MEMORIAL SCHOOL NEWSLETTER
September 8, 2017
Upcoming Events
Thursday, Sept. 14
Open House 
6:00 - 7:00 PM

Thursday, Sept. 14
PTO Meeting
Library - 7:00 PM

Tuesday, Sept. 19
School Pictures

Wednesday, Oct. 4
Early Release Day

Monday, Oct. 9th
No School - Columbus Day

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

Wednesday, Dec. 6
Early Release Day

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

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 them 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
Dear Parents,

Summertime is one of the best times of year, and it always goes by so quickly. I hope that everyone had a wonderful summer enjoying time with family and friends. I am so excited to be a part of the Memorial Elementary School family this year, fulfilling our commitment of "Learning for All"!

Our first week of school has been very busy, and things have gone very smoothly.  Our teachers and staff worked hard to prepare for this school year and the students are enjoying their classes. There is an excitement in the air as I walk around the building, and students are working very diligently in classes. It is amazing to see all of the wonderful things they are doing.

Our Open House is scheduled for Thursday, September 14 from 6-7 PM and we will have an exciting activity for students as they tour through the building. I look forward to meeting you and your children this year and am confident, that together, we can make Memorial Elementary School an even better place for the children to learn and grow!

School Nurse
From the Nurse
End 68 Hours of Hunger
Because of the great efforts of people in our community, we will have a weekend food program again this year for students in need. On Friday afternoons students who are participating in the program will get a bag of food to take home that will support their nutritional needs over the weekend. More information can be found at www.end68hoursofhunger.org or you can call the health office at school. This is a fully confidential program, all names are kept private.

If this is a program that would be helpful to your family please contact the school nurse for more information. This program can be joined at any time, so if you find that there is a need later in the school year, just let the school nurse know.

We have a food drive collection box in our lobby at all times. Any donations are greatly appreciated. The program is always in need of non-perishable items such as tuna, pasta, peanut butter, cereals, crackers, etc.

Food Allergy Reminders
Please remember to give 24 hours' notice prior to bringing in food for classroom parties or birthdays. We have several students with food allergies and we want to make our class parties both fun and safe for all of our students. Classroom teachers are well informed about the food allergies of students in their class. As a general rule, please refrain from sending in foods containing any nuts or nut butters. There are also children with allergies to some fruits as well as dairy and gluten sensitivities.  If you have any questions about a certain food or party item feel free to call or e-mail Nurse Cindy in the health office.

Reminders
I have not received a Sanborn Regional School Emergency Form for each student yet. These forms need to be updated yearly in order to be valid. They cover emergency contact information as well as permission for the school to administer a few basic medications. The forms are available in the main office and on the SAU 17 web site.

Upcoming Flu Season
Flu season is approaching.  The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states the single best way to prevent your child from contracting the flu virus is to get them vaccinated every year. Vaccines are available in pharmacies and in doctor's offices;  the ideal time to get vaccinated is in October. Signs of the flu include fever, chills, body aches, cough, and fatigue. If your child has a temp of over 100.0F 
STEAM News

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.
Student Council News
The Memorial Student Council is holding elections next week (9/11-9/15). All students in grades 3-5 were notified and invited to run for a representative position. Students must prepare a speech and are encouraged to make a poster to promote their campaign. No other promotional items can be used or distributed. There will be three reps from each classroom. The grade levels have established their own schedules for speeches and elections and all winning candidates will be announced at the end of the school day on Friday, Sept. 15th.

Good luck to all candidates! 
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." 


News from our School Counselor 

 
Memorial PTO
IMPORTANT
PTO ANNOUNCEMENT
   
  • Our first PTO Meeting of the 2017-2018 school year will be held on September 14 th at 7:00 in the library right after the Open House. We hope to see you there!  
  • Our Fall Fundraiser kicked off on 8/31/17 and will end on 9/22/17. Pickup will be in the gym on Wednesday 10/25/17 from 3-7. Please make checks payable to Memorial School PTO. PLEASE DO NOT SEND IN CASH. Make sure you fill out top of order form, so we know who to credit the order too! 
  • We will be having a table at Open House with our Spirit Wear! We are launching a new and user friendly website to order. Details to follow! 
  • 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
Welcome back!  Hope you filled your summer with happy memories.  Lots of good news to report about Box Tops For Education, the  General Mills program that has put millions of dollars into our schools.  Last year you clipped your way to $1579.00 for Memorial School-WAY TO GO!  Can we beat that this year?   Can we get to $1800.00 this year?  YES WE CAN!

Cathy Rockwell and I  were at the Kindergarten Open House in August to talk with parents about the PTO and the Box Top program.  I gave out 39 packets with tons of Box Top information and a handy dandy magnetic fridge collection bag. Lots of parents shared that they had tons of Box Tops just waiting to come to school.  If you did not get yours or need another simply email me at  JLAWLER12003@YAHOO.COM.  I will need your name, your child's name and the teacher's name so I can get it to the right place.

For the first time ever, this year is NATIONAL BOX TOP FOR EDUCATION WEEK, Sept. 24-30. How many Box Tops can you collect in one week?  Be on the lookout for a three page packet, which includes a list of products that have a Box Top (sometimes multiples) on them and a "Clip Sheet" to make collecting fun and  easy,  going out Sept. 7th and 8th.  This year, too, besides the quarterly class contests, we will be recognizing, with a trophy, the class who brings in the most Box Tops for each month.  Keep watching this newsletter for updates.  
Gale Library News
Join Crazy 8's!  Crazy 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 starting on from. Walk on the wild side and find out how insects and animals run so fast with all those extra legs!  Sign up because space is limited to 12 people.
  
Sign your child up at the Gale Library for 
1000 Books Before Kindergarten, a national program that is intended to promote reading together with your child. The more words and books a child is exposed to in their early years, the more likely they are to love reading and be more able to do it well!
So what's this all about?
Our program is pretty easy.
  1. Sign up in the Children's Room at the Gale Library. You can then pick up a form to color in.
  2. Read! You just have to keep track of how many books, not the titles (although you can if you'd like). If you read the same book again and again, it counts each time you read it!
  3. The first time you reach 100 books come in to turn in your form, get a 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Book Bag and get another form. For every 100 books you read together,you'll also put your name on our counting ladder until you reach your goal.
  4. A few mile stones: at 500 books you get to pick a Treasure Chest book  and then at 1000 books you can join us for a celebration and receive your certificate!
  5. That's it! Well, except that you and your child will have cuddle time and be building literacy skills and learning new things....
How can I get to 1000 books!?!
If you read just one book a day, you will reach 1000 in less than 3 years!
When can I start?
Any time! You can start when your child is just born or you can start when your child is four years old. You can start any month or at any time of year. Just come in and ask us!
Some more information:
1000 Books before Kindergarten   Page (Good links about the benefits)
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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 at your own pace while learning electronics. You can make projects such as flash lights, doorbell, and AM radios. Come into the Children's Room to learn more about it or call 382-4691.
The YMCA & Knights of Columbus Sponsored Dance

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

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