The Newton News
April 12, 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 and Athletics
Mr. Bagnato
It has felt like the average temperature of April so far has been about 15 degrees. While I know that is an exaggeration, the cool weather weather has added to my Spring Fever. This week, the staff got together to plan special dress up days. My favorite, thanks to the 7/8 cluster, was Fancy Friday!

I truly hope you have a relaxing and restful break.

School Events and Activities
  • No School April 15-19.
  • April 23, Rescheduled Strafford School Board Meeting at Newton 6:00pm
  • April 25, 5/6 Field Trip to the Hood Museum
K-2 News
Ms. Kicza, Mrs. Longcore, and Mrs. Robinson
It has been a very busy week of performances, fun, and work, here at The Newton School. The K-2 really got into Spirit Week, with lots of great sports gear, pajamas, and dressing as teachers. It was a lot of fun and a great way to build up to spring break!

The concert on Thursday evening was wonderful. It’s always fun to see how our children react when they are in front of an audience! Many thanks to Mrs. Waswo for all of her efforts!

On Wednesday the K-4 enjoyed a very engaging show by the storyteller, Odds Bodkin. Using the harp, guitar and African thumb piano, he shared stories, including a fable, that taught lessons that the children could relate to. They were fascinated by the sounds he could make with his voice, and we heard comments like, “That was the best show I’ve ever seen!” and “That was so cool!” Odds Bodkin has a good website if you are interested in seeing some of what he does in his shows. Ask your child to tell you about the water drop sound he made and the “meow-meow” song.

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3-4 News
Ms. Coté & Mrs. Marzot
The week before break is always an adventure! On Monday, we had an indoor Outdoor Education class. Students made compasses using water, magnets, and two needles as well as drafting plans for homemade anemometers. We finished the anemometers yesterday and learned that there are always chances to improve a design. Students worked hard preparing for the music concert on Thursday. 

Students continued to learn about floods and we discussed the potential impact of what big storms could bring to our community. Their homework over break is to talk to someone who remembers Tropical Storm Irene and what it was like living here after.

We hope you have a safe and healthy break. We look forward to hearing about your student’s adventures when we return.
7-8 News
Ms. Richardson, Mrs. White and Mr. Bagnato
We are really proud of the 7th and 8th graders for working hard this week. The 8th graders helped organize this week's dress up days. Have a great break.

Music News
Ms. Waswo
The Music Gala was fantastic..thanks to all the students, parents, and staff for all of your coming soon.
Library & Technology News
Simone Pyle
New Afterschool Club Offered!

We are starting up a Dungeons & Dragons/tabletop gaming club that will meet Wednesdays after school beginning after the April break. No prior experience necessary!

We will playing D&D, a tabletop adventure game that combines creativity, storytelling, and strategy; there is also the possibility of inventing our own games as well.
Our 7/8 tech elective is working on updating the school website. We did a sorting activity with some other middle schoolers to see how a user might interact with the information on the site. After the break, be on the lookout for a survey that will help us understand how the website can better serve its audience!

Second graders made Bristlebots in our monthly makerspace. They had a huge amount of fun with these simple machines!
The library is on Instagram! Follow us for library news & book reviews!
Lunch Room News
Gret Hewes
April vacation has arrived!

Have a wonderful break….be safe & healthy and get some rest. We will see you all soon!

Here is a fun recipe to try over break. It’s great for sharing at family dinners, buffets, pot lucks or morning coffee and tea time.  
Fresh Lemon Bundt Cake

   1 cup butter
   2 cups white sugar
   5 large eggs
   2 cups all-purpose flour
   ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
   1 large lemon, zested

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease and flour a fluted tube pan (such as a Bundt(R)).
  2. Beat butter and sugar with an electric mixer in a large bowl until light and fluffy. The mixture should be noticeably lighter in color. Add eggs one at a time, alternating with flour, allowing each egg and portion of flour to blend into the butter mixture before adding the next. Stir lemon juice and zest into flour mixture until batter is just combined; pour into prepared pan.
  3. Bake in preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, 45 to 55 minutes. ENJOY!
Nurse's News
Kerrie Juergens
The need for kids here to be hydrated while in school is imperative; it affects thinking, mood and body function on every level, and is one of the most basic and yet extremely important necessities of the human body! In that same vein, I am reaching out to you all to see if anyone has extra water bottles lying around that we could recycle here at the school for student use. It would be greatly appreciated! Thank you in advance for you contribution.
PTA News
Shannon Varley
The PTA Welcomes Odds Bodkin!
The PTA has sponsored Odds Bodkin, Master Storyteller to join us on Wednesday, April 10th. Odds performed The Golden Rule: Choosing Kindness & Empathy for the K-4 students.
The PTA is proud to be able to offer this wonderful programming for the students! Thanks for supporting the PTA! 

Teacher Appreciation Week
Monday, May 6 - Friday, May 10
More Details to Come! 

Bike to School Day
Friday, May 17th

PTA Plant Sale
Saturday, May 18th
9am - 12:00
Newton School 
Please contact Kate Reimanis if you are interested in helping!

Food/Refreshment Coordinator Needed at Bike to School Day
May 17th (7:30 - 8:00am) 
Each year, after the kids and parents make their way to the school on bikes, the PTA provides juice, water, milk and lite "breakfasty" snacks (muffins, donuts,etc...) for the kids at the school (usually set up outside of the library). We need someone to organize the snack and drink donations, set-up, and clean-up. Please let Shannon know if you can take it on! 

4th of July Co-Leader/s
Saturday, July 6, 2019
Amy Donohue has led the PTA charge on 4th of July the last several years. This is one of the PTA's biggest endeavors and requires the strong commitment of one or two people and a core group of volunteers. Amy is willing to run it one last time this year (2019) with the help of a parent/s as her assistant/s (parent/s that would take over next year, July 2020). We need this person to work closely with Amy this year so that they can be handed the reins and all control in 2020. Younger families, now is the time! We need you! Please email Shannon if you are interested. 

PTA Officers - President & Secretary Positions Open
We will be voting on next year's officers at our next meeting, Tuesday, May 7th. We are looking for new people to fill the President's position and the Secretary position. 
The President's role requires someone that is interested in a leadership position, willing/able to multitask, take on the responsibility of overseeing ALL PTA housekeeping, programming, events (through delegation or self-direction), run the PTA meetings, communicate with the community and work closely with the school. 
The Secretary needs to be available to attend all or most meetings, take detailed minutes, file to Drive, and provide strong assistance with PTA programming and events. 
If you are interested in either of these positions and/or have questions, please email Shannon.

Next Meetings
Tuesday, May 7 (Officer Election)
Tuesday, June 4
6:00 pm
Newton School Library
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