The Newton News
September 14, 2018
School Notes & Athletics
Mr. Bagnato
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.
Recently I was reading a rather frightening fact regarding students that enter kindergarten "behind" their peers. Nationally, a typical kindergarten class is inhabited by students who illustrate numeracy and literacy skills that are usual for a student who is two to eight years-old. Yes, Kindergarten teachers have really hard jobs!

What is worrisome, is how challenging it is for students to ever make up the difference that they enter kindergarten with. Preschool, summer work, and student support in school can help this issue. However, the best thing for students in these situations is to get more instruction in what they need.

As a school, we will be are making more time available for this type of instructions in our schedule. As parents and guardians, please make sure your child is reading. If they are too young to read, please read to/with them. If you child does not like reading, please contact his/her teachers so we can help.

Below are some fantastic readers...our current 8th Grade Class getting ready for the ropes course at Hulbert Outdoor Center.
Athletics and School Activities
This week, the 5/6 soccer team lost a high scoring match to South Royalton 4-6. The 7/8 soccer team won their first game beating TSA 2-1.

  • Tuesday, Sept. 18th the 3/4 soccer team will play South Royaton at 4:30pm in Strafford.
  • Wednesday, Sept 19th the 5/6 soccer team will play Sharon at 4:30pm at the Field of Dreams, the 7/8 soccer team will play Thetford at 4:30pm at Murray Field
  • Thursday, September 20th the 3/4 soccer team will play at Thetford Elementary at 5:00pm.
  • Friday, September 21st the 5/6 soccer team will play Barnard Academy at 4:00pm at Field of Dreams.

Don't Forget!!! - Monday, September 17th School Picture Day!!!

Kindergarten News
Ms. Kicza
Kindergarten learned about and made a long list of all the people who can help them succeed at school. One important person on the list is our school counselor, Michelle. Miss Michelle came into the classroom this week with her "school counselor toolbox" and students found out all the different ways she can help them at school. They loved looking at all the tools and figuring out what they are for. We look forward to more lessons and support from Michelle throughout the school year!
Read more about what kindergarten is up to, and see more photos in our newsletter !
1/2 News
Mrs. Longcore & Mrs. Robinson
What a fun time we had at the Tunbridge Fair! We really appreciate all of our parent chaperones--you make this fun day possible. Some of the highlights included seeing the animals; our school craft and others; pig races; and the antique schoolhouse. The children were very interested in the old fashioned ways of doing everyday things. 

We visited the meadow again this week to put up our rain gauge. Students completed a journal observation of something in our plots--many children chose a tall plant that they can continue to measure and see how big it grows before winter. Many chose the black and yellow garden spiders that are so plentiful in the meadow!
3/4 News
Ms. Coté & Mrs. Marzot
On Monday, we had our first our outdoor block! Please send your student in this Monday with water shoes and a spare set of clothes if you have not already. Also, please check the weather the day of and send in appropriate outerwear.  

Students listened to Mr. Ferris and His Wheel by Kathryn Gibbs Davis. They attempted to build a Ferris wheel out of toothpicks, mini-marshmallows and spicy gumdrops. This was very challenging and many succeeded.  

Fourth graders head to the Hood this Friday for our first visit. We will be walking and visiting outdoor sculptures.
5/6 News
Mrs. Tremblay & Mr. Walker
This week has been super busy, and we all felt like our heads were under water. Well, actually our heads were underwater this past Wednesday! The 5/6 cluster went snorkeling in the White River and discovered all kinds of aquatic life. We also spent time collecting macro-invertebrates and categorizing them according to their features. It was a wonderful day, and we all learned so much.

Our play, titled How to Interact with Human Beings, is coming a long quite nicely, and we can't wait to perform it for you. Please join us next Thursday, Sept. 20th, at 5:30 in Barrett Hall. It is going to be an entertaining evening!!
7/8 News
Ms. Kanoff & Mrs. White
Passion Project: Students have been working on their topic selection and driving questions. We are asking that you comment on your child’s project document for Week #3. This may done by asking your child to open up the document on Google docs. 

