December 2018 Newsletter
"Note regarding this month's newsletter"
The Stony Brook staff and students are deeply saddened by the death of one of our second grade students. We are truly grateful for the support of one another, the support of families, and the support of the Brewster community. We know that you will understand the content in this newsletter was written before the student's death and we ask you to keep that in mind as you are reading the various excerpts. As stated in our parent letter emailed on December 2nd, we will provide you with an update once we know arrangements from the family. We also understand that routines are essential to children and adults when a tragedy occurs and we are doing our best to keep up with those routines - including the sending of our newsletter at the start of each month. Give your child a big hug and please let us know if we can further support you or your child! We are a Stony Brook community that Cares for Ourselves, Cares for Others, and Cares for our World. Thank you for helping us care for one another.  

- Mr. Gauley
A Message from our PTO
A fund has been set up with the Cape Cod Five Bank for people to donate to the caretaker of Damien Larsen. Damien was a second grader at Stony Brook Elementary, who tragically passed away on Saturday,
Please go to any branch and donate via check or cash made out to “The Damien Fund". You may also drop off a check at Stony Brook Elementary School. One hundred percent (100%) of the donations received will be used for the funeral expenses and any other necessary family expenses.
Please contact us if you have any questions.
Thank You,
Michelle Gray
Brewster PTO
December is upon us!! 'Tis the season to give to others and be thankful for all that we enjoy. In the past three weeks, I've had the pleasure of receiving several gifts...the ones that only children can provide. I was invited to a birthday party (and I do have Mom's phone number to confirm my attendance). I received a piece of kindergarten artwork that is displayed on my door, and I enjoyed my first holiday card from a 1st grader with the words "Joy", "Merry and Bright," and with unicorns and mermaids to boot. It does not get much better than that! Let's work together this month to help remind our children the joys of giving to others and surprising others with something unexpected. The PTO along with the Brewster Fire Department and Police Department will be conducting toy drives, food drives, and monetary donations for local charities. Help your child be part of that giving spirit by making or choosing something special to give to a family member or by participating in the toy and food drives to help those in need. We wish you all a "Merry and Bright" season and look forward to seeing you at our Stony Brook concert on December 21st.  

- Mr. Gauley
Literacy News from Rebecca Bunce,
Literacy Coordinator/Reading Specialist:
I’m pleased to report Stony Brook is humming along with the energy of all our Worker Bees growing their Reading/Writing/Thinking brains, learning how to build their stamina for hard work and perseverance. We have all collaborated as a staff in gathering Fall Literacy Data to help us tailor our instruction so we can best strategically meet everyone’s needs. Quality reading instruction is happening in all of the classrooms as our Literacy Routines and Rhythms have been set in place. We all enjoyed meeting with parents at conferences to fill everyone in on your child’s strengths, progress, and goals. Be looking for a tip sheet to come home on how you can support your young readers at home!

A HUGE thank you to our amazing PTO for funding a wonderful addition to our bookroom including choices for Kindergarten through Second grade… 686 books in all!!
Len Cabral, a gifted teacher, author, illustrator and STORYTELLER is coming to the school on January 4 th to do two daytime performances, one for Kindergarten and one for 1 st and 2 nd graders. Afterwards, he will visit the 2 nd grade classrooms to do a follow-up writing/storytelling workshop.
  Fun-filled Fitness and Literacy (FIT & LIT) Celebration Tuesday, January 22 nd from 5:00 – 6:30.  In connection with our school wide motto of Caring for Ourselves, Others, and the World, we will have a chance as a school community to engage in some enjoyable family reading time activities and a little physical activity fun. Getting a little physical activity and spending a little time reading each day are two GREAT ways to take care of ourselves! Pizza dinner will be served from 5:00 – 5:30 and FIT and LIT activities will take place from 5:30 – 6:30. Stay tuned for more information!
We have a new after school unit coming up in January! “Microscopic Structures” is an opportunity for students to learn the parts of a microscope, what it is used for, and try different levels of magnification to view slides. We will look at natural and synthetic materials, as well as plant and animal cells. Students will be able to discover some differences between the two types of cells.
Please look for the registration form, coming home in your child’s folder during the second week of December. There are 16 spaces available. You will be asked to choose Mondays or Wednesdays, if your child is enrolled.

 A Winter Walk Concert

Friday, December 21 st at 9 a.m. , we will have a holiday concert called “A Winter Walk” performed by students from all grade levels. More information to follow.
The Brewster PTO is having a toy drive. They are collecting unwrapped new toys and games. You can drop off your donation in the school lobby. All toys will be donated to local cape families through the Lower Cape Outreach Council.
On November 20th, the Brewster Police sent our students home with a High Five.
Stony Brook Elementary School
384 Underpass Road
Brewster, MA 02631