The Newton News
November 22, 2019
K-2 News
Anmari Kicza, Alyssa Marzot & Marie Robinson
The K-2 worked on a very special project for the seniors Friday morning. After reading a book about a snowman, we made special snowman lights. We are also preparing a special song to sing to them when the lights are given out. We are very excited to see them in December when we visit at Barrett Hall!
The K-2 cluster makes snowman votives for the Seniors
The K-2 cluster makes snowman votives for the Seniors
The K-2 cluster makes snowman votives for the Seniors
3/4 News
Denise Coté & Lauren Lacasse
The third graders have been busy beginning a new unit on multiplication. We start out by using repeated addition and building a growing pattern using tiles. Fourth graders continue to explore ratio tables and thinking about patterns when multiplying numbers by 10 and 100. 

Third graders continue to explore different ways to write about their reading in their Reading Notebooks. The fourth graders have been reading a variety of texts, and are learning how to summarize key details. 

Fourth graders enjoyed their second trip to the Hood Museum, and looking at artists' choice of using water in their art.

Please make sure your child is prepared for the weather and also has a pair of indoor shoes!  

Finally, we are still looking for donations for clean kindling for fires in outdoor classroom! 
4th graders at The Hood Art Museum
4th graders at the Hood Art Museum
7/8 News
Colin Breen and Erik Reimanis
In Social Studies, students are preparing for a test on the Constitution and their rights. This includes a close reading of the document itself, and conversations about what is (and what isn't) protected by Constitutional law.

Literature presented a wide array of traditions in the illustrious Hall of Traditions to an audience of students and staff members from around the school.
Fifth and 6th graders take part in Thanksgiving interactives on the Plimoth Plantation website.
Library & Technology News
Simone Pyle

This week, 5th and 6th graders were asked to think like historians as they participated in this Thanksgiving interactive found on the Plimoth Plantation website. These activities allowed students to look at events surrounding the arrival of the Pilgrims and the 1621 harvest feast from the perspectives of both the Colonists and the Wampanoag people, and to learn more of the cultures of both populations. There is also an exercise in approaching primary sources with an historian's eye, something that we will be working on further over the coming weeks.

The Plimoth Plantation website has several activities for children of all ages, from coloring pages to a virtual field trip. Check it out!
Lunch Room News
Gret Hewes

This week’s Clean Tray Club Champion is: Clementine


Our next Farm to School Taste Test will be held on Tuesday, November 26th. We will be featuring the sweet potato just in time for the Turkey Day Festivities.

Be sure to see the results of our FTS Test Test in next week’s Newton Newsletter in the Farm to School section.
Nurse's News
Kerri Rainville
It’s Time to Get Your Flu Shot!

Get vaccinated in time for Thanksgiving and seasonal gatherings!

Vermonters can get their flu shot at one of more than 300 locations across Vermont, including local pharmacies, supermarkets and from their health care provider. To find a location near you, go to

Tips for Preventing Flu:

  • Get a flu vaccine.
  • Stop the spread of germs. Wash your hands often with soap and water. Avoid contact with sick individuals. Stay home if you are sick. Cover your nose when you cough and sneeze.
  • Take antiviral medications if your doctor prescribes them. If you get the flu, antiviral drugs can be used to treat your illness.
  • Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids.
Learn more about the flu and flu vaccine at and
Athletic News
Laura DeCapua
Basketball Updates

Newton has two teams for the upcoming basketball season. Jolin Eastman and Cassie Maclay will coach our 3/4 boys team, and Frank and Nicolette Brown will be the 5/6 girls coaches. Practice begins on Monday, December 2nd and December 4th for 3/4 boys from 3:15-5 p.m. Our 5/6 girls team begins their practices on Tuesday, December 3rd and Thursday, December 5th from 3:15-5 p.m. 


Please email with questions and feedback.
PTA News
Christine Bailey-Kellogg
Poinsettia Fund Raiser

These traditional holiday flowers are grown locally and come in a variety of color options and sizes. They make great gifts or decorative options for your home, work, or church. All funds raised from this event provide enrichment activities/materials to Newton School Students.

Prices range from $6 - $35 per plant.
Please order your plant from a Newton School student or contact Ellen at 291-3748 before Nov. 27.

Please note:
  • Money is collected when the order is placed.
  • Place orders and pay by November 27th.
  • Pick up plants from the Newton School: Wed, December 4 from 2:30 – 6:00p.m.
Please contact Ellen Bagnato, 291-3748, with any questions.