North Tiger Beat

February 2023

We are a hundred Days Smarter!!!

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Dear North Families

Happy February!!

So much has been happening here at North in such a short time in 2023!! Our students will tell you that they are 100 days smarter!! Punxsutawney Phil is predicting 6 more weeks of winter, but many of us don't believe him. Many of our students are hoping for some snow. Even though it has been pretty mild, don't forget to make sure students are dressed for recess as we do go out everyday unless the temperature or wind chill is below 20 degrees.

We continue to reflect on our weekly character traits that we know will help our students work on TIGER PRIDE (perseverance, respect, independence, diversity, equity, inclusion, and empathy). We completed our middle of year (MOY) assessments, had grade-level data meetings, and have begun our next round of intervention. During RTI (Response to Intervention), also known as WIN (What I Need Time) students will be receiving small group instruction on areas they need to work on. Based on the middle of year assessments, interventionists will be working with each grade at different times throughout the day. Any student who is receiving tier 2 or tier 3 instruction during RTI/WIN times, will receive a letter from the intervention department.

We have some exciting presentations and activities coming up over the next few months. Thanks to our PTO and the Feinstein Foundation our students will get to see the following presentations.

Woman in History

Gather Here! Interactive Multicultural

STEAM Museum

Ned's Positive Growth Mindset

Earth Dome

All of these presentations align with values of inclusivity, kindness, self-awareness, and empathy.

As you reflect during this new year, please be grateful for the accomplishments you have in your children. North Elementary is full of genuinely wonderful children, which can only be a reflection of the job you do every day as parents. The partnership we have with you is appreciated and so important to our student's success. We can all be proud of what we do together! We look forward to continuing to work with you during your child’s education here at North Elementary.

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Please minimize changes in dismissal as this may be confusing to students and teachers. This also disrupts the school day, with calls and changes happening while teaches are focused on instruction throughout the day. Any changes should be communicated via note (in your child's folder) or an email to the teacher and to the front office in the morning. Calls during the day should only be for emergencies. We appreciate your cooperation.
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Read Across America - the world is a big place

The week we return from vacation, we will be celebrating Read Across America (Feb 27th-March 3rd). We continue to focus on inclusivity and diversity. Through literature and stories, we model how through reading we can explore, learn, and grow. During Morning Meeting or Quiet Time, teachers will be reading a story that will focus on our daily theme. Our hope is that through literature students will realize that there is so much they/we can learn from books. We can also expose students to stories about others around the world, how others have overcome challenges, and how we all have differences and similarities.

Monday, February 27th: Read a story about your heritage or a different heritage. Dress like a character in one of your favorite books or wear traditional dress from your own culture or heritage.

Tuesday, February 28th American Hero Story. Wear red, white and blue.

Wednesday, March 1st: Silly/Wacky Day. Wear your crazy or mix-matched socks, crazy hair, or accessories.

Thursday, March 2nd: Book about Kindness or Inclusivity. Wear Rainbow colors- We are all different but make a beautiful rainbow when we are all together.

Friday, March 3rd: Read a Book you love. Dress in what makes you happy. (school appropriate).

We invite you to continue the celebration at home by reading together and talking about books! Happy Reading!

Library Time with Mrs. DeVillers

A special shout out to our library volunteers Mrs. Sue DeVillers and Ann Kozak. Mrs. DeVillers and Mrs. Kozak volunteer 2 days a week to make sure our students have an opportunity to pick and read library books. Mrs. DeVillers has organized and decorated the library to make it a welcoming and comfortable place. She also spends time with each class and helps them navigate the library and will even read them a story. If you see Mrs. DeVillers around in the community, give her a big THANK YOU!!!
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Black History Month

All month, during announcements, we recognize a black individual that has contributed to our science, culture, education, advancements, and communities.

Here they are.....

Martin Luther King Jr.

No single African American in history is perhaps as famous as Martin Luther King Jr., otherwise known as MLK. There is a federal holiday on the third Monday each January celebrated in his honor, and whole sections of textbooks are devoted to his civil rights activism in the 1950s and 1960s. Martin Luther King made his mark by preaching nonviolent means of protesting the segregation of whites and blacks in the United States. His famous speech “I have a dream” ranks among the most famous in history and continues to inspire us today.

Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks is best known for refusing to move to the back of a bus after the driver demanded she give her seat to a white passenger. While not the first person to refuse to obey the segregation laws in the United States, Rosa Parks was labeled as the “Mother of the Freedom Movement” following her bold disobedience and subsequent arrest. Like MLK, Rosa Parks was from Montgomery, and she and King together made great strides in fighting for basic human rights for African Americans across the country.

Barbara Johns: Teen Civil Rights Crusader was a pioneering leader in the American civil rights movement. In 1951, at the age of 16, Powell led a student strike for equal education at her high school. With some help, she filed a case that was consolidated into Brown v. Board of Education, which is the landmark 1954 U.S. Supreme Court decision declaring "separate but equal" public schools unconstitutional.

Muhammad Ali

Born Cassius Clay in 1942, Muhammad Ali made his name in the sport of boxing, where he was one of the greatest heavyweight champions of all time. Ali’s best years were in the early 1960s, during which time he changed his name from “Cassius Clay,” which he associated with slavery, and adopted a new name Mohammad which means “praiseworthy” from the Islamic tradition, the Nation of Islam.

Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass lived during the Civil War in the 1800”s, which was fought over slavery. Douglass, an abolitionist who is somebody who was against slavery, and former slave himself, is best known for his autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave. In this book, Frederick Douglass outlines his life as a slave and his escape, which was instrumental to the abolitionist movement and the ultimate goal of ending slavery.

Jane Bolin

A pioneer in law, Jane Bolin was the first Black woman to attend Yale Law School in 1931. In 1939, she became the first Black female judge in the United States, where she served for 10 years. One of Jane Bolin’s significant contributions throughout her career was working with private employers to hire people based on their skills, as opposed to discriminating against them because of their race. Jane Bolin also served on many boards that helped others like the NAACP, Child Welfare League of America, and the Neighborhood Children’s Center.

W.E.B Du Bois

W.E.B Du Bois made his name as an author, scholar, and civil rights activist in the generation before Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. Du Bois was one of the founders of the NAACP, or National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, which was and still is one of the premier organizations for African American rights and activism.

Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson was, like Muhammad Ali in the 1960s, one of the most influential sports figures of his day. In 1947, Jackie Robinson became the first African American to play for a Major League Baseball team, the Brooklyn Dodgers. This was the catalyst that broke baseball’s color barrier –– the idea that African American players couldn’t play in the top professional leagues, but only in the “inferior” Negro leagues. Jackie Robinson career spanned a decade or 10 years. His place in baseball history was solidified when his jersey number, 42, was “retired” by all MLB teams (meaning no player may ever use that number again) in 1997.

Harriet Tubman

Born into slavery in 1822, Harriet Tubman was famous for her abolitionist and humanitarian efforts to help escaped slaves after escaping slavery herself in 1849. An abolitionist is someone who wants to eliminate slavery. Harriet Tubman served an important part of the “Underground Railroad,” a secret path through slave-holding states for runaway slaves to escape to the north. She helped hundreds of slaves find their freedom in the states north of the Mason-Dixon Line (the border between the Northern, non-slaveholding states and the Southern, or slaveholding states).

Claudette Colvin: True Teen Warrior for Desegregation

Before Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama in 1955, there was a brave 15-year-old who chose not to sit at the back of the bus. That young girl was Colvin. Touting her constitutional rights to remain seated near the middle of the vehicle, Colvin challenged the driver and was subsequently arrested. She was the first woman to be detained for her resistance. However, her story isn't nearly as well-known as Rosa Parks'.

Sojourner Truth

Like Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth was born into slavery but later escaped and became a prominent abolitionist and activist for women’s rights. And, like many abolitionists, religion was a focal point of Sojourner Truth’s efforts. During the Civil War, she played a major role in recruiting African American soldiers to fight for the Union (northern states), which was pitted against the Confederacy (southern states).

Mae Jemison

Mae Jemison wasn’t just the first African American woman who orbited into space aboard the shuttle Endeavour. She's also a physician, teacher, an engineer, a Peace Corps volunteer, and president of tech company, the Jemison Group. At the age of 65, Mae Jemison continues to work towards the advancement of young women of color getting more involved in technology, engineering, and math careers.

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou is one of the best-known African American authors, famed for her autobiographies. Her most influential autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, tells a coming-of-age tale that shows racism as it affected a young girl, and how it transformed her into the proud author she would later become. Maya Angelou worked with Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders to put a permanent end to segregation.

