The Newton News
March 22, 2019
The Newton School's mission is t o develop each child’s potential for academic success, engagement and overall well-being. Through this process, we will enrich each child’s education with community involvement, collaboration and outreach.
School Notes & Athletics
Mr. Bagnato
Happy Snowy Friday! While I heard so many good things about conferences, I also know many folks had to cancel due to the weather. The teachers are happy to reschedule, so please be in touch.

This week the new Strafford School Board had their first meeting. New members Mica Tucker and Sarah Root joined "old" members Jeff Solsaa, Sarah North, and Glenn Wylie. The main topic was discussion on the 7/8 Task Force. I am excited to get working as part of this group. I do not know what will happen, but feel good knowing we have a process in which voices will be heard and questions will be researched in order to best suit the needs of the town and all of the children in it.

We are currently organizing three hiring committees, as there will be a 7/8 math and science position, 1/2 classroom teacher, and reading specialist/interventionist to hire. I urge parents and students to consider volunteering to be on one of these committees. Please let me know by filling out this form. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Athletics and School Activities

  • The Strafford Lion's Club will be organizing baseball again. Please go to this registration form if you are interested.

Track and Field:
  • With Thetford Academy for grades 7 and 8 (for now) starts Monday 3/25 3:15. Please let Blendon Salls know if your child is interested. Also Ellen Bagnato will be organizing a transportation sign up sheet if you can help with car pooling.

Rope Tow:
  • Saturday, 3/23 1-3pm

K-2 News
Ms. Kicza, Mrs. Longcore, and Mrs. Robinson
On Tuesday, the K-2 went to Thetford Academy to see their school sugaring operation. We divided up into groups and saw how to put spouts on pipeline, made sugar-on-snow (with a sample!), and the actual evaporator working in the sugar house.

The other group went for a short hike to the sugar bush to see the buckets and pipeline that have been put up previously. We heard about each TA student’s project that they are working on through this process. It was a beautiful afternoon to be outdoors and the children had a great time!
Read more about our week in the K-2 newsletter!
3-4 News
Ms. Coté & Mrs. Marzot
Students have been working hard all week to get ready for their student led conferences. We are proud of their efforts. During this process, we are so impressed by their confidence and ownership of their own learning. Thank you so much for taking the time out of your busy schedules to see what your student has been accomplishing during their second trimester. Enjoy the weekend!
5-6 News
Ms. Tremblay & Mr. Walker
Students are learning about how heat transfers. We experimented last week with conduction. We wondered why a metal tray felt colder than a plastic one. When we tested that theory, we found that they were the same temperature, but that our hand is warm. When we feel the tray being cold, we are feeling the rate of heat transfer. We tested this idea by holding a plastic spoon and a metal spoon with an ice cube on it. Which one do you think melted faster?
7-8 News
Ms. Richardson, Mrs. White and Mr. Bagnato
History and Writing: The students have continued their work on learning about the ethical beliefs of the five major religions in the world. Next week, we will begin working on answering the second part of our essential question: How have these religions, as institutions, played an important role in history? We will look at the work of Gandhi and his practice of nonviolent protest to bring independence to India.

Math: This week, 7th and 8th graders took assessments and began new chapter work. The 7th grade began a new unit studying proportions and percents, and the relationships between them. To begin this unit students used the formula d=r*t to determine distance, rate or time applying these calculations to real world scenarios. Next week we will be doing a lab that has students determine the speed of different Matchbox cars by collecting data and making calculations. 

8th grade began their new chapter by looking at growth patterns on graphs and tables. Students explored how simple and compound interest look and work differently. Next week we will continue to look at how patterns grow, and determine if the growth is linear or exponential. This will lead us into using exponents and representing really large and really small numbers in scientific notation. The other 8th grade group will begin studying volume and surface area.

Science: We continued to work on nutrition. Ask your child:
How many calories do they require on a daily basis?
What percent of their calories should be from carbohydrates, fats, and proteins?
Why are fats important?
How does one read a food label?
Job Shadow Program: Some students have not turned in their job shadow interest survey. Please return them to school as soon as possible.

Operation Day’s Work: Even though the snow is falling, spring will arrive. Our day of work will take place in May. If you have a job that you would like to hire a 7th or 8th grade student to perform, please let us know. Our earnings will go to the Kenyan School House Project. More information will be made available in the coming weeks.
Music News
Ms. Waswo
Save the Date! 

The Newton School’s Music Gala will be on Thursday April 11 from 5:30-6:30. 
Enjoy a musical evening of vocal and instrumental performances featuring the students of The Newton School. More details to come...
Lunch Room News
Gret Hewes
Happy Spring!

Ahh the melting snow, muddy roads, birds singing, maple sap flowing…what a warm and wonderful feeling the beginning of spring is.

A reminder that we will be having a taste test next Tuesday, March 26th with maple syrup….yummy!!

Also, please be sure that student hot lunch balances are paid. We are on a pre-pay system. You can pay online at (there is a fee) or send cash or check payments into the office at no charge.  

Please send payments in to the office in sealed envelopes. Be sure to include the name of the student hot lunch account the payment is to be applied to. If you are paying for multiple student accounts please indicate the amount to be applied to each student’s account.

Enjoy the warmth of the sunshine and the earthy smell of mud and growth.
PTA News
Shannon Varley
Thank you to everyone that helped to pull together the parent/teacher conference meals yesterday and today - a special shout-out to Laura Ogden and Randi Merchand who coordinated this week's treats!

The Newton School PTA Plant Sale will be held on Saturday, May 18th ~ please mark your calendars!
There are ways to help out: the month before the sale and on the day itself.  
Please email Kate Reimanis if you are interested in helping:

Tuesday, April 2nd
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