The Newton News
October 25, 2019
K News
Anmari Kicza
Kindergarten worked in small groups to solve a problem: move big, heavy logs to the forest classroom from the end of the field. They brainstormed ideas, talked in small groups, made plans, and tried them out. They used various strategies including rolling the log, using a rope to assist, using two ropes and more kid-power, and making a lever. They were awesome engineers and collaborators to do this big job! 
1-2 News
Alyssa Marzot & Marie Robinson
In 1-2 Outdoor Education, the Bobcats had a chance to explore our new Outdoor Classroom space. It was a beautiful Monday up at the Town Pond to practice using their senses. 

In art class this week, the Narwhals made 3-dimensional haunted houses from milk cartons, paper, and other materials. They solved problems, shared ideas, and had fun while making their houses. 
Bobcats explore the Town Pond during Outdoor Education
3/4 News
Denise Cot é & Lauren Lacasse
Scientists began thinking about adaptations this week, and how different animals have body parts that might help them survive in their environment. In Forest classroom we played a predator-prey game to experience the stress and balance of predators and prey in nature. In writing, students have been filling out planners to write their own painted essay. They have group-written a model to use to remember what a good pinky sentence sounds like. 

3rd grader readers enjoyed learning about a new reading tool this week! We will be using a Reading Notebook to log books we have read, books we want to read, a space to write about reading, and a place to keep learning information from our mini-lessons! 4th grade readers have been reading new books and learning how to summarize. 

3rd graders have been working on their addition and subtraction strategies. We had a fun scavenger hunt using rulers and tape measures. It was great to see the collaboration! 4th grade mathematicians completed some work on measuring length (using cm’s on a ruler), weight and volume. We had fun weighing various classroom objects on a pan balance and spring scale to find objects that weighed 1 gram, 1 kilogram, 1 ounce and 1 pound. We enjoyed creating potions to practice our volume measuring skills! 
Third and fourth spent time in their Forest Classroom
Fourth graders created "potions" to practice their volume measuring skills
5/6 News
Jasmine Tremblay & Eric Walker
Students have been working on investigating what behaviors create productive teams. In one activity, team members needed to explain how to create a design with tangrams using only verbal communication.

In other news, our cluster has been successful at designing and redesigning maker notebooks. We are learning the importance of communicating and collaborating mistakes in order to create solutions. 
7/8 News
Colin Breen & Erik Reimanis
The 7th grade math class is starting to learn about composing integers using different analogies to real-world activities. The 8th grade math class is reviewing for their second test on Tuesday. The test will be on using different tools to simplify expressions and solve equations. Science class has started to learn about potential and kinetic energy using a live pendulum experiment. We also walked the school grounds to find examples of potential and kinetic energy in the non-idealized world.

In social studies, we are learning about the creation of the Constitution; and students in literature just finished writing a piece analyzing "The Lottery," by Shirley Jackson. 
Library & Technology News
Simone Pyle
2nd grade practicing their typing skills
Second graders have Tech Time each week, either during their BLT or library time. During this time, we learn how to use common Google tools; about being responsible computer users and digital citizens; basic coding principles; and common multimedia tools. We also know that students are expected to be proficient enough at typing by third grade to provide long answers on standardized tests, so we incorporate some typing practice as well.

Grades 2-4 are all using Typing Club to improve their keyboarding skills...and they can practice at home! Follow the link, and students can log in with their school Google accounts. Let them show you how far they've progressed!

Dungeons & Dragons Club

A reminder that D&D will be happening only on Wednesdays from here on out. Thank you!
Lunch Room News
Gret Hewes
Correction from last – Halloween is next week! My mistake! I guess we are so excited that we jumped the gun.  

This week’s CLEAN TRAY CAPTAIN is...August Zoerheide! He has finished everything on his tray everyday this week. Way to go August!

Reminder that our taste text is also next week, it will be held on Tuesday, October 29th. We will be sampling Hubbard Squash from our Newton gardens!
One Planet News
Erin Masteller
We will be carving pumpkins at One Planet after school on October 31st, and have space for 15 additional students! If there are any kids who would like to stay after school (parents welcome and encouraged to join!), please email Erin. The cost is $8, and spaces are first come, first served.

A reminder to parents that there is NO One Planet on Friday, November 1st!
Athletic News
Laura DeCapua
Soccer Updates

Roadrunner Soccer wraps up this weekend with a K-2 season finale against Bethel on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Field of Dreams, followed by a potluck on Sunday at 1 p.m. to recognize the great work of coaches and players on the K 1/2 team!

The Fall Sports Banquet last night honored all of Newton's soccer players and coaches. The season was filled with positive attitudes and epic skill building. Thank you coaches, parents and players. A season to be proud of!

If you haven't turned in your soccer player's uniform, please do so in the next week!

Basketball Updates

On to Basketball! Please look for information regarding sign ups for basketball here in the next week. Practice typically starts the week after Thanksgiving Break.
PTA News
Christine Bailey-Kellogg
Strafford Halloween Celebration

Halloween in Strafford is a tradition of creativity, openness and candy! One of the wonderful ways those of us who live on the outskirts of the villages can support our neighbors on the main streets is by donating candy for them to give out (often to our own kiddos!). 

If you would like to contribute, please put some candy into the PTA donation box at Coburn's before October 26

PTA volunteers will redistribute the goods to centrally-located homes before the 27th.

We will have some houses in each village with designated containers with candies low or free of common allergens. These include Skittles, Starburst, Dots, Smarties, Almond Joy, Butterfinger and more. Thank you for thinking about how to make it easier for ALL kids to join in the fun! 

Watch for announcements about other PTA-sponsored events that night!

Questions about candy collection/distribution can be directed to Christa Wurm at 765-4111. 

THURSDAY, October 31st

4:30 - TRICK-OR-TREATING BEGINS in both upper and lower villages

Please have your pumpkins there by 5 pm. Winners announced after dinner at 6:45

6:00-7:00 - ANNUAL SPAGHETTI DINNER FUNDRAISER & HAUNTED HOUSE AT BARRETT HALL (Haunted House is FREE & generously created by Newton 8th graders & Parent Volunteers)  Spaghetti Dinner Costs: $5/person

Questions? Concerns? Please email Shannon Varley, our PTA Halloween Coordinator.

Newton School Directory - Last Week to Turn in Your Form
The PTA is putting together a school directory again this year. If you would like your information to be included, you may fill out and return the paper form (that went home last week), or email Christine Bailey-Kellogg with your information. Inclusion in the directory is completely optional.

Next PTA Meeting
The next PTA meeting will be Tuesday, November 5th, at 6 p.m. at the Newton School library. We will be assembling the PTA annual appeal (stuffing and stamping envelopes) so we could really use some volunteer help. Please join us if you can! Thank you!
Community News
Morrill Memorial & Harris Library

There will be NO AFTER SCHOOL STORY TIME next week, October 31, because of Halloween. The library will be open and welcomes Trick-or-Treaters. Everyone have fun!