The Eagle Express
Antrim Elementary School February 2020
“In a world where you can be anything, be kind.”
Next week AES staff and students will be participating in another Kindness Week! Each day students will have the opportunity to do activities in their classroom that will focus on kindness to different people, places or things. We’ll be showing kindness to community members, peers, adults, and nature! Instead of earning eagles for demonstrating kindness next week, students will be earning paper links that they’ll connect to make a chain. At assembly on Friday, February 7th we’ll connect all of our chains and see how many acts of kindness we showed as a school. Students will also be coming home with a Kindness BINGO board to encourage doing kind acts toward friends and family. If your child completes their BINGO board and brings it back to school next week they’ll receive a special AES pencil.
Important February Dates
Feb 3 - Feb 7 - Kindness Week
Feb 3 - 12 - NWEA Winter Testing
Feb 4: Grade 2 workshop for families 3:30 - 4:30
Feb. 5 - 2nd Grade Field Trip
Feb 7 - All school assembly @ 8:50 - Kindness Week Celebration
Feb 11- PTO Friendshipgrams due
Feb 11 - No school - Professional Development
Feb 13 - Grade 4 workshop for families 5:30 - 6:30
Feb 18 - Kindergarten Registration: Must be pre-registered by calling 924-3336 X2032
Feb 18 - Kindergarten workshop for families 5:00 - 6:00pm
Feb. 20 - Grade 1 workshop for families 4pm - 5pm
Feb 21 - Art Day
Feb 22 - AES PTO Ice Fishing Extravaganza 9am - noon
Feb 24 - Feb 28: Winter Break
AES to Host March's Community Supper - Want to Volunteer?
The AES learning community is hosting the March Antrim Community Supper. The learning community consists of students, staff, and families. If you are interested in helping out for this event, we will have a planning meeting on February 21st at 7:45am in the AES conference room. The actual event will be on March 19th. We are looking to volunteers to cook food, set up at the event, serve food, and clean up. If you want to help but can't make the meeting, please call Sarah Edwards in the office to sign up to volunteer. This will be our second year hosting, and it is a wonderful community-building tradition.
The Many Faces of the Library Learning Commons
Grade 2 Scientists
Do you know where you can find a sloth, a tiger, and a toucan? The rainforest! How about a roadrunner, a scorpion, or a bobcat? The desert! Second graders have been comparing and contrasting these two habitats in Science. We even got to have Ms. Jeannie come in and help us make amazing habitat shadow boxes.
Second graders have also been plugging away learning how to add and subtract numbers up to 1,000 using an "HTO" chart as a strategy. We've also been working hard learning new shapes and how many sides and angles each has.
It is super fun to have a plant in our classroom that grows so fast! We have an amaryllis bulb that has been shooting up as it sits in the beautiful sunshine in our classroom. So we've been measuring it every day and decided to make a bar graph to show the growth. It's up to 22 inches today!
A Note from Mrs. Gregg - School Counselor
FLU Information from Nurse Mellon
The flu is here! Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by a virus which can cause mild to severe illness. According to the NH Department of Health & Human Services website, activity in the state is widespread which is the highest level but it is not to epidemic levels. The good news is, at AES is our numbers of respiratory illness and flu are currently low.
Signs & symptoms of flu usually start suddenly and may include:
· Fever or feeling feverish/chills – not everyone with the flu will have a fever
· Sore throat
· Runny or stuffy nose
· Muscle or body aches
· Fatigue (very tired)
· Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in young children than in adults.
School attendance is very important and we want students to be in school every day! However, if your child has a fever, (temperature of 100.0 or higher) or doesn’t feel well please keep them home. Temperature should be normal without the use of fever-reducing medication for at least 24 hours before returning to school.
Please remember to notify AES of your child’s absence by telephone, email or Pick Up Patrol.
First Graders Have Opinions Too!
Busy in Grade 3
Kindergarten is "Beary" Fun
Here is a picture of two kindergarteners playing a game to help feed bears getting ready to hibernate!
PE & Health News
Notes from the Front Office
As we start the second half of the school year, a few gentle reminders from the office:
If your child is going to be absent, please call the front office at 588-6371. If you receive the voicemai,l please leave a message stating why your child is absent (fever, cold, vomiting, etc.) If we don’t hear from you by 10am, your child will be marked as an unexcused absence and you will receive an automated call from our attendance system.
If your child is tardy, you need to sign them into the front office. Do not leave them at the outside door.
If your child’s dismissal plan is changed, please let us know by 2:30pm either by a telephone call or change in Pickup Patrol.
We kindly ask that you not park in the NO PARKING zone in front of the school. As this is a town road, we are expected to keep the lane clear for buses and emergency response vehicles.
Our utmost goal is to keep your child safe, and we greatly appreciate your help and support. Thank you!
From the Muzart Studio
In Muzart, we have been exploring color! Kindergarten artists created artwork mixing the primary colors to make secondary colors! In first grade, artists studied the color wheel and created ocean-themed artworks using complementary colors. The artists in second grade created several artworks using warm and cool colors. In third grade, we applied color families in a realistic drawing of a colorful lorikeet. Fourth-grade artists studied tints and shades.
We also spent the past few weeks learning about note value in Music classes. We have been using Music centers to better understand note value. Our centers have included, Playdough Note ValueTic Tac Toe, Color by Notes and an Instrument Rhythm Band.