MEMORIAL SCHOOL NEWSLETTER
February 3, 2017
Upcoming Events
Wednesday, Feb. 8th
Early Release @ 1:10 PM

Wednesday, Feb. 8th
Deliberative  Session
7:00 PM (SRHS)

Thursday, Feb. 9th
PTO Monthly Meeting
7:00 PM (library)

Tuesday, Feb. 14th
Valentine's Day Classroom Parties @ 2:10 PM

Thursday, Feb. 16th
Underground Railroad for 5th Grade Students
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
(Snow date - Feb. 23rd)

Thursday, Feb. 23rd
CARES Assembly @ 1:45 PM (gym)

Monday, Feb. 27th - Friday, March 3rd
No School - Winter Break

Tuesday, March 7th
District Chorus Concert
6:00 PM (SRHS) 
(Snow date - Mar. 9th)

Thursday, March 9th
PTO Monthly Meeting
7:00 PM (library)

Friday, March 17th
No School - Staff In-Service Day 

Thursday, March 23rd
Parent/Teacher Conferences & PTO Spaghetti Dinner

Thursday, April 6th
2nd Grade Concert
6:30 PM (gym)

Friday, April 7th
PTO Father/Daughter Dance

Wednesday, April 12th
Early Release @ 1:10 PM

Thursday, April 13th
Kindergarten Parent Information Night
6:00 PM (library)

Thursday, April 13th
PTO Monthly Meeting
7:00 PM (library)

Wednesday, April 19th
CARES Assembly
10:00 AM (Gym) 

Monday, April 24th - 28th
No School - Spring Break

31 West Main Street Newton, NH  03858
603-382-5251
Interim Principal, Deborah L. Bulkley
Assistant Principal, Donna B. Johnson
Principal's Message
Deborah Bulkley
Dear Parents, 
 
Democracy is a device that insures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.   George Bernard Shaw
 
Newton parents deserve quality schools for their children with adequate funding to continue to offer innovative programs. Newton students deserve quality teachers and leadership that will provide the best environment for them to meet their full potential.  Newton teachers deserve to work under the benefits of an approved contract.  

We always hear about the rights of democracy, but the major  responsibility  of it is participation Wynton Marsalis
 
Responsibility is one of the qualities we teach to our students about their school work, but as adults we bear the responsibility for many different things. Not the least of them is a responsibility to our local communities to be aware and involved in town issues.  Participation in our democratically run town cannot simply be to vote once or twice a year in an election. Participation means getting involved, spending time gathering factual information so you are knowledgeable about the issues, and sometimes it means serving your community in a leadership role. Our democracy relies on volunteers to do the hard work of governing our communities and schools so it might mean running for office to have your voice and that of like minded citizens represented. It takes no special skills, only some of your time.
 
The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference, and undernourishment.   
Robert M. Hutchins
 
Please ensure that democracy thrives in Newton by being motivated to care about what happens here, stay informed about town governance, and the needs of the school district.  You are your children's best role model in this regard. Our students need to be nurtured and fed through our schools if they are to grow to reach their greatest expectations.  They are the citizens and leaders of the future and those roles start with a high quality education.
 
Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to  choose wisely .  The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
 
I encourage you to attend the deliberative session next week to learn about the planned budget and its impact on the schools.  The planned cuts are significant and will result in major changes in our school system. This meeting is often long, but this is the one meeting where the bottom line of the budget will ultimately be determined. It is important to stay through the whole meeting if it is at all possible. The meeting is Wednesday, February 8th, at 7:00 at the Sanborn Regional High School auditorium.
 
Without integrity, which is based on facts and honesty and a willingness to reason together in good will and with honorable intentions, democracy simply cannot function. William Astore


Deborah L. Bulkley, Interim Principal

NG2 
written by: Ellen Hume-Howard
NG2 Comes to Sanborn

Have you heard about our No Grades, No Grades (NG2) project? Three primary classrooms at Memorial and three at Bakie are participating.  Here is a write up from Ellen Hume-Howard, our curriculum director, describing the project:

What might it look like if we could group students based on their interests and learning strengths rather than just with their same age peers? This year the Sanborn Regional School District is partnering with the New Hampshire Department of Education and the New Hampshire Learning Initiative to develop a personalized educational pathway for students in grades K-2. The project called NG2: No Grades, No Grades, is one of the 12 projects in the nation sponsored by the Assessment for Learning Project supported by the Center for Innovation in Education. NG2 focuses on learning experiences for students that allows them to learn at the level that is most challenging and appropriate for them.

