Elm Street School

June 2016

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Principal's Message

It is hard to believe that the year is coming to an end so quickly... it feels like it just began! All of us at Elm are so appreciative of all the support our students and school receive from parents. We are so lucky to be part of such a supportive community. It has been our great privilege to work with your children and help them learn and grow, both academically and socially. Every student has worked so hard to improve in reading, writing, math, and friendships-- as we reflect back on the year, we celebrate the incredible growth that has occurred. As we say farewell to our fifth grade class next week, we look at them with great pride and know that they have much to look forward to as they move on to middle school. At the same time, we look forward to welcoming our incoming kindergarteners to the Elm Street School in the fall. Until then, I wish you a most wonderful summer and can't wait to welcome everyone back in August!

Rebecca Brogadir


End Of School Year Reminders

  • Please notify the office if your child is not returning to Elm in the fall.
  • Please submit any outstanding medical forms to Mrs. Newman as soon as possible.
  • Please plan on picking up any medication from the nurse's office before summer break-- medication will not be sent home with children.
  • Please check the lost and found in the main lobby by Friday, June 17. Anything not claimed will be donated to charity.
  • Report cards will be distributed to students on the last day of school. Report cards will not be mailed home.
  • The school office will be closed for the summer June 24 to August 23.
  • LAST DAY OF SCHOOL: is Friday, June 17. Dismissal will take place at 12:20 pm. Lunch will not be served.
  • Have a ton of fun this summer and remember to READ!!!

Summer Reading and Math

Research tells us that when students don’t read for two months their skills regress. Reading and math are skills that require practice, just like baseball or swimming. Summer reading and math practice helps students of all ages keep their skills sharp so they are ready when school begins again in the fall. Reading and math practice throughout the summer not only enhances basic reading and math skills of young students, it creates unique opportunities for learning, exploring, and growing.

Please be on the lookout for summer activities that will be sent home with your child(ren).

Detailed information can also be found here:

Reading: http://www.walpole.k12.ma.us/for_students/reading_resources/elementary_summer_reading_program

Math: https://sites.google.com/a/walpole.k12.ma.us/el-summer-math/

Comings and Goings

This time of year is bittersweet as we close the school year.

Please join me in celebrating and thanking Mrs. Danielle Nathan for her 20 years of dedicated service to the Walpole Public Schools (15 at Elm). She has been an incredible Reading Specialist providing support to hundreds of students and teachers throughout the school and district. She will be retiring at the end of the school year and will be incredibly missed.

We will be welcoming Mrs. Elizabeth Paige to Elm Street School as our new Reading Specialist. Mrs. Paige comes to Elm with several years of elementary and middle school teaching experience and, most recently, as a Reading Specialist at Hanscom Elementary School in Lincoln. Please join me in welcoming her this fall.

Thank you to Ms. Love & Ms. Flynn-Schofield who have served as Occupational Therapists at Elm this year. Due to shifting needs throughout the district, Ms. Carolyn Levitan will be joining Elm in their place next year.

Elm Street Eagles S.O.A.R

How Can Parents Help?

  • Ask your child, “Do you understand these rules?”
  • Talk about your expectations at home.
  • Consider posting the expectations on your refrigerator door and use them for reference.
  • Reinforce positive behavior at home.

Improving Our School... Thanks for your input!

The School Governance Council (made up of parents, community members, and teachers) works together with school staff members to develop our School Improvement Plan annually. Thank you to the 114 of you who took the time to share your perspective. Your input is important and valued and will play a critical role in the development of the 2016-17 Elm Street School Improvement Plan. Based on your feedback, as a school we will be focusing on methods of communication with families and sharing more about how we are teaching expected behaviors across settings.