Ruby Bridges

Bridges probably had no idea that the bold act she committed in 1960 would set off a chain reaction leading to the integration of schools in the South. She was just six years old when she became the first African American student to attend William Frantz Elementary in Louisiana at the height of desegregation. She is now the chair of the Ruby Bridges Foundation, which was formed in 1999 to promote "the values of tolerance, respect, and appreciation of all differences."

Katherine Johnson: Space Hero

Calling Katherine Johnson a math whiz is an understatement. Known as one of NASA’s “human computers,” she helped calculate the flight path that took Apollo 11 to the moon.

Dorothy Height:
One of the Big Six

A great orator from a young age, Dorothy Height, “the godmother” of the civil rights movement, spent her life addressing the rights of women and African Americans. She is one of the most respected and influential leaders of the civil rights movement and was the only woman at its highest level. In 1946 she directed the integration of all the YWCA; In 1957 she became the president of the National Council of Negro Women; In 1965 she established the Center for Racial Justice; In 1994 she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and in 2004 the Congressional Gold Medal.

Bessie Coleman:
The Woman Who Reached for the Sky

Bessie Coleman grew up in the early 1900s and dreamed of becoming a pilot. But as a Black and Native American woman, she faced racism and unfair treatment. Coleman was determined though, and in 1921 she became the world’s first Black and Native American woman to earn her pilot’s license. She became a barnstormer that amazed crowds with her daring aerial stunts. But she wasn’t just a brave pilot. She also refused to fly in air shows with segregated entrances. Her story continues to inspire people to follow their dreams and reach for the sky.

Matthew Henson:
Co-Discoverer of the North Pole

By age 18, Matthew Henson had already traveled the world and become a skilled sailor. But like most Black people in the 19th century, Henson faced discrimination and had trouble finding work. After finally landing a job as cabin boy on a trip to Central America, he joined explorer Robert Peary on an expedition to the North Pole. After several unsuccessful attempts, Peary, Henson and a team of four Inuit men became the first people to reach the North Pole. While Peary got most of the credit and glory for the discovery, Henson has slowly gained the reputation he deserves and is now credited as co-discoverer of the North Pole.

Bayard Rustin:
Mr. March on Washington

Bayard Rustin, a chief tactician of the civil rights movement, was committed to nonviolence from a very young age. Throughout his life he fought for many causes, such as racial equality, workers’ rights, and gay rights. He was a skilled organizer and strategist who worked with Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to organize the Montgomery bus boycott. In 1963, he helped A. Philip Randolph organize the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom as the chief organizer.

Charles Richard Drew:
Banked Blood and Saved Lives

In the early years of WWII, Charles Richard Drew transformed emergency medicine by finding a method in which to process and store large quantities of blood plasma in “blood banks.” Charles Richard Drew organized and directed the blood-plasma programs of the United States and Great Britain. He became the first director of the American Red Cross Blood Bank in 1941 but resigned his official posts in 1942 after the armed forces decreed that the blood of African Americans would be accepted but had to be stored separately from that of Whites.

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Happy Winter!!

As we approach the peak of winter, we are still in the thick of cold and flu season. All students with a temperature of 100F or higher are required to remain out of school until their temperature has been under 100F for 24 hours WITHOUT the use of medication. Please also use discretion when returning any sick student to school as symptom management plays a huge role in their ability to learn. Those students who have difficulty controlling their coughs or secretions, have trouble blowing their nose and washing their hands, may be better off remaining out of school until the peak of their illness has resolved.

All students with diagnosed strep throat and pink eye, MUST remain out of school until they have been on antibiotics for a full 24 hours AND have a physician’s note to return to school. If your child has been injured and is wearing a cast, a splint, boot, or is using an assistive device such as crutches, they need a note to return to school as well as specific activity restrictions for their school day. All students with active vomiting and diarrhea are asked to remain out of school until they have been vomit and/or diarrhea free for 24 hours. This allows for time to reestablish hydration and proper electrolyte balance.

Please DO NOT send medications to school with your child. This includes cough syrup, vitamins, cough drops, nasal sprays, ointments, etc. If your child is in need of medication throughout their school day, please reach out to the Health Office to review the proper protocol and procedure for medication administration in schools.