We already have half of NG2 in place. For the past seven years, Sanborn has been providing students with feedback and next steps for learning that goes beyond typical "letter" grades, hence the No Grades. This feedback is given to evaluate the expectations for all aspects of the work rather than just giving students a letter grade. The students then go back into their work to make changes and improve the product so that it meets competency. Student progress toward meeting those competencies is shared with parents through letters such as M for meeting or IP for in progress instead of arbitrary grading with A, B, or C.

The second half of NG2 involves the blurring of grade levels for students during the project. During the project, students will be able to work on tasks and use reading materials that are at their instructional level. For many of our students this will mean using materials and meeting expectations well above their current grade level in school. This project promotes self-direction in setting their own learning goals as they move seamlessly and independently through the unit activities. The goal of the unit is to provide students with the best learning pathway based on their knowledge, understanding and skills and to support student independence.  

Sanborn's NG2 project involves the design and assessments for a unit of study (2-3 weeks) that focuses on "The Community".  Students will be working on activities and a final project that address the competencies and standards in social studies, reading, writing, speaking, and research as students learn more about their community. Students will also focus on Work Study Practices: collaboration, communication, creativity, and self-direction.

During the project students will work with their own peers as well has with students of different ages. Teachers will be studying how students work within a multi-age environment, how technology impacts learning, and the types of structures and supports needed to support learners in a personalized learning environment. The district is grateful to have the support of these partners and the supportive resources to design personalized learning environments for students to address competency education.

Teachers involved in the project see the development of this unit as a first step in designing the foundations for personalized learning at the primary level. Amy MacDougall, a 1st grade teacher at Memorial School commented recently about NG2,  "We are excited to delve deeper into personalized learning to meet our students at their skill level and provide more authentic opportunities for them to grow." Amy's comments echo the other teacher's feelings about NG2. Our educators are focused on supporting our students as individual learners and in making sure they experience challenging and rewarding educational experiences at Sanborn.

Glee Club Concert
On January 26th, our Glee Club provided a wonderful concert.  Congratulations to all of our singers.  A very special thank you to Ms. Sarah Kaufman and Ms. Sharon DesRosiers for their hard work with our students!




Kindergarten Registration for 2017-2018
NEWS RELEASE
 
SANBORN REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
Office of the Superintendent of Schools
17 Danville Road
Kingston, New Hampshire  03848
 
Date:   January, 2017

MEMORIAL SCHOOL
KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION
   
If your child will be five years old by September 30, 2017, and you are a resident of Newton, New Hampshire, he or she is eligible for full day kindergarten for the
2017-2018 school year.
 
All incoming kindergarten students will participate in a screening process Student screenings will take place on Thursday, May 11th and Friday, May 12th.
Please call Memorial School at 603-382-5251 as soon as possible to pre-register your child and to schedule a screening appointment. 
 
An orientation and information night for parents of all incoming kindergarten students will take place on Thursday, April 13th, 2017, from 6:00-7:00 p.m. in the Memorial School library.  School personnel will be available at the orientation meeting to answer any questions.
 
New Hampshire State Law requires all children to have had immunizations for DPT, Polio, Mumps, Measles, German Measles, Chicken Pox, and Hepatitis B prior to entry to school. They also require each child to have a complete medical examination within one year prior to entry into kindergarten.  
 
Registration materials will be available beginning Monday, February 27th at the Memorial School office between the hours of 9:00 AM and 2:30 PM when you present your child's original birth certificate.  Additional documentation required to complete the registration process includes, updated physical and immunization records, proof of residency as defined by the Sanborn Regional School District, and a government issued photo ID.  The completed registration packet is due by June 9, 2017.
 
Please contact the Memorial School main office at (603) 382-5251 with any questions regarding Kindergarten registration.
Integrated Preschool Program for 2017-2018
APPLICATIONS ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED
FOR SANBORN REGIONAL INTEGRATED PRESCHOOL PROGRAM
   
The Sanborn Regional Integrated Preschool Program is offered at both the  D.J.Bakie Elementary School in Kingston, NH and at the Memorial Elementary School in Newton, NH. We are currently accepting applications for the 2017- 2018 school year for the three year and four year old preschool programs. 
 
The three year old program is held Mondays through Thursdays from 8:30 AM to 11:00 AM.   Eligible children must be three years old by September 30, 2017 and be residents of Kingston or Newton, New Hampshire.
 
The four year old program is held Mondays through Thursdays  from 12:00-3:00 PM at each school for residents of Kingston and Newton.   Eligible children must be four years old by September 30, 2017. There are limited openings in the four year old program at both schools.
 
