The Eagle Express

Antrim Elementary School December 2019

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You're Invited

Dear AES Families,

We welcome you to attend our winter break assembly this Friday, December 20th at 2:15 in the AES Gym for a sing-along style assembly with our students. At the end of the day, we will be on break until Thursday, January 2nd, 2020 when we reopen our doors for learning in the new year! We wish you all a happy, safe, fun, and relaxing winter break!

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AES Practices Emergency Management Procedures

Did you know that the AES staff has an Emergency Management Committee that works monthly with local police and fire to plan and conduct drills? Each year, the staff and students are required to practice safety drills. Throughout the year we conduct a myriad of safety drills that are more involved than just fire drills, and then we meet to reflect on how the drills went and what could be improved. On Tuesday, December 9, Police Chief Lester, Officer Christiansen , and Fire Chief Marshall Gale presented about armed assailants to the teachers at AES.

We would like to share the following resources with you so that you can retrieve more information about emergency preparedness plans. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. We work hard every day to promote the safety of the students and staff at AES.

For more information, check out these websites:

A Note from Mrs. L in Title 1

Do you remember when your kids finally started sleeping through the night? Do you also remember when they suddenly stopped sleeping through the night? This is perhaps the most memorable regression parents have of their child’s development. The truth is, kids experience regression at school as well; school vacations are notorious for creating academic regression. It is common for teachers to repeat pieces of lessons that were taught the month before the holiday break to refresh their students’ memory. This means students are using their class-time in January to repeat lessons from December.

There are ways families can help make the transition back to school easier for their children. Besides reading together every day and visiting the library, there are many games you can easily create or purchase. Be sure to visit some of these sites to access free word games you can play at home:, Bingo cards, Mad Takes and Scholastic. For those of you who want to include all of the relatives you could purchase some games: Apples to Apples Jr., Scrabble Jr., Taboo Kids vs Parents, Monopoly Jr., basically think of your favorite word game, add Jr. to it and you have a game everyone can play. These are some ways to have fun with kids while keeping their reading skills fresh for their return to school. Enjoy your Holiday.

Health and PE News

Tis the Season for snow…. and snow boots! So, please help our students remember to put SNEAKERS in their backpack for PE or if you are able, leave a pair in their locker so they will always have them. It is super important for safety reasons as well as preserving the new finish on our gym floor.

We have been spending a lot of time on throwing and catching. All classes are getting lots of repetitive practice playing throwing and catching games to help reinforce all of the skills we have learned. We played fan favorites like Clean Up your Room, Throw and Catch Tag, Over and Under, Fill the Bucket and of course everyone’s favorite Battleship.

In Health we continued to learn about our amazing body and how the different systems work together. We talked about how the respiratory and circulatory systems help us breathe and carry oxygen to our bodies. How the skeletal and muscular system work together to help us move and the role of the nervous system in making all of that happen

Wishing all of you a very happy and active holiday!

A Note from Nurse Mellon

Thank You Monadnock Healthy Teeth Program!

Monadnock Healthy Teeth is a public health program within the Social Services Department at Monadnock Community Hospital. Since 2003 they have focused on dental health and wellness for children and their families in the Monadnock region. Monadnock Healthy Teeth (MHT) has several specific programs: Healthy Beginnings; Healthy Teeth in preschool, elementary school, middle school, and high school; and dental assistance for adult patients of Monadnock Community Hospital (MCH). Assistance with enrollment in NH Children’s Medicaid is offered to all families. For over 15 years, MHT has provided a continuum of oral health care for children and their families. Their objective is to ensure that each child in is free from dental pain and seen regularly by a dental professional

This year the following services were provided at Antrim Elementary School by Amanda Washburn RDH, CPHDH. These are the totals along with a "monetary value"; this is what a private dental office would be reimbursed for these treatments not what our program receives. Cleanings 13, Fluoride Varnish 13, Sealants 56 and SDF (decay stopping fluoride) 17. Total Monetary Value: $5,847.07.

Keep brushing those teeth!

Nurse Mellon

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Grade 4 Sharing of Work

4th grade have been working hard for our Early New Hampshire Fair, which will be held this Wednesday, December 18th, from 2:50 - 3:10, and 5:30 - 6 pm. Each student will have a physical map of New Hampshire, information about a colonial occupation, details about the Abenaki way of life, and more. We are looking forward to sharing what we have learned with our school and wider community!

We have been practicing our math facts since August in order to prepare us for success with the multi-digit multiplication and division unit that we recently begun. The 4th graders combined we have solved 84,963 problems on Reflex, and learned 3,150 new math facts! This hard work is now paying off; students' fluency with their facts is helping them do complex and challenging math.

