SCHOOL NEWS
PTA NEWS
Next PTA Meeting
Our next meeting will be Tuesday, October 6th at 6 pm via Zoom. We will be discussing PTA sponsored Halloween events and would love to hear input from parents and community members! You do not need to be an official member of the PTA to attend.

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Meeting ID: 816 6422 5867
Passcode: 085146

PTA Membership
Still want to join the PTA but have misplaced the ‘Join the Newton PTA’ form? Don’t worry! You still have time and you can find the form here.

PTA Newton School Directory
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Athletics News
We are in week two for Newton Soccer! Practice days and times for each team are below. Please make sure your child has a rain coat at practice this week. They may need it! In the event practice is cancelled due to weather, coaches will reach out to families via email by early afternoon of practice days. Usually practice will go on unless there is severe weather in the forecast.

All participants in soccer will need to bring:
  • Two forms with them to their first practice: the concussion form and Newton Athletics form for your child(ren) (forms went home Thursday in backpacks)
  • A full water bottle
  • Snack
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Their own soccer ball if they have one to bring—there are some available
  • Cleats or sturdy, closed-toe shoes and shin guards are also required for players

All practices are held at Murray Field, behind the Red Barn. Students participating in One Planet will be released from the program to the field at the designated time. All participants will need to be masked while playing soccer this season.

Practice Schedule at Murray Field:

K: Wednesdays and Fridays, 3:00-4:15
1/2 Team: Tuesday and Fridays, 3:00-4:15
3/4 team: Mondays and Thursdays, 4-5:30
5/6 team: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4-5:30
Nurse's News
We are almost into October with very few illness-related issues (I am almost afraid to say this—knock on wood)!
In light of staying healthy, I wanted to announce that the Health HUB is offering a flu clinic to parents of Newton School students; the students themselves; and the staff of Newton. This date is scheduled for October 21, but THE FLU CONSENT FORMS NEED TO BE RETURNED BY October 14th in order to be available for you. Ellen Gnaedinger, NP, will be administering the vaccines and there will be an organized effort to assure that folks remain in their cars. It will be similar to that of the drop-off/pick-up line we use for students, along the backside of Newton School.

Although Health HUB is a service many of us have used in the past, this year has proven that, for many reasons, there are fewer who have signed up for it. If we do not have more dental van enrollment, the dental van will not visit this fall, but its need will be reassessed in the spring. Please feel free to use this forms link to sign up for any of the Health HUB services offered here at the school.
CLASSROOM NEWS
Kindergarten
Ms. Kicza
The kindergartners completed their first Hopes and Dreams project, deciding on goals they have for kindergarten. They said their goals aloud and drew pictures of themselves working towards them. These will be on display in the classroom for them to refer to as they work towards their school hopes and dreams. Some goals were learning to count, to read, and to climb trees.
First Grade
Mrs. Robinson
These short days are super busy, but fly right by...it’s October already! We have had two Outdoors with Becky sessions on Thursdays right after lunch.
Second Grade
Mrs. Marzot
What an exciting week of reading in small groups, counting by fives, stick structures, a Dragon visit, halving banana tricks, volcano mouths, and creating chemical reactions! Learn more about our week in our weekly newsletter!
Third Grade
Ms. Coté
The third graders spent a chilly, wet portion of the afternoon in the forest space exploring, observing, and questioning. This week has been a continuation of learning and practicing routines and demonstrating expected behaviors, all while trying to stay healthy. We try to eat our snack and lunch outside. Today we had lunch inside because of the cool, wet air. The Halloween books are displayed and students are encouraged to check them out. They may bring home books that are from this library. What readers we have! We have been practicing writing hand paragraphs and learning how to turn a focus question into a focus statement. They have all been very supportive of each other and caring.
Middle School Math & Science
Mr. Reimanis
The 7th and 8th grade students completed their task of setting up a handwashing station outside, behind the library. As the photos show, it is filled by a small pump powered by a battery recharged with a solar panel. They dug holes and mounted the sundries on posts from the woods. We aim to improve various aspects of the setup as it gets used. Because of the grand weather we have been outside for much of our time in Middle School Math and Science.
Middle School Literature & Social Studies
Mr. Breen
In Social Studies, the 5/6 has been studying voting as a concept, while the 7/8 has been studying campaigning and elections. In ELA, 7/8 has been studying poetic form, tone, and theme - this week through spoken word poetry. Next week, we'll jump into meter and iambic pentameter. 
World Language & Culture
Ms. Ballou
In the past several weeks students in grades 5-8 discussed the notions of language and culture. Then we jumped into learning some German and exploring some aspects of the German culture. Ask your students about some very special first day of school traditions for students heading to school for the first time. Students are also using some online resources to expand their German skills. Seventh and 8th graders have had a chance to learn lots of action verbs and how to use them in some sentence structures. They also have been learning more about Germany in general and about some locations in German-speaking countries.