Tuition for the three year program is $165 per month and the four year old program is $200 per month.  A tuition agreement form must be completed and returned in order to participate in the program.  Enrollment is limited, and the deadline for submitting an application is Friday, February 24, 2017.
 
All applicants must participate in a developmental screening process.  Please note that this is not a Child Find. You may call to schedule a Child Check Appointment if you are questioning a possible educational issue.  For more information, or to register your child for the lottery, please click on the link below.

Student Council News
Haiti Drive
 
The Memorial School Student Council is collecting donations to send to a primary school in Petit Goave, Haiti. Haiti has been severely affected by multiple natural disasters over the last few years which has made everyday life in this country more challenging and left many people without the means for what we would consider basic needs. Rachel Collins, daughter of our own Mrs. Collins is a teacher at the school and we have teamed up with her to create a list of things that would help the school and its students the most. We are looking for new and gently used school supplies, basic first aid items and peanut butter for snacks. This drive will be running until Wednesday, February 8th.  Let's work together to make a positive impact on the lives and educational experience of these children. Thank you in advance for any and all donations!
 

Supply list:

School Supplies:

Lined paper
Construction paper
Pencils
Markers
Crayons
Picture books
Glue
Scissors
Individual chalk boards
Chalk
Individual white boards
Expo markers
Coloring/activity books
Rulers
Erasers
Mechanical pencil sharpeners
Stickers
Large piece simple puzzles
Preschool/primary teaching posters
Preschool/primary flashcards (colors, letters, numbers, shapes, animals)

 
First Aid Supplies:

Band-Aids - all sizes
Alcohol wipes
Hand sanitizer wipes
Triple antibiotic cream
Hydrocortisone cream
Cotton balls
Disposable gloves

News from 5th Grade
The Underground Railroad
The Underground Railroad has never been under the ground.  It has also never been a railroad. Why then has it been called The Underground Railroad?
Underground in this case refers to a secret or illegal activity. The activity was to help slaves escape from their owners.  The word Railroad was also a part of the secret. At the time of the Underground Railroad, the first railroads were being used and built. Everyone was talking about them. Terms such as station, conductor, and parcel were secret code words used by the abolitionists, the people helping the slaves to escape.

Imagine being a slave. If you did anything wrong, you could be whipped, or worse. You worked long days for no money.  By age ten you had already been working on the plantation, planting and harvesting crops for your master.  Your master, the person who owned you, started to realize that you had value. If the master needed some money, he could sell something he owned; something of value; something like you. Families were often split up and sold, away from each other, never to see each other again.

The only way to avoid this life was to run away. Many slaves tried. Few succeeded. The ones that did succeed had help. The people helping joined up with others that had the same ideas. They gave the slaves safe places to hide, and safe places to go. Traveling from place to place was the dangerous part.  Slaves had to be on the lookout at all times. They would be hunted by slave catchers, and they would not know who they could trust. They could only hope and pray that the routes they were sent on would lead them to freedom. These routes collectively became known as The Underground Railroad.
 
 
On Thursday, February 16, 2017 we wish good luck to the fifth grade students and parents traveling through Memorial School's version of The Underground Railroad.  (The snow date is one week later)
  
Library News
NEWS from
LIBRARY VIRTUAL LEARNING COMMONS
by Mrs. Mulcahy
 



News from our School Counselor 

 
School Nurse
 

Outdoor recess clothing:                                                                                                                                        
Our students will be playing outside every day, sometimes twice a day for recesses.  We are now approaching the colder seasons of late fall and winter, and some of our students are forg etting to bring a warm coat.  We suggest that you remind your child of the outdoor temperature to insure that they are warm at play.  Please be aware that after wet weather, we may have some puddles on the playground.  You are encouraged to send a spare set of dry clothing to school for your child to change at school should they become wet during outdoor recess.  Please label the clothes with your child's name, so they can keep the bag in their cubby here at school.  Thank you!
 
Cold and Flu season is here

This is the season for an increase in the number of cases of colds, flu, intestinal, & 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.

Thank you,

Sheila Koutelis,  RN
Memorial PTO
IMPORTANT
PTO ANNOUNCEMENT
 
 
  • Our next PTO Meeting will be held on February 9th at 7:00 in the library
  •  The PTO is registered as a nonprofit on GuideStar and is registered on        AmazonSmile. Please consider using those sites for all your shopping needs!
  •  We are putting together a great Spaghetti Dinner and the Room Parents are doing awesome with the Raffle Baskets! Save the Date March 23rd from 5:00-8:00. Food will be served till 7:00 with raffles being called at 7:30. 
  •  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.  Feel free to attend a PTO meeting or event if you have a preschooler and are new to Memorial.  We welcome new members throughout the school year!!!

