October Newsletter

Newton School

From the Principal

Greetings from Newton School,

The leaves are falling and the temperature changes from day to day. Sweatshirts, sweaters and jackets are needed for playing comfortably before school. The beginning of school is always filled with paperwork and forms for parents to fill out. As you may notice we are working hard to publish more pictures on our website and through tweeting. Follow us @NewtonSchool2. We need the permission/publication forms to allow your child’s picture to be part of the Newton School social media. It is very important that we get all our forms back with emergency numbers. Right now we have over forty parents who still need to return forms to the school.

We are looking forward to seeing you at Open House on Wednesday, October 2, from 5-6 p.m. Open House is the perfect time to sign up for parent conferences on October 24th and 25th.

Newton October Happenings

Wednesday, October 2nd, Open House 5-6 p.m.

Thursday, October 10th, PTO Meeting 6 p.m.

Monday, October 14th, No School

Thursday, October 17th, Pajama Night with Community Readers 5-6 p.m.

Friday, October 18th, UMASS Multi-Band Grade 2 and Grade 4

Thursday, October 24th, Make-Up Picture Day

Thursday, October 24th, Early Release Day (11:55 a.m.) Parent Conferences

Friday, October 25th, Early Release Day (11:55 a.m.) Parent Conferences

Thursday, October 31st, Fall Parade 2:00 p.m.


Dear Kindergarten Families,

During September the youngest students at Newton School learned the names of their new friends as well as important classroom rules and routines. The children were excited to go to the Apex Apple Orchard to pick apples and pumpkins. Many thanks to the PTO for funding this fun Autumn Field Trip!

The familiarity of Nursery Rhymes offers a great way to begin our year together in Kindergarten. Nursery Rhymes provide an opportunity for us to discuss spatial concepts (in, on, over, beside) while we also enjoy the rhythm and rhyme of the verses. These early experiences with phonological awareness (hearing sounds in language) will be valuable resources as we learn to read and write.

The Kindergartners are now becoming more comfortable with their new school environment and each other. In October we will begin to explore our many unique differences. Songs like “I Am Special” and the book, We Are All Alike…We Are All Different will help us to understand and appreciate the diversity in our classrooms as we grow into a supportive community of learners.

Mrs. Encarnacao, Ms. Swist, Mrs. Hurteau, Ms. Neeley

First Grade

Dear First Grade Families,

First grade is off to a terrific start this year! The beginning of school has been

spent getting to know each other, getting to know our new classrooms, making new

friends, learning our daily schedule, and creating/learning our classroom rules. Be

Safe. Be Kind. Be Respectful- is our school motto.

At the start of the school year, we have been practicing handwriting, basic sight

words, counting, skip counting, calendar work, and Lexia. We also have

enjoyed learning about the butterfly life cycle while enjoying some fun butterfly

crafts for our first science unit.

Thank you for your donations to our classroom. We can never have too many Clorox

wipes, tissues, and glue sticks. If you have not yet returned your paperwork for

the office, please do so promptly. Thank you!

We hope you have been enjoying the opportunity to read daily with/to your child

each night. Please remember to record your reading fun on your child’s reading log.


Ms. Hayes, Ms. Warren, Mrs. Eve

Second Grade

Dear Second Grade Families and Friends,

As we start the new school year, your second graders are adjusting to new classroom routines, new teachers, and new friends. We are using Eureka Math and enjoying exploring addition and subtraction. Please practice addition and subtraction math facts with your child at home. We recently completed our Reading MAP assessment and will be dividing our second graders into groups for the regular reading program, Wit and Wisdom, and the reading intervention program, SPIRE.

We hope that you will encourage your students to read every night. You will be amazed at how quickly their fluency and accuracy improves with a little practice at home. You might enjoy participating in a read-aloud with your student!

The Second Grade Team,

Mrs. Palermo, Ms. Sherry, and Ms. Darmanchev

Third Grade

Happy start to the school year 3rd grade families!

