The Newton News
March 15, 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 Friday! It was a fantastic week, highlighted by Pi Day on March 14 (3/14). Eva and Charlotte explained why Pi is important; Charlize memorized and recited over 200 digits of Pi; Oliver was the fastest to say the Greek Alphabet (he may also have been the only one...but he was quick). There were also skits, songs, and art with the winners receiving a pi pi e.

The 7th and 8th graders are transitioning well in math and I am thrilled to be able to teach science again. The students are working hard and seem to have fun. Of course, what is not fun about burning potato chips to heat water and measure calories (see picture to the left).

Teachers are busy completing report cards. These will go home with students next Tuesday. The report cards will be emphasized a little more in next week's student-led conferences.

Children appreciate and become more interested in school when their parents show interest in what they are doing. When you receive your child's report card, consider asking questions that focus on skills and effort:

  1. What accomplishment are you most proud of in school?
  2. How have you learned to read so much better?
  3. How did you organize all that research in social studies?
  4. What is your favorite part of math class?

Focusing on skills and effort emphasizes learning and not the grade which is important for longer term success in school.
Athletics and School Activities

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

School Board:
  • The board .

K News
Ms. Kicza
At Forest Day this week kindergarten practiced identifying sugar maple trees, located some near our Forest Classroom, and measured them to see if they were large enough to tap. The group voted on which tree to tap. Each got a turn with the drill as we tapped the tree; then we hung a bucket on it, and we are now waiting for the sap to flow.

The class checked it Friday, and found just a little sap, but we’re expecting more next week!
1-2 News
Mrs. Longcore, and Mrs. Robinson
The first and second graders are currently learning about the 5 food groups and making healthy food choices in science. On Thursday, Gret came in to talk to them about the guidelines she needs to use to make sure there are healthy meals served here at school. They were very attentive listeners, and had some great questions for her.
3-4 News
Ms. Coté & Mrs. Marzot
We gathered as a cluster on Thursday morning and played two games. It is these moments together that helps us develop stronger relationships. We played Curtain Call, and it is always worth a few giggles--ask your child about it! Then we tried a short game of Mum’s the Word. Again, people cooperated and silently made sure everyone was included. Since we had them all together, we took a picture. 

Biographers had a chance to share their knowledge through a living museum today during Reading. It was great to see them putting their knowledge into their own words and really take on the role of their person. During the next two weeks, we will be putting this into an essay.

Conference times will be sent home on Monday the 18th and report cards will be sent home Tuesday the 19th. If your child has Mrs. Marzot for both Math and Reading, you will be meeting only with Mrs. Marzot; if your child has Ms. Coté for for both Math and Reading, you will be meeting only with Ms. Coté. We look forward to seeing you next week and sharing in the successes of your child.
5-6 News
Ms. Tremblay & Mr. Walker
As part of their geography unit, students participated in a Mystery Hangout with a group of 5th graders in Ohio! In a Mystery Hangout, two groups of students ask each other yes/no questions to try and guess where they are--questions like, "Does your state border Canada?" or "Is your state mountainous?" Our kids really enjoyed having the opportunity to connect with students their own age and learn in this interactive way. Watch the video below to see them in action!
7-8 News
Ms. Richardson & Mrs. White
It has been an exciting week in the 7/8 Cluster! Students seem to be adjusting well to the changes in structure and procedure. In math class, students in 8th grade finished up their chapter work discussing relationships between variables. They worked to identify independent and dependent variables. They then would graph and write equations or rules using their given data. They will now be reviewing and preparing for an assessment next week. 7th grade students worked using algebra to define variables by interpreting what the language was asking and then writing it mathematically. Students presented this work on a poster and assessed their own work using a rubric; be sure to look for them in the downstairs hallway! The 7th grade will also be preparing for an assessment using these skills next week. 

History and Writing:
The students have been learning about the ethical beliefs of the five major religions of the world. They will also be gathering information about each religion that they will want to include in their Little Book of Ethics. Thanks to Anmari Kicza for her help in sewing the bindings of the books.

The 8th grade has just completed their work with the novel To Kill a Mockingbird. They will be starting a unit of short stories that will examine traditions. The 7th grade will continue with their novel study of Stay Where You Are, and Then Leave, which tells the story of a young boy named Alfie and the effects that World War I have on his family.

After doing an experiment to find out the amount of energy in different foods, the 7/8 scientists completed an investigation in order to determine what nutrients were in some other vittles. Ask your child what protein, carbohydrates, and fat do to help bodies. Also, ask them to explain a food label. They pass if they can tell you what percent of calories should come from fat and why certain sources calories are better than others.  
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...
Library & Technology News
Simone Pyle
First graders have been learning more about the parts of a story in the library! We've talked about how a story has a beginning, a "meaty" middle, and an ending, as well as characters and setting. They are finishing up their Story Tacos based on the Red Clover-nominee After the Fall by Dan Santat. In our Story Taco, the lettuce is the character(s); the salsa is the setting; the beans are the problem; and the cheese is the resolution!

Next week, voting for the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award will open for students in grades 4-8! The deadline for voting is April 8th.
Lunch Room News
Gret Hewes
Our next taste text will be on Tuesday, March 26th; we will be showcasing maple syrup! Yum!!

With that theme in mind for this month’s taste test I thought I would share one of my favorite maple recipes.

Maple Pecan Granola 
(if you prefer no nuts, you can substitute raisins and dried cranberries) – makes 18 servings
4 cups old-fashioned Oats
½ chopped pecans (I have used almonds)
½ cup walnuts
½ cup ground flax seed
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/3 cup canola oil
2/3 cup pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla
¼ teaspoon salt

1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
3. Mix oats, pecans, walnuts, flax seed, and cinnamon in a large bowl.
4. Stir canola oil, maple syrup, vanilla, and salt together in a small bowl; pour over oat mixture and stir to coat evenly.
5. Spread the resulting mixture evenly onto prepared baking sheet.
6. Bake in the preheated oven until lightly browned, about 40 minutes.
7. Set granola aside to cool completely before breaking into chunks. Store granola in an air-tight container.

You can serve with yogurt or in milk or just eat it as a snack. Enjoy!
Nurse's News
Kerri Juergens
Okay everyone! It’s almost time to turn in the back flaps of your Passport to Winter Fun! They are due back to Nurse Kerri by March 22nd.

I hope you all had fun this winter doing fun activities that kept you moving! 

Dr. John Echternach is a local dentist in town who is interested in volunteering his time to help kids and their parents get gentle dental care. He is interested in working alongside HealthHUB's dental van, hoping to supplement their skills and offer our community more options when referred. Please come for an information meeting at the school on Saturday, March 16 from 6:00-6:30 p.m. as he presents information and the clinical practices he would like to share with our community right here at Newton School. 
PTA News
Shannon Varley
Annual PTA Plant Sale!
Saturday, May 18
Please contact Kate Reimanis if you interested in volunteering!
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