North Tiger Beat

October 14, 2020

Happy October!!!!!

October is my favorite month of the year and it has been extra special this month! By the end of this week, we will have had all of our hybrid students back in school. We can't thank everyone enough for your patience with all things Covid-related: remote learning, hybrid learning, cohorts, face masks, new procedures, etc. We continue to prove that we are Better Together!!


I know my newsletters can be lengthy at times, but it is my way of making sure you have all the information that you need to help us have a successful school year. We have a lot of great things happening here at North and we want you to know how important our families are to us. Please don't forget to write down the important dates indicated below. We have a spirit week coming up, school pictures, Boosterthon Fundraiser, and a professional development day over the next couple of weeks.


Please review the SPS Health and Safety Handbook shared with our families and staff members. The handbook includes important information on face masks/covering (no neck gators or masks with vents, unless a doctor's note is sent in), travel restrictions (links in Parent Resources for Massachusetts Travel information), and keeping students home if students or their close contacts have COVID symptoms. Please model our values of being respectful, being responsible, and being safe, by adhering to these policies and guidelines. These policies have been put in place to reduce the risk of spreading the virus, and to keep our students healthy and safe. Keeping our 450 + students, and 70+ staff safe is a collaborative effort and we are relying on our families to help us.


Please enjoy the month of October and stay healthy!!

Welcome Mrs. Rebecca Woodcock

We are very excited to welcome Mrs. Woodcock, a graduate of the Somerset Public Schools, who will be starting this week as our new Assistant Principal at North Elementary.



Mrs. Woodcock has been an educator for over 22 years. During her career, she has worked in Lowell and Fall River in elementary settings as a general education teacher, a special education, and an Autism Specialist. In leadership roles, Mrs. Woodcock has worked on developing SEL (Social Emotional Learning) curriculum and providing professional development on balanced literacy.


Just like all of us, as an educator and a parent, she is aware of the new challenges we are all faced with. We are confident that Mrs. Woodcock will be a positive addition to our North family and will be able to support students, families, and teachers as we continue down this journey of teaching in 2020. Welcome, Mrs. Woodcock!!!

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Daily Lunches

Please consider having your child get breakfast and lunch at school. Breakfast and Lunch will be free for all children ages 0-21 for the rest of the school year. The lunch menu is always posted on the Somerset Public School Website. https://somersetps.nutrislice.com/menu


Lunches are also available for pick-up when your child is home learning remotely. You can pick up for all your children here at North even if they don't attend our school. Lunches can be picked up at the North Cafeteria from 10:00-11:00 and 1:30-2:30. You only need to let them know how many lunches you need when you come. If you have family members or neighbors that work, feel free to pick up for them as well.

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School Pictures

HYBRID STUDENTS (COHORT A AND COHORT B):

Maintaining social distancing and following protocols, Pasternak Photography will be taking school pictures on October 20th for Cohort A students, and October 23rd for Cohort B students. Please be on the look-out for order forms and envelopes in your child's backpack on Monday and Thursday. Class pictures will not be taken this year. These will be individual pictures only.


FULL REMOTE STUDENTS


Parents of Full Remote students who would like to have your child's picture taken, please email Pasternakphotography@comcast.net to set up a date and time.

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Boosterthon Fundraiser starts soon!!!! Register Now!!

We need your help!!!! The PTO is working with Boosterthon again this year to help us raise money for our school. Last year we met our goal of raising $17,000. This year, understanding that we are in different times, we have set our goal of raising $10,000. If we reach our goal, the class who raises the most will be able to turn me into an ice cream sundae. Yes, I said an ICE CREAM SUNDAE!! This will be streamed live from our school!! There will be other challenges along the way to keep us motivated and engaged in achieving our goal.


This year, we will be focusing on the values of Courage, Grit, Teamwork, Care, and Celebration. Please watch this brief video that gives some additional information: North Program Introduction



Our Boosterthon program will be taking place 10/27-11/6. During this program, students will learn about good character while helping their school raise funds. While we are unable to host a fun run this year, all students will get to participate in a brand-new virtual celebration event, the North Dance Fit! More information to come, but registration on funrun.com is open now!

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T-Shirt Sponsors - PTO Needs you help....

WE NEED YOUR HELP.......T-Shirts are provided by our PTO for all students and staff to wear throughout the year.

WE NEED SPONSORS!!!!!

The Boosterthon is the top fundraiser we have used the last couple of years and it helps pay for so many items to enhance our children's education!!!!

If you or know of a business that is willing to donate please contact Jamison Souza at 508-254-7928 or email him at jamisonsouza@me.com to add your business logo or family name to the shirt.

All Sponsors must be in by this coming Sunday (October 18th).
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Ms. Roy and her Mobile Triage Unit

Greetings North Families!