It has been quite a pleasure getting to know your students. In these first weeks of school we have been reaquanting ourselves with what it means to be back in school. Routines are being practiced, group norms established, and we continue to learn about each other.

Mr. Stone’s Students will be reading and exploring Thank You, Mr. Falker to answer the question “How does reading build knowledge?”. Mrs. Lagoy’s Learners have been reading Poppy. In the first quadrant they have been focusing on story elements (character, setting, problems, important events) and will be writing a retell summary soon.

Third graders will be saying “Eureka!” as they begin making connections between multiplication and division during math. Yes, you read correctly, multiplication and division already!

Robots will be built and programmed, Playworks will be played, swimming will be learned, and some great books will be read as we launch the school year.

Welcome Back from the 3rd grade team!

Mr. Stone

Mrs. Lagoy

Ms. Galipault (Ms. Galipault is our student teacher and we are SO fortunate to have her with us this semester.)

Fourth Grade

Dear Fourth Grade Families,

We have had a great beginning to our fourth grade year! There is a lot going on this month at Newton School. We would love to see everyone at Open House on October 2nd. During that time we will have sign ups available for conference. Conferences are taking place October 24th and 25th. Pajama night will be on October 17th with lots of readers from our community. On October 18th we are traveling to UMASS for the multibands show! Lastly, on October 31st we will have our fall parade outside on the back field, you are welcome to join us!

This year we are jumping right into our fourth grade curriculum. Students are working hard on learning place value and addition/subtraction to the millions place in math. In reading we are beginning to look at data from the start of the year to see what areas need focus.

Please remind your fourth grader that the at home expectation is to read for at least 20 minutes and practice math facts every night.

All the best,

Mrs. Gutierrez, Ms. Lively & Ms. Skiff

Art, Music, Robotics, Physical Education

Hello from the Art, Music, Robotics, and Physical Education programs.

We are hitting the ground running as we begin the 2019-20 school year!

This year, we are excited to announce our new Robotics program, which is being taught by Rachel Cummings. Students in grades K-4 will have the opportunity to participate in design and engineering challenges using a wide range of developmentally appropriate robots. Newton School will have two teams participating in the First Lego League and First Lego League Junior Robotics Competition that will assess their ability to research, work together, and design and program their robots.

Greg Williams is at Newton School on Mondays and Wednesdays. He teaches music using different instruments and engages students in songs.

Jason Butynski returns to teach physical education after beginning late last spring. Students are currently practicing gross motor skills such as running, jumping, hopping and skipping, and soon we will begin our fall soccer unit.

Stacy Quinn is back for her fifth year as an art teacher and students are currently learning rules and routines, while working on lines, shapes and patterns. The art room was also chosen as the space to film interviews for the recent Good Morning America segment on former teacher Jami Witherell!

Be sure to stop into the art room for a slideshow and the gymnasium for an activity during Open House on Oct. 2.

Reading Reminders

Hello Newton Readers!

Reading is fundamental. In fact, it is one of the most important ingredients to becoming all that you can be! Reading develops your brain, provides a window into the world around you and helps you do better in all school subjects. Most importantly, reading can not only help you become a better student, but a better person. If you read just 1 book a day to your child, they will have read 1825 books by their 5th birthday! Remember: EVERY DAY COUNTS and EVERY BOOK COUNTS!!!

Your Title I Reading Teachers,

Ms. Weissman and Ms. Blanchard

From the Health Office

Welcome Back Newton Students and Families!

We are all excited for the new school year to begin, and hoping it’s a healthy one for you and your family. There are a few reminders from the health office that I wanted to share with you.

Health Concerns: If your child has a severe allergy, recent surgery or any new health problems please contact me to discuss so I can help provide the best care for them during school. Please return student health forms if you have not done so already.

Medications: If your child needs medication to be administered during school hours, a doctor’s order and signed parental permission is required before in school administration to take place. Please have all parental permission forms and doctors’ orders sent to school. Please contact me if you need a form or have any questions regarding medication administration in school. As a reminder students are not allowed to carry medication in school. All medications need to be brought to the school by an adult and in original bottle. Medications will be secured in the health office.

