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NEWS & EVENTS OF ESTABROOK SCHOOL | LEXINGTON, MA | 11.16.15

TO OUR FAMILIES

Our hearts are heavy from the recent news of world events. Our thoughts are with families during this time. While Estabrook is not holding classroom discussions about recent world events, individual student support is readily provided. If there is anything Estabrook School can do to help, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child's teacher or our staff. We are here to help.

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

K-5 students have been excited to visit the National Geographic Map of South America this week at Estabrook School! Special thanks to our teachers and Jane Hundley, Social Studies Coordinator who are co-teaching lessons for each class. Also, the the family scavenger hunt evening on 11/16 was a big success!

ESTABROOK RECEIVES AN ADDITIONAL SCHOOL BUS

Estabrook is excited to learn we have received an additional school bus due to high bus ridership numbers. Some routes have been configured to allow more room on buses and more efficient route times. Communication will be sent home this week regarding bus routes and when any changes will begin.

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.

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Listen to students speak at the Gr. 4 Assembly

Grade 4 students spoke in their native languages at the heritage assembly on November 9

Listen to students sing at the Gr. 4 Assembly

Grade 4 students sang about freedom at the Gr. 4 Assembly on November 9

MATH MATTERS - A NEW MONTHLY COLUMN

From:

Karen Tripoli, K-5 Mathematics Department Head

tripoli@sch.ci.lexington.ma.us

November 2015


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

Estabrook's Holiday Community Marketplace was a huge success! Our gratitude goes to Pei Ling Man for her organization of this first time event. 500+ community members joined us this past Sunday, to visit community vendors (several of whom were Estabrook parents,) and over 30 student tables filled with original creations. Congratulations to our grade 5 students who ran the PTA Bake Sale table and vendor tables raising money for their Nature's Classroom overnight field trip. Many students of various grades donated their profits to various charitable causes. Special thanks also goes to the 6th graders from Diamond Middle School (Estabrook alum) who raised $125 at the event and donated their proceeds to the Estabrook 5th grade class for their Nature's Classroom trip! What amazing students! Thank you for all your support!

BEST WISHES FOR A HAPPY AND PEACEFUL THANKSGIVING FROM ALL OF US AT ESTABROOK SCHOOL!