Please remember to screen your child each day for Covid symptoms prior to sending them to school. If they have any of the following, please keep them home:


  • Fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher), chills or shaking chills

  • Cough (not due to other known cause, such as

  • chronic cough)

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Headache, when in combination with other symptoms

  • Muscle Aches or body aches

  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea

  • Fatigue, when in a combination with other symptoms

  • Nasal Congestion or runny nose (not due to other known causes, such as allergies) when in combination with other symptoms


*Per CDC guidelines, ALL individuals with the above symptoms should be screened for Covid. If your child has any of these symptoms, it is encouraged and recommended they be screened for Covid. If you decline to have your child tested, please be advised that there is a 10 day quarantine period before returning to school. If you do choose to have your child tested, they can return to school with a negative test result only when their symptoms are improved and they are fever-free for 24 hours WITHOUT medication.


Please report ANY of the above symptoms to the School Nurse immediately and do not bring your child to school. **Be advised that a parent’s note of a “chronic” condition such as allergies is NOT sufficient and the documentation MUST be provided after contact your child’s healthcare provider to rule out Covid**


*Please DO NOT send your child to school with medication. Medication must be handed off from a responsible adult directly to the School Nurse.


*We have provided breakaway lanyards for the children to affix their mask to for breaks. This avoids them dropping them on the ground and/or putting them on an unsanitary surface. Many families are choosing to send their students in with eyeglass holders. Please be aware that these do not break away and can be a choking hazard should they get caught.


*Any families traveling out of state, including international travel, must follow the CDC guidelines for traveling. Please see the website for further instructions. Do not send your students back to school until these guidelines have been met. https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-travel-order#lower-risk-states-


*If you were not aware, SPS has a Face Coverings Policy. It can be found on the home page of my website https://northnurseroy.weebly.com/ Note that bandannas, gaiters, and vented masks are NOT acceptable for school use. Shields are also not for school use without a mask. If you feel as though your child CANNOT wear a mask due to physical limitations, accommodations can be made.


Please contact me at stephanie.roy@somersetschools.org for more information.

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October Spirit Week

Monday, October 26th - Freaky-Fun Face Mask Day (Not Scary or Gory. Please remember to follow face-covering guidelines - No Gaters or bandanas)


Tuesday, October 27th- Dress like your favorite Story-Book Character


Wednesday, October 28th- Professional Development Day for Teachers (No School for students)


Thursday, October 29th - Freaky-Fun Face Mask Day (Not Scary or Gory. Please remember to follow face-covering guidelines - No Gaters or bandanas)


Friday, October 30th- Dress like your favorite Story-Book Character

Updated School Calendar

We are working on our Parent/Teacher Conference Dates. These will be virtual this year. Please stay tuned for more information.


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Grade Level Happenings

PreK

The Preschool Team is so excited about our brand new school year. We welcome our new and returning students and are so happy to have many of our sweet friends back in the building. We are also so very thankful for our wonderful remote students who add a new and equally exciting facet to our preschool program.


The preschool team began the year by having students focus on learning about one another and getting used to the rules, rituals, and routines of school.


Currently, we are engaged in planning many fall-themed activities for our students. We are also now moving into the tree study which examines the role trees play in our lives including the characteristics of trees, who live in trees, and what food we get from trees. Later this month we will enjoy learning more about apples and pumpkins and are planning a fun on-site field trip for our students.


We want to thank all of the preschool families for joining us on a wonderful learning adventure this school year!

Kindergarten

In Kindergarten we are beginning our lowercase letters program called “Lively Letters”. In Math, we will spend one more week on shapes and then move onto numbers between 0-10. 0-5 first then 6-10. In Science we will continue to look at Weather and Seasons and for Social Studies we will be continuing to work on being part of a community as well as identifying and expressing our thoughts and feelings.

1st Grade

The first graders have settled in nicely are working hard to remember and model the expectations for both academics and behavior. This is especially challenging as we work in two different settings, hybrid and remote. Responsive Classroom components are being incorporated daily. Our math and reading work is well underway. We have begun to make models to represent math story problems as well as write addition sentences for those problems. Subtraction models and sentences will follow. In reading, we have used the topic of friendship to help us comprehend narrative text. The story elements of character and setting and the importance of story sequence have been the focus. The first graders have also been writing about friendship using evidence from the texts. In our next unit, we will learn about informative text. While we reluctantly say goodbye to summer, we fall forward with spirit and confidence that we are prepared for the challenges ahead.


2nd Grade

Second graders are getting in the swing of things! As we transitioned to the hybrid model, new routines and procedures were practiced, but we also made time for fun!

Sharing stories about getting back to school, friendship, and kindness were enjoyed in all the classes! I think the teachers enjoyed reading to the kids just as much as they enjoyed listening! Building the classroom community and adjusting to the changes has been at the forefront. It’s so great to be back with students!

Getting outdoors and taking in all the changes fall brings was a top priority! Our students were “leaf peepers” as they enjoyed some fresh air, interaction with classmates and science all at the same time. These activities carried through while at home on remote days, too.

Looking ahead, we’ll be sharing stories about the differences and similarities in families, discussing different types of communities and the people who live there, thinking about numbers through one thousand, and reviewing phonics skills. We are also excited to begin learning more about how writers stretch their ideas to create interesting stories about themselves! So much to look forward to this month.

