The Newton News
September 28, 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.
5/6 Enjoying Team building at Hosmer Point
Happy Friday!

It was a great week at Newton! We have been in school long enough for teachers to better understand where their students skills are. This year at Newton, we will have an intervention/enrichment time during the week when students will work with adults on specific skills. Starting in the next two weeks, all students will be either retaught, practice, or be further challenged in specific reading skills. I will expand on this initiative at the PTA meeting next Tuesday, October 2nd at 6:00pm.

Hike For Hunger will be next Friday, October 5th. Staff from the planning committee will share this awesome tradition with students today. Here is the presentation. All parents and community members are welcome to join us. We will meet next Friday morning around 9:00 am on Alger Brook Road (about 100 meters up from the intersection with Justin Morrill Highway). Please leave your dogs at home.

If you are interested in joining this group, please let me know by e-mailing me at before Thursday, September 27th.
Athletics and School Activities

  • Monday, Oct. 1st:
  • 5/6 Soccer at Sharon Elementary (4:30 pm)
  • Tuesday, Oct 2nd:
  • 3/4 Soccer at Sharon (4:30 pm)
  • 7/8 Soccer at First Branch/Chelsea (4:30 pm)
  • PTA Meeting Library (6:00 pm)
  • Thursday, Oct. 4th:
  • 3/4 Soccer vs Sharon (4:30 pm)
  • 7/8 Soccer vs Lyme (5:00 pm)
  • Friday, Oct. 5th:
  • K-8 HIKE FOR HUNGER (9:00 am)
  • 7/8 Soccer at Thetford Academy (5:00 pm)

K-2 News
Ms. Kicza, Mrs. Longcore & Mrs. Robinson
On Friday, the K-2 went to see the play My Mouth Is A Volcano, presented by Pentangle at the Woodstock Town Hall Theater. This is a great play, based on a book by the same name. The boy in the story, Louis, was always interrupting people, and referred to his problem as “erupting". By the end of the play he had learned the strategy of breathing out his words until someone stops talking and then breathing them back in to say them.

Many thanks to the PTA for sponsoring this trip!

For a closer look at our week, read the K-2 Newsletter!
3/4 News
Ms. Coté & Mrs. Marzot
We are getting into the routine of our outdoor science block on Mondays. Please make sure that you send your student in with extra layers because we will be outside for two class periods in all types of weather. With the changing season, it would also be a good idea to update your student's spare set of clothing.  

Mrs. Marzot's reading group has started their non-fiction unit and we are working on summarizing succinctly. Ms. Cote's reading group is comparing different fairy tales and are currently working on their own Cinderella set in Strafford.

We look forward to the Hike for Hunger next week. Enjoy the weekend with your children!
5/6 News
Mrs. Tremblay & Mr. Walker
Scenes from our overnight trip to Hosmer Point!
7/8 News
Ms. Kanoff & Mrs. White
Science: This week students analyzed the waste from the school for a day, and also did the same for their household. From the school, the waste was sorted in compost, food, recycling, not really recycling, trash, not really trash, and items that could be kept.  

Students noticed that there was a large amount of discarded milk cartons in the overall school trash, and that there was quite a bit of trash in general. Students are now in the process of quantifying and graphing the data for household waste, which did not include compostable items.

Math: Students are working on Exemplars problem-solving tasks. The 7th grade task involves looking at voting and figuring out percent of those who vote and do not vote, while the 8th grade tasks address predicting tree growth over many years, or figuring out when a cat might catch a mouse.

Passion project: We have asked students to generate a list of materials needed for this project and put them in their Google docs document. We would appreciate it if you would review the list with your child and lets us know if there is anything we do to help with materials by next Friday. One idea might be to put requests for materials on the Strafford listserv. 

Kindness project: We are narrowing the list of charities to three by October 12th. Thanks to those who volunteered to help in this effort.
Art News
Matt Aucoin
September has already come and gone, and we’re into Autumn. I meet with my Art classes once a week, and twice a week for Electives. Here’s an update on some of what we’ve been doing in September; for more details on what we've been doing, visit the Newton School's art class webpage.

Kindergarten: We’ve have been working a lot on using markers and sharing materials. Things like, push down on the top of the marker until you hear a little click and you know it’s closed. We read a story every class, which mostly have been themed around what it’s like to be in school and how can you treat your friends at school.

1st grade: In September the first graders have been working on using markers and our current project is using textured paper to cut out shapes to make a picture. If you think of Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar you’ll have a good idea of what that might look like.

2nd Grade: With this group we have been establishing classroom expectations and a working routine for Art class. Our lessons have been focusing on drawing faces, and what features or details are on faces.

3rd & 4th Grade: These groups are split into two but we have been focusing on the same project this month: Posters. We’ve been focusing on how we can use words and images to make a compelling and pleasing poster. I encouraged students to choose something they were interested in to make posters of. We’ve got posters of snowmobiles, horse farms, video game clubs, pets and animals, and much more.

Creating Comics: This 7th and 8th grade elective had been going really well. I have a group of motivated students who really bring their own interests into the class. We’ve been focusing this month on inking our pictures, which is going over the pencils with marker or a pen to give them a really clean line work. We’ve seen some amazing Fortnight characters, comic book characters, and original characters.
Farm-to-School News
Alyssa Marzot
Farm to School held its first taste test on Tuesday! Students had a chance to taste Apple-Cranberry Salad and it was a success. 33 students voted with a smiley face, 22 voted with a neutral face and 7 students voted with a sad face. Results are graphed below. Fourth grade students also counted the votes and created bar graphs to display the results.

