PTA News
Next Meeting:
The next PTA meeting will be Tuesday, June 1st at 6 pm. Watch for a link via email from Eleni on that day.

Coming Up:
The AIR Student Show will be hanging in Barrett Hall on June 10th (3-6 pm), 11th (3-6 pm), and 12th (12-5). Please come and see the incredible work our students have produced!

The Fourth of July is coming right up. The PTA is planning to sponsor a slightly modified version of our normal games on the green. Please keep an eye out for more information and opportunities to volunteer!

Thanks to all who participated in Staff Appreciation, the Plant Sale, and Bike to School...May is a busy time, but hopefully also lots of fun!
One Planet News
One Planet loves the pocket park! We are so grateful to get to use this beautiful space, so we made a banner to let everyone know.

Gap Weeks:
Our last two weeks of One Planet are June 1st - June 11th. We have decided to offer archery and a craft club during this time. Please let me know if you'd like to sign your child up for any of the days during gap weeks. Only those who are already in archery can sign up for the two additional weeks.

Monday and Wednesdays: Craft Club (6/2, 6/7, 6/9) - $18 ($9 f/r)
Tuesdays: Choices or Soccer* (6/1 and 6/8) - $12
Thursdays: Archery (6/3 and 6/10) - $12
Fridays: Choices or Soccer* (6/4 and 6/11) $12 for 3pm pick up or $24 for 4:45pm pick up ($6 or $12 f/r)
Drop in fee - $10/day ($5 f/r)
*Note - you do not need to sign your child up for One Planet for your kids to do pickup soccer. If you sign up your child for One Planet on a soccer day, we will give them snack and they will have the option to do soccer or another activity. We will also keep an eye on them at soccer in case they need anything.

Summer Camp Registration will soon close:
Click here for the packet. Please fill out and return to school. Here are our weekly themes:

July 12th - 16th: Imagine, Transform, Create! (FIELD TRIP TO MOTIO REC)
July 19th - 23th: Wilderness Survival (FIELD TRIP TO VINS)
July 26th - 30th: Farm to Table (FIELD TRIP TO CEDAR CIRCLE)
Aug 2nd - 6th: One Planet's Got Talent (FIELD TRIP TO BETHEL POOL)

Due to the support of state funding, we are able to offer all of this at an affordable suggested price of $100/week (or $60/week for families who qualify for free/reduced lunch), but families are only asked to pay what they can afford. We also have scholarships and state childcare subsidies available so ability to pay is NOT an issue. Email Jennie with any questions.
Library News
Overdue Notices
Families will start having overdue notices emailed to them over the next couple of week. I'd like to remind everyone that the book prices are just added to overdue notices by default by our library management system--this isn't a bill! I have been more lenient this year with allowing students to check out more books than usual, so you may see that your student has a looong list of overdue and checked out books; just please find what you can, and as they turn up, please drop them off at school.

Free Books!
We won't be checking out any library books for the rest of this year, BUT that does not mean students won't be bringing home books! I have been doing my annual reassessment and cleaning up of the collection, and as always students will have first dibs on discarded books. These are books that students can keep forever--they will have "Discard" stamped inside, and the the barcode and spine label will be removed or crossed out.
Lunchroom News
Exciting News! As many of you may know, the USDA extended the free meals for all students to include the next school year. This means all our Newton students will be able to eat free of charge for the 2021-2022 school year as well. Yippee!
Also, it is with a heavy heart that I announce that my partner in the kitchen, Sharron, will be retiring at the end of this school year in June. She has been instrumental in the success of our program here at Newton and her kindness, big heart and love for the students and staff will be missed.

We thought it fitting to re-print Sharron’s favorite recipe from our kitchen:
Ms. Kicza
We learned two new math work places this week, called “Make it Five” and “Roll, Add, and Compare.” These partner and small-group games practice skills adding fluently within 5, adding within ten, and comparing numbers. They had fun and got some good math practice.
First Grade
Mrs. Robinson
After hoeing in the garden and getting it ready, the first graders planted the flowers that we started during the plant organisms unit. We had quite a few flats of plants so we had a great discussion about gardeners and frost, and whether we should plant them all last week or save some for this week just in case. It was decided that we would plant half and save half for this week. As of now, they are all planted!

We also did some leaf drawing recently. We went for a walk and each child picked out 2 different kinds of leaves to draw. They discovered that if they held the leaves up to the light, they could see the veins, etc. We talked about color, and making them look as close to real as possible. From there we did some tracing and some rubbings. 

In math we have been practicing counting by 10’s with popsicle sticks, and combining the extra ones into groups of 10. We also estimated how many popsicle sticks were in a large baggie, and then counted and combined them to find the result.

In reading we have been learning about how authors use illustrations to help tell their stories. We also talked about the importance of the setting of the story.

Thanks for sending in extra masks and water bottles. That has been a big help.
Second Grade
Mrs. Marzot
It has been so much fun to see the second grade bike crew growing! I love hearing their exclamations of exhaustion as they come into the classroom each morning. We had a great week learning, working and playing together!

Second graders are growing so much and we have had a lot of fun comparing how tall they are to me. I’m still taller than all of them, but I won’t be for long! We are spending a lot of time inside and outside, please make sure that your child has appropriate layers for both places. If you want to send your child in with bug spray or sunscreen for Outdoor Education, please do!
Third Grade
Ms. Coté
Third graders have been practicing writing arguments. They have worked on answering questions about their preferences for learning environments, favorite flavors of ice cream, and a preferred version of Cinderella. Soon, they will be answering the age old question: Which makes a better pet, a dog or a cat? They are building up stamina for writing a hand paragraph in 30 minutes or less. Our last big essay will be about choosing which flood in Vermont had the greatest impact on Vermont.

Students have been listening to me read Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff. In it, a 5th grade boy struggles in school both academically and socially. It takes place in an apartment building in New York City, and Albie has a nanny who lies and breaks rules to help him. We will be thinking about what is a lie that hurts others and a lie that can be innocent.

Have a great holiday weekend. Please continue to send in sunblock, water bottles, and hats. Please do regular tick checks, especially on Thursdays.
Mr. G
Middle schoolers just finished an archery unit, and will be moving into outdoor family fun games: corn hole, Frisbeeknock, Can-jam, badminton, bocci etc.

Elementary students have been playing some outdoor games involving dodgeballs; they ran a mile; and we did a tennis unit. We are going to finish with a badminton unit.
The Strafford Recreation Board is pleased to offer soccer camp to area youth again this summer! This year we've partnered with JT Soccer Training which is run by soccer coaches from Southern New Hampshire University.

Dates: June 21th-25th, from 9am-12pm
Where: Murray Field, South Strafford
Ages: 7-14 (boys and girls)
Cost: $125 (includes t-shirt)
Click on Register, and select Strafford Camp

Once on the website you'll see information including camp description, schedule, and what to bring.
Dinosaurs are coming to the Montshire Museum of Science this summer!

Our giant exhibition, Summer of Dinosaurs, opens on Saturday, May 29th. Tickets must be reserved ahead of time at, and there are tickets for as little as $3 for those who qualify. Please view their flyer for more information.