Paper Cranes: The 7th grade students have been practicing how to make paper cranes in preparation for the kindness project. They have begun teaching the 8th grade students. We hope to have a charity identified in the near future.

Science: Students have started a close reading of a June 2018 article from National Geographic called “We Made it. We Depend on it. We’re drowning in it. Plastic.” This Next Generation Science Standard (NGSS) unit encompasses topics in the areas of Earth, Life, and Physical Science.

Math: After our Week of Inspirational Math, students have started working in grade-specific teams on problem-solving using the CPM book.

History and Writing: The students have been gathering evidence for the five forces of history: economics, geography, technology, values, and desire for power. The text we have been using is Castle. Next week we will begin writing our first piece.
8th grade trip to Hulbert: The students worked on several team-building activities. These include: the high ropes course, wilderness survival, and canoeing. Everyone enjoyed the trip and they will share their learning with others in the cluster.
Lunch Room News
Gret Hewes
  1. Tunbridge Fair Weekend!
Ooohhh, the fair food in all it’s glory. Are you going to the fair? Our family goes to the fair and indulges in our favorite fair treat….fried dough! We only get it once a year. For us it is the beginning of the fall season and the ending of the busy summer. Is there a special food your family celebrates with?
If you go to the fair this weekend, be sure to check out all the amazing vegetables, flower and animals our wonderful neighbors have brought to show and share.

A reminder: please be sure to have your free/reduced applications in no later then Monday, October 1st. You can pick them up outside the office on the table or I can certainly email you one, please contact me at .
Health News
Kerri Juergens
Please find all HealthHUB forms on the Newton School website. Use the Medical Enrollment form or the Dental Enrollment form to sign up for either.

Please contact either of the two contacts for HealthHUB (below) to schedule a visit for either an upcoming medical visit (check-ups; flu shots; vaccinations; etc.) or a dental cleaning or other service. The dental van is scheduled to come to The Newton School November 2nd through November 4th. Although priority is for the students, there are usually a number of slots that are available for other community members. 

Janine Reeves  -Dental Hygienist

Jane Bennett  - Health HUB Director- medical and dental appointment coordinator and questions. 

It's still tick season! Please take a moment to look at the Vermont Department of Health's Be Tick Smart information page.
PTA News

It's time for the annual Flower Power fundraiser! Catalogs went home with your student last week! Fifty percent of proceeds go to our PTA. Unfortunately, there is no online ordering this year; your orders will need to be returned to school before September 28, 2018.

Checks can be made payable to The Newton School PTA. Orders are shipped directly with a $6.00 shipping charge per customer.

If you have any questions, please call 765-4169 or email

Thank you for supporting our school's PTA!

Each year, the PTA organizes our town Halloween Celebration. This includes Trick-or-Treat, Spaghetti Dinner, Jack-O-Lantern Contest, and the Haunted House. This is a super-fun event for the kids and also raises money (through the spaghetti dinner) for the PTA (which helps to pay for art programming and other school/student needs throughout the year).

We need many volunteers to help run this event. Below is a list of volunteer needs. Please email me directly at to sign up for a leader or volunteer position (listed below). If you are interested, I will follow up with you with more details regarding your volunteer role as there are more extensive descriptions/details to share with you. 

The deadline to sign up to volunteer is Monday, October 1st. If we are unable to fill in all leader and volunteer positions, we will likely minimize the event to manageable proportions. 

Leader/Volunteer Positions Available - All of these activities happen on Wednesday, October 31st:

Spaghetti Dinner Help
+ 3-4 Volunteers to help Leader with Dinner Prep & Serving (5:00-6:45)
+ 4-5 Volunteers to help Leader with Dinner Clean-up (6:45- 8:00)

Haunted House Leader
+ 2-3 Volunteers to help Leader with design/coordinate/set-up Haunted House before and day of event
+ 3 Volunteers to help Leader with Clean-Up (Halloween Night)
Upcoming Events

Picture Day Monday, September 17