The Newton News
November 15, 2019
K-2 News
Anmari Kicza, Alyssa Marzot & Marie Robinson
K-2 had a fun, short week! Read about our week in the K-2 newsletter!
Children playing in the new snow at recess
3/4 News
Denise Coté & Lauren Lacasse
Organized headphones in the classroom.
What a fast week we had! Students did amazing despite all the interruptions to our routines! On Wednesday we enjoyed the Veterans Day Assembly. Students were amazing audience members, and showed their respect and appreciation to the presenters and Veterans who joined us. 

Part of our Morning Meeting is sharing as well as working together toward a common goal. This morning, the Wolves worked collaboratively to untangle a whole mess of head phones. We had to communicate, have patience with each other and learn to have support roles. We did it!! 

Fourth grade mathematicians have been enjoying using arrays to help them solve larger multiplication problems. 

Third grade readers practiced writing about their books by writing a book recommendation and thinking about a time they read a book that reminded them of another book they had read. 

It is that time of year when we can begin enjoying fires in Forest Classroom. We would love donations of kindling (no paint, nails, etc.). Thank you! 
5/6 News
Jasmine Tremblay & Eric Walker
Wow, it's hard to believe that we are at the end of another school week. It has been a short one because of the day off on Monday and the snow/ice day on Tuesday, but the kids have been quite busy.  

We are closing out our unit on Colonial America by writing papers on Benjamin Franklin. The kids discovered through our play that he was an impressive person, and he had "a million things to do." We read an article titled, "The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin," and all the students are writing a paper about some of the things that he did that made him famous. Next week we will start our unit on the American Revolution.

Thanks to everyone who came out for our play. If you ordered a t-shirt, we will be printing them out next week for you. Thank you for you contributions to our field trip. We raised over $700 for the Boston trip in May!
7/8 News
Colin Breen and Erik Reimanis
Science students are continuing to learn about motion. We are finishing with acceleration, and looking at projectile motion and air resistance. Soon it's off to Earth/space science! 

7th grade math just took the test on chapter two, and will start on properties of arithmetic next week using different strategies to find multiple ways to show operations. 8th grade math is going deeper into graphing and patterns. They are also learning the importance of labeling the parts of a graph in an appropriate way.

In Social Studies, students did research on Norwich University and the history of military education in Vermont, in commemoration of Norwich University's 200th anniversary. Students read out their research to the school and gathered veterans as part of the ceremony at Barrett Hall, and did an admirable job of performing. In Literature, the students have been pulling together a capstone research project on traditions from around the world, which will be presented in the Hall of Traditions this coming Monday, from 10-11 AM. The public is welcome to attend. 
Library & Technology News
Simone Pyle

Did you addition to books and magazines, the library also lends out DVDs and puzzles! We hope to add more non-book items to our collection over time--we'll keep you posted!
Lunch Room News
Gret Hewes

Our next Farm to School Taste Test will be Tuesday, November 26th. On our menu will be Salisbury steak w/mashed potatoes, gravy and peas. We will be testing sweet potatoes. 

Winter weather is finally arriving and it’s a good time to remember the importance of drinking water and staying hydrated. We don’t always realize like we do in the hot summer months that when the cold sets in we may be getting dehydrated. Our outside activities aren’t the same and we sweat a lot less. We don’t feel the heat of a summer day and the urges for us to take a water bottle.

Water is life and so important to keeping us healthy and happy. So when you’re putting on your jacket and boots and grabbing those mittens, don’t forget to grab a water bottle too.
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.

Appeals Mailing Thank You

Thanks so much to the parents and the students from Newton and TSA who came to the PTA meeting and helped with the Annual Appeal Letter mailing. You should see this letter arrive in your mailbox in the next few days. If you can, please consider contributing so the PTA can continue to support fun events, arts and other enrichment programs, field trips and other opportunities for Newton School students.