New Morning School Week 16 12.20.22
A Note from the Heads
It's been a joyous week gearing up for the holidays! We can't wait to see you at the Holiday Performance tomorrow at the PARC in downtown Plymouth. Please plan to arrive at 6:15pm, so that we can all be prepared for the event to start promptly. Preschool students will sit with their parents after the performance. K-8 students will be seated on the main floor, while parents are seated in the stadium seats. It will be a fun time. Feel free to dress festive as we enjoy time together!
We want to wish you a very wonderful holiday, as you take the time to enjoy family and friends, celebrate the new year. We hope you sneak in some rest and relaxation too!
Elaine Kennedy, Head of School & Pauline Nagle, Associate Head of School
Supporting Executive Functioning Skills - even through the holidays!
We know that kids thrive with routine and knowing expectations. School routines and knowing how the weekly schedule will go, supports executive functioning. With the long break upcoming, we thought we would share this article about working through schedule changes during the holiday season. While we as parents cannot necessarily change our plans, we can support children by sharing with them how the week will go and giving them space for choices on how their time is spent. We hope you enjoy the tips shared here!
Helping Kids Manage Changes in Routine Through the Holiday Season - Unhurried Mom
Deviations in routine can be hard for children - especially during the holidays. It can be such a fun time of year, but it can be hard for kids because things that are usually predictable and scheduled in their lives get thrown off. Traveling, time zones, staying in new places, having company come visit...
Wed 12/21: Holiday Performance 6:30p at PARC, Last Day before Break
Thu-Wed 12/22-1/04: Winter Break - NO SCHOOL and NO CHILDCARE
Mon 01/16: No SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Day (no childcare)
Tue 01/24: Community Meet & Greet - required Bylaws vote 6:30p
Thu 02/02: 100% Auction Merchandise and Raffle Tickets DUE
News to Note
THANK YOU! NMS DONATES over $650 to the Oak Village Shelter
Thank you for participating in our Santa Shop, run by the Elementary students! Through the Santa Shop proceeds AND your additional donations, our school was able to raise over $650! The students elected to purchase an Xbox game system and games for the children that live in the shelter for up to 3 months at a time, to enjoy! We also donated several boxes full of non-perishable food items. Special shoutout to Griffin Schroeder, who brought in his personal "bank" to donate. Thanks to ALL for your generosity!!!
Now Enrolling! Me & My Shadow Winter Session
Young children and their grown-ups are invited to frolic this Winter at
New Morning School. Me and My Shadow is a toddler and parent program designed around 2 and 3 year olds. The program allows toddlers an opportunity to experience a preschool setting.
Our Me & My Shadow classes provide special one-on-one time for parents and children and first steps toward socializing with other children.
Parents and children will enjoy • Music • Finger-play • Art • Readiness • Snack • Story time
Please share with your family and friends that are parents of toddlers! Thanks for spreading the word!
NMS Open House Dates - Please Share!
New Morning is a great place for kids and families. Thank you for choosing us to be your school community. We are even greater when wonderful families like you join as well. Please share our Open House dates with families, friends, neighbors, relatives that you think would enjoy our program as much as you do!
Marisa Downs firstname.lastname@example.org
Danielle Provencher email@example.com
⭐️Hello preschool families and friends⭐️
We are in another short, but sweet week. We have no “Teacher(s) of the Week” this week, an immense thank you to our impressive teachers last week. Our rooms will be filled with open art creations, more fake snow in our sensory tables to keep hands at play, and a dreidel game at our discovery centers for this week. We will continue to learn about holiday traditions for these next few days together.
We wish a Happy Hanukkah to our friends who celebrate 🕎
•We are hosting pajama day(s) this week on Tuesday 12/21 & Wednesday 12/22!!
•Our holiday performance this Wednesday Dec 21 at PARC in Plymouth. Festive comfort is the dress code. It is going to be amazing. Be prepared to have your worlds rocked.
We will be welcoming “new friends” to our preschool. 2 cute guinea pigs will soon settle in at NMS. We are still looking for parent opinions & support. If you will, please take a moment to answer some questions on the short questionnaire attached below.
Enjoy this holiday break. Keep your loved ones close and revel in the time spent together ♥️
🎉Cheers to all, see you in 2023🎉
~Marisa & Danielle
Primary Explorers (Grades K-1)
Teacher: Lucy Bratt firstname.lastname@example.org
K-1 Lead Aide: Shelley Blakeney
It is with great sadness that I am writing this, my last Quokka newsletter as K-1 class teacher. The outpouring of support and sympathy for our situation that I have received from colleagues, parents, grandparents and children in the New Morning School community has made me feel loved beyond words. We are still trying to find a way, and praying for a miracle, to be able to continue our lives here in the US. In the meantime I am confident Pauline and Elaine will find the right person to take over my wonderful class. I will be working with Pauline this week to hand over the teaching to her and to ensure a smooth transition for the children. I can’t tell you how much I will miss your children, they are all exceptionally special and brighten my days with their joyful approach to learning and life. I love them all. Whilst I can no longer work at New Morning School, my own girls will continue to attend until we have a definitive leaving date, so hopefully I’ll continue to bump into you all, and your children, for a little while yet.
