NEWS & EVENTS OF ESTABROOK SCHOOL | LEXINGTON, MA | 11.16.15
TO OUR FAMILIES
DATES & EVENTS
WED. NOV. 18, 8:15-8:45 AM - SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL DAY! REMEMBER TO WEAR YELLOW/BLACK OR YOUR SCHOOL SPIRIT WEAR TODAY! JOIN US FOR OUR ANNUAL "TURKEY TROT" AS WE WALK, BIKE, BUS AND CARPOOL TO SCHOOL PRACTICING HEALTHY AND ECOLOGICAL WAYS OF COMING TO SCHOOL. STUDENTS WILL PLACE A FEATHER IN OUR TOM TURKEY WHEN THEY ARRIVE TO SCHOOL!
WED. NOV. 18, 8:45-9:30 AM, LITERACY CENTER / ROOM 202 - "THE IMPORTANCE OF PICTURE BOOKS FOR ALL READERS." Join the Estabrook Librarian and a Literacy Specialist to explore the importance of picture books for readers at all stages of skill development, Kindergarten through Grade Five. Then come back at night with your student(s) to read and explore some of these wonderful books with them! (The morning event is different than the evening event.)
WED. NOV. 18, 7:00-8:00 PM, LIBRARY - "EXPLORING PICTURE BOOKS...EVEN IN THE UPPER ELEMENTARY GRADES." Open to parents/guardians and children in grades K-5, and especially upper elementary grade students. Bring your K-5 children this evening to browse, explore, curl up and discover some fun and fabulous picture book titles for each age group from our library collection. Students are invited to come in pajamas if they'd like! Sponsored by the Estabrook PTA.
THUR. NOV. 19, 12:45-1:30, MAIN CONFERENCE ROOM - ESTABROOK SITE COUNCIL MEETING
WED. NOV. 25, 12:15 DISMISSAL - HALF SCHOOL DAY.
THUR. NOV. 26 AND FRI. NOV. 27 - NO SCHOOL. THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY AND BREAK. SCHOOLS AND OFFICES CLOSED.
THE GIANT MAP COMES TO ESTABROOK
ESTABROOK RECEIVES AN ADDITIONAL SCHOOL BUS
CONGRATULATIONS TO GRADE 4 STUDENTS AND TEACHERS ON THEIR HERITAGE ASSEMBLY THIS MONTH! Students shared their learning through speaking, song, dress, flags and video. Pictured below: Gr. 4 students hold up their flags to show the student body.
Grade 4 students spoke in their native languages at the heritage assembly on November 9
Grade 4 students sang about freedom at the Gr. 4 Assembly on November 9
MATH MATTERS - A NEW MONTHLY COLUMN
Karen Tripoli, K-5 Mathematics Department Head
Welcome to Math Matters, a monthly column designed to highlight exciting and useful mathematics topics. This month you will find the goal of the K-12 Mathematics Program that was written in 2007, the first year of the Lexington Public Schools Mathematics Curriculum Review. While the goal was written pre-Common Core and before the 2011 Massachusetts Curriculum Framework for Mathematics was published, it reflects what we still consider to be at the core of an excellent mathematics program.
The goal of the Lexington Public Schools mathematics program is to offer to all students a rich and engaging mathematics curriculum that focuses on important and essential mathematics, learned with understanding and depth. The program’s aim is to enable every student to achieve full potential as a mathematics learner, based on a conviction that everyone can succeed when challenged by high expectations and offered strong support. The program takes a balanced approach to developing proficient skills, conceptual understanding, and mathematical habits of mind. Students are given opportunities to explore and discover mathematical ideas, to build their mathematical knowledge, and to cultivate their thinking, creativity, reasoning, and problem solving capabilities. Teachers seek to create learning experiences that are developmentally appropriate; to address varied learning styles, and use a variety of mathematical approaches and representations. Students are encouraged to communicate their mathematical ideas, to become confident and perseverant in using mathematics, and to appreciate the power, relevance, and beauty of mathematics. (Curriculum Review, Year One–2007)
The mathematics habits of mind referenced in the goal statement are what we now refer to as, The Standards for Mathematical Practice. They represent what mathematically proficient students are doing as they learn mathematics. The eight Standards for Mathematical Practice in the Common Core and the 2011 Massachusetts State Framework for Mathematics were combined into the five Practice Standards that appear on our K-5 standards-based report card. In subsequent newsletters, you will find more information about each of the Standards for Mathematical Practice. Standard for Mathematical Practice #1, Makes Sense of Problems and Persevere in Solving Them will be illuminated next month!
The K-5 Mathematics Department provides support for teachers to bring the goal of the Mathematics Program to life in their classrooms. We identify strategies and materials that promote the Standards for Mathematical Practice. Through coaching, the building-based Mathematics Specialists work with teachers to implement the strategies effectively with students.
HOLIDAY COMMUNITY MARKETPLACE
The Estabrook Holiday Marketplace was a huge success!
There were many community vendors, including Estabrook parent business owners and student vendor tables!
Many Estabrook parents & local business owners generously donated to the raffle table!