If your child has Covid, please notify the Health Office to determine the appropriate timeline to return your child to school.

There is an abundance of information available on my website should you have any questions/concerns after hours or on weekends/vacations.

My office hours are 8:30 AM-3:30 PM and I close for lunch daily from 1:45-2:15. Feel free to reach out via email at or via telephone 508-324-3170 prompt 2.

Hearing and vision screens for PreSchool and Special Education will start in March. Please be aware that if your child is going from PK to Kindergarten in the fall of this year and they have a diagnosis of a developmental delay, they will need to get a vision screen by an optometrist prior to starting Kindergarten.

Inchy Book Vending Machine is a huge hit!! !

Students receive a book token on their birthday. In addition, we are picking 6 students every week who receives a token for demonstrating the character trait of the week.

Character Traits

Here are the most recent Character Traits we are practicing.

Jan 2 Staying on task

Jan 9 Being an effective problem solver

Jan 16 Expressing empathy/understanding others

Jan 23 Being flexible

Jan 30 Being a good friend

Feb 6 Showing respect

Feb 13 Working as a team

Feb 27 Joining in a conversation

March 6 Having a positive attitude/outlook

March 13 Contributing to discussion

March 20 Appropriately dealing with frustration

March 27 Appropriate behavior in the hallways

Students who receive awards in their classrooms for demonstrating the character trait of the week are given a token for our Inchy Book Vending Machine.

Kindness Tree

Our Kindness Tree continues to be decorated with monthly ornaments that have students names and their Act of Kindness.

Mrs. Fogg talks about her heritage

Each of our classes has chosen a country to learn about. Mrs. Smith's class is learning about Canada and our very own Mrs. Fogg has shared her roots with students.

Other countries we are learning about include:

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If you would like to share your heritage with our students, please consider sharing at our Culture Night on March 22nd. We would love to learn about more about our families.

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Save the Date March 22

We are so excited to be planning our second Culture Night for Wednesday, March 22nd, 2023 from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm. We hope that ALL North families will join us as we learn about different cultures and countries represented at North. Wherever your family is from and whatever your traditions are; we all want to learn from you as we celebrate diversity and inclusion!!!


ARTIFACTS/TRADITIONS/ARTS: We are looking for families who are interested in representing a culture and hosting one of the tables. Feel free to join with friends to design a table; some ideas would be to have a poster/triboard with some facts about your country or culture, a game or craft project, music or dance, and/or items from your country, such as traditional clothing or a flag.

FOOD: A highlight of Culture Night is the chance to taste foods from around the world! Bring a dish that reflects your ethnic or cultural background, country of origin, or simply one of your family’s favorites! Anything is welcome, from snacks to main courses, appetizers to desserts! Please attach the ingredients of your food for our friends with allergies.


If you have any questions or would like to share your culture or heritage on that night, please email Dr. Manchester at

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Preventing Bullying: The Partnership

As educators, working directly with 475+ students for at least 7 hours a day, along with our continued education and training, we have learned that bullying is not only addressed when we learn of an incident. We know that most of our time needs to be spent on preventing and creating a climate where bullying is not acceptable. We have learned that climate, culture, values, expectations, and partnerships are extremely important in prevention. What we are actually focused on doing is more difficult than labeling a student a bully or victim/target. It takes a lot of work and commitment and more importantly a partnership between educators, students, and parents.

Preventing bullying begins by creating an environment where social-emotional learning happens every day. Especially at the elementary level, we know that every moment of the day needs to be a teaching moment whether it be academic or social-emotional.

North has always put Social Emotional Learning (SEL) at the forefront of what we do. Helping students develop social-emotional skills is the foundation of preventing bullying. When students and adults are socially and emotionally healthy, they can manage the daily interactions, conflicts, and problems they are faced with. It's about teaching children social-emotional competencies and empowering them to generalize and apply these strategies, responses, and skills of the competencies when no one is watching.

Social-emotional skills are based on the 5 competencies that are at the foundation of socially emotional healthy people. As you will see there is a lot of work to do! We have also included them in our Vision of the Graduate and in our Tiger Pride statements. We work to embed these lessons throughout the day with actual lessons, conversations about the traits included in these competencies, through modeling, and using daily incidents as a teaching moment that connects back to the competencies. The competencies are:

Self Awareness: Awareness of your own emotions, how you feel, your behaviors, and how your words and actions impact others.