Last week was fun in the K-1 classroom. Much of our work was based around a holiday theme and we’ve been practicing and perfecting our holiday performance songs. The highlight for the children was visiting the Santa Gift Shop run by our elementary friends where they carefully chose gifts for you and other family members. They were all very pleased with their purchases!
This week our holiday theme will continue, with a focus on Christmas and Santa Claus. In Math we will be completing our Addition unit and completing a quick end of unit assessment. In reading we will be learning the “sh” and “th/th” digraphs. For those of you following along with the Jolly Phonics program at home, this brings us to the end of the Group 6 sounds and is a convenient stopping point for Ms. Pauline and Ms. Shelley to pick up with Group 7 in January. In Writing we will be writing wish lists for Santa and retelling the story of The Polar Express.
On Tuesday our Elementary friends have kindly invited us to join them in a holiday celebration. We will be watching The Polar Express movie and decorating cookies. We have plenty of popcorn left over from our last movie day that Carter’s mom sent in, so we shall be enjoying that and sharing with our hosts. Thank you Katie Huber! To make this day extra fun, children can wear PJs and bring a small stuffy to snuggle if they would like.
Wednesday is our holiday performance, please check the main body of the Quokka for details. Children will need to wear a holiday outfit please, and we will provide everything else.
Finally, I would like to thank you all one last time for entrusting me with your precious children. Whilst I am devastated to be leaving them, I know they will continue to thrive and flourish at New Morning School and I look forward to following their progress from a distance.
With very best wishes for happy holidays - a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year to you all!
Elementary Scholars (Grades 2-5)
Hannah Diaz email@example.com
EL Lead Aide: Karen Staples
Museum Topics 2023
Here is the list of topics the scholars have selected. If you have any special interest in the topics or knowledge that you would like to share with our scholars, please let us know. Austin - Steven Jobs Anna - Chess Bradley - Rockets Caroline - Peacocks Carter- Global Warming Ciara - Alaska Daniel- the Great Lakes Daniella- Paris, France Drew - Veterinarian Edison - Soccer World Cup Elena- Leonardo Da Vinci Everett - Japan Greta - Germany Griffin- Civil War Henry- Dept of Treasury, Money Jax - Oceans Landon - Space Exploration Liz- Ancient Greece Luca- Civil Rights Movement Nick- Sharks Quinn- Theater Peyton- Molecules Violet- Glass Blowing William - Police
Here is the list of topics the scholars have selected. If you have any special interest in the topics or knowledge that you would like to share with our scholars, please let us know.
Austin - Steven Jobs
Anna - Chess
Bradley - Rockets
Caroline - Peacocks
Carter- Global Warming
Ciara - Alaska
Daniel- the Great Lakes
Daniella- Paris, France
Drew - Veterinarian
Edison - Soccer World Cup
Elena- Leonardo Da Vinci
Everett - Japan
Greta - Germany
Griffin- Civil War
Henry- Dept of Treasury, Money
Jax - Oceans
Landon - Space Exploration
Liz- Ancient Greece
Luca- Civil Rights Movement
Violet- Glass Blowing
William - Police
Bravo Birthday Committee
A huge thank you to our birthday committee of Anna, Griffin, Henry, Edison, Daniella and Luca for providing treats and plannng fun activities for your friends! Everyone had a great time!
Have a joyful holiday break,
Christine, Hannah and Cynthia
Middle School Leaders (Grades 6-8)
Linda Hyde firstname.lastname@example.org
Nicole Matoian email@example.com
Greetings Middle School Parents!
This week is our countdown to the holidays! We have some fun activities planned culminating in a holiday party and a holiday themed movie on Wednesday afternoon. Thank you to those who have offered to bring in treats. If others of you would like to send in some small treats as well, your gesture is much appreciated!
Students have submitted some interesting Museum proposals, and we want to remind you that we expect students to begin their research over the break and bring to school a minimum of 3 books on their chosen topics when they return on January 5th!
We look forward to seeing you at our holiday performance at the PARC on Wednesday night. The students have been diligently preparing for their performance!
In Language Arts this week, students will complete some review writing and grammar activities with a holiday theme after students take their vocabulary tests based on last week's words on Vocabclass.com.
In Social Studies, students will begin the process of a review of what they've learned about the Renaissance Period thus far. This review will continue over the break and culminate in an assessment during the week of January 16th.
In Math, students will review math concepts with some fun, holiday themed activities. All groups will begin new units of study when we return in January.
We hope you have a warm and wonderful holiday with your families and a Happy New Year 2023! We are looking forward to amazing Museum projects and many great learning opportunities in the new year!
Ms. Linda and Ms. Nicole
School Contact Information
Office Phone: 734.420.3331
Elaine Kennedy, Head of School firstname.lastname@example.org
Pauline Nagle, Associate Head of School email@example.com
Joan Barrett, Admissions Director firstname.lastname@example.org