The Newton News
February 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
It was a very busy week. The highlight was that Valentine's Day and the 100th Day of School fell on the same day! There were notes of kindness, activities to build friendships, and a lot of treats shared. Thanks to students, staff, and parents for making everyone feel welcome and special.

On a more serious note, I was recently talking to the supervisory union's psychologist who was sharing his concerns regarding the increase in youth and teen depression in recent years. As more and more studies come out, it seems clear that certain uses of smartphones and tablets are linked, in some capacity, to increases anxiety and depression. Clearly technology can be beneficial, but it also can be detrimental when used to replace human interaction. I found this article and this research study informative.
Athletics and School Activities

School Board:
2/21 Monthly meeting - Sharon Elementary School (Rescheduled from last Tuesday)

3/4 girls basketball game vs Thetford 5:00 pm on Wednesday 2/20
3/4 boys basketball game vs Thetford 6:00 pm on Wednesday 2/20

Strafford Nordic Center's SNAP Cross Country Program Tuesday, Feb. 19th 3:30-4:30pm.
Strafford Lions Club Ski and Snowboard program Friday, February 22nd 1:00-4:00pm

Winter Carnival - Friday, 2/22 and Saturday 2/23. See PTA section for details
K-2 News
Ms. Kicza, Mrs. Longcore & Mrs. Robinson
What a week we’ve had in the K-2 cluster! Since we narrowly avoided a snow day on Wednesday, we celebrated the 100th day of school and Valentine’s Day all together Thursday afternoon. While this created a pretty excited atmosphere, it was so much fun and the kids did a great job traveling between rooms and choosing activities. 

In the Beaver Dam, they passed out their Valentines and took some silly pictures with their friends. In the Bobcat Lair, kids could build with one hundred cups and partake in all the treats sent in--thank you! In the Chipmunk Burrow, they could make a one hundred day necklace or do one hundred physical activities. It was so much fun, and the children loved giving and receiving all of their special Valentines.  

Read more about what we've been up to in this week's K-2 newsletter!
3/4 News
Ms. Coté & Mrs. Marzot
We had a great time celebrating Valentine’s Day all day long on Thursday. Both third grade and fourth grade had a special Valentine’s Day themed math class. Third graders did M&M math where they graphed the amounts of colors in the M&M bag, as well as watching a video on how a machine sorts the colors. Fourth graders had a chance to practice their fractions and decimals with different activities, games, and crafts. 

In the afternoon, students listened to Love by Matt de la Peña and exchanged Valentines while snacking on sweet treats. Ms. Coté and Mrs. Marzot enjoyed watching how our students mingled and interacted with each other during this time. Have a great weekend with your child!
5/6 News
Ms. Tremblay & Mr. Walker
This week's Hood trip took students on an architectural journey through the new museum! Our students were some of the first school kids to tour the renovated space.

They compared the 1980s architecture of Charles Moore with the contemporary work of Tod Williams and Billie Tsien. They observed both the outside and the inside of the building, and they considered how different works of art sit in the various spaces. In the studio, students designed their own dream museums.
Middle School News
Ms. Kanoff & Mrs. White
Movie night: Just a reminder that on Friday, February 22nd, we are once again having a movie night as part of Winter Carnival. We are showing the movie Rio. Please take a look at the document on Google docs and sign up. We appreciate your support of this event.
PE News
Casey Grimes
The 7/8 elective Winter Sports class will be skiing and snowboarding at the rope tow this Monday, February 18th. All students need to be wearing helmets in order to participate. If you do not have gear please contact Mr. G and we will see what we can figure out. We will be there from 1:00-2:40.
Lunch Room News
Gret Hewes
Going forward all payments for Hot Lunch accounts (staff and students) that are not done online through myMealTime are to be left in my mailbox in the office. I will no longer accept payments on my desk.

Cash or checks should be sealed in an envelope marked with the name and amount that should be applied to the account(s).

Thank you so much for your cooperation, if you have any questions please contact me.

Next Tuesday, February 19 we will be having our Farm to School February Taste Test. We will be serving the students grits. Stay tuned for the results and fun photos. 
Farm to School News
Alyssa Marzot
Winter Carnival has been rescheduled! Farm to School is still hosting two fundraisers to support Newton's gardens and taste tests. Gret is providing a take-out dinner on Friday. It is a slice of stromboli (filled with pepperoni, salami, ham and cheese), cold broccoli salad and a bag of chips. It is $5 and you can sign up here.

We will also be hosting a fundraiser lunch during Winter Carnival on Saturday, February 23. We are seeking donations to help us with this fundraiser. If you previously signed up for something and can no longer bring it, please let me know and remove yourself from the signup. Additionally, we need one or two people to help run this lunch as I will be out of town. Thank you in advance!!

Here is the Google sign up sheet for donations. An exciting change to this year is that we will be in Barrett Hall. We greatly appreciate your support. Please let me know if you have any questions.  
PTA News
Shannon Varley
Friday, February 22nd & Saturday, Feb. 23rd

The alternate Winter Carnival weekend with the highest indicated volunteer turnout + Barrett Hall availability is Friday, Feb. 22 & Saturday, Feb. 23rd (the weekend leading into February break). 

Amy Huyffer is stepping up to take the lead. Everything is in place for a successful day but she will become the new point of contact for Winter Carnival from now on. She will be taking over communication with you, the volunteers, and town. Any changes, adjustments, or communication should be directed to her at

Tuesday, March 5th

Town Meeting Callers Needed
Are you willing to be a caller this year to solicit lunch donations for 2019 Town Meeting? 

Should only take about 1/2 hour of your time and is both greatly appreciated AND a big part of how we end up with such a delicious meal at Town Meeting; it is also how we raise a big chunk of funding for PTA annually. 

If you are willing and able, please email Shannon.

Monday, March 11th 
Newton School Library
Upcoming Events
February 20 - Asthma Education Program 5:30 at Tunbridge School

February 21 & March 14, 21 & 28 - Our 4-Town Future Forums

February 24 - Stories in Snow Tracking Workshop 12:00-2:00 at TES

February 25 - March 5 - February Vacation/Teacher In-Service

Tumble Times for Tots - Locations vary - read more here

Summer Camp Info