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First Grade Learns About the Moon

In Science, first graders learn about cycles and patterns in nature. We started by thinking about what we see in the sky, in the daytime and nighttime. We learned about why the moon “shines” and why it looks like it’s changing shape over time.

Despite the cloudy weather, first graders have been trying to watch the sky and draw the moon in a special journal. We've been reading non-fiction, fiction, and poetry, even singing a moon phases rap!

Keep your eyes on the sky!

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Kindergarten Learns About Holidays

This month Kindergarten has been learning about the different winter holidays celebrated around the world. So far, we learned about the generosity of St. Nicholas, we made crowns for St. Lucia Day and we read stories and played dreidel after learning about Hanukkah. We will continue our holiday exploration by learning about the origin of the Christmas Tree and the celebration of Kwanzaa. The students have had so much fun getting to know these different holiday traditions and what they mean to families around the world.
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Library Learning Commons

December has flown by in the AES LLC (library/learning commons). In this short month, we have learned there is a connection between math, puzzles, and showing grit. We continue to review ISTE standard 2c which involves citing sources borrowed from the internet. We’ve held an “hour of code” with all of our students. This is just an introduction to coding, where students learn to direct a computer to perform various tasks. Third grade students from Mrs. Hill’s class have been utilizing Glogster to create their own extreme weather posters/glogs while 4th graders are working on keyboarding and getting used to keeping their fingers on the home row. They even learned the history behind the “QWERTY” keyboard. Mrs. Warner’s kindergarten class has been introduced to 2 more Superflex Unthinkables, Topic Twistmeister and Grump Grumpaniny. They are becoming more flexible thinkers every single day.

Last, but not least, our library hosted a book fair with the assistance of our amazing PTO, specifically Ryan Montano. Ryan and her children spent an entire weekend and 2 snow days working and setting up for the book fair and family fun night. Yay, PTO!!!

Grade 2 is Working Hard

When you think about your math learning in elementary school, what do you remember most? For me, I remember learning how to add and subtract large numbers and the excitement I felt when I could do it on my own. This is exactly what the 2nd graders are just beginning to do in math. We've begun learning to add two and three-digit numbers with regrouping (which means knowing what to do when we have enough ones to make another ten). Students are learning to solve these problems using mathematical drawings and models like a hundreds, tens and ones chart. We've also been hard at work learning to write opinions about various topics. Students are able to state their opinion, support it with three reasons and write a conclusion that restates their opinion. Students have been working hard and have earned a well-deserved break. We hope you all have a very happy holiday and vacation.

A Note from Mrs. Gregg

Mindfulness as a strategy for calming oneself and self-compassion

Robin Gregg, School Counselor

At this busy holiday season, children and families anticipate and hope for joy, pleasure and happiness. Accompanying these happy thoughts and feelings, though, are other emotions and responses: stress, worry, rushing…

A mindfulness meditation or visualization can be a helpful tool at any time, and especially during this season it can be helpful to practice both compassion for self and compassion for others. Here is a lovingkindness meditation to try. This one is widely known and used. Inthis case it has been adapted from:

  1. First, find a comfortable seated position. Notice your breathing. Notice any feelings and sensations that you are experiencing without judgment.

  2. Imagine your child or children and what you most wish for your child or children. While thinking about your child/children, say these words silently to yourself:

May you be happy.

May you be healthy.

May you feel safe.

May you live your life with ease.

Repeat these wishes as you breathe in deeply, breathe out slowly.

  1. Now repeat these words, saying them to yourself:

May I be happy.

May I be healthy.

May I feel safe.

May I live my life with ease.

  1. Now, imagine a close friend, and, in your mind, repeat the words to that person

May you be happy.

May you be healthy.

May you feel safe.

May you live your life with ease.

  1. Now repeat the words to someone you do not know well, perhaps someone you see in your workplace, at our school, or in the community.

May you be happy.

May you be healthy.

May you feel safe.

May you live your life with ease.

  1. Now, think of someone who is difficult in your life, perhaps someone with whom you have disagreed, someone who irritates or frustrates you. And direct the words at that person and yourself:

May we both be happy.

May we both be heathy.

May we both be safe.

May we both live our lives with ease.

  1. If you wish, think of the larger community, the country, or the whole world, and repeat the words one more time:

May we be happy.

May we be healthy.

May we be safe.

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3rd Grade Publishers

The Third Grade has been tasked to write a field guide about New Hampshire animals by "Eagle Publishers". Students are researching an animal of their choice. They are then creating a page for the field guide. The book will be available for circulation in the school Library Commons. Your child will be able to check it out to share with you.

We are also working on the Associative Property of Multiplication. Your child is solving two step word problems using parentheses.


This math is used in many ways, including recipes. Wow! These kids are working hard!