Self Management: How students manage when they are angry, sad, frustrated, anxious, happy, etc. in different situations. Do they have the skills to cope? This includes the capacity to delay gratification, manage stress, and feel motivated to accomplish personal goals.

Social Awareness: The ability to understand the perspectives of and empathize with others, including those from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and contexts. This includes the capacity to feel compassion for others. As students and adults get older and grow this expands to understanding broader historical and social norms for behavior in different settings, and recognizing family, school, and community resources and supports.

Relationship Skills: This is the ability to establish and maintain healthy and supportive relationships and to effectively navigate settings with diverse individuals and groups. This includes the capacities to communicate clearly, listen actively, cooperate, work collaboratively to problem solve and negotiate conflict constructively, navigate settings with differing social and cultural demands and opportunities, provide leadership, and seek or offer help when needed.

Responsible Decision-Making: This is the ability to make caring and constructive choices about personal behavior and social interactions across diverse situations. This includes the capacity to consider ethical standards and safety concerns and to evaluate the benefits and consequences of various actions.

If we focus on teaching these social-emotional competencies, we can prevent the number of incidents of bullying we have. We can also help students become more aware of their impact on others and how to navigate situations when they are feeling uncomfortable, or if someone is being unkind or mean to them. As part of our ongoing approach to climate, culture, and bullying prevention, this is how we can continue to work together to prevent bullying.

Educator and Parent Partnership

Educators (School-Wide):

-Create a community (Morning Meeting) in your classroom/school that allows for students to get to know and learn about each other

-Celebrate diversity and differences and help students realize we all have unique and something special to contribute to our school community. This will help students feel included and part of a community that is supportive and safe.

-Be knowledgeable and observant of interactions of students in classrooms, hallways, cafeteria, etc.

-Teach Character Traits that align with the Vision of the Graduate and Tiger Pride (Perseverance, Respect, Independence, Diversity/Inclusion, and Empathy)

-Make connections to character traits and use examples of gateway behaviors when we see a learning opportunity to bring social awareness and provide teaching moments.

-Set Positive Expectations (PBIS Behavior Expectations) in all areas of the building (classroom, hallways, bathrooms, cafeteria, bus, recess) that are posted and referred to often

-Address gateway behaviors (teasing, name-calling, unkind behavior) as soon as they happen

-Utilize whole classroom strategies such as calming/Zen spaces, sensory tools, Zones of Regulation (Red, Blue, Green, Yellow) to help students learn coping strategies

-Utilize school resources (SAC, Admin) If something becomes repetitive or ongoing and you need help with additional interventions

-Communicate with parents of any concerns you may have with a student who is having challenges or is being unkind to others

-Report and complete a bullying form (forward to SAC and Administration) if we are aware of bullying or if it is reported


-Have an open dialogue with your child about their day and about the interactions with friends in and outside of school

-Communicate with the teacher, and if the needed administration about any concerns your child is having

-Talk and practice with your child different scenarios and how to respond and help them learn and use coping strategies

-Identify an adult your child can talk to at school or at home if they are worried about bullying

-Set boundaries with technology and educate yourself and your child about problems that can come from technology (social media and gaming platforms)

-Address gateway behaviors (teasing, name-calling, making fun of others, etc.) if you see them when your child is playing with others outside of school. Help educate your child on how these behaviors can lead to and be considered bullying.

-Help provide additional perspective and help your child navigate through social situations/conflicts they share with you

--Make your home "Bully Free"- monitor and model what you want your child exposed to. Our children learn more from what they see the adults doing around them.

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Dates to Look Forward To

February 20-24- Vacation

March 3rd- Women in History Assembly & Presentation

March 7th- BINGO (PTO)

March 9th- Early Release Day

March 15th- Early Release Day

March 17th- Report Card Portal Opens For Parents

March 21st- Gather Here Multicultural Assembly & Presentation

March 21st- PTO Meeting

March 22nd- CULTURE NIGHT 6:00

April 3rd- STEAM Museum Assembly Presentation

MCAS Dates


Grade 5 March 28th & April 4th

Grade 3 & Grade 4 March 29th & April 5th


Grade 5 May 2nd & May 9th

Grade 3 & Grade 4 May 3rd & May 10th

STE- Grade 5

May 16th & May 17th

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Kindergarten Registration is Open

If you have a child who will be 5 by September 1st, this is for you!!!

