MEMORIAL SCHOOL NEWSLETTER

December 22, 2017
Upcoming Events
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

Wednesday, Feb. 7
Early Release Day

Thursday, Feb. 8
PTO Meeting in the Library
7:00 PM

Thursday, Feb. 15th
5th Grade - Underground Railroad
(Snow Date - 2/22)

Monday, Feb. 26 - Friday, March 2
No School
Winter Vacation

Thursday, March 8
District Band & Art Show
SRHS - 6:30 PM
(Snow date - 3/12)  

Thursday, March 15
PTO Meeting in the Library - 7:00 PM

Friday, March 16
No School
Staff Workshop

Thursday, March 22
Parent/Teacher Conferences & PTO Spaghetti Dinner

Thursday, April 5
2nd Grade Concert
Gym - 6:30 PM

Wednesday, April 11
Early Release Day

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

Thursday, April 19
3rd Grade Concert
Gym - 6:30 PM

Monday, April 23 - Friday, April 27
No School
Spring Vacation

31 West Main Street Newton, NH  03858
603-382-5251
Principal, Dr. Patricia Haynes
Assistant Principal, Donna B. Johnson
Principal's Message
Dr. Haynes
We have reached the end of 2017! This is a great time of year for us to look back with gratitude for all that we have accomplished together here at Memorial.  Working together to benefit all of our students is one of the things we treasure as a staff. Our commitment to providing exceptional learning experiences is a clear focus for us as we move into the new calendar year. 

I have been impressed by all the work our students have done in the first half of the school year. The dedication of our teachers and staff results in the growth and development our students experience in their learning, and I look forward to continued success in 2018! 

Recently, the Memorial School chorus and band members performed at Sanborn Regional High School. The performance featured many seasonal songs and highlighted the talents of our students. Not only did they look professional and festive, but they sounded absolutely wonderful! Snapshots of their performances are featured  below for your enjoyment. 





Together with Mrs. Johnson, I extend our wishes for happiness, good health, and peace in a new year filled with hope. We will see everyone back at school on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.



Happy Holidays! 
Cafeteria News
Please remember to check your children's backpacks for any notices sent home regarding low balances in their lunch accounts. Payments can be made using MySchoolBucks or sent in with your child. MySchoolBucks can also be used to check cafeteria balances and purchases, and to receive low balance alerts. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
 
If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions, please contact JoAnne Smith at Memorial at 382-3326, or Kimberly Adkins, Food Service Director at 642-3341 x 132.
News from the School Nurse
  A Health and Wellness Update from the School Nurse :

This is the season for an increase in the number of cases of colds, flu, intestinal and  GI  viruses, conjunctivitis, and even strep throat and pneumonia.  Parents are asked to consider the following suggestions from the school nurse in order to limit the exposure of healthy children to those who are ill, and to ensure that those who are ill will have as rapid a recovery as possible:

  1. If your child has a fever (99.6* or above), please keep your child at home for an additional 24 hours of fever-free time (OFF fever-control medicines) to ensure adequate rest and the opportunity for the immune system to recover.  Your child may still be contagious if he/she has a fever at night, but is fever-free in the early morning.  
  2. If your child has vomited during the night, keep him/her home for at least another 24 hours until you know that he/she is eating regular foods without difficulty and is no longer experiencing nausea or abdominal pain.
  3. If your child has a persistent cough not controlled by over-the-counter medications, please contact your health care provider, as they may have an underlying bronchial or lung infection or pneumonia.
  4. If your child has one or both eyes with a red appearance to the sclera (white area), and/or drainage from the corners which is yellow, and/or yellow crusts on lashes and lids which are itchy and/or swollen, please keep them home and consult your health care provider.   Conjunctivitis is very contagious, and children with this infection must be on medications for a minimum of 24 hours and no longer draining from the eye to attend school.

Frequent hand washing is the number one prevention for the spread of germs and disease within your family as well as in school.  Concerns regarding your child's illness, or duration of his/her symptoms should be addressed to your family health care provider.  Thank you for your assistance to help ensure the health of all students (and staff) at our school.

