ATC Principal's Newsletter

May 2017

Important Upcoming Dates

May 9th and 10th - Math MCAS Grades 3 / 5.

May 11th and 12th - Math MCAS Grade 4.

May 16th and 17th - Science MCAS Grade 5.

May 17th - PTO Meeting 6:30PM.

May 23rd - School Pride Night! 5PM - 7:30PM (All FAMILIES INVITED!)

May 25th - 5th Grade Panoramic Photo

May 26th - Teacher Appreciation Luncheon (Sponsored by PTO).

May 26th - Early Release 12PM Dismissal.

May 29th - Memorial Day (No School)

May 31st - Last Day of Intramurals After-school

June 1st - High School Graduates Walk Through School.

June 6th - Band Concert 6PM

June 8th - Step Up Day (Incoming Grade 3)

June 8th - Information Night (Incoming Grade 3 Parents) 6PM

June 9th - End of Year Music Concerts (All Grades - Parents Invited) - (Gr 3 8:45), (Gr 4 9:30AM), (Gr 5 10:15AM).

June 13th - Field Day (9-10:30 Gr 3), (10:40 - 12:10 Gr 4), (12:20 - 1:50 Gr 5)

June 14th - Field Day Rain Date, Fifth graders visit the Middle School

June 14th - 5th Grade Middle School Tour

June 16th - 5th Grade Moving On Ceremony at Winthrop Middle / High School (Coffee / Light Breakfast for students and parents at 8:45AM with ceremony following)

June 20th - Last Day of School for ATC Students - 12PM dismissal

Kindness Club Steps Up

This past week the Kindness Club tried out a new fundraiser - The Penny Wars! This was an excellent idea for fostering positive competition between classrooms as students competed to raise the most funds per homeroom. Students received one point for a penny or 100 points for a dollar. If a silver coin made it in their jar it was negative points. Students enjoyed bringing in their silver change each morning to put in their neighbor classmates' jars! The Winning Classroom will be announced tomorrow morning. The funds raised by the Kindness Club are going directly to families impacted by the fire a few weeks back in the Governor's Park Housing Complex.

Newspaper Club!

Several fourth grade students have launched a Newspaper highlighting many of the exciting things happening at the ATC. These students have spent many of their lunch periods working on this with Mrs. Gregory. We are extremely proud of their work! Click HERE to find an electronic version of this amazing new publication highlighting the terrific writing our students are doing.
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2nd Annual ATC Dodgeball Tournament

Students and faculty members came out in droves to participate in our 2nd Annual ATC Dodgeball Tournament to benefit class field trips. This year, due to budget cuts, funding for field trips has been decreased. We have been creatively trying to find ways to fund these trips and the tournament was a big success. Over forty teams of five signed up to play and a winning team from each grade will be highlighted on a new Dodgeball Tournament Plaque.

Below: A few actions shots from the tournament and a big thank you to the teachers and PTO that helped make this event a success!

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Math and Science MCAS

Starting next week, students will be taking the Math MCAS Assessment. Students in grade 4 will be taking the test on the Chromebooks as they did for the ELA section. The state has developed this Next-Generation MCAS with a combination of PARCC and older MCAS items that are aligned to the Massachusetts Common Core Standards. With our professional development and technology integration this year significantly focused on math, this is another data point that will help us identify if our new initiatives and programs are effective. So far we have seen tremendous growth in this area and we are hopeful the MCAS will reflect this.
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Great Read for Parents and Educators: The Gift of Failure

I would like to share an excellent book that has impacted my thoughts around how we educate and parent our children. The Gift of Failure by Jessica Lahey is a terrific read about our tendency to protect our students from making mistakes. It really resonated with me as a parent and educator. Over the past three years, we have been working hard at the Cummings School to foster a Growth Mindset among our students. We encourage students to take risks and realize that the success they experience is almost always a product of the effort they put forward, not their natural ability. A part of this mindset is not being afraid to make mistakes. A great way to hear all about the research and book is to listen to the podcast HERE.
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