Physicals and Immunizations: Reminder letters are being sent home for students who have not provided documentation of completed immunizations or physical exams that are required for entrance to school. All documentation needs to be sent to school on or before October 30, 2019. Students entering Kindergarten and Grade 4 are required to have a physical exam. All required immunizations for entrance to kindergarten should have been completed.

I hope that we have a happy and healthy school year at Newton School. I look forward to seeing all the returning students and meeting those who are new to our school. Please feel free to call me with any questions you may have.

Jennifer Paulin RN

772-1370 ext 109

School Adjustment Counselors

Hello Students, Families and Friends

Welcome to Newton School! We hope you and your family had an enjoyable summer. Our names are Katie Irizarry and Nancy Garlock, and we are the School Adjustment Counselors at Newton School. As the school counselors, we are here to assist Newton students and their families with a variety of concerns. Our role is to be the link between home, school and community to help improve the educational opportunity and potential of every student. We provide individual and group counseling to students at Newton School as well as refer families to appropriate community resources as needed.

Please feel free to contact us Monday through Friday at 772-1370 if you have any questions or want to touch base about your child.

In addition, these are some tips from teachers and the U.S. Department of Education to help support your child’s success in school this year.

✔ Set high expectations for your child.

Make sure your child is in school every day and on time. Attendance matters!

✔ Work collaboratively with your child’s teachers and talk to them about goals and expectations for your child.

✔ Talk to your child each day about what he or she is doing in school and discuss what he or she learned.

✔ Encourage your child to complete assignments, and see that she or he finishes them.

✔ Attend parent-teacher conferences.

✔ Participate in family engagement and volunteer opportunities.

✔ Meet other parents and caregivers at Newton, join the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)

Here are some additional resources to help you help your child:

✔ For age-appropriate guides to supplement this checklist, visit › http://www.ed.gov/family-and-communityengagement

✔ If your child is behind or needs extra help, seek out reading and other academic assistance at libraries, neighborhood churches, academic sororities and fraternities, organizations such as your local National Urban League, 100 Black Men, YMCA and YWCA, Mocha Moms, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, and area high school and college students who serve as tutors and mentors.

✔ If your child is being bullied or having issues with discipline, visit › http://www.stopbullying.gov and http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/school-discipline/index.html

✔ For information about exercise and nutrition, visit › www.nutrition.gov

✔ If your child has a delay or disability, check out the Parent Training and Information Centers at › http://www.parentcenterhub.org

✔ If English is not your home language, visit › http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oela/index.html

✔ If you and your child face homelessness, visit › http://homeless.samhsa.gov/

PTO News

The Newton School PTO supports the mission of Newton School through fundraising and events. Newton PTO financially supports field trips, school events, and supply or infrastructure requests. All families are welcome to join the PTO; meetings are held the second Thursday of the month alternating between 4pm and 6pm each month.

Upcoming Dates

Fall Fundraiser- September 27-October 16

October PTO Meeting- October 10, 6pm

Newton PTO Supports

Last month the PTO funded the Kindergarten trips to the apple orchard.

Freedom Credit Union & Newton Elementary School Financial Literacy Program

Welcome back students!

Beginning October 17, 2019 Freedom Credit Union will begin visiting Newton Elementary School to collect deposits for students enrolled in the Financial Literacy Program, and will then continue on the 2nd Thursday of every month. Any student who has a savings account with Freedom Credit Union can participate and students can join at any time!

Packets to enroll will be going out to parents and guardians very soon. With a completed returned packet your student will:

· Have a youth savings account with Freedom Credit Union that can be accessed year round

through school visits or by stopping into any branch

· Freedom Credit Union will provide the first $5.00 deposit

· A free piggy bank for students new to the program to help save

· A free account register book to keep track of all transactions and balances

· Prizes every month when Freedom Credit Union comes to visit

We look forward to our new and returning students for a great year of saving!