We plan to have taste tests on the last Tuesday of every month. Our next taste test will be October 30th and we invite you to join your student’s lunch to try too.

We will be meeting as a committee on Thursday, October 4th from 3:15-4:00 to work in the gardens and work on our goals for the 2018-2019 school. We hope to see you there and please get in touch with Alyssa at if you have any questions.
Health Class News
Michelle Pringle
Kindergarten: We read My Mouth is a Volcano in preparation for the wonderful My Mouth is a Volcano: The Musical field trip we had today. Ask your student what to do when their mouth feels like it may erupt!

3rd Grade: We resumed our lesson on self-esteem, which the students had a hard time conceptualizing. We took a detour from the "We Care" curriculum to dig a bit deeper to understand self-esteem and confidence. We read Chrysanthemum, a story of a mouse who is finding her confidence with her unique name. Ask your student how she viewed her name at home versus how she felt about it at school, and why it changed.

4th Grade: We continued with our 'We Care' curriculum and discussed how to recognize feelings we may have, and when we may need to seek out a trusted adult to help us with them. We did a "check-in with yourself" activity to see how, throughout the day, our emotions may change, and we went over how we rarely will have the same single emotion all day. Ask your student what emotions they have felt through the day, and why they may have felt that way.  

5th & 6th Grade: We covered conflict resolution by reviewing the story of The Three Little Pigs, as many fairy tales are entwined with conflict. We talked about strategies, and ways the pigs and wolf could have worked through their conflict differently. We also started brainstorming some alternative endings to The Three Little Pigs. Ask your student some of the strategies the pigs and wolf could have used. 

7th & 8th Grade: We began the unit on stress and stress management. While students most likely have learned about stress and negative health effects in past health classes, we took a slight turn and began to work on some critical thinking on how stress may be positive. We started viewing a TEDTalk (see below) on how stress may actually be a positive thing, but only when it is viewed as being a motivator or in a social aspect. Ask your student what stresses them, and if it may be a good or bad stress. 
Lunch Room News
Gret Hewes
We had our first taste test on Tuesday with a delightful Autumn Apple Salad. It was delicious and the students and adults alike really seemed to enjoy it. Be sure to check out the Farm to School section of the newsletter for the results.

Here is the recipe if you would like to try it at home. We did omit the nuts and cherries for our recipe to accommodate food allergies.  

Autumn Apple Salad

4 tart Granny Smith Apples, cored and cubed
¼ cup blanched slivered almonds, toasted
¼ cup dried cranberries
¼ cup chopped dried cherries
1 (8 oz.) container of vanilla yogurt

1. In a medium bowl, stir together the apples, almonds, cranberries, cherries and yogurt until evenly coated.

Our next taste test will be an Octoberfest Taste Test! We will try our hands at homemade sauerkraut. Thanks to Stella and Astrid who brought in some colossal cabbages from their home garden--thank you, ladies!
Nurse's News
Kerri Juergens
Health HUB's dental van is coming November 2 - 4. If you have not already scheduled your dental visit, please call Health HUB at 802-431-6060. If you have already turned in your dental enrollment form, the HHUB has them and will be scheduling this on your behalf. 

The Flu clinic, hosted by Health HUB, is planning to arrive October 16th. Fill out the Flu Vaccine Consent Form as soon as possible to get your student vaccinated. You do not need to be enrolled with Health HUB to take advantage of this. This particular visit from Health HUB will be for students only, however. HHUB is sorry to report that at this time, only students can be treated. However, South Royalton is hosting a flu clinic, and there are other free clinics for flu and other immunizations in our area!  

All Newton School staff and community members are encouraged to get their flu shots so we perhaps might mitigate a repeat of last year. 

An Immunization clinic is also available for students still in need of vaccinations, who have not selected a PCP yet or have other parameters in getting those completed. 
This video provides an overview for parents/guardians about what to do before, during and after a school emergency. It discusses many issues, such as why it is important to maintain current contact information; why it is important for parents/guardians not to go to the school during an emergency; and gives details on the safety terms and procedures that they might hear during an emergency at the school. 
PTA News
The next PTA Meeting will be held Tuesday, October 2nd at 6:00 in the Newton School Library. 
Agenda Highlights include:
  • Halloween
  • Annual Appeals Letter
  • Poinsettia Fundraiser


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
+Still looking for 2 Volunteers to help Leader (Amy Huyffer) with Dinner Clean-up (6:45- 8:00)

Haunted House Help
+Still looking for 2-3 Volunteers to help Leader (Kira Campbell) with design/coordinate/set-up Haunted House before and day of event AND Clean-Up of Barrett Hall that night
Upcoming Events
October 5 - Hike for Hunger

October 14 - Sharon Academy Information Program
3:30 on Sunday, October 14th, at TSA's High School. 

TSA's Information Program is an opportunity to learn about TSA's approach to providing an engaging education. It is also a chance to meet current TSA students and ask questions. We will also explain our Open Enrollment Policy. Students are encouraged to attend. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, please call Amber Wylie - 763.2500 x220 or visit our Facebook page or our website.  

October 18 - Picture re-takes
November 29 - Upper Valley High School Fair
5:30 at Hartford High School