their last Tetanus toxoid-containing immunization, they must receive a Tdap vaccine, a booster dose of tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis, as required by NH state Immunization laws. If your child has a documented medical contraindication to the pertussis vaccine, a Td booster is acceptable. In addition, every child entering the 6 th grade must have had 2 doses of the Varicella vaccine (chicken pox). If your child has a well-child visit scheduled within this school year, please discuss these requirements with the doctor at the time of the visit, and provide a copy of their physical and updated immunization record to the school nurse.

Thank you,

Cindy Cole, BSN
Memorial School Nurse
603-382-5251 ext. 106
Preschool News
 
The Morning Preschool for 3 year olds has gotten off to a great start! In the morning preschool class we work on the skills needed to work productively in our classroom , such as sharing, taking turns, and using our words. We also do a lot of work to get ready to learn to write! We build muscles by playing with play dough, working on the easel, and using finger paint and shaving cream to make big movements with our arms. We also work on fine motor skills by picking up things like small pom poms and transferring them to a container, picking through play dough and rice to find  hidden gems, and squeezing chopsticks! 

We have a lot of fun while we learn in Morning Preschool! We sing songs and do dances every day. We love to play in the water, our bean table, and the rainbow rice. We like to read books and do felt board stories. One of the most popular games during play time is to use our kitchen to make meals for teachers and friends. We also love to play outside on the playground! 

The students in the Morning Preschool class are excited to come to school each day and very curious about the world around them and all the things in our classroom. We try to foster their curiosity and let them explore using all their senses. Preschoolers love to learn!

Library News
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Memorial School provides a variety of technology tools for learning, whether in the classroom, gym, library, or the new STEAM lab. So that everyone has full access to the many sound-based activities, we ask that each student bring a set of headphones (please, no earbuds ) for their individual use in school.

For those children who are not able to bring their own to school, we will continue to provide school-owned headphones.

Please contact Jodi Tamayoshi at jtamayoshi@sau17.net with any questions.
Music News
Composers in the Making
 
Last week, students in third grade composed a Class Symphony. Pictured below is Ms. Doucett's  class, with their 'Symphony No. 1' We learned that symphonies generally have four movements, which are smaller songs that make up the larger symphony. After I played each movement on the piano, we voted as a class the titles of a couple of the movements. This year, all third grade students are learning how to read music on the treble clef staff, and so each student had the chance to write a note or two in our symphony. To learn how to read music, we use our five fingers which represent the five lines on the staff and the four spaces in between the lines. Third graders-can you sing our Treble Clef song to your family?

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PE News
PE classes have started the year with some cooperative games focusing on teamwork and communication. Pictured are some students working through a problem solving challenge called "stepping Stones." 


STEAM News

Reading Specialist News
Congratulations to the following students who completed the Build a Better World Summer Reading Challenge. They are Shelby C., Maddy D., Thomas C., Caitlin M., Taylor C., Rebecca M., Riley A., Sam A., and Gabby S. They will each receive an Outstanding Reader Award!
Summer reading  is so important, not just to complete a challenge, but to develop a habit of lifelong reading. We read for a variety of purposes: to learn something new; to confirm what we think we already know; to be entertained; to escape into another world or time; to complete a project or assignment; to relax; to share interests  with others, and more. Reading helps your brain to grow and helps you develop as a person.
Our job is to help our children develop as independent readers who initiate reading on their own and find it an essential part of life. As parent you have a special role in this process. Children value what their parents' value and they learn from what they see their parents' do. Some questions to think about:
Do your children see you read and write for different purposes?
Is there a time in your home that everyone reads?
Do you have reading material easily available such as books, magazines, newspapers, fliers, comics, cereal boxes, digital resources such as Epic?
Please join us in our goal this year to develop independent readers and writers.
Thank you,
Dr. Joyce Corbin
News from our School Counselor 

 
Memorial PTO News
IMPORTANT
PTO ANNOUNCEMENT
   
  • Our next PTO Meeting will be held on October 12th at 7:00 in the library. We hope to see you there!
  • The Fall Fundraiser was a success we raised $14,682.00! We surpassed our   goal of $12,000.00. Thank you all who helped support our school!!
  • The PTO will be having a table at Olde Home Day on Saturday 10/7. We will   be raffling off a basket full of Fall Goodies and crafts for kids. Hope to see you   there!
  • We are actively taking registrations for new and returning PTO members. The class that has the highest percentage of registrations will get an ice cream party!! We value time as much as we value financial contributions!  No amount of time volunteering is too little!  We welcome you to attend a PTO meeting or event even if you have a 5th grader and have never attended in the past. 
  • And don't forget The PTO is registered as a nonprofit on GuideStar and is  registered on AmazonSmile. Please consider using those sites for all your      shopping needs! 