Comprehensive results of the survey can be viewed here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/results/SM-25YYDB9R/

  • Friday, June 10-
    • 5th Grade Invention Convention
    • Early Release at 12:20pm- Professional Development Afternoon
  • Tuesday, June 14- Elm to Red Sox vs. Orioles
  • Wednesday, June 15- 5th Grade Celebration, 1:00pm (relatives may arrive no earlier than 12:30pm)
  • Thursday, June 16
    • Last Day of School for Kindergarten
    • 4th Grade State Fair, 10:00am
  • Friday, June 17- Last Day of School (Grades 1-5): Early Release at 12:20pm
  • Wednesday, August 31- First Day of School (Grades 1-5)
  • Thursday, September 1- Kindergarten Open House
  • Friday, September 2- No School- Labor Day Weekend
  • Monday, September 5- No School- Labor Day Weekend
  • Tuesday, September 6- First Day of School for Kindergarten
  • TBD- Elm Street School Ice Cream Social

Set Your Clocks

Please note that we will be an Early School next year and our school day will be 8:25am-2:55pm. Student arrival will begin at 8:15am and instruction will begin at 8:25am. Students arriving after 8:25am must be accompanied by an adult to sign them in and will be marked tardy. Please start planning for this start and end time.

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Nurse's Notes

The good weather is hopefully here to stay! The sun’s rays are very strong at this time of year. It would be a good idea to apply long acting sunscreen on your child before they leave for school. The recess periods are all during the time of day when the sun is the hottest. Children need to be outside, but it is important to protect their skin. Small water bottles for hydration that can be kept at your child’s desk would also be a good idea.

Also, I have removed a number of ticks from students already this year. It looks like a banner year for ticks! Remember to check your children nightly for any ticks and wear protective clothing if you are going to be walking in wooded areas.

~Mrs. Newman

Coming this Fall.... Harry Potter Trivia Night.

What do Elm Street School and Ravenclaw House have in common?

Why both their mascots are eagles, of course!

Elm Street School will be holding a Harry Potter trivia night for students in October 2016. We wanted to give families plenty of notice as this would make great summer reading! Our hope is to make mixed age level teams, so as long as younger students have read/heard at least the first book, they can participate. Older students will want to have read more as questions will cover all of the books.

More guidelines regarding team structures will be forthcoming.

A great way to enjoy the story if your child is not ready to read the long, complicated text independently is to read it aloud together! This can be parent/older sibling reading or even listening to the audiobook. The Overdrive app is free and allows you to download tons of books from the library, also for free!

“When in doubt, go to the library.” ~Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Learning at Elm Street School

Kindergarteners have fun at the Zoo

Rocks and Minerals

Our grade 4 students had a presentation from the Discovery Museum about Rocks and Minerals.

Grade 3 visits the Zoo

Grade 3 recently went to Franklin Park Zoo to learn more about biomes. Lots of fun and learning were had by all.

Grade 5 explores electricity with Techsploration

Grade 5 visits Plimoth Plantation

Students in grade 5 stepped back into the 17th century and experienced how life was for the first settlers in Plymouth Colony.

Lessons Across the Grades

Mrs. Cantrell and Mrs. Drew's Zoo projects

The 4th graders in Mrs. Cantrell's & Mrs. Drew's class researched an animal of their choice as part of a science unit on vertebrates and invertebrates. The students gathered information from both print and digital sources. At home, they created visual representations of the animal, ranging from clay models and posters to puppets and slideshows. They presented the information to family and friends during the Room 241 Zoo on June 2nd. Guests (and teachers!) were very impressed by the variety of mediums and creative ideas for the projects as well as the wealth of knowledge shared by the eager zoologists!

Mrs. Reaney's third grade class learned about magnets

Miss Spiniello's students present their travel logs

Excellence at Elm Street School

National Honor Society Induction Ceremony

Mrs. Cantrell and Mrs. Drew were recently honored at Walpole High School’s National Honor Society induction ceremony. At the ceremony, senior National Honor members were asked to recognize a teacher or mentor who had had the most profound impact on his/her education. This year, Elm Street’s own Mrs. Cantrell and Mrs. Drew were honored with this recognition by a former student, Tess Lancaster, a graduating senior. Tess recognized Mrs. Cantrell and Mrs. Drew as her special educator: “Their class was the first time I experienced real work, the first time I believe my classmates and I were ever truly held accountable for what we produced, and the first time I was shown that learning could be fun, challenging, and have a little bit of competition thrown in. Mrs. Cantrell and Mrs. Drew should not just be recognized as my special educators, but as examples for teachers everywhere.”

Congratulations to Mrs. Cantrell and Mrs. Drew on this very special honor!

