The Newton News
May 17, 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
During my first few weeks as principal at Newton, in the summer of 2013, I found out I needed to hire a 1/2 teacher. I feel so fortunate to have been able to find Amanda Longcore.

Ms. Longcore's last day was today, as she is expecting a baby girl in June. Today, many students thanked her and gave her small gifts to help her out as a new mom. Thank you Amanda, you will always have a place in our hearts!

This week was another busy one! We did have to postpone Bike to School; it is rescheduled for next Friday, May 24th.

Finally, we posted Dawn Ellis's report on the culture and climate on the front page of the website. Dawn will be presenting the report to the school board this coming Tuesday.

School Events and Activities
  • Monday 5/20:
  • 8th Grade VTSA test (Part 1 and 2)
  • Newton School Task Force Meeting 6:30 (Newton School)
  • Tuesday 5/21:
  • SBAC testing Grades 3/4
  • 8th Grade VTSA test (part 3 and 4)
  • Strafford School Board Meeting - Dawn Ellis 6:00pm (Newton School)
  • Thursday 5/23:
  • SBAC testing Grades 3/4
  • Friday 5/24:
  • Bike to School Day
K-2 News
Ms. Kicza, Mrs. Longcore, and Mrs. Robinson
We are proud of our K-2 kids for their play, Make Way for Ducklings! They did a lot of work memorizing lines, acting on a stage, learning new songs, and painting sets. 

As often happens around Newton, a lot of people pulled together to make something good for students. We have many to thank for helping make the K-2 play a success! We appreciate parents for helping with face paint, costumes, clean-up after the play, and more; the PTA gave funds for supplies.; students and staff provided a supportive audience for the first show, and positive words afterwards. It works when we all work together!
Read more about our week, and see more photos, in the K-2 newsletter!
3-4 News
Ms. Coté & Mrs. Marzot
We are so proud of the 3/4 cluster for all of their hard work and perseverance during our first week of SBACs. We greatly appreciate the hard work of parents who have made sure that their child gets enough sleep and has a good breakfast in the morning. Next week will be the math component.

We will have Michelle Amato from VINS come on Monday. Our seeds that we planted last Monday have begun sprouting! We will be having outside gardening time periodically throughout the rest of the year. It can be helpful for your child to have an extra set of seasonally appropriate (whatever Vermont weather may throw at us) clothing to keep at school. We hope you enjoy your weekend with your child!
7-8 News
Mr. Bagnato, Ms. Richardson, & Mrs. White
With SBACs in the rear view (except for a few make-ups), 7th and 8th grade students engaged in a lively game of Prime Climb to de-escalate. Thank you to the Proulx Family and Mrs. Marzot for loaning us the game boards!

Both the 7th and 8th grades began the final chapters in their textbooks! The 8th grade will work with angles, triangles and the Pythagorean Theorem. 7th will explore circles and volume and how they relate. These units will bring us through the end of the month when we begin a few hands on projects! Ever noticed how much math takes place in the kitchen?
Farm to School News
Alyssa Marzot
We accomplished one of our goals! Last year, Farm to School set a goal of having a taste test every month or nine total taste tests. This past Tuesday, we had our ninth taste test: fiddleheads.

On Tuesday, May 14, 2019 sixty-three students and faculty participated in our final taste test. While it was only a few weeks after our April taste test, we wanted to take advantage of the seasonality of the fiddleheads. It was sauteed and seasoned with sea salt, granulated garlic, and olive oil. Thirty-seven voted with a smiley face, meaning that they liked it. Sixteen people were not sure about it yet and ten people did not like it. 

We have a new grow-light, thanks to a grant from the Wellborn Ecology Fund and Gardeners Supply. A special thanks to all of the helpers who aided in the assembly of it! We can’t wait to see the seeds we have planted start growing! Our last official meeting of the year will be Thursday, June 6 at 3:15 in Mrs. Marzot’s room. We may be outside working in the gardens before then; let us know if you would like to join! Additionally, we will be looking for summer garden caretaker volunteers. Please email Alyssa if you have questions or would like to help.
Lunch Room News
Gret Hewes

Our Last Farm to School Taste Test of the year was held on Tuesday, May 14th and we sampled fiddleheads.

We prepared the fiddleheads with olive oil, sea salt and granulated garlic, then roasted them in the oven. Be sure to check out the results in the FTS section of the newsletter.

Another delicious way to prepare Fiddleheads is to sauté them in olive oil or butter with garlic and sweet onions. Sprinkle with sea salt and pepper….and enjoy the yummy fresh treat that taste like Spring…YUM!

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 have a $0 balance by the end of the school year (June 18, 2019).

Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me at
Nurse's News
Kerri Juergens
Important information on ticks and Lyme disease .
PTA News
Shannon Varley
Bike to School Day POSTPONED!
New Date: Friday, May 24th
Riders from Strafford: meet at the firehouse in the Upper Village at 7:15 and leave by 7:25. Riders from South Strafford: meet at the Catholic Church at 7:30 and leave by 7:40. HELMETS REQUIRED FOR ALL RIDERS. Contact Hayley Zoerheide with any questions: 765-2639 or

Saturday, May 18th
Newton School 
Happy May! While you are outside waking up your beds and planting those peas, please keep the PTA Plant Sale in mind. In a few weeks, we will ask for donations of plants of any kind! Perennials, herbs, veggie starts, house plants, bulbs, berries, and more. Please drop off near lower school parking lot today (Friday, the 17th) or early tomorrow morning (Sat., 18th) before 9am. Please stop by the Plant Sale to shop and support the Newton PTA. Thank you!

4th of July Raffle Basket
We are currently looking for donations to the raffle basket that include items such as a quilt, picnic basket with cutlery, plates, and cups, an outdoor lawn game or equivalent, portable lawn chairs, sunscreen, gift certificates to the bookstore, any local grocery or farm stand, or anything that fits with a summer basket theme. Please email Amy Donohue with any possible donations:

2019/2020 PTA Officers
We elected a new slate of PTA officers - these officers will step into their new role August 1, 2019.
Congratulations and big thanks to the following parents:
President, Christine Bailey-Kellogg 
Vice-President, Kira Campbell
Treasurer, Nicole Ekegren

Next Meeting - Last Meeting of the School Year
Tuesday, June 4
Newton School Library
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