In order to start school in the fall, please register your student online. This information will help us prepare for your child and provide accurate numbers for our kindergarten enrollment. Once we receive your registration your child will be put on a list for a screening. You will receive additional information about when and how these screenings will take place. The screening is required by Massachusetts State Law for any child entering Kindergarten and is used to help identify specific needs that may affect a child’s educational progress. Information about registration and residency can be found on Somerset Public Schools website. Click on the “Enroll Today” box and follow the registration instructions.

Once you’ve completed the registration process online you can contact the office to review and finalize your registration. Your registration must be approved before your child can be considered registered. Registration Deadline is Monday, April 24, 2023. Screening appointments will only be scheduled once the registration has been completed and approved by the school. If, for any reason, your child WILL NOT be attending Somerset Public Schools, please notify the school office at (508) 324-3170.

The registration process must be completed online and is as follows:

Complete online registration (including uploading of required documents shown below)

  • Birth Certificate

  • All residency documents

  • Current Physical and Immunizations

  • Set up appointment with office for registration approval and screening appointment

Incoming Students who live in the Buffer Zone, will be screened in their Buffer Zone school. However, due to registration numbers, your child may not know what school they are attending until July 1st.

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Preschool Registration is open!!!

We are excited to announce that the Somerset Integrated Early Childhood Program at North Elementary is now accepting applications for the 2023-2024 school year.

There will be an option of a morning or afternoon half-day program for 3 year olds that will be offered based on enrollment needs and availability. There will be a full day option for 4 year olds only. The programs will begin in September of 2023 and continue through June 2024.

Half day programs will have a morning session Monday through Friday from 9:15 - 11:40 AM and an afternoon session Monday through Friday 12:20 - 2:45 PM. Full Day sessions for 4 year olds will be 9:15-2:45, Monday through Friday. Students in the program will also need to complete a screening. Each classroom will have one (1) Early Childhood Teacher and at least one (1) paraprofessional.

The following is additional information:

  • Be able to provide your own transportation to and from school.

  • Tuition is $250 per month for ½ day sessions and $500 for full day sessions. Tuition is due the first day of school and on the first day of every month through the end of the school year.

    • Tuition is prorated for children that enter the program after the start of the school year.

    • Discounts are available for multiple siblings within the same family.

    • If a family decides to apply and is deemed eligible, based on family income and family size, families can be provided tuition on a sliding fee scale. When completing the Early Childhood application, please also provide your latest tax information, i.e. W2, 1099 and a current pay stub.

If a lottery is necessary (the number of applicants exceeds the number of open spots), parents will be notified of the date when it is scheduled.

If interested please complete the online registration on the Somerset Public Schools website under the “Enroll Today” tab. Registrations must be received by Monday, April 24, 2023 in order for your child to be entered into the Early Childhood Lottery for the 2023-2024 School Year.

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Research Evidence for Independent Reading and Reading Achievement

Research says that PRACTICE will help improve your child’s reading achievement. Having children read different sources will help them apply the strategies they are learning. Please continue to read with your child, or make sure they are reading every night. Engage their interest and help them realize all the things they can learn from reading.

Raider Visits First Grade

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Grade Level Happenings


This past month in Preschool we have been doing our building/construction unit and have our boxes unit! Our students learned about the different types of construction vehicles, jobs, and tools. Our dramatic play was set up as a work zone with blocks, toy vehicles, and pretend tools. Our study of boxes allowed students to explore decorate, create, and build with boxes. We have also been enjoying lots of sensory play in Pre-K such as shaving cream exploration! Our letters this past month were M, N, L & R and our students continue to work on identifying and writing the letters in their names. We are so proud of all their hard work and can't wait for more fun to come!


February has been a busy month! We have been having lots of fun celebrating the 100th day of school with counting activities. On Valentine’s Day students exchanged cards and shared their card boxes. Our kindergarten classes have been working very hard in all academic areas. In math we have been busy learning how to be good listeners to complete addition word problems. Students are enjoying learning new math games and learning how to count by 10’s. In reading students have been learning the features of fiction and non-fiction books. Our kindergarten scientists have started our Push, Pull and Go unit. They are learning that big machines help workers be more productive than those without them. Throughout the month students will continue to practice writing narrative stories. They are getting really good at sounding out words and using finger spaces between words. Please encourage your child to do kid writing at home!