Box Top News
Box Tops Update
BOX TOPS for EDUCATION UPDATE!! We have almost 5000 Box Tops bagged, boxed and ready to go for the next submission date.  That means a check to this school for almost $500!  With your help we can get that check to be even more.  Please send in as many Box Tops as you can by Feb 17th so I can get them ready.  Also please check your Box Tops for ones that will expire on Mar 1 2017 and get them in ASAP so we get credit before they expire.  Thanks for all the Box Tops you've clipped so far.

Keep those Box Tops coming! 
Joanne Lawler BTFE Coordinator, email:  jlawler12003@yahoo.com
Sanborn Regional Budget Committee
Did You Know? *
Annie Collyer, Chairman, Sanborn Budget Committee

Did You Know that the Sanborn Regional School District Budget Committee (BudCom) met on January 19 to finalize its budget proposal for the District for the fiscal year 2017-18 that begins on July 1? This is a budget that is lower by almost one million dollars than the current budget.  The next step is that the voters hear the BudCom proposal at the Deliberative Session on February 8 at 7 PM, and vote by secret ballot whether to send this proposal before the voters for approval on March 14, or to adjust it higher or lower.  In our towns and District, the voters have direct power over the budget.

After lengthy debate, BudCom members approved a budget proposal of $33,695,968 to present to the voters.  BudCom has spent the past ten months culling through the books of the District, and listening to presentations from the Administrative leadership team, to the School Board, and to voters, to arrive at its proposal.  The proposal is lower than the current budget, lower by about a million dollars than the default budget, and 1.5% higher than what was actually spent as of the year ended last June 30, and what is currently being spent over the past 12 month in the District, according to financial information supplied to BudCom by the District's Business Office.

A majority vote of only voters present at this Deliberative Session can raise or lower dollar amounts, and make changes to other warrant articles.  BudCom urges all voters to attend the Deliberative Session at the Sanborn Regional High School on Wednesday, February 8 (snow date February 9) at 7 PM to hear about the proposed budget, and other warrant articles, including the proposed contracts for professional staff (teachers) and support staff, and the warrant article for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for the Swasey Gym and Chase Fields. Please prepare for a potentially long evening with your fellow voters.  All money votes will be by secret ballot by petition of 5 or more voters.  Bring your ID.

BudCom also voted on the other warrants, with unanimous support for the proposed staff contracts and for the Swasey ADA compliance.  BudCom has prepared a budget that is responsible both in funding education and in addressing community affordability.  The teacher contract failed to pass last year, at both financial and other costs to the District.  If the ADA warrant fails to pass, the facility will be locked and several school and community sports for our children may have to cease.  The cost for these three warrant articles is $741,495, which, when added to the budget proposal, gives a total of $34,437,463 for the appropriations to operate the District for the coming year.  The current budget is $34,565,866.

Voter Impact:  Come to the Deliberative to determine the bottom line for the District and for your tax dollars.  A few votes can change the budget and the warrants that will go before the voters at the polls in March.  Every vote counts.

* The opinions expressed in this commentary do not reflect those
of the Sanborn Regional School Board and Administration.

Gale Library News
  Winter Reading Time at the Gale Library

Need a fun school vacation activity? "Carol and Crew" will bring her Puppet friends and entertain children of all ages on  Tuesday, Feb. 28 promptly at  10 AM. With original stories and old favorites and lots of child interaction, everyone will enjoy the morning.

Our  winter reading programs   continues through  March 4th . Children log each book they read. When they reach their goal, they choose prizes and new books from the treasure box. All readers are entered into the program's raffles for weekly prizes and a Grand Prize. We will celebrate the finale with a Bingo For Books night on  Mon, March 6, 6:30 PM  during Read Across America Week. Check each week to see if you are a weekly winner.

Come to the Gale Library, find some good books and get reading!!

Teens and Adults also can join the Winter Read Program! Just register, read, and take a chance in our weekly prize contests.  

"Take Your Child to the Library Day !" will be  Saturday, February 4,  from 9-12. Come visit the children's room. Guess the number of valentine candies in the jar and win them all.   Drop in to make a craft, color pages, read in an igloo, do a puzzle, play a game, join the winter reading club, and take a chance to win a prize!  Join us for a fun day!

Drop in on  Saturday, Feb.11 to make a Valentine craft.

Preschool and Toddlers can join us for a  Storyhour Valentine Party on  Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 10 AM. There'll be stories, songs, games, valentine hunt and of course, refreshments. Regular storyhours are each  Tuesday at  10 PM.

