ESTABROOK BUZZ

NEWS & EVENTS OF ESTABROOK SCHOOL | LEXINGTON, MA | 09.26.15

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US ON BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT!

REMINDERS

FRI. OCT. 9 - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS (PROFESSIONAL LEARNING DAY FOR TEACHERS/STAFF)

MON. OCT. 12 - NO SCHOOL, OFFICES / SCHOOL CLOSED

TUES. OCT. 20 - SCHOOL PHOTO DAY

WED. OCT 28, THUR. OCT 29, WED. NOV. 5, THUR. NOV. 5 - EARLY DISMISSAL DAYS FOR PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES (12:15 DISMISSAL)

September Happenings

The students have done a fabulous job this month in school. They are becoming more familiar with classrooms systems and routines, and learning across the content. The weather has also been beautiful for recess and play.

At Estabrook School you will see reading baskets, book browsing boxes, math centers, writing journals, anchor charts, "I can" statements, instrumental lessons, visual art sculptures and technology throughout our school. These are only some of the tools we use for learning. Teachers have begun their classroom assessment process, to learn where each child is academically in reading, writing and mathematics. This data helps inform our teaching plan for each individual student. Look for the online parent/teacher conference sign-up form, which will be e-mailed to parents on Friday, October 2.

A FEW MORE BOOKS AND A BIG THANK YOU!

Thank you to all the families who donated books to the library! This is the biggest showing of donation support we have ever had! There are a few more books on the Sign Up Genius if anyone would like to still look and donate, several of which are fabulous new books for 4th and 5th graders. The titles are listed below and there is more information on the SignUp Genius.

  • R is for Rocket: An ABC Book
  • Frank Einstein and the Brain Turbo
  • Goblins on the Prowl
  • Redeemed (The Missing #8)
  • The Astounding Broccoli Boy
  • The Poe Estate
  • Bigfoot is Missing!
  • From Apple Trees to Cider, Please!
  • Killer Whales are Not Whales!
  • The Tournament of Gorlan (Ranger's Apprentice Early Years)

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b4aa5ae23a6fc1-estabrook

Thank you again! We are overwhelmed by your generosity!
Jennifer Kuhn
Library Teacher

SCHOOL SITE COUNCIL

The Estabrook School Site Council is an advisory council established under the Education Reform Act of 1993 that discusses school goals and offers input to the principal in an advisory capacity.

Each school has a School Site Council. Open seat elections for parents are held in the spring. This year, Estabrook's School Site Council members are: Sandra Trach, Principal/Co-Chair; Dan Deardorf, Parent/Co-Chair; Hema Gandhi, Parent; Jeff LaBroad, Assistant Principal; Gretchen Reisig, Parent; Andrea Taddeo, Grade Four Teacher; and Lori Verity, Grade Two Teacher.

The September meeting focused on familiarizing ourselves with the School Improvement Plan and establishing areas of focus this year. In particular, the council will explore the impact of increased bus ridership; school recycling and composting efforts; cultural partnerships; the impact of cell phones and social media for students; expansion of our school safety training; and the impact of possible redistricting.

"Family Friends is a 30 year tradition here in Lexington. It is part of our culture of learning and inclusion. Please become a Family Friend."



What is METCO?


The METCO Program (Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunities) was founded in 1966. It is a voluntary integration program that provides a suburban public school education for African-American, Hispanic and Asian students from Boston. The Lexington Public Schools have participated in the program since 1968. The program provides Lexington students and staff an opportunity to interact with many minority students and to benefit from a culturally diverse learning environment.


What is the METCO Family Friends Program?


The METCO Family Friends Program is another supportive aspect of the METCO partnership wherein Lexington families volunteer to become "partners" with Boston families. When a child enters one of our schools via the METCO Program, s/he is paired with a volunteer Lexington family (preferably a family with a child in the same classroom or grade level as the Boston child). The Family Friends Program provides opportunities for Lexington and Boston children and their parents to broaden relationships through the sharing of family, cultural and social experiences in their respective communities. At the elementary level, Family Friend students participate in METCO Friends Visiting Days which are scheduled in advance on specified Thursday afternoons. Overnight visitations may occur (individually arranged, if desired) both in Lexington and in Boston. Open and regular communication between families in Lexington and Boston is encouraged throughout the year to help nurture the mutual development of relationships.


For More Information on Family Friends or to become a Family Friend: please contact Tina McBride, Estabrook Parent and Family Friend Coordinator tina_mcbride2@hotmail.com.

JAMES "JIM" BANKS GYMNASIUM DEDICATION AT ESTABROOK SCHOOL

Sunday, Oct. 11th, 4pm

Estabrook School, 117 Grove Street, Lexington, MA 02420

The public is invited to the dedication ceremony of the Estabrook gymnasium in honor of James "Jim" Banks, a long time Physical Education Teacher, Assistant Principal, coach, volunteer and friend of Estabrook School. Light refreshments served. Children welcome. Invitation below. No RSVP is needed.
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PRINCIPAL COFFEE

Wednesday, Oct. 14th, 8:45am

Estabrook School, 117 Grove Street, Lexington, MA 02420

The Principal's Walking Tour for Parents is back this year! Join us as we visit classrooms K-5 to experience how students are beginning to learn this fall! (Please meet in the cafeteria, coffee provided. 8:45-9:30 a.m.)

SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL: PARENT CHAIR NEEDED

Walk 'n Roll with the Estabrook Safe Routes to School Program, which takes place the second Wednesday of each school month from 8:15-8:45 a.m.

  • October 14
  • November 18
  • December 9
  • January 13
  • February 10
  • March 9
  • April 13
  • May 11

We are looking for one or two parents who would be willing to help promote the benefits of walking, bicycling, carpooling and taking the bus.

These parent volunteers also help the students tally their mode of arrival on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, as they aim high for the Golden Sneaker Award for their classroom!

For more information: please e-mail estabrookpta@gmail.com. See photos from last year below.

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