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First Grade

The cold air has brought in love to the first grade for the month of February! The children exchanged Friendship Cards for Valentine’s day on February 14th.

We celebrated the 100th day of school on February 7th, hard to believe it is already here as long as we don’t have any snow days! This month finds us beginning chapter 6 in math which focuses on number and operations in base ten. The skills for base ten in this chapter are counting to 120, understanding that two digit numbers represent amounts of tens and ones, and comparing two digit numbers using the symbols greater than, less than, and equal to. For reading, we will begin umbrella 9 with a theme of humorous stories. Some of those stories include Imogene’s Antlers, Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing, Dooby Dooby Moo, The Old Man & His Door, and That’s Good! That’s Bad! Our genre focus for writing will be Opinion. Their writing will explain their position on a particular topic by stating their opinion giving at least two reasons for their opinion and a closing sentence. February brings along Black History Month to us and Presidents Day. We will focus on some very important famous black Americans like Rosa Parks, Ruby Bridges, Harriet Tubman, and George Washington Carver. We will also be completing activities that revolve about President’s Day with a focus on George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. As you can see, we have a lot to do in a short month. We will be busy beavers or should we say groundhogs!

Second Grade

Even though this month may seem short with February vacation, it has been packed with learning! Our readers will be taking a closer look at how text features will help them gain a better understanding of the non-fiction texts they are reading. We will also be working on the main idea and details of non-fiction texts, with a focus on Biographies. We’ll continue our reading growth as we meet in small groups and literacy stations. Continue to encourage nightly reading and homework routines at home.

After vacation, students will be working on two digit subtraction problems, with regrouping, using a variety of different strategies. In science, our investigation with Matter will continue. Classifying matter, identifying materials, and combining matter will be explored through our Mystery Science units and other classroom work.

Third Grade

Happy 2023! Third graders will continue to use multiplication facts, place value, and properties to solve multiplication problems. Classes are making the connection with division and also measuring time and mass. We strongly encourage children to keep working on memorizing their multiplication facts at home. Scientific investigations will occur through Mystery Science, with a specific focus on forces and motion. Students will be reading informational texts and thinking about the topic in nonfiction books. In writing, we will learn how to organize and share information on a topic. Lastly, in social studies we will describe the Pilgrims and the reasons why they left England to come to the New World. Stay healthy!

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Fourth Grade

Our fourth grade readers continue to build their stamina by reading independently for extended amounts of time. They are learning about the elements of stories including plot, theme, and conflict and comparing these elements in stories they have read. In Math, students are wrapping up chapters on multi-digit multiplication and moving on to long division. In order to be successful with division, students must know their multiplication facts through 12. Fourth graders should be working on mastering their facts at home if they are not fluent. In Science, students have been learning about light and sound and how these forms of energy travel in waves. We will be moving on to Earth science shortly. Native Americans groups and the Northeast region are topics we are studying in Social Studies. Be on the lookout for a field trip permission slip. We are planning a trip to the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center in March!

Fifth Grade

We hope everyone had a restful and safe New Year. Students returned back to school ready to work! In math, we are wrapping up division of single and double digit whole numbers and decimals. We will begin to transition into fractions. Please continue to encourage your child to practice their multiplication facts.

In ELA, students will be reading and analyzing elements of nonfiction text. Students will be focusing on identifying the main idea and supporting details as well as identifying meaning of unfamiliar words using context clues. In addition to reading nonfiction text, students will begin to research, take notes and write their own informational piece.

Our 5th graders have enjoyed learning about early colonization of America and will be moving onto learning about the events leading up to the American Revolution. Finally, in science we will be wrapping up our study about the Earth and Sun and the water cycle.


Check out what music students in grades K-1 and 2-3 are up to with Mrs. Miragliotta! Links to their music newsletters can be found here for K-1 and here for 2-3.



Krispy Kreme Fundraiser pick-up is Thursday, March 2 from 4:45-6:00pm outside of North Elementary (Further pick-up instructions will be sent prior to March 2). Any orders not picked up during these times will be donated!

**Checks can be made payable to North Elementary PTO**

The next PTO meeting will be February 28th at 6:00 in the library.

Upcoming Events

BINGO March 7th - More info to come!!!

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