Frenchtown Academic Newsletter

For the week of May 16, 2016

Happy Birthday, Frenchtown Friends!

May 14: Katy L. , Lana S. and Juliana S.

May 17: Mrs. Foley

May 18: Tristan O. and Sophia R.

May 19: Stella B.

Events for the week:

May 17: Grade 2 Field Trip to Casey Farm

May 18: POW Science in K classrooms

May 20: Aramark Family BBQ



Full day K: 11-11:30 lunch

11:30-11:50 Recess @ K playground

Grade 1: 11:30-12:15 Lunch followed by recess

Grade 2: 12:30-1:15 Lunch followed by recess

Note: Parents will check in at tables in the foyer, then meet their child at the teacher designated tables in the cafeteria.

Please bring blanket/sheet to sit on.

Elementary Anxiety Presentation for National Mental Health Month! Mark your calendar!

Dr. Miller will be giving a talk at Meadowbrook for all district elementary families on Monday 5/23 at 7pm. The focus will be on stress and anxiety at the elementary level.

From the RICBT website:

Dr. Miller received her B.S. in psychology from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY. She went on to pursue her M.A. and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology with a Credential in Clinical Child and Family Psychology at Roosevelt University in Chicago. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Family Service and Guidance Center in Topeka which focused on the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, and families in an outpatient setting. While on internship she also received specialized training for treating various anxiety disorders and co-led a Dialectical Behavioral Therapy group for adolescent females. She successfully completed her postdoctoral training at RICBT, and is now a licensed psychologist. Dr. Miller typically uses cognitive behavioral treatments coupled with solution-focused therapy to assist in improving the lives of children, adolescents, families, and young adults. Dr. Miller treats individuals and families experiencing anxiety, trauma, adjustment issues, depression, anger management challenges, behavioral difficulties, and relationship stress. She also conducts psychological assessments targeting attention and learning difficulties, cognitive strengths and weaknesses, and evaluations for autism spectrum disorders.

From Mrs. Carr


We collected $1,693.29 for the AMERICAN hEART ASSOCIATION THROUGH OUR JUMP ROPE FOR HEART Event in PE class.

Thank you, Miss Melmed, for such beautiful art displays at Art Night!

A note from Miss Melmed:

All student work will be coming home in the next few weeks in a portfolio, including all 2-D and 3-D work.

In the classrooms:

Grade 1:


Envisions Topic 11 Subtracting Groups of 10, Subtracting Tens on a Hundred Chart, Subtracting Tens from Two-Digit Numbers and using Mental Math to Subtract Tens.

- Sorico 4.1 Continuing to strategically solve addition and subtraction word problems within 20; drawing a picture, writing a number sentence and by using a hundred chart and mental math.

- Continuing to develop addition and subtraction fluency within 20.

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Unit 4.1 The first grade is reading, Miss Nelson Is Missing and developing a venn diagram and character map to tell all about Miss Nelson and Miss Viola Swamp.

- Information writing. We are still learning to write a teaching book, writers are keeping their readers in mind, writing to answer their questions.


Pebbles, Sand and Silt continues… We are working with River Rocks, exploring mixtures containing earth particles of various sizes and using screens to separate and group the rocks.


The Frenchtown Annual Cookout is on Friday May 20th. If you are joining your child, please be sure to note the time changes. Please bring a blanket to sit on!

Grade 2:


Second graders will be introduced to the world of geometry. They will begin by identifying various 2D and 3D shapes. Students will also continue using different strategies to solve addition/subtraction word problems.


Students will be learning to write book summaries. This tends to be a very difficult skill for children who love to write down every detail of a story. You can practice this at home by asking your child to tell you about the book he or she is reading using only 3 or 4 sentences.


We will continue reading a variety of literature and practice identifying main idea vs. details.


Second graders recently enjoyed a visit from an entomologist referred to as “The Bug Guy”. The children were enthralled as they were shown samples of insects they had never before encountered. This was a fantastic supplement to our current science unit.


We are all very excited to go on our field trip to Casey Farm. The students will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience using simple machines around the farm. They will also have the chance to explore various aspects of marine life.