The next Family Movie Matinee is on Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 2 PM with "Happy Feet Two"  The movie is rated G and runs for 99 minutes. Snacks will be served, please bring your own beverages. This is an early release day.

Join us to have fun and build with our  Snap Circuits kits!

These kits make learning electronics a "snap". You can build over 100 projects just by following the colorful pictures in the manual. Enjoy hours of educational fun while learning electronics. You can make projects such as flashlights, doorbell, and AM radios. Our next program will be  Monday Feb. 6 from  4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Our next session of  Crazy 8s will begin in March  It's an over-the-top after-school club designed to get kids fired up about math.  Every week kids get to build stuff, run and jump, make music, make a mess...and make friendships at the same time. It's time for math to become the cool thing to do after school.

The club is available for grades K-2, all featuring hands-on activities like Glow-in-the-Dark Geometry,  Bouncy Dice Explosion, and Toilet Paper Olympics.  If your child is interested, please all 382-4691 or drop in to sign your child up. Space is limited.
Important Information on Absences and Dismissals
STUDENT ABSENCE/TARDINESS        
When a student is going to be absent or late for school:
  • Please call the absentee phone number 382-5251, ext. 100. A phone answering machine is in operation all hours that the school is not open.
  • If the parent does not call, the school will then try to reach the parent at home or work and, if necessary, the person(s) listed by you on your child's emergency card will be phoned to assure the safety of your child.
  • If the school is still unable to ascertain the whereabouts of a child after these steps, the Newton Police Department will be contacted to conduct a well-child visit at the home to ensure the child's safety. 
  • Any student arriving after the 8:40 a.m. tardy bell must use the main entrance and check in at the office for a "tardy pass" before reporting to his or her classroom.
  • To be eligible to participate in an after-school curricular or extra-curricular activity, a student must be present in school on the day of the event unless there are extenuating circumstances and approval has been granted by the activity leader or school administration.
STUDENT DISMISSAL
  • A student will be released only to a parent or legal guardian or to one designated by a parent or legal guardian as listed on the Student Emergency Card.
  • A student will not be released to any other person without his/her parent's or legal guardian's written permission.
  • Because of the safety risk caused by traffic at the end of the day, we ask that parents who are dismissing students prior to the end of the school day pick up their child no later than 2:55.
  • Children who are walkers, or are being picked up at the close of the school day, will be dismissed after the buses leave, between 3:15 and 3:20 PM.
  • For the safety of your child, NO CHANGES in transportation plans will be made based on a telephone call request. All dismissal plans that reflect a change in the child's daily procedure must be made in writing. This is to protect students from being dismissed by anyone other than a parent, guardian, or adult designated and authorized by the parents.
  • Please ensure all dismissal notes are received and confirmed no later than 2:45 PM.
Dreambox
Dear Parent/Guardian,

Memorial School has purchased DreamBox Learning's Math Program, an online, Intelligent Adaptive Learning(tm) program that helps all students achieve better, faster math proficiency.

Your student can access DreamBox Learning from any computer, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week using this link: https://play.dreambox.com/login/4f3h/memorials 

DreamBox is an online program - there's no software to download! All you need is a high-speed Internet connection and Adobe Flash. Adobe Flash is free and is included with many Internet browsers.

To access DreamBox on iPad, go to http://www.dreambox.com/ipad , or search for "DreamBox Math" in the App Store. Download DreamBox Math Green and DreamBox Math Blue to ensure your student has access to the full catalog of DreamBox Learning Math lessons. When prompted in the app, use this School Code: 4f3h/memorials

Review your student's academic progress with a DreamBox Parent Account. Please follow these steps to create your free Parent Account:


 2. Have your student login to their profile just as they would at school.

 3. Click Setup Parent Access at the bottom of the page.

 4. Follow instructions to create a new login and password.

 5. Read Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

 6. Click "Submit".

Log into your home account after set up:

 2. Enter your email address and password.

 3. To see student progress, click the "Family Dashboard" button.

If you have any questions, please contact DreamBox Client Care by calling them at 877-451-7845 (weekdays 7am to 5pm, Pacific Time), or email support@dreambox.com .

You can also contact our technology teacher, Jodi Tamayoshi, at jtamayoshi@sau17.org with any questions.

Sincerely,
 
Donna Johnson
Assistant Principal
Sanborn Regional High School Scholarship Drive

Kids' Carnival

Free Family Skate Party

Baseball & Softball Sign Ups
 
Sanborn Youth Soccer Association

Internet Essentials

 

Contact
Deborah L. Bulkley, Interim Principal
dbulkley@sau17.org 


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