The Newton News
February 14, 2020
K-2 News
Anmari Kicza, Alyssa Marzot & Marie Robinson
K-2 celebrated their 100th day on Monday! The children got to go from room to room to do a variety of fun activities, including a 100 photo booth; building with 100 cups, popsicle sticks, dominoes, or pattern blocks; movement activities, like bouncing a ball and jumping 100 times; and making necklaces.

We capped off the week on Friday with a Valentine celebration.
3/4 News
Denise Coté & Lauren Lacasse
Happy Valentine’s Day! We had a great time celebrating our love and appreciation for each other in our cluster today! 

Fourth grade mathematicians have been working hard to solidify our knowledge of fractions. We have been working on finding equivalent fractions and solving addition and subtraction problems when fractions have like and unlike denominators. We have talked about mixed numbers and improper fractions and how to change them to the other form. We are realizing how much multiplication we have to use in fraction work! 

Third grade readers have been thinking about the author's message in fiction and nonfiction books. We have also been discovering how more than one author can have the same message. In Mrs. Lacasse’s reading class we have enjoyed adding Epic and Word Work activities into our reading time. 

In Science, we wrapped up our reading and discussion of The Omnivore’s Dilemma. We are starting to think about what we can do with this information in our daily life and at school. In Outdoor Ed, we enjoyed time exploring the woods around the town pond, and Owl’s Nest used the woods for Cynthia Rylant-inspired nature writing.  
We have some changes to our schedule next week: 

Tuesday, February 18th - 3rd graders to Hood
NO Outdoor Ed for Owl’s Nest 

Thursday, February 20th - 4th graders to Hood Museum
Outdoor Ed as a cluster 
7/8 News
Colin Breen and Erik Reimanis
In 8th grade math, we look forward to a review of the first half of the course and then a change of books and more advanced topics. Seventh grade math is discovering the different probabilities of multiple events through games like rock, paper, scissors and dice rolling. Science students have started a small multi-day project to learn about the solar system, with the goal of creating an informative scale model.
Library & Technology News
Simone Pyle

Whether your kiddos are part of our Dungeons & Dragons club or not, D&D podcasts can make for great listening on long car rides (or nights when the power goes out)!

One of my favorites is Broadswords, an all-female D&D podcast featuring excellent storycraft and character building (if you don't mind a tiny amount of swearing). For 100% family-friendly D&D podcasts and live play-throughs, check out this compilation from Geek & Sundry!
Lunch Room News
Gret Hewes

Happy Valentine’s Day all!

Wow, one more week until February vacation!  Next Tuesday we will be hosting our FTS February Taste Test. The Zoerheide family has very generously donated some of their beef hot dogs for the kids to test! We are so lucky to have such wonderful resources in our local community that we can introduce our student to.

On the Hot Lunch Menu next Tuesday: tacos!

Hope to see you there!
Farm to School News
Alyssa Marzot

Winter Carnival is coming! 

Farm to School will be hosting their annual lunch fundraiser at Winter Carnival this year to support our gardens and monthly taste tests. We are seeking donations to help us with this fundraiser; there is a google sheets sign up here. We greatly appreciate your support and please let us know if you have any questions.
Athletic News
Laura DeCapua

Our 3/4 team defeated Rochester in overtime this past week, 16-14! They take on Bethel on Saturday morning at 11:00 AM in Bethel.

Next week, the 3/4 team practices after school on Monday, and travels to Sharon on Tuesday for their last game of the season; start time is 6:00 PM. The 5/6 team also travels to Sharon on Tuesday for their final game; start time is 7:00 PM.


SAVE THE DATE: Newton basketball teams will have an end of the season recognition banquet at the gym on Wednesday, February 19, beginning at 5:30. It's a potluck supper with a competitive game of knockout to follow.

And, in the not too distant future, we have baseball and softball sign ups! Our first baseball open gym of the season is quickly approaching (Please note new time and start date: March 10 from 3:45-5:00.) If you are between the ages of 7-12, you are welcome to come and participate. Bring your glove!
PTA News
Christine Bailey-Kellogg
Valentine's Thank You
Thank you to Hillary Minerd and Nicole Pavick for leading the Valentine's card-making workshop this year. Eighteen kids attended and were able to make special, heartfelt cards for their loved ones.

Town Meeting Lunch - Tuesday, March 3rd
The PTA is gearing up for one of its biggest fundraising events: Town Meeting Lunch! There are many volunteer opportunities available! Meg Teachout will be chairing the event this year, and can be reached at at or 765-4337.

Over the next few weeks, you should receive a call to ask if you can help by donating to the lunch. If you want to save yourself the phone call, you can email Andrew Lane directly with what you'll be bringing.

We'll also need help on Town Meeting Day. We'll need volunteers to set-up, clean-up, and serve lunch AND volunteers to help with childcare (there are also 2 paid childcare positions available!). If you are interested in helping on Town Meeting Day or in days leading up, please contact Meg.

Winter Carnival - Friday, March 6th and Saturday, March 7th
Winter carnival is coming up and promises to be great fun! Check out the schedule of events below. We will need lots of volunteers to make it happen! We especially need leaders - for the morning activities at Murray field, the spaghetti dinner, and for the bonfire and ice skating. Please check out the volunteer sign up sheet and see if there is a way you can pitch in. (One tab lists volunteer slots for all the activities and the other tab has food donations for the spaghetti dinner.) Thank you so much!
Questions? Contact Kira or Amy!

Winter Carnival Schedule

Friday, March 6th
6:30 - end: Movie at Gym (movie is TBD) - Benefit for Middle School Trip

Saturday, March 7th
10:00 - 12:00: Donuts and Maple Syrup at Strafford Creative Preschool
10:00 - 12:30: Murray Field Activities
Ongoing: Snow/Ice Sculpture Building (Judging at noon)
10:00 - 10:45: Obstacle Course
10:45 - 11:30: Snowshoe Racing
11:30 - 12:00: Nordic Racing
12:00 - 1:30: Lunch - Benefit for Farm to School at Barrett Hall

1:30 - 4:00: Harrington Hill Activities 
      1:30 - 2:15: Sledding Races
      2:30 - 3:15: Skiing & Snowboarding Races
      3:15 - 4:00: Skiing & Snowboarding Jump Competition

Saturday evening Activities
3:30 - 5:00: Food prep for spaghetti dinner at Barrett Hall
5:00:  Spaghetti Dinner and Awards Ceremony at Barrett Hall
6:30 - 8:30: Bonfire & Ice Skating Under the Lights at Murray Field

Next Meeting Date
Monday, March 9th at 6:30 at the school library
We are moving our meeting from our normal first Tuesday because of Town Meeting day. (We will return to the first Tuesday schedule for April and following months.) We are also experimenting with a later start time, in the hopes that more people can attend our meetings. We really hope that you can join us! Please be in touch with Christine if there are other ways we can support your participation. Thank you!
Community News
School's Out Play's In Winter Break Day Camp

February 24th - 28th
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
For kids in grades K-8

For more information, contact
The Sharon Academy's Free Family Arts Day

Sunday, March 8th
Noon - 4:00 PM
Looking for something to do with the kids on a winter afternoon? You are invited to join The Sharon Academy for our 8th annual Free Family Arts Day - perfect for all ages!

TSA will host talented local artists leading free interactive workshops. Examples include stilt walking, bath fizzie making, face painting, and more! All workshops are open to the public. Refreshments will be available for purchase. More details on workshops are available on our website.

Don't forget - Clocks "Spring Ahead" on March 8, too!