The Newton News
October 11, 2019
K-2 News
Anmari Kicza, Alyssa Marzot & Marie Robinson
The K-2 recognized Fire Prevention Week this week with a visit from some of our local firefighters in the brand new fire truck! Each child got to have a close look inside, and oohed and aahed over all of the equipment that is needed to keep everyone in town safe. They also had some great classroom discussions about fire safety at home. We hope you all got a chance to look over the information together. Many thanks to Shawn Harlow, Erin Mastellar, and Aaron Dotter for bringing the truck for a visit and talking to us about it.
3/4 News
Denise Cot é & Lauren Lacasse
A BIG thank you to the Strafford Firefighters who took time out of their day to come to school and tell us all about the fire truck and equipment that they use. It was the highlight of our week!  

In 3rd grade, students have been working on solving word problems using addition and subtraction strategies. 4th grade mathematicians have been reviewing strategies they can use to help them solve multiplication facts.

3rd grade readers have been working on practicing read-to-self and starting our word study program! 4th graders have been starting reading groups and learning to do deeper analysis of text.

Next week, students will be busy thinking about all of their hard work in the past few weeks and prepare for leading conferences to showcase their hard work and what areas they think they could focus on improving. We look forward to meeting with you each next week! 
7/8 News
Colin Breen & Erik Reimanis
The Science classroom has been a busy place with students constructing a device, on their own, to learn about the principle of momentum. There are "a-ha" moments galore (my favorite!). 7th grade math is getting ready for their test of the first chapter on proportions and proportional reasoning, while 8th grade math students have just returned to using the "Algebra Tiles". Ask about them!
Library & Technology News
Simone Pyle
The librarian is on Instagram! Follow me to see what's new and happening in our library, in the larger world of libraries and books, and what I'm reading now!
Lunch Room News
Gret Hewes
Autumn is such a beautiful time of the year in New England. We have such an amazing and beautiful landscape. Bright colors bursting across the mountains are a signal of the crisp weather and the wonderful wintry months ahead.

Fall is one of my favorite food seasons… (Okay, okay, I have to admit I love all food seasons). It’s the time of year for apples and apple picking, squash harvests and for all the wonderful recipes that showcase them.

Soups begin to fill the pots and pans on our stove tops again and the grilled sandwich is back into the menu rotation. I love grilled cheese with all the fun things you can do with the delightful sandwich to kick up the flavor.

Have you heard of a grilled peanut butter and jelly sandwich? Here’s an easy version to one of those fun recipes that have become a fast fan favorite in our house.

Grilled PB&J

Bread (2 slices)
Peanut Butter (or Sun Butter, almond butter what ever you choose)
Jelly (we prefer strawberry jam but any jam or preserve will do)
Butter (or dairy free smear)

1. Make a PB&J

2. Smear one side of the sandwich with butter and place butter side down in warmed skillet

3. Smear the top side of the sandwich with butter 

4. Once butter side in pan reaches a golden brown, flip; cook other side to a golden brown as well and remove from pan

5. Wait a minute or two (this will seem like an eternity, I know, but this is an important step to avoid burning the top of your mouth!)

Athletic News
Laura DeCapua
Soccer Updates

K-2 has its first game tomorrow, Saturday, October 12 at 9:15 in South Royalton at Hope Field! Hope Field is across from the high school parking lot on River Road. Thetford Jamboree is October 19 with games in the morning for our 1st grade players and games in the afternoon for our 2nd grade players; coaches will be in touch with additional information. Practices continue for K-2 on Wednesdays at the Field of Dreams from 3:15-4:30 through the end of the season. K-2 hosts Bethel in their only home game of the season on Saturday, October 26 at 11 a.m. with a potluck to follow. 

The 3/4 team had two close match ups this week against Sharon and First Branch. The team continues to improve at all skills and were especially positive during their Thursday game. One more home game for the team this season against Bethel at the Field of Dreams on Tuesday, October 15 at 5 p.m. Come out and support the 3/4 Team!

The 5/6 team had a close game against Sharon this week, but lost 4-6. Next week 5/6 takes on Thetford on Friday, October 18 at Murray Field at 5 p.m. Practice resumes next week for 5/6 on both Monday and Wednesday after school at Murray Field.

Go Roadrunners! As always coaches request players arrive 20-30 minutes before game time.

The Fall Sports Banquet to celebrate our Newton Athletes is scheduled for Thursday, October 24 at Barrett Hall from 5:30-7 p.m. Please bring a dish to share and your own plates and silverware to help make this a zero-waste event. More details to follow from your coaches.
PTA News
Christine Bailey-Kellogg
Parent Teacher Conferences
Thursday, October 17th and Friday, October 18th

Thanks to those who've signed up to help with the food for teachers during Parent Teacher conferences. We have a few more things left for the Thursday sandwich bar, but lots of open spots for snacks on Friday. If you're able to help contribute, you can sign up here.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact Christine Bailey-Kellogg at

Newton School Directory

The PTA will be putting together a school directory again this year. Paper forms went out this week for you to fill out and return to the school. Or you can email Christine Bailey-Kellogg at with your information. Inclusion in the directory is completely optional.

Strafford Halloween Celebration
Thursday, October 31st
Schedule of Events

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

5:00 - JACK-O-LANTERN CONTEST ON THE STEPS AT BARRETT HALL. 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

Spaghetti Dinner (Prep, Serving, & Cleanup)
Jack O' Lantern Judge
Haunted House/Barrett Hall Cleanup

LOOK FOR THE BOX AT COBURN'S (near the bagel shelf)
The PTA is accepting candy donations at Coburn's for distribution to our
village residents, to assist with the influx of trick-or-treaters in both the upper and lower village. (Village residents, you will receive your candy by Sunday, October 27th.)

If you would like to volunteer in any way at the Halloween event, please contact Shannon Varley at