 

Box Tops News
BOX TOPS CLASS COLLECTOR OF THE MONTH...and the winner for September and holder of the trophy is Ms Desrosier"s class with 304 Box Tops but followed very closely in second by Mr LaPorte with 289, Mrs. Black had 238 and Ms Lowe turned in 87.  Well done everyone!   This give a total of 918 Box Tops to  turn in for the November 1st submission date,  Who will earn the trophy for October?  

BTFE site members check out the website on Thursdays for special printable and/or digital coupons for Box Top products.  The coupons change, monthly and weekly. so it pays to check often; as I write this Big G cereals, Pillsbury, Progresso, Annie's, Huggies and Hefty are some of the featured products.  It is a win=win, you save money and Memorial gets money from the Box Tops.  So far in 2017 BTFE coupons have been worth $908.50 in savings per family.

Teachers and Parents, don't be shy, if you have Box Tops don't wait, turn them in,  anytime.  The Box Tops will count towards the monthly or quarterly contests that match the date I receive them.  I will try very hard to check the office on Fridays for Box Tops.

Dates to Remember: Oct. 27, the end of the first quarterly contest  
                                  Oct. 31, the end of the Class Collector of the Month for October
                                  Nov. 1, the first submission date for a check to the school

Thanks to all the clippers, you are the ones who make this project a success.
Sanborn Regional Budget Committee
Did You Know?
by Annie Collyer, Chairman of the Sanborn Budget Committee
Did You Know that the Sanborn Regional School Budget Committee met on September 28 to set the budget preparation process for FY 2018-19?  The members deliberated to establish their Budget Preparation Calendar, so that they can thoroughly review the costs and benefits for students, of spending proposals from the District Administrators and the School Board recommendation.  The Calendar for Budget Preparation is posted on the SAU17.org website.  
Members are currently gathering information on actual spending from FY 2016-17, and on the budgeted line items for the current fiscal year.  They will be meeting with Administrators to discuss the costs and benefits of current and desired spending in the next school year.  The role of the Budget Committee is to balance needs in the District with the impact on community taxpayers, and to propose a budget to the community voters in February.  
You can attend meetings and/or watch posted videos of meetings and read the meeting minutes found on the SAU17.org website. Your participation is welcomed, and there is time for public comment at every meeting.
Gale Library News
October Happenings at the Gale Library, Newton
Drop in anytime at the Gale Library to choose a scary read from our great selection of Halloween Books. While you're there, take a guess at how many candies are in our  Great Pumpkin Jar . If yours is the closest guess, you win them all. 

Come join us for  Storyhour  each Tuesday  at 10 AM  with Fire Safety, Pumpkin Patch, and Halloween tales, songs, and crafts. The Halloween Party Storyhour will be on Tuesday, Oct. 31 at 10 AM.  

Join Crazy 8'sCrazy 8's is a recreational club that helps kids enjoy the math behind their favorite activities! We're nothing like your usual math club. With Crazy 8's kids will build a glow-in-the-dark city, crack secret spy codes, toss a beach ball, make stick art, and play games like Toilet Paper Olympics. It's a totally new kind of club for K- Grade 3 kids On Monday, from 6-7 PM. Walk on the wild side and find out how insects and animals run so fast with all those extra legs!  There are a few spaces left is limited. Call 392-4691 to sign up.

It's time for the annual Gale Library  Pumpkin Carving Party . People of all ages, children, teens, tweens, parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles are invited  the week of Oct. 23 at 6:00 PM  to the Country Pond Fish and Game on Pond St. Please call the library to confirm the date. The library staff and volunteers will have all the stencils , tools, and assistance you will need. Please bring your own cleaned-out pumpkin ready for carving and a snack for the refreshment table. Always a great night for young and old to make the most awesome carvings. It's always amazing to see the pumpkins all lit up. Make sure to bring a camera.

Even if you can't make your own pumpkin, drop in after 7:30 PM to view and admire the Pumpkin Gallery!

The  Friends of the Gale Library  will be waiting to "TREAT" you to goodies on Tuesday, Oct. 31  from 5-8 PM . Drop in, snack up, and warm up. 

Newton's Gale Library hours are Monday and Wednesday 12 to 8, Tuesday and Saturday 9 to 1, and Friday 10 to 6. Visit us on Facebook or call 382-4691.
Upcoming Dance for Grades 5 - 8

Contact
Dr. Patricia Haynes, Principal
phaynes@sau17.net

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