The Newton News
January 10, 2020
A compilation video showing our students' work and progress on the Newton School murals!
K-2 News
Anmari Kicza, Alyssa Marzot & Marie Robinson
We are seeing some great creative play outside at recess time. Some groups are playing a game based on the books Wings of Fire, each dragon collecting chunks of snow as their eggs.

Of course, fort building and sliding are also very popular!
3/4 News
Denise Coté & Lauren Lacasse
Students have done an amazing job settling back into routines and expectations post-break! Well done! 

3rd graders are learning strategies for memorizing the multiplication facts. They have been decomposing numbers and understanding the patterns of the doubles. 4th grade mathematicians spent time reviewing and taking an assessment on the Module we started before break. We have begun our thinking about fractions. 

3rd grade readers have been learning and practicing how to write their thinking about books in letters to Mrs. Lacasse in their reader’s notebooks. Mrs. Lacasse is excited to read and respond to all the letter this weekend! The fourth graders are continuing to work in their small groups and are making connections between their reading and the world at large. 

In Art, students are practicing drawing mountainscapes. In geography, students are labeling a map of the Northeast region of the United States. In Science we have begun thinking about food in terms of the journey food takes to get to our plates and in our stomachs. 

In Forest classroom, we searched for local food and decided there was not much we could find this time of year to keep ourselves full and happy; we also discovered how hard animals who are active in Strafford in the winter have to work to find enough food. We enjoyed exploring some different spaces! 
5/6 News
Jasmine Tremblay & Eric Walker
They're Back!

This week our trout eggs were delivered and placed in our 29 gallon tank. The 5/6 students are participating in a program called "Trout in the Classroom." In this program, students raise brook trout at their school, monitoring and supporting all stages of their development, before releasing them into a local stream. Students learn about early trout development and anatomy, habitat, water chemistry, life cycles, and food. 

Our students will start off by doing water tests each day in order to check on pH and ammonia levels. They will also be looking at and recording nitrate and nitrite levels, temperature, and Kh/Gh levels (hardness of water). These results, along with dozens of other school recordings, will be sent to the state of Vermont. Stay tuned for more fun activities involving our brook trout!!
Trout eggs in the 5-6 science classroom
7/8 News
Colin Breen and Erik Reimanis
Science has been focused on learning about density in the 3 phases of matter. The photo shows 3 different densities of liquid--clear water, green saltwater and blue sugar water-- being skillfully transferred by pipette to the correct location. 

8th grade math is continuing to explore how to transfer from one representation to any other and a chapter ending assessment is on the way. 7th grade math has been focusing on scale drawings and how to represent growth.
7-8 science class
Library & Technology News
Simone Pyle

This week with grade 4, we took some time from library "stuff" to talk about healthy media choices. Using the Common Sense Media curriculum, we discussed how different media choices can make us feel, and the importance of considering how what media we interact with, when we use it, and how much media we consume or create can affect our well-being. We'll finish up this unit next week by viewing the video you see here.

Take a moment to read Common Sense Media's Family Tips on media balance and well-being!
Emmett wins the clean tray award!
Lunch Room News
Gret Hewes

Congratulations to Emmit Kendall, the December 2019 Clean Tray Champion!
Nurse's News
Kerri Rainville

With all the infections going around- stomach bugs, colds, and skin infections- I am passing on a friendly reminder of the following practices: 

- WASH HANDS often! This cannot be overstated, and is the primary manner in which we prevent the spread of infection. 

- CLEAN all surfaces, commonly touched by hands, with a Lysol or bleach solution (bleach to water ratio of 1:9) often. 

- Keep chapped skin and lips MOISTURIZED. Keep them from cracking or opening/bleeding by moisturizing and using lip moisturizer. 

- DRINK lots of water - 8 cups per day on average, helps keep the body able to fight off illness on so many levels!

- Be sure to get exercise - enough cardiovascular to produce a SWEAT! This keeps the guard up for the body's immune system and can keep out the microorganisms that cause illness- also in so many ways too numerous to write here. 

- EAT LESS PROCESSED FOODS (white flour, pastries, pasta, the like): these foods cause the body to produce phlegm, which creates a perfect environment for bacteria or viruses to take up residence and colonize. 

These basic and simple things we so often neglect to do are what often can keep bacteria and viruses from entering our bodies. Stay Healthy! 

Have a wonderful holiday break!
Athletic News
Laura DeCapua
Basketball Updates

Newton basketball teams took on First Branch teams this week and showed improved skills and excellent sportspersonship!

The complete game schedule for January and February is on the school website.

Next week our 5/6 team takes on South Royalton at 5:30 p.m. at home on Monday, Januay 13. 3/4 practices as usual from 3:15 to 4:45. Wednesday, January15, our 3/4 team takes on Bethel at 5:30 at home. Come out and support our teams! 

As always, please always have your players arrive one half hour before game time. Thanks again to our dedicated and supportive coaches!
PTA News
Christine Bailey-Kellogg
Town Meeting Lunch
Tuesday, March 3rd
The town meeting lunch is a big fundraiser for the PTA (and the best lunch in the state to boot!) so we're hoping for lots of help. Details coming soon!

Winter Carnival

Winter Carnival will be held Friday, March 6th and Saturday, March 7th. Please mark your calendars and join in the fun of this wonderful Strafford tradition.We'll have more details and volunteer opportunities soon.

Next PTA Meeting
The PTA will meet Tuesday, February 4th at 6:00 p.m. at the Newton School Library.
Community News
Strafford Stompers Are Back!

Middle Schoolers will once again be helping out at the recycling center to raise money for their upcoming school trips. Read more about the Stompers and to sign your middle school student up to volunteer, click here.