The Newton News
June 7, 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
Next year I will be working at the Marion Cross School in Norwich as the Coordinator of Student Services. I am excited for this amazing opportunity, but I will miss the fantastic opportunities that make Newton so special.

This week, many things happened that can only happen in a small K-8 school. The K-2 singing to seniors; the 3/4 reading with preschoolers in the forest; the 5/6 putting their plans into action to better our school; and the 7/8 teaching all students in the school about what they have been learning in science.

This is a remarkable school where amazing things happen!

School Events and Activities
  • Wed. 6/12 - 5/6 Maker Fair noon
  • Wed 6/12 - 7/8 5K Run 2:00 pm
  • Thurs 6/13 - K-4 Silver Lake all day
  • Thurs 6/13 - 5/6 Field Trip
  • Friday 6/14 - 8th Grade Writing Celebration 8:30 am
  • Monday 6/17 - 8th Grade Class Day 9:00 am
  • Monday 6/17 - 8th Grade Graduation 7:00 pm
  • Tuesday 6/18 - Last Day of School 12:30 dismissal (EOY assembly, Field Day, 8th grade trip, BBQ)
K News
Ms. Kicza
Kindergarten has been working on narratives this week! They have heard many stories, and talked about the narrative elements in each: character, setting, motivation (or what the character wants), problem, and solution.

They made up several stories as a group. Then, each created their own character out of felt, popsicle sticks, and other materials and planned a story about the character. They are now writing and illustrating the stories. You can look forward to seeing the stories and characters coming home next week!
1-2 News
Ms. Kelsey and Mrs. Robinson
The first and second graders have started writing their reports about how Laura Ingalls Wilder’s life is the same, and how it is different, from their lives. They chose ideas from our brainstorming sessions and made out a planner with what they might like to include. They then started writing, including as many details as possible. 
Read more about K-2's week in the K-2 newsletter!
3-4 News
Ms. Coté & Mrs. Marzot
On Monday, we had Rudi come back from the White River Partnership and we were crayfish scientists exploring the stream behind the Pocket Park. Students had a chance to catch crayfish using nets and their hands. We studied the crayfish in tubs by taking field notes and identifying distinguishing characteristics. We learned that the water is still rather chilly! We will head to the Pond on Monday. Please send your child in with the same gear as this week. Waterproof boots are preferred to water resistant boots. Old sneakers also work great!

Writers are working hard on several pieces as we get close to the end of the year. Their writing stamina has increased tremendously since the start of the year and we are so proud of them. Next week on Thursday we will head to Silver Lake. Enjoy the blue skies and sunshine this weekend with your family!
5-6 News
Ms. Tremblay & Mr. Walker
The 5/6 cluster has had a very fishy week! On Wednesday, after weeks of caring for our trout, we released the fry at the Pocket Park. 

It all began when the 5th-grade students showed the pre-K kids the trout/fry and told them about their experience raising them. It was awesome connecting the learning they've done with life cycles to our studies at Newton. We then went down to the Pocket Park and tested the water to make sure that it was close to what we had in our tank. When everything tested out okay, we each released our fry into their new habitat.
7-8 News
Mr. Bagnato, Ms. Richardson, & Mrs. White

Science: What a great bunch of students we have in 7th and 8th grade!

The 2nd Annual Newton School Regatta was a huge success. The cardboard boats all floated; the crowd of students, teachers, community members, and parents cheered like crazy; AND the students consistently helped and urged each other on.
Physical Education News
Casey Grimes
The Newton 5K elective will be holding a 5K event on June 12th from 2:10-2:50. We invite you to come join us for the run, come and cheer, or volunteer help out along the race path and man the water station. We can have more runners join the race! We just need to know prior to the race so that we can have your name and other information taken down prior.  

The race course starts at the base of the school parking lot and goes out Turnpike Rd, turns around, and comes back to the base of the school lot. We would need helpers stationed down at Coburn’s; at the turn around; at the bottom of Downer Forest; and also someone at the start/finish doing the timing. Can you please email Mr. G if you will be able to help at any location?

Thanks in advance, and we will see y'all there!
Library & Technology News
Simone Pyle
Overdue notices will be going home with students before the end of the school year--except 7th and 8th graders, who will have their notices emailed to them. Please do not consider these notices a bill! They are simply a gentle reminder to wrangle up unruly library books. If you happen to find a library over the summer, you may return it to the school, or to the town library.

Thank you for your help in getting all of our books back home to the shelves!
As the parent of a gamer, I've always been cautious and curious about what games she chooses to play--and what games we will allow or not allow. Especially during the summer, when children have lots of free, sometimes unsupervised, time (and with weather that doesn't always cooperate with outdoor play), we found that remaining vigilant about our kids' digital activity was extremely important.

Please take a moment to read this Reuters article about a recent study on young children and violent video games; if you would like suggestions for age-appropriate games, or would like to learn more about a game your child plays, Common Sense Media is a great resource!
Lunch Room News
Gret Hewes
One week and 1½ days left of school!

The end of school BBQ will be on Tuesday, June 18th after Field Day! Hamburgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs, salads, watermelon, chips…it will be delicious, and tons of fun! Please think good weather thoughts for us.

As the end of the school year is swiftly approaching we are reminding parents and/or guardians to please go to to check their student hot lunch balances. All balances should have a prepaid or $0 balance by the end of the school year (June 18, 2019).

Please be aware that any payments received after June 18th, 2019 will not be deposited until the beginning of the next school year at the end of August 2019.

Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me at
Farm to School News
Alyssa Marzot
We need your help!

We are about to have an abundance of cucumber plants. We would like to try using a trellis to help us optimize the space in our garden beds. If you have a trellis, or would like to help us build one, please contact Mrs. Marzot at Additionally, if you would like to help us out with weeding and watering over the summer, please reach out.
Nurse's News
Kerri Juergens
Important information on ticks and Lyme disease .
PTA News
Shannon Varley
Field Day
Tuesday, June 18th
The last day of school is a fun one! If you would like to volunteer for this very fun day with the kids and to be a part of the last day of school, please SIGN UP HERE or contact Christine Bailey-Kellogg for more information at

4th of July Volunteers Needed
Saturday, July 6th
We are currently looking for volunteers to help out with one of our largest PTA events of the year! Fourth of July is a quintessential day in Strafford, and whether you have been a strong supporter of the PTA, Strafford community, Newton students or you have volunteered in the past for this event, we hope that you will consider helping to make this another great (fun)draising day in Strafford that helps support many programs at the Newton school. 

We are using a new system for signing up here that conveys what we need as well as provides a brief description.
Please email Amy Donohue with any questions at

Bike to School Day Thank You!
Thanks to Hayley Zoerheide and Greg Bagnato for organizing a great Bike to School Day this year! Many thanks to our parent riders and many volunteers as well - it was a great, fun, and safe morning! Thank you! 

Next PTA Meeting - September 2019! 
See you then! Have a safe and fun summer! 
Upcoming Events
June 12 - 7/8 Elective 5K Run - all are welcome to join! 2:10-2:50 PM

June 17 - Class Day (9 AM) and 8th Grade Graduation (7 PM)

June 18 - Field Day & Last Day of School for Students (12:30 release)

Summer Camp Info