The Nashua News

May 2015

Principally Speaking

It’s been an amazing school year and it’s coming to a fast close! The staff at Nashua recognize the important contributions parents make toward a child’s success in school. There is no question about it - success at school begins at home. Parents are the single most important variable in a child’s schooling. Parents model both a silent and spoken language in front of their children daily.

One of the most important components of a good school is the partnership between the school and parents who work together for the best interest of children. The close partnership between home and school is one of the exceptional strengths at Nashua Elementary.

We have always had a strong tradition of supportive, hard-working parents. Throughout the year parents have the opportunity to develop that partnership in a wide variety of ways. Parents join the PTA, volunteer in the classroom, help at Family Fun Night, attend School Site Council meetings, read to their children and help in many other ways. It is important to your child that you are involved in some way at school. It’s a way to let your child know you think his or her school is important.

Thank you for your support with your child’s academic and emotional development this year! I especially would like to recognize the Parent Volunteers and Community Partners for their efforts throughout the year. We look forward to recognizing all of our Nashua volunteers at our Volunteer Luncheon on May 13th. As always, it's a privilege to serve as the principal at Nashua Elementary!

Upcoming Events

May

May 1

Spirit Day

5:30-7:30 pm Family Fun Night

May 5

K Field Trip to DeAnna Rose Farms

May 7

5th Field Trip to School Day at the K

May 8

5th Field Trip to Nelson Atkins Museum

May 12

8:00 am KLC in Library

May 13

7:30 am Art Club

11:00-1:00 pm Volunteer Luncheon

May 14

9:00 am Choices Recognition and 5th grade Awards

May 15

Major Savor Limo Ride

May 18

Field Day

May 19

9:30 am K-1 Awards Assembly

May 20

Career Day

May 21

9:30 am 2-4 Awards Assembly

May 22

Last Day of School

12:00 Dismissal

Grade Cards go home

June 1

XLT begins

Proof of Residency

You will need to show proof of residency for the 2015-16 school year by May 22nd. Along with the Residency Verification Form, please provide two of the following:

1. Most current rental/lease/purchase agreement contract or mortgage statement

2. Utility bill or contract for utility service

3. Most current personal property tax or real estate tax statement or receipt

4. Driver's license or state-issued ID

Please call the office at 413-6960 if you have any questions.

Note from the Cafe

Please make sure all outstanding balances are paid in full by May 22nd.

2015-16 Grade Level Teachers

K: Mrs. Lowe, Mrs. Roeder, Mrs. Sprague

1st: Mrs. Fowler, Mrs. Huebener, Mrs. Vroom

2nd: Mr. Dieckman, Mrs. Feigly, Mrs. Knight

3rd: Mrs. Connors, Mrs. Glasgow

3/4 Split: Mr. Rodgers

4th: Ms.Crisafulli, Mrs. Munson

5th: Ms. Douglas, Mrs. Fountain

2015-16 Online Enrollment

Nashua is one of two elementary schools that will be piloting online enrollment for the next school year. You should be receiving a packet in your child's backpack outlining the directions to create your online account. Please call the office at 413-6960 if you have any questions, or did not receive the packet in your child's backpack.

Summer Reading Loss

Did you know that your child may be a victim of summer reading loss? Students can lose up to three months’ worth of reading progress over one summer. And, if you take into consideration all summers combined, students could possibly lose 1.5 years’ worth of reading progress. Summer reading loss can be defeated through time spent read-

ing with your child, providing a variety of reading material, using various Internet resources, and encouraging your child to just read for fun and the pleasure of learning!

You can protect your child against summer reading loss by:

*Reading to your child daily
*Reading a lot of different materials
*Discussing what you’ve read together

*Asking your child questions about what was read
*Encouraging your child to write or draw in response to what they’ve read

Every Question Counts!

Part of continual literacy progress is learning how to think as you read. Asking questions supports learning how to think. Examples of some questions you might ask your child before, during, or after they read might be:

*What was it all about?
*What do you think will happen next?