Outdoor Recess Clothing:

The cold weather has finally arrived, and we want to remind parents to be sure that your child/children are dressed appropriately for outdoor play daily. Please remind them to wear warm winter coats, hats, mittens and bring boots.   We also suggest that you send an extra change of clothing (especially socks and pants) to be kept in  that your child's cubby for those days when he/she may get wet from playing in the in puddles after rains showers.  (Remember to send sneakers or shoes, as children cannot wear boots in class all day)  Thank you for preparing your child to enjoy outdoor play this winter.
Giving Tree
Our giving tree was a huge success again this year! Thank you to everyone who helped make it such a success! A special thank you to our Daisy Troop for providing an entire family with amazing gifts and teaching our youngsters the true meaning of the Holiday Season. I would also like to send a thank you to those at Reds Shoe Barn and Unitil for helping us meet the needs of our community.  We at Memorial feel very fortunate to be surrounded by such a generous and thoughtful community.
Wishing you all a Happy and Healthy Holiday,
Cindy Cole
School Nurse
Anti-Bullying Club
Memorial School's Anti-Bullying Club organized a "Mix It Up Day" at lunch on Wednesday, December 20th.  Students were encouraged to sit next to someone that they don't usually spend time with and try to get to know them. Club members created posters for the event and also created questions on Popsicle sticks to put on each table in case students struggled with topics to discuss while they ate. It was fun to see the kids reading the questions and laughing with each other! 



2nd Grade News
Second graders visited the Boston Museum of Science on Dec. 1 to further our scientific excitement! We were able to see many exhibits that turned our students into scientists. Some made models to show force and motion. They raced them down a track and then could adjust their machines to make them faster. Some saw a lightening show while others were excited about visiting the dinosaurs, models of animals in their habitats, rock and minerals, the human body and many other areas of scientific investigation. See some pictures below.    




Student Council News

The Memorial Student Council wrapped up the annual food drive this week. In total over 200 food and personal items were donated and delivered to our neighbors at Packer Meadows. The student council officers hand delivered boxes of items and the residents of Packer Meadows were delighted to see the kids and very grateful for our generosity. Thank you to all who helped to make this event a big success! We are looking forward to big things in 2018! Happy holidays



Library News with Mrs. Tamayoshi

Fun in the Media Center!
PE News
We wrapped up our fitness unit and have been working on gymnastics and bowling.  Look for your Healthy Fitness Zone Stars on the bulletin board outside the gym.



Music News with Ms. Cunningham
Happy Holidays from Ms. Cunningham!
Sing Your Heart Out
December is always a busy but exciting month for music. Our chorus and band students have been working hard since the beginning of the year to prepare for their winter concerts. They did a fabulous job last Thursday night at their performance at Sanborn Regional High School. Memorial students joined forces with Bakie Elementary's  band and chorus for what was an exciting night of holiday music. I want to extend a huge thank you to all parents and families who were in attendance; I truly appreciate your choice to support music in your child's life!
4 th and 5 th Grade
In General Music, All 4 th and 5 th grade students have been working for over a month on a 16 measure, 32 beat composition. They started writing four measures of rhythm and then combined with a partner to write their composition in AABA form. Next, all students added words that fit their rhythm blocks and once we were comfortable using xylophones, we finished with writing a melody using our Helpful Tips for a Good Melody. This week before the holiday break, students have been giving performances in their music class to their peers. They have truly done a fabulous job with this endeavor and I am so impressed with their creativity and musicianship.  Here are some of the fabulous performances we have seen:
Wintery Wonderland by Caitlin and Julia


 Fall by Joe  


Fall Feast by Kasey and Jenna
 

3 rd Grade Bubbles
One of our rules for recorder is to blow soft, warm air so the recorder doesn't squeak (and give headaches!). Last week, we practiced blowing soft, warm air by blowing bubbles to Camille Saint-Saens Aquarium from his famous work The Carnival of the Animals . Students made a bubbling aquarium full of bubbles, fish, and underwater creatures!

Speaking of Animals....
Second graders have been doing an extensive unit on the Carnival of the Animals . Each week, we have been listening to a different movement and have attempted to guess what animal the music is portraying. Through this unit, students will be learning all about the four different instrument families: woodwind, string, brass, and percussion.