Please continue to support your child at home by reviewing the remote day work expectations and monitoring their Lexia and Reflex time. We certainly couldn’t do it without our families helping!

3rd Grade

Third grade hybrid learning is finally underway! We have been working on establishing rituals and routines to meet third grade expectations in the classrooms during covid. In math, students will continue to add and subtract while practicing different strategies to reach a sum or a difference. In science, we will be exploring weather and climate.In ELA, students will read to understand how characters’ actions affect the sequence of events in a story. Writing will focus on using story elements to write a narrative. In social studies, geography of Massachusetts will be the main topic. Please remember to sign your child’s agenda nightly as a sign of continued communication between home and school.


4th Grade

Fourth Grade teachers are looking forward to finally meeting their students in person and doing some in-person teaching. In reading, we will be focusing on the elements of fiction. Students will be identifying the characters, problems, events, settings, and solutions in various types of fiction. Students will be working on their narrative writing skills this month as well. For math, students will be wrapping up a chapter on place value and moving on to multiplying by 1-digit numbers. The science focus will be on soil, rocks, and landforms. For social studies, we will begin studying the Northeast region.

5th Grade


It is October and Grade 5 has just begun the phase of hybrid learning. We are so happy to be back together in person!


We spent the month of September transitioning back to school and learning the routines and expectations of virtual fifth grade. Now in October, we are looking at those expectations through a hybrid lens. During September, we also each established academic goals and personal goals, as well as discussed some behaviors that will help us be able to meet our goals by the end of the trimester.

Math classes will soon be wrapping up chapter 1 which focuses on place value, multiplication, and expressions of whole numbers. We will then be focusing on division of whole numbers. Please encourage your student to learn their multiplication facts if they have not yet mastered them. All students have a Reflex math account which can be accessed at home and is a great tool to help them learn their facts.

Science classes spent the month of September learning about process skills and thinking like a scientist. Each student has also created a science notebook that they will be using throughout the year as we complete our different investigations. This month, we began our Earth and Sun Module. The driving question for the module is How do Earth's geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere interact to create a sustainable environment for all life?


In ELA, we continue to analyze story elements. We are also focusing on point of view as readers and writers. Our spotlight for writing this month is the narrative genre, which is quite exciting because we are studying and reading many different authors and selections. This helps the students increase their background knowledge, which in turn helps with their comprehension of other texts. The students are working hard to pen their own narrative pieces and are proud of their work so far. They enjoy sharing their writing progress with their classmates and look forward to reading their finished work to their families. As always, we continue to encourage all students to read at least 20 minutes nightly.


In Social Studies, students spent some time learning about the early relationships of English settlers to Native peoples and will soon be learning about the 13 colonies. During this time, students will use their map skills as well as their awareness of various climates and geography. They will also be further developing their critical thinking skills as we analyze and discuss historical events.

ART with Ms. Wilson

Our North Elementary artists have been busy both at home and in the classroom! It has been so wonderful to see our students beginning to come in to school, and I always look forward to creating with our online artists!


For in-person students, please continue to send in an art shirt to go over your child’s clothes. This can be placed in your child’s backpack on art days. If you haven’t sent in art materials for your child to use during art, please do so as we are working to keep our artists safe and are not able to share materials.


Kindergarten

Our artists have been studying line over the past few weeks. Creating our line pumpkins we practiced creating different lines, painting, cutting skills, working with shapes and gluing!


First Grade

First graders have been creating art inspired by the change of seasons, looking at leaves, and warm and cool colors. We practiced drawing leaves, cutting skills and painting!


Second Grade

Second Graders have been studying texture. After a read-a-loud of Maurice Sendak’s Where The Wild Thing’s Are we used different materials to create texture in our painted monsters.


Third Grade

Third grade artists have been exploring the art of Vincent van Gogh. They have begun their Starry Night inspired watercolor paintings.


Fourth Grade

Our fourth graders have been busy creating art while at home. Using letters from their names they created a grid art work inspired by artist Jasper Johns.

They also began exploring the Day of the Dead and created their own sugar skulls using symmetrical patterns.


Fifth Grade

Fifth graders have also been busy creating art at home. We explored the art of Zentangle and used line and pattern to create our own Zentangle artwork. Fifth graders also began exploring the Day of the Dead and created their own sugar skulls using symmetrical patterns.


Don’t forget to join us for art on Enrichment Wednesdays!

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From our School Adjustment Counselors

Dear Parents/Guardians/Caregivers:

The Social-Emotional Team, would like to remind you that we are here to help.


There are multiple ways to get in touch with us:

  1. For ongoing or existing concerns:Our school email: susan.schumann@somersetschools.org (Chace and Remote)

heidi.pontes@somersetschools.org (North)

cecilia.huard@somersetschools.org (South)


  1. For resources on anything SEL--Our website: Caring Corner

Either click on the green bar on the top right that says “check-in with counselor” or click on the menu section that says “services” Then click on the appropriate person’s name based on the school. Be sure to click on "Add to mailing list" for all updates to the site!


  1. For all new concerns: Please click here for the form


Thank You,

The SEL team


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