PTA News
Student Directory:
Last call for Student Directory Forms! Send them in to Eleni by Friday, or email Lauren at!

Next Meeting:
Our next meeting will be Tuesday, the 1st of December, at 6 pm. Parents will be sent a link via email on Tuesday, if you'd like to attend.
Lunchroom News
Did you know that as a rule of thumb coffee cake does not have coffee in it?

Coffee cake was given its name way back when (not sure when, but long ago) in Vienna. It became the hip trend to serve sweet cakes with coffee. After World War I, with the invention of pasteurization, coffee cakes began to take on new flavors with the use of sour creams. Americans took coffee cake to a whole new level by adding the crumble to the top of their coffee cakes, giving the streusel toppings a run for their money.

Here in the Newton Cafeteria we stick with the tried and true coffee cake and here is the recipe:
One Planet News
One Planet wants to know about your child's interests! Please fill out this survey with your child so we can plan One Planet activities based on what your child likes to do. You don't need to be registered for One Planet to do the survey. Thank you for your input!

Sign your child up for Homemade Holiday Gift Making Workshops on Mondays and Wednesdays in December. These will be after school from 3:00 - 4:15pm at the gym. Drop in fee is $5/day or register your child to attend through One Planet. Contact Jennie Friedman at for more information.

Students in One Planet's Random Acts of Kindness Club made Thanksgiving placemats for seniors who receive delivered meals in Strafford. We talked about how this Thanksgiving will be different for everyone, and how we should think about those who may be alone for the holiday. We hope our drawings cheered up some seniors!
Nurse's News
Here is a link to the latest update from the VT DoH on social gatherings, holiday gatherings and travel. We are all so grateful for our town's ability to be responsible in all of these guidelines, which keeps our schools open.

I thought some may be interested in this podcast given by Dr. Paul Offit, MD, a pediatrician specializing in infectious diseases and an expert in virology and vaccine development. He currently serves on the FDA committee overseeing and evaluating COVID-19 vaccines. In this podcast, Dr. Offit discusses the strategies and major companies pursuing a vaccine against the SARS-CoV-2 virus. He gets into the nuances of the vaccine approval process and its implications for COVID-19 vaccine outlook. He also explains potential risks, reveals his own confidence level in safety, and gives insight into protection against reinfection with vaccination.
Ms. Kicza
During the short week before Thanksgiving, the kindergarten class listened to books about being thankful. They made trees with leaves showing what they are thankful for - including family, friends, dogs, soccer, kindness, school, food, and more. They did Thanksgiving math practice with dice-rolling pages, color by numbers, and a turkey graph. Some good work with following directions, tracing, cutting, and gluing resulted in cute turkey crafts to take home.
First Grade
Mrs. Robinson
Oh no! The first graders forgot to get turkeys for Thanksgiving dinner and they were all out at the grocery store!

After listening to the book How To Catch a Turkey, by Adam Wallace, the first graders made their own turkeys and, working in pairs, they built traps to catch their turkeys. They were only given tape, string, cardboard, and pipe cleaners. They came up with some very creative ideas, including luring the turkey with "food."

I continue to be impressed with how well this group works together to get things accomplished.
Second Grade
Mrs. Marzot
We had so much fun in second grade as we learned about Tony Sarg and the origins of the Macy's Day Parade floats. Read our weekly newsletter to learn about our exciting two days before Thanksgiving Break.
Third Grade
Ms. Coté
"The Turkey Shot Out of the Oven"
by Jack Prelutsky

The turkey shot out of the oven
and rocketed into the air,
it knocked every plate off the table
and partly demolished a chair.

It ricocheted into a corner
and burst with a deafening boom,
then splattered all over the kitchen,
completely obscuring the room.

It stuck to the walls and the windows,
it totally coated the floor,
there was turkey attached to the ceiling,
where there’d never been turkey before.

It blanketed every appliance,
it smeared every saucer and bowl,
there wasn’t a way I could stop it,
that turkey was out of control.

I scraped and I scrubbed with displeasure,
and thought with chagrin as I mopped,
that I’d never again stuff a turkey
with popcorn that hadn’t been popped.
Copyright © 1990 Jack Prelutsky. From the book Something
Big Has Been Here. Greenwillow Books.
Fourth Grade
Mr. Walker
It's hard to believe that we are in the midst of the holiday season! The school year is flying by which was evident by the fact that we had student-led conferences before the break. What a pleasure it was meeting with the parents of our amazing 4th graders. The students did such a fantastic job sharing all the things they have been doing this year.
Mr. Usher
Recently the younger grades have been learning about the elements of shape and form. We are drawing these shapes inspired by different sounds and textures, while listening to a variety of world music genres.

Other classes had a chance to make a Camera Obscura (an older relative of the camera) which allowed them to learn about light, and think about how we, and our brains, perceive the world! This was a project in connection with our Artist-in-Residence, Laura Decapua.