Student Council

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society thanked Mrs. Kelley and our Student Council for coordinating the 2015-2016 Pennies for Patients program. With the help of all of our students, staff and families we raised $1779.63, which will help aid LLS in their mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma. Our school should take pride in this accomplishment.

Birthday Books

Thank you to all the students who donated to Birthday Books. We added 133 new books to our library this year! Also, a special thanks to Mrs. Heidi Clarke for all of her help with this valuable program. Happy Reading! - Mrs. Moise
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Grade one students created these great ""Anansi The Spider" pictures connecting art and Literacy. Anansi The Spider is a folk tale from the Ashanti People who live in Ghana Africa. Grade one students loved the story and asked me to read it a second time. They were very excited and invested in their creations.
Grade one also created these great "Porthole View" from the theme of under the ocean. This lesson connected both Science and art. Students did an awesome job and it is perfect timing for the grade one "Show Case". Students have been learning about marine life and the ocean with the first grade teachers. Mrs. Robbins utilized this opportunity to incorporate art into this unit.

Walpole Day-- Elm Street School Pride


Mrs. Saripalli worked with selected students to start our field day off with the "Star Spangled Banner"
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Field Day 2016

9th Annual Elementary School Track Meet

Thursday, June 16th, 4:30-7pm

275 Common Street

Walpole, MA

WHAT: A track meet experience for all Walpole Elementary Schools. Students will work in groups with the Walpole High School Track team mentors and participate in many track events, such as relays, sprints, softball throw, long jump and javelin (safety tipped).
WHEN: June 16 , 2016 from 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM (registration will be from 4:30-5:00, Events will begin promptly at 5:00)

WHERE: Walpole High School Track
COST: $15 per student. This cost will cover a T-shirt for all participants. T-shirts have been pre ordered so athletes may have to take a size bigger. All left over proceeds after expenses will go to the High School Track Boosters to help

We need to limit the number of participants to 120 total students. This will be handled on a first come, first served basis and the sign up will end on 6/15 at 5:00pm or when we reach 120 Students.

We will have many volunteers from the track team, but can also use parent volunteers to help with check-in/check-out and helping to chaperone the students. Please fill out the Volunteer section of the online Signup. Students may be dropped off for this event, unless they have a medical concern.

SIGN UP ON LINE at: http://leagues.bluesombrero.com/boydenrunningclub

If you have any questions, please contact Joe Grant at 508-668-4876 or joe@boydenfunrun.com

Fifth Grade Celebration

The entire school, friends, and family gathered to celebrate the culmination of our 5th graders' elementary school experience. We are so proud of the 5th grade students and are confident they are on to great things in the years ahead. We hope they will remember their Elm Street roots and share their accomplishments with us for years to come.

Fifth Grade Invention Convention-- Incredible Ideas Come to Life

Fourth Grade State Fair

Thank you to our amazing PAC

A new look.... 5th Grade Class Gift

Hopefully you have had a chance to see the newest addition to our front lobby-- a custom made cabinet. Thanks to Mr. Rod Mendizza who built the beautiful furniture for parents and students. A huge thank you for this amazing 5th Grade Class Gift! PAC's Fifth Grade Celebration Committee gifted the furniture and accessories for the new look in our main lobby. We look forward to adding a plaque to commemorate this generous gift to our school from our fifth grade class of 2016.

Elm Street School Parent Advisory Council (PAC)

The Elm Street School PAC supports the school in innumerable ways. In addition to many fun family events like the Ice Cream Social and the Hoedown, the PAC provides financial support for student activities, improves our playground activities and equipment, and brings in phenomenal enrichment programs. The PAC is hard at work and is always seeking more involvement. If you are interested in becoming more involved and/or want to receive the PAC's email announcements, go to: http://www.elmstreetpac.org/contact/subscribe/


Join us at the next PAC meeting in September!

Missing Items???-- Lost and Found

Final call for the lost and found......All items will be donated on Thursday, June 23rd. Looking ahead to next year we are hoping to turn over our lost and found on a monthly basis. Please be sure to label your child's jackets, coats and sweatshirts. If they have a name clearly printed on them we will make sure they are returned to the child before donations are made.

Final Farewell to 2015-16