MHS/WES Newsletter

Friday, January 4, 2019

News from the Principal

Happy New Year!

We have some exciting school events planned for 2019!


February 13th - Brian Williams, the Kindness Ninja, will be here to present to all students in grades K-5. Thank you to our PTO for sponsoring this event. Here is a link to preview what is to come: https://thinkkindness.org/brian-williams-top-youth-motivational-speaker/


February 28th - March 8th: PTO Boosterthon! This is our big fundraiser for the school year. All students will participate in a Fun/Glow run in the gym. We will have an all school pep rally on February 28th, fun assemblies and motivational activities during the week of March 4th, with the final event, the Fun/Glow Run, on Friday, March 8th. Thank you to all of our sponsors who helped ensure that every child in our school will receive a free t-shirt to wear on the day of our Fun/Glow Run. Here is a link to have a sneak peak at the fun ahead: https://vimeo.com/287278658


Thank you for your continued support of our schools! The best is yet to come!


5th Grade Basketball Game

On Friday, December 21st we had our first ever "Staff vs. 5th Grade Students" basketball game. Thank you to Miss Creonte for organizing this event and to our volunteers for helping to make this event a success! Coaches: Mark Dellasanta and Kevin Norris. Referees: Greg Taylor and Mike Alario. Scorekeepers: Nick Aveni and Devin Norris. The final score was 42 to 43 with the students winning!

MHS Morning Drop-Off Routine

Please remember the following safety guidelines when dropping off your children at MHS in the morning.


  • Wait until you pull up to the curb for a staff member to greet your children before letting them out of your vehicle.
  • Have your children walk in front of the car before pulling away.


Thank you for helping us to keep your children safe!

Big picture

Greetings from Kindergarten!

The entire kindergarten team would like to express our great appreciation for the tremendous acts of kindness and support we received from families during the holiday season.

Our Kindergarten Family Holiday Sing-a-long and classroom parties were both a huge success. Thank you to all families that attended and also to those who helped to support these wonderful events. We hope you had as much fun as we did!

We are extremely eager to participate in another upcoming STEM challenge. This month our students will design structures that will help the gingerbread man cross the river. Our students continue to learn new ways to explore, create and share ideas.

Please kindly remember to send your child with labeled hats, mittens and boots daily. We will continue to have outside recess as the weather permits.

Lastly, we warmly welcome donations of tissues and Clorox wipes for our classroom. Again, thank you all for your support.

We wish all our families a healthy and happy 2019!

Happy New Year from Ms. Creonte


K-1: This week kindergarten and first graders are going to learn how to build “igloos”, using hula hoops. Students must work together to accomplish this goal! Once their igloo is built, they will be given various challenges to try out. We will also be doing some review of how to move safely in the gym while playing a game! January/February is a busy time for K+1! We will be focusing on jumping and landing. This includes jumping and landing on 2 feet, landing on 1 foot, taking off on one foot, taking off on two feet, jumping further distances, jump roping, as well as skipping. We will be playing lots of activities that involve jumping while using lots of imagination!


2-5: Whenever we return from a school vacation I think it is important for students to play an activity that involves team work, communication, cooperation and trust. This week students are learning a new game called “Battleship!” Students must work together to try and get down the other team’s pins, all while being challenged. Throughout January and February, we will be working on our bowling unit, hockey unit, and a brand new unit, cup stacking. Cup stacking helps with focus, concentration, agility, as well as hand-eye coordination. There are many different activities to do with cup stacking. I am very excited to introduce it this year!

Grade 4 News!!

As we return from winter break and begin the “unofficial” second half of the school year, fourth grade is continuing to focus on building the skills we started earlier this school year. In the same way a snowman is built piece by piece, fourth graders have been building on their writing paragraph by paragraph, to create longer stories. The subject of their first narrative was based on the story “Snowmen at Night”. Students were asked to write a five paragraph narrative with their own take on what snowmen might do when no one is looking.


In fourth grade math, we have been examining different ways to multiply large numbers. We have also been applying those strategies to real life examples, such as area and perimeter of a room or playground. Fourth grade is full of future civil engineers!

Westminster PTO News:

Our next PTO meeting is this coming Wednesday, January 9th at 6:30 pm in the WES Library. Please mark your calendars! Things tend to sneak up on us this time of year. We’d love to have you get involved in some of our upcoming spring activities and of course the big Fun Run in March. Just a reminder...if you’ve missed other meetings this year it doesn’t matter. Come to meetings whenever you can. It is NOT a requirement of the PTO to attend every meeting. Also, please note you can help with any PTO activity throughout the year even if you can’t make the meetings. We welcome any volunteer.


A huge thank you to Paula Magee of Young at Heart and Danielle Ferguson for putting together last month’s yoga and vendor night. It was a wonderful night and $414.00 was given to our PTO. Thank you to the vendors who attended, to the folks who donated gift baskets for the raffle and to everyone who came out for yoga, shopping and socializing!!!


We are still looking for a few more local businesses to partner with us to sponsor t-shirts for each of our students for our upcoming Fun Run. If you or someone you know may be interested please contact us at jfeeley@awrsd.org or barbd110202@gmail.com. We only have a little bit of time left.

Barbara

978-340-5585 cell/text

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

The MHS and WES offices and Nurses' offices would like to say a big THANK YOU-for all the wonderful gifts, treats, gift cards, etc, given to us during the holiday season. We are so fortunate to be a part of such a wonderful community.

Chartwell's Nutrition Visit to MHS

On Tuesday, December 18th Michelle Palladino,a registered dietitian working for Chartwells, visited with our kindergarten and first grade students during their lunch. Students had an opportunity to sample the attached Pesto Recipe.

Homemade Pesto Sauce

Ingredients:

§ 3 tsp Fresh Basil

§ ½ tsp Chopped Garlic

§ ½ tsp Ground Black Pepper

§ 1 tsp Grated Parmesan Cheese

§ 1/8 tsp Salt

§ 1 tsp Canola Oil



Directions:

Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth and all ingredients are fully combined together. Store in the refrigerator.


Nutritional Information:

Recipe makes one serving:

Calories: 40

Fat: 4 grams
Carbohydrates: 0.5 grams

Protein: 0.5 grams

Yoga for Kids!!

97 Main Street

Westminster, MA 01473

(978)467-6173

Why Yoga for Kids in 2019?

· Yoga is not competitive

· Yoga is for everyone!

· There is no failure in yoga

· Yoga helps with strength and flexibility

· Yoga helps with stress and emotions

PreK-Grade 1 - Tuesdays, 1/15-2/12, 3:30-4:15

Ages 7-11* - NEW – Saturdays, 1/12-2/9, 2:00-3:00

* Britt Truman, Foundations Yoga Kids trained

5 Week sessions - $50

Preregistration required, www.young-atheart.com , email pmagee45@gmail.com or call (978)467-6173

*minimum of 5 enrolled