The Newton News
December 6, 2019
K-2 News
Anmari Kicza, Alyssa Marzot & Marie Robinson
K-2 enjoyed singing to the seniors Wednesday afternoon at Barrett Hall. They sang “Jingle Bells,” “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” and “I Think You’re Wonderful,” a song they had practiced especially for them. They gave cards and snowman lights they’d made as gifts. The seniors gave the children gifts as well. It was great to see our K-2 spread a little holiday cheer!
Watch the K-2's sing "I Think You're Wonderful" at the senior lunch!
3/4 News
Denise Coté & Lauren Lacasse
What a busy and fun week this has been! 

Highlights include 3rd graders' second visit to the Hood Museum of Art; 4th grade visiting their preschool reading buddies; meeting our Artist in Residence and getting ready for our fun work next week; deciding as a cluster to try a secret gift making exchange (check your email for more information); and spending time tracking and telling track stories outside! 

Next week, due to some schedule changes, we will be going out to Forest Classroom on Tuesday as a whole cluster! We are still looking for donations of clean kindling for fires in Forest Classroom.

The third graders went to the Hood Museum today and learned about how artists experiment to create their art. They got a chance to mix primary colors to create secondary colors. 

In 3rd grade math, students have been learning that repeated addition is really multiplication. They have also been learning about arrays. 

In reading, the fourth graders have been learning about the author’s message in both fiction and non-fiction texts.  

In social studies, students have begun to learn about the continents and oceans as we explore geography.  

Please remember that students must be dressed for the weather and bring sneakers for their PE classes.
Library & Technology News
Simone Pyle

Notices for overdue library books will be going out, either by paper or email, today and through next week. We don't charge overdue fines at our school library, but we do ask is that your student do their best to find and return books they have checked out. As I often tell kids, books don't grow legs and walk away--they must be somewhere! Maybe in the couch cushions, behind the dresser (I've found overdue books there before!), under the car never know!

If you think there has been an error, and your student has returned a book that's marked overdue, please just drop me an email and I'll check the shelves for it.
Lunch Room News
Gret Hewes

December already? Only 2 more weeks until break?

Wow, 2019 is flying by...where does the time go? One of the best holiday gifts we can give others is our time. With life so speedy, so many deadlines, rushing, time commitments, and the season all swirling around time can feel so fleeting. That is the most important time to step back and give a moment to our loved ones. I promise, if you take that moment and give it to another it is so worth it and it feels so good.

Here’s a super quick recipe for just such a moment:

Warning: this recipe does contain nuts!

Pretzel Turtles®


20 mini pretzels (the square grid variety work best)
20 chocolate covered caramel candies (such as Rolo’s®)
20 pecan halves


1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F
2. Arrange the pretzels in a single layer on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Place one chocolate covered caramel candy on each pretzel.
3. Bake for 4 minutes. While the candy is warm, press a pecan half onto each candy covered pretzel. Cool completely before storing in an airtight container.

Farm to School News
Alyssa Marzot
Farm to School had their most tasted taste test of the school year so far! Using the Vermont Harvest of the Month as inspiration, Gret served sweet potato bread. Students were eager to try it, and many came back asking for a second taste.  

Eighty students participated in the taste test. Seventy-Six students gave it a smiley face meaning that they liked it. Three people were not sure about it yet and one student did not like it.  

We will hold a taste test on the last Tuesday of every month. If you have any ideas, questions or concerns please let Mrs. Marzot or Gret know. Our next Farm to School Meeting will be on Thursday, December 12th from 3:15-4:00 in the Narwhal Nook. Hope to see you there!
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 practices after school from 3:15 - 5:00 on Mondays and Wednesdays. Frank and Nicolette Brown will be the 5/6 girls coaches, and practices after school from 3:15 - 5:00 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The games schedule can be found at the school website.

Please email with questions and feedback.
PTA News
Christine Bailey-Kellogg
Artist in Residence - Lizz Van Saun, Mosaic Artist

We are so excited for this year's Artist in Residence! Lizz Van Saun is a mosaic artist who will be working with K-8 students to create four mosaic panels that will be on permanent display at Newton. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, December 18th for the Celebration and Grand Unveiling. The celebration will begin at 8:30am at Barrett Hall.

Lizz needs a whole range of volunteers during the 5 workdays next week (Monday, December 9th - Friday December 13th). There are several opportunities to work with your own child's cluster and we welcome volunteers who are able to go beyond that. You can sign up HERE.

Holiday Gift-making Workshop
Saturday, December 7th
10 am to Noon 
Newton School Cafeteria

You don't need to attend Newton School to attend this FREE event (though donations will be gratefully accepted). Open to everyone, young and old, from Strafford or from out-of-town.
For more information, or if you'd like to help at the event, call or email Leslie Berger: 333-4303 or
Many Thanks!

Thanks to everyone who supported the poinsettia fundraiser, and to Ellen Bagnato for coordinating the effort. Thanks also to everyone who has responded to our annual appeal. We are so grateful for your support, which allows the PTA to provide experiences like the annual Artist-in-Residence, artistic performances, field trips and other support to our Newton students.
Community News
Image of Krakow by Roman Polyanyk from Pixabay
There is still time to sign up for our school sponsored trip on April 20-29, 2020 to Berlin, Prague, Krakow and Budapest. Enroll or find out more information at the Educational Tours website. We would love to have you join the 30 participants (12 students and 18 adults) already enrolled for this exciting adventure to Europe! We encourage those interested to sign up by December 31 to ensure a spot and avoid any possible price increases.

We are also still exploring a proposed school sponsored trip to England in February 2021, possibly including a few nights in homestays with English families. Stay tuned for more on that!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Diane White at or 765-4351.