K and 1 st Grade News
This week, all kindergarteners and first graders have finished meeting every friend from Pitch Hill. Super Do has been on vacation, but is back for the holidays and ready to meet all the students at Memorial. Students have really enjoyed meeting Boxer Do, Rooftop Re, Flathead Mi, Grumpy Fa, Scaredy-Cat Sol, Hungry La, Mister Ti and Super Do this year. Each of our friends has a color, a story, a handsign, and a special song. Pitch Hill has really helped students with the musical concepts of pitch, high vs low sounds, and solfege. These concepts will carry them throughout their musical careers at Memorial.


STEAM News with Ms. Lebs



Reading Specialist News with Dr. Corbin
Tips for Supporting Readers
As  readers there are times when we get stumped on a word or look up after reading and say "What did I just read?" or "What does that mean?" At these times your brain is telling you that you can't keep going because the process isn't working, so you stop and usually reread, or read aloud, or ask for help.
A strategy to use with practicing readers is called Pause, Prompt, Praise. Pause refers to giving the reader time to think and try to solve the problem. Prompt refers to encouraging the reader to try different things such as look at picture, think about the meaning, look for patterns in words, etc (click here for more). Praise refers to acknowledging the readers effort.
You can follow up the reading with questions to support comprehension.
1.  Questions don't have to be saved until the very end.
  • If a reader seems a bit confused over a particular passage, stop right then and ask, "Did that makes sense to you?"  or "What was the author saying right there? Can you put it in your own words?"
  • Students who struggle with attention span many times do better if asked questions  while  reading versus saving all of them until the very end.
  • Asking questions is also an effective comprehension strategy good readers use throughout reading, not just at the end.
2. Questions that start with "how" or "why" tend to delve deeper into comprehension.
  • "Why do you think the main character did that?" or "How do you think she is going to solve this problem?"  These questions require young readers to "read between the lines".  They must take what they know (their schema) and add it to what the author is telling them to create an answer.
  • Answering the deeper questions requires your child to know the basic answers.  For example, if you ask your young reader, "Why do you think the main character did that?", listen for him to use the main character's name while answering.

 3.  Questions can lead to more questions.

  • Instead of simply being satisfied with the answer your child gives, you can follow up with another  great  question: "What makes you think that?"
  • Asking how your child got the answer requires her to think about the strategies she used to get the answer.
  • Be explicit about identifying the strategy she used to help her think about her thinking (metacognition).

4. Questions Don't Have to Have ONE Right Answer

While some questions only have one right answer, I cherish the questions that don't for two reasons.
1-They lead to great conversations and discussions between you and the child.
2-They put the child at ease.  When children struggle with comprehension, the last thing they need is the added pressure of trying to figure out the one answer you want them to give (on top of simply coming up with an answer).  Try adding, "In your opinion..." or "Why do YOU THINK..." to the beginning of questions to indicate to the child that their opinion and thinking matters more than getting the "right" answer.
School Counselor News with Mrs. Collins 

 
Box T ops
BOXTOPS FOR EDUCATION
Let me take this moment to wish you all a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy New Year!  I also want to thank everyone who turned in BOXTOPS.  Whether one or hundreds each contribution helps our kids at Memorial School.

Congratulations to Ms Banyas' class for bringing in the most BOXTOPS for November!  Enjoy the holiday break, see you next year.  Joanne Lawler (jlawler12003@yahoo.com)
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Girls on the Run
 
Girls on the Run New Hampshire is actively recruiting volunteer coaches for the Spring 2018 season at Memorial School in Newton. Coaching a Girls on the Run (GOTR) team is one of the most rewarding ways to get involved with the program. You get to experience the program first hand, feel a sense of accomplishment that you have made a difference in the lives of the girls and have a ton of fun with your team of coaches and incredible girls (grades 3-5)!
 
A GOTR coach is a volunteer position that facilitates and supports the GOTR curriculum. The position requires approximately 2-4 hours per week for 10 weeks with the additional commitment of a one-time new coach training.  Coaches do not need to be runners.  They must be willing to lead with an open heart and assume positive intent.
 
If you are interested in helping to continue this program at Memorial or learning more, please contact Betsy Cissel, GOTR-NH Program Director, betsy.cissel@girlsontherun.org .  

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phaynes@sau17.net

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