*Does this make you wonder about anything?

*What was your favorite part of the story?

*What did you learn?
*How did the characters change over time?

*What was the problem in the story?
*What was the solution?

Mid Continent Library Summer Reading Program

Read (Children 6-11) Readers earn a prize book for every 360 minutes they read or listen to a book. Up to three (3) prize books can be earned over the summer. Be sure to log your minutes online.

10 Ways to Build Math Skills this Summer

1. Note numbers.

Increase your child's awareness of numbers by looking around the house to find examples: the kitchen clock, the calendar, a cereal box, a TV dial, a stamp or inside a shoe. Write down the numbers seen, or give a number and ask for examples of the number. Boost your older child's awareness of how numbers are used by pointing out the movie times, weather forecasts and sports statistics in your daily newspaper.

2. Two, four, six, eight, now it's time to estimate.

Estimation is one way to increase a child's number sense. Before you put a stack of folded towels on a shelf or fill a bowl with peaches, ask your child to estimate how many will fit. Then count afterward to compare the actual number to the estimate. Helping your child learn to make appropriate predictions will help him/her see how numbers are used in everyday life. Learning to ask, "Is my answer reasonable?" will help to tackle math problems in the classroom.

3. What does a hundred look like?

Understanding the concept of 100 is difficult for young children, even if they can count that far. Suggest that your child start making collections of 100 things - rubber bands, watermelon seeds, pebbles or buttons. You can divide the objects in groups of 10 or 2 or 5 to see how these smaller groups add up to 100 in different ways. Glue the objects onto a piece of colored construction paper for a math collage. Seeing 100 will help to conceptualize it.

4. Unlock the code.

Help your child recognize numbers and think critically by appealing to a love of mystery. Write out all the letters in the alphabet on a sheet of paper, leaving room underneath each letter for a number. Under each letter, write the numbers from 1 to 26. In other words, a=1, b=2, etc. Practice writing coded messages using numbers rather than letters. You can use the code to leave simple messages from one another.

5. How tall are you?

Many families record the height of their child on a door or wall chart. If you do the same for everyone in the family, your child can join in the measuring and see how the heights compare. Measurement and understanding relationships between numbers are crucial to the development of mathematical thinking.

6. Play grocery store math.

The supermarket is an ideal place to use math skills, particularly for older children. Point out that yogurt is $2.59 a six-pack. Ask how much it would cost to buy 3? Your child can round up to $2.60 or $3.00 and figure this out. Talk about how to arrive at that number, point out how the estimate differs from the true cost. Or get the latest advertisement announcing sales from the grocery store. Look at the specials on fruit and determine how to spend $10.00. Supply paper and pencil, and maybe a calculator, as well.

7. What's on the menu?

The next time you go to a restaurant, hang on to the menu while you are waiting for your meal and play some math games with your child. Ask him to find the least expensive item on the menu, then all the items that cost between $5 and $10 or three items whose total cost is between $9 and $20. This will not only fill the time while you're waiting to eat, it will show your child how math is used every day.

8. Cook up a math game.

The kitchen is a great place to practice math, as long as there's an adult home to supervise. How many tomatoes will you need to double the recipe for sauce? If you put 10 slices of mushroom on the pizza, ask your child to put to twice as many olive slices. How many is that? If there are three people in your family and 15 strawberries to divide equally among them, how many strawberries will each person get?

9. Measure the distance.

You don't have to leave home for this game, although it's ideal for vacations. Get out a map that indicates the distance in miles between cities. Measure the distance between Los Angeles and San Francisco, and between Phoenix and San Francisco. Which is greater? How does that compare to the distance between New York City and Chicago?

10. Change up.

Give your child an assortment of quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies. Put a piece of fruit on the table and tell him it costs 45 cents. Tell him he needs to find five coin combinations that equal 45 cents. Change the item, raise the price and find five more. Keep